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The Handmade Fair blog features fun posts from our friends and partners, some lovely tutorials, and our weekly creative challenge – ‘Handmade by Hannah’.

Handmade by Hannah: Mother’s Day Honey Lavender Soap

With Mother’s day just around the corner, I thought it would only be right to let you in on my handmade Mother’s day gift!

My Honey Lavender Soap is so easy to make and has beautiful results, and to prove it I have made a little video to demonstrate how to make this little crowd-pleaser.

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Handmade by Hannah: Mother’s Day Honey Lavender Soap

Handmade by Hannah: DIY Lavender Lingerie Fillers

I am very excited to have been handed the handmade baton over from my wonderful colleague Meg (from Meg’s Makes) to carry on the Handmade Fair Blog. Whilst living up to Meg’s Makes will be a definite challenge, I have been honing in on my handmade creativity and have some really great projects lined up to get stuck into. My first being a really beautiful and simple scented addition to your drawers, just in time for spring!

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Handmade by Hannah: DIY Lavender Lingerie Fillers

Lucy Elisabeth: The Handmade Fair is the reason I do what I do!

It was the May of 2014 when I was first contacted about Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair event.

They actually found me though twitter, (ah the wonders of modern technology!) and asked if I would be interested in taking a stand at the event, I was a little excited to say the least!

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Lucy Elisabeth: The Handmade Fair is the reason I do what I do!

Guest Blog: ‘Exploring’ Weddings with Cricut

All couples want their special day to be individual and bespoke to them. Everything from the engagement party to the wedding gift thank you cards needs to reflect them as a couple. Personalising and creating identical projects, as well as producing coordinated stationery and decorations, is simple using the Cricut Explore Air™ and its online software, Design Space™. It can write/draw, cut and score using Cricut images or your own uploaded designs.

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Guest Blog: ‘Exploring’ Weddings with Cricut

Meg’s Makes: Week 10 - Brush Lettering

​I’ve been falling in love with some beautiful cards and stationery recently which use brush lettering, so wanted to see if I could replicate the look. Here’s how it went…

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Meg’s Makes: Week 10 - Brush Lettering

Guest Blog: Stencilled IKEA Step Stool by Nicolette Tabram

​Nicolette Tabram is one of our many talented makers who’ll be selling their wares in the Shopping Village. Her fantastic tutorial teaches you how to create a beautiful feature from a simple IKEA stool.

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Guest Blog: Stencilled IKEA Step Stool by Nicolette Tabram

Meg’s Makes: Week 9 - Paper Posies

It’s Spring, it’s sunny, and it’s Chelsea Flower Show very soon! As a nod to these three wonderful things, I decided to make some fancy paper posies.

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Meg’s Makes: Week 9 - Paper Posies

Meg’s Makes: Week 8 - Upcycled Stool

​You might have noticed we’ve been a little busy creating our beautiful new website, and getting tickets on sale for September’s Fair, so had to take a short hiatus from Meg’s Makes. But never fear - I’m now firmly back in the crafting game and can’t wait to share the latest creation with you. Please welcome Trudy the turquoise stool, a cheerful little upcycled number!

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Meg’s Makes: Week 8 - Upcycled Stool

Meg’s Makes: Week 7 - Potato Stamp Cushion Cover

Continuing the home improvement theme, I had a go at potato stamping this week and updated a plain cushion cover with a cheerful turquoise triangle print. I don’t think I’ll ever buy a cushion cover again!

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Meg’s Makes: Week 7 - Potato Stamp Cushion Cover

Meg’s Makes: Week 6 - Watercolour Napkins

This week we decided to try out fabric painting for Meg’s Makes. I updated some plain white napkins with turquoise and pink fabric paint, and got some quite fun results!

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Meg’s Makes: Week 6 - Watercolour Napkins

Meg’s Makes: Week 5 - Gold Leaf Flower Pot

Having taken a break last week, we’re back with this another fun make - a chirpy little gold leaf flower pot. It’s my favourite make yet, and I fear my house is about to be taken over by a hundred gold pots. I’m obsessed!

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Meg’s Makes: Week 5 - Gold Leaf Flower Pot

Meg’s Makes: Week 4 - Lino Cut Mother’s Day Card

Meg’s Makes took on lino cutting this week, and I am happy to say that the result was totally acceptable! I was unsure as to whether it would be good enough to send to my mum, but I think she’ll be quite pleased. It’s a bit late for Mother’s Day now, but why not have a go for Easter?

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Meg’s Makes: Week 4 - Lino Cut Mother’s Day Card

Meg’s Makes: Week 3 - Branch of beauty

Meg’s Makes features a cheery little wall art solution this week, costing absolutely nothing! All you need is a branch, some paint, coloured string and some bits and bobs that are fun to look at.

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Meg’s Makes: Week 3 - Branch of beauty

Meg’s Makes: Week 2 - Watercolour Cards

Week 2 of Meg’s Makes involves a little adventure into the world of watercolour card making. We hope it encourages you to pick up your brushes and give it a go too!

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Meg’s Makes: Week 2 - Watercolour Cards

Meg’s Makes: Week 1 - Marbled Paper

The Handmade Fair’s very own Marketing Executive, Meg, will be taking on a little DIY project each week to share with you - this week is marbled paper. Enjoy!

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Meg’s Makes: Week 1 - Marbled Paper

5 reasons why craft workshops are the best way to broaden your creative horizons

The wonderful Sonia Bownes of London Craft Club gives us her top 5 reasons why craft workshops are the best way to broaden your creative horizons.

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5 reasons why craft workshops are the best way to broaden your creative horizons