There does seem to be a 'battle of the sexes' on many different topics, but comedy is definitely one which so far the guys seem to be winning. So on this page I'll have a look at possible reasons for
Loom knitting is a great way for people to become introduced to the techniques involved in knitting, and it's also a less fiddly way to knit than using needles - so great for kids to try too!
Paint-by-number kits are often nostalgic for people who completed paintings as children; but often adults never try this type of art ever again. I hope this page of grown-up designs inspires you.
Vintage suitcases have great character, however because of their age the lining is often in a state of disrepair. The tutorial on this page shows you how to add a new cosy fleece lining to your case.
Vintage suitcases have great character but often look a bit worse-for-wear. This page offers craft ideas and inspiration for upcycling old suitcases and turning them into amazing new creations.
Floors are often ignored in the DIY world, and often a professional is drafted in when a change of decor is required. However this page offers plenty of ideas for how you can decorate floors yourself!
First there were Tamogotchis; the original electronic pocket pet. Then there were Nano Babies; the best thing since sliced bread as far as my child-self was concerned!
More people than ever now own a digital camera, and because people always like to push the boundaries and invent new cool things, loads of camera hacks other fun photography projects have sprung up...
Photo booths are a really fun and popular prop for parties and weddings, but they can also be quite expensive...so if you want to save some money, why not make your own?
Mask making is a fun project for both kids and adults, and the design can be made as complicated or as creative as you like! This page offers tutorials for different DIY methods, plus inspiring ideas.
Many games, especially outdoor ones, are able to replicated with simple craft skills. This page provides may DIY tutorials and ideas for toys and games to make yourself at home.
The Addams Family movies are amongst my all-time favorites, and the range of bizarre characters which feature in them are ideal for basing your Halloween costumes on! This page offers DIY inspiration.
Water is often viewed as an extremely difficult substance to draw realistically, but I hope that my step-by-step tutorial will make it seem a lot easier!
Leather is a wonderful natural material to work with, and there are various craft techniques that can transform it into a range of quality products. This page offers an introduction for beginners.
The flapper girl costume is an excellent choice for fancy dress parties because it's fun and glamorous at the same time! This page offers tutorials for making your own 20's dress and accessories.
If you want to move on from basic jewelry making techniques to more challenging methods such as soldering, hammering and stone setting, this page gives a comprehensive introduction for beginners.
Interested in the art of jewelry making? The best way for beginners to start is by learning beading techniques; after all, beads are a major component in most necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
If creating curved hems in your sewing projects is driving you to despair, then check out my step-by-step tutorial, plus tips and tricks!
If you want to go all-out on the blood and gore then zombie costumes are a great choice! An easy outfit to put together; it is perfect for last-minute Halloween parties.
Everyone knows that a white sheet can make a passable ghost costume for a last-minute Halloween party, but this page will hopefully inspire you to put in the extra effort and create something better!
Ah Voldemort; such a tortured soul, and one creepy looking dude! This page outlines the different parts of the outfit and provides video tutorials for the most difficult part; the facial prosthetics.
The devil is a popular choice for Halloween, and the costume is easy to put together because you only need limited props and accessories. This page gives you character ideas as well as DIY tutorials.
The witch is a classic choice for Halloween fancy dress, and the great thing is that there are a variety of awesome witchy characters to choose from! This page gives you lots of ideas and DIY help.
Vampires are a cool costume choice for adults as well as kids, and you can choose to go for the classic style or more of a sophisticated Gothic look. This page offers inspiration as well as DIY ideas.
A skeleton fancy dress costume is a fun and effective choice for adults and kids, and you can choose to make your outfit as scary or as friendly as you like! This page offers a range of DIY tutorials.
As a kid I always left the beach with bags of shells, sea glass and all kinds of oddments...but I never knew what to do with them! This page offers you loads of DIY ideas for your beach finds.
If you enjoy photography and are looking to make your own quirky partly-animated GIFs, then this tutorial will walk you through every step. All you need is a photograph and Photoshop.
A review of trackball computer mice, with a list of advantages and disadvantages.
Themed foods and impressive meals are a great way to show you care on Valentine's Day. This page offers lots of romantic dinner options, plus cute desserts and ideas for how to set a table to impress.
Elaborate pop-up books add an extra element of interest to a story, and are bound to intrigue both kids and adults. This page lists my favorite 10 books, which include Star Wars & Harry Potter themes.
Amigurumi are crocheted stuffed toys which also happen to be one of the cutest crafts around! This page will give beginners an introduction to ami creation, plus lots of tutorials and fun patterns.
Binding books is a wonderful craft and you can be as creative with the binding and cover designs as you want to be. This page offers plenty of DIY ideas for taking your journals to the next level.
Not only is making your own bath and beauty products really fun, but it also allows you to carefully control and limit the chemicals that come into contact with your skin. Lots of natural recipes here
There are some beautiful and awe-inspiring libraries in the world, and this page showcases which ones I think are the best.
Sketching outdoors, whether you are travelling the world or just sitting in your garden, can present new challenges compared to when you are indoors. This page offers useful tips and inspiration.
If you want to pamper your pet with a new toy or bed, you want to save some money by going the DIY route, or you just want to get your craft on, then you've come to the right place!
If you would like to learn the differences between the larger members of the Cat family, please take a look at this page!
When you own a business that sells products, packaging and branding is all-important. This page offers photos of creative examples and links to lots of visual inspiration to help you design your own.
Quilling is a lovely craft, full of detail and precision. This page gives you an introduction to the art form, and then guides you to online lessons for beginners as well as simple DIY projects.
Calligraphy is a beautiful art to learn, and needs very little expense to get started. On this page you will find online lessons for beginners, free alphabet templates, plus lots of inspiration.
Stop-motion is a wonderful form of animation where puppets and props are moved a tiny amount between the individual frames. This page offers beginners information about how the characters are created.
The great thing about using the technique of stop motion animation in home-movie-making is that it is so accessible; you only require minimal equipment (a camera) and a strong creative idea.
Often thought of as ugly industrial materials, concrete and cement get a bad rap but hopefully this page will show you that actually they can be used to make beautiful, and even delicate, objects.
The world of miniature models encompasses a wide range of hobbies from doll house making to Warhammer; this page uses techniques from them all to help guide you through making scenery or a film set.
Mosaics are a fun, attractive and long-lasting craft which can be used to create indoor or outdoor art. This page provides a guide for beginners and lots of DIY project and pattern ideas.
Decoupage is one of the simplest crafts you can do; just glue fabric or paper onto a surface and you're done! This page helps beginners to get started, and offers many project tutorials and DIY ideas.
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Clay is a very popular art material that is fun to sculpt, mold and shape. This page offers an introduction for beginners including video tutorials and many creative projects ideas.
Building your own shed is a great DIY project, and you can make the plans as simple or as creative as you wish. This page offers photos and examples of the best shed designs to give you inspiration.
Crafters everywhere will understand the dream of having a dedicated crafting area, and this page offers plenty of decoration ideas for when you have the opportunity of creating your very own space.
Wood is a versatile craft material, but many projects can be far too challenging and intimidating for a beginner. This page is to help people get started with woodworking and provide some simple DIYs.
Watch me revamp a vintage wooden chest in this step-by-step tutorial. I sanded and painted the interior before adding padded MDF panels...and I love the finished result!
Tattoos are often chosen to represent memorable events or your personal passions. If you have had an amazing time seeing the world, or you just love travel, then this page should give you tat ideas.
If you are a bit of an adrenalin junkie, or perhaps you just want to try out new and exciting hobbies, this page should give you plenty of ideas!
Transforming wool roving into an array of wonderful shapes in front of your eyes is both satisfying and fun! This page gives you an introduction to wet & needle felting, plus creative project ideas.
The craft of yarn spinning allows you to turn loose fibers into beautiful yarns with unique pattern, colour and texture combinations. This page offers an introduction and inspiration for beginners.
Latch hook rug making is an easy and fun craft that you can even do whilst watching the TV! This page gives beginners a quick introduction to the technique, and also offers ideas for DIY projects.
With mass produced clothes everywhere, people are feeling the need to wear something more unique with some personality. This page offers you lots of ideas for how to revamp and upcycle your clothes.
The UK TV program 'Dragons' Den' has featured hundreds of business pitches since 2005, with several in particular standing out and going on to be big successes. Here are some examples to inspire you.
Resin is a wonderful material to work with, and can either be cast into a 3D mold, or used as a glossy surface coating. This page is made to help beginners get started with some simple projects.
If you want to jazz up your yard area (which is often neglected compared to the home), then on this page you will find a wonderful assortment of DIY outdoor ornaments and other creative crafts!
Mobiles are often only hung up in baby nurseries and kid's rooms, however this type of decoration can look fantastic in any room! This page offer tutorials for making your own DIY ceiling ornaments.
Automata are charming objects that offer entertainment in the form of mechanical movements. This page gives an introduction to the world of automata and provides links to free toys for you to build.
Origamic architecture combines paper cutting and folding to produce amazing pop-up displays of buildings and landmarks. This page offers a beginner's guide to the craft.
Unless you are already interested in papercraft, it is unlikely that you will know much about the world of paper sculpture. This page offers you an inspiring introduction to this wonderful craft.
Creating pop-ups is a form of paper engineering that is easy and really fun. This page guides beginners through the basics and also provides ideas, templates, and video tutorials for projects.
Revamping old or broken furniture is a popular hobby for adding value and personality to your home, and it's also lots of fun! This page gives guidance on technique, as well as masses of inspiration.
When you throw a party or have a get-together, party games can be fantastic ice-breakers and get everyone behaving like a kid again! This page lists my favorite ideas as well as some fun classics.
It can be difficult coming up with interesting ideas for dates so that a) you keep some variety and b) you don't end up in a rut of doing the same thing over and over. This page lists many fun ideas.
Flowers are received for all kinds of occasions, and the traditional way they are displayed is in a vase. This page offers plenty of DIY projects and craft inspiration so you can make them yourself.
Party favors are a lovely lasting memory or fun extra for your guests, and the great news is that there are so many ways to make your own! This page will hopefully offer plenty of DIY inspiration.
People often complete small weaving projects as children, but never revisit the craft. This page offers weaving lessons for use with both cardboard and wooden looms, plus many DIY project tutorials.
You don't have to be an electrician to make your own lamps, especially with the simple fittings you can buy. But if you don't want to build from scratch, embellishment projects are lots of fun too!
Homemade photo frames and mirror craft projects are lots of fun and are usually quick and easy to do. Who knew there were so many ways to decorate a frame or make one from scratch?!
Art on the walls of your home can add so much interest and personality, and there are endless ways for you to make your own without needing great artistic talent! This page offers plenty of ideas.
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Invitations are fun to give and to receive, but they are extra fun if they are homemade! This page offers lots of inexpensive, unique and easy ideas to make your invites stand out from the crowd.
Headboards are so simple to make, yet have a huge impact in a bedroom by giving it an eye-catching focal point. This page offers project ideas and DIY inspiration for making one yourself.
Clocks are one of the easiest and most practical of craft projects, since you can simply add a clock mechanism to almost any object! This page will hopefully give you plenty of DIY ideas.
Knitting is an extremely popular craft, and if you are looking to learn to knit or are searching for top knitting projects, you've come to the right place!
Crochet is a very popular craft and is easy to get started with....you just need yarn and crochet hooks! This page contains links to the best beginner's tutorials and a large number of free patterns.
So you want to finish a dinner party with a flourish, or make a dessert which will impress your date? Well, the sophisticated and unusual cupcake recipes on this page will definitely do just that!
Cupcakes are often regarded as a comfort food and are usually sugary and indulgent. However, if you want cute cakes for a Summer event, refreshing fruits and cocktail flavors are much more welcome!
Although often seen as delicate and girly treats, this page shows that cupcakes can be manly too! Check out my collection of favorite recipes here, plus find instructions on how to make candied bacon.
Sewing stuffed toys is a fun hobby that enables you to really let your imagination take flight! On this page you'll find many tutorials, free sewing patterns and awesome inspiration to get you started
Craft tutorials online are mainly aimed towards women, so to make things a bit easier for the guys, I've compiled a list of butch and beefy DIY projects, plus various sewing and clothing ideas too.
Public art is created to be enjoyed by all and provides visuals highlights in a person's life. This page showcases some of my favourite sculptures, some famous examples, and outdoor art installations.
In recent years, yarnbombing and other guerilla art activities have become more popular - and easier to organize thanks to the rise of social media. This page displays examples of this type of art.
Business cards are supposed to 'sell' your business to a potential customer, so you need it to stand out, be memorable and be enticing. This page offers inspiring ideas for adding a creative touch.
Saffron is an expensive and exotic spice that many people never, or rarely, use. This page will tell you where it comes from, plus offer some gorgeous recipes to inspire you to use it yourself.
Making your own greeting cards is not only a way to save money, but it's also a fun craft activity and allows you to personalize the designs. This page provides a large range of creative DIY ideas.
In February, the month of love, it's lots of fun to decorate your home with hearts and other themed decorations! This page offers many romantic and cute DIY projects and crafty inspiration.
Gifts created with your own fair hands require more effort and thought, and as a result are often valued more highly by the recipient. This page contains masses of ideas for inexpensive DIY pressies.
Sewing your own clothes from scratch gives you the opportunity to create totally custom fitted, unique garments, full of your own personality and style! This page points you to many patterns and tips.
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Often seen as seating for kids and students; beanbags are the ultimate in fun and comfort! This page offers crafty types a range ofDIY tutorials for a range of cool beanbags, poufs & floor pillows.
The craft of papercutting is such a simple idea but the results are amazing, especially in the more advanced projects. This page is for helping beginners to get started and try out some easy patterns.
The craft of needlepoint is quite inexpensive to start, and once you have learned the basic technique you can really get creative! This page offers an introduction for beginners, plus design ideas.
Learning to sew can be daunting due to the many new terms and techniques you will encounter, but I hope this page will make things seem much simpler! Also included are lots of easy beginner projects.
This page gives an introduction to the craft of embroidery, with links to beginners tutorials as well as a large number of beautiful projects and free patterns.
Sometimes you are just so, so bored and can't think of anything interesting to do. Well, hopefully this page will come to the rescue and give you lots of ideas for fun activities you can do at home.
If you feel you'd like to make the world a bit nicer by doing good deeds purely to make others smile, then I hope you find lots of inspiring ideas on this page.
Instead of buying a 'vintage effect' file for using with my Photoshop graphics work, I like to make my own 'distressing' patterns using photographs. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how I do it.
'Through the Viewfinder' (TtV) is a technique which combines a vintage camera with a modern one to create a unique photography style. This page offers an introduction and some tutorials for beginners.
A trip down memory lane for British 90s kids; this page offers clips of old TV shows, and reminiscing about the Spice Girls, jelly sandals, hair mascara, Pogs, hairstyles and much more!
When fashion and art come together, the results are beautiful. This page offers information on how an aspiring fashion designer can begin learning to sketch, plus provides lots of design inspiration.
If you want to make drawing a regular habit, then hopefully this page will help you! I've compiled lots of ideas, blogs, inspiration and drawing prompts so that hopefully you'll never draw a blank :)
Applying for art school or any art-based course is daunting because not only do you need to go for an interview, but you have to submit a portfolio of your work. This page provides inspiring examples.
I am an avid list-maker and I believe that writing things down helps to focus the mind. So I've therefore decided to write all my life aims down here to give me solid goals to reach for.
Sometimes it can be a challenge to keep kids occupied without just relying on the TV or other electronics, so I've made this page to give you loads of craft, activity and baking ideas for children.
Keeping a journal is a joy for a writer; keeping an art journal is a joy for an artist. This page gives an introduction to a delightful hobby and passion, and also offers plenty of design inspiration.
Jewelry making is a very popular craft and can be made as simple or as complicated as you like. This page offers tutorials and DIY ideas that beginners can accomplish with only the most basic tools.
If you prefer to dress up in the same theme as your friends rather than in individual fancy dress costumes, then this page should offer plenty of ideas and inspiration for you!
Don't leave your pet dogs out of the fancy dress fun at Halloween...get them involved! This page offers ideas for costumes, as well as instructions for crafty types to make their own from scratch.
Choosing to have a theme for your party can really set the mood and get everyone in the fun party spirit...and it definitely makes it more memorable. This page lists plenty of ideas to inspire you.
Whenever I'm invited to a fancy dress party, my brain goes blank and I find it very hard to pin down an idea - there's just so much choice! Hopefully this A-Z page of inspiration will help you out :)
Whether you have a DSLR or regular compact camera, there are so many different techniques and projects to have a go at. On this page you will find plenty of inventive suggestions to keep you busy!
Purses are a great sewing project because they can be made as simple or as complex as you wish. They are fun to make, and even beginners can create something awesome using the tutorials on this page!
Making a bag from scratch is often one of the first projects a beginner sewer completes, but there are so many possibilities beyond classic tote bags. This page offers a range of tutorials and ideas.
This step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to bind your own journal and create a leather wrap-around cover. You can achieve a professional finish with this project, even as a complete beginner!
It can be confusing to know how to cook meat due to the many different joints, cuts and cutting methods available. This page hopes to make it all a bit clearer and provides lots of yummy recipes!
The world of dental technology is quite hidden, and not many people know how dental fittings and appliances are made. This page shows you the detailed work behind making a porcelain crown for a tooth.
T-shirts are a garment that most people have in their wardrobes, but once they have become too old and worn they are often just thrown out. This page aims to offer many creative DIY recycling ideas.
When it comes to wrapping presents, most people just do the minimum that's necessary...however I hope that this page will inspire you to instead go all-out on your gift wrap to make it really special!
Banksy is no doubt the most famous graffiti artist around, and his street art can range from humorous images to serious political statements. This page showcases some of his work along with locations.
It can be difficult to find unique and unusual gifts on the internet if you don't know where to look, so on this page I have compiled a list of my favourite handmade product stores for you to browse.
Weddings are the perfect occasion to use your creative mind and crafting skills to add your own unique personality to the event, and also to try and save money too! This page offers lots of DIY ideas.
Thousands of fashion blogs exist online, run by anyone from amateur enthusiasts to top fashionistas. This page lists just the ones I think are the best quality and offer the most interesting looks.
Hair styles are a great way of expressing your individuality and creativity, but sometimes we get into a rut and stick with what we know. This page will hopefully give you lots of new inventive ideas.
Tattoos are often very personal and meaningful, but they can also just purely be great art. This little collection is of my personal favorite tat designs, plus links to galleries of inspiration.
Sometimes you just need cute videos, uplifting stories and fun giggles to lift you out of your funk, and hopefully this page will do just that! Cheer yourself up with videos, websites, photos and more
Tatting is a beautiful and rare craft where thread is knotted to form lace. There are two types of tatting and this page will give beginners an introduction to both, with patterns and video tutorials.
Fancy dress costumes are required for all kinds of fun and frolics, from kid's parties to Halloween 'trick or treat'. This page helps you think of the initial idea, and to DIY your own from scratch.
Sometimes a blank page can be so intimidating that it causes your imagination to briefly disappear. This page lists many story beginnings and prompts to hopefully get the creative ideas flowing again.
Getting started selling art or craft work on Etsy (or anywhere online) can be daunting, and slow results mean that people give up quickly. This page offers my own selling tips, plus other tutorials.
Gap years are a popular year-long break from traditional education, and the options for how to spend this time wisely are huge and varied. This page lists the best resources to help you make a choice.