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New blog for my new business!

This blog is moving to Baby Pique on Wordpress.

My craft DIYs on the Daily Telegraph website!

A few months ago, I was approached by the Daily Telegraph to see if I wanted to do 10 step-by-step craft projects for their website as part of an advertising campaign encouraging people to get out and about and just plain do more. Of course, I said hell to the yes and the first three … Continue reading

Manchester’s Vintage Kilo Sale

A vintage kilo sale was on in Manchester yesterday and I just had to check it out. Here’s how I found the whole affair…

Crafty Magazine issue 1 – a preview

Here’s a little sneak peek at what’s coming up in issue 1 of Crafty Magazine – out in shops on March 28th!

#imapiece project unveiled in Manchester

A few snaps of last night’s unveiling of the #imapiece jigsaw piece project – set up by the Craftivist Collective to raise awareness of world hunger.

You’re invited: #imapiece jigsaw installation unveiling

The #imapiece project is coming to a head and the unveiling of the jigsaw piece installation is due to take place on March 1st in Manchester. You need to be there and be a part of this inspiring campaign to tackle world hunger through the medium of craft.

A hat what I made!

Apologies for not blogging about this sooner but this hat has been a bit of a catalogue of errors. Did anyone know that if you do Judy’s Magic Cast-On and it says “cast on 36 stitches”, it doesn’t mean 36 stitches on each needle but 36 stitches in total? Nope, me neither. So I made … Continue reading

Acting editor!

Hi everyone – apologies for my lack of blogging recently, but I’ve been very busy at work and now have some rather tasty news to report: I’ve just been made acting editor for the newest (and soon to be best) crafts and lifestyle magazine on the market. It’s called Crafty and the first issue will … Continue reading

Christmas at the Black Cat flat!

I love Christmas! Here’s how I’ve made my house look festive – and I really didn’t spend much money at all!

O, Christmas tree

None of this pine needles malarkey for the Black Cat. Oh, no – this Christmas, I MADE my tree (from scratch…mmmmmhmmmm…)