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Bracelet making with Glasgow Bead Box

I’m a bit of a magpie and love shiny shiny beads. So thought I’d give a jewellery workshop a go.

Glasgow Bead Box have started running workshops from the uber cute Cushion & Cake and I was lucky enough to get a space on their loops and links workshop.

I had so much fun and enjoyed Addison’s relaxed (patient) teaching style. We were itching to get stuck in to the beads and spent as much time deciding on which beads to use as we did making them.


Once i got the hang of using the different pliers – I think I enjoyed snipping the metal a bit too much – and making loops with them for the first time I managed to make two different styles of bracelets. One where the beads all link together and the other where they hang down and jangle every time I move my wrist.


Sorry folks but I’m keeping these and I’m very tempted by next weeks class. I also believe resin workshops are on the cards.

If you want more info please head to Glasgow Bead Box’s Facebook page or website.


Destash event: 12th August 2012


Glasgow Craft Mafia and friends have organised a wee event that we’d love you to come along to. That’s right GCM IS BACK!!!

From noon-5pm on Sunday 12th August you’ll find us at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow selling some of our extra goodies from our stashes. This is a fabulous opportunity not only to meet us but to stock up on items you need at great prices.

I’ll be selling *sob* some of my fabric stash, mainly fat quarters, ribbon by the meter and other bits’n’bobs. Ever fancied knitting? Well looking at the amount of knitting needles I’ve got some will be coming with me and hopefully going home with you at bargainous prices while I’m sure other tables will have wool supplies too.

On top of that why not bring something you’d like to donate to charity? We’d love you to bring an item that can be used for charity. Wool would be lovely as we’ll be giving it to the following groups.

If that’s not enough to get you raiding your piggy banks then why not try making with one of our try it out sessions. We’ve got sessions on making knitted bracelets, paper bags and paper beads.

Once you’ve donated, shopped and made why not relax in the theatre’s bar with a nice cuppa or even a cheeky glass of red before popping along to Little Birds Market inside Sloans.

So now you know what you’re doing on Sunday 12th August from noon ~> the Tron! You can find out more on our Facebook Page.


The Mafia heads north

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Scotland is beautiful in autumn, yes even in this wild weather with the trees changing colour with their berries and fiery leaves in fact as much as I love summer I do have a soft spot for autumn. It’s also a chance to wrap up … Continue reading

cute practical makes

Hello again

I had fun at Bungo in the Lanes last week. Met some really lovely people along with members of  the Glasgow Craft Mafia I hadn’t met before. Was also really pleased that I packed water and sun lotion as the sun was out in all its glory.

After that event I’ve got a severe lack of goodies in stock and need to get sewing and knitting. Luckily I’ve been off work this week and have had a chance to make some new practical items.

I thought I’d lost my cover for my iPhone so set about making one which led to two.

I’m also tired of carrying my compact camera in a sock. I don’t mind but do get strange looks from others and this cute bird material was perfect for it. I also hand covered a button to finish it off in style.

My last make is a pin cushion. I recently bought a bridesmaid’s dress in a cream silk with burgundy raw silk trimmings. So much material that is begging to be reused. The pin cushion is embellished with lots of french knots and straight stitch.

So, what do you think? Not bad for someone who is on holiday and has been chilling? More makes coming soon.

What have I been doing?

I can’t believe how long it has been since I last blogged. Sorry about that. It’s not because I’ve fallen out of love with blogging, far from it, but I’ve been a crafty wee so-and-so and busy making things.

Tonight I’ll give you an update and promise to blog on a more regular basis.

  1. I’m now a member of the Glasgow Craft Mafia which I’m really excited about. Last Wednesday a group of us headed east to Dundee for a screening of Handmade Nation and to meet the director, Faythe Levine. That was very inspiring even if we did get back after midnight & I still had the energy to think about some guerilla knitting in George Square. You can find out more about the Glasgow Craft Mafia here
  2. Last Saturday I had a stall at the Strathblanefield Community Day. Set in the local primary school it was a beautiful setting and a very sunny day. Think this might have helped me sell a few of my new headscarves
  3. I’ve been working on some new crafty goodies to wear including covered buttons to funk up your clothes and bags and summery headbands to help you look cool in the heat.

If you like the look of these check out my Folksy store which has more in different colours

Well gotta go now. Hope you like this mini update and I promise o be back very soon…