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Spring Wreath Making Morning at Hobbycraft Greenwich

I’m delighted to be hosting a Spring Wreath Making Morning at Hobbycraft Greenwich on Saturday 10th of March, to celebrate Mother’s Day! Using techniques from my Flowerbomb! Book we are going to make these stunning embroidery hoop wreaths using the Hobbycraft spring felt range. You will also have to opportunity to purchase the book half price on the day! See full details below and book early to avoid disappoint. Hope to see you then!

Find full details and bookings here at Eventbrite.

Join Hannah Read-Baldrey in store for a floral embroidery hoop wreath workshop and learn how to make the perfect wreath for your home.

On the day you’ll be creating a floral wreath using a selection of felt to make your own little flowers, a glue gun, scissors and an embroidery hoop. You’ll leave the workshop with a finished floral embroidery hoop wreath.

Hannah Read-Baldrey is a successful stylist with 15 years’ experience and counting, as well as a well-known craft author and presenter, selling over 150,000 books worldwide. She has a broad skill set ranging from still life and props, to food and fashion, to illustration and product design. Her beautiful, romantic style is what distinguishes her work. Over the years she has styled for high profile clients such as John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Boden, Reiss, Elle and Vogue.

The workshop is suitable for all ages from 16+.

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Signed FLOWERBOMB! Craft Book Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of my brand spanking new book FlowerBomb! 25 crafts to blow your blossoms ( Pavilion Books) I am going to be giving away the opportunity to win a signed copy of the book ( worth £14.99).

So whats inside? If you love craft, flowers and anything beautiful you are going to love this book. FlowerBomb! Is a book dedicated to beautiful blooming’ craft projects.

I have been in love with flowers ever since I can remember, from making daisy chains as a young child to choosing he peonies and wildflowers for my wedding bouquet. I find their beauty endless and they joy they bring me immeasurable. my mother studied botany and one the years she has attempted to teach me all the names and meanings of an array of flowers; her appreciation has well and truly rubbed off on me.

This book is comprised of three chapters; Floral Home, Flower Fiesta and Flora Fashionista. Each contains a mixture of craft techniques and ideas, from sewing to papercraft, weaving to baking. It’s perfect for the crafter who loves to try different things. I have sort ideas from the catwalk for the fashion section, on trend ideas for the interiors ideas and simply a blow out of floral fun for the party chapter.

COMPETITION QUESTION For a chance of winning a book, all you have to do is name your favourite flower and Season. You can enter in the comments box below or on my Instagram @couturecraft or Facebook Page.

BLOOMIN’ GOOD LUCK!

Yes wishes Hannah x

 

 

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D.I.Y. Toy Story Kids Party Bags & 25% off with Baker Ross

So this week my baby is turning 4… 4! Where did all that time go? And he has requested a Toy Story party for him and all his friends. Call me crazy, we are having it at our house. Eek! With a February birthday, by the time I even thought about booking somewhere after Christmas, in London, I had no chance! ( note to self must book venue in October next year).

I’ll admit it, when it comes to kids party bags Baker Ross is my number 1 destination. They literally sell the best bulk buy small toys and crafts at the best prices. Here are a few things we are putting in our bags this year!

Oh and guess what, the kind folks there are giving you a whole 25% any of your purchases if you use the code HANNAH25 . So go ahead, theres no excuse not to get your party bag game on!

TO MAKE THESE TOY STORY ALIEN BAGS all I did was simply attach three large self adhesive googly eyes to the party bag.

This was the result. Then I filled the bags with lots of goodies!

I love the light up robot key rings!

The kids are going to have fun with their funny eye glasses and blow-moustaches!

Who doest love a mini finger monster!

Remember you can get your 25% off by using code HANNAH25. Happy crafting x

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FLOWERBOMB! Book Launch Party at the Stag and Bow

Last Saturday, I hosted the launch party for my stunning new book FlowerBomb! 25 crafts to blow your blossoms, which is out TODAY! YAY! ( Pavilion books, click here). A few days before I had gone into the wonderful Stag and Bow Haberdashery in Forrest Hill, London to totally FlowerBomb! the windows. For this I made a giant floral wreath and a few mini ones with the flowers I had previously made for Kirsties Handmade Christmas, and hung them using pretty ribbons.

I was over the moon so many lovely friends and family members could join me for the big day. We enjoyed Pink Champagne, (and me being pregnant) Pink Lemonade and devoured the stunning lavender flavoured FlowerBomb! Cake, topped with fresh flowers from the florist over the road.
I had set up a little floral making too on the large wooden table in the middle of the shop. The night before I had used my Sizzix machine to cut out lots of mini petals and my guests happily made beautiful felt broaches with gemstones.

It was a thoroughly lovely party and thank you to all who came. You can buy your copy of the book at all good retailers or click image below.

To celebrate todays official launch, I will be taking over the Hobbycraft Instagram account ( Thursday 1st February), where we will be giving away a signed copy of the book. So come and join me for all the floral festivities!

Love,

Hannah x

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FLOWERBOMB! -Power, with Crafts Beautiful Magazine

So tomorrow is the big launch of my latest book Flowerbomb! And I couldn’t be more excited. In between launch parties and chatting lots to lovely bloggers and press, the first article has arrived on my doorstep today, from the bestselling craft magazine Crafts Beautiful. And I couldn’t be more delighted, so much love has gone into the design, I couldn’t be happier. You can check out the stunning March 2018 issue yourself, well worth a look!

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HAMMERED FLOWERS – The ultimate stress relief

Today I’m smashing it in lots of ways, sending out lots of emails and getting ready for the FlowerBomb! Book launch next week. There are lots of things piling up so I thought I would do a little post on hammering petals, which is a great stress buster! ( And the results are nice too!)

All you need is some paper, flat watercolour paper is best. A hammer, some juicy coloured flowers and some welly!

Place the paper on a hard surface, like a wooden chopping board. Arrange the flowers on top, then another sheet of paper. Finally hammer away all your stress!

The colour that comes off the petals can be stunning. Yes over time this will go brown, so I would suggest if you’ve got one you love, scan it into your computer and use a lovely background.

Photo by Tiffany Mumford.

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My 2018 New Years Resolutions

This year will be a bit broken up and life changing for me. My book FlowerBomb! (see here) will be out in under a month so there will be a full on period of work, then I’m having a baby in April which will mean there will be a full intense period of motherhood. So currently straight into the new year I am obsessively home improving aka nesting like a round hen! What are your resolutions?

 

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My Craft Business 2017 Review. Movers and Shakers of the Industry.

I’m delighted to have been featured in Craft Business Magazines 2017 industry review of the year. You can read more by clicking the image link below.

Baking Christmas

Giant Coconut “Snowball” Marshmallows – The perfect festive food gift

These scrumptious marshmallows are so festive, so yummy and so great as a gift. Even a novice baker can make the most delicious squidgy marshmallow and they make an impressive gift for someone with a sweet tooth. This makes 16 extra large marshmallows.

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PERFECTLY PRETTY PRESENTS FOR PARENTS: 100 Pocket Puzzles from the National Trust

I’m actually getting super excited about Christmas this year, especially that I get to spend it at my parents home with my family. Last year we were in India, which was lovely, but not even remotely festive! So when looking for gifts for my parents ( who don’t really need or ask for anything but LOVE things) I’m always a bit flummoxed. I don’t know about you, but my parents love the National Trust, as do I, every-time I visit a property I’m still convinced I’m a re-incarnated princess of some sort and imagine what it was like to live there or roam the gardens. They also are OBSESSED with crosswords, my dad attempts the Times one every week, with a little support (and most of the answers) from my mother. So when I spotted these National Trust Puzzle Books I thought thats a total winner! Only £6.99 each click hereI am totally sold! Not only do they look like pretty little notebooks, their contents is amazing. My hubby and I were trying to figure out some of the answers the other evening lying next to the fire, which was when I learnt that theres such a thing as “Hump Oil” ! I love them so much I may have to retain the Gardens and Flowers edition, attempting to widen my knowledge! Happy parent shopping everyone!

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