Crafting for a cause: this weeks Charity Maker

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

30 November 2012

Craftivism is the new buzz word in the craft world - there are all kinds of groups getting together to change the world one stitch at a time. We thought it would be a great idea to learn about what Making readers are getting up to and doing or making in the name of charity, so this week we began our new regular feature on twitter and facebook called Charity Makers.

Every Wednesday we want to hear about any craft projects you or your friends might be making or events you may be running to raise money or awareness for charity. We'll pick one person from the bunch and feature their worthwhile cause on our blog.

Thank you to everyone that got involved this Wednesday, you all responded with some great pics and stories about what your up to in the name of charity. One of our favourite photos of the day had to be of Michelle Stichie Sheep Sullivan dressed up as a sheep whilst selling her crafty wares for a charity event, you can see the pic on our facebook page by clicking here.

However, the one maker who really impressed us this week with her dedication to social craftivism was Su Senior, here is her story:

Hi my name's Su and I am 58 years old and recently graduated from university with a 2.1 degree in English Literature with creative writing. I have committed myself to not buying new clothes for a whole year and subsequently will make or alter my own clothing and buy second hand from charity shops etc. As a result I set up a facebook page and blog last week to record my progress. 

I am committed to being a social craftivist and am determined to use my skills to make a difference in the world. 

So far I am committed to making a dozen pillowcase dresses for Dress a Girl Around the World UK through

The picture below is of one I made last year.

SU Pillow Dress 2011 

4 Jigsaw Pieces for Save the Children's campaign against child hunger (below is the beginning of one of them!)

Su Jigsaw Project Pic 2

 and 2 Blood Bags for The Blood Bag Project.

Su Blood Bag Pic 3

All this and more of my charity craft endeavors can be found on my blog at where I write under the name of Slizzy Sewandsew. Or you can visit my facebook page at  

To learn more about Dress a Girl Around the World UK click here.

To learn more about The Jigsaw Project for Save the Children click here

To learn more about The Blood Bag Project click here.


Happy Craft Activism to you all - we look forward to hearing about more of your work next Wednesday! 

Dress A Girl Around The World 3

See what went on behind the scenes at the launch of exciting new book Teatime by Jean Cazals

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

26 November 2012

Making were invited to Le Cordon Bleu London earlier last week to celebrate a mouth-watering new book by famous French food photographer Jean Cazals. Called TeaTime, the beautiful coffee table tome is published by Papadakis and takes the reader on a sumptuous journey around 50 of London's unique and brilliant tea-hotspots, plus it includes amazing recipes for you to create at home. As well as being more than happy to discuss his love of the very British tradition of tea time, Jean signed copies of his book and took part in a cookery demonstration with multi award-winning chef-p√Ętissier Claire Clark MBE, who wrote the foreword for the book.

The pair made bright pink bubblegum meringues which were passed round the guests for tasting - and what a treat they were! There were also delicious desserts and cake pops made by the talented students at Le Cordon Bleu for the guests to enjoy along with a glass of bubbly. What bliss! See our behind the scene pics below of the event or click here to find out more about the book.

Jean Cazals Signs A Copy Of His New Book Tea Time Published By Papadakis
Jean Cazal signs a copy of his new book TeaTime published by Papadakis

Jean Cazals Takes Note As Claire Clark Pipes The Meringues1
Claire Clarke making delicious bubblegum meringues whilst Jean Cazal is busy taking notes...

Jean Cazals And Claire Clark1
... and then getting stuck in himself!

Claire Clark MBE Presents Her Bubblegum Meringues1
Claire Clarke MBE proudly presenting the finished meringues.

Claire Clark With A Copy Of Tea Time By Jean Cazals Which She Wrote The Foreword For1
Claire Clark with a copy of TeaTime by Jean Cazals which she wrote the foreword for.

Claire Clark MBE, Jean Cazals And Alexandra Papadakis1
Claire Clarke MBE with Jean Cazal and Alexandra Papadakis.


Contemporary vs Traditional Christmas

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

20 November 2012


It's nearly time to Deck the Halls, and perhaps some of you festive eager beavers have already cracked out the tinsel and baubles? So in preparation we thought we'd check out the merits of contemporary Christmas decor versus the more traditional approach. Which do you prefer....


Grouping together the luxe candle holders contrasts well with this stark modern interior.

Non Traditional Tree

At least you won't need to hoover up the needles with this Christmas tree!

Modern Xmas 2

Understated Christmas decor is tres chic. 

Modern Xmas 3

It's all about minimalism darling.

Modern Xmas 4

Have to say I think this is my favourite, its rather cool don't you think?

PVC Pipe Wreath

A rather unconventional wreath made from pvc pipes; probably not everyones cup of tea. 


Traditional Tree

Or is the traditional decor more your bag? 

Traditional Table

Traditional table setting - lovely!

Traditional Xmas 1

Where would we be without the traditional stockings on the mantelpiece?

Traditional Xmas Lounge

Just looking at this picture makes me feel warm and cosy...pass the mulled wine!

Xmas Wreath

Ah the classic wreath, nothing wrong with a golden oldie!

So there you go, that's our pick of our favourite contemporary and traditional Christmas decorations, but how will you be decorating your house this festive season? Post up your pics on our forum and lets get the debate going! 




















What's been happening in the Making office this week...

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

9 November 2012

Phew, I don't about all of you but its been a busy week for us here at Making magazine!

For the first half of the week our Editor Emma was away in America being extremely busy and  important (we suspect it was to organise the presidential election). We've also been putting the finishing touches on our Winter Luxe issue and getting it ready to go to print. It has loads of glamorous projects to see you through the cold months ahead, watch this space for some sneak peak pics of the crafty goodness you'll find inside.

We've also all been very excited to see the bumper Christmas issue of Making go on sale this Thursday, we hope you all enjoy reading it and expect to see plenty of pictures of the projects you've made from it soon!

There's also been a lot of preparation in the whole building for the up and coming Ideal Home Show, which is running next week from the 14-18 November (click here for more details). We'll have our own appropriately Christmassy stall there, complete with Christmas tree, so be sure to pop along and say hello! 

There really is no rest for the wicked eh?! Well we're off now to put our feet up for the weekend, we hope you have a great (and of course crafty) weekend too.




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