You might remember earlier this year when I made a list of crafts I wanted to try, learning to knit was at the top of that list. Well, after quite a few false starts. lessons from a patient friend and many hours of watching YouTube videos I think I've finally got it.

I picked up the 1st issue of Simple Stylish Knitting last year for 99p. It came with 2 small balls of wool and some simple projects to get you started. If you're a beginner like me you might find their series of free videos over on YouTube a good place to start. For my 1st project I decided to try knitting this simple mug cosy. It has a garter stitch border and a stocking stitch (made by alternating rows of knit and purl) main body. It took a couple of attempts to get started but I persevered and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Here's how I did it:


You will need:

1 x 50g ball of double knitting yarn.
A pair of 4 mm knitting needles.
A yarn needle.
And a pair of scissors.

1. Cast on 17 stitches.* For the 1st row you need to knit 2 stitches, purl 13 and then knit 2, this will make the garter stitch border. Knit the 2nd row. Repeat these 2 rows until your knitting reaches the desired length.

2. You want your knitting to measure around 28 cm or until it is 1 cm short of fitting around your mug. Make sure you end on a knitting row and then knit the next row to form the edge of your cosy. Cast off.

3. To finish your cosy bring the 2 edges together and stitch the top 2 stitches together, Do the same on the bottom 2 stitches. You should now have an opening for the handle of your mug to fit into.

4. Slip your cosy onto your mug and pop on the kettle.

* Can be made shorter or longer to fit your mug.


And that's all there is to it. Not too complicated, right? Now I can keep my tea nice and hot in style. 


Halloween is only a week away, time to get decorating those pumpkins. Cover them in paint, wrap them in balloons or dress them with flowers. Any one of these nine are sure to impress.

1. Yarn covered pumpkins from Freutcake.

2. Marbled indigo pumpkins from Alice & Lois.

3. Diy winking eye pumpkin from Idle Hands Awake.

4. Diy paint splattered pumpkins from Homey Oh My.

5. Diy hocus pocus quote pumpkins from Lovely Indeed.

6. Diy fresh flower moon pumpkins from The Merrythought.

7. Diy constellation pumpkins from Design Sponge.

8. Diy cute faced mini pumpkins from Homey Oh My.

9. Balloon dipped no-carve pumpkins from Paper & Stitch.


Woo-hoo, it's Friday. Is anyone else as excited as I am that the weekend is finally here? I'm looking forward to diving into this lovely new book and maybe trying one of these pretty fantastic looking diy's. What are you up to?

1. Diy banner cookies // A Subtle Revelry.

2. Diy roll-up organiser // Paper & Stitch.

3. Diy brush stroke abstract nails // Fall For Diy.

4. Fold up market tote // Purl Soho.

5. Modern tassel diy necklace // Persia Lou.

6. Diy charm bracelet garland // The House That Lars Built.

Happy weekend. 


This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase through them I receive a small commission.LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUE OWN DIY ROLLED BEESWAX CANDLES

I've had learn how to make beeswax candles on my to-do list for ages so I was really excited to receive a beeswax candle kit for my birthday last week.. This is the kind of easy craft project I love. Quick, simple and 100% mess free.

All you need are some sheets of beeswax (alternatively this is a good starter kit as it contains 20 sheets in assorted colours), candle wick, a hairdryer and a pair of scissors or a craft knife and ruler.


1. Keep your beeswax sheets in a warm room so they are soft and pliable. If they're too stiff to roll you can heat them gently with a hairdryer. It's Autumn here and a little chilly so I heated each one for around 30 seconds on the lowest setting so the wax was slightly tacky to the touch.

2. Each 8 x 16 inch sheet makes 2 candles that burn for around 1-2 hours. Use a pair of scissors or a craft knife and a ruler to cut your sheet in half.

3. Place the wax sheet on a clean flat surface.

4. Cut the wick to size. It needs to be ¼ inch to ½ inch longer than the wax sheet.

5. Press the wick firmly onto the edge of the sheet to keep it in place.

6. Slowly roll up your candle. If you find the wax cracking simply heat the wax a little more. Try to roll it as evenly and tightly as possible so the bottom and top of your candle are flat.

7. When you get to the end gently press the seam into the wax. If your candle is having trouble standing you can press the bottom against the table to get a flat edge.

8. Store in a cool, dark place until needed.



These hand rolled candles make fantastic gifts all year round but as the holiday craft season approaches I think they're a good one to start stock piling now. Wrap them in tissue paper or maybe a decorative paper band and some baker's twine and you're all set.


This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase through them I receive a small commission.MY FAVOURITE CRAFTY ESSENTIALS

You could go crazy filling drawers and cupboards and even rooms with craft supplies but I thought I'd share a few of what I consider to be crafty essentials. These are the tools and supplies that I love and use day in and day out. In fact, I think you could make good chunk of the projects from my archives using only the essentials in this post.

1. Stamps. If you can it's good to have a mix of shapes and sizes, images and sentiments. Out of all my stamps these are my absolute favourites. I've had them for quite a few years now and continue to love and use them.

2. Fiskars scissors. A sharp pair of scissors is a must. I've abused these scissors terribly and somehow they're still as sharp as when I bought them. Highly recommend.

3. Martha Stewart Scoring Board. I resisted getting one of these for a long time. I scored all my card using a bone folder and a ruler and it worked fine until I got one of these and realised all the time I'd been wasting. This score board lets you score sharp, even lines in seconds. I've used it to make gift boxes, envelopes, notebooks and cards.

4. Multi-surface acrylic paints. I love these Martha Stewart acrylic paints. You can use them on so many different surfaces including fabric, wood, glass and plastics. Of course it doesn't hurt that they come in a fantastic range of bright, vibrant colours.

5. Mod Podge - Matte. It's a glue and sealer all in one. I've found the glossy formula can still feel tacky to the touch even when fully dry so I always recommend the matte finish.

6. Das air hardening clay. One of the questions I get asked the most is what air dry clay do I use to make my clay projects, in particularly these stamped clay bowls. The answer is this Das clay. If you've used air dry clay in the past and had problems with it being soft and crumbly I recommend giving the Das clay a go. It dries a lovely matte white colour but I have found it takes much longer to dry than the 24 hours it says on the packet especially in cold, damp weather. Also the clay does have a smell that I know some people find off putting however I've found it fades as it dries and within a few weeks totally disappears.

7. Versacolor ink pads. This is the ink I used to make my stamped clay bowls. It's a pigment ink so it takes a bit longer to dry than the dye ink pads. Pigment inks are fade resistant and give a more vivid colour when dry. I know a few people have had problems with their ink fading so I recommend using pigment inks over dye inks. My bowls are 3 years old now and show no signs of fading.
8. Rise & Shine Scrapbook Paper. I always like to have some 12x12 patterned scrapbook paper on hand. The great thing about these pads is that all the papers are designed to go together so you don't have to worry about mixing colours or patterns. It's thin enough to use in origami projects like these boxes but thick enough to make small gift boxes like these mini milk cartons.

9. Fiskars paper trimmer. Another must for any paper crafter. It cuts a smooth, crisp line without any ragged edges. I've used a few different trimmers in the past and none of them have lasted but going by the reviews these Fiskars trimmers seem to last and last so I've got high hopes.

10. Double-sided tape. I use a lot of double-sided tape. I particularly like this super strong skinny red tape. It's good for making envelopes or boxes where you only have a very narrow tab you need to stick down.

11. Contemporary origami paper. This is a recent find and I absolutely love it. The paper is high quality and comes in a range of bright, vibrant colours. So far I've used it to make these origami box fairy lights, some easy origami wall art and finally these Halloween origami bats.

How about you? What are some of your must-have craft supplies?