Styling the Seasons ~ May

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I’ve just about managed to sneak in under the wire for this month’s Styling the Seasons. I decided to get a bit crafty for May with these fabric roses which I’ve used to decorate a jam jar vase.

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If you would like to have a try at making some yourself then check out this video, as it’s the one I followed to make these. Practice makes perfect and my first couple were a bit wonky but keeping the fabric pulled tightly together seemed to do the trick. I then sewed them to some silver ribbon and slipped them over the jar.

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Lots of fabric flowery love,

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{Five Minutes With} Liz Mosley ~ Graphic Designer

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Hello! I’m back with another inspirational dose of business advice from a very talented graphic designer. Oh and there’s lots of pretty paper to lust over if you’re a complete stationery addict like me AND a fantastic 20% discount off everything in her shop. Liz is also running a giveaway on her blog, but more on that soon.

Liz Mosley is a graphic designer who lives in London and currently works as an in-house graphic designer four days a week. She spends the rest of her time working on her own freelance business and running her Etsy shop and blog. Liz is a self-confessed stationery lover and her shop is filled with a beautiful range of cards and prints – check it out! – but she’s also working on some new notebooks which she hopes to add to her shop soon.

If you’re a fan of brush lettering and typographic prints then you will fall in love with Liz’s work like I did. But as with all start up and small creative businesses there’s always an interesting story to how it all started, so I’ll hand over to Liz who will tell you her story.

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Hello! First things first, how did you come up with the idea for your business and can you tell us what it’s all about please?

Well it wasn’t really a light bulb idea but more an extension of what I was already doing. I trained and now work as a graphic designer and while I love doing work for different clients, I also really enjoy designing things for myself. I have a pretty deep love for stationery and so when I was thinking about starting a shop and designing products that I love, I guess cards and prints seemed like a logical option. My business originally started as a side project/hobby and is slowly growing. One day I would love to be able to work on it full time.

How long did it take for you to design/create your product range or is it constantly evolving?

It is constantly evolving. I started off with a few prints, a few cards and some envelopes made out of maps. There is a much bigger range of cards now and its growing all the time. At the moment I am regularly adding new things to the shop usually every week. In the not too distant future I am planning to add some notebooks and more tote bags too.

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How do you manage your time with the business? Do you work on it full or part-time and what are your plans for this for the future?

Managing my time is pretty important because I work four days a week as an in-house graphic designer and then use the fifth day, evenings and weekends to work on the shop but also freelance projects. I generally love being busy and also love what I do so it seems to be working pretty well at the moment. In the future I would like more time to work on the shop as I just enjoy working on all aspects of it so much. Because of all of the different things that I am juggling I have to be pretty organised. I have got pretty good at making the most of little pockets of time throughout the day whether writing a blog post on my commute or catching up with some emails in my lunch hour.

ADVENTURE print by LIz Mosley

What inspires your designs?

I really like finding inspiration from nature and things that I see on my travels (even if these are not to anywhere far flung – it could just be a walk around the local park) I have been doing a lot of walking recently and just having the space to daydream and mull over ideas without any pressure is usually when my best ideas come.  I love reading blogs and getting inspired by other illustrators and designers but sometimes I try and limit myself on how much I consume. For me personally the balance of consuming and creating can be a tricky one to get right. The internet makes it so easy these days to find lots of beautiful and inspiring things but it can get overwhelming. I am trying to make sure that the time I spend making and working on my own designs outweighs the amount of time I spend looking at other peoples work. The internet is such an incredible resource as long as it is used wisely! Another source of inspiration are creative friends. I love chatting about ideas with them and bouncing things back and forth.

This gets me really excited and helps me to make connections and come up with ideas that I otherwise wouldn’t. One other favourite inspiration of mine is Instagram. I love following creative people from all over the world and seeing the world through their eyes. It is amazing the different things that different people spot and choose to focus on.

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What has surprised you the most about running your own creative business?

I think what has surprised me is how fulfilling I find it. I get a total buzz when orders come in and I love packaging orders and trying to make sure my customer service is top notch. I think sometimes I am really impatient and want things to move and happen faster than they do/can so I am learning to enjoy the journey and the process of growing organically even when it’s not necessarily at the pace that I would like.

If you were to launch your business again tomorrow, what (if anything) would you do differently? Is there one piece of advice you would give to yourself back then that you wish you had known?

I think I would have encouraged myself to start a lot sooner. I spent quite a while knowing I wanted to set up my own shop but only doing it half heartedly or not giving it the time it needed and then getting frustrated.

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I had to remind myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect to get started and that actually growing a business and developing your work is a journey and actually the journey is part of the fun. It took me a while to realise that and now I am learning to embrace and enjoy the journey but I think for a long time wanting to be perfect and maybe envying other people who seemed to be doing what I wanted to do so well held me back. So yeah if I could go back I would give myself a kick up the backside and tell myself to WORK HARD AND GET STARTED! ha.

Finally, do you have any offers or discount codes that you would like to share with my readers please?

Yes! I would love to offer 20% off the shop to your readers which will be valid until the end of July using the code BEAKUPCRAFTS20. I’m also running a giveaway on my blog at the moment, which you can enter here. Thanks so much for interviewing me Kate!

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Liz’ Quickfire Questions:

Paper or Fabric > Paper

Pizza or Burgers > Burgers (TOUGH ONE!)

Breakfast or Dinner > Breakfast

Sunshine or Snowscape > Sunshine

Twitter or Facebook > Twitter

Stars or Sun > Stars

Magazines or Books > Books

Matte or High Shine > Matte

Friday night or Saturday morning > Friday night

Tea or Coffee > Neither, bleurgh


Thanks so much to Liz for answering my questions and featuring on my blog today. I love her advice that your business doesn’t have to be perfect to start. It reminds me of the phrase “perfectionism is procrastination” – so if you’re wanting to launch an Etsy shop, don’t overthink it too much and get started!

Five Minutes With will be back again in a fortnight with another lovely and very talented designer-maker, this time with a fabric rather than paper focus.

If you would like to feature with your creative business then please drop me a line at kate@beakupcrafts.co.uk.

Lots of stationery love,

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Photography by Samee Lapham and Liz Mosley

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{DIY} How to Make a Hot Air Balloon Mobile

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I really hope you like today’s DIY post as it’s for something a bit special – the first bit of decor for our new nursery. Oh, and it might help you win £50 – read on for more details!

We still haven’t got a cot – or anything else for that matter yet – but hey, that doesn’t mean I can’t start making pretty things for it!

I’ve seen so many beautiful handmade mobiles on Pinterest and Etsy but I’ve always quite fancied making one for our baby myself, as it means a bit more and is more personal I think. Plus while the mobiles are beautiful some of them are very expensive and if I can save a bit of money on the pretty things it means we can get a really kick-arse pram. That’s the plan anyway.

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Therefore when I was asked by the lovely Sarah and Hannah at Laura Ashley if I would like to collaborate with them again on a project called #sewandstitch I was intrigued. When they told me it was a competition for a handful of bloggers to make something with Laura Ashley fabrics and share the results (and with my baby mobile idea in mind), I jumped at the chance!

If you head to the Laura Ashley Blog now you can vote for which DIY you like the best (hopefully mine!) and you could win a £50 Laura Ashley voucher too so it’s well worth it!

If you would like to have a go at making your own Hot Air Balloon mobile, here are the details…

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We still don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl yet (we find out next week!) so I’ve made this mobile in gender neutral colours. Plus blue is one of my favourite colours and I’m a girl, so…!

There’s quite a few steps to this DIY but it’s not mega complicated and if you’re looking to make some decor for your own nursery (or as a gift for a pregnant friend), I hope you like this how-to guide.

What You Need:

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  • An embroidery hoop
  • Invisible thread
  • White felt
  • Fabric (I used Laura Ashley fabrics from their new spring collection)
  • Fibrefill stuffing
  • A needle, thread in the colour of your fabric and scissors
  • A soft pencil
  • Lace ribbon (optional)
  • Hot Air balloon and clouds template – download it here
  • A glue gun/strong glue
  • Twine
  • Tealight cases (the metal case the tealight candle comes in)

How to Make it:

  1. Download and print off the hot air balloon and cloud templates then cut them out.
  2. Draw around the templates using the soft pencil on the reverse of the fabric. I decided to make three balloons (two big, one small) and five clouds (two big, three small).
  3. For each balloon you will need eight side pieces and one small circle piece. For each cloud you will need two pieces – a mirror image of each other so the pieces line up when you sew it together (simply draw round the cloud template then flip it over and draw around it again).
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  4. Stitch together the fabric to make the hot air balloons with the right sides together.
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  5. Leave a gap halfway up one side then sew the top of the balloon together (so it is nice and neat when you turn it out). Turn the fabric inside out so the pattern is showing on the outside.
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  6. Firmly stuff the balloon using fibrefill then sew on the circle bit to close it all up.
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  7. Sew the small circle over the bottom end of the balloon for a neat finish.
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  8. To make the basket, cut four pieces of embroidery thread the same length. Put a dot of glue in each of the four inside corners of the tea light holder and attach one of the threads.
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  9. Glue the other end of the thread to the bottom of the stuffed balloon and cover the join by glueing a button on top.
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  10. Repeat steps 2-7 for as many hot air balloons as you want to make.
  11. For the clouds, put them wrong sides together and sew together with a simple running stitch. Leave a small gap for stuffing before finishing it off and sewing it closed.
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  12. Attach the balloons and the clouds to the embroidery hoop using invisible thread. I tied a knot in the end of the invisible thread then using a needle pushed the thread through the top of the balloon or centre of the cloud. To add two clouds on one strand, do the above then add a second knot in the thread so the second cloud rests on this.
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  13. Create the hanging mechanism by cutting three lengths of twine. You need two the same length (about 30cm) then one a lot longer (90cm).
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  14. Tie the twine equal distance apart on the hoop then together above the hoop.
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  15. To finish things off, wrap some lace ribbon around the hoop to hide where you have tied everything one. Use the glue to hold the ends in place.
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And that’s it! You’re done!

When we get our cot I’m going to ask Wayne to help me put this mobile over it and hopefully bubba will enjoy looking at the balloons floating in the clouds.
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Have you made anything for your nursery or had a go at a mobile? I’m keen to get new ideas of what we can do in ours so please let me know if you’ve got any good ones in the comments or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

Lots of nursery decor love,

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Crochet for Baby

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I’m going to tell you a bit of a secret. Last year when I was preparing for my first ever crochet workshop I bought a load of wool for myself, then did nothing with it for more than six months. As someone who has been known to be a craft supplies hoarder in the past I guess this might not be a surprise, but there was a reason for the wool remaining untouched. It’s because I knew I wanted to make a baby blanket with it, but as Wayne and I were struggling to get pregnant, I only wanted to start once we had been lucky enough to see the two pink lines on a pregnancy test.

Roll forward to today and I’m nearly at the halfway stage of growing a small human in my belly (which somehow still isn’t as big as I thought it would be by this point) and the blanket is coming on well. Here it is:

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I had a brief delay when I ran out of wool and one of the colours I needed was out of stock EVERYWHERE but it’s back on track again now.

Next week Wayne and I will find out if we’re having a boy or a girl, and once that happens my crocheting will be heading into overdrive.

You see, after three months of feeling like I had a lingering bout of the norovirus, I’m feeling grrrreat right now. I get up earlier than ever, have bags of energy and just want to make things.

So when we find out if it’s a boy or girl in there I’m going to make another baby blanket, this time a pram-sized one and not an accidentally-way-too-big-for-that-but-it-will-be-OK-for-a-cot-size. (Like the ripple one. Which is why I ran out of wool.)

I’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to baby blankets (a few of which are above) but the one I’m going to have a go at making – with a few colour changes if there’s a mini-Wayne in there – is this beauty:

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It’s called the Fantasy Blanket and is by Anna Contreras. You can get the pattern for free on Ravelry here. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I think the thing I like about it the most is that there are lots of different types of stitches, so it will be a bit of a challenge and will stop me from becoming bored, as I don’t know about you, but doing the same stitch x 1,000,000,000 in a blanket can get a bit repetitive.

Why Stop at a Blanket?

Once the blanket(s) are done, I think I’m going to have a go at making these too. What do you think?

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Goldfish teether

baby rattle

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Have you any other ideas for toys and things your baby/children enjoyed playing with please? I would love to hear them and might add them to my to-do list if they were a hit!

Lots of crochet-crazy baby love,

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{DIY} Dip-Dyed Faux Denim Tote Bag

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I’ve recently started doing ante-natal yoga as I’m possible the least flexible person in the world and anything that can make my body a bit more prepared for giving birth to a small human in a few months’ time is A-OK by me.

Before getting pregnant I wasn’t really one for going to the gym, which means I’ve not got a nice bag to carry my clothes/water/bits and pieces to and from class.

With spring well and truly here and summer around the corner I thought it would be a nice idea to try and jazz up a simple cotton tote bag to use when I go to get all stretchy. I like how this turned out and looks like faded denim, which I think works really well with the copper lettering.

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This DIY can be a bit messy so it’s best not to wear your best clothes but dyeing things really can be fun (as I found out!) and once you start you might start searching for other things to transform.

What You Need:

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  • A white/natural cotton tote bag
  • DYLON Fabric hand dye in the colour/colours of your choice. I used this one in China Blue.
  • Table salt
  • A bucket
  • A glass jug
  • A coathanger with grips (like you use for trousers/skirts)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Some metal utensils
  • DYLON Copper Fabric paint
  • Paintbrush

How to Make it:

  1. Put on your gloves, roll up your sleeves and mix the dye in the jug according to the instructions on the packet. Fill the sink with warm water and add the salt. Then add the dye to however much water is needed in your sink (only if stainless steel, if not I would use a bucket) as stated on the packet.
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  2. With the DYLON dyes you have to make whatever you’re colouring damp to start, so do that now.
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  3. Submerge the bag fully under the dye and use the metal utensils to weigh it down. I realised I had to do this as otherwise bits of the bag kept poking through the water, which was pretty annoying! Leave for 20 minutes.
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  4. Fasten the coathanger to the top of the bag and tie the tote’s handles around the hook so they don’t fall into the dye.
  5. Dip the bag into the sink/bucket so only the top third is out of the dye. Let it soak for about 20 more minutes.
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  6. Pull the bag out of the bucket so only the bottom third is still submerged by the dye. Let it soak for another 20-25 minutes for a slightly deeper colour.
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  7. Still wearing your gloves, wring out the excess dye from your bag.
  8. Wash it in clean cold water, then warm water then hang it out to dry on the line.
  9. Once dry give it an iron on a low heat if needed then you’re ready to go!
  10. I decided to jazz up my bag further by painting on some words in a metallic copper fabric paint. I use wrote the words in black marker on a piece of paper and slipped it inside the bag so I could see it as a guide, then painted over the top.
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You can even try mixing it up with different colours or illustrating your bag with a fabric marker/Sharpie for that extra bit of personalisation if you haven’t got any fabric paint.

I hope you like this DIY and if you give it a try I would love to see your pictures on Instagram or Twitter. I’m @beakupcrafts on both so please tag me in!

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I’m off to go and think up some more ideas of things I can do with dye.

Lots of ombre love,

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Disclaimer: I was gifted the DYLON dye and fabric paint for this post.

{Five Minutes With} Bryoney Fawn

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Today I have a really lovely feature on British craft designer-maker Bryoney Fawn, who creates stunning cut paper artworks and sculptures.

After studying Textile Craft at the University of Huddersfield, where she graduated with first class honours, Bryoney set up Bryoney Fawn to distribute her art to galleries and individuals and to produce commissioned works for installations and events.

I hope you enjoy reading about her work and processes and seeing the beautiful pieces of art that she creates. There’s also a discount for readers of my blog too in her lovely online shop!

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Hello! First things first, how did you come up with the idea for your business and can you tell us what it’s all about please?

Hi Kate, its great to be here! I have always wanted to do what I loved for a living, and after completing a placement year during my Textile Crafts degree, where I went to work with other designer makers such as Hannah Nunn and Emma Louise Wilson, I gained an excellent insight into the craft industry and knew it was something I wanted to be involved in once I graduated.

I have always been inspired by exploring the world around me, and have repeatedly come back to using flowers and nature as influences in my work. I love exploring with materials and learnt how to use the laser cutter whilst at University and I just loved how much you could do with it. For one of my projects, I laser cut some of my drawings and loved the organic lines and pieces which I got from this. I had pinned some of these cut lines onto the board in my studio and everyone was commenting how great it looked, so I continued to develop this technique and also experiment with using different papers, colours and stitches.

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How long did it take for you to design/create your product range/pieces of work?

After graduating University I took some time off to explore the south of France for a month. It was such an amazing experience to go travelling on my own and talk to all different people from all over the world and all walks of life. I think that after the stress and pressure of finishing my degree, it was a much needed break, and my ideas developed and formed whilst I was over there. I made sure to take time to explore the landscapes and other craft areas such as Le Panier in Marseille which is full of inspiring shops and people, and this really brought home how much I wanted to make my own pieces.

It was then a matter of sourcing materials, and developing some prototypes which I showed to my friends and it all seemed to happen quite quickly from there really! I signed up some craft fairs and within a few months I was in business!

How do you manage your time? Do you work on it full or part-time and what are your plans for this for the future?

I currently have a part-time job alongside my own business so it is a dedication to get everything done and on time. I have TO DO lists everywhere and a very full diary with all my deadlines and important dates in. I’m very lucky to have an amazing fiancé who helps me out with little jobs, and keeps me level headed when I need it most!

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I was also lucky enough to showcase my work at the British Craft Trade Fair this year, it was such an amazing experience to be part of a prestigious show like this within my first year of business and the response from visitors to the show was great.

It was a busy period as I also moved house just after the fair so everything seemed to be happening at once, but now I cant wait for what the future holds.

What is it you love most about the materials you work with?

I have always been drawn to using paper in my work. It is such a diverse material and has so many applications. I love the way it can be used to play with light and shadow, as it can be translucent, opaque, colourful or colourless and this is something I am continually looking at within my work. I am always exploring new ways of using paper with the laser cutter, and layering pieces together to get new interesting effects in my pieces.

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What has surprised you the most about running your own creative business?

I think it will have to be the support of everyone around me. Whether I know them know well or just a little everyone has been taking an interest in what I do, and wishing me the best of luck. When starting up, I had to rely on a lot of different people to help me out and it was great to see how everyone chipped in! It makes me feel so humble that I have such great people in my life and also gives me the confidence to continue to pursue my dreams.

If you were to launch your business again tomorrow, what (if anything) would you do differently? Is there one piece of advice you would give to yourself back then that you wish you had known?

Trust your instincts. I had a bad experience with having my work up at a local cafe. When I walked in to put my work up it didn’t feel quite right and then some of my pieces got damaged in the time they were displayed there. So I would say that if it doesn’t feel right don’t do it! Your work is very valuable to you and if other people don’t understand that then don’t trust them with it!

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Finally, do you have any offers or discount codes that you would like to share with my readers please?

Yes of course. Head on over to shop.bryoneyfawn.com and enter BEAKUP10 at the check out for a 10% discount. You can also sign up to my newsletter for future news events and discounts by clicking this link http://eepurl.com/9qm2r


Bryoney’s Quickfire Questions:

Matte or High Shine: Matte

Summer or Winter: Summer

Ice tea or Ice lolly: Ice Lolly

Jam or Marmalade: Marmalade

Steak or Chips: Chips

Beach or City Break: City Break (I love exploring new towns and cultures!)

Sun or Moon: Sun

Flowers or Foliage: Ooh thats a tough one, Flowers!

Netflix or DVD: DVD

Instagram or Pinterest: Another toughie! I love sharing my images on Instagram, but for inspiration it would have to be Pinterest!


I’m absolutely blown away by how delicate and beautiful Bryoney’s work is, especially the flowers which are so, so pretty.

If you would like to find out more about Bryoney and her work, then here are the all important links:

Lots of paper art love,

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Enter the Simple Crafts Competition!

Simple Crafts Competition

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all had a brilliant week!

It’s just a quick post today to let you know about a craft competition being run by Sykes Cottages. A while back I was asked to create a crochet pattern for their Simple Crafts Guide for Beginners. I came up with a retro granny stripe iPad cover and you can find the pattern here along with five other crafty DIYs.

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Anyway, Sykes Cottages are now running a competition to win one of six prize bundles worth £100 each on their blog by sharing a photo of a craft you have made. I’m excited to tell you that I’m one of the judges for the competition and will be picking one of the winners!

The competition runs until June 7 and you can find all the details and how to enter by visiting the Sykes Cottages blog here. I hope you will get entering and I will look forward to seeing your entries!

I hope you all have a brilliant and crafty weekend.

Lots of creative love,

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A Change in Focus

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One of the things I love about blogging is that you can write about anything and everything you want, whenever you want.

One of the things I don’t love about blogging is that sometimes having a schedule of three posts a week on a few key themes can feel a bit restrictive. Like you have to treat blogging as a second job to make sure you get your content created and up to scratch. Which can be a bit of a pain.

If you read my blog regularly (hello and thank you!) or stop by to see my snaps on Instagram then you’ll know already that I’m expecting my first baby which is due in October. It’s a really exciting (if a bit nerve-wracking) time and I’m not so unrealistic as to think that I’m going to be able to continue my blogging seamlessly at times during my pregnancy and when bubs finally arrives.

I started this blog as I wanted a creative outlet and I wanted to share both my ideas and things I had made to try and help and inspire other people. Crafting and making things in my adult years has reignited the creative side that I used to love when I was little and has had a really positive impact on my life and helped me through some tough times.

What I don’t want to happen over the next few months is the slow and then sudden realisation that I’ve started to hate this blog as I feel too restricted by thinking up, creating, writing, photographing and editing a DIY post each week and sticking to a three posts a week schedule. Plus I might want to write about some different things too which I’ve never written about before, like becoming a mum and the new stage of my life.

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So what I’m saying is things might slowly start to change around here a bit and I hope you, my lovely readers, will understand. There might not be as many DIY posts (although I will still be making things and sharing them when I’m feeling A-OK) and I might sometimes talk about just how massive my belly is and my frustrations at not being able to see my feet anymore.

It’s still really important to me to help to promote indie businesses and small companies that make handmade goods so there will still be plenty of that.

But as things are changing I’ve decided not to put as much pressure on myself. My blogging schedule might slow down to one or two posts a week. I’ve had a think and decided I’m not going to Blogtacular this year, which I was really looking forward to, but now I don’t think I will be able to do any justice to all of the amazing advice and ideas I know I will get there due to things that are coming up. That does make me a bit sad as I’m not going to be able to meet lots of lovely bloggers I’ve talked to over email and social media but, well, money’s going to be a bit tighter and we will be able to buy things we really need for the baby with the cost of the ticket.

If there’s anything you would love to see me writing about please though, do let me know, or if there’s any DIYs you would like me to try/share. I guess while things are changing it’s as good a time as any to see if there’s anything you would like to see on these pink and grey pages! So don’t be shy, either drop me a comment below, tweet me @beakupcrafts, say hi on Instagram or you can send me an email at kate@beakupcrafts.co.uk.

Anyway, I think I’ve blathered on for long enough now so I’ll let you get back to your cup of tea and biscuits.

Thanks for reading and lots of new adventures love,

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{Free Wallpaper} May-Day Ribbons

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For this month’s free wallpaper download I’ve gone for this colourful but simple May Day ribbons design. Let’s all put out floppy sun hats and pretty dresses on and head to the village green for a bit of dancing around the maypole. Not that I’ve ever done that, but I kind of like the idea.

Anyway! If you’ve like to download this for your phone then please click here then simply save the image and choose it as your wallpaper.

I hope you have lots of lovely plans for the month of May. Wayne and I are off to Scotland for a few days later in the month which I’m really looking forward to and our 20-month baby scan is coming up too. Exciting times!

Lots of pretty ribbon love,

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Soft Yellow and Grey Bedroom Inspiration

sunshine yellow bedroom insoiration - Beak Up Crafts

I’m probably about as obvious as a One Direction fan trying to play it cool after accidentally stumbling across Harry Styles’ skinny dipping in their local swimming baths when I say that spring has made me want to freshen things up with our home decor.

Spring cleaning (boring), pretty blooms and fresh colours are back.

The only problem is, Wayne and I recently moved a big old wardrobe into our bedroom (in front of a very blue wall) which means my dreams of creating a peaceful soft yellow and grey haven have been dashed for now. I mean, there is no way that bad boy is moving for a while.

Instead I’ve taken to lusting over lots of pretty pictures on Pinterest instead, including the yellow bedroom inspiration above. If you would like to see more (and find out where these lovely photos are from) then head to my Yellow Bedroom inspiration board.

Are you fancying giving your home a bit of a lift now the nights are getting lighter? What colour combinations are you loving at the moment? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of pretty pale yellow love,

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