Crafty Magazine Issue 5

UPDATE: Crafty Magazine is no longer in print.

I am all kinds of excited about the next issue of Crafty Magazine. It’s definitely becoming a favourite of mine so I must sort out a subscription!

The kind folks at Crafty have been lovely enough to give me a sneak peek of issue 5 to share with you today! Here’s what we have to look forward to…..

Crafty Magazine Issue 5 Oxford Theo-98

Self titled ‘Crochet Bloke’ Theo Sundh makes an appearance with his natty bow tie. Check out his blog here.  He’s definitely too cool for school. Yay for crafty boys!

Crafty Magazine Issue 5 cagney

Look at the pom pom beret! Just gorgeous.

Crafty Magazine Issue 5

I can’t wait to get stuck into the projects. SO. PRETTY. This time the mag comes with a 32 page projects supplement. Win.

Crafty Magazine Issue 5 Upcycled Gypsy Rose Footstool p.70

This upcycled vintage footstool is by Pearl Lowe. Just beautiful right?!

Crafty Magazine Issue 5 Pin Cushion ring

I love a good puncushion project. And it’s a ring! Two of my favourite things right there. Issue 5 includes a ladybird pincushion project and dream catchers.

Crafty Magazine Issue 5 Wind In The Willows

I know many of you will be swooning over these Wind in the Willows-inspired finger puppets. I certainly am. 

Crafty Magazine Issue 5 Projects

Crafty Magazine Issue 5 Project

With regular columns from Sarah Corbett (Craftivist Collective) and Jamie Chalmers (Mr X Stitch) it’s not to be missed.

Crafty Magazine issue 5 is on sale on 18 July and is available in major supermarkets, Hobbycraft and WH Smiths. You can also pick up 3 issues for £5 here.

What do you think? Any craft magazines caught your eye lately?



Girls’ Night In – Book Review

Thanks to the lovely Crafty Magazine I have been invited to be part of a Book Tour for the newest title from Hannah Read-Baldrey – Girls’ Night In: Crafts, Cakes and Cocktails for the Ultimate Party.

I’m not one for going out, so I was excited to see what this book offered as I already own Everything Oz, one of Hannah’s previous titles.

Girls' Night In Book

The cover and pink candy striped/polka dot pages set the uber girly scene right away and Hannah shares tips on getting organised for a party.

The book is helpfully split into sections, the most substantial being the Craft Projects. The Bunting Necklace below is definitely on my (massive) to-make list. Filled with jewellery makes, home furnishings, clothes, fun party accessories and even burlesque showgirl tassles(!) – it offers a huge range of simple and fun crafts.

Bunting Necklace

Beauty fans will love the Bourdoir Beauty section with hair tips and nail art patterns to try.  Face mask and scrub recipes put a handmade twist on it. Perfect for a pamper party.

Beautiful Blossom Nails

There are plenty of recipes for Saffy Savouries, Sweet Treats and Cocktails to ensure your party is well catered for. Lots of scrummy makes including the Leggy Ruffle Cake, Mini Quiches and Cupcakes in a Cone which I’ve never managed to make successfully!

Cupcake In A Cone

I’m probably the wrong person to comment on the cocktails, as I don’t drink alcohol, but I could definitely see myself making some virgin versions of the Pink Lady and Ginger Driver!

Cocktails for Girls Night In

In between chapters you will find silly party games and playlists, a little twee for me, but all in good nature of course. Hannah features her friends throughout the book who make very worthy models and offer a glamourous insight into their girly parties.

This personal touch makes Hannah’s approach to entertaining relatable and enjoyable and not in any way pretentious.

Girls Night In Acknowledgements

Overall, a fun book with a considerable amount of content, well balanced with fun and quirky photographs. One I’ll visit when I invite the girls over for our craft and dinner club!

Make sure you hop on over to the next blog in the book tour, one of my faves – Lulu Loves.


* I was sent this book to review as part of the Crafty Magazine book tour. I received no payment and all opinions are my own.

Crafty Magazine Issue 1

UPDATE:  Crafty Magazine is no longer in print.

Crafty Magazine

A new magazine has hit the shelves! Crafty Magazine Issue One is out now with issue two coming very soon. As someone who loves a craft mag, I jumped at the chance to share this one with you guys.

Packed full of DIYs including 5 ways to personalise your converse trainers, right through to geometric botanical sculpture, it’s rare to find a magazine with such a range of crafts and inspiration.

Crafty Magazine Free Gift

With a slight hipster vibe, the first issue comes with some natural calico fabric and ideas to make embroidered covered buttons and brooches.

Crafty Magazine Content

The articles are current, fresh and interesting. I particularly enjoyed Stephanie de Geus’ story about her vintage camera collection and the regular column from cross stitch extraordinaire Mr X Stitch.

Crafty Magazine Content 3

Crafty Magazine Content 2

The magazine wins brownie points by sharing National Stationery Week and there are projects covering crochet, knitting, felt, sewing and even a David Bowie paper doll. Awesome. As a self titled “all-rounder” in the craft world, I hadn’t found a magazine that speaks to all my interests. Until now!

Crafty Magazine Content 1

Overall, the magazine has a great balance of DIY projects and creative articles and is littered with tips throughout. Whilst I buy some magazines purely for inspiration, Crafty magazine hits the spot for me by providing a little bit of everything I love. With the tag line “Dream It*Make it*Love It”, it speaks to my way of thinking.

If you like my review, but want a look for yourselves, you can view a digital sampler of the magazine here. All you need to do is enter your email address.


Disclaimer: Practical Publishing sent me Crafty Magazine to review and share with my readers. I will always share my honest opinions with you and if a product doesn’t live up to my expectations, I’ll be sure to tell you!