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Craft Your Own: How to make a Hanging Heart Decoration for Valentine’s Day

Stuck for a Valentine's Day gift? Here's how to make your own. Read on and learn how to craft your very own Hanging Heart Decoration, using a wire coat hanger, fabric or ribbon scraps, fine wire and a few beads or sequins. It's super easy, honest!

Written by Amelia Gregory

How to make a Valentine's Day hanging heart decoration mobile using a wire coat hanger, ribbon scraps, fine wire and beads or sequins

As part of my drive to get more crafty in 2014 I intend to bring you a selection of things to make and do at home, hopefully at least one a month. I reason that if I post these projects on my website then I've got license to spend the time making said things out of all the stuff I have saved and stashed around the house over the years… not easy for me to justify in a world where I am working every snatched hour that I have away from the child. But yes, I want to use my hands, and I want to hand craft things like everyone else I write about, even if the outcome is not as polished and perfect.

Hanging Heart Decoration modelled by Snarfle - Valentines Dayread more

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Best New Designs for the Home: Home London January 2014 Review

Taking place twice a year, Home London has fast grown to become a must visit homewares show for the discerning buyer. I visited the January edition to find out what designs we will be loving in the years to come.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ceramics designer Louise Wilkinson was kind enough to invite me along to Home London, one of the premier trade shows for people in the homewares business. An off shoot of …

Great ideas for homemade Christmas Decorations for 2013

If you aspire to make your own DIY Christmas ornaments you've come to the right place: here's the best I've found on my travels around the internet. Think pom poms, polymer clay, twig trees, woven paper stars and more!

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve been collecting Christmas decorations for as long as I can remember, so it’s not like there is a shortage of baubles and other pretty objects with which to decorate …

Slugs and Snails Tights: beautiful patterned baby and toddlerwear for little boys (and girls)

Meet Kathleen Redmond, the innovative Irish mum behind boys' tights brand Slugs and Snails.

Written by Amelia Gregory

My new website will feature some brilliant baby wear designers, including the fabulous Slugs and Snails range of tights for boys (and girls). I make no secret of my great …

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013: Babies and Toddlers

Ideas for the little ones, including ethical, handmade and unusual gifts that are sure to charm.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Slugs and Snails tights for boys.
So, what do you do if you need to buy something for the little person in your life at Christmas? We buy very few new …

Book Review: The Gentle Author’s London Album

A quirky and rather fabulous paen to the inhabitants of London, both past and present. This beautiful book would make an excellent Christmas gift.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Gentle Author’s London Album is a beautifully bound love memo to London life in all its ebullience. The book is subtitled ‘London seen from an easterly direction‘ which is …

Craftivism Direct Action against the Tar Sands: an interview with artist Lucy Sparrow

'Felt Impacts of the Tar Sand' was delivered to the Canada Europe Energy Summit at Canada House on Tuesday 19th November, a stark reminder of the destruction wrought by the extraction of oil from the Tar Sands.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Yesterday I was alerted to an inspiring direct action designed to draw attention to the ongoing destruction involved with the extraction of oil from the Tar Sands in Canada. Together …

Melody Rose Ceramics: an interview with fine bone china homeware designer Melanie Roseveare

Introducing the wonderful upcycled and fine bone china ceramics of designer Melanie Roseveare, soon to be featured on my brand new market place.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Designs by Melody Rose first caught my eye at the Renegade Craft Fair a few years ago, and then I bumped into the lady behind the brand at Tent London …

A Little Book of Craftivism: an interview with Sarah Corbett

Craftivist Sarah Corbett explains why 'a spoonful of craft helps the activism go down' in this pocket sized book: perfect for inspiring the activist crafter in your life.

Written by Amelia Gregory

For those not in the know can you summarise what Craftivism is about in a few sentences?
Very simply, craftivism is activism that uses craft as the medium to get the …

Dear Fashion Diary: an interview with Emmi Ojala

Emmi Ojala is an illustrator with an interest in fashion and sustainability. She has created two amazing projects that encompass her interests, Dear Fashion Journal and Dear Fashion Diary, and here she tells us more about their development and inspiration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

How did you first come across the idea of the Free Fashion Challenge, and why did you decide to take part? 


The Free Fashion Challenge was an initiative of Laura de …

A Review of The Art of Dining Pop-Up Dining Experience at Fenton House: A Night With The Mistress

In mid July I sampled the latest pop-up dining experience from The Art of Dining, themed around A Night with the Mistress. It was a delightful culinary and cultural experience at a National Trust venue, and all for a very reasonable price.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Art of Dining at Fenton House by Briony Jose.
Anyone who knows me will know that I love my food, so when I was offered the chance to sample a …

An Interview with Paul Tomlinson of Cocoa Hernando Chocolates

Cocoa Hernando chocolates come in mouth-watering flavours inspired by travels around the world, all beautifully packaged in packets designed by illustrator Rui Ricardo.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I first tasted Cocoa Hernando chocolates when I visited the Startup Showcase at Somerset House a few months back: so when founder Paul Tomlinson offered to send me some samples …

New Designers 2013 Ceramics and Craft: The Best Graduate Designers

There were loads of interesting ceramics and crafts on show at New Designers one, including neon iron platters, animals aplenty and a skull encrusted teapot.

Written by Amelia Gregory

New Designers part one plays host to large number of crafts and ceramics graduates: here’s the ones that caught my eye, starting with the work of Charlotte Mary Pack of …

Celebrating 10 Years in Business: An interview with Akamuti founder Lindsey Hedges & illustrator Jenny Lloyd

Lindsey Hedges hired illustrator Jenny Lloyd to rebrand her ethical skincare range after seeing her illustrations on these very pages. To celebrate Akamuti's 10th birthday we catch up with both ladies and give our readers an opportunity to get 20% off all products.

Written by Amelia Gregory

People come to this website both for inspiration and to find talented creatives to work with, so my illustrators will know they are doing their best if they get some …

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Dirty White Gold: new documentary-in-the-making unpicks cotton

Leah Borromeo talks about her film Dirty White Gold at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Written by Sonja Todd

Roadside sign in India, from the film’s trailer
Dirty White Gold is Leah Borromeo’s film about cotton. It exposes a whole crop of problems with our clothes by unspooling high street …

An interview with Jonny Gordon-Farleigh, editor of STIR magazine

We find out more about the man behind STIR - an online and print magazine that questions our current status quo. Plus a special discount offer for all Amelia’s Magazine readers.

Written by Amelia Gregory

STIR Vol.1 cover by Bec Young.
New magazine STIR carries the strap line ANGER. ANALYSIS. ACTION. For anyone disillusioned with the current state of affairs it’s a must read collection of …

The Purple Book: Sensuality & Symbolism in Contemporary Art & Illustration – Review

A selection of carefully curated contemporary illustrators explore sensuality and desire in this gorgeous book, published in June by Laurence King.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The latest offering from preeminent art publisher Laurence King is a huge purple and pink tome put together by two leading thinkers in the graphic design world. Angharad Lewis was …

Pinned it! Made it! Pinterest Party Review: Create a Mexican Day of the Dead Flower Crown

Why not get your craft on at a Pinterest Party? The Pinned it! Made it! ladies are on hand to guide you through your crafting dreams, once a month at Hackney Downs Studios.

Written by Amelia Gregory

If like me, you are a Pinterest fan, you no doubt spend more happy hours avidly collecting crafting ideas than actually creating them. Which is why the concept of Pinterest …

New for 2013: Amelia’s Award will launch the career of a talented Graduate Designer Maker

I have teamed up with Secret Emporium to bring you the inaugural Amelia's Award, which offers a spot worth £495 in the Secret Emporium tent at Wilderness Festival this summer, plus loads of promotion for your new brand!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Calling all soon to be design graduates: read on to find out about my new collaboration with the brilliant Secret Emporium, a curatorial umbrella which supports and promotes independent creators …

Liberate Tate presents All Rise at Tate Modern

The latest Liberate Tate intervention focused on the trial of BP over the Deepwater Horizon disaster that happened in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Last week Liberate Tate presented their latest performance All Rise at Tate Modern. Each day three performers entered the galleries to whisper the official transcript of the current BP trial …