Getting Ready For Easter With Cricut*

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Now that we’re into April, it’s all about getting up to Easter! This is a great excuse for some cute craft projects, and I thought I’d try out some of the different things I could make with my Cricut Maker!GettingReadyForEasterTo begin I had a relaxed evening after work, and checked out the Design Space, and found so many cute Easter Crafts available! As you can read in my first Cricut post, it is incredibly easy to choose your design, and set up your supplies to cut out the pieces. I saved a few ideas, and when I got a day off work, I sat down in the craft room, and created these fun projects in one evening! Which just shows how easy and quick it is to create fab crafts with the Cricut Maker! 

One project I really loved was this cute mini bunting! Ideal for decorating an easter basket, putting up on the wall (or as I’m using it, now it’s not being photographed on the wall) around the lid of a cake box!

I’ve shared the above images just to show HOW tidy the cuts are from the Cricut Maker, there is so little mess, it’s incredibly easy to make a lot of projects at the same time.

All I had to do then is use some double sided tape and glue to piece everything together, and I just used some tape on the reverse of the bunting to stick everything to the coordinating Ric Rac ribbon I found in my stash!Easter Bunting and CardOf course, it is no secret that I love making cards, and there are so many great designs on the Design Space! I loved this cute silhouette design, and just had to make it myself! There are SO many great card designs, it’s sure to keep me busy all year round!

Of course Easter isn’t Easter without some treats, and I found so many projects for gift boxes, baskets and treat packages!

I loved this cute bunny pillow box, and it cut out so beautifully! This is such a great style of gift box for so many things – even gift cards, if you wanted to give something in something more interesting than an envelope or card! All you need to cover the hole is a little rectangle of coordinating cardstock or clear plastic stuck to the inside before you seal the side edge!Easter Bunny Pillow BoxI really wanted to make a tag for this sweet jar we have in the kitchen, and in the images tab on the Design Space, I found this cute chick design! After cutting I glued the layered pieces, Added in some accents with coloured pens, and added some orange Ric Rac ribbon to tie it to the jar.

Instantly transforming a plain glass jar of sweets into something more seasonal! Easter Chick Gift Box and TagI also fell in love with this carrot design gift box on the design space! It really shows how cleanly the cricut cuts through cardstock, and can help you produce something unique and fun! It was so easy to piece together once cut out, and is a great Easter gift idea!
Easter1I hope this post has given you some Easter craft inspiration! If you decide to make anything I’ve mentioned here, I’d love to hear from you!

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*Date Night* March 2019

March! It’s been a fairly quiet month again this month, mostly because we’ve been really  busy with work, though we had a little down-time here and there, so here’s a bit of a catch up! Date Night Logo MarchWe’ve not had any events in March, which means it’s been fairly quiet generally, we did enjoy a day out in St Ives (which you can read all about here)! That’s about the extent of our going out this month, the joy of how days off have come up recently, coupled with some rather hit-or-miss weather!

Things we’ve loved in March:

At Home:

Of course it’s been quite an exciting month working with Cricut! It was such an amazing opportunity, and I’ve really enjoyed playing around with things in the craft room! I made a couple of fun cards, and little bits and pieces, and of course there’s sure to be lots more to come! Cricut Layered Flowers CardStu’s been equally busy at work, and studying, but got the great boost of getting 100% in his latest assessment, which is awesome! We’ve spent a lot of time chilling at home this month. Of course we had some fun making pasties for this post. Pasty Making (3)

Because we’ve been chilling at home so much this month, I decided to do a bit more baking, and made lemon drizzle cake! Which was so good, and really didn’t last long! IMG_0585A couple of people on Twitter requested the recipe for this one, and because I didn’t do a specific post for it, here it is:

Ingredients:

125g butter

175g Caster sugar

2 lemons (juice and zest)

2 eggs beaten

175g SR flour

75g icing sugar

To decorate:

Zest of ½ lemon

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Preheat oven 180°c/ 350°f Gas Mark 4

Mix butter and caster sugar in a bowl until creamy

Add lemon zest

Add in egg a little at a time and beat together

Once combined, sift in flour and fold into the mixture

Pour into cake tin and bake for 40 mins (insert skewer/knife if clean it’s done)

LEAVE CAKE IN THE TIN TO COOL

Make a syrup for drizzling; gently heat lemon juice and stir in sugar until dissolved

Prick lots of holes into top of cake, using a skewer or similar, drizzle the syrup over the top (this is why you leave it in the tin, so the cake can fully absorb the drizzle!

Decorate with some more lemon zest to finish.

TV:

We’re still watching Game of Thrones, though we’re watching something else in between each season, and in March, we checked out the latest offering from Ricky Gervais, After Life. What a show, honestly, it was so good! We loved it!!

His writing is amazing, but I’ve watched Extras again this month as well and it’s so cringe!

I’ve also been watching Hannibal here and there on Netflix, and still utterly love it. I only have about half a season left though! I’m watching Luther as well, so lots to keep me occupied!

We’re already done with season 6 of Game of Thrones, which means the final season is SO close now! It’s amazing how fast we’ve gone through the whole thing, we have to chill back a bit with season 7, which is a bit of a struggle!

Watching one episode a week is going to be the worst!

Films: 2019 scrapbook (3)We’re now catching up with some of the films on the movie challenge list, which is good fun, though I STILL think we’re watching too many of the good ones! I think we need to bite the bullet a little and watch some of the more random movies on the list! To see what we’ve watched, you can check out THIS LINK, or to know as and when we watch them, I do tend to share on Twitter! If you’d like me to share elsewhere, let me know!

Some of them you can watch on your own!

We can suffer through them together! 

Have you checked out the list? Do you have any favourites on there?

Cinema:

We went to see Captain Marvel!CMWe loved it too, the soundtrack is so nostalgic!

The de-ageing was done really well too, which makes a change!

This was the only cinema trip in March, which seems crazy, as we have a list of things we want to see this year, but it does mean there is lots to come in the next few months!

There’s lots to come in April, maybe even one a week in April!

ENDGAME!!!

Days out:

As I said earlier, we went for a wander around St Ives this month, just because we fancied a chilled day out, so we didn’t get up to much, though we definitely want to go back again, and maybe check out the Tate, and maybe even go on a boat trip! There is a lot to do in St Ives, much like many places here in Cornwall, but it was also a great place just to walk along by the coast and relax! St Ives March 24th (7)We also have some travel news! Though we have no major break plans so far, we have booked a weekend away in Somerset in May! So we’re excited about getting away for a couple of days and having a couple of days out to share! We have three or four things planned, but I haven’t decided whether do do a special week of posts, sharing it all at once, or spreading it out, so feel free to let me know what you’d prefer to see, in the comments!

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Getting to Know the Cricut EasyPress 2*

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.



I will be completely honest, I have never given much thought to iron-on projects. This isn’t to say I’ve never had the idea, I just assumed it was too complicated or fiddly for me, as well as something at risk of being a bit of a fad, that I’d pay out for, before becoming bored with it, not using it or getting distracted with something else. This being the case, I haven’t really been aware of products to do this at home, though of course I know you can do certain projects at home with an iron. I don’t know the first thing about materials or methods.

This seems like a strange way to begin a post about a product designed for iron-on projects, but I wanted to stress that I am a complete novice here, it’s unexplored territory for me! Cricut EasyPress 2 KayAtHomeI was contacted in the new year by the lovely people at Cricut, asking whether I would be interested in working with them. You can read my post all about the Cricut Maker in this post. I was sent a brand new Cricut Maker, lots of accessories, materials for projects, and a Cricut EasyPress 2 (9x9in) in raspberry.

UNBOXING

Much like the Cricut Maker, the EasyPress 2 comes incredibly well packaged, the box contains the EasyPress 2, a rest for it to safely sit on, instructions and a project with materials to get started.

THE EasyPress 2 – FEATURES

Something I am coming to realise about Cricut is how user friendly everything is! As I said above I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to iron-on, so I was a little apprehensive when I began the first project, but it was SO simple, the EasyPress 2 has a simple settings area, for power, time and temperature, as well as the start button, and you head to the website to find the settings you need, which is really simple to understand and gives you the temperature, time and pressure needed to create your project!

The Easypress 2 is nice and solid feeling, not too much heavier than an iron, with a lovely square 9×9 inch surface area, perfect for clothing and similar projects. You can also get the EasyPress 2 in 6x7in and 12x10in sizes, depending on the projects you want to use it for, you may want to consider a different size.

TOOLS

The EasyPress 2 does not come with tools though I was gifted some things, and after creating one project, I can recommend a few things I used, which you may want to add to your shopping list. Cricut EasyPress KayAtHome (7)

Cricut iron on vinyl, I was gifted some pink glitter iron-on so that I could use my Cricut Maker and my EasyPress 2 to make a project. Though I am aware other products exist, I love how the Cricut products are clearly labelled, and there is a huge range available to suit many kinds of projects. The vinyl is the perfect size for the Cricut Maker cutting mats and of course the Cricut Maker cuts them perfectly.

The 9×9 (or whichever matches your EasyPress size) EasyPress Mat, which is designed to be the perfect size for your EasyPress 2. You can use a folded towel, though it was so handy to have this to hand, as it takes up less room, and I knew that my craft-room desk was safe and protected, as well as the EasyPress 2 and my project. Cricut EasyPress KayAtHome (9)Weeding tools – I would really recommend picking up a weeder, I chose something quite fiddly when I got going with my first project, but having a great weeding tool made things far easier than it could have been!

MATERIALS

To use the EasyPress 2, you do of course need Iron-on vinyl. Do not use anything not designed for iron-on projects with your EasyPress 2.

There is a huge range available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures from holographic, to glitter, great for lots of projects! And of course iron-on isn’t just for clothing and accessories, you can iron onto anything you can iron – from notebooks to canvasses and even wood!

The Cricut Maker

The EasyPress 2 comes with a pre-cut iron-on glitter vinyl Cricut “C”, and a canvas bag for a simple first project; as I’d never done anything like this before, this is where I started. Cricut EasyPress KayAtHome (5)If you have a Cricut Maker, you can create a design on the Design Space, find a pre-existing project and customise it or use your own images and text. It really opens things up to create truly unique projects, and I genuinely have a ton of ideas after just one day of playing with the EasyPress 2!

GETTING TO KNOW THE EasyPress 2

After making the free starter project, which of course doubles up as a great storage bag for your EasyPress 2, I decided to work on something just for me. Cricut EasyPress KayAtHome (6)I thought a nice starting off point would be a T-shirt, though where do I begin?

As you will know I host #CraftBlogClub over on Twitter, and I thought it would be fun to make a T-shirt with our “slogan” Authentically Awesome! And so I took to the Design Space and using a couple of the free fonts, I came up with a simple slogan tee. Cricut EasyPress KayAtHome (8)Remembering to mirror my image (Design Space does remind you!) as I was working with iron-on vinyl, I cut out my design, got weeding, and transferred it to my T-shirt. Cricut EasyPress KayAtHome (9)(There are some very handy tips on the Cricut YouTube channel for lining up your projects, and it’s well worth checking out!) Cricut EasyPress KayAtHome (10)Setting up my EasyPress 2, I quickly and easily got my design onto the tee, and it looks amazing (if I do say so myself!)

What do you think?

What is also great about the Cricut Design Space is all the pre-existing projects available and I have SO many things saved to my favourites now.

As I said in the beginning of this post; I had never considered iron-on projects as something I could do from design to making, but the EasyPress 2 makes it so incredibly simple, and has opened my eyes to a whole new area of creating I cannot wait to explore further!

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Knitting in Brights – Summer Jumper Project

A quick one for you today, as I’m very busy, but it’s a bit of colourful fun!

I fell in love with the look of this yarn in Poundland and tried to talk myself out of it, assuming the quality would be awful… Summer Knit (1)Of course a couple of weeks later, I gave in, and picked up three 50g balls for £2 (3 for 2) and decided I’d make a loose knit, lightweight jumper for the summer, because I’ve seen a few around, and I thought the bright colours of this yarn gave a fun summer, festival vibe.

At this point I’ve done one side, which has been incredibly quick and easy to knit, as I’m using 9mm needles. I’m still working on it though, and unlike my other jumper I may actually finish it in the near future!Summer Knit (2)

It’s actually really nice, I balled the yarn to check for any issues with it, and the first ball was completely fine, and the second (which I’ve by now balled too, had one part knotting two ends together, but it’s fine for what I’m making. Quality wise it’s not bad at all, and hasn’t gone too fluffy or had any other issues, considering the price I am pretty pleasantly surprised!

I ended up using just over one ball for the side, and so, I am assuming I’ve got enough with the three I bought, though I may have got Stu to pick up three more when he was in town, because even if I have enough, I just LOVE the colours and might make a shawl or something!

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Getting to Know the Cricut Maker*

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If there was any craft item on my ultimate wish list. It would be the Cricut Maker, the ultimate smart cutting machine! For someone that does as varied a selection of crafts as I do, it is truly a must-have, for so many reasons.

The hard thing for me, is that it doesn’t come cheap, so is it something I could make the best use of? Is it right for me? I don’t really know what it can be used for. I’m sure there are others out there who feel the same way. If that’s you, read on! GettingtoKnowFBI was contacted in the new year by the lovely people at Cricut, asking whether I would be interested in working with them. Once I had pinched myself, confirmed that it was real, and had a cup of tea to recover, I of course sent a very enthusiastic response!

Soon after came some extremely exciting post, a shiny new Cricut Maker, accessories and more! So here we are with the first of many posts sharing my honest thoughts, experience and of course projects using this phenomenal machine!Cricut Maker Kay at Home (2)

Unboxing

First of all, the Cricut Maker comes so incredibly well packaged. When you open the box, this is what you will find:

The Cricut Maker – Features

This machine has definitely been created with the user in mind, and considering its sleek appearance, it is incredibly clever!

The storage cup on the left side of the machine is divided into two sections, one side shallow; ideal for storing smaller tools and pen lids. One deeper, great for keeping longer tools and pens to hand! The bottoms of both of the cups are lined and so you won’t damage the points of your Cricut Tools either! Definitely designed with the user in mind!

When you open the Cricut Maker, there is a space for you to rest your phone or tablet, as well as a USB charging port on the right hand side of the machine. The lowered door also opens to reveal another storage space! Perfect for scrapers and other tools! Cricut Maker Kay at Home (2)

Tools

Speaking of tools; included with the machine, is a Premium Fine-Point Blade and Housing, and a Rotary Blade and Drive Housing, a Fine-Point Pen, 12x12in FabricGrip Mat and 12x12in LightGrip Mat, plenty to get started with!

The Cricut Maker has a huge selection of tools including Scoring, Rotary and Knife blades, and other handy craft tools, you can purchase separately, enabling you to design and create nearly any craft project you could think of. Cricut Maker Kay at Home (1)This smart cutting machine can cut hundreds of different materials from light, delicate fabric without interfacing, paper, vinyl, cardstock, leather and even wood. After only weeks of owning the Cricut Maker I have to say, this is an incredible machine for any kind of crafter, whether you create projects for fun, or for a business. The quality and finish of everything I have tried out so far is amazing.

Materials

Some of the popular materials that the Cricut Maker can cut (using the correct blades) are:

  • Paper – Everyday paper, cardstock and vellum
  • Craft Materials – Washi tape, craft foam, glitter paper
  • Fabric – Including craft cotton, polyester, silk, felt, and denim
  • Vinyl – standard, craft and heat transfer vinyl for iron-on projects!

As well as thicker materials such as canvas leather and even balsa wood!

Design Space

When you start your machine for the first time, you will need to set it up online, and here you will meet the Cricut Design Space, if you have never had a Cricut machine before. Here is where you will create your projects, with access to fonts, images and if you’re stuck for ideas, check out the Ready to Make Projects section! Cricut Maker Kay at Home (3)You can access Design Space from a computer, and connect via USB or Bluetooth, as well as from your phone or tablet! Great for coming up with ideas on the go!

While you do need to be computer literate to navigate Design Space, there are lots handy tutorial videos available, and I would especially recommend the Cricut channel on YouTube, and generally it is easy to navigate your way around projects, whether you are creating from scratch or making an existing project.

You can create your own designs, using your own system fonts, or the fonts included with Design Space, as well as images, patterns and even photos. It is easy to move things around, and see how the sizing works, though there are also templates included. Cricut Maker Kay at Home (4)

Getting to know the Cricut Maker

When I had my first free day with the Cricut Maker, I invited Stu’s mum Helen to join me, and we both agreed it was simple, and clear to produce a project, though found a great deal of the available content in the Design Space, somewhat specifically targeted an American audience. Though many items are customisable and given the amount of content, there is still plenty to choose from aside from these.

We played around with different types and thicknesses of paper and cardstock as well as fabrics, which cut evenly, with an incredible finish!

I already know this will be great for making handmade cards (which I do all year) as well as producing elements for scrapbooking and other craft projects. Also there are already several projects from Design Space I want to make!

You get free access to 50 projects with your machine, including sewing patterns, as well as a trial for Cricut Access, which I have also been gifted, and trust me, it’s SO worth it; there are so many projects to choose from, as well as fonts and other images which are perfect for cards and gifts!

Butterfly, Bee, Flower and shapes created with the Cricut Maker using Design Space

All of these were cut with the Cricut Maker all using free images on the Design Space from different papers, fabric and cardstock.

Believe me; you aren’t limited to papercrafts with the Cricut Maker! There are so many different types of materials you can cut, which means you can make all kinds of things, from home décor items, party decorations, clothes and accessories, toys and gifts, as well as handmade cards and embellishments!

Honestly, I have spent hours checking out the Design Space, and there is so much I want to make and try! If you are into sewing or quilting or are a keen papercrafter, I would seriously recommend a Cricut Maker, I can’t wait to explore it further and share some more projects!

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Craft Month Instagram Challenge

I have a habit of giving myself challenges it seems! If the 2019 Movie Challenge wasn’t enough, I have decided to give myself a creative challenge too!

March is National Craft Month, and to make things a little interesting, I thought I would give myself a little Instagram challenge, if you don’t follow me over there already, you can find me here.

The Challenge:

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Let me know if you decide to take part!

It’s pretty simple, each day is a number, for each number share that number of craft related things, whether it’s supplies, projects, tools or a combination of things!

So here is to a month of creative fun!!

If that’s not all I have some great crafty content coming up here on the blog too!

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2019 Scrapbook – January

One month finished already! 2019 scrapbook (2)I don’t know about you, but I have come to love looking back on the month. It’s a nice chance to reflect, and plan for the future!

I love to create the pages in my chosen scrapbook each year. It’s so nice to have the books to flick through, and there’s a fun mix of serious and not so serious photos and memories on each page!

January was a fun month, if a little cold! 2019 scrapbook (1)I have already posted an introduction to my chosen book for the year in this post.

I wanted to keep the pages of my scrapbook quite simple this year, so I have decided that I will have a colour for each month, and simply tie the double page spread for each month in with that colour.

Here is the double page for January: Scrapbook2019 - January - KayatHome.jpgLooking back, January was rather food based! No bad there of course!

We really enjoyed visiting the National Maritime Museum, which we shared in this post, and of course celebrating Stu’s birthday too! Of course there’s very little surprise that most things in the book also appear here on the blog!

Do you journal or save mementos from the year? Scrapbook or memory box?

I’ve been doing it so long, it’s almost habit now!

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Valentines Gift Ideas – Handmade With Love*

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Valentines Day, is something neither Stu or I take very seriously, though we sometimes give fun gifts to each other anyway! It’s only a couple of weeks after Stu’s birthday, so we’re usually pretty relaxed about it.

It is however a chance to do a bit of crafting here on the blog, though I would say that although some are Valentines products, they could be made and given for many occasions, from birthdays, anniversaries to Mothers Day (March 31st UK readers),  and of course weddings!

Do you do any seasonal crafting?
Valentines, Kay at Home Blog PostHere are three cute handmade gift ideas made with some products I was kindly gifted from the lovely people at Hobbycraft. I of course worked on some content here with them over Christmas, and though these items were gifted, I do also frequently shop there myself!

Striped Heart Hoop Cross Stitch Kit*

Striped Heart Cross-Stitch Hobbycraft £8.00Hobbycraft Valentines Cross Stitch Kit, kayathome.wordpress.comI’ve loved cross stitching for years. This heart design is bright and modern, and the kit* is complete with everything you need to stitch it yourself, with needle, threads and aida, as well as a detailed, full colour pattern, and an embroidery hoop. Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 2It took me about a week to stitch, working in the evenings with the TV on. I found the pattern generally good, though whoever designed it, doesn’t know what 1/2 cross stitch is, some of the fractionals were a bit of a pain, and I almost ran out of the cream colour thread, but overall it was quite a nice relaxing project, and the finish was good. I think it would be a fab project to receive as a gift, or even to make for Mother’s Day or similar.

Heart Shaped Craft Punch* Love Hearts

Hobbycraft Craft Punch Heart Shape 1 inch £4.50Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 5There are several variations of the project I made using the heart punch*, it’s a really simple idea, punch or cut out a bunch of shapes using paper or thin card, write messages or something on the pieces, put them in a jar, and the idea is it’s something cute to last beyond Valentines Day (or birthdays). I chose to write some things to do! So whenever we have a free day and no idea what to do, we can pick something! Instead of a jar, I reused a plastic heart shaped bauble from a gift I received!Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 6The punch* worked well on different thicknesses and types of paper. I own other Hobbycraft punches, which I’ve bought myself and I consider them a must have in my stash!

Colour in ‘Love’ Canvas*

Love Colour in Canvas Hobbycraft £4.50Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 3I chose to colour in the canvas using only a few colours, trying to stay away from the norm of pink! I wanted to end up with something vibrant and fun. Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 4It was really easy to colour in the canvas, and the sharpie ink covered it well, it didn’t come with any hooks for hanging, but you can get hold of them easy enough, we haven’t put it up anywhere yet, but we want to redecorate the bedroom this year, so it might go in there then!

Handmade Valentines Cards

I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a few handmade Valentines card ideas too! I make all of my cards, and have done for years now.Handmade Valentines Cards, KayAtHome.wordpress.comI have been trying to use up my stash for my cards this year, so all of the papers are from stash, I used the heart shaped punch* from above for two of the cards, some cork stickers for the third. Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post Cards 2For the backing of this card I used a lilac and white heart print paper. I made the envelope on the card from some cardstock, colouring the inside with a glittery pen, filled it with punched hearts, tied it with a ribbon before sticking it to the card with double sided tape. I added a handwritten sentiment, and another heart for decoration.Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post Cards 3I LOVE this paper, the denim look inspired me to use a glitter pen to draw a stitch type edge, adding the cork stickers, and stamping the sentiment in bronze ink, colouring it in with coordinating blue pen.Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post Cards 4This might be my favourite make. I stamped the lettering (Disney, Minnie Lettering) in black ink, colouring them in with pink pen, leaving the polka dots white to match the backing paper. I cut them out, sticking them on plain black cardstock, layering onto two different polka dot papers, and finishing with pink, on a plain white card. I added more punched* hearts to embellish. I love how bright it is! Hot pink and black is one of my favourite colour combinations for cards.

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An A-Z of the Craft Room

I had a bit of a tidy up and sort out in the craft room recently, and it got me thinking about how individual a space it is! I wondered how I would go about doing a room tour post, and I decided I would do an A-Z which might give you a little more insight into me, if you’re new to the blog, or just feeling nosy! So here we go and A-Z of the craft room!

A – Alice in Wonderland

I’m a big fan of Alice in Wonderland, and she’s found her way into the craft room more than once! Both handmade by me, handmade FOR me and other gifts too! alice in wonderland - kay at home

B – Books

I don’t read as much as I used to. There are more shelves out of this room, but I do have a couple of shelves in here for some of my more “random” books, as well as craft books of course! bookshelf - kay at home

C – Craft Cupboard

I did a whole post on the upcycled craft cupboard, this is a really upcycled and repurposed space and I LOVE that. This cupboard is home to a lot of my craft supplies, from cross-stitch supplies and kits, my scrapbooks, some papercrafting bits and pieces, crafty tools and yarn. You can read the post here. craft cupboard - kay at home

D – Disney

I’m a BIG disney fan, and this shelf has become a bit of a feature over time, complete with my Minnie Ears from our Disneyland Paris holiday, a Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Tinker Bell Tsum Tsum and even a traditional Czech Pinocchio style puppet from Prague. There are of course some other random things here too. A couple of years ago Stu even found a close match to the plush Minnie Mouse I got on my first Disney trip when I was 7. I’m also a BIG collector of Snow White things, and I love my Animators Collection doll! disney shelf - kay at home

E – Everything to Hand

When we made this space, and it really was made, I really tried to think of how I can have things I need to hand, This little drawer unit (which I want to replace at some point) holds all my pens and adhesive, and in front of me as I sit at my desk, are lots of little things I need to hand. The ink pads DO need to move though. I need to sort that…everything to hand - kay at home

F – Favourite Things

This room is very much somewhere for a lot of things to live. But among the crafting, there are some personal mementos, like this picture which was drawn when I was about 7-8 years old:drawing - kay at home

My Thumper cuddly toy, which I’ve had since I was 10 (clothing added at some point later), and my Hard Rock Cafe Paris bear: favourites - kay at home And photo albums from the day I was born onwards!

G – Gorjuss

A recent (ish) love of mine is Gorjuss by Santoro, I have a few things here in the craft room, like my The Hatter clock, which also ties in with Alice in Wonderland, and of course my Gorjuss stamps, and even a little mug which holds those little random bits until they get put away properly!

 

H – Hammock

I collect cuddly toys, on days out, holidays etc. Though I now have the sense to (mostly) pick up smaller keyring size teddies, I do have this hammock, to mostly hold them all! teddy collection - kay at home

I – Inspiration

It wouldn’t be a craft room without being an inspiring space! I have books, and cutouts in a folder, as well as notebooks filled with all manner of project and blog post ideas! Then of course there is all the fun stuff that gives me ideas at random!

J – Just Me

This is my room. While the door is rarely closed (unless I’m trying to keep the cats out!) it’s very much my personal space, and it’s really nice to have somewhere I can come and sit and just get on with things sometimes. Though I will admit, I do most of my crafting sitting on the sofa watching something on the TV.

K – Knitting

Of course, when you do a lot of different crafts, like I do, it’s important to stay organised, while I have bits and pieces stored in the cupboard, I do also have a project bag, which is always to hand, purely devoted to my current knitting project.

 

L – Lighting

This can be quite a dark room, but I have some alternative light sources in here, this reading lamp is so great for working at my desk, especially at this time of year, I love that I can move it around. While function is important, I have some more fun lights too, including a USB lamp, a light up K and my light box! lighting - kay at home

M – Movies

I’m a huge movie fan, and that has of course spilled over into the craft room! You can spot all kinds of things in here, here’s just some of what you can find on the bookshelves, notice that many of the books seem to have a movie theme too…

 

N – Notice Board

This was a really fun project, which you can read about here. I needed somewhere to keep things, though at the moment it’s still pretty clear, as I’ve tidied. I also think it’d be great for photography potentially, and it’s far better than the notice board being sat in a corner not being used! I also love how upcycling it with a bit of paint brightens up the room!notice board - kay at home

O – One Day

Because this is very much a handmade and upcycled space, there are bits that aren’t finished. This corner is something I really want to tackle this year! And I’d love to find some sort of cupboard or unit to go here, as opposed to my printer living on an old cupboard door!

 

P – Paper Crafting

My paper storage is something I got for Christmas years ago, simply because I wanted something big enough for 12×12 scrapbook paper. It’s got a good number of drawers and means all of my crafty paper is in the same place.

I did buy the white unit a couple of years ago, which sits next to the plastic drawers. It’s a great size for moving around the room if necessary, and is just where I keep those odd bits that don’t really have anywhere else to go. Though the bottom drawer has become home to smaller paper stacks, just because they fit nicely in here! paper storage - kay at home

Q – Quiet.

I ended up swapping rooms a couple of years ago, as this room is on the adjoining wall to the neighbours house. It’s a room I try to keep fairly quiet, while I’ve been known to play music on my laptop, I’m not usually in here very late.

It’s nice to keep it as a chilled space too.

R – Rocking Chair

I wanted a rocking chair for years. I don’t even really know why!

For a long time this held onto a couple of large dolls, but now they are gone, and this is one of my big plans for the year, I want to revamp the cushions, probably in Alice in Wonderland fabric, and really make the rocking chair useable, instead of being a bit of a dumping ground! It also hides all the sins in the corner, so it’s dual purpose! rocking chair - kay at home

S – Sewing

I keep my sewing bits in a box on top of the cupboard, (along with Christmas crafts and some mementos etc) and the sewing machine lives on my desk, simply because, if I need the room it’s easy to move it, also I actually use the dining table to sew, as there is more space! boxes - kay at home

T – Tea

There are several mugs in the craft room. And there’s usually another one on the desk! I’m never too far away from a cup of tea! my desk - kay at home

U – Upcycled

I love the upcycled nature of this room. It’s functional, but quirky and is in itself an inspiring space. That being said, it means it’s always a work in progress! And of course there are parts of the room which are bought for purpose, and there will probably be more, but so much in here is incredibly functional considering it’s not it’s original intended use! From my pen holder, to my desk!

V – Versatile.

The idea when creating this room, was that it is a versatile space. As you’ll see when you get to Z. Most things in the room are mobile, and can be swapped or moved around (even the craft cupboard could be spliced back into two cupboards if it was necessary!) The thing with doing so many crafts, is that I have no single focus, so this space needs to work for many things, and at the moment it’s perfect for that, and though I want to move some things around, it’s a really workable space whatever I’m doing!

W – Wine Racks

I love my purple cubby holes, and in fact they are wine racks! Saved from skips, I have two, which are slightly different heights, both laid on their sides. They are the perfect size for various crafty storage, like my peel offs boxes, and even my ribbon jar! stickers - kay at home

X – X-Stitch

My cross-stitch supplies used to be in one big box, and it’s been gradually condensed to a couple of shelves in my cupboard. It feels SO much more organised, and I know where everything is now!

I swear by these boxes, which are sorted by colour at the moment, though not by shade. Maybe eventually!

 

Y – Yet to Come

Plans, plans plans! 

I have a few things I want to do in here this year. I’d like a shelf or two, and that will mean I can rearrange things slightly. As I said earlier in this post, I’d like to replace the grey plastic drawers by my desk, but they would need to be the right size. I also want to sort the corner and the rocking chair out too. I would LOVE to have a unit for the printer to sit on, though I wonder if that’s a bit ambitious for this year. So that may have to wait!

Z – ZzzzZzzzzz

So… what is under the blue sheet?

A bed. Well, a fold out bed. This is why I’d like a unit put in. Ideally a cupboard which the fold out bed can sit in. This will mean it doesn’t have to be covered with a sheet! And will make the room look nicer generally! The cupboard could then double up as storage for any guest staying in the room! hidden secrets - kay at home

This room doubles up as a spare room, on the very rare occasion we have a single guest. We do also have a sofa that folds out too, but it’s nice to be able to give someone a space properly, so if it’s only one person I move things around a little bit and this room becomes a quite nice guest room. I’d have done it, and taken photos, but yeah, lazy!

I hope  you enjoyed this little tour of the craft room! Feel free to ask me anything if you want more information, I can try my best ot remember where things are from etc!!

Do you have a crafty space? What would your dream space be like?

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2019 Scrapbook – The Beginning

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that every year, in some form or another, I scrapbook my year. I genuinely love doing it, and have a book for each year since 2011!

For several years, I had smash books, but then it became near impossible to find different designs, even on Amazon, and for last year I picked up this book in Wilko. IMG_6929[1]

Looking for 2019 I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, I really enjoyed the book last year, but by the end, knew I wanted to do something a little different. Inspired by a conversation in a #CraftBlogClub chat recently, I once again have a (rather pretty) plain-page scrapbook from Wilko (not an ad, just happens to be where I found one): 2019 scrapbook (1)Someone commented, that the relaxed way I record the year is not that different from bullet journaling, something I’ve always liked, but see as more of a distraction personally (though I’m a big fan of checking out other people’s!) there are elements I enjoy, the pretty layouts, and especially the fun pages, recording what people read or watch through the year. This is what I have decided to incorporate into the 2019 book. 2019 scrapbook (2)This book is a 10x10in book, which is a bit bigger than last year, and again I chose it because unlike many, Wilko’s scrapbooks have a nice big binding, which is great if you want to stick things in and still be able to close it!

I have decided to half the number of pages per month(!) so each month will have one double page spread, and then following this, will be some fun pages! I will of course, as usual, share each month at the beginning of the following (so look out for January’s share in a couple of weeks or so!)

As I haven’t done any of the month spreads yet, I have had some time to work on a few of the other pages. Here is what I have so far:

The Movie Challenge 2019 scrapbook (3)I really love this challenge, it’s so much fun, and it’s really nice to do something where I haven’t chosen the films, though there are some I’m not all that big a fan of! Why am I recording it here as well as the blog? I’m intrigued as to what order we’ll end up watching them in, and whether we will end up having a block of similar films, or watch a variety throughout the year!

I love this layout, inspired by a google search of Bujo spreads, I made sure I had 102 spines to colour and write every film we watch for the challenge! As you can see, we’re still at 4, though our aim is a couple a week. (We’ve been having a GoT rewatch!)

Read More Books 2019 scrapbook (4)I am terrible lately at reading, I think I managed five or six books last year! I’m still hoping to read more this year, and I thought this fun page would inspire me to get reading!

TV Series 2019 scrapbook (5)We don’t have “normal” tv, though we do have Netflix, Prime and LOTS of box sets, we even occasionally end up watching a series round a friends place (Cobra Kai last year!) I just thought it would be fun to see what we end up watching this year.

I’m not 100% on how I’m going to use this page though, I know I don’t want to just write a list! Feel free to give me ideas!

Cinema 2019 scrapbook (6)We’re no stranger to our local cinema, and have even gone as far as seeing films on holiday (Jurassic World, in Paris comes to mind!) I need a space to keep all my tickets, and I’m just hoping this double page is big enough, we have around 25 films on our list so far!

This is all the pages I have done so far, though I know I want some sort of craft project tracker, just because I think it’ll be a fun thing to record. Possibly even a sort of daily or weekly thing. If you have any page suggestions do leave a comment!

And if you fancy more frequent glances into the book, just ask me on social media, I always keep my “year book” handy.

Do you have a bujo? Or a similar project to mine?

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