Crafty Fox Market, Leeds

Crafty Fox craft market Black Swan Leeds

Since having a baby I haven't been able to get to all the events I used to, to share them with you on the blog. But, when the Crafty Fox Market came to Leeds this month, I put the baby in the sling and made a special effort to visit. Crafty Fox say they "shake up ...

Styling jam jars for spring

Vintage jam jars styled with lemon, lime, rosemary, yellow and white freesia and a floating candle

I had a slight moment of realisation while doing this: that I was essentially 'flower arranging' and because I used to take my grandma to 'flower arranging' classes ergo at 36 I am officially old. But I'd had a tiring week at work and whatever my age - with the music on, windows open, sun streaming in and ...

My top 10 DIY blogs

The Lovely Drawer no sew geometric cushion

I love a DIY project, as most of you will know by now. It's the thing that got me into blogs, and blogging, in the first place. The brilliant, crafty people out there, who regularly show the world how to make something that looks like it cost more than £100 with nothing more than a free afternoon ...

DIY painted coasters

DIY painted cork coasters

I know I'm not the first to do a DIY like this and I'm sure I won't be the last. I love coming up with original projects, but when time isn't on your side it's good to keep the creativity ticking over by seeing something crafty you like, and trying it out for yourself. Pinterest is almost awash with varieties ...

Coveting indigo and white

Blue and white staircase in Tangiers, from Domino

I often see a theme to the things I'm drawn to and collect and currently it's this fresh combination of white with indigo blue. 1. A beautiful and striking blue and white staircase in Tangier, from Domino. 2. I'm seeing a lot of blog posts extolling the virtues of the Japanese 'shibori' dyeing technique around ...

DIY spray painted lamp

DIY spray painted pale blue anglepoise lamp | www.angelinthenorth.com

While we're making a right old mess downstairs, we're trying to keep the upstairs of the house as pleasant to live in as possible. I've added a couple of pretty things to my bedroom recently which are helping me cope, and reminding me that the kitchen and lounge will be beautiful too ... one day! My favourite ...

DIY ‘home sweet home’ banner

DIY Home Sweet Home fabric banner | www.angelinthenorth.com

Hillarys Blinds are running a brilliant competition at the moment and this DIY fabric banner is my entry. Bloggers could choose from four fabrics from Hillarys' new Country Retreat range - I chose the pretty painterly 'Calluna' - and we received a square metre for a craft project. That's not all: the winner gets £1,000! Told you it was ...

DIY geometric bowl

DIY Sharpie project: monochrome geometric bowl | www.angelinthenorth.com

This old black and white bowl had been hanging around in our various bathrooms for a number of years. It was about to go in the bin, but its life was saved because it happened to be the perfect size to fit on a particularly awkward shelf below the new bathroom cabinet. I've been shopping around ...

DIY gem cluster earrings

DIY coloured gem cluster earrings | www.angelinthenorth.com

For a good while now, I've been lusting after pairs of hanging earrings with colourful, clustered gemstones, the likes of those sold by J.Crew and Mawi. Unfortunately, I can't just spend a couple of hundred pounds on something to dangle from my lobes a few times a year. So just before Christmas, I made my own. I'd ...

DIY crafty Christmas cards

DIY crafty Christmas cards | www.angelinthenorth.com

My good friend Helen posted her pretty DIY-ed Christmas cards on Facebook recently and I immediately pounced and asked if I could share them with you here. She agreed straight away and wrote this. Isn't she lovely? She's been learning to sew lately too so I'm hoping she'll share some of that too. ♥ ♥ ♥ Crafting seems to ...