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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


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

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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

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

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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

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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

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Lily Sugar’n Cream VS Lion Brand Yarns?

Over the last few years we have been adding wools and yarns to our extensive range of Arts and Crafts products. We have been told that you want more. So adding to our King Cole, Grundl and Hoooked Zpagetti range we want to either add Lily Sugar’n Cream or Lion Brand Yarns. For those that don’t know…   LION BRAND Founded in New York City, Lion Brand Yarn Company is a 135 year-old brand that has been family owned and operated for 5 generations. The company is devoted to inspiring... Read More


Revisiting Stitches 2015

Last week we took a trip to Craft Hobby + Stitch International also known as Stitches Trade Fair in Birmingham, hosted at th NEC. This year Stitches’ were celebrating  it’s 40th birthday!   So…. Happy Birthday Stitches!!!! 250 suppliers of creative crafts met in Birmingham for 3 days to showcase new products across the creative industries, sponsored by Craft Business & Craft Focus. I tend to get quite excited about attending this show, due to the fact that I get to find new and exciting products as well as see... Read More

Black Friday 2014 28/11/2014
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Crafty Arts’ – Black Friday Weekend Event

Every year Black Friday gets bigger and better and this weekend will not disappoint. With discounts of up to 85% in store and online! This is a great opportunity to grab get some Christmas deals, or even some cheeky goodies for yourself. All offers end Monday 1st December Click Here to check them out.   Happy Shopping!  

Christmas Wreath Making Classes 26/11/2014
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Christmas Wreath Workshop at the Creative Hub Training Room

We will be running a Christmas Wreath Making workshop to show you how to make your very own Wreath for Christmas this has become a new addition to the home.   I know some of your decorations will already be up and if they are not up and sparkling bright.  I’m sure they will slowly going up over the next couple of weeks. We wanted to run this workshop as an introduction to our classes and workshops that we will be running in the coming year.     Michelle Shalom... Read More

The Big Knit 2014 21/11/2014

Knitting for The Big Knit 2014

It’s that time again for us to get our knitting on!   Since 2003 Innocent smoothies have been donating to Age UK, but getting everyone to be involved too. Simply they are asking us to knit or crochet mini hats to sit on top of the smoothies and for every one sold they will donate 25p. The money that is raised goes towards things like blankets, hot water bottles, hot meals and social gatherings. I wanted to know a bit more about what the charity Age UK actually did. I... Read More


Bringing to you Crafter’s Companion Inspiration Magazine,Christmas Craft Ideas

NEW IN!!! Crafter’s Companion has brought to you their 5th Christmas bumper pack edition. This kit is to inspire you to step outside of the box for your Christmas paper crafting needs. This kit-based magazine has craft goodies worth a staggering £50 inside! There are step-by-step tutorials showing you how you can create stunning projects using not only the items from this kit, but also a wide variety of Crafter’s Companion products that you can get at Crafty Arts.   THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG DIES WORTH £6.99 Two fabulous... Read More

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Visit Our Crafty Arts Shop Showroom in Romford, Essex

An introduction to the Crafty Arts shop. The past couple of months have been crazy with the move to this Bryant Avenue. But  the Crafty Arts shop has been open for several weeks now and we have even put in new windows. We are proud to announce that our shop showroom is now open with FREE customer parking.     Over the years a lot has changed and it’s important for us to remember where we came from. So when we came to the end of our lease of our Bluewater... Read More

King Cole 22/08/2014
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The Great British Knit – King Cole is joining our range

I am so excited that we are extending our Knitting and Crochet yarns by your request. In doing we are proud that King Cole will be joining the range.   We chose King Cole because they have been producing knitting and crochet materials since 1935. Today they are still classed as a leading UK and international supplier and proud winners of the Queens award for enterprise in 2012.       There are so many patterns for beginner knitters or crocheters. Many of these projects can be done in a... Read More

Havering Business Award Finalist 22/07/2014

Havering Business Person of the Year

Today is a proud day for us at Crafty Arts. We are very excited as one of our Director’s has been nominated as a finalist for Havering Business Person of the Year 2014.     Jay has worked really hard since the start of the website. He has hit some amazing mile stones over the years.   This was a chance for the team to put him forward and show our appreciation for all of his hard work. Check out the press room link from The Havering Business Awards Jay... Read More

Fimo Professional Promo 09/07/2014

Reviewing the new Fimo Professional polymer clay – Part 2

A few weeks ago we offered a few of you the opportunity to review the FIMO Professional True Colours, which is part of Staedtler’s new range of polymer clay. As promised here it is… We asked you to send us an image of your polymer clay creation to have a chance to be picked to review the FIMO Professional True Colours.  As a quick recap, True Colours contains a True colour pigment which comes in handy especially when you are blending.   Our reviewers were put to the challenge and... Read More