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Clarissa Hulse screen printing workshop

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When I was in London last month, I was invited to a screen printing workshop held by the lovely Clarissa Hulse. Clarissa is a textile designer who specialises in home accessories, wallpapers and fabrics. Inspired by colour, her designs are often taken from the nature around her (if you follow her on Instagram, you’ll know that she posts inspirations daily) and her style is eclectic and completely individual.

Rows of silk fabric are lined up in preparation for our workshop

Rows of silk fabric are lined up in preparation for our workshop

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Clarissa's wall of inspiration in her studio

Clarissa’s wall of inspiration in her studio

 

Her studio and shop is in Islington (what a lovely part of London!) and I made my way across the city one morning. There were only a small number of us attending the workshop, which meant it had quite a personal feel.

Firstly, Clarissa talked us through the process of screen printing and told us a little about where she gets her inspiration from. We then watched as she demonstrated what we needed to do and she produced a lovely cushion with colours chosen by a member of her team.

Clarissa explained the process of screen printing to us before we began

Clarissa explained the process of screen printing to us before we began

We each chose a fabric for the front of our cushions, a contrasting fabric for the back, a design and paint colour. I chose to make a maroon cushion, with a turquoise back and turquoise paint. There were many prints to choose from, but I stuck with a small floral design that had caught my eye as soon as I saw it.

Clarissa explained that we could do an ombré design if we wanted or print onto the fabric with two different paints, but I went for the simpler option of just using one paint colour as I felt it would look better on my cushion.

We then printed onto our fabrics, with her team giving us a hand so we did it properly and literally watched the paint dry for a minute or so. Once it was dry to the touch, we hung the cushions up to dry further, ready for them to be sent off and sewn.

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Printing the design onto the cushion and backing fabric

Printing the design onto the cushion and backing fabric

A close-up of my design

A close-up of my cushion

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The finished cushions, hung up to dry

A couple of weeks later, my cushion arrived, all ready and looking great. The best part of doing the workshop was that I had something pretty that I had made to decorate my home with.

I had such fun at the workshop and, although I’ve never tried screen printing before, I’d definitely like to have another go at it. And now I have another cushion to add to my collection at home.

Keep in touch with Clarissa via her website, her Twitter, Facebook page and Instagram.

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A little while ago I happened to stumble upon a local college’s art and design exhibition while having a late lunch with friends. Obviously I love all things crafty and arty, so I popped in and wasn’t disappointed. The work was really interesting and it was great to see the way the students minds worked and how their plans became reality.

The students of Coleg Sir Gâr explore different approaches on the course, among them Fine Art and Fashion and Textiles, so it seems like a really fun course to do. The college is renowned for its art too and I always hear good things about it.

The standard of work was really exceptional especially for a foundation course and I enjoyed the visit very much. I also think the idea of having a pop up art space in the middle of town was a brilliant idea, as Carmarthen could definitely do with some more creativity. Plus, isn’t it nice to pop into a craft space when you’ve spent all your money in Topshop or eaten your body weight in food at the restaurant next door? It’s the perfect pick-me up.

A massive well done to the students of Coleg Sir Gâr. I hope there will be more pop up arts and craft in Carmarthen soon.

Some of the dresses on show at the degree show

Some of the dresses on show in the exhibition

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Students specialised in a variety of different mediums, such as knit and textiles


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Adventures on Llansteffan beach

IMG_4993The other day my sister and I went to one of our local beaches here in Wales, for a walk. I always find myself drawn to the coastline and, as a creative person, it inspires and energises me. Llansteffan is a place I have been to since I was quite young and it’s really in the middle of nowhere. People only drive along the road to it to get to the beach or the castle.

If you’re ever in West Wales, and you want an adventure, Llansteffan is a lovely place to visit. It’s really quiet and there are plenty of alcoves and walks on the beach and around it to keep you entertained.

The castle is a short walk away and it’s worth walking up to just to experience the breathtaking views over Carmarthen Bay. It’s also a great place to have a picnic and just sit for a while.

We didn’t walk up to the castle the other day, but stayed close to the beach instead. Maybe next time.

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Zatchels flash sale

Lilac satchelIf you’re anything like me and have an addiction to satchels, then head over to the Zatchels website this weekend, as they have a flash sale happening right now, with up to 70% off on some bags. They had a similar sale on last year and I took advantage, picking up this beauty for a bargain. I won’t be buying any satchels this year as funds won’t allow me to, but I hope some of you will instead.

Remember, the sale is only on for this weekend and prices will return to normal then.

If you’re not into satchels, there are plenty of other bags on sale too. Here are just some of my favourites:

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Cornflower Blue and White Polka Dot Saddle Bag, £38 (Image credit: Zatchels.com)

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Classic Chestnut Saddle Bag, from £36 (Image credit: Zatchels.com)

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Pastel Grass Green Leather Barrel Bag, £27 (Image credit: Zatchels.com)

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Kaleidoscope Leather Satchel, from £68 (Image credit: Zatchels.com)


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Enjoy a luxury hen weekend at Y Stabl, Bethlehem

 

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If you’re looking for a relaxing hen weekend for you and your friends, then look no further than Y Stabl, Bethlehem. The holiday cottage, which is situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, is the perfect getaway location for hen dos or girly weekends and has recently teamed up with a local company to hire an eight-seater hot tub for that extra added luxury. Y Stabl, literally meaning The Stable, is rated five stars by Visit Wales and visitors can unwind by soaking in the hot tub, admiring the stunning hillside views, looking out for red kites on the front lawn or simply by spending time in the company of their friends.

Y Stabl has teamed up with a local company to hire the luxury hot tub

Y Stabl can easily accommodate up to 10 people, so there’s no need to choose between your friends as there is plenty of space for everyone. The location is peaceful and perfect for those of you looking for a relaxing hen weekend or holiday and want to go somewhere special.

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The pulpit leads up to a bedroom at Y Stabl

As well as the luxury hot tub, the cottage also has some unique features. The impressive pulpit above the dining room is perfect for guests to perform or watch over their dinner guests and there are three separate stairways leading up to the three upstairs bedrooms, so each room feels completely quiet. There are also another two bedrooms downstairs, including one designed specifically with disabled visitors in mind, en suite bathrooms in each sleeping area, a dining table which seats up to 12 people, a spacious kitchen and a living room with log burner and flatscreen TV and DVD player. Y Stabl was once a barn but it has been carefully renovated to retain its character and it really does boast the best of old and new, so there’s really no excuse not to have fun while staying there.

 

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Visitors to Y Stabl will enjoy waking up to these views

The cottage is situated in west Wales, but there are plenty of things to see and do around the local area. Walkers can enjoy the views of Garn Goch or Llyn y Fan Fach, but there’s also plenty of historical sites and visitor attractions around, such as Carreg Cennen Castle, Dinefwr Park and Castle, Dryslwyn Castle, Aberglasney and The National Botanic Garden of Wales. The cottage is also near the town of Llandeilo (blogged about here), where there are plenty of shops and cafés to explore. The manager, Catrin Parish-Marks, actively encourages visitors to explore the local area on foot or by public transport. Although there is plenty of parking at the cottage, Y Stabl has teamed up with Towy Valley Cycles to provide a good deal for guests.

Alex Mills from The Apprentice visited the holiday cottage last November

Alex Mills from The Apprentice visited the holiday cottage last November

And if that’s not enough, the How I Live Now film crew stayed at the cottage while filming in the area and Alex Mills from The Apprentice visited last November. What better recommendations than those?

Y Stabl, Bethlehem sleeps 10. More information can be found on Y Stabl’s Facebook page.

All photos credited to Catrin Parish-Marks


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Just a quick post today. If any of you are around the area tomorrow (Saturday 5th), the Angel in Llandeilo is hosting a spring boutique sale. Cariad Glamour, a local business selling handbags, scarves and jewellery, is running the event and there should be some bargains to be had.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t worry, because there’s another event on next month too. Caru Llandeilo, in partnership with the local college Coleg Sir Gar, will host a fashion show. And, best of all, there’s free cake there too.

Let me know if you manage to go along to either event.

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A pinch of mustard: a completed elastic skirt

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A little while ago I picked up some remnants of a silky type fabric from a local craft shop for £2.00. Immediately I fell in love with the fabric, which was a lovely mustard yellow colour and I had lots of ideas of what I could make out of it. I wanted to make a skirt, but I also dreamt of using the leftovers to make a large, drapey scarf. Unfortunately, there wasn’t that much of the fabric (and none left in the shop) and so I had to settle for making only one thing – the skirt.

I followed my own really easy tutorial and completed it pretty quickly. As I wanted quite a full skirt, the amount of fabric I had (I think it was about 1 1/2 – 2 metres) was perfect and the silky texture gave  it a nice drape. I would have liked to have made the scarf too, but if I ever get bored of the skirt, I’ll just unpick it and sew the scarf.

Have you ever grabbed any bargain fabric? I’d love to know what you bought. Let me know in the comments.

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The skirt goes really well with navy blues