It’s an amazing and fun new way to buy British design.
Last November I was invited to the Two Ducks launch party. Claire Leigh is on a mission to share her love for British designed goods, and it was so much fun to experience her shop launch. I’m so excited to share the story of that night with you and a quick interview with Claire about how this crazy little idea came to life!
Wine and a browse
Photography below courtesy of the lovely Jo de Magneval.
Wading through the crowd in Woking’s Jubilee Square is tricky with heels in late November. There’s a brisk wind but the excitement for the lighting of the Christmas tree is tangible. Yet the festivities aren’t the attraction I’m heading for tonight. Down a little alley and just a few steps from Woking’s train station lies the Cellar Magneval Wine Bar.
Claire Leigh loves crafts and British design. She dreamed about a fun, low-pressure way to share her passion. Tonight, that dream is about to come to life.
Are you excited for spring yet? I am! Warmer days are coming!
To celebrate, we’re giving away three pairs of tickets to the Country Living Spring Fair in London. (Courtesy of Country Living themselves, of course.)
The fair will be full of contemporary crafts, beautiful textiles, vintage interior furnishing, gardening accessories, stylish fashion, handmade jewellery and bespoke millinery. (Who else is getting excited?!) There’s even a very tempting selection of craft workshops.
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for Mother’s Day, too, so it’s great for gift hunting. Either way, get ready to grab a friend and get inspired by the Spring Fair!
It’s an illusion that is becoming a bit of a craft blog epidemic. (And yes, even I’ve fallen into the trap of saying it.) The truth is, just reading that craft tutorial is going to take you longer than five minutes. Can I be brutally honest? I usually take more than five minutes just to choose colours, let alone make anything.
After sourcing materials, designing something, putting it all together, correcting errors, making the better design from scratch, photographing and writing a tutorial, the "5 minute" claim is so far out of the water we could wave at the guys in the International Space Station.
Let’s not even think about the hours of practise that got us to the point where we could tackle the project in the first place. Or the time it takes just to clean up.
Is following someone else’s tutorial really that time saving? I always like to put my own twist on things: my own fabric choices, or buttons, or colours. Or, on the occasions when I do follow a tutorial to the letter, finding the exact materials always ends up being a pain. (Don’t even get me started on embroidery floss.)
It‘s okay to craft for longer than five minutes. The third or fourth try might be as quick as five minutes, but that’s not the point. If you love crafting, doesn’t it deserve the time? Let yourself sneak in an hour or two. (Sans cleaning time.) You deserve it.
Joanna of Adventures & Tea Parties shared her crafty tips and journey with us earlier this week, and I’m so pleased to say that this month I’m featured as her Blog Gem. If you’d like to know more about what gears are grinding to make Crafting Fingers happen, read the Q&A.
I’ve shared my top tip (ok, tips! as in multiple!) for bloggers. And if you want to know what my craft space is really like, don’t miss out.
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I'm Anna. Handmade is a bit part of my life and here I'm sharing tutorials, techniques, and a hefty dose of opinion about crafting in the modern world. Read more about me here.
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