Monday, 18 September 2017

A Floral Coffee Cosy for Mollie Makes

The September issue of Mollie Makes magazine is out now, and it includes a project by yours truly...

 

On page 93 you'll find my step-by-step tutorial for making this pretty cafetiere cosy, stitched from felt and fabric and embellished with some simple embroidery:


If you're not a coffee fan, you could use the flower and leaf templates to decorate lots of other things. I know autumn is rolling in pretty darn quickly at the moment, but florals are a joy whatever the season!

Click here to see more of the crafty, creative goodness in issue 84 of Mollie Makes. It's in UK shops now and available online here. The digital edition is available from Google Play or Apple Newsstand.

http://www.molliemakes.com/craft-2/mollie-makes-84-now/

Thursday, 7 September 2017

It's Bargain O'Clock

I feel duty bound to tell you guys that my book, Super-Cute Felt, is currently available from the Book People at the ridiculously low, highly bargainous price of £4.99!

https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?productId=698615
https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?productId=698615

It's always strangely exciting seeing my books pop up in the Book People catalogue - like seeing them in bookshops and libraries, it makes it feel properly real seeing them surrounded by all those other books by all those other people instead of just being things that existed in my head and now sit on my bookshelf. Is that weird? It's probably weird.

ANYWAY: Click here to buy a bargain copy (or three!) of Super-Cute Felt while their stocks last.

Super-Cute Felt is of course also available from Amazon UK or Amazon USA, via your local bookshop, or direct from my publisher.

P.S. Those Amazon links are affiliate links, which means if you click on the links and buy something within that session I'll get a small percentage for the referral.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Meet the Author: Me!

The latest "meet the author" interview over at MAKEetc. is with yours truly!

https://makeetc.com/blogs/about-the-authors/laura-howard

Click to read all about my crafting story, where I get my inspiration, my top tips for working with felt, and my favourite project from my book Super-Cute Felt which has just been republished.


You can read more about Super-Cute Felt and order a copy here, or try one of the projects from the book over on the MAKEetc. blog.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Weston-super-Magic: Snapshots from the Seaside

Six months ago I decided to start an Instagram account devoted to pics taken on my walks in my new seaside hometown. I've had a bit of a break recently (this summer has been very hectic!) but I've really enjoyed having a space to share these pictures, which have a totally different vibe to the bright colours of my main Instagram account.

Here are some of my faves taken since February...

The seafront has some very charming Victorian shelters, but I love this more modern one as well. All those different geometric shapes and textures coming together, with that pop of colour? Delicious!

 

There are a lot of fabulous walls in Weston; this is one of my favourites.

 

Sometimes when you stop to take photos of very "ordinary" things you get very baffled looks from passers by. A guy out walking his dog on Uphill Beach was most perplexed when I decided to photograph this!

 

"DANGER. Soft sand and deep mud. It is not possible to cross the riverbed on foot." These soft, muddy colours pop up a lot at the beach (they don't call it Weston-super-Mud for nothing). They are growing on me a lot.

 

It's not all greys and browns though - sometimes there is some actual sunshine! I went for a loooong walk along the seafront one sunny weekend in the spring, it was lovely being able to take lots of photos with that gorgeous blue sky as a backdrop but when the town was still quiet before the summer season.

 

I've not had a chance to take many photos in town yet, but I couldn't resist photographing these doors. They are fading fabulously.

 

I also love this snap of nature doing its best to overflow and burst out from the formal lines of the Victorian Grove Park. 


I am getting a teeny bit obsessed with all the texture round here. There are so many wonderfully rusting, fading, peeling and cracking surfaces (thanks to all the coastal wind and rain)...

 

... but there's also the texture of all the interesting walls around town, and the rocks at the North end of the beach. I mean, what's not to love about this?


Or these delightful pebbles and that oh-so-Instagram-able pink rock?


I also can't get enough of the wide open space of the beach. I've only been living here a few months but I practically pined for the sea when I was away this summer.


Slightly further afield, I've loved exploring the local nature reserve...


... and Uphill Village, with its magical bluebell field.


Finally, I have to include one of the photos from the wonderful sea fog! Believe it or not, I took this picture on a bright and sunny day... 


You'll find all my photos of Weston over on my Instagram account: @westonsupermagic. It's been a little while since I've updated it, but I've got lots of walks planned!