Caboodle Love!

If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a copy of Caboodle then you must go grab one! If you’re anything like me and enjoy creating contemporary and colourful projects, reading about independent makers & inspiring businesses and seeing what’s “new” in the handmade world then you will absolutely love this mag. It’s by far one of the best ones out there at the moment so when Creative Director Kayti Peschke asked me to submit some ideas for their Autumn issue I jumped at the chance to be part of it. What I love most about this fantastic publication is that there is so much content that you can keep coming back to it again and again and each time you will see something new! It offers a wide range of craft tutorials covering lots of different techniques so there is something for everyone and also features some of the best handmade products around at the moment with full details of where to purchase them. The overall design is so stylish and the vibrant photography will inspire you with ideas whilst you are reading.  Oh, and did you know, there is even a section packed full of delicious recipes for those who have a passion for sweet treats – I am so going to try making the cactus cake!!

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I was so excited when Kayti told me that the theme for my project was Retro American Diner. When I was on my Honeymoon in New York we dined in an American Diner and it was amazing!! I’m such a fan of this style anyway so this was right up my street.  I came up with a few ideas and in the end decided to create little free stitched designs that look like the labels on Heinz product packaging. One of my favourite techniques at the moment is free stitching. You can have crazy amounts of fun illustrating and drawing with a darning foot. If you are familiar with a sewing machine it’s such a simple process and you can achieve a design in a matter  of seconds!

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Caboodle is packed full of lots more fun projects and the features are a must read. I particularly enjoyed the piece on Jenna Greenwood of Pilfered (pg 17)  and her collection of super colourful gems – her Yorkshire home is an absolute delight. I also loved reading the story on Sherri of Forever Yours Betty (pg 150), a Glaswegian gal who runs her own fashion and lifestyle blog and has the most amazing dress sense!

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I’ll leave you with the Caboodle mantra by Creative Director Amy Buxton (I love this!)…

Rach x x

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Hiya!

So, I have decided for my first blog post to show you around our colourful little home! We bought our Victorian upper villa three years ago. As soon as I entered it I knew it was the one for us. It oozed character and charm, from lovely white painted alcoves and a beautiful wooden fireplace to large bay windows and a traditional Victorian tiled hallway. The first thing we purchased was some Oral Kiely wallpaper to brighten up our living room. I am pretty obsessed with all things Orla Kiely and now own quite a few of her homewares. Her prints are so cheery and they add lots of life to a room. Another one of my favourite designers is Nikki McWilliams, I have five of her fun and colourful biscuity wares – my favourite is the yellow ‘Nice’ cushion, as it matches our yellow painted wall!

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I absolutely love the colour yellow, I can’t get enough of it. It’s perfect for adding a bit of sunshine to a room! We’ve bought loads of  quirky yellow homewares and furniture since moving in, including a mustard retro telephone, a large scandi style lampshade and dining chair and most recently a cute little pineapple prop from my favourite store Tiger!

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I love looking at ways other people furnish and display things in their home. About six months after my husband and I moved into our house we got married and for our honeymoon we spent two weeks in an Air B&B apartment in New York owned by a fashion designer. Her apartment was so quirky and stylish, I particularly liked the way she had organised all of her fashion books into cute little piles. So when I got home I set up my own little book display on an old up-cycled TV unit.

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One of my favourite things right now are wall decals, they are so cool right?! We have a really odd yet quirky entrance to our kitchen and I thought this would be the perfect decoration for this space. We bought this sticker from the lovely wall co. It’s such a great phrase, simplistic and fun and brings a bit of positivity to our kitchen. When I’m having an off day I often look at this to cheer me up!!

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When I was pregnant with Lottie I made loads of my own homewares including flower posies, knitted bunting and handmade cacti and plants. I love covering old milk bottles with crocheted cosies and turning them into vases and making floral textiles and putting them in small IKEA box frames. I also made a lot for Lottie’s nursery including a super woolly and fuzzy felt pom-pom mobile which is available to buy on my Folksy shop.

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Our bedroom was the most recent space in our home to be decorated. It’s is a lovely large room that overlooks our garden and in the morning the sun streams in. The first project for this room was our headboard (it used to be black and I refuse to have anything black in our home!). I wanted to upholster it with a fabric that matched our floral stag print but couldn’t find anything so in the end I covered it with a gorgeous duvet cover I bought last year in the M&S sale. I’m in the process of making a macramé wall hanging to hang above our bed with lots of pompoms and brightly coloured yarns and my husband is going to paint the back wall a pretty mint blue shade to match the blue in the stag print!

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Our home is also where I work as a textile designer and maker. I have a cute work station with a lovely large alcove where I store all of my books, buttons, trims, threads, crochet hooks and knitting needles. The area is really bright and sunny, a perfect spot for stitching, making and planning my creative ventures!

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Rachel x x