Happy 11th Birthday Crafters Companion!

Hi gang!

The Crafter’s Companion team are celebrating their 11th birthday this week!

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They have so much in store for everyone this week and loads of brand new products including this gorgeous new fat quarter bundle!


I couldn’t wait to get making so I made a very special patchwork cushion, that you could win!


I used the Sizzix Big Shot and a Bigz die to make the triangles, although I cut WAY too many! Always more for another project I guess!


With patchwork it’s really important to stick with blocks. Make a block of 2, then 4 then add it to another block of 4 so it’s 8 and so on. You could carry on and make a huge quilt! One day, I will!


So, how can I win this fab cushion you ask? Well… Crafter’s Companion will be playing pass the parcel with selected blogs and on the Crafters Companion Facebook page they will post something like ‘The Music has stopped on Loti’s Blog – she now has the parcel and will have it for the next 2 hours between 2pm and 4pm! Go and comment to WIN!’ 

…And that’s what you have to do! Comment on this post between the allocated time and make sure you leave your email address so when I choose a winner I can get in touch. The cushion will make it’s way to you within two weeks after the event. The Hop starts at 12pm on 20/10/16 and ends at 9pm on 30/10/16 so keep your eyes peeled here!

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Don’t forget Crafter’s Companion are releasing lots of brand new products all week including a Pretty Pillows CD Rom by Debbie Shore and the gorgeous fat quarters I used in this project! Maybe comment below what you hope to get your hands on, I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to the most. Check out all the wonderful things Crafter’s Companion have in store for you this week right here!


So if you’d love to win my lovely cushion, just comment below! If you’d like to see more of my projects give us a like over on Facebook.

See you around!



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Stress Free Creativity with Colorista


So do you remember a few months ago I was going on and on about the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens? Well Spectrum Noir have done it again…

With some birthday money from my friend Sophie I invested in the Colorista range, new from Spectrum Noir. They have brought out a fantastic range of alcohol markers and colouring pads especially for alcohol markers, which is perfect for someone new to the alcohol marker scene, as it can be a little daunting!


With the pens, Sara Davies recorded a fantastic 8 week video tutorial class all about adult colouring which is great and so easy to follow! You can enrol here, and why not, it’s free!

First of all, the pens. They are double ended like normal Spectrum Noir pens, however this time one end is a normal nib and the other end is a thinner, finer nib to get into all that detail on the colouring books. They are a dream to work with and blend so well! No lines to show where you’ve been, the alcohol just soaks in and it’s a seamless finish.


The colouring pads, oh my goodness where do I start! You’ll want to flick through them over and over just staring at them, especially the glitter ones! 2 of the colouring books have encapsulated glitter (that doesn’t come off all over your hands!) and it’s fantastic to blend on. And if you want more sparkle, why not put your Spectrum Sparkle Pen over the top?! Bling bling!

The colouring pads are made of a fantastic quality card stock which holds the alcohol great. There is also a blank page to put under the page you’re working on so you don’t ruin the next page, they really have thought of everything! They come in 2 sizes, an a4 and a smaller travel sized one, which I take to work.. oops!


I can’t recommend this range enough. Great for kids and adults alike, it’s a great way to relax and enjoy some stress free creativity.

The Colorista range is available on the Crafter’s Companion website.

Happy colouring!



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Crafting at Ally Pally!

Hi gang!
Just a quick one to tell you how amazing ‘Crafting at Ally Pally’ was this weekend!

I was working at the Hochanda stand giving out leaflets and freebees and meeting all of our lovely customers. You might have seen me with light up shoes!

Crafting at Ally Pally is one of the biggest paper crafting shows in the UK and is based at Alexandra Palace in the Great Hall which is such a fantastic venue for it.

There was tons going on, not only were their live demonstrations on all the stands and lots of goodies to purchase but Hochanda were there too broadcasting live on TV and you could sit in the audience and watch! It was lovely to see all the customers meet their favourite presenters and guests.

I spent too much! Take lots of money because there are bargains to be had for sure.

Hope to see you there in April! Keep your eyes peeled around February for tickets available on the Hochanda website, and if you’re a freedom member your tickets are half price!
Happy crafting!


English Paper Piecing

Hi all, yes yes, I’m sewing again..

English Paper Piecing is not something I had heard of until recently, when Debbie Shore said she was bringing out English Paper Piecing kits.

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English paper piecing is a little bit like quilting and patchwork where shapes make up a big quilt or length of fabric, however with paper piecing we wrap the fabric is paper, which is the shape of what we would like the fabric blocks to be. ‘EPP’ as it’s known as in the industry, is centuries old and is usually done as a hand sewing project.

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I was given the challenge of making a table runner with the Kaleidoscope block I was given as part of the design team. Here’s what I ended up making!

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It’s a really lovely, simple, relaxing telecraft that I can throughly recommend! You can either do a tacking stitch or glue the fabric to the paper pieces with a Prym glue pen, which I highly recommend for ease!

You can buy Debbie’s English Paper Piecing kits right here on Hochanda.

Happy stitching!



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My First Dress Making Project!

Howdy y’all!

Now you might have seen on Facebook that I have been very creative and adventurous with the sewing machine and thought after all these years, it’s maybe finally time to make something for my son Charlie to wear and decided, especially for his train birthday party, he deserves a train waistcoat!

Now this came about because we went to Hobbycraft for an event they did where the first 50 customer got a voucher, so of course we went, very early. During our Hobbycraft adventure, Charlie found some fabric that he just would not let go of, so I had no choice, I had to buy a metre. (I’m a soft mum, I know.)

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So then when I got this lovely fabric home I was like.. ‘What am I gonna do with this?!’

I had a gander online and finally found a waistcoat pattern, which you can try too, right here at Barmy Beetroot (and it’s free!)

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And here is what the finished waistcoat looked like! I had a search on eBay and found some lovely gold train buttons, excuse the messy button holes, it was my first time but I mastered it in the end!


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Time for a picnic!

Hey Crafty People! Are you loving this summer? I am!

Ever since I moved away to go to university (6 years ago now!) I have been keen to learn how to sew. I just think it’s a fantastic life skill to have as well as a wonderful, creative hobby. I’ll never forget my first day at my Halls of Residence at university, I unpacked my sewing machine before unpacking my clothes!

Anyway, during my pregnancy and such I tried my hand at sewing some absolutely rubbish things that I didn’t even bother posting about, however since joining Hochanda I have become a little braver and decided to try one of the kits from Aly, from Aly’s Stitchy Fingers, who you might have seen at Hochanda. I work with her a lot and she is a lovely lady! She set me the challenge of making a picnic bag..

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Now one thing I used to dread is the cutting out and following instructions. I am proper rubbish at maths and I always manage to get mixed up! Somehow I pulled this off and Aly’s templates helped a treat.

There was a lot of sewing involved and a lot of new skills learned including inserting a zip, working with insulated lining and making working lids and handles! It took me the whole weekend (I have a toddler running around interrupting me remember!) but I managed to pull it off and make this!




It is fully working, fully lined and fully gorgeous! I love the fabric here and it’s my favourite colour! I’m not a camper person but I really love the cute camper van look on all things crafty these days, it seems to be really on trend.

Now if I can do it, you definitely can! Get your machine out and check out Aly’s kits over on her website or on Hochanda.

Happy sewing!


My First Time Enamelling!

Hey guys, In my new job at Hochanda I have learnt so much, including a brand new hobby, enamelling!

I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Fiona Jones, who works for Efcolor and had a great website and Facebook page called ‘Projects for Crafters’.

Traditional enamelling uses ground glass powders which have to be fired in a kiln at temperatures usually between 750-850ºC making it a very expensive hobby to get started in. However Fiona brings Efcolor to Hochanda who sell resin based powders which only need to be heated to 150ºC to fuse and bond with the surface thus making it possible to fire them in an ordinary kitchen oven. This makes it a much more affordable hobby for anyone to try. Anything that can withstand 150ºC can be enamelled on e.g. metal, glass, wood, stone, ceramics, chipboard, papier mache etc, and it’s so much fun!

I made a little door plaque for Charlie’s birthday..

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Isn’t it cute? I love every minute of making it, it’s so easy and you can get so creative!

You can see more inspiration on Fiona’s website Projects 4 Crafters or join the community on Facebook. If you’d love to get started, there’s a great starter kit on Hochanda’s website.

Happy enamelling!