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We head to Northern Ireland to go behind the scenes at Heart Handmade UK to tour Claire's lovely craft room.


"Honestly, my favourite thing is the amount of natural light that I have. My craft room was previously in a little room right beside my current craft room but it was located at the back of the house which is in a row of terraced houses and was totally dark and grey and rather stiffling creativly!"




Tell us about your space?
My craft room is in my house. It is about 4mx3m and it's a craft room/home office/cat bedroom and greenhouse (it gets all the best light so my plants live in there). It is also my workspace, and the crafting I do most in this room would probably be art journalling or project life. 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I like to add vintage touches within all the new furniture and I try to change the items on the wall and rearrange the 'stuff' on my big ikea expedit case with each season. I find having seasonal colours and images surrounding me really helps to get the creative juices flowing.

How do you keep organized?
I tend to give the illusion of organisation. I have a large wicker basket in the bottom of my large basket, inside I have acrylic pen pots that fit the basket perfectly and in there I have all of my pens, pencils, lettering markers and excess office supplies. I use a decorative lolly pop maker to store my paint brushes in the one place and I use little ikea drawers and acrylic drawers to group all of my items together. I have an entire (Moppe) drawer full of glue sticks, one full of versafine ink pads, another full of unmouted rubber stamps and another full of embossing powders!
I used old yougurt pots and hot glued them together to create drawer organisers and I store all my little bits and bobs in those. I had a bit of a sequin accident over christmas, so there are suprise sequins in all the little pots. A nice little sparkly suprise!

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
All of the above! I love my food cans covered in decorative paper for storing my most used pens and pencils and craft knives. I use pretty jam jars to store small spools of decorative thread and I try to have a place for everything. Athough, everything is not always in its place.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
Yes I have lots of my own little decorative items on display. My favourite thing to do is art journalling so I keep those old journals grouped together in a large basket and I have a little 'mini albums' basket so that if I'm feeling nostalgic I can look through them all. I have lots of decorative frames and handmade cushions and crochet blankets of my own that are on display all through my home.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I use both art journals and pinterest.

Where do you look for inspiration?
Usually pinterest.It's probably my favourite online social media site. I've always been a very visual learner and images have always evoked certain emotions and inspiration in me so I love it!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
These are going to be quite sad. Quite honestly; remove the damp in the walls, insulate the outer wall better and find somewhere to put a tiny/comfy couch!


This week Amy from The Amy Loo Blog recreates the iconic 20's look of the leading ladies in The Great Gatsby:

The women of Gatsby, from major characters to walk-on roles, have managed to bring to life a style as dramatic as the story line itself. The posh and glamorous "glad rags" of these women certainly don't fail to dazzle, whether they're at one of Mr. Gatsby's wild parties or enjoying the company of a few friends during a quiet evening at home.



Outfit details:

  • Hair - (DIY see below)
  • Shirt - SheInside
  • Skirt - Boohoo
  • Tights - Veritas
  • Scarf - Topshop
  • Bag - Veritas
  • Shoes - Avance

DIY Brightly Coloured Hair

Recreate the look with Kerri's guide for Achieving And Maintaining Brightly Coloured Hair:



How would you describe your style?

If we’re talking my everyday work-wear then I’d say ‘picked up off the bedroom floor style’. But outside of work my style is a little bit of quirky, a little bit of girly and a little bit of I’m too in love with cute little animal print. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My space print skirt from ModDolly 

Who are your style icons?

I’m not I have any style icons as such. I have a few favourite bloggers whose style I adore but no real icons. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

No huge name designers but I do like Orla Kiely, Sugarhill Boutique, ModDolly, Miss Patina and Nishe. 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I will always have a soft spot for Topshop as it’s where I first started shopping. Recently I’ve moved online and I do love ASOS as there is so much choice, as with Boohoo too. There’s a few shops in my town too that are little independent places that sell lovely items from Sugarhill Boutique, Louche and Miss Patina. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Not so much. I would love to make my own skirt this year (it’s on my to-do list) and I have the perfect duck print material for it. 

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

Do whatever you want and as long as it’s what you want then it’s always personalized. 

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I love to read The Clothes Horse, Scathingly Brilliant, the Littlest Polly and Briar Rose. Although they may sneak in some lifestyle blogginess too. I don’t tend to read exclusively fashion blogs. 

Hi! I'm Shawna Miller, the creator behind Scrawny Girl. I have a fatal attraction to cuteness, that you can see reflected in my art and everyday life. I'm addicted to coffee, Hello Kitty, cupcakes, manga, and dying my hair. I spend my days trying to draw and paint around having dance parties in the kitchen with my daughter and watching My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.


Sydney, Australia •

Sydney is a huge but incredibly green city – it’s full of parks and wildlife reserves, and one of my favourite things is how many animals there are! It’s definitely the city for anyone who loves the wild outdoors. I take so much inspiration from the natural world and it’s so exciting to step outside everyday and see cockatoos, possums and fruit bats playing in your back yard. The waterways are protected too which means you can find seahorses, rays, humpback whales and turtles without even leaving the city! The reserves are wonderful for taking a walk, run or swim and helping you keep fit.




We head behind the scenes at Something Turquoise to tour Jen's turquoise craft room in Long Beach, California.


"My favorite thing would have to be the light. The wall that it's against is all windows. I love sitting there, working and watching the busyness of the outside."




Tell us about your space?
My craft room is in Long Beach, California - the same city I was born in and have lived in for all my 31 years. I love Long Beach and I love my little craft corner! We live by the University in town and our street is action packed, so there's always someone to watch. I also love that it's all mine! ...even though my cats think it's their's too! 

My space is tiny! It's in the corner of our living room... from when the pictures here were taken, it's actually spread out quite a bit more (much to the chagrin of the hubby, lol) Our couch looks at it and our tv cabinet is right next to it. I do crafts and making all over the house - literally. If my desk is clear I'll do things there, or anywhere I have space. Especially when I'm working on paint projects, they'll usually be drying all over the house. I definitely sew at my craft desk... I probably don't do enough at it... it's always covered in projects.


What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I started by painting the wall with a turquoise ombre... then I made sure to have a few of my favorite pictures, quotes and all my favorite supplies in plain view. Like all the paint, I love being able to see them all. Same thing with my markers, scissors, and adhesives. I love my "Listen from within, your heart knows the way" print... that's a very important saying to me - if I didn't follow my heart, I wouldn't be here with you today. I love being surrounded by my crafty things... so my favorite projects cover my space.

How do you keep organized?
There's a saying, "A place for everything and everything in it's place". Most of the time it's a mess - but I know where everything is. I have to clean up, toss and rearrange constantly. Since I'm a (wedding) craft blogger I get supplies sent to me all the time... so it's important to throw out the
old and make room for the new. I give a lot of supplies away too, which I think my mom and friends appreciate.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
My biggest tip would be to focus on your most important and favorite supplies; your go-to tools and the items you use regularly because it will make crafting easier on you. For example, I was tired of getting my scissors, ruler, pens and adhesives out of a drawer - so I put them all OUT. My best scissors hang on the wall - those are only for fabric (and the hubby knows that!) and the others are in a bucket on the wall along with the rulers. All my favorite adhesives, markers, pencils, twine, brads, tape and paper trimmers are also right out in the open. Find the perfect home for your favorite items and work from there.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
Sharks! lol! I have a tiny (j/k large) collection of sharks because they are my favorite animals. You can see a few in the pictures ;) I also keep cards and gift tags, little things
friends give me or memorabilia from events like concert tickets and etc. Pictures are my favorite, three to mention are: one of my mom and dad ages ago... they are just so young and cute - one of our wedding day where I'm turning back to hear my dad say that he and my mom give me away - and the last is me and the hubs looking at each other on our wedding day.

I have quite a few creations on display... let's start at the top: the giant "J" scrabble tile (one of my tutorials), the three 'Honeymoon Fund Jars" (also one of my tutorials), the glitter champagne glasses (again one of my tutorials), the tiny shell wreath which I made ages ago, the lamp was an Ikea embellishment also from years ago, and I made the candle on display as well ;) Then if you look under my desk, I have two boxes full of all the projects I've made - I always keep at least one... I love having them and being able to look back through them.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
For the most part, it's all up in the good ol' noggin. But if I come up with an idea that I don't want to forget I write it in my reminders on my Mac Calendar. Once I create the project I check off the reminder ;)

Where do you look for inspiration?
I dream about girls planning their weddings. What would I want if I was planning a rustic mountain wedding, a romantic beach wedding, or maybe a green garden event... etc. I try to come up with
projects that fit weddings along with parties of any theme. I also love walking through craft stores and getting inspired by new products on the shelves.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
OMG - For one I would have my own entire room with one whole wall being floor to ceiling windows! With gorgeous built-ins... like Martha Stewart Craft cabinets, all turquoise of course. A giant table in the middle for making... and the perfect photo shoot station built in one corner - I can see it now... 

This week Katie from The Stylinguist recreates the look of British TV & Radio presenter Fearne Cotton:

Fearne Cotton has been recognised as a fashionista since the early days of her career. She has immaculate style and is well known for taking risks with fashion and having fun with new trends. I love Fearne's ability to mix rock chick with girly vibes, whether it's a feminine tailored jacket with ripped jeans or a pretty pastel dress with a studded collar. She just always seems to get it right!



Outfit details:

  • Jeans - Cheap Monday
  • Crop Top - Soprano
  • Cardigan - Alice & Olivia
  • Necklace - DIY (see below)

DIY Toy Car Necklace:

Recreate the look with Chloe's Toy Car Necklace tutorial:


How would you describe your style?

It's difficult to describe without just saying "me" and being really vague and obnoxious about it. My style is part comfort and part edge. It's about expressing how I'm feeling for the day. A lot of it is dress up, too. Like one day I'll wake up and want to channel Screech from "Saved by the Bell" or maybe Kelly Kapowski. Another day I'll wake up and want to dress like a flapper, or Rosalind Russel in "His Girl Friday." Sometimes I'll channel Hillary Clinton's pant suits, and another day I'll go glam like Marilyn Monroe. I'm a bit of a chameleon, but it always has a touch of me to it. And it is always comfortable, but still a bit edgy.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

It changes every day and with every outfit. Right now I'm loving a pair of new shorts I got from the Etsy seller BOODWAH. I also have a vintage cloche hat that I picked up at a flea market outside Pere-Lachaise that is so perfect. But neither of those are every day things that I am constantly going back to. They're more statement pieces that if you wear them too much, they get old. Every day staples would be things like a good pencil skirt, simple crop tops, denim cut offs, a leather jacket, and Doc Martens. I couldn't live without those things.

Who are your style icons?

I cannot say that I really have one style icon. I suck in inspiration from all over the place. I think the first time that I really got excited about clothes was when I watched Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in "Top Hat". There's a scene where Ginger is wearing this incredible feathered dress while dancing to "Cheek to Cheek." All of the clothing in those old dance movies inspire me, as well as the actresses. I'm not going to be one of those girls who names Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn as her sole style icon though. It's an accumulation of that entire era of grace and elegance. But I also love '80s & '90s movies for the creative outfits, and period pieces of course. My style icon isn't one person, it's more of an ongoing process.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I like Ralph Lauren. I don't really follow fashion too much, but he's been a designer that I've always loved. (Plus, he sponsors PBS Masterpiece Theatre which I couldn't live without, so I am in debt to him for that alone.)

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Delightfully Tacky, Always Rooney, Le Blog de Betty, and The Freckled Fox are all great blogs with beautiful, thoughtful content.

London, England, GB •

Living in the centre of London, I have everything at my fingertips. A tube journey could take me to an amazing gallery, maybe stumbling upon a pop up shop, passing beautiful architecture on the way. Travelling in the city is different every day.




We head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to tour Jordan's cozy craft area in her dorm.


"My favorite thing about the space is the blank wall above my desk on which I paste photos and other odds and ends that inspire me!"




Tell us about your space?
My craft area occupies a small corner of my dorm room. So not only is this space for crafting, but it's also where I sleep, study, and get ready in the morning! The total dimensions of my room are about 12ft  x 12ft, so my craft space is just a small portion of that. I work on things for my blog here and do my schoolwork, as well as use it for crafting. I mostly do paper crafting and jewelry making in my craft space. Since my space is so small, I take big projects into my living room to work on (but I don't do this too often since I have to share it with my roommates).

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Since my dorm room is where I spend a huge amount of my time, I really worked on decorating it to make it as inspiring and inviting as possible! I hung up string lights around the room and put a lamp on my desk so I don't have to use the fluorescent ceiling light. I use the wall above my desk as an inspiration wall and post pictures or stickers or magazine cut-outs that inspire me. My other walls have various decorations, like vintage hankies, a world map, and a dream catcher. My windowsill is lined with knick-knacks that make me happy to look at!

How do you keep organized?
Since I have such a small space, organization is very important! I keep all my craft supplies in drawers and boxes. I also have a small metal cart beside my desk that I keep crafting essentials in- like pencils and pens, scissors, glue, and various art tools.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I think photo boxes are perfect for storing craft supplies because they look lovely stacked on display while keeping all your materials organized! Recycled glass jars are also great for storing craft materials. I have several around my room that I use to hold my washi tape, sequins, and paper scraps.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My favorite possessions are the pieces of artwork that my younger sister created for me. She knows how much I love cats, so she gave me several drawings and a handmade kitty figurine that I adore! I don't have many of my own creations on display, but I did make a few decorations for my walls, like a dream catcher, a few drawings, and a some strands of paper garland.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I keep a sketchbook to write down or sketch any ideas I have for projects! If I come across inspiring ideas online, I bookmark them on pinterest.

Where do you look for inspiration?
Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration! Also, I love looking through Japanese craft books for new project ideas.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
My first wish would be to have a bigger craft space (ideally, a entirely separate room!). Second, to have all my materials perfectly organized so I never waste time searching for something that I can't find. Third, to always have lots of natural sunlight filtering in my room (perfect for crafting and photographing!).
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