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05/12/2015
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On the 5th Day of Christmas: 5 Gold Rings!!!

  DAY 5   I love the 12 Days of Christmas song. But my favourite part is singing from the top of my voice 5 Gold rings. I don’t know why but it has always been my favourite part as a child.   So to celebrate 5 Gold Rings, here are some quirky 5 versions of 5 Gold Rings. ♦ Number One: Yummy Gold Doughnuts My first had to be food related! I was just about to decorate some doughnuts, as I looked everywhere for Gold doughnuts and couldn’t find... Read More

04/12/2015

Make a Christmas wreath with your Kids: On the 4th Day of Christmas

DAY 4   Hi, My name is Vicky and I have been invited to be a guest writer for the Be Creative Daily blog all the way from New Zealand. I am going to show you how I made a wreath with kids hands. I love Christmas, the lights, the food, even the Christmas songs but I am quite fussy about what passes for my Christmas decorations, glitter yes, tinsel a big no. When I first saw this paper wreath on Pinterest I thought it was quite sweet. This little... Read More

02/12/2015
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On the 3rd Day of Christmas: Top Christmas Gifts picked by the Crafty Arts team for 2015

Today being the 3rd of December here are the top Crafty Arts Christmas gifts picked by the team. With a few weeks to go before Christmas, we thought that I would find out from the team what gifts they would be getting some of there loved ones from Crafty Arts shop. Each member of staff picked a gift from the Crafty Arts range, who the gift is for and why.     ♥ Dana’s Choice I thought that I would start with me. So me being a greedy guts and wanting... Read More

02/12/2015

On the 2nd Day of Christmas: Hama Beads Cards & Gift Tags

DAY 2   There is not a lot you can’t create with Hama Beads. They are a versatile way of creating without too much mess.   We ran a children’s workshop with Hama Beads making Christmas tags and cards. Now as much as the children loved it, all the adults found it fascinating. You can really bring out your organised pattern building with these little beads. All you have to do is iron them to melt them together and you have your cute art.   Create Christmas coasters and presents... Read More

01/12/2015

On the 1st Day of Christmas: Paper book Christmas Trees

DAY 1 It’s become tradition to for me that every time I go on holiday, I always have to buy an old book as a memento. Which made me think about these trees even more. I like to stack them up, draw in them, cut them out and with this project make trees with them. I picked up this book in Lithuania. Because of the language barrier these books are generally something that I can’t read. The books are stitched together with a gorgeous fabric or leather cover and yes... Read More

29/11/2015
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Start a New Tradition with our 12 Tasks of Christmas

So tomorrow is the start of the twelve days of Christmas, a precious time to spend time with your family and loved ones. Advent calendars are a big thing these days and there is nothing more exciting than opening a new door each door. Not knowing what you will find next. There are so many variations from traditional chocolate calendars to alcohol-themed, beauty calendar goodies and toys. But if you are looking for something a bit different. Why not make your own. To celebrate the twelve days before Christmas we are... Read More

23/11/2015
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Plaid is now back in stock…

We love the ranges from Plaid and last week we received a huge delivery. For those that do not know Plaid is based in the USA and is well known for its creative do-it-yourself kind of products and we are very excited to get more of their range in at Crafty Arts.   We are excited because we have extended our range with even more Mod Podge, Folk Art and brand new Painting by Numbers. We thought that we would give you some inspiration for the home and gifts that... Read More

19/11/2015
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We’ve been short listed: #DotLondonAwards.

This Tuesday, we found out that we have been short listed for the Dot London Small Business Awards under the category of Best Independent Lifestyle Retailer. #DotLondonAwards.   Can I just say that we are so so excited!!!!   But now we need your help……..       Thanks in advance!  

NewCraftCrochet 16/11/2015
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Trying to conquer the art of Crochet….

I love to knit and for the past couple of years I have been trying to learn to crochet. I would pick up the hook and quickly put it back down again as I have always preferred and found it easier to get my head around knitting.   A friend of mine made a lovely granny square baby blanket for a new born and I fell in love with the design. So I decided once and for all I would do my best to learn how to crochet. My very... Read More

19/10/2015
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National Knitting Week in Romford

It was National Knitting week 5-11th October 2015, the aim was to bring awareness to the craft knitting and to inspire the next generation to get knitting. It was first celebrated in 2005 and is growing strong, giving people more awareness of both knitting and crochet.   Every Tuesday we have our very own Knit and Natter at our Creative Hub and the UK Hand knitting has asked everyone to Commit to Knit for a charity.     This year the charity we chose to knit for was the Big... Read More

21/09/2015
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Crafty Arts Summer Fun Day Highlights in Romford

Even though our Summer Fun day was a few weeks ago it was a lovely distant memory. As the marquee was being set up and the tables being put out, we were willing the sun to come out and the clouds to go away. The demonstrators and stall owners began to set up and the sun began to move over Romford. We had demonstrators from Our very own knit and natter ladies (which also includes Crochet with Maggie), Christine from Crafters Companion, Emma from Fimo, Dobby from Snazaroo and Caroline... Read More

26/08/2015

Crafty Arts Summer Workshops at the Creative Hub in Romford

The summer workshops so far…… It may have been tearing down with rain as I look out of my window, but I still have a smile on my face. This summer we introduced the kids Summer workshops and it has been fantastic! We have had full classes and what they have produced is something to be feel really good about! I can officially say that this summer by far has been my favourite at Crafty Arts. The dream of hosting workshops and classes are finally coming to light. Here are... Read More

24/07/2015
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An introduction to Marianna our Print Making Tutor

Born in Mexico City and based in London since 2004, Mariana Cutino Moguel has worked mainly in user- focused graphic design. After doing an MA in Industrial Design in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, she has worked mainly in Visual Merchandising and Display for retail while also lecturing and tutoring in different universities such as Central Saint Martins, Anglia Ruskin University and Royal College of Arts.     Nowadays, Mariana works as a freelancer in graphic, editorial and digital design for companies such as Grazia Magazine and... Read More

Feature Images_ArtMaskingFluid 21/07/2015
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How to use Art Masking Fluid

This is an easy introduction to what Art Masking fluid is, what it is used for and more importantly how to use it.       What is Masking Fluid? Art masking fluid is a pigmented liquid composed of rubber latex and pigment, for masking areas of work needing protection when colour is applied in broad washes.   What are the different types of Masking Fluid? There are two types: Art Masking Fluid and Colourless Art Masking Fluid.   What is it used for? Art masking fluid is used when... Read More

Baby Bunting 05/05/2015
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Make your Own: Pink Baby Buntings

Baby showers and hen parties are becoming more and more expensive to host, with balloons over £1 each and packs of glitter at £3 a bag I feel very unsatisfied with the choices I am given. So for a while now I have been making my own bunting. Now you can buy truly beautiful fabric bunting and making it isn’t that tricky as a pair of pinking shears makes light work of hemming seams but I feel time wise you are restricted to shape. So when one of my friends... Read More

Be Creative 24/04/2015
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The Benefits of Being Creative

Recently I keep seeing articles of the benefits of taking up a craft, so I decided to look into this a bit further.     It’s funny, when you generally think about the word “creative”, what comes to mind is Art & Crafts. So it was interesting watching the video on the CNN link as it looks at  different types of ways you can be creative ie Building Gadgets. Opening creativity to everyone!   A shocking statistic that I found in the Daily Mail stated that being a creative person... Read More

Preview of Easter Workshops 15/04/2015
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A sneak preview of our Craft Workshops over the Easter Period

Over the Easter weekend we had an extremely busy Saturday, running two workshops at our Creative Hub: Clay Modelling & Glass painting. The first class was Children Clay modelling using Fimo Microwave. Every child was asked to draw a picture of what they would like to mould using the clay.   Once moulded and harden in the microwave, we got them painting their projects.   The amazing finished products!   Dana and myself were so proud at the accomplishments of the group! As mentioned that Saturday was super busy, because... Read More

Easter Workshops 02/04/2015
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Easter Craft Workshops in Romford this weekend

We are really excited to running two Easter craft workshops this Saturday 4th April at our Creative Hub. At: Crafty Arts Creative House Bryant Avenue Romford Essex RM3 0AP Facing the Tesco car park at Gallows Corner Please Click Here for directions    Saturday 4th April 2015 10am-11.30am £5 per Child Come join our creative hub at Crafty Arts Romford for children aged 4+. We will create, design, bake and decorate what ever your children want to make. All materials are supplied just make sure that old clothes are worn... Read More

02/04/2015
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How To Make an Easter Bunny Wreath #ChallengeDana

Hello and welcome to my first blog for Crafty Arts, I am a local Romford based crafter and like to think I can turn my hand to everything (although don’t hold me to that!) so when me and Tash were scrolling through Pinterest drooling over all the beautiful Easter crafts we stumbled across a beautiful image of a rabbit wreath and me being me, thought I can make that. So Tash challenged me to it and these are the results. Next month it’s your turn to challenge me! Attach a... Read More

05/03/2015
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Our Essex Digital Awards Nominations

Today I had a nice surprise, as I opened up my email and found out that we have been nominated to be finalists for not 1 but 2 categories in the Essex Digital Awards. The two categories that we will be competing for are Online Business & Website – Lifestyle & Culture.   We are so excited to be finalists and we are hoping to win!   The Award ceremony will be held at the Colchester United Football Club’s stadium on 23rd April 2015. So, I will keep you posted!!... Read More