Happy birthday Mollie Makes

We had such a lush day today celebrating Mollie Makes first birthday!
It has been such an exciting year and I can’t wait for the next. We have all sorts up our sleeves :)

Mollie Makes is celebrating with a DIY Wedding

Oooh this is exciting news! As mentioned in my last post this month Mollie Makes is celebrating it’s first birthday. What’s even more awesome is that to celebrate the mag has teamed up with Etsy, to celebrate their new wedding registry, creating a Spring Lookbook called Let’s get hitched all about creating the perfect handmade DIY Wedding!

Issue 14 of Mollie Makes is not on sale for another week but I am pleased to be able to give you a sneak peak of the cover of the stunning matt finish supplement.

Doesn’t it look gorgeous! Not only is it full of beautiful images and ideas for creating everything from invitations down to bouquets but there are plenty of ideas for the boys too!

The mag shows off three lovely couples tying the knot including the super cool stylista Elsie Larson and her gorgeous husband Jeremy.

If you are  in the UK you can get your paws on Mollie Makes Issue 14 from May 11 or digitally to if you have an iPad or iPhone.

Here it is! Keep an eye out…

Have you met Mollie Makes? I’d love to hear what you think :)

xoxo

Free issue of Mollie Makes – the one with the apple cosies

Do you know Mollie Makes? I do! In fact I know very well as I have been working on the magazine for over a year now, yup that’s even before the big launch day back in May 2011!

Mollie Makes is an awesome craft magazine packed each month with loads of neat crafty projects, home tours of all your favourite designers and tonnes of inspiration for all sorts of handmade loveliness.

Issue One of Mollie Makes is FREE to download 

At Mollie Makes HQ we can TOTALLY NOT BELIEVE that our lovely mag has been on sale for one whole year! It only seems five mins since we launched so it’s super exciting.

Our anniversary means SO much to us so we are arranging lots of lovliness inside the birthday issue on sale May 11 2012.

The first bit of news I can tell you is we have a birthday gift for our loyal readers.

Did you get the first issue of the mag? You know the one’s with the famous apple cosies? You didn’t? Well fear not loyal crafter and lover all of things pretty, we’re giving away the digital issue absolutely FREE!  Good huh?

Yep, no matter where you are in the whole wide world you can download the whole issue to your Apple device, be that your iPhone, iTouch or even iPad, you can do it.

To find out how just pop over to the Mollie Makes blog.

Happy downloading

xoxo

Forget shabby chic, homespun style is here!

Did you watch BBC’s The Apprentice last week? I know a lot of you do as I saw the painful cries on Twitter.

The task set by Lord Sugar was to create a vintage pop-up shop from which to sell furniture and paraphernalia scavenged from junk shops. Wow, what an episode. As a lover of upcycling myself I watched with horror and downright disbelief as the two teams bought what they considered to be vintage with the idea to make it worthy to be sold again – 1980’s wrought iron chairs? Really?

Lord Sugar – “you’re fired”

The thing that got me, and gets me all the time is the mindless craze for Shabby Chic and what we consider it to be. Don’t get me wrong, I too have slapped a pot of Farrow & Ball on an old dressing table or two, but not once did I think I was particularly talented. I am no die hard follower of fashion either but I do like to be surrounded by stuff that I like. The craze for Shabby Chic has not helped the likes of me who loves a good scavenge in a charity shop or car boot sale with huge price tags being put on anything that looks pre 1990 and has some wear and tear.

What’s so good about pasty, cream and off white painted objects anyway? I was so bored of seeing them wherever I went so I was DELIGHTED to discover super stylist Selina Lake had written another great book, this time all about the bright and the beautiful!

Move over shabby chic – hello Homespun Style!

Homespun Style by Selina Lake is the most exciting book launch of 2012 #justsaying

Packed full of colour, quirky items and beauty, this book is just what I had been waiting for. The whole feeling of the book is light and so far removed from what has gone before it makes me say **YES** this is what we’ve been waiting for.

Last Friday my crafty pals and I were lucky enough to go up to the Homespun Style book launch in Shoreditch and it what a total pleasure that was.

Not only did we get to meet the gorgeous gal herself but the place was crammed with some of the loveliest craft stalls around. Did I say there were cakes? Yes, lots of lovely cakes too.

Super cute cup cake

Oh, and what’s this! I spotted my fav birdies from Abigail Brown.

Ooh and the first people there could get one of our Mollie Makes goodie bags!

(Pic as seen on Selina’s blog)

So what do you think of Homespun Style? Does it float your boat?

I was very pleased to see it had found it’s way into the hands of one of my favourite bloggers Pip from Meet Me at Mikes. This book is totally up her style street!

Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you xoxo

Weeeeeeeeee!

Oh yeah, if you suffer at all from even the slightest pangs of jelbo-nicicty look away now. Because yes, oh yes look what I have and have already devoured (not fully opening/bending pages I may add) the new Dottie Angel book. Huzzah.

It’s everything I could have imagined + more and I love it.

 Dottie Angel. Her style, her ethos and her ability to make me feel I am not alone in my world of quirkyness. Phew.

Granny squarearama

I thought I would give you a sneak peek of what I’m working on right now…I really like the colours I have used.

I can’t wait to finish it so I can snuggle up on the sofa with it!

A sneak peak of the shoot

Here are some pics from the shoot we went on yesterday. We took over this lovely house in Somerset and set up a studio similar to the Mollie Makes vid we made earlier in the year.
I hate my sewing face.
That’s better
Ta da!! The finished bunting handmade by Snowy and myself.

Keep posted for more news…! Follow us @themakingspot

A day in deepest darkest Somerset

Secret project update: Snowy aka @thetinycrafter and I found ourselves in a secret location for some filming yesterday with the super ace Future film team. We got some great footage…watch this space peeps! Oh yes, and we made some lush bunting while we were there.

Note to self: Must make bunting.

A lovely surprise

What a wonderful surprise I had when I discovered my lovely friend Hannah had brought me over some fabric from Bangkok. Asia is so ahead of the times when it comes to crafting so it really made me super excited!

What a lovely girl!
Now where is my passport, Thailand ahoy!
What shall i make with them I wonder. Watch this space you could say.