Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Who's Who: Crafternoon Caberet Club



Once again, it has come around to the Who's who interview time of the month and this time it's the turn of Hannah who runs Crafternoon Caberet Club, but I won't say too much, as we want you to hear what she has to say.  So, its over to her....


Who are you?

I am Hannah Cox - craft enthusiast, sequin lover, ribbon hoarder.  Thanks for having me on your blog!


What do you do?

I run Crafternoon Cabaret Club which is a London based monthly afternoon of making and watching cabaret acts.  It's basically my perfect afternoon turned into a public event so others can join the fun.  Anyone and everyone is welcome - even if you consider yourself a craft disaster you'll be able to make something from scratch across the afternoon - and if you're a pro there is a fantastic materials table to play with to help you create something amazing.  The craft changes every month and in the past has included jewellery, decorations and garlands, pin cushions, key rings, personalised oyster card covers, ipad covers, fascinators, badges and much, much more!


How did you start?

Back in December 2012 I set myself a challenge to start being more creative and learning new craft skills; I then started my blog to document that challenge.  As I continued my craft journey I realised the best way for me to learn was with lots of friends and a bottle of wine!  I figured there must be others like me and Crafternoon Cabaret Club was born.  It's all about the process and experience; making sure that everyone has an incredible time in a really sociable, lively and energetic setting and that the pressure is taken off the crafting - which normally means people surprise themselves with what they achieve in the time.  The cabaret acts support this ethos - building in breaks where everyone can come back together as an audience, have a pause in their making and start again fresh and energised. 


What's Next?

I'm really excited about where Crafternoon Cabaret Club can go next.  It's been a mad year - we've moved to bigger venues, been featured in Time Out and Emerald Street and won the Creative Idea award in the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards.  From September we'll be holding events in a new venue; The Book Club, as well as our regular home The Hospital Club so I'm hoping to reach a brand new audience.  I'd also really like to take Crafternoon Cabaret Club out to festivals like Latitude, Wilderness, Shambala or Bestival - I think it would work brilliantly with a festival crowd.  And I'm starting to get Hen Party bookings which is really fun!


What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the beginning?

Be confident, be brave and talk to everyone about what you're doing!  Starting an event or business from scratch can be really daunting but there's lots of support out there.  The first venue I used (the lovely Library Pub on Upper Street) got involved after I plucked up the courage to ask them about their upstairs room when I was having a drink there with a friend.  They were really keen and immediately booked in three events.  It's hard to publicise what you do but word of mouth can be really effective so be confident and tell your friends - ask them to help spread the word.  They may even be able to offer other help or advise - one friend gave me some fantastic PR contacts which got me my first piece of press coverage and another artist friend designed my logo (the super talented Flora Bradwell).  


It sounds really exciting and a massive congratulations to Hannah for her Handmade Award from Mollie Makes.  The next few events are on 23rd August at The Hospital Club and so just a few days to get booked up and the next one is on 13th September at The Book Club if you can't make it this week.  You can find out more by visiting the Crafternoon Caberet Club website and of course follow them on twitter @crafternoonclub.  If you pop along, do tell them you read their interview here.

H & Sammy

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Long Weekend Crafts to try and of course, Cake



Well good morning to you!  and the reason for being so chipper on a Monday is that it's a Bank Holiday here this weekend coming!  An extra lie-in, an extra day out or an extra day to craft, whatever your pleasure, enjoy it.  It's that time of year where the extra long weekend could not come at a better time - definately in need of a break and as its a bank holiday we can pretty much rest assured it will rain at some point, so some staying in a relaxing will be happening!

I thought I would share with you a few things I am planning with my long weekend and perhaps a rainy day, so you can get some ideas and also start having a look for your own.  Well, that's what lunch breaks are for right?

So, we start with something I have been meaning to do for ages, since I won the Red Ted book.  It's got to be animal or creature related!  These little ducks are amazing and are painted stones, I have been saving up stones when I see shapes that make me think of animals and so I think this weekend will be the perfect time to have a go.  You can see the tutorial here.

Image courtesy of www.redtedart.com

Next up I think it has to be a recipe, as we all know we love a bit of cake here at Live it. Love it. Make it and as I am trying to keep off the Dairy, I am always after a new recipe and I have heard about using apple sauce instead of the fat and as much sugar.  So, when I found this recipe for Applesauce Cinnamon muffins on the Dairy free "Tried and True" blog, I thought I should definitely give it a go.


Photo courtesy of www.dairyfreetriedandtrue.blogspot.co.uk

After having a bit of a clear out last weekend - I know, I do this far too much!  I do love a declutter as we all know.  I found more of a stash of fat quarters than I thought I had - denial is a beautiful thing!  So what better thing to do this weekend than plan a few makes with all my new found goodies.  I found this blog post that I thought would give me some great ideas to start - she has done the running around for me by collecting tutorials from the internet - brilliant.
 

 
 
Last but not least is a simple Cacti project, but one that looks so cool to do.  It may well be one of those Man Vs Pin moments though and not look as good in real life as it does on Pinterest, but I thought it would be worth a go.  I am trying my hand at looking after Cacti again as I am not green fingered at all, but these are simple, right!???
 



I think that will keep me going for a bit!  What are you guys up to for the long weekend?  Any crafting or just relaxing?
 
I am also planning a few movies and some reading, this is starting to sound suspiciously like I am getting to have too much fun with this long weekend.
 
Whatever you are up to, have fun! 
 
Until then, happy planning.
H






















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Friday, 15 August 2014

Make it: Live. Love. Make. T-Shirt with My Silhouette Cameo


I have been wanting a 'phrase' t shirt for a while but I just haven't seen one that speaks to me (sorry for the pun). So I was delighted when I was rummaging in my craft stash the other day and came across a pack of iron on transfer material for use with my Silhouette Cameo. I also realised that I have never done a tutorial with my Cameo on our blog! Appalled at myself for not sharing this wondrous machine with you all, I set to rectifying the situation.


I received my Silhouette a few Christmases ago from my lovely Husband, it sits on my desk next to my laptop in my craft room. I mostly use it for my paper-craft projects, card making and scrap-booking.  However you can use it with a huge range of materials, including fabric and vinyl, I even have a kit to cut my own stamps.  It comes with its own software which you can use to design your cuts, you can download designs from their online store or even better... design your own.  I Love the ability to cut any font that you have on your computer too. I buy all my supplies from Crafts-U-Love here in the UK.


Here you can see it looks a lot like a regular printer on the inside except where the ink would be their is a small blade which sits in a motorised cradle.



To make my t-shirt I used the software to design the words I wanted on my shirt, then as per the instructions on the transfer material I flipped the image so it would cut them in reverse.  I chose Live. Love. Make. of course...What would you write on yours??


I loaded my transfer material into my silhouette on my 12x12 adhesive cutting mat and let the machine get to work.


When you have unloaded the mat from the machine you can remove the transfer material from the mat and peel away the excess from your design from the self adhesive backing paper.


This is the best bit, as you see your design revealed.


Flip it over and there you have your t-shirt transfer!


Next is to head to the ironing board and attach it to your shirt. Be very careful as you need to have your iron set quite high to get it to stick down. Also be sure you like the position because the material is delicate and hard to remove without tearing if you make a mistake. Wait for the material to cool completely.


Agonising wait over, slowly peel back the plastic coating to reveal your design. You can see I added some little gold hearts to mine too.


And there you have it a phrase t-shirt all of my own, saying exactly what I want it to say all ready for my trip to Las Vegas!


This material is completely washable, but I would say to be safe, wash and iron it inside out, so as to not spoil your design.


The t-shirt I used is from New Look Inspire. I love the chiffon detailing, I loved it so much I bought two more the same.


I love my new t-shirt and the iron material is so soft, unlike a lot of other iron-on products. Do any of you have a cutting machine? I would love to see some more projects done with them. Add your links in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.
Sammy xxx

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Live it: Staycation Brighton

Well, it wouldn't be right to talk about all these things we do and not talk about the great British Staycation.  You might be trying to save a bit of cash, not bothered by going abroad or just want to fit in a cheeky weekend away in the sunshine (whilst its still here in the UK!) and where could be better than one of our favourite places, Brighton.

We were lucky enough to go to a Hen party this year on a very sunny weekend recently and so we could get these great pics for you.  H even managed a double with a second hen party the weekend after!  Hi Girls - just checking your reading.

We thought we would share a few pictures with you and a few things you can do when you are in the lovely seaside town.  Of course, there are plenty of other places too and so please do comment below, so that we can go and visit the next time we go - we do try and go once a year and so always looking for new places to visit.

From top L to R:
The Beach - Where would Brighton be without their beautiful beach.  This one is stony rather than sandy, but what better way to relax on a weekend than a sit down with an Ice cream listening to the waves.
Fish and Chips - We went to the famous Palm Court Restaurant on Brighton Pier which was loverly, Fish, chips and mushy peas, yummy!
Unlimited - An amazing shop full of design, what's not to love.  
Seagulls - Well, what can I say, they are everywhere in Brighton and it wouldn't be the seaside without them.  They are huge and can go for your food and we had to keep our windows closed in the rooms because they had a tendency to want to come in.
Brighton Pier - Obviously you cannot go to Brighton without going to the pier - its an institution.
Brighton Pier Rides - If you are into them, you just have to do it.  Ghost town, rollercoaster or dodgems?  Or just eating fish and chips or those hot donuts! yum
Looking around you - There are plenty of decorated buildings from Hot air balloons to Alice in wonderland and everything in between.  Just look up.
A boat trip - We went on a boat trip from the Marina all the way around the old pier and back again.  It was lovely to see Brighton from the sea and of course have a few drinks along the way.
West Pier - We got to see it from the boat, but there is something so haunting about the old pier that just waits to be renovated or fall completely into the sea.

So that's a bit of a round up of some things we have done in Brighton and you could go and have a look at too of course, along with exploring yourself.  If you know of anywhere we should check out next time, then add it to the comments below and we will go have a look see.

Where are you going on your staycation this year?  I have friends going to the New Forest and Cornwall, fingers crossed the weather stays good and we have no more storms like Bertha!

H

Monday, 11 August 2014

Live it: Crafty Fox talks





A couple of weeks ago we got a last minute invitation to go to the Crafty Fox Talk in London.  The very lovely Zoe from Craft Candy offered us a ticket, although it was only 'one' so it was a H solo mission - scary!  Zoe was going to be talking at the event and so it was lovely to be able to go and support her.

If you have not heard about Crafty Fox before, you can usually find them running markets in London (see more about them here), but have in the past year embarked on a talks series.  I think their website says it best and so, ahem "The Crafty Fox Talks is an event series designed to bring creative's together for an evening of inspiration, learning and sharing. Each event includes speakers discussing a particular topic with plenty of opportunity for audience questions. This is followed by relaxed drinks, tunes from the Crafty Fox DJs and a chance for guests to meet one another and make connections."   I think that just about sums it up.

The night started with chatting to a few people in the room, having a drink, looking at the inspiration table as it filled up with goodies from some of the attendees.  I got to meet the lovely Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons who was doing a talk and totally had a fan girl moment when she said she had seen our tweet just before the event!

Then, it was onto the talks which were all about using social media and blogging for your business, after a short intro from Sinead who runs Crafty Fox Markets, we met Katie from Eventbrite who was chairing the event and got us rolling. Then Tilly was up and talked about how she got into blogging and started her business.  With some great tips about social networking and finding inspiration for your blog posts, it was great to hear Tilly talk about her blog.

Up next was Jo from HAM who talked about how she started doing pop-ups and used social media to promote her brand.  Then it was Zoe's (Craft Candy) turn for a bit of Pinterest advice and how to use it to gain new followers and interest in you as a brand.  When it was over it was time for a bit of networking and catching up with Zoe properly.  I got to meet some new (to Me) bloggers and crafts people and catch up with some old friends too, from Mister Peebles to Claireabellemakes.

It was a great night and some really useful advice to take back to Live it. Love it. Make it HQ.  Did you go to the talk?  Or have you been to any of the others?

The next talk is in September and will be on the Creative Process, so do go check it out.  Its a great way to meet like minded people and learn something along the way.

H

Friday, 8 August 2014

Crafting Trend: Loom Band Creations


We have tried our hardest to resist but we can no longer ignore the latest crafty trend that is taking the world by storm, Loom Bands. Like Scoubidou and Clackers before them these little colourful elastic bands are springing up all over the place. I am sure you heard the story of the dress on ebay that allegedly made thousands?! Well I have been scouring the inter-webs for the most innovative uses for this multicoloured wonder toy to share with you.


Pictures from Pinterest via this board  and this search.
from left to right, top to bottom. 
Crochet hook grip, Unicorn, Sponge Bob, 
Mobile Phone case, Nativity scene, gloves,
Pot mat, feet jewellery and Christmas decorations.

If you are looking for some more inspiration Loom Love blog has an amazing selection of tutorials if you want to give it a go for yourselves, and check out Buzzfeeds 'Most important rainbow loom accomplishments' article for some lol's.

My favourite loom story has to be this one from American TV star Jimmy Kimmel who asked his viewers to send in a piece of looming for him to make a suit from, after receiving over 3000 pieces his wardrobe team made this amazing creation, as well as a few other garments.... click below or head over to YouTube to view the video.


I'm not sure it is my craft but I do appreciate the effort that people have gone to, to make the amazing creations. I am a fan of anything that encourages ingenuity, imagination and most of all creativity. Long live loom!

Have you tried loom bands or rainbow loom? Let us know what you have made and if you love or hate this latest trend??

Sammy xxx

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