Newcastle is underrated. We don't get swarms of tourists in Newcastle because everyone outside of it thinks of mining, Billy Elliott and Geordie Shore (yes, it's a rip-off of Jersey Shore) when they hear Newcastle. It's literally student heaven. In comparison to most (or all) other student towns and cities rents are cheap, going out is cheap, living is cheap in general and there's a fantastic underground alternative scene happening. Culturally Newcastle satisfies all my needs: independent cinemas, theatres, two Universities, eco-shops, etc. - It may not have the sightseeing quality that London or Edinburgh have, but it's got charm and it's unique. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else and I hope the creative scene keeps on striving without attracting too much attention that might spoil the city.
We head to Manchester to peek inside Seleena's craft closet. It may be small but it's crammed full of inspiration.
I love that it's full of my stuff! I like having lot's of things around me. That it is in a room with a window, I like natural daylight A LOT!
This week our testers are putting McClure's Pickles to the test and cooking up a range of delicious recipes for you to try at home.
Knit a pair of easy fingerless gloves with Black Sheep at Orenco in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Jessica from The Aspen Tree recreates the bohemian style of Stevie Nicks.
Stevie Nicks has been inspiring fans for decades, not only with her music, but with her style as well. She gives off an effortless, carefree, sexy vibe and her style, which is a little bit bohemian and a little bit witchy, has almost single handedly inspired all festival looks. A Stevie Nicks looks is something you can certainly achieve with DIY projects. Pro Tip: Make everything in black.
Edinburgh Gin have been enchanting the city's cocktail lovers with their flavoured gins and we couldn't wait to get our hands on a few bottles for this week's Cocktail Hour.
- Top - Target & DIY (see below)
- Tie - Target (taken from a dress)
- Skirt - H&M
- Shoes - Sole Society
- Sunglasses - Prada
- Purse - Target
- Bracelets - Forever 21 & Old Navy
- Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs
- Lipstick - Clinique
DIY Bow Blouse
Recreate the look with Hannah's tips for revamping a bow blouse:
The best thing about living in Shrewsbury is that there is a lot of history here. From Shrewsbury castle to the Tudor buildings that are still seen today. Shrewsbury is on the bend of the River Severn and has some lovely bridges; The English Bridge, The Welsh Bridge and Port Hill Bridge. Shrewsbury is also the birthplace of Charles Darwin and also where ‘A Christmas Carol (1984)’ was shot. . . . Love that film! There are lovely churches as well as fantastic galleries to check out. There is always something to do here.
We head to Oakville in Ontario, Canada to tour Darcy Allan's craft space.
I am so grateful to have a spot away from my living quarters to go to and make a mess. It's also an outlet for all the tiny, pink + mint green furniture I paint or thrift.
I've been huge fans of the Instax camera for a long time and when I heard Fujifilm had come out with a new printer, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and come up with some crafty photography tutorials for this week's Craft Test.
The Instax Share connects to your smart phone so you can print existing shots instantly and works with the same film as the Instax camera, so you don't need to buy a new stash if you've already got some at home. It's small and compact, which makes it great for travel and would be ideal at a party or wedding, letting your guests print shots to take home like a mobile photo-booth. My favourite thing about the printer is being able to turn any existing shot into a print, as there have been so many times I've kick myself for not bringing my Instax camera along to an event. It's also ideal for photography pros, who like to get creative, use filters and edit their shots when they get home.