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Au revoir 52 crafts, hello pinwheels and stories

I thought long and hard about whether to start a new blog or to re-work this one into something that works better for me. I was struggling with the constraints of the blog name and the project it represented. So I have decided to move on and start another new blog. This time I have my own domain name (pinwheels and stories) and I’m really excited about it already. I’ve shared my birth story and a cute DIY bag project so far. Coming up is homemade granola and more tales of my life as a mama in California.
I hope you enjoy it and don’t worry, this site will still be here to explore and I may even pop in every so often to say hi. I hope you’ll join me in my new home!



A teeny tiny favour…

I’m thrilled that one of my nursery projects has been shortlisted in the Handmade Olympics. Emily’s birdboxes are in event 3: our favourite handmade eco-friendly goodie.

If you think my birdboxes deserve it please pop over to the Handmade Olympics blog and cast your vote. Me and Emily send you much love in return.

And while you are there maybe you could vote for the super-lovely and talented Lu Summers in not just one category but two!


My greatest creation

Here she is, our beautiful daughter Emily:

I’m slightly at a loss for words to say how amazing she is and how much she’s changed our lives in just a few days.

A work in progress…

Well my rather long absence from here has not been in vain, I’ve been working on a pretty special project..

13 week bump

13 week bump

A little project...

He or she is due in April and we’re really excited! I’ve started crocheting a little blanket using the Granny Stripe method from Attic24 and I’m sure there’ll be a quilt on the go soon too.

So this all means that I won’t be able to keep up with a new project a week here. However I want to keep the blog going, and the monthly themes. So the plan is that we still share projects and ideas each month and I’ll try to make at least one item per theme. What do you think?

There’s no obligation to replicate this particular project though!

Year 2 is here – won’t you join me?

It’s year 2 of 52 crafts in 52 weeks and this time I would love it if you got involved too. We’ll be crafting together and you can choose to complete 1,2,3 or 4 crafts each month to fit the theme. You can post your crafts in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtag #52crafts52weeks) or in the Flickr group (or all of them of course).

Here are all the monthly themes. It’s up to you which crafts you choose in the month but I’ll also post in advance which I’ve chosen so you can follow along – I’ve only finalised July so far but I’ll update with August soon so you can get organised.

We’re starting on July 1 with Printing

And I’ll be trying:
Week 1 (1-7): Potato printing
Week 2 (8-14): Screen printing
Week 3 (15-21): Lino printing
Week 4 (22-28): Mono printing

Future months:
August: Fibre
September: Embroidery
October: Making memories
November: Gifts
December: Christmas
January: Paper
February: Jewellery
March: Retro crafts
April: Home
May: Sewing
June: Dyeing

Let me know if you’re joining in and if you have any questions. I can’t wait to get started!

PS If you want to download a badge to show you’re taking part here is a selection of delights for you to choose from…


Walking for charity

I interrupt our regular crafty viewing to talk about a cause close to my heart. In June I’m taking part in a charity walk in aid of breast cancer charities called the Moonwalk. It’s in Edinburgh (that means hills, I live in East Anglia where it’s flat, I’m worried). Oh and it’s 26.2 miles.

If you can spare any pounds to sponsor me I’d really appreciate it. And there is a bit of a crafty element to this as I’ll be decorating the bra I’ll be walking in on the night. Photos of that soon – the theme is Moulin Rouge so think feathers and sequins.

Moonwalk training

I’ll keep you posted on the training – 18 miles this weekend! How will I find time for crafting?

A life more crafty

In the pursuit of “a life more crafty” I’ve decided to try a new craft every week for a year. I must be mad.

It’s possible that I may end up bankrupt in the process – 52 new crafts (or at least most of them will be new) isn’t going to be cheap so I’ll have to find the lowest cost ways possible to get creative by hunting down bargains in charity shops, on ebay etc. And I may have to beg forgiveness from my husband on more that one occasion as the craft room starts overflowing.

But hopefully it will be fun and along the way I’ll learn new skills and make lots of pretty things for me, my home and my friends and family.


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