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Jam jars

My second crafty recycle column looks at the humble jam jar and its many uses: Read on to get inspired and get them out of the recycling bin...

Written by Hannah Bullivant



My next project is not quite so ambitious or labour intensive as last weeks weatherproof bunting, but I want to include some easy instant ideas too.

Jam jars have got to be some of the most overlooked and underused objects in our kitchens, and they have, like, a gazillion potential uses. My fondness for jamjars (and I would definitely call it fondness) began at university. Necessity bred invention and my jam jars found them selves reinvented as pen holders, food containers, shot glasses, tea light holders, door stops, bowls, plates, bee traps and potential weaponry against baddies and pissed house mates.

My favourite reincarnation of the humble jam jar is as water tumblers. Just steam or soak the labels off and pop em in your cupboard. That’s it. Crafty, free and endlessly self replenishing. Jam jar glasses again originated from student necessity, but I have come to respect their unique utilitarian charm.



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Weatherproof bunting tutorial

A new craftastic up-cycling column, written by Hannah Bullivant. How to make your own recycled weatherproof bunting...

Written by Hannah Bullivant

For someone who is supposed to be all eco and stuff, I have an embarrassing amount of plastic bags spewing out from underneath my sink. So I decided that my …

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Valentines Day – What’s it all about anyway?

What should you do on Valentine's Day? Here's my thoughts, including ideas for gifts from Tatty Devine, Rob Ryan, Clara Francis, Bonbi Forest and the Soma Gallery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Valentines schmallentines. Yup, that’s what I normally think. But for some reason I’m in a good mood this year. Although that doesn’t stop me grumbling about the excessive tat for …

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Valentine’s Day- Pas Pour Moi?

A special Valentine's Day need not be bland! Art editor Valerie Pezeron's pick combines the creepy, the sexual and the enticing.

Written by Valerie Pezeron

Illustration courtesy of Mari Mitsumi
Valentine’s Day is soon to creep upon us and discharge its usual bile inducing or saccharine coated brand of bland commercial overload. What is a uniquely …

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London Word Festival

Amy Hughes preempts the third installment of the bookish bonanza to discover why east is the word

Written by Amy Hughes

All Photographs courtesy of the London Word festival

What does the term ‘literary event’ say to you? A raised eyebrow here, a bashful shuffle there, a stifling silence rarely fractured by …

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Jessica Simmons’ Vintage Cake Diet!

Baking artist extraordinaire Jessica Simmons is among mavericks turning over new avenues to express their creativity. Dieting in January? Amelia's recommends the Simmons Cake Diet.Yum!

Written by Jessica Simmons

All photographs courtesy of Camilla Blackie except where otherwise stated
I’ve just spent a snowy weekend in my friend’s country kitchen, elbow deep in flour, spice and all things nice. It’s …

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The Love of It Indoor Picnic

Caper-causing site launch brings the outside in. Contributor Amy Hughes investigates a more eco-friendly way to have fun while being creative!

Written by Amy Hughes

All photographs courtesy of Amy Hughes
Hiding in the loo from the conductor; tearing your hair out at awkward crossword clues; playing I-Spy; attempting to mop up spilt coffee with a …

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Katherine Eves has Been Thinking Of You – Sewing Circle

Artist Katherine Eves has been working on a participation project centered around sewing. Here she tells you lucky folks about how to take part!

Written by Katherine Eves

All photographs and images Courtesy of Katherine Eves
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The sewing circle will take place on the 13th January 2010.
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Some sewing must take place between the hours of 12 noon and 12 …

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The Makery – Bath gets Crafty

Written by Amy Hughes

It’s a buoyant sign of the times when a child chooses to celebrate their birthday not with fat-fuelled tour around the local burger chain kitchens and a game of musical …

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Arts Editor’s pick: Christmas Gift Guide

It's that time of the year again! And boy, don't we have a truckload of Christmas goodies for your appreciation!

Written by Valerie Pezeron

At Amelia, we thought you should know about these before you go out and brave the cold for that all important shopping trip! From limited edition prints to games and …

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Cut Out and Keep Customising with Cat Morley!

Online craft community, Cut Out + Keep celebrates 30,000 members worldwide!

Written by Valerie Pezeron

Photograph courtesy of  Cut Out and Keep
Cut Out + Keep, the online craft community has just celebrated the 30,000th member joining the site! For a site which began as a …

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All I Want for Christmas is cards!

Bristol based charity gets über cool illustrators to design its Christmas charity cards- festive promotions don't have to be boring and tacky any more!

Written by Valerie Pezeron

Illustration by Peskimo
The Christmas festive season is now upon us and many artists are selling festive products. However few are initiated to help the poor, the downtrodden and the destitute. …

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Art Listings November 23-29

Written by Valerie Pezeron

A HONOURS ILLUSTRATION – I-Spy Holborn
Illustration by Holly Trill
Haven’t got that Christmas present sorted? Here is an idea; Holly Trill is a student at Middlesex University’s BA Hons Illustration course. …

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LFW 09 Cooperative designs S/S2010 Happy Birthday Bauhaus

Fashion Scout, Freemasons Hall, 20th September 2009

Written by Sally Mumby-Croft

Cooperative Designs presented their latest designs aboard a Bauhaus Chessboard and on entering the presentation hall I was greeted with delicious looking (and tasting) Bauhaus birthday cake. The collection …

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Prick Your Finger knitting talk at Howies

The knitting revival

Written by Satu Fox

Howies in Carnaby Street hosted a very cosy and exclusive “lecture” this week on the joys of knitting. The event was part of the Do lectures project – or a …

Teenage Kicks

Interview: Millie Cockton

Written by Jonno Ovans

While most of us at the tender age of 19 rooted our existence in smacking down vodka jelly shots at the bar with kebabs at four in the morning and …

Art Listings: 10th August – 16th August

Weekly Listings, Countrywide

Written by Alice Watson

William Cobbing: Thoughts From the Bottom of a Well
Gymnasium Art Gallery
Berwick Barracks
The Parade
Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DG
Until 13th September
Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Free

Sculpture, video and installation from London based artist William …

Art Listings: 27th July – 2nd August

Weekly Listings, London

Written by Alice Watson

Hackey Wicked Festival
Various Locations in Hackney Wick
1st August – 2nd August
Free Entry

Photo by Margaret Stone
Hackney has for a while now been a hub of new exciting art activity. In celebration …

Misako Mimoko: Girl and Dolls

Craft, Interview

Written by Alice Watson

I have a new happy place.
Sometimes when I find these rare serene pools of magic and inspiration my selfish streak comes through and I want to keep them to …

Doodle Box Project: Ticking all the Boxes

Cardboard Collective

Written by Alice Watson

“The rules are quite simple: rearrange a box to make any kind of figure or object. Make the most of least.”

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A staple afternoon post-school television viewing for me as a …