Friday, 18 December 2009
This diary is produced by Redstones who have pulled together a load of children's cartoons from Vladimir Mayakovsky, El Lissitzky, Nikolai Smirnov, Osip Mandelstam and many others. Through the 20s and 30s, in the early Soviet Union, there flowered briefly a golden age of children’s books. Great artists and writers, often prohibited from other work, created a benign and fabulous alternative world. It was a world made for children, where learning went hand-in-hand with enchantment.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Crafty Creatures are very excited by the opening of a new Hummingbird Bakery in Soho, which opens today. Now we can eat all those lovely, yummy cupcakes without having to trek to West London. How convenient of them. Also, if you haven't got their cook book then we heavily suggest you purchase it or ask Santa to bring it to you as a little treat.
For more info on Hummingbird Bakery visit their site: www.hummingbirdbakery.com
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Christmas appears to be the time of year in which everyone goes craft crazy. Every weekend there appears to be another craft event, not that we are complaining. We are in our element.
Bust magazine, the independently owned craft magazine that has been running for over 13 years, is hosting its Christmas craftacular this Saturday at York Hall in trendy East London. This is a craft event not to miss as York Hall is transformed into Santa's grotto as over 60 vendor's sell their hand made wares.
Even more excitingly there is going to be a Tatty Devine Christmas-Tree Tombola; tea and cake at the Lady Luck Rules OK Pop-Up Christmas Party; knitting and sttching in the DIY Den with Fabrications' recycled rosette workshop; knitting know-how with Prick Your Finger and Knit & Destory's giant knit-along Christmas decoration.
The Crafty Creatures will be there as the clock strikes 12pm (we want our free goody bag) spending lots of money, eating lots of cake and being, generally, very merry.For more info check out the Bust magazine site: http://www.bust.com/craftacular/About-London.html
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Here is the info from them about it:
It seems to be quite fitting that we are hosting our Christmas Market in the home of the father of the Arts & Crafts movement! Situated on Forest Road the gallery is home to some stunning art work and we're very happy to be able to set up our event amongst the works of these great artists,craftsman,philosopher, socialite and all round super star!
Come spend the day browsing through contemporary craft in these beautiful surroundings. Find extraordinary one off designer gifts, view one of the richest collections of Art & Craft in the country, try your luck at the the Tombola and buy something you won't find on the High Street!
Also to be confirmed: Local Choir to perform a few seasonal tunes to get you in the festive spirit.
From 11 am to 4pm. Free entry.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Make and Do host workshops across London in cafes and bars. This is a great opportunity to make Christmas presents, to learn something new or to brush up on forgotten skills.
For more information visit their meet up page: http://www.meetup.com/Make-and-Do/
Entry costs £5 and includes refreshments. yum.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
After, what feels like, a long wait crafternoon is finally upon us. Starting at 1pm tomorrow (Saturday, in case you read this another day) at St Olave's Chruch Hall we will be preparing you for Christmas by creating our very own grotto. Even Santa is coming along.
Upon arrival you will have the choice of making your own advent calendar, creating your own Christmas baubles, designing wrapping paper and crafting a Christmas cross stitch. Also, on hand to teach you to knit and supply you with Christmas knitting patterns are our friend Purl Stitch. Experience knitters are also welcome!
All this crafty mayhem will be sound tracked by the lovely RDA who, as well as performing their own material, will be knocking out a Christmas number.
As Marie Antoinette said: Let them eat cake! And, yes, we plan to eat lots of it.
Crafternoon finishes at 5pm so come early to make the most of the day. The area will, also, be sign posted so you can't possibly get lost.
See you all tomorrow!
Crafty Creatures x
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Available in most haberdasheries the vintage Vogue patterns are incredibly cool and come in a variety of different levels of expertise. You can, also, shop for them online: www.voguepatterns.com.
This crafty creature is attempting to make this pattern. Fingers crossed it goes ok and looks better then the woman modelling it! Will keep you posted.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Finding gems in unusual places is always great especially when you love cakes. Kings Cross has never been a mecca of great cafes or interesting shops but with all the regeneration planned for the area things seem to be improving.
On my lunch break today this Crafty Creature went to a really rather lovely cafe called Simmons on the Caledonian Road. It sells a variety of sandwiches, biscuits, snacks, cakes and drinks but the best thing has to be their cupcakes. Also, when you order tea it comes in a pot with beautiful vintage cup. It made for a very dignified lunch.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Once they are completely covered we then stuck colourful pins into them, beads and attached ribbon to form a bow which can use to hang them to a tree...a voila:
You could always turn then into an accessory if you fancy. Crafty Julia took this to a completely new level to show how versatile they can be
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Send your friends the link to this blog so they can see how much fun we're going to have!
The event is taking place in St Olave's Church Hall, which is near to Fenchurch St (Rail), Tower Hill (Tube) and Monument (tube) You can see a Google Map here:
...and there is a more exact map on the flyer below.
Come along and try your hand at an advent calendar that will last a lifetime (and you can put chocolates in), homemade baubles, hand-printed wrapping paper and present tags and Christmas cross-stitch!
Remember to bring £5 for entry, pocket money for cakes and mulled wine and a spare t-shirt (or other fabric you have lying around). We'd love to see you there!
Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing...
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
No, we are not calling you a tart but if you like tarts (the sweet kind that you eat) then this might be the event for you. This afternoon enables you to let out your inner lady, a don your most prettiest dress and stuff your face with cakes in the quaint setting of east London's boutique hotel, 40 Winks.
Starting at 2pm on Saturday 14th November, this event will set you back £60, which may seem like a lot but you do get lots of treats included for that amount.
Oxfam Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Who isn't a fan of Alice in Wonderland? Or the idea of dressing up like some bizarre extra from the film? Oxfam brings, for your pleasure, to Circle Bar, Clapham, a nocturnal mad hatter's tea party to remember. With live music from Othay and Wilderness and Jonny Clark powering the wheels of steel expect a night of beautiful hats, Cheshire cats and tea martinis! Sounds great to us.
Tickets must be brought in advance through: http://madhatterteapartylondon.eventbrite.com/
Grind A Go-Go
The 1960s return to Bethnal Green this Saturday as the working man's club is turned into a den of go-go dancers making moves to the sultry delights of girl group vocals, Mersey beats and psychedelic sounds.
For more info visit their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/grindagogo
Monday, 9 November 2009
For more info visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00npf9t
At our christmas crafternoon on Saturday 28th November we will have a special team headed up by our friend Martin on hand to teach people how to make knitted christmas treats.
Looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks.
Crafty Creatures x
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Crafty Creature’s Christmas Extravaganza
ADDRESS: St Olave’s Church Hall
TIME: 1 – 5pm
On the 28th November the Crafty Creatures return with an all day Christmas craftathon at St Olave’s church hall, East London.
With Christmas in the air and the mulled wine bubbling on the stove we will be turning our hand to making material advent calendars that can be used for many festive seasons to come. There will be the opportunity to whip up your own Christmas decorations and wrapping paper so that when it comes to turning your home into a Christmas grotto you are fully prepared. Our saucy cross stitch team will also be providing jolly designs to get crafty with.
Whilst you get stuck into Yuletide crafting Santa’s little helpers will serve up a selection of cakes (including mince pies), savouries and drinks, and our house band will treat you to your favourite Christmassy carols. All you need to bring is a hungry belly, a well loved t shirt – that you don’t mind cutting up and recycling – and a generous dollop of Christmas cheer.
We have an extra special guest at this crafternoon to make the festive proceedings official. Santa will be dropping by (minus his reindeers) to grant Christmas wishes and hand out presents to those who have been well behaved this year. With a venue that is situated close to Liverpool Street and Tower Bridge, a fun afternoon of craft and cake couldn’t be more convenient.
The Crafty Creatures fundraise for the charity FairPensions, who campaign for your pension to be invested responsibly and ethically. All profits will go to them – so while you’re stitching your advent calendar you can be happy in the knowledge you’re helping to make the world a better place. So come on down to crafternoon and let out your inner crafty creature!
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
For more info visit their website here:
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
If you are hungry for craft this weekend then you should go to this weekend extravaganza put on by Hunga Munga:
Here is whats planned:
The Gallery Cafe and St Margarets House are extremely excited to be hosting one half of this years Hunga Munga Festival.
acts so far confirmed are:
Saturday 26th September
an arty garden party, art bazaar and live music til midnight
at The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green
The Bobby McGees
Thee Intolerable Kidd
Emil and the Dogtooth
Lulu and the Lampshades
Sunday 27th September
an indoor festival with arts and crafts, bands, gameshows,
burlesque, dancing and comedy
at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
Gabby Young and Other Animals
Dark Captain Light Captain
David Cronenberg's Wife
Off Ground Touch
Local Girl Saves Planet
Olly The Octopus
Gabriel Kain and the Ables
and more tbc
comedy line-up for Sunday to be confirmed...
Tickets are now on sale from Moondog Loves you...
Monday, 22 June 2009
Crafty Creatures just stumblde upon this treat that may interest our South East London crew. At the Sun and Doves on Coldhabour lane there will be a massive stitch and bitch and knit fest on 25th June!
For more detail visit the camberwell arts festival website:
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Closer got it right though! we love them.