SEW YEAH STUDIOS CLUTCH BAG PURSESI’ve finally taken the plunge and opened an etsy shop selling my wares Sewyeahstudio – I’ve started small but hope to add more things as time goes by.

To begin with I present to you the Confetti bag range – a selection of purses and clutch bags/ ipad cases hand made using all my favourite things – lovely soft grey marl sweatshirt material – (I really want to call the range Sweaty Confetti but not sure it gives the right impression) – sparkly chevron lining and an awesome confetti pattern made up of glitter, neon and  metallic vinyl. They make awesome Christmas presents if I do say so myself!

 

THE CONFETTI COIN PURSE

This purse measures 11 x 8 cm and can be personalised with up to three initials. Each purse is handmade and no two are alike as I use a variety of zippers and every confetti pattern is different. Prices start at £10. Click here for more info

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THE CONFETTI ENVELOPE CLUTCH

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This envelope style clutch measures 26 x 19 cm and is the perfect size for an ipad air 2 or similar tablet. It also makes an awesome Christmas party clutch  Again it can be personalised with up to three initials. Prices start at £22. Click here for more info …

 

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THE CONFETTI ZIPPED CLUTCH

This zipped clutch measures 27 x 19 cm and is the perfect size for an ipad air 2 or similar tablet. It also makes an awesome Christmas party clutch with added pompom for extra party vibes.   Again it can be personalised with up to three initials. Prices start at £22. Click here for more info …

 

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So we are half way through festival season, some big ones have been and gone (and got washed away) and many are yet to come. This year all eyes (well definitely mine) are on Port Eliot festival in lovely Cornwall where as mentioned in my last post Ros Badger and I are running The Badgers Sett craft tent.

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On Friday through to Sunday we have a range of workshops and events for festival goers to come and Get Their Craft On. From making paper and fabric floral headdresses to learning to crochet there’ll be something for everyone and we are hoping our little yurt (right by the Fortnum and Mason Tea Rooms) will be a oasis of crafty calm.

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Ros and I have been busy busy busy working on project prototypes and thinking about how we are going to decorate our yurt. We have some very glamorous neighbours – Anthropologie, Barbara Hulaniki, Simone Rocha and Luella Bartley to name a few* – so we need to be flying the craft flag loud and proud.

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All of our workshops are free and all materials provided (still looking for scissor donations if anyone knows  a scissor maker with a couple of dozen going spare!!) We have a few pre-bookable slots (email us on heybadgers@gmail.com or fill in the form at the end of this post to get your name on the list) or you can sign up when you are at the festival or just pop in.**

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This is what we will be up to:

Friday
11-12pm       Glorious garlands, soar-away streamers & big ol’ bunting
2-3pm           Fabulous festival headdresses
5.30-6.30pm  Paper boats flotilla
7pm              Candle lit regatta on the estuary

Saturday
10-11am             Pom-tiddily-om-pom-pom  making
11.30-12.30pm    Fabulous Festival Headresses
1. 30-2.30pm       Fantastic fabric and felt flowers
3-4pm                 Beginners crochet
4.30-5.30pm        Perfect Paper pinwheels      

Sunday
10.30- 12pm        Sunday morning craft chill out

For more information on each workshop click here to download the whole programme and use the form below to reserve a place stating what workshop and when you’d like to come along.

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*Oh and of course there’s music and food and readings and dancing … but who’s going to have time for all that?

**Obviously you have to have a festival ticket to take part in any of these events but you can still buy them here. Booking a place on a workshop does not give you entry to the festival.

 

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I have a friend. Elias is his name and socialnesting.com is his game blog. Whenever we get together a mutual love/craft in happens and we coo over each others latest projects and ideas. He popped over at the weekend for lunch and a gossip (bringing a delicious plum and almond pudding – ignore his opinion of it on his blog post here as it was truely yummy).

Here is an excerpt from our chat …

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With her fourth solo book (seventh when you add three collabs), a busy career as fashion-bible designer and a house in transition towards craft wonderland, Christine Leech takes time to talk to Social Nesting about getting fresh, her favourite kit and channeling Snow White, South-London style…

Hi Christine. How are you?
I’m well, thank you. I’m trying to impress you with the one and only posh salad I can make but failing miserably as I don’t know how to make this salad dressing.

Forget dressing. You are not allowed to be good at everything.
Now, did you ever dream that you would be the reason that people are getting busy with their hands? Not in a rude way, of course, but with glue and scissors and ink…
Not at all! It’s so lovely that I have been able to share my ideas with people. If I wasn’t writing my books I would be making all these things anyway. It just so nice that they are getting a wider audience and I have a greater reason for doing them.

Your latest book, Fresh Prints, is deceptively not about how Will Smith’s life got flipped (turned upside-down), but about tackling printing at home. Did you purposely set out to fool the public? (I am kidding, of course)
I think that is my most favourite title for a book yet. It makes me smile (and sing the Fresh Prince theme tune) everytime I see the cover.

You have done a great job of making contemporary crafting approachable. Who did that for you?
My original inspiration for the Simple Makes books were Japanese craft books and catalogues, especially by homeware/clothing/crafty brand Felissimo. I love their clean and crisp Scandi-Japanese aesthetic. I wanted to make home made things that didn’t look home made, just simple and stylish.


If you were stuck in a deserted car park in Norwich with only five things from your kit bag, what would they be?

– Bondaweb, for joining two pieces of fabric together;
– Scallop-edged scissors;
– Scapel/10a blades and metal ruler for no-nonsense cutting;
– Glue dots and sheets for no-mess gluing;
– My jar of  bits and bobs – a collection from my mum and my nan’s button boxes, plus sequins, beads, tiny bits of things that-will-come-in-useful-one-day-I’m-sure. (Keep telling yourself that.)(Christine has printed hares on her stairs – just imagine what she would do to a car park.)

What hasn’t been designed yet that would make your life easier?
Self-sweeping floors… There are always loose threads, fabric fluff and scattered sequins all over my floor. Maybe I could try and befriend the animals as Snow White does to help me clear up after projects, though living in South London, the wildlife would be a bit more like the ones in Enchanted.

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taken from blogs.disney.com

Fresh Prints, published by Quadrille, is available to buy now on Amazon or at bookstores smart enough to have snapped it up.

We chatted about many more things, Icecream, Target superstores and my future plans. To read the full interview click here


To be in with a chance of WINNING A SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK either visit and ‘like’ my facebook page here or if the facebook is not your thing simply answer this question in the comments below …“When crafting what’s your favourite snack?” (Mine’s a big jar of nuts and seeds, rainsing and chocolate covered cranberries… though I pick out all the cranberries first)

Three of my favourite Elias projects

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plate and bowl planter

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cement jewesl hangers

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Library card drawer lamp

see I said he was good.

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Lovely Hannah Read-Baldrey my Partner-in-Craft and star of her own video tutorial channel HRB-TV had me over for a cup of tea and a chat the other day to natter about the joy that is the Liberty Book of Simple Sewing  (out now) and she caught it all on camera. As well as sharing some behind the scenes secrets we also have 3 copies of the book worth £16.99 each to give away. Simply watch the video below and answer the question I posed …

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AND if that’s not enough of a Liberty fix for you then I’m running a workshop this Sunday (27th of October) showing people how to make the lovely fabric covered letters featured in the book. Liberty letters 2

It’s going to be held in the Liberty Haberdashery department and for just £25 you get a copy of the book, some lovely tuition and help from me and all the materials needed to make a letter of your choice. For more information visit Liberty.co.uk or call 020 7734 1234. I’ll bring the biscuits!