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Hester A.

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We head to Sheffield to meet #FeaturedMember Hester who loves cooking from scratch!

How did you find CO+K and why did you join?

When I joined CO+K over 5 years ago, I was looking for a site that had sewing tutorials. Just on google, literally typing in 'sewing tutorials' and it came up and I immeadiately loved it! As a keen seamstress I wanted to learn some tricks and new skills to improve my sewing skills.


What projects are you currently working on?

Unfortunately, I think I have about 20 projects in the works at the moment. I just don't seem to have the time to dedicate to any of them. I seem to have the terrible crafting habit of trying to start a new craft which will take 5 hours to make in the space of 1, not very smart really. The most recent project is a dungaress made from old jeans...


Recreate a 1940’s rock look in #DIYTheLook with Ruth Oosterman.

I have always been drawn to the post war era and the glamourous women with their hair pinned up, bright red lips and of course, the pearls. That being said, I find an overly polished look can be too much for everyday wear which is why I’ve added a few rocker chic pieces. The leather bag, red heels and skinny jeans modernize the look while the studded coat, reverse French nail and the skeleton shirt add a feistiness. The best part is how most of these things can already be found in your closet or craft box so you can create the look yourself, just add your own touch and voila!



Book of the Week »

Make Yourself at Home

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We chat to Moorea, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to make a Marbled Leather Mouse Pad!

Hey there! My name is Moorea Seal and I own a company with the same name :) I have an online retail site mooreaseal.com where we feature over 160 designers who are either handmade makers or focus in sustainable fashion/ethical sourcing. We donate 7% of all proceeds to non-profits. I also own a storefront in downtown Seattle, WA! It's a beautiful new space that we just finished building out less than a month ago! I have also been a jewelry designer for 8 years now! And my favorite thing of all, I am an author. I published The 52 Lists Project just 2 years ago and it’s gone on to be featured on Oprah and is currently being translated into 9 different languages! My second book 52 Lists for Happiness came out a year ago and has been been just as successful. And my new book Make Yourself at Home just came out in September! I deeply believe in empowering others through all that I do and my books are a huge part of that mission. In my latest book, I encourage readers to contemplate what it is that they truly desire within themselves to feel well and joyful, and through that self exploration, translate that vision in a home decor vision. If you can't feel at home in your space, it's hard to feel at home in yourself. And I want my new book to be your best friend in discovering just what you need to feel fully you in your home.

Recreate the look of Taylor Momsen from The Pretty Reckless in #DIYTheLook with FallenBeyond.

I love rocking out to The Pretty Reckless when I’m just getting started with my day or in need of some musical hype. Aside from her mature voice, I always liked Taylor’s edgy stage outfits with tight clothing and long socks or boots paired with some sort of leather jacket. This outfit was made using her general style of clothing with a zombie necklace in reference to her song “Zombie”, and of course, her iconic heavy smoky eye.



Book of the Week »

Fat Quarter

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We chat to Amanda & Juliet, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to sew festival flags.

We are Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden hence R&B designs. We are imaginative craft and product innovators, designing projects from a twinkle in the eye to styled and directed, print ready images. Juliet has written over 80 craft books as well as doing radio broadcasts, television and room makeovers for newspaper and magazines. She has worked as a design consultant for a number of firms including Dylon. Amanda, stylist writer, was Linda Barker’s right hand woman for several years designing for TV programmes, designing and styling makeovers, problem solving and writing for magazines. She has worked as a design consultant for a variety of companies designing textiles and corporate identity. Since joining forces in 2014 we have designed, made, styled and photographed commissioned projects for craft and homes magazines and websites and have run workshops for the WI, Fashion and Textile museum, Kirstie’s Handmade Fair, Campaign for Wool, as well as corporate clients. These are our first two jointly written books.

Recreate the home of the Weasley family, The Burrow in #DIYTheRoom with Sonia.

The Burrow is one of the cosiest and homeliest houses in the wizarding world and with Mrs Weasley in charge, you will find some of the most exciting and interesting objects with knits and unique objects lying around. The jumble of different objects together makes The Burrow extremely desirable and amazing."




Come behind the scenes at A Spoonful of Yarn for a #CraftRoomTour and see where Christina knits!

It has all my favorite colors and things all in one place. If I'm in there I always get distracted by the yarn and fabric I have lying around.


82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France • Visit Website »

Take a seat at the Moulin Rouge in Paris for #CraftInTheCity and create a showgirl inspired makeover.


Details

Address: 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 09 82 82
Website: http://www.moulinrouge.fr

Book of the Week »

Making Candles

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We chat to Sarah, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to make a Beehive Candle.

My name is Sarah Ditchfield and I own a company called Candle by Events, which is a candle-making activity company. We offer a range of fun, hands-on and creative events all around candle-making for individuals, groups and organisations. Our events include children and adult birthday parties, hen parties, public workshops, family fun days and also company parties and team building events across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and London.
Hanover, NH, United States • Visit Website »

Come behind the scenes at We're Going to Make it for a #CraftRoomTour and see Haley's craft space.

I love that there is a lot of natural light that comes in through my windows and that I can open my windows and feel the fresh air blowing on me as I work.



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