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Craft Room Tour

Posted July 10th, 2014 10:00

We head to Indianapolis to tour Mab's doll filled studio which inspires her beautiful art.

"It’s so totally and utterly me. You can read nearly everything about my life and personality if you spend enough time looking around. I feel an overwhelming sense of safety and inspiration every time I enter my studio. It’s my heaven."

Tell us about your space?
My studio is in Indianapolis, IN – I’ve been here for almost four years. I live in an old converted tavern from the 1800’s. My studio is in the upper level (where the barkeeps family lived). The upstairs is divided between my living space, my studio and my partner’s studio.  I live in an old converted tavern from the 1800’s. My studio is in the upper level (where the barkeeps family lived). The upstairs is divided between my living space, my studio and my partner’s studio.  It’s my work, life and everything space! I’m a pop surrealist painter, so I don’t really do many crafts – I mostly paint there. I do a little jewelry making and some sculpting there too though.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I love my art. Art is my passion and I have been collecting small original pieces for several years now. I call them my “family” and they live on my walls and sing to me. They are probably my favorite things in my studio. I have several hundred beautiful picture books (mostly fairy tales!) that provide constant inspiration! I also light a lot of candles and have bunches of little creatures and vintage toys that always make me smile ^_^

How do you keep organized?
Organized? What is this word mean? O_O

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I use a lot of mugs and pots for brushes and I have 3 old medicine cabinets (with dozens of tiny drawers!) that help keep supplies in check. I also use old print trays to keep smaller supplies and little odds and ends contained.  

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I own three of my own paintings. I love them! I also have a few of my own custom dolls. It’s very hard for me to name favorites, but aside from my art collection, I have a little berry basket that was my very first crayon-holder and “studio” when I was a toddler. It holds seashells now in a special place of honor. My shelf of sketchbooks is probably second in line for me. Those are the things I would rush to save in a fire. ^_^ 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
My sketchbooks are the window into my mind and the keepers of my thoughts. I have used Moleskine sketchbooks since I was 16 – they are perfection for housing ideas.  

Where do you look for inspiration?
It really depends on what I am reading/listening to/watching at the moment. I love aliens, monsters, fairy tales, old literature, 60’s pop culture, vintage anything, nature, oddities…. the list goes on!     I have 37 sketchbooks from over the years crammed with ideas, so I think if I painted every moment from now till my death I would still never run out of things I desperately wanted to paint!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
I’d make it twice as BIG! I would have a little more wall space for growing my art family…. And I’d make it twice as big ^_^ lol I’m really very content and blessed by what I have now, so I can’t think of much I would do to make it different!

Crafthazard By Crafthazard

This week Crafthazard recreates the bold look of Paramore singer Hayley Williams: 

"Hayley Williams is the feisty female lead of Paramore, popular rock band that continues to top the charts and maintain a growing die heart fan base. As a leader in the pop/punk rock spectrum, Hayley is quite bold and shows the world her unique perspective on style through many outspoken colorful looks. A loud mix of retro patterns and bright colors in addition to her punk rock spin and spunky attitude create a style that is all her own - and it is truly inspiring. As a fan of Paramore myself, if there is one thing I would have to say Haley Williams has taught me through song is that: We grow up... never grow old! So have fun with your style and don't be afraid to experiment. What could a better way to express your love for life than to have fun and be creative with your wardrobe? Take a look at these how-to projects and get inspired to update your look."

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Who would you like to DIY The Look of? Get in touch to make your own and be featured on the blog!

A bite to eat

21A The Thoroughfare, IP12 1AA • Visit

This week we head to Suffolk, to visit The Firestation in Woodbridge and learn how-to cook their delicious Panzonella Salad.

How did The Firestation get started?
We opened in October 2013. David Wright (The Cake Shop Bakery, winner of Britain's Best Bakery 2014) opened the cafe as an off shoot of the Cake Shop. We sell cakes and snacks from the bakery and serve excellent coffee courtesy of Jack Coleman in Bermondsey, London. Not forgetting the limited edition screen prints that are on sale from Planet Patrol Gallery.

Where are you located?
We are on The Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Next to The Cake Shop Bakery.

What are your specialities?
Apart from the coffee our specialities include the Nossage Roll. A vegetarian sausage roll substituting the meat for butternut squash, spinach, cheddar cheese and fennel seeds. We also offer a savoury eccles cake which my mum makes for us, spinach, feta, hallumi, walnut and lemon juice - incredible snack! But I guess the real crowd-puller is our salads. People come for miles to eat them. David has proper salad skills! Anything from giant Palestinian hand-rolled couscous with roasted veg to carrot salad with toasted seeds, coriander and a tamari dressing. Beautiful.

What's your personal favourite thing on the menu?
Personally I love the toasted bagel we do. Cheese, tomato and dijon mustard. That with a side salad and I'm happy!

What's on the stereo?
Such a variety so I'll just tell you a few that have been through the speakers recently. Lykke Li, Courtney Barnett, Herman Dune, The Mountain Goats, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Ane Brune.....

Where else should we visit in your area?
Walberswick is a beautiful beach, about a 40 minute drive up the A12. The Anchor pub in Woodbridge serves lovely food, as does The Table. Woodbridge has the River Deben running through it so you're never far from a peaceful river walk.

Do you host any special events?
We host a knitting night called "Yap n Yarn" which is on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, it's a lot of fun! We also have a record night called "Wax On Wax Off" where people bring their favourite records and play them for all to hear while people can relax with a beer or a Firestation signature cocktail!

The space is available for hire after hours for parties, meetings etc. New exciting things are on the horizon for our lunch menu so keep an ear out! If you are local pop in and sign up to our mailing list, or join us on facebook and send me a private message with your details. Lots of exciting events around the corner!
21A The Thoroughfare, IP12 1AA • Visit


Flannery G. By Flannery G.

Outfit details:

  • Dress - BCBG (Purchased at Nordstrom Rack- marked down from $198 to $55.50!)
  • Scarf - Pucci (Purchased at the Emilio Pucci store in Las Vegas for $280- a gift from my husband!)
  • Shoes - Paris Hilton (Purchased at TJ Maxx for $49.99)
  • Earrings - Topshop (Purchased at Topshop in LA last weekend for $28)

DIY Bcbg Maxi Dress:

Recreate the look with Flannery's Bcbg Maxi Dress tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

Bright, fun, colorful & sparkly! 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My gold leather jacket from Zara (seen here).I actually bought it when I was pregnant but it’s definitely not a maternity jacket!  I just needed something that made me feel less of a mom-to-be and more of a glamorous badass!

Who are your style icons?

My mother has been my style icon since I was born!  Because of her love of beautiful things, she helped to train my eye at a very young age.  She also loved to sew, so my sister and I were always surrounded by amazing fabrics and got to have custom outfits made for us all the time!  Some other favorites are Cyndi Lauper, Iris Apfel and Katy Perry.   

Do you have any favourite designers?

Valentino, Needle & Thread, Vivienne Westwood (I even named my daughter after her!)
, Trina Turk and Tarina Tarantino.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?

Well let’s just say that when I go into a Kate Spade store, my husband knows that some major damage is about to happen! I also love J.Crew, Dorothy Perkins and Net-A-Porter.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes!  That is actually what my blog is all about- “Tweaking” things to make them better and/or more interesting.  I have been doing it for years and finally decided to start documenting it on my blog, Fashion Tweaker!

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

Yes!  Get crazy!  Mix colors and patterns and textures and wear tons of jewelry! I always say that life is too short to wear black!

 Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Macademian Girl is one that I regularly read, I also love Winnipeg Style! My sister does some fun fashion posts on her blog, Bombay Blonde, as well!  Everyone that you feature here on the Cut Out & Keep site is amazing too!

Oriana F. By Oriana F.

"I would have to say the best thing about living in Minneapolis is getting to experience all the seasons. One day we have sun and the next day we have this snow. The city is also more calm than other cities, while still having the familiar hustle and bustle. Cute restaurants and a big theatre scene make Minneapolis a great place to see." 

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Of course we have our mega popular shops- Joanns and Michaels, but with a visit to Minneapolis you probably want something a little more special... Some of the best shops are in uptown. Uptown houses the hipsters and, with them, their love for crafts. You just have to look a little bit to find your own treasure of a shop.  Other good shops are scattered around the cities. A good place to find yarn and is at Needlework's Unlimited. Soft yarns in every color and every shade! The great selection and quality yarns make this a great place to check out.  For you sewers out there, another great shop that gets rave reviews is S.R. Harris. It's a 30,000 sq foot warehouse with any fabric you can imagine! It's definitely worth a peek into. 

Be Inspired

There is lots of special places to see. From the parks I mention below to things hidden in the cities waiting to be found. A fun way to spend your day is by taking a trip to Uptown. Shops spread throughout the whole city, small theaters, great food, and interesting people make this a fun trip to take. 

Another great place is downtown. Downtown houses the Mill City Museum - a fun place to take kids. It also has the International Market Square where you can go for more food and shopping in authentic international shops. If you come in the summer, you can expect to see a crowd at the Minneapolis farmers market. For good produce, cute little shops, and great times look no further. Pick up some produce for a good price or some handmade jewelry from local sellers! 

Of course you cannot forget Hennipen Ave when you visit downtown Minneapolis. Hennipen Ave contains many theaters where comedians, dancers, and Broadway musicals go to perform. For popular shows visit the Orpheum. For smaller, but still incredible, shows I suggest the Pantages. For dance the obvious choice is the Cowles center. Just a walk down the road makes a great place to take memorable photos. 

Eat & Drink

We have a lot of different food to try here. Some of my favorite places are Nong's Thai Cuisine for delicious Thai food in an adorable setting. Anything you get is delicious, though I must recommend the Thai iced tea. If I'm in the mood for Italian food, I go over to Robbinsdale for Nonna Rosa's. The atmosphere is fancy without being too overdone. The food is authentic and full of flavor. You just cannot go wrong here. An easier and more casual option is Athen's Cafe which has amazing Greek food. Gyros, dolmades, spinach pies, and more! The food is like “fast food Greek”- if that were a thing. It's super delicious and a great place to try if you are looking for something new. 


Some great places to be inspired are our great parks. Some of my favorites are Minehaha Falls which has trails, places to picnic, and a great atmosphere. It's not unusual to see musicians and painters creating art here, making this one of the top places for artists to be inspired- by each other and the the beautiful waterfall. 

Another great park (and great place to see!) is the Minneapolis sculpture garden. One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of Minnesota (after snow and cold) is the cherry spoon sculpture. In the heart of Minneapolis it will give you top notch people watching. The beautiful art surrounding you is bound to inspire! It's definitely a must see no matter the occasion. 

Another place filled with art is the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Many different exhibits come through and there is so many different types of art. An easy way to spend an hour, an afternoon, or even a whole day! Walk through to let inspiration hit and then sit down to craft at a nearby cafe!

See Something Special

If the timing is right, you might just catch one of our festivals. My favorite is our Renaissance Festival. Camel and elephant rides, pillow fencing, seeing fairies and mermaids... This place is buckets of fun. Plan to bring money, good walking shoes, and a smile. Maybe you will even pick up a handmade wizard wand or see someone walk on a flaming tight rope!  

  Pick Up A Souvenir

The obvious place to pick up a souvenir is the Mall of America. There are so many shops that you literally shop until you drop. The Mall of America contains many Minnesota themed stores making it an easy place to pick up any souvenir you desire for you and your friends. The mall also has an indoor theme park where you might go on the Sponge bob roller coaster or the Paul Bunyan water ride! With so many stores to choose from and things to do you are bound to be entertained- and find something fun to take home!

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Craft Room Tour

Posted July 3rd, 2014 10:00


We head behind the scenes at Little Deer Tracks to tour Aimee's studio in Siloam Springs, AR.

"My dolls are my favorite things, they make me happy and are fun to decorate with! :)  I have lots of artwork from various artists I admire throughout my house, and I have a gallery wall of my own embroidery art in my craft room."

Tell us about your space?
My studio is in our computer studio, (my husband is an artist too) we have huge floor to ceiling windows. I love looking out into our front yard in the mornings and seeing birds and squirrels hunting their breakfasts. Other than that, our space is pretty standard, we’ve moved a lot and it always takes some creativity to find the right place for everything. I have space in two rooms in our house. I share my computer studio with my husband, and we both collect toys, so that room is full of them, as well as toys belonging to our 2 year old son. I have also taken over a little room in the middle of the house where I keep all of my craft supplies and projects I’m working on. It may eventually become a guest room too, but for now it’s all mine. I share it as well, with my son, he does a lot of painting there at the window and drawing on the floor. I do work there, it’s close to the living room where we play itunes radio, or Sesame Street much of the day. I do embroidery, hand sewing projects and make and paint clay NOM gnome figures there.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I always have a bulletin board on the wall where I tack up bits and pieces of inspiration that come my way. I don’t have a lot of display space in my craft room, but I keep a few colorful things out on top of my shelf of storage boxes. I’ll probably rotate them throughout the year. My computer is surrounded by my doll collection, my "plastic audience.”  I just got a new computer desk for Mother’s Day, which I stained turquoise. I love it, it brings lots of color into a room with drab walls. My son’s chalkboard is next to my desk and features his ever changing artwork.

How do you keep organized?
Most of my supplies stay in plastic storage boxes on a tall shelf. It’s not the most attractive solution, but I can access everything when I need it. 

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I have a boxes for each type of craft I do: yarn, needle felting, fabric, felt, paints, embroidery flosses, and some with odds and ends. Keeping things separate makes it easier for me to keep them organized and put away when they’re not in use.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My dolls are my favorite things, they make me happy and are fun to decorate with! :)  I have lots of artwork from various artists I admire throughout my house, and I have a gallery wall of my own embroidery art in my craft room.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I always keep a sketchbook where all of my ideas start. I draw everything and sometimes write in quotes too. Often ideas for new projects come from random doodles in my sketchbook. I also have physical, and digital scrapbooks of inspirational images I like. I’m also an avid Pinterest user.

Where do you look for inspiration?
I look through my scrapbook image collections, my sketchbooks, and online. More often than not though, ideas come to me when/where I’m not looking for them.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
I’d love to have a huge room with a huge work table, lots of cabinets with shelves inside for supplies, and lots of display shelves. Oh, and huge windows with natural light, looking out onto a forest, or the ocean. Sound good? ;)

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A bite to eat

1503 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, United States • Visit

We stopped off at Gourdough's food truck while road-tripping through Austin and tucked in to a gigantic donut topped with gummy worms and cookie crumbles. Today, they teach us how to make their super fruity Miss Shortcake donut:

How did Gourdough's get started?

After grueling long days of back to back appointments and showing property you go long periods without eating, toward the end of the day you need a sugar fix and I would start fantasizing about the naughtiest thing I could eat, which were these crazy donuts!

The actual concept for the donuts was inspired by my love for desserts, the ones my family would always make around the holidays.  I thought it would be great to have these year around and not just one day out of the year, but I needed a medium to serve these on in order to have a full concept, when the idea of my second love quickly popped into my head......freshly fried donuts. But they couldn't be just ordinary donuts, they needed to be Big and Fat in order to get attention.

What are your specialities?
I believe our marketing edge is actually our concept of offering crazy food combinations, something that your mind hasn't thought of before, and adding a fun playfulness by creating a unique name for each one.... its shocking the first time you hear of a donut burger or chicken fried steak on a donut.

What's your personal favourite thing on the menu?
My favorite dish on the menu is the Dirty South; chicken fried steak sitting on a potato pancake and homemade cranberry-habanero jelly, then of course on top of a donut, and then all of it is smothered in our creamy gravy.

Where else should we visit in your area?
I love what they’re doing at Swift’s Attic and I also love 24 Diner as a late-night spot.

Anything else you'd like us to know?
Our short term goal is to open our 3rd trailer at The Picnic off of Barton Springs Rd.  Our long term goal is to open Gourdough's nation wide.

1503 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, United States • Visit


Cat Morley By Cat Morley

Makeover Monday is a new feature to the Cut Out + Keep blog where we'll be asking our favorite makeup artists and members to recreate the look of their favorite star and then get creative and give them the a brand new makeover. Get in touch if you'd like take part of if there's a star who's look you'd like us to create!

This week Cat recreates the look of actress Kat Dennings in the TV Show, Two Broke Girls and gives her a glittering purple smokey eye makeover.

"Someone once told me "it's funny, you look like Kat Dennings and your name is Cat too!". Though I don't totally see the similarity, I do really love her look and couldn't resist trying to recreate it. After all, who can go wrong with a sleek cat eye and red lips?!"

Classic Look

For Kat's classic look, I decided to recreate the makeup of her character Max inthe show Two Broke Girls. It's pretty a similar look to her everyday makeup but with stronger colours and bolder eyeliner:


Electro White Eyeshadow by Medusa's Make-UpMake Your Mark Eye Shadow by MAC CosmeticsNaked Lunch Eye Shadow by MAC CosmeticsUltra Black Eyeliner by Bourjois ParisNoir Expert Eye Pencil by Bourjois ParisInimitable Mascara by Chanel
Black Tulip Lip Pencil by Rimmel LondonAmplified Lipstick by MAC CosmeticsRussian Red Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics
Berry Babe Blusher by Pout


For Kat's makeover, I decided to go for a dark witchy look, replacing her signature cat eye and bright red lips with a glittering purple smokey eye and subdued dark coral lipstick.

Electro Black eyeshadow by Medusa's Make-UpPrune Intense eyeshadow by Bourjois ParisNoir Precieuxeyeshadow by Bourjois ParisNoir Paillete glitter black eyeliner bySephoraScandal Eyes mascara byRimmel London
Long Stem Rose slimshine lipstick byMAC Cosmetics
Dame satin powder blush by MAC Cosmetics
Noir Expert eye pencil by Bourjois Paris

DIY The Look

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Hayley Williams