Pilgrims, paper boats and festive placeholders

My thoughts keep turning to Christmas;  I can’t help it.  The stuff I always love to plan are the times when we’ll all come together around the table, feasting and celebrating.  This year we’ll have multiple family and friends over, so I’ll make a flotilla of paper boats as placeholders to float on plates along the table…

Pilgrim paper boats

Bedecked with festive mice transporting a forest …
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What to do when you shrink your favourite sweater (*does not involve swearing or crying)

DIY recycle an old sweater

A double wardrobe tragedy struck this week.

I should clarify; not a tragedy involving a double-wardrobe – that would be one thing – but rather two awful things happening to my favourite clothes.  The first is the discovery that a whole generation of baby moths has slowly eaten their way through all but one of my jumpers, favouring the most expensive, cashmere-mix …
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Autumn Colour

Fiery DIY autumn wreath

There’s a sudden crispness in the morning air that offsets the melancholic early darkness of the afternoons; a sure sign that autumn is here.  Last weekend I set out bringing a dash of seasonal colour to our porch and hallway, with a giant fiery wreath and heirloom pumpkin display…

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The stone dogs on our …
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A Private View

After 9 years of motherhood I have amassed a collection of artwork so vast it could fill a whole chest of drawers (it does, in fact, fill a whole chest of drawers).  I’ve been pretty ruthless about throwing stuff away over the years and gifting works to doting relatives, but even so things are getting a little out of control.

Harry and I decided that we’d pick out the best, I would scan them and …
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Book Club Cookies!

Book club cookies from katescreativespace

I love to read.  I love to eat.  Truly, I don’t know why this idea didn’t occur to me sooner…

Cookies that look like books!

I made these for a friend’s birthday, and they represent some of the best books we’ve passed back and forth over the years; a library of cookies, each one generously sized (enormous, in truth; like a good book, …
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Stitched Paper Vessels

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My seldom-used sewing machine has been sitting on the kitchen table all week, leftover from hemming my constellation quilt.  Last night, I decide to experiment with stitching together pieces of paper to see what happened…

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Before long I had a table-top full of stitched forms and vessels that look fragile and beautiful and chiselled and rough and …
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Back!! And with a (beautiful) beast of a project to share…

I know, I know…it’s been a very long time.

My only excuse – apart from the usual competing demands of life and work and everything else – is that I’ve been busy making this…

DIY Constellation Quilt from katescreativespace

It’s a giant (6 foot square) homemade quilt of the night sky, made using a tear-away pattern from here. The pattern was a Christmas gift from my …
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Shhhhhhh!! It’s a TOP SECRET…

Top Secret Correspondance Kit

Whenever I need to travel for work, I leave Harry a note to find under his pillow on the first night I’m away.

Usually I write a few lines reminding him when I’ll be home, talking about fun things to come in the week ahead and telling him how much I love him.  Last time however, it was completely, mysteriously blank…


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