Monday, 7 June 2010

UK Handmade Summer 2010

The reason why I am not blogging much these days is out now! The Summer Issue of UK Handmade is available to read from the website and is packed full of summery goodness as well as an indepth look at recycling and copyright.

I have two articles - one about how I use inkjet fabrics to produce my own patterns for book covers on p114 and a tutorial on how to make recycled jotters to use up all those paper scraps on p34.

Doing these articles reminded me how much I miss blogging and doodling, so I am trying to find time to start doing a few new patterns, handmade books and artwork to update the shop a little bit before christmas comes round again!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

My New Studio...

has been featured on the UK Handmade Blog - go see

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Exciting World of Pattern Design

I finally got my mitts on a copy of this little treasure the other day - I answered a call for submissions last year but was never really sure if I was accepted or not. So imagine my delight when flicking through and seeing fabulous work by the likes of Julia Rothman and Carolyn Gavin to suddenly find my own designs towards the back of the book (last 2 photos below)! I was in the tiny little Magma book shop in London at the time and everyone gave me a funny look when I yelped out, so I blushed bright red, bought the book and excitedly ran outside :D. Find me on pages 630 and 643 but I won't blame you if get distracted by all the other wonderful designs in the book, mine pale by comparison (but I don't care lol).

Of course my own work has dwindled in the last few months as UK Handmade has taken over my life and I've taken on a little job as Online Marketing Consultant for Makers Online but now things are settling down a bit I am itching to pick things up again. All work and no play makes Karen a very dull girl indeed! And I have a newly furnished studio to work in but more about that later.... I'm off to have another look through this book...

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Quick How-to, Display Trees

One thing I have always wanted for my craft stalls are little display trees to hang things from. But not living near an IKEA and to be honest not really having the cash to buy them from anywhere else I figured it's time I made some.

I already had a bunch of galvanised wire in the shed so I just cut four pieces to the desired length and twisted both ends with pliers to make spirals. Big spirals for the feet, smaller ones for the top.

Using normal craft wire bind them together and adjust the feet until it stands up.

If you want more arms just cut more slightly shorter pieces and bind these to the main stem. Make sure it is nice and tight and the ends of the binding wire and tucked in securely.

Then find your pretties and hang - easy peasy!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Angels on my Table

I forgot to tell you my angels were back. I've been making these for a few years now and they always sell well so I have made plenty for this weeks craft fair at the Guildhall in Cambridge. The girls who run the such a good job I am really excited!

You can find more about the fair over on their blog and hope to see you there on Saturday!

Sunday, 29 November 2009


Two new notebooks in my shop perfect for gifts or to use yourself. Plain white recycled paper pages that open flat for easy scribbling and covered in one of my glossy photos. No handbag should be without one!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Gift of the Week!

My album has been picked to be gift of the week over at The Handmade Gift Guide, thank you!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Christmas Special!

This Christmas offer is for my UK shop but international customers can take advantage over at my etsy shop too - just enter the same code CH1109 at checkout and I will refund the discount. (Orders over £25, first purchase only.) Lots of new things are being listed regularly and if there is anything in particular you would like but don't see in stock just let me know and I'll see what I can do!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Latest Additions

Newly added to the shop, two handpainted mirrors and a photo album. Will make perfect christmas gifts!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Stocking Fillers

I've just listed these in my shop, A5 soft cover notebooks with pretty embossed paper and recycled pages inside. Perfect for gifts and everyday use and a steal at only £2 each!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Sunday was spent at a local school fair which was great fun! I am often heard annoincing that I will never do another craft fair but truth is although I will never make a living doing them I love them so much I can't help but say yes when one comes my way.

Or in this case it's two - I have also booked at table at the Cambridge Handm@de Fair at the guildhall in Cambridge on the 5th December. If you are able to get there please come along, the last one was a huge success for all those involved and this one looks to be better still! Check out the website for more details

Friday, 30 October 2009

Christmas Cards

These are fun dinky little cards I actually made last year which sold at craft fairs but never made it into my shop. They are there now, go see!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Gift Tags

With the Christmas season fast approaching I am hiding in my studio furiously making things for two up and coming craft fairs. Trouble is I am very good at starting things and not finishing them because I've had a bright idea and started something else so the next 2 weeks will be spent finishing, packing, preparing and taking photos so I can actually get them listed on my website and have stock to sell at the fairs! These gift tags have gone into my shop with christmas ones to follow.

Monday, 28 September 2009

2010 Floral Calendar

What better to start the relaunch of my Chalk Hill blog than with the new version of my floral calendar for 2010. I've added new images and made the whole thing larger allowing for squares that can actually be written in. Available now in my shop and or in folksy and etsy if you are so inclined. More goodies are on the way...