Crafty Chit-Chat

Crafty Chit-Chat

Learning to Make your own Clothes is the Answer to all your Shopping Nightmares!

Have you ever spent hours or even days of your life trawling the internet or traipsing around Meadowhall searching for the perfect dress for a special occasion? You find variations of what you’re looking for… but the colours not right or the skirt is too long, or too short… or you would like sleeves and…

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2017 a Cracker of a Year

Hearing the fireworks go off New Years eve, advertising another year had ended, left me reflecting about what I had achieved in 2017 and what I could expect in the year to come. 2017 was a cracker of a year for me. I felt with both my daughters now settled in school I had more…

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JumpingCLAY mini makes

Children’s Half Term Workshops

All our fantastic activities for those aged 2 to 102 for February half term are now bookable online, why not take a look at our calendar to work out what you fancy – or scroll down for more information. Children’s Workshops We have a great range of different workshops this half term including some lovely…

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Twelve Days of Christmas…

  To celebrate our fifth Christmas as StraightCurves we are doing 12 days of promotions and offers. More details to follow as they are released but here is what’s go on so far… Day One – Xmas Day On the first day of Christmas (yesterday I know) StraightCurves gave to me a free £5 voucher…

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Reading to Happiness: Why Books Are Good for You

In our manic modern world, it’s more important than ever to make time for hobbies. Studies have shown that leisure activities are invaluable stress-relievers, they promote both mental and physical relaxation, and restore energy and happiness. And whilst you may typically think of crafting, sport or music as offering maximum benefits, there’s an awful lot…

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Children’s Christmas Workshops

All our fantastic activities for those aged 2 to 102 are no bookable online, why not take a look at our calendar to work out what you fancy – or scroll down for more information. Children’s Workshops We have a great range of different workshops this holiday including some lovely new ones like our Santa…

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15 Good Reasons to Start Dressmaking

I have always been a dressmaker since being a young teenager, a lady called Janet, a friend of my parents, taught me as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award when I was 14. I can remember going to her little cottage every week and being so excited when I completed my first garment. It…

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October Half Term – Packed with spooky crafty fun!

All our fantastic activities for those aged 2 to 102 are no bookable online, why not take a look at our calendar to work out what you fancy – or scroll down for more information. Children’s Workshops We have a great range of different workshops this half term including some lovely new ones like our…

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Lisa’s Tutor Tales – 5 reasons for Art Journalling

I have been art journaling now for 11 years and I still often get asked what is it? why do you do it? And what’s it for? So I thought I would write my top 5 reasons to art journal. But before I get started what is an art journal? Quite simply it is art…

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Full Range of Christmas Decoration Patterns for Ashgate Hospicecare

Get Crafty for Ashgate!

Earlier this year I was approached by Ashgate Hospicecare about an exciting project involving some of my favourite c words… craft, challenge and Christmas (other favourites include cats, cake and cuppas – if cake is on your list too why not join us at our cake off too!) Obviously I jumped at the chance and have…

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