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Mind Over Matter: Our Running Journey

What have we done? Crafty Arts running journey After a meeting with Mind Havering the whole team got really excited. We signed up to run our first half marathon. Not so bad you may think? But none of us run. We thought it was time to get our Minds on the run.  I half heartily stared running last year for about half a minute. I got to 5k and then stopped running. We hope we can achieve mind over matter and push ourselves to complete this in our running journey.... Read More


Easter Trees and four days of bliss

Easter is here, is your Easter tree up yet? Four days of bliss Or a bit of panic. Whenever we challenge ourselves to make something special and put some effort it takes work. If we do it alone then it is even harder to do. decorating and theming a room or meal takes talent. You may not appreciate into Easter is a bit like Christmas, just on a smaller scale. It all about friends and family and gathering around for a big roast dinner whatever you feast on. This is... Read More

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Inspiration: Easter crafts we want to try

Easter is all about being creative, school challenges with children and their Easter bonnets, egg decorating and other crafts. Sometimes we need a bit of inspiration to act as a bit of motivation? Here we show you all the crafts that we would love to try and maybe if you ask us we will attempt to make them next year! Easter crafts we want to try: Paint splattered eggs Galaxy paintings are really on trend at the moment. Even John Lewis had a gorgeous Space Christmas tree filled with spacemen, aliens... Read More


Bespoke Workshops Just for You

We offer a lot at Crafty Arts. Not just Arts and crafts items, do you know about our bespoke workshops? It’s so easy, all you have to do is get in contact with our customer service team, check the times and dates to see if the tutor and room are available. It does take a bit of organising so as much notice as possible is great. Prices depend on how long the workshop is and if you want the tools provided. Past and Planned Bespoke Workshops So far we have hosted Private... Read More

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Dishwasher Safe vs Outdoor Mod Podge

Have you ever wondered what is the best Mod Podge to use? Can you use Dishwasher safe instead of Outdoor because they are both waterproof? Well, here we compare them and show you the differences. The task at hand We thought to aid your choices we can give a comparison between the Outdoor and the Dishwasher Mod Podge.  There are benefits to both of these as they similar They both act as a glue, varnish and sealer Non-toxic, safe for the kids Starts off opaque, but dries clear Works on any... Read More


Quick and Easy Spring Time Project: Crochet Flower Pot Holder

The sun is out, the flowers are starting to bloom which means that spring is round the corner. I was looking for a quick and easy crochet project as I am in the middle of making a blanket but wanted a break from it, so needed a small project in between. Us crafters love to have more than one project on the go. So I decided to spruce up my aloe vera plant. I decided to crochet a cover for the flower pot. He was a bit lonely sitting on... Read More


Inspirational Female Artists Who Challenge How We Look at Art: Women’s Day

I thought in today’s blog I would mention 3 female artists that I love. As it’s International Women’s Day these ladies deserve a shout out for their beautiful and sometimes controversial artworks. As most artists’ paint with a clear point of view, I thought it would be beneficial to see how they challenge us and society. How strong powerful and fragile their works of art can be. Art is a conversation between you and what is in front of you. The artist may want to convey something to you but your interpretation and reaction... Read More


How to have a more ethical wedding

First of this is not a blog to make you feel guilty. Being ethical is something we should all be thinking about and it’s a lot more simple than you think. Here we give you a few tips on how to have a more ethical wedding. You can do all of it, or just a few bits a have total piece of mind. Wedding Stationery I have spoken about the bin of destiny before. All you carefully crafty wedding invites, menus, rsvp cards will end up in the bin, maybe... Read More


Love letters: Sealed with a Kiss

I love a wax seal. Today’s blog I am going to write a love letter and sealing it with a (wax) Kiss. My friend had these on her wedding invites in the most gorgeous yellow. The moment I had received the invite I knew who had sent it just from the colour of the seal. Wax comes in so many colours you are spoilt for choice. You can choose from the wax guns, to the melting spoons, or if you don’t have any fancy equipment you can use the wax... Read More


Handmade, Homemade, Made with Love: Craft Trends 2019

If your search for craft trends for 2019 it is all about getting personal and doing it yourself. But us crafters don’t need to be told that handmade, homemade, made with love. We have been doing it for years. Here I just talk you through the two strong craft trends that are to be popular this year. Now just to warn you, these aren’t really Trends…. just constant hobbies and pursuits that Crafters love and will never give up. Yes, we know we can get most things made in China... Read More


How to Bullet Journal: Here are some great tips on creating a great planner

I have only been Bullet journaling for 3 years but I am addicted. I thought I would share with you some advice on your Bullet Journal. Planning can feel daunting. Putting dates and filling out the year may seem like an endless task. Or it can make you feel stress-free. I know at a glance if I have plans if I need to do things. What tasks I have completed, what things I still need to do. My planner has all this information and I couldn’t live without it. The... Read More


Engaged at Christmas/ New Year: 2019 Wedding Trends

Engaged at Christmas / New Year, how exciting! Now breath! Take some time to enjoy this. Take as much time you like to tell your friends and family. Do it in person or over the phone but then just take some time for yourself. Time is going to fly (8 months and counting ahhh). You can check your secret Pinterest board for ideas that you like and talk to your partner about the budget, what time of year and what themes if any you are having. Will it be a... Read More


New Year Planning: A Greener 2019

It is easy to set goals for yourself, what needs improving, etc. Winter is the perfect time for planning your New Year, what you hope to achieve and accomplish. Are we thinking a little too small? We know what to do to improve our own health and even the environment but do we prioritize it over anything else? We all know the benefits of tucking into a healthy meal made from scratch using healthy ingredients but sometimes we just don’t have the time or energy and we rely on takeouts... Read More

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Plans for the New Year and what you want from us?

So it is time for us to start planning for the new year and to find out what you want from us? We need all the information you can give us so please email us with all your suggestions. January is a great time to sit down and plan out the year. We like to take a breather from how busy we have been this Christmas time and start planning. How do you utilise, January? Well, Christmas is over! All that time and effort, some of you will be packing up... Read More


We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We have had such a wonderful year. Our Team has grown and we would all like to wish you a Merry Christmas! We can’t believe there is just 1 day left. One That’s it and then it is all over. So have a wonderful Christmas and tell your loved ones how much you love them at this magical time of year! From all of us at Crafty Arts Merry Christmas.      


It’s nearly Christmas but don’t panic you still have time

I know there are only 5 days left till Christmas but don’t panic you still have time. Don’t stress too much if you haven’t crossed everything off your list. It is time to put down the google search and hit the high street. Don’t worry if you can’t find the exact thing you’re looking for. You can always hunt after Christmas in the January sales. Your family will still appreciate it even if it is a few days late. Maybe Santa got stuck up the chimney and there was no one there to pull... Read More

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Gift wrapping is my favourite part of Christmas

Gift wrapping is my favourite part of Christmas. I am not sure why, I love a neat edge and a fancy bow. Printed papers or simple designs fill me with joy. I love complicated ties or butchers’ twine. Gift wrap definitely says more about the wrapper than who you are giving it to. Because all your efforts end up in the bin of destiny. The presents from my fiancé are always either neat or hopeless. Meaning he has tried or someone else has wrapped it for him. He also loves... Read More


How to Start Oil Painting with 6 Easy Steps without feeling daunted

When it comes to oil painting many beginners feel overwhelmed before they have even started due to the techniques that you have to use for oil painting. You don’t need to feel this way. You just need to break it down, learn the methods and don’t be over ambitious with your first try. The “Fat over Lean” principle isn’t difficult but it is important. This guide is to give you 6 easy steps when getting started with oil painting. Using these steps will give you an understanding of how to... Read More


How to have a Stress Free Christmas

Christmas is a stressful time. It is- as much as it is full of love family and laughter there is a lot of preparation involved. Food alone is crazy! Here are a few tips so you can enjoy a stress free Christmas. Organisation is key as well as a budget. It is all well and good buying presents here and there but rather than going too crazy, write a budget. Kids toys cost a fortune and they get bored of them quickly. I have a few lists  Gifts Events Food, drink... Read More


Working with Polymer Clay : Interview with Artist Stacey Halabuda

We recently asked our crafters to review a new polymer clay product so we decided to interview one of the artists. Stacey works with Polymer clay and runs her craft business from home. Her works are truly pieces of heaven. We asked about crafting and working with Polymer clay and running a craft business. Question time How did you get interested in crafts? I always remember being crafty but it really all started with a quilling kit I was bought for my birthday one year. Although I wasn’t particularly good at... Read More