Amanda is a dab hand at quilt/jam/garment making, but I’m more of a ‘collect loads of vintage fabrics, ribbons, antique buttons and interesting haberdashery, put it into lovely piles around the house and think about making things’, kind of a crafts person. I love to go around markets and shops selling hand made stuff, proclaiming ‘I’m not buying that, I could easily make it’ and then never actually doing it!
I do however have huge admiration for those who do actually make stuff and like nothing more than a craft magazine, blog or book. I also love anything featuring vintage and homespun style interiors and particularly like Mollie Makes magazine, which for me is a little like reading a Heston Blumenthal cook book – I know will never attempt to make anything in it, but it doesn’t stop me from admiring it!
Mollie Makes features the kind of crafters I could only ever dream of becoming. Women who have dedicated their lives to the handmade and always seem to live in Norfolk – perhaps if I moved there I would find time to make things?
This months Mollie Makes features Selina Lake, an interior and lifestyle stylist and author of Homespun Style, which was launched in March. Selina also writes a blog, where she shares her ideas on re-defining traditional make do and mend.
Homespun Style features houses from around the world furnished and decorated with home made, hand crafted and recycled pieces. It offers tips on how to mix new with old and ideas to create your own version of the homespun look and includes a list of inspiring craft blogs.
Dottie Angel is another blog, book and guide to making things that I love to dip into now and again. Full of lovely inspiring images and interesting ideas, it’s one to put in your favourites if you aspire to a life of needle point in Norfolk!
If you hate all things twee – apologies – but sometimes one just has to embrace ones inner girl!