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Announcing the #SewEssentialMeet

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Who doesn’t love a good sewing blogger meet-up? There is nothing better than the opportunity to meet up with likeminded crafters and shop, chatter and eat copious amounts of cake!

With this in mind, I’m pleased to share with you today that the lovely Samantha of Crafternoon Tea Hostess and I have joined forces with the ladies from Sew Essential to host a blogger meet-up at Sew Essential HQ in South Derbyshire near Ashby de la Zouch on Sunday 10th April.

Here’s Lucy from Sew Essential to tell you more:

“The day will start at 11:30am with coffee, tea, pastries courtesy of Sew Essential and, if you wish, time for shopping in our Aladdin’s Cave (AKA warehouse) of goodies. We’ll then head upstairs to our showroom for some hand hoop embroidery (basic kit provided by Sew Essential), a demonstration of the new Husqvarna Epic embroidery machine for anyone who would like to see it in action (we’re not expecting anyone to buy one, but thought it may be of interest to see the Rolls Royce of embroidery machines!) and the opportunity to discuss Angela’s embroidery machine makes with the talented lady herself.

After much tea, chatter and craft we’ll head out for a vintage afternoon tea at the Lakeside bistro just around the corner at 3:30pm. Vintage table linen and china plus cakes, scones, sandwiches and endless tea and coffee in delightful surroundings with like minded crafty folk – what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?!

The fun doesn’t stop there though – we’re also putting together goody bags for our lovely attendees to take home and enjoy after the event!

Places are limited and we’ve had a lot of interest so please let me know if you would like to join us and secure your spot by  emailing me at lucy@sewessential.co.uk. Once I have a list of attendees I will contact you to arrange collection of a £10 deposit to confirm your place.

The afternoon tea is a total cost of £12.50 per person – £5 of your deposit will be paid towards your afternoon tea with the remaining £7.50 to be paid at the venue on the day. The other £5 of your deposit will be donated to charity and we will also have a raffle to raise further funds on the day.”

Thanks Lucy!

We’re really excited about what is shaping up to be a fabulous day. Places are very limited and are already filling up fast so if you are interested, please contact Lucy ASAP.

i look forward to seeing you there for a day packed with sewing fun!

Kat xx

#ccbloggers meet: craft, chatter and a LOT of cake

Last weekend Samantha and I co-hosted a crafternoon for creative and crafty bloggers (#ccbloggers) at Breadsall Priory near Derby. As well as a great opportunity to get together with other local crafters, this event had the duel purpose of raising money for charity as part of the Mollie Makes Crafternoon for Comic Relief and supporting the Etsy Craft Party.

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Breadsall Priory is a gorgeous location and, fun fact, is the oldest Marriott hotel in the world! Despite being just around the corner from me I had never been there before, but it provided a stunning background to our day. If you need any more convincing, just look at the AMAZING afternoon tea! Almost too good to eat. Almost.

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After welcome drinks and afternoon tea, we had a demo from Weleda, a company who produce organic beauty products and alternative therapies. We had the chance to try out some of their products, including the citrus bath milk which is apparently a favourite of Simon Cowell. Who knew! I must admit to having very soft hands afterwards so they must be doing something right. Below you can see me trying out the product and making one of the world’s most attractive faces…

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Once we all had silky soft hands, we got to the main event: crafting! Sam and I took inspiration from the Etsy global party brief of colour, kaleidoscope and paper to put together a variety of project suggestion including paper weaving, paper and fabric flowers, hoop art and decoupage. It was lovely to have some dedicated time to sit and craft and chatter to the other bloggers, it was all quite relaxing. You can see the fruits of my labour below…

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We were lucky to have the support from a number of local businesses for this meet-up who provided some amazing goody bags for us to take away with us. I am always blown away by how generous people are! Sponsors included Readicut, who provided paper craft and knitting goodies, Korbond who supplied embroidery hoops for our crafting session and home DIY company Polyvine who got the group into scumble glazing and paint effect too. Thanks also to Breadsall Priory for being so accommodating and providing us with such a fabulous venue.

We had an amazing day and to top it all off we managed to raise over £100 for charity, which is just fantastic. It was lovely to meet up with familiar faces and meet some new ones too.  Bring on the next one!

To find out about future meets and keep up to date with crafty chatter you can follow our twitter chats on #ccbloggers, and of course keep an eye on this blog for details.

For now I am looking forward to #SewBrum in October. I am so please that Charlotte is organising this again. I wasn’t able to make it last time, but the date is in my diary now and I am planning to be there. Who’s in?

Kat xx

Crafty Secret Santa 2014

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The days are getting shorter and colder, this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert is upon us (have you seen it yet? There are penguins) and it is almost time for my annual re-watching of Love Actually. Yep, Christmas is a-coming and I am pleased to announce that the crafty secret santa will be back for a third year!

Slight change of name this year as although “Sewists Secret Santa” did have a nice ring to it, I know that many of you who want to join in are not sewists, and I want everyone to feel welcome to take part. However, the general idea remains the same. Here is how it will work and how you can sign up:

1) Send me an email to kraftykatblog(at)gmail(dot)com by Sunday 16th November with the following information – your name, a link to your blog (if you have one), your postal address and also whether you are happy to post internationally. Please could you also provide a short snippet of information for me to send on to your Santa – for example, “I’m a sewist and a knitter, I love spots and lace and big prints”.

2) I will play Santa and pick everyone’s Secret Santa out of a (probably metaphorical) hat. I will split between people happy to post internationally and those who would prefer not to. This will not be a straightforward pairwise swap, otherwise everyone will know who their Santa is, and that just defeats the object!

3) I will send you an email telling you who you will be buying for, along with their address/blog link/information by Monday 24th November.

4) Present buying! This bit is completely up to you, however please try and keep within the limit which is £5 (or equivalent internationally). You can make/buy/thrift your presents or even shop your stash – it’s completely up to you.

5) Pop your gift in the post. Don’t forget this is supposed to be a Secret Santa, so it’s most fun if you don’t let on who the present is from. If you are posting internationally please keep an eye on the last dates for posting before Christmas and wherever you are posting please pop your parcel in the post by Monday 15th December to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas.

6) Receive your present and pop it under the tree, or open immediately if you must, however please wait until after Christmas to share on your blog. And feel free to speculate about who your Santa might be….!!

I had so much fun shopping for my secret santa last year and am looking forward to doing it all again. If you have any questions please feel free to drop me an email or write a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Ho ho ho…

Kat xx

#ccbloggers meet-up

A couple of Saturdays ago I travelled to Nottingham to meet up with a group of creative and crafty bloggers. This meet-up was co-organised by myself and the lovely Samantha although Sam was definitely the brains behind the venture! The idea was to get local bloggers from the East Midlands together for tea, cake and crafty chatter and what was really nice about this meet-up in particular was that it was open to anyone “creative and crafty”, not just sewists.

The venue was a newly opened café bar in Nottingham city centre called Wired. The lovely ladies there were extremely accommodating and let us have the basement room which was absolutely perfect for our needs. I recommend a visit if not only to see their novel tea timers (for the perfectly brewed tea) and the tasty cake.

It was really refreshing to meet some new crafters and brilliant to hear about their interests. I was introduced to the concept of mixed media and really enjoyed hearing about what the other ladies had been working on, especially the beautiful planner that Daire had made. She also introduced me to the wonder of washi tape… as soon as I saw it I knew I needed to investigate this further. After catching up with old friends and chattering to new faces, Sam presented us with goody bags which had kindly been provided by HomecraftsUK. Here is what I got in mine:

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I am intrigued by the salvage yarn, which apparently comes from fabric that is produced for making garments such as T-shirts. I love the colour! I’m also looking forward to trying quilling again, which I remember dabbling in as a child but I’m a bit out of practice so could use a refresher.

Everyone had brought a small gift along with them to swap with their fellow crafters. I was lucky enough to pick a lovely package from Sally, given the number of times I have mislaid needles or spiked myself unawares it seemed like fate that I would get a needle book and scissors holder as well as some vibrant trimming.

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After yet more chatter, cake and perfectly brewed tea we headed off to to the Nottingham branch of Cath Kidston where Sam had arranged for us to meet with the store manager to hear all about the inspiration behind Cath’s new collection. Did you know that there are currently over 72 Cath Kidston prints? And this doesn’t even include different colourways of the same print.

After spending some time debating whether I could get away with a space print satchel (I reckon I totally could) and how my boyfriend would feel about a penguin duvet cover (if they had sold it in king size, it would have been mine) we headed off for the third and final stop on our magical mystery tour – The Bead Shop. I’ve actually taken part in a workshop here before and I was looking forward to going back, what I didn’t expect was to be given a whistle stop jewellery-making session and to come away with a pair of earrings! This was a great reminder of my sadly lapsed beading skills and I am determined to attend a workshop here in the coming months. The only question is which to do – so many options!

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Here are all the wonderful crafty bloggers:

034L-R Sam, Marie, Daire, Amy, Sally, Hannah, me and Kelly (photo from Sam)

All in all a fantastic day and great to meet some local people interested in a range of different crafts. Oh and Daire…I am holding you entirely responsible for this….

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Anyone else into washi tape? What do you use it for? I seem to have rather a lot of it so inspiration welcome…!

Kat xx