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My Etsy Shop Relaunch! Christmas Cards Galore!

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It's been a very crazy few months for me and one of the reasons has been my Etsy shop relaunch. I've been working away painting and designing a small collection of Christmas cards for what feels like months. I can't believe they are finally all finished and in my shop! At some points, it felt like this would never happen.

This year has been a huge learning curve for me, I'll talk more about this as we approach the new year but I'm hoping 2018 will be the year I finally find my feet creatively. Relaunching my shop this month has been a huge step towards this and I'm so excited!

I would love to hear your feedback on this, every bit of support is so precious to me so I would be so grateful if you came and said hello on Instagram or Facebook.

I'm now in the full swing of festive cheer and to have my Christmas designs out in the world is the cherry on top of a wonderfully plump mince pie.

Here's to a wonderful December!

Katie x


DIY | Felt Poison Apple Halloween Tutorial

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It's that time of year again! Pumpkins at the ready, it's nearly Halloween! Oohhhh! I'm really excited about the DIY tutorial I've made this year, it's based on one of my favourite Disney films, Snow White. I've wanted to make a poison apple since last year, originally I wanted to do it in clay but I was a bit pushed for time (clay projects take a couple of days due to drying time) so decided to do it in felt. I'm actually so pleased I did it as a sewing project because I think it came out great. I wanted to make a decoration that could be hung on a door handle or hung amongst other decorations. I think it would be perfect for any Halloween party!

Watch the video below:

Make sure you check out my previous Halloween videos in my Youtube playlist.

Happy Halloween folks! Let me know if you take on any crafty projects this weekend and make sure you pop over to my instagram (@katiekdiy) to say hello!

Katie x


Bullet Journal | October Set Up & Time Lapse Video


It's finally October and I had been looking forward this month to setting up my bullet journal based around all things autumn. October may just be my favourite month of the year. I always think of myself as more of an autumn/winter person, so when the temperate drops and the layers can come out, I'm in my element. In terms of inspiration, the colours of autumn are ideal to refresh ideas and relight some creativity. I also LOVE halloween, I've never been one for scary films, guts and gore but I'm one of those cop outs who love decorating with pumpkins and dressing up for a party. The past few years have always been so fun, it means by the time October roles around I can't wait for the celebrations to begin!

I really enjoyed setting up my journal this month, however, I timed it very badly. My only opportunity to get it done before October 1st was a late Saturday afternoon, where I desperately set up my questionable lighting situation (I'm sure it used to be light at 4pm...) and rushed to film my set up video. Surprisingly, I'm quite happy with the outcome, although I did make a few silly mistakes in my state of panic; getting ready with half an hour spare is NOT my style. The most obvious flaw would be my brain fart of leaving the 'T' out of October. How I managed that, I have no idea. I didn't even notice this until a later date when I started to fill out my monthly plans, only to wonder why October looked so strange to me. Quick to rectify, it wasn't the worst thing that would happen to me that week, that's for sure.

I also ran short of time so decided to leave my weekly spreads until a few days later. These, however, haven't changed since last month, so you can always watch my September video if you're looking for some simple ideas for these. Speaking of last month, I didn't write a blog post about September's bullet journal set up, strangely, I did make a video though so I will link it below if an arty time lapse is your kinda thing.

So there we go, all ready for autumn! Im trying to post new, autumnal themed work on my Instagram at the moment so pop over there and say hello if you haven't before. It's --> @katiekdiy

Are you a fellow fan of this time of year? Let me know!

Katie x


Hand Painted Floral Wedding Welcome Board | Handmade Wedding Touches

Above photograph by Sung Blue

There is something very special about being asked to have your artwork included in someone's wedding. Every detail of a bride's day is so meticulously thought out and so be asked to create a painting for that day, is very touching as well as quite daunting! The pressure is on to make something beautiful! Thankfully, I love working on canvas and painting anything floral! My dear friend Sophie's wedding took place at the weekend and a few months ago, she asked me to create a hand painted welcome board for the entrance of her venue. She was incredibly laid back and open to any ideas I had, which made it a very fun and relaxed project from the word go!

I have previously painted similar welcome boards so I was excited to start planning a new canvas and play with some new ideas. I mostly prefer working on a larger scale and have always found details, lettering and general composition easier to work with sized up. This year, I have spent so much time trying to improve my ability and confidence working with smaller pieces and experimenting with different mediums such as watercolour, so it felt great to be able to start a project in complete contrast to those. 

 One of my favourite parts of the painting is the banner displaying the wedding date. I really enjoyed hand painting the lettering with a fine brush, it inspired me to start practising with this technique in my sketchbook and I intend to incorporate it in more of my work going forward.

The painting is on a 60x80cm canvas, which I painted with acrylic paint.

If you like the style of my work and would like to include it in your wedding decor/stationery or anything else, please get in contact! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @katiekdiy for regular updates on what I'm currently working on.

Katie x


DIY | Painted Planters & How To Video

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Over the past few years, my love for all things botanical has grown some what. When we moved from an upstairs flat to our current home with its little courtyard garden, we started to build a collection of potted plants. We grew things from seeds such as tomato plants (which are now huge!) and collected new shrubs to fill our home and garden every time we popped to the market at the weekend. It is not only rewarding but makes your home look so pretty and colourful! 

I've been wanting to decorate some pots for a little while now to add some variety to the array of terracotta that we have accumulated over time. (Watch the tutorial video for these designs below) 

This was a really fun project which is very simple but allows you to get very creative! Choose colours and designs that match your decor or go as colourful and loud as you like! I wanted to show 3 easy ways of doing this taking inspiration from different styles. Watch the video to learn the process and make sure you read to the bottom of this post for my extra tips and advice! 

My first idea was inspired by the many Scandi style prints and colours that are so popular at the moment. I love the combination of the light blue in contrast with the black lines. You could do the same style but with pastel pink, peach or mint green and make a little matching set. 

The next design was inspired by all things kawaii, I liked the idea that with a leafy green plant in this pot it mimics the colours of watermelon! I think the ombré fade is really effective and again could be recreated with different colour combinations.

My final design was inspired by all things 90's...Think Saved By The Bell! If you look at any kind of 90s print, they are mainly made up of lots of small shapes and squiggles and I think they look really effective against the white background.

Tips and advice
  • To avoid the pots weathering, it is best to keep them indoors. So fill them with your favourite house plants! I think the small Scandi style design would look great as a set of 3 in a bathroom.
  • Make sure to do a least 2 coats of paint for each layer. Terracotta planters will need the build up of paint to avoid the stark orangey tones coming through.
  • A varnish will help the durability of the paint over time and will avoid it flaking. I used trusty Mod Podge but if you use something a bit more heavy duty, it would allow you to put the pots inside or out without any worries. 
  • Make sure to paint and varnish the inside rim of the pots. This will give an overall neater and more professional look once a plant is potted. 
I really enjoyed decorating these pots and I will definitely be making more in the future! Let me know if you try any of these, I would love to see your recreations!

Katie x

DIY | Kawaii Doughnut Trinket Dish & Video Tutorial

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I seem to never have enough trinket dishes in my home. I'm always looking for pots and trays to gather my art supplies, jewellery and generally just clutter that has accumulated in various places. A perfect way to tidy a messy desk! 

I knew I wanted to undertake a new project using clay as I hadn't worked with in quite some time so this seemed like a perfect opportunity. Making this dish, however slightly time consuming, was very simple. It doesn't require a huge amount of skill so would be great for beginners or as a fun project to do with children. You just need a bit of patience due to drying time! This is something you will have to make over a few days. I've found mine so useful and the fact that it is very cute and kawaii makes it even better! (find the video tutorial below)

Tips and Tricks

I used air-dry clay for this project but polymer would work as well. The issue with polymer clay is that it has to be oven baked so keep that in mind if you are forming the shape using a bowl. Air-dry clay is very easy to use but can dry out quickly. Be sure to have a bowl of water near to keep the surface supple. 

If you build up the coats of paint, the overall colour will look far better and more opaque. I know this might sound obvious but it is definitely worth the additional drying time between coats as the final look will be far more professional.

I would recommend varnishing your final piece, I used Mod Podge as it is perfect for a project like this. It will add to the durability as well as protecting your painting surface from scratches and making it very easy to clean.

Let me know if you try this project, I would love to see pictures of your recreations! 

Katie x

Bullet Journal August Set Up & Time Lapse Video

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The time has rolled around again to set up for another new month. This past week I have been really looking forward to getting myself organised for August, honestly I don't know what happened to me in July but all sense of organisation seemed to go out of the window. Mainly in the last few weeks, I just felt a little all over the place. There is so much going on in my head at the moment and for some reason, I'm getting so little down on paper. So this months great achievements include going into work and working for half a day before realising it was my day off and participating in some pretty dodgy (lack of) budgeting. #fail 

I'm feeling far more optimistic about August, I'm going to set myself some solid goals and really commit to achieving them. I did manage to tick off one painting project in the past week that had been weighing heavy on me for a little while. So finally having that completed gives me time and energy to put into new projects. 

I have 2 new DIY tutorials going up this month that I'm excited about (so look out for those!) and I have new commissions to get started on, as well as building up new stock for my Etsy shop. 

My August Monthly Spread 

One thing I was really inspired by in July was a long weekend away I had by the seaside. It was a really fun and relaxing few days away and made me think about how much I love the colours and traditions of a British seaside town. So, I decided to make my August set up based on the seaside! I really enjoyed making this one (watch the time lapse below) it made a nice break from florals! 

I also enjoyed experimenting further with watercolour in my monthly layout. I love the blue and pink colour bleeds inspired by good old seaside rock. I definitely want to incorporate more of this in the future.  

Have you set your goals for August? What are you hoping to achieve this month?

Katie x

Craft Sale! Selling My Kawaii Felt Plushies

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I've talked previously on here about changing the direction of my Etsy shop and the new goals I'm working towards with my art and crafts. I love sewing, working with felt was a hugely important part of building my creative confidence again and it's not something I ever want to stop doing. However, I have realised going forward, I want to streamline my ideas and work towards selling more of my paintings and handmade zipper pouches. I'm working with fabric in different ways now, I'm enjoying experimenting with painting and dying it as well as still including elements of embroidery and kawaii style.

So, to make room for my new pieces, I have decided to sell some of my favourite felt crafts on my depop for crazy prices. I was just looking at them, sitting in a basket in my shelves and thought, these could go to new homes where they could be loved instead of hiding away in my office. So there we go, all my plushies, which I will no longer be making to sell are now listed on my depop. I will keep going through my stock and adding new items to my shop, so keep popping back if you are interested.

My depop user is ----> @kateskaanott

Grab yourself a handmade bargain!

Katie x

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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