Pottery Painting at Kilning Me Softly

A Pottery Painting Party at Kilning Me Softly, Milton Keynes

Thea had her 4th birthday a few weeks ago. As we did a big party for Ava on her fourth birthday, we wanted to do something special for her too. Ryan had the idea of pottery painting at Kilning Me Softly, on Newport Pagnell High Street. I wasn’t sure if she would be a bit young but the lady said it would be fine. So we booked!

When you book a party, you have the place to yourself, on Sundays when they are not normally open. The shop is so pretty, I didn’t even need to decorate it. All we had to do was turn up an hour before our booking, with our party food, cake and party bags.

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Paper goodies for sale at Make Wrap Mingle

Christmas Crafting Fun at Make Wrap Mingle

Christmas. Paper. Crafting. Fizz. Doughnuts. Meringues. Could there be a better combination?

Thanks to the gorgeous ladies behind Make Wrap Mingle, I would say no, that is Heaven, right there!

Make Wrap Mingle doughnuts

Ava was dying to dig in!

I took Ava to this special Christmas event at Paper Mill London, (which is an amazing venue, by the way!) where some very talented makers showed us how to make all sorts of Christmas crafts, as well as how to wrap presents.

It wasn’t a children’s event, but I thought Ava would love it, so I took the chance and took her along. Luckily, I was right and she was as happy as a pig in muck, and didn’t want to leave. She was especially fond of this lovely vintage typewriter.Vintage typewriter


Make, Wrap, Mingle is a crafting event featuring printed textile designer Zeena Shah, stationery exerts Papermash, and design and lifestyle blog Little Big Bell. There are quarterly events running in London so if you’re interested I would follow them to know when the next ones are going to be. I see Zeena has a printing workshop on 23rd January. I went to one of her mini workshops at the Handmade Fair last year and it was brilliant. Continue reading

Origami lights

Learning Origami with Origami-Est at Southwood Stores

Paper. As a stationary addict, it’s one of my favourite things. Learning a new craft. Also one of my favourite things, as you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog or Instagram for a while. So combine the two in an origami workshop and you have Becky-Heaven.

A few weeks ago, I went along to Southwood Stores, near Milton Keynes, to learn origami with the lovely Esther from Origami-Est. It was a birthday treat to myself, and my sister Debbie, and one of my best friends (also called Becky) came too. There were two lovely ladies on our table, and another five origami fans on the other table.

Learning origami at Origami Est's workshop at Southwood Stores

Here I am getting my fold on. I’d just started and was really concentrating!

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The Handmade Fair 2016

REVIEW: The Handmade Fair, A Craft Addict’s Dream

I am still recovering from an amazing day at The Handmade Fair at the weekend. I’d been looking forward to it for ages, and took my sister along with me*, along with two friends. If you’ve read my review of last year’s event, you’ll know I absolutely loved it. And this year was just as good, although the weather wasn’t as sunny. I think this gorgeous pink craft bus made up for that though; it belongs to Miss Libby Rose, who was running mini sewing workshops. Miss Libby Rose Bus At The Handmade Fair

There was a huge variety of workshops on offer  – whatever you’re in to, you’ll find something to interest you.

It’s a great, low-risk way to try something new, without having to invest in all the kit. I tried needle felting at the Christmas version last year and didn’t really like the feel of it. I’m really glad I found that out without having bought all the materials!

The instructors are all experts and they demonstrate the make, and walk you through the steps to make sure you don’t get left behind. It really is suitable even if you’re a craft novice. You come away with something that you have made, which is  such a great feeling.

This year, I decided to go for a painting theme with my sessions. I’ve always loved painting but haven’t done any for years (apart from walls, of course!) so I was super excited to get the brushes out and get stuck in.

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Will You Be Joining Me at The Handmade Fair?

My name is Becky and I am a craft addict. I can’t help myself. I am definitely a ‘dabbler’ so going to events like Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair are right up my street. Last year I had an absolute ball and you can read all about it on my blog post.

This year, The Handmade Fair takes place over the weekend of the 16th to the 18th of September, on The Green at Hampton Court Palace in London. I’m going along and hope to see you there!
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