Friday, 18 December 2009

Cute Pups

Today seems to be the day of focusing on books! Another great book to look for is Cute Pups, which, created by Chie Hayano, gives you instructions to make a very cute puppies and some accessories for them. In the front of the book each pup has a home and its own name that make them even more irresistible. For the crafty dog lovers out there this is the prefect present.

Russian Diary

Welcome in the New Year with a new diary. In the ICA bookshop they are selling some cracking diaries including this gem - the Russian Diary.

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

Oh so pretty

The Crafty Creatures love pretty things and there really isn't anything as luxurious as looking pretty in nightwear. Trailing through the internet looking for Christmas presents I stumbled upon these beautiful Kimono style dressing gowns from Caro. They come in a variety of designs and colours. My favourite is this one below!

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Frock me

On a chilling Sunday afternoon one Crafty Creature was stumbling down the Kings Road on an voyage to find vintage. Every other month the Chelsea town hall gets taken over by Frock Me who put on a vintage fashion fair. For four glorious pounds you get to enter what can only be described as shopping heaven bar the fact you have to pay for things. Scattered around the town hall are numerous stands selling clothes and accessories from different eras. The prices seem to vary a great deal too. One stand I visited had beautiful dresses that were relatively reasonably priced but other stands had items that cost hundreds. Its worth taking cash though as you can buy some really good quality things at Frock Me.

Also, rather excitingly, there is a old school tea room at the back of the town hall. I managed to resist the cute cupcakes and devilish good looking chocolate cake (its was very hard) but had a lovely cup of tea from a pot and was served by a very friendly chap. On the way in to the tea room I spotted this rather fetching shrug. However I don't think I could ever wear anything with a head and its possibly a bit much for work so I didn't buy it.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Hummingbird Bakery

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:

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Bust Magazine's Christmas Craftacular

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:

Photos from our Christmas Craft Extravaganza!

Crafternoon may seem like an age away now but relive the wonderful day by checking out the photos. We, hopefully, will have more coming soon.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Craft Guerrilla "Christmas Craft Market"

The lovely people at Craft Guerrilla are hosting their own Christmas Craft market this weekend.

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

Whilst the cat's away...

If you can't wait for the next crafternoon (we forgive you) then you can get a craft fix at next Tuesday's Make and Do Craft Mash Up at the Hoop and Grapes Pub in Farringdon from 7pm.

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:

Entry costs £5 and includes refreshments. yum.