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The Handmade Fair blog features creative posts from our friends and partners with some lovely tutorials!

Festive Mince Pies

Mince Pies can be a really simple bake and something to get all the family involved! Try our quick recipe using shop bought mincemeat and pastry, or step it up and or have a go at making your own mincemeat and pastry.

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Festive Mince Pies

Cracking Christmas Cake Recipe

Now the last Handmade Fair of the year has passed, what is next to turn our attention to… Christmas!

We love Christmas, with so many opportunities to make- from decorations, to gifts, to cards and recipes! Bring it on!

It is traditional to make your Christmas cake early, and feed it with delicious liquor right up until the day. With this in mind, we thought we would share our marketing manager David’s family recipe, handed down from his mum Jude. Enjoy!

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Cracking Christmas Cake Recipe

Cricut Tutorial: Scallop Apron

This Scallop Apron has been cut ENTIRELY using the Cricut Maker.

A perfect gift for a budding chef or baker, you can create it by following this step by step guide. This is just one example of the thousands of projects available in Cricut Design Space that includes cards, projects to decorate your home, personalised clothing or gifts to make ahead of the festive season.

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Cricut Tutorial: Scallop Apron

Meet The Maker: Moira Fuller-Creator of Craftiosity

We met Moira, who is leading our Handbound Kraft Notebook workshop at Hampton, to find our more about her!

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Meet The Maker: Moira Fuller-Creator of Craftiosity

Meet The Maker: Agata Jendrzejek – Artist

We had a chat with Agata from Art and Crafts retailer Cass Art, about her work and inspiration. Agata is an Installation Artist & Designer whose work is thought provoking and rich in historical & social context & whose primary areas of interest spread through Photography, Advertisement & Installation Art.

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Meet The Maker: Agata Jendrzejek – Artist

Healthy Summer Recipes from Carla Simao

Carla Simao, owner of Kirstie’s favourite little Notting Hill cafe Teas Me, has shared a couple of scrumptious recipes fresh from her recent appearance in the Super Theatre at Ragley Hall last month.

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Healthy Summer Recipes from Carla Simao

Marvellous Meringues

What could be better than some gloriously whipped cream with some crisp meringues and fresh fruit! To celebrate the weather being slightly less stormy, we thought we’d share our Marketing Manager’s recipe for you to bake a batch this weekend for friends and family!

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Marvellous Meringues

Making Time

Making Time is all about encouraging you to make time for yourself, and time for making. We’re asking people to try half an hour of making every day for a week (or more), and see how it makes you feel.

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Making Time

The English Stamp Company: Create a Hand-Stamped Tote Bag

Create your very own hand-stamped Tote Bag using intricate stamps by The English Stamp Company

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The English Stamp Company: Create a Hand-Stamped Tote Bag

CRAFT LOVERS: THE HANDMADE FAIR NEEDS YOU!

A swarm of butterflies is set to land on Ragley Hall in Warwickshire and Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire, as Kirstie Allsopp calls on craft enthusiasts across the region to create and donate – all in the name of a good cause.

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CRAFT LOVERS: THE HANDMADE FAIR NEEDS YOU!

Guest blog: woven bracelets by Hawthorn Handmade

Read on for an easy step by step guide to make your own colourful woven bracelets

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Guest blog: woven bracelets by Hawthorn Handmade

Guest blog: Harriet de Winton, watercolour artist and designer

Harriet de Winton, self taught, self employed watercolour artist and wedding stationer talks about the inspiration behind her work and her creative journey into design.

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Guest blog: Harriet de Winton, watercolour artist and designer

Guest blog: how to make your own espadrilles by The Makery

Make your very own espadrilles, just in time for summer with our guest blog tutorial video by The Makery.

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Guest blog: how to make your own espadrilles by The Makery

The Crafting Guide to Mindfulness

The Crafting Guide to Mindfulness

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The Crafting Guide to Mindfulness

Annie Sloan’s gilded trunk step by step

In this brilliant guest blog, Annie Sloan gives her step by step guide on how to adorn your furniture with a beautifully bohemian finish using her Gilding Wax.

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Annie Sloan’s gilded trunk step by step

Guest blog: Swarovski Create Your Style sparkles at the Handmade Fair.

Swarovski Create Your Style sparkles at the Handmade Fair. The beauty of handcrafts with Swarovski crystals

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Guest blog: Swarovski Create Your Style sparkles at the Handmade Fair.

Guest Blog: Appliqué Star with Embroidery Hoop Art Tutorial.

Craving a quick handmade fix? This week’s guest blogger, Teresa the creator behind Shirley Rainbow, is here to inspire you with her wonderful midweek make for you to get stuck into with your hands and mind.

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Guest Blog: Appliqué Star with Embroidery Hoop Art Tutorial.

Guest blog: Obby talks about the importance of upcycling, and where you can learn how.

Obby is an online creatives collective. From embroidery to pottery, Obby works with a hand-selected group of makers and creators that teach other their talents. Check out their guest blog this week for some upcycling inspiration.

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Guest blog: Obby talks about the importance of upcycling, and where you can learn how.

Meet Your Maker: Mr X Stitch

Mr X Stitch, our hilariously funny and talented exhibitor. Get to know him a little better with our quickfire interview.

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Meet Your Maker: Mr X Stitch

Meet Your Maker: Emily Dawe

Emily Dawe, one of our brilliant experts, is a creative Illustrator with a talent for watercolour, marbling and so much more. Get to know Emily more with this interview.

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Meet Your Maker: Emily Dawe

Meet Your Maker: Christine Leech

Christine Leech is an author, designer, stylist, maker and one of our brilliant experts at the Fair. Get to know a little bit more about her crafts and quirks!

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Meet Your Maker: Christine Leech

Meet Your Maker: Carol Sykes

In this week’s Meet Your Maker, Carol Sykes tells us her biggest fears, her dream dinner guests and her biggest inspiration.

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Meet Your Maker: Carol Sykes

Meet your maker: Harriet de Winton

Harriet de Winton is a watercolour artist, wedding stationer and one of our brilliant experts at the Fair. Get to know a little bit more about her in this short blog

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Meet your maker: Harriet de Winton

Meet your maker: Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan is one of the world’s most respected experts in the field of decorative painting. Learn a little bit more about Annie in this short interview.

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Meet your maker: Annie Sloan

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