Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Tips & Ideas: Using Christmas baubles to decorate gifts

 I have used Christmas tree baubles as decorations on gifts for many years.

They can be inexpensively bought from markets or shops and never fail to make a gift look glamorous and festive.

I usually team the baubles with the gift wrap and ribbon using silver with silver or red with red so that the baubles compliment the wrapping - but the choice is yours ... don't hold back .... go as wild as you like !

I use the hoop at the top of the bauble to thread the ribbon through and then tie the baubles into the gift with the ribbon

The finished effect is gorgeous and I can promise your presents will definitely look fabulous twinkling under the Christmas tree

So ... go on ... have fun with baubles this Christmas.

Till next time ... 

Happy Wrapping !

Friday, October 10, 2014

Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas: How to wrap a shoebox

I am often asked 'what is the easiest way to wrap a shoe box?' 
I know people wrap them to send off for charity but they're also a useful idea if you have an awkward shape to wrap so I thought I'd give a mini tutorial on how to do just that.

  • Start with sufficient paper to go around the box base and fold over into the box by appx 4 inches 
  • Then begin to cover the box by folding in the short edges of the box (this is the opposite of what you would naturally think to do as most people would start by folding in the long edges)

  • Next fold in the long edges, because you have started with the short edges the long edges should naturally form 'points'

Once all the edges are folded in start taping the paper to the inside of the box - tape all the way round the inside of the box 
  • When you have taped the paper to the inside of the box, tape the folds on the outside of the box (this will make sure that the folds don't get caught and torn in transit)

  •  Repeat the same process with the top of the box, again starting by folding in the paper at the short ends of the box lid. 

  • Ta dah .... your box is ready to fill with lots of lovely goodies.

I hope you've found this tutorial useful.
I'd love to hear how you get on - please write a comment 
Thank you 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Updated Events for 2014

My Out 'n' About Schedule of Events has been Updated 
You can now find me at the following events

October 12th 
Penistone Artisans Fayre
The Cruck Market Barn, Penistone (next to Tescos) 

November 8th 
Dewsbury Homemade Festival
FREE gift wrapping demonstrations & workshops 
in The Town Hall, Dewsbury 
(exact times TBA)

November 15th
Paperbead making Workshop 
Rebeccamaryjane's Studio
Vulcan Works, Sussex Street, Sheffield 
£45 for a full day workshop including all materials, refreshments and a delicious lunch
Note: places must be pre-booked

December 7th
Otley Victorian Christmas Fayre
Find me in The Blackhorse Stable Yard, Otley 

December 14th
Penistone Artisans Christmas Fayre
The Cruck Market Barn, Penistone (next to Tescos)

Gift Wrapping Talks/Workshops 2015
I am now taking bookings for 2015
please contact me by email at 
for further details and to check availability 

don't forget to book early to 
avoid disappointment!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

1st Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

I've busy making these adorable little boxes 
ready for anniversary jewellery gifts

Did you know that the traditional gift for 1st Wedding Anniversaries is Paper ?

For fabulous and unique gift ideas take a peep at my website

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer is almost over but ...

... there's lots to look forward to in the coming months

Here's a list of  where you can find me
Out 'n' About in September

Art in the Gardens

Venue: Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield S10 2LN
Dates: 6th September 2014
Time: 10.30am till 5.30pm
I will be joining the All Good Stuff Pop up Shop at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens for this annual event. The gardens are transformed into an art and craft village where you can wander and enjoy the amazing exhibits on display. There will be around 350 artists and craftsmen exhibiting so there'll be lots to do and see for all the family.

Penistone Agricultural Show

Venue: Penistone Showground
Date: Saturday 13th september 2014
Time: 8am
Penistone Show is one of the country's most respected one day agricultural shows and I am pleased to announce I will be joining them in the craft Marquee.

'Crafternoon' Paper Bead Making Workshop

Venue: 2 Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX
Date: Wednesday 24th September 2014
Time: 3 till 6pm
Price: £14 inc tea/coffee or £18.50 inc tea/coffee & fizz!
I will be guest tutor at Leeds' newest gluten free restaurant 2 Oxford Place for a paper bead making Crafternoon..  Learn how to turn old calendars, wrapping paper, maps etc into fab paper beads.  Places are limited and booking is essential. 
Contact 2 Oxford Place direct to book your place  - email them at or ring 0113 234 1294

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tour de France Grand Depart Langsett le Hub

The Artisan Fayre is all set up for the Tour de France Grand Depart at Langsett le Hub

There's lots of amazing handmade loveliness for you to browse not to mention the Beer Festival for a reviving beverage after all that shopping !

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tour de France - Yorkshire Grand Depart

Things have been hectic here at UUHQ as I prepare for the Artisan's Pop Up Shop which is part of the activities to be enjoyed at the Langsett le Hub Grand Depart Event taking place 3rd to 6th July.

I've been busy making TdF inspired frames, cufflinks, earrings and button badges.

It's going to be an amazing weekend and I hope you can join me at Langsett le Hub however if you can't but would like to commission a momento of the Grand Depart please email me at  

If you are wondering where to go to watch the Grand Depart then the Langsett le Hub camp site and festival ground has an ideal position on a slight incline which will give you the best theatre-style view of the route. It's going to be a fantastic event - don't miss out - for full details check out their website

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fathers Day Ideas

Fathers Day - 15th June 2014

It's always tricky thinking of gifts for Dads on Father's Day so here are a few ideas for something a bit different available from my website 

Cufflinks - £10 (+ P&P)

Surprisingly useful pillboxes - £8 (+P&P)

Badges are always a hit - £1.50 (+P&P)

Map Hearts - hanging £8 / framed £25 (+P&P)

I hope you found something here to inspire you 

Happy Father's Day

Saturday, May 3, 2014

All Good Stuff at Butcher Works

This week saw the opening of  new gallery shop All Good Stuff at Butcher Works on Arundel Street in the centre of Sheffield and I am lucky enough to have my work for sale there.

Their FaceBook page says it all ...
"All Good Stuff at Butcher Works is the first Gallery Shop to open under the All Good Stuff umbrella.  All Good Stuff is a non-profit Community Interest Company established in Sheffield in 2013 to promote all that is good about the region's burgeoning arts scene.

Our vision is of a virtuous circle - local designers, artists and artisans creating beautiful products and services, selling them and creating a surplus which will be re-invested in training and development to maintain the gallery shop, to support others to follow in their footsteps and to create related apprenticeship, internship, work experience, development and employment opportunities"

The gallery shop has the work of some fabulous local artists, designers and makers including Felt Like Art, Chic-ycow DesignsCodger Bags, Anne McGarry Marsden and Dotty Doodlem to name just a few

The gallery shop is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 5pm and a warm welcome awaits

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Paper Bead Making Workshop @ Rebeccamaryjane's

Saturday was damp and dreary as I set off to Doncaster 
but by the time I reached Rebeccamaryjane's Studio 
the sun was shining as I was greeted by five ladies 
eager for a fun packed Paper Bead Making Workshop.


Between the laughter and Rebecca's delicious home made cakes - old atlases, roadmaps, calendars and left over gift wrapping paper were used to create lots of gorgeous beads !

Each of the ladies happily went home with a necklace, bracelet and earrings all created and designed by themselves.

We had so much fun that I think we're going to do it all again later in the year.

Rebeccamaryjane's Studio is part of the Mac Gallery 12a South Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DY

She has a whole host of  Make & Create Workshops taking place so take a peep at her website for full details - I know I will !