DIY Craft Kits

Want to try something new? In need of some craftsperation (craft+inspiration – terrible, I know)? Or looking for that perfect gift for the crafty person in your life?

Look no further! These DIY craft kits are exactly what you need!

Embroidery Kits by KirikiPress

These a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e animal doll embroidery kits can be found on etsy. I still can’t get over their cute little faces! My favourites have to be the hedgehog and the beaver. Just look at this face!

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What a stylish dude! Super cute kits, well packaged and totally do-able, with all the instructions and materials you need included.

 

Coil Rope Bowl

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Another etsy find here. These stylish rope bowls look effortlessly cool and if you follow the instructions in this kit learning how to make them will be (more or less) effortless too. With this kit you’ll receive:
10 yards of beautifully soft 8mm cotton and jute rope / or Bright nylon rope
10 yards of waxed cotton cord
Easy to understand instructions with photos
The right sized needle
*You provide the cup of tea and scissors and you’re set to go!
You will be able to make a bowl at least 18cm x 7cm high. Other colour combinations are available in the drop down menus and other colours and styles and loads of supplies can be found in the shop.

 

Leather School® Belt Kit

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Next up we have a belt making kit from the Leather School®. This would make a fantastic gift – whether you want to give it to some crafty for them to make it or make it yourself and then give it, is up to you.

 

Get Crafty Chicken Doorstop Sewing Kit

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Hobbycraft UK stocks a variety of craft kits many from Kirstie Allsopp or their own brand Get Crafty. I like this chicken doorstop sewing kit for its practicality as well as cute design.

 

Weaving Kit – Peaches & Cream Woven Wall Hanging

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Back to etsy with this kit to make a woven wall hanging. This is bang on trend, easy to learn and you can make many more projects with the hand loom included in the kit. This could be a gift that keeps on giving. There are plenty of other weaving starter kits out there, but I love this peaches and cream colour combo!

 

DIY Flower Crown Kit

And finally…one for the young and young at heart. Flower crowns are fun and colourful and these kits add an extra slice of creativity to the mix. Make your own before heading out to a festival…or round the supermarket…your choice.

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this quick round up of craft kits. I will continue to add more to the list as I discover new gems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Findhorn and Forres, Scotland

I recently had the pleasure of taking a trip up to Scotland. It took me 5 trains to get from my parents home in England up to the small town of Forres situated on the Moray coast. I was lucky enough to be attending a training course in Forres and had the opportunity to explore this idyllic corner of the world.

On our free afternoon my fellow participants and myself visited the ecovillage at Findhorn, and wow what a place! Not only has this ecovillage grown from nothing to a thriving community in the past 50 years, it has been at the forefront of eco-friendly design and experiments in community life. However, the thing that struck me most about this place was the undeniable commitment to craftsmanship. This was most evident in the construction of the Universal Hall that plays host to many events.

This stunning building, nestled between the trees, is a showcase of craftsmanship. From the conception of the overall design through to every detail of the stained glass windows, mosaics and interior decor this building is exemplary. The mosaics on the pavement outside immediately caught my attention:

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But I think that one of the most impressive features is possibly the dry stone walling. Dry stone walls are common in this area but usually have a rather rough appearance. Not so in Findhorn ecovillage! Here dry stone walls have been taken to the next level and the precision is pretty mind-blowing.

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On this wall the stone even creates a mural showing the river Findhorn flowing through the Cairngorms and running out to the sea at Findhorn Bay.

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As mentioned above, in the ecovillage they have also experimented with various types of sustainable construction and eco friendly design. This house is incredibly made from an upcycled whiskey barrel! Apparently you could still smell the whiskey for 5 years after the house was complete!

After visiting the ecovillage, we took the short walk over to the beach.

Walking down the beach, we took a short cut across the dunes and arrived at the little harbour and sat down for a well deserved fish and chips. The north of Scotland gets ridiculously long days in summer so we were able to sit outside into the evening and enjoy the fabulous reflection of the boats on the mirror-like water:

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The next day we had another treat as we were able to spend a couple of hours at the Highland Games in Forres. We saw various races and athletic competitions, a very competitive tug-of-war, traditional Scottish dancing, Haggis burgers, plenty of kilts and of course…a whole host of bagpipes!

 

The Peak District, UK

A quick post to share a few photos of my brief visit to the Peak District this weekend:

My family and I have spent the weekend at a lovely little cottage just under the Roaches, a prominent rocky ridge, a perfect location for walking and exploring. I captured a few shots while out walking, but I have to say I am no photographer, so I have had some fun with photo editing.

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Fantastic views
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Trying to make the grey sky blue
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Dramatic landscapes
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The loneliest tree

I actually find the process of photo editing quite useful. Firstly, to draw out the essence of the picture, you really have to look at everything in the picture and find what it is you want to show. Why did you take this photo? What were you thinking about when you took it? Then you need to work out the best way to bring out these qualities through editing. I often use my landscape photography as inspiration for creative projects, so editing the photos helps me process the photos in preparation for that.