1. I was sent this gorgeous tutorial by LDP (follow her blog! It’s gorgeous!) and new exciting things got in the way of posting for a while, so here you go, finally!  She has loads of other fab tutorials on her blog too, such as how to make amazing Dr Who converse!

    I would highly recommend this tutorial!  Books are the most commonly thrown away item given to charity shops in the UK.  If you are UK based there’s a great charity called Healthy Planet with various Books for Free shops across the UK, see locations here!

    https://healthyplanet.org

    "DIY: Recycled Book Planters

    This tutorial came complete with a mild existential crisis. I’ve wanted to make a craft project with books for ages now, however the thought of slicing up a tiny universe for my own selfish needs has always been too traumatic for me to bear. I eventually convinced myself that my charity shop book discoveries were only going to sit on a shelf until someone else threw them away if I didn’t buy them and use them, so why not turn them into something beautiful?
    1. Start by smearing wood glue along the sides of the book, to secure the pages together. If you plan on using more than one book for the planter, glue them together without putting glue in the area you intend to cut, as this will make it more difficult to cut through.
    2.Mark the area you intend to cut out, where your plant will go.
    3.Use a craft knife to cut out the marked area. It may be hard to cut through the cover of the book initially, but just keep going - it’ll slice through eventually. :)
    4.Once the area is as deep as you want it to be, glue the piece of plastic bag into the cut area, and trim the edges to be level with the cover of the book. This will stop water and dirt leaking into the book once your plant is inside.
    5.Put your plant into the book, and look after it as your new pot plant.
    http://ld-p.blogspot.co.uk/
     
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  3. The exciting job news!

    From Wednesday I’ll be working for wedding stationary company Norma & Dorothy.  They’re based in Manchester and make totally gorgeous things!  I’ll be a stationary assistant helping to make all of these beauties and I’m really, really excited!

    They’re on Etsy here!

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/normadorothy?ref=l2-shopheader-name

     
  4. I’ve been crap at blogging again lately, been taking a while away from the internet to work on a few things, mostly being involved with the Craftevan!  It’s a beautifully converted 1970’s caravan that my friend Julie painstakingly transformed into a travelling beauty of a craft shop and workshop space!

    Today we went to the seaside!  It was a gorgeous day and we were at Vintage on the Prom in Arnside, we had ice cream, met lovely people, and a cat came to visit, so yeah, a good day all round!

    I will start posting on here again soon!  For now if you’d like to like us on facebook that would be nice =] https://www.facebook.com/Craftevan

    Also, I got a REALLY EXCITING new job that I’m starting on Wednesday, so I’ll be writing about that soon!  It’s REALLY EXCITING and REALLY CRAFTY!

     

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  6. Today I went to The Print Room in Keighley (West Yorkshire, uk). I’ve been following the shop online since it opened a few years ago and I’ve been meaning to go for ages, but as a non driver getting to Keighley is a bit of a nightmare!
    I finally went because sadly it’s closing tomorrow, really sadly because thus is one of the most beautiful shops I’ve ever seen! Full of beautiful hand printed things, wonderful artwork, graphics and gifts. It’s been so wonderfully decorated as well, with chalkboard walls and paper pom poms, it’s basically my dream shop! As a screenprint geek, it’s a dream.
    I strongly advise if you’re in the area you pop in tomorrow, you won’t be disappointed, it’s lovely. It’s in the Royal Arcade. Also, look up The Print Room on Facebook in case the lovely person running it does anything in the future!
    I got some lovely things, including these mugs!

     
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  9. Today I did so much printing! Yesterday was the last day the final years could use the print room, so today I helped clear it out and found so many awesome coloured inks that had been left over, so did a hell of a lot of printing! So tired now.

     
  10. One simple and cost effective way to add special words to your centerpieces. By Lauren Saylor for Minted