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DIY | Kawaii Felt Strawberry & How To Video

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It's officially summer here in the U.K, the sun is out, we're all moaning it's too hot and some of us (not naming any names👀) are already willing on Autumn. The joys of British summertime! To celebrate this, I decided to make a video tutorial for one of my favourite easy felt crafts- a very cute little strawberry. I used to sell these at craft fairs and they were always so popular. With the addition of the embroidery thread loop, these can be hung in your kitchen or attached to your keys or bag. A nice little summer accessory! Alternatively, make a fair few of them and assemble in a bowl or basket for a fun, summery table decoration. Watch the video to get the overall idea of how to make it, you can even follow this step by step and pause it as you go. Below I've added extra tips and broken down the steps for you! 

Kawaii Felt Strawberry | How To

You will need:

• 2 different colours of felt of your choosing (I used pink and green) 
• embroidery thread to match AND to contrast with your felts
• something circular to draw around (I used a coaster) 
• fabric scissors 

Step 1: 
cut the shape 
I drew around a coaster to create a circle and then cut this in half. This will make two strawberries 

Step 2:
French knots
To make the seeds, you can do a variety of French knots. See my embroidery stitches video for more info on this. Alternatively you can do lots of little straight stitches for a simpler version. 

Step 3:
Sew the straight edges
Fold the fabric with the back of the stitches facing outwards. Sew the two straight edges together using a straight stitch. Turn this the right way out and you have made the body of your strawberry! 

Step 4:

Step 5:
Close the top
Using a running stitch, stitch around the top of the strawberry and then carefully pull tight. Knot this to keep the shape and put in a few extra stitches to keep it in place. 

Step 6: 
Make the leaves 
Using your second colour of felt, draw a left or star shape and then cut out. Stitch this on to the top.
Step 7:
Add a loop for hanging
To add a loop so the strawberry can be attached to something, simply use embroidery thread, stitch up through the middle of the leaves and go back down roughly through the same point. Tie a knot for added strength.

And it's finished! 

If you try this project, let me know! 

Katie x


Bullet Journal July Set up | June Flip Through & Video

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Another month, another journal set up to complete. Although, I'm pretty sure it was only last week I sat down with my fine liners to plan for June. Where did that month disappear to?! I had been anticipating June for quite some time. I went on my friend's hen do in Barcelona, which had been in the works for a good few months, and before I knew it, it was over! Barcelona was stunning, I absolutely loved the city as well as it being a lovely opportunity to spend some time with my besties. So June was a pretty good month!

Barcelona! Take me back :(

I feel as time has gone on with my journal, it has become a practical tool for structured planning and less about pretty spreads and nice ways to capture memories. I don't think I will ever have a beautifully artistic journal like the many I am in awe of on Instagram, that just isn't me. I'm too messy for that. I like to start out by making it pretty, which is why I love doing a title page for the month so much. It's one time I put aside to do something really creative in my journal. I usually base my paintings or illustrations on flowers that bloom in that month and I've really enjoyed using this as my starting point.

However, this month I did try to include a bit more illustration and creativity into an otherwise quite boring list. I decided to illustrate the items I wanted to buy for the hen do the night before I went on my last minute holiday shop. I sat down with my journal in front of the telly, just planning to make a simple list but I decided to draw the items instead. I really liked doing it this way, because I was so excited about the hen do at this point, it made the planning pages that little bit more special.

So, I plan to include more spreads like this in July, I intend to do a Barcelona memories page in a similar fashion and maybe that is something I can start including again, like I did towards the beginning of the year. I would like to start adding some more creative elements to my journal again.

An illustrated memories from earlier in the year
My video of setting up my journal is below if you would like to watch it. I decided to do a more chatty update this month as the last few I have done have been time lapses. I challenged myself at the beginning of the year to make a bullet journal every month through to December, mostly so I hold myself accountable & keep it updated! I have enjoyed making bullet journal videos but I have lots of new DIY tutorials coming up soon, so if that's your kind of thing, please subscribe to stay in the loop! I'm so close to 2,000 subscribers, which is bloody mental!

What have been your favourite bullet journal spreads this month?

Katie x

Introducing | Finding My Creative Feet

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After many months of debating with myself about the future of this blog and all my creative platforms- is finally here!

I felt like I had out grown Kateskraft many moons ago but my eternal stress of indecision made it very hard to finalise where to go next! Teamed with my constant strive for perfection, this made changing my platforms and redesigning my blog, Etsy and all the rest quite a lengthy process.

I know one of my biggest personal challenges is trying not to care what people will think and focus more on what I want to do and what my content and work can offer. I'm also battling my need for perfection, I'm sure I'm not the only one who can talk themselves out of anything because what you've made isn't good enough. But this will be a big learning curve for me; banners and logos can be changed, paintings will improve through practise and so our imperfections are not worth losing sleep over. My boyfriend tells me all the time, "you've just got to put yourself out there!" ... So I am! I put a huge amount of work into my tutorials as well as everything I make for my Etsy shop so it's about time I start being a bit proud of it!

Changing things up has really inspired me.  I've got so many new ideas for tutorials as well as topics that I want to talk about and maybe most importantly, a new direction for my work to sell on my Etsy shop. I can't wait to be in the rhythm of making and creating again, I hope to be back to doing craft fairs as well as selling online and be able to share the things I've learnt along the way.

It has felt like starting again, which at first felt very daunting but I know 100% it's the right thing. I'm excited! (woohoo!) I already have more bullet journal updates and discussions and new tutorials ready to go.

I'm feeling pretty positive! Have you ever undertaken a creative change or challenge that has made you anxious? Did it pay off in the end?! Let me know!

Katie x

Reorganising My Craft Room | How To Organise Craft Supplies

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A rare sight in my unusually tidy workspace!

Some mornings I step into my office and have no idea where all the stuff has come from. I have craft supplies flowing out of draws, boxes of fabric and units full of paint. Every now and again, I like to pull everything out and start again. It feels so good to make my space in a good order again and also I feel like it re-inspires me. Nothing gets you motivated to start some new projects like finding supplies you completely forgot you even had!

Whilst rummaging through my treasured supplies, I found gorgeous fabrics that had fallen to the bottom of the pile that I really want to make use of. It definitely gave me ideas for some new DIY's!

I also rediscovered a huge amount of scrap book supplies. I love scrapbooking but I never seem to put enough time aside for it. I'm definitely going to get going with it again and will do a post on here once it's updated.

So I worked through, section by section, pulling out all my draws and making piles of things that are getting binned, going back in or that were in the wrong place. 

I definitely still feel like I'm no pro with craft organisation, but here are a few tips that have helped me no end...

Tips for Organising Craft Supplies

• Look for cheap table top draw units. I bought a set from WH Smith's a little while ago when they were buy one get one free, I stack them on top of each other and use them to store small fiddly bits such as washi tape, beads and ribbons. 

• Use zip lock plastic wallets to separate your papers and patterns. These are so great for any patterns you have made and are worried you will lose! I also find these very useful for scrapbooking supplies such as sticker sheets and craft paper.

• If you can't put up shelves- buy a cheap bookcase. This has been a lifesaver for me. We are currently renting so as much as I would like to fill the walls with shelves, it's not something I would be able to do. I bought a cheap bookcase from Ikea, it's small enough to not get in the way, but instantly adds so much storage space. I use it to store sketchbooks, canvases, craft supplies and baskets of finished projects. 

• If all else fails, pop your bits in a basket. I have baskets of all sizes in my office. They are great when you are working on something and want to keep all the bits together, for example if you are sewing and have pulled out the right colour threads, have loose pattern pieces and pin cushions galore. It's helps you feel tidier than you actually are! 

Have you got any tips for organising craft supplies? I'm always looking for new storage solutions so let me know if you do!

Katie x


Bullet Journal Set Up | June 2017 & Time lapse Video

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It's June already, can you believe it?! June is set to be an exciting month, it not only is the official start of summer but I'm also going away for one of my girl gang's hen do's! How exciting! I'm hoping it will also be filled with lots of creative productivity, lots of painting and crafting and a few new tutorials to be made as well. And if all goes to plan, this blog will have completed its makeover and be ready for its next chapter.

There is something so positive about the start of a new month, having a bullet journal is such a nice way to celebrate it. I love sitting with my monthly spread in front of me, ready to fill the little squares with plans and schedules, nothing feels better than a good old bit of organisation.

Goal setting is also a really important thing for me to establish at the beginning of a month. I like to set in place objectives to work towards and even if I don't get them all completed, it is very satisfying to look back and know what you are working towards.

This month, I used acrylic to paint my opening June page and painted strawberries, to celebrate the ones that have started growing again in the garden. You know you're getting old when you get excited that your strawberry plant has grown tiny fruits again but alas, this is me! Now the sun has been shining our whole garden has come alive, flowers have shot up from our succulents (who knew that would happen?!) and all our plants are looking greener than ever. Fabulous!

I used my new Tombow brush pen to write my June title, I don't think I've quite got the hang of it yet as I thought it looked too thick and I inevitably painted over it and started again. I have been practising in my sketchbook though, so hopefully it will become a welcome addition to my journalling stationery. This month, I also reintroduced stickers to my journal to add a nice bit of sparkle to my monthly spread. I really love seeing journals that have a scrapbook feel to them, so maybe this is something I will incorporate more in the future.

I write in my journal with a Staedtler fine liner, for colour I use Crayola Supertips and the washi tape I used this month was part of a set from Primark.

What are your favourite pens to use for your journal? 

Watch my time-lapse video below to see my set up for June:

Katie x

Crisis of Creative Confidence

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I've had one of those days in which nothing I have made has progressed the way I saw it in my mind. Basically, it all looks pretty crap. The problem with these 'off' days is the knock it takes to your confidence. Now, confidence in my work has always been something I have struggled with but this doubt has always been (kind of) balanced out my ambition and will to keep pushing forward. However, some days, the doubt wins.

I sit in my office surrounded by half finished paintings, sad scraps of fabric tested on and then tossed aside and an open journal with my goals page staring directly at me. It's mocking me I swear. And the unused blobs of paint squished on my palette are making me feel very guilty (that shit ain't cheap). Time feels so precious at the moment so each hour that I haven't produced something that give me hope for my artistic future, petrifies me.

So, how are we supposed to combat these days and these feelings? Ideally, I would hide under a blanket and watch Game of Thrones theory videos on Youtube to try to preoccupy my mind but as tempting as it is, it won't make my work any better. I think the best thing to do is step away from any pieces that are stressing me out and start something new, no pressure but just to keep creating. I opened my sketchbook and scribbled down some ideas. I also decided that maybe my main focus today would be to edit my up coming bullet journal video for June. Maybe I just need to change my direction a bit and be creative in other ways. The day doesn't have to be a complete right off then.

My plans for the day may not have worked out the way I wanted but at least I have produced something. A slight shift of focus definitely feels like the way forward.

Failing that, I could always just do the housework I have been putting off all day.

What are your tips for staying motivated on rubbish days? Am I the only one who gets like this?! Let me know!

Katie x

Bullet Journal May 2017 & Video Time Lapse

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This year is going so quickly it's terrifying. So here we are, May already. To be completely transparent, I'm writing this on the 9th so it's not like I should still be shocked by this. I try to set up my bullet journal the weekend before the new month begins so I can feel organised and know where my head is at going into another fast moving period. However, this month...not so much. One week in and I'd only just picked up my fine liner.

There is something so therapeutic about bullet journalling, writing out all of your plans and giving yourself a good hour to get your head around where the next month is going to take you. I must admit, I envy the people I follow on Instagram where every page in their journal is like a work of art; mine will just never be like that. As the month goes on, the messier it becomes. It ends up being a place for me to dump ideas and frantically make lists for my next day off. However, when I initially set it out for the month, I now take pride in decorating a title page so there is a touch of something artistic in my methodical plans. 

This month, I introduced acrylic paints on my opening page, mainly because I had just finished a painting and didn't want the left over paint to go to waste! I really enjoyed painting in my journal, it took away the pressure of trying to create a polished painting because it was just in a note book. It's actually really inspired me to start a sketchbook for quick sketches and paintings just to get myself into the rhythm of practising more care free work again. 

Watch the time lapse of setting up my journal below:

If you're interesting in learning more about bullet journalling and the choices I have made for my pages, check out my playlist of videos where I talk through my monthly layouts below. I challenged myself to make a bullet journalling video for every month this year, so far I have stuck to it... Even if this month is a little later than usual!

Thanks for popping by, 

Katie x

Shiny New Blog Layout & Update

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Motivational scribbles in my bullet journal using a fine liner and Crayola Super Tips

Dear blog, I have neglected you, I'm sorry...Please forgive me.

It's no secret that creative projects are time consuming. Over the past few years, I have been working on developing many creative endeavours and have honestly struggled to find a balance between life, work, trying to find my creative forte, learning new creative skills, selling work at craft stalls and online as well as making online content and tutorials. I've often felt like maybe I should hone in on one area and give up chasing my ideas, but I just don't want to do that. I enjoy it all too much.

So, instead of feeling swamped by failing ideas, I'm rejigging a few things and giving myself a big kick up the backside. I've spent a lot of time recently painting, which has reignited a passion for it. It has been like finding a lost love after many years, although less romantic and more frustrating (I'm sure I used to be better at this?!) All through my childhood, teenage years and even during my degree, painting was what I lived for. I completely lost my confidence with it after I graduated and took to learning crafts and other creative outlets. This year so far has made me realise the importance of pursuing what you love (however cliché it may be) and so that's what I'm going to do.

Going forward, I'm working on some re-branding, stripping it back to basics and making work that I love and am excited about. I'm still embroidering and sewing, I'm hugely passionate about crafting so I will never walk away from that. My focus is going to be using this blog (with its shiny new layout) and Youtube channel to keep teaching crafting techniques as well as talking about all things creative and building a community of crafty folk.

In my Etsy shop, expect to see lots of new work incorporating fabrics as well as painting. I'm working on a few wedding projects that I'm really excited about and hope to roll out after this summer.

So, to conclude my ramble: I'm going to be blogging more about all things creative and I have SO many DIY tutorials to share! My shop and other social platforms are getting a re-vamp and I'm generally really excited about what's to come.

Onwards and upwards,

Katie x

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