Happy Apple Day!

Today is National Apple Day here in the UK so what better time to share a veritable windfall of our favourite apple crafty projects. And why the devil not. 

What crafts tickle your fancy? Perhaps you're a stitcher. If so then your might like this little taste of apply goodness in a project from our very own Cross Stitch Collection mag. You can download the pattern from our brand new website The Making Spot so we reckon this could be a good opportunity! 

 

Win: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding!

If you're looking for wedding inspiration, don't miss the beautiful Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding, a one-off special from the team at Mollie Makes.

This scrumptious 130-page special is filled with crafty ideas for weddings, including step-by-step projects, wedding theme ideas and tips for buying vintage dresses.You'll also love the 8 picture galleries from real-life weddings, with tips from the brides and grooms! Projects include a gorgeous fresh flower circlet, stunning paper decorations and a funky heart-shaped fan for summer weddings.

For a sneak peek inside, click over to the Mollie Makes website and check out the digital sampler!

Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding is out now, available in all good newsagents, or you can order a copy online.

We've got 10 copies of Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding to give away to lucky winners!

Click here to enter our Handmade Wedding competition now. Good luck! This competition is open to UK crafters until 3rd May 2013.

Our top 10 crafters on Pinterest!

We love Pinterest - it's a great place to collect inspiring images, ideas and tutorials you've spotted online, and you can browse other people's 'pins' for hours. It's totally addictive!

We're pinning our favourite craft projects over at pinterest.com/the_making_spot - come and join us.

If you're just getting started with Pinterest, here are 10 of our favourite crafters to follow right now... 

Interview: Marna from Little a Designs

Marna Lunt is the talented designer behind www.littleadesigns.co.uk, a treasure trove of handstitched delights. We love Marna's colourful style and clever personalised designs, so we asked her a little about how she works, what inspires her, and what she's up to at the moment!

Marna, your online shop is a crafty treasure trove! What inspired you to set up Little a Designs?

Many of us find that life changes greatly after we have children and we have different goals and ideals. Luckily when you're an artist it often gives you a purpose and talent to use that works well around children and working from home.

I had been made redundant during my pregnancy with my first child Arthur. When he was born he suffered severe brain damage and so I was very limited to what job I'd be able to do around his very specialised and intense care needed. Then I found not only did I need to make money but I needed to have an outlet that would help body and soul and I knew that now was the time to grab the opportunity and do what I really loved at last and paint and create. And Little a was born.

Every morning I'm excited about the day to come and the opportunity to make and create. I am constantly inspired by my greatest loves; the landscapes and colours of my North Yorkshire Moors and my deep love of Italian Renaissance art. That may sound like an odd combination but they each excite me everyday.

Win a trio of party-perfect craft books!

  

Make a dress, bake a cake, craft up decorations - with these fantastic titles, you'll be ready for every spring and summer celebration!

We've got a copy of Drape Drape 3, Sweet and Made in Paper to give away to one lucky crafter - read on to find out more and enter our competition now...

Our last Drape Drape 3 competition was so popular that we couldn't resist giving you another chance to win a copy! This new sewing book from Hisako Sato and Bunka Fashion College shows you how to create 15 contemporary designs, including dresses, skirts and tunics. You'll love Hisako's drapes, twists and knots, they're so stylish and easy to wear! You can find out more and check out some preview pages over on the Laurence King website now.

We're drooling over the second edition of Sweet, a scrumptious baking 'bookazine' from the team behind Mollie Makes. Whip up pastel pound cake, Easter cookies, eclairs and much more! Click here to find out more and check out the digital sampler.

Made in Paper has just hit the shops, and it's a must for everyone who loves papercrafting! This special 132-page issue from the makers of Papercraft inspirations is filled with beautiful projects to make at home, including ideas for parties, cards, gifts and more. The mag is out in UK shops now, or you can order online. Don't forget to pop by the Made in Paper Facebook page too!

Click here to enter our crafty book giveaway now. This competition is open to UK crafters, until 2nd April 2013. Good luck!

That's all from our Easter blog party - we hope you've enjoyed our freebies and competitions. Come back soon for more spring craft ideas, and don't forget about your special Easter discount voucher code!

More blog party fun
Free Easter cross stitch chart from DMC
Free Easter bunny crochet pattern
Win gorgeous Anchor crochet yarn
Free papercraft project - craft funky sheep cards
Free Easter decorations project, plus 50% off your next order at The Making Spot!
Easter projects on The Making Spot

How to sew crazy patchwork

We've just added a new free step-by-step guide to The Making Spot for you - how to sew crazy patchwork. This fun technique is a great way to use up fabric scraps and practise your embroidery stitches. We just love the colourful results!

Click here to find the free step-by-step guide now. Have fun!

Freebie Friday: Daffodil cross stitch

1st March is St David's Day, so we've got this fantastic free Daffodil Delight project for you to download today! Lesley Teare's stylish daffodil design is quick and fun to stitch - as well as the cross stitch chart, the PDF download includes instructions for turning your stitching into a tea cosy and matching coaster.

Click here now to find out more and download your Daffodil Delight project now. You need to register with The Making Spot to get your download, but it's quick and totally free.

Have a great weekend!

Love cross stitch? Find projects, tutorials and more freebies on The Making Spot now.

Guest post: Try a craft class

Today we're welcoming a guest blogger - the wonderful Jade from lovemycourse, a UK website that helps you find courses, workshops and classes in your area.

A superhero equipped with knitting needles

Some people are just naturals when it comes to crafts. They’re the ones who never put their foot down too hard on the sewing machine pedal; who make knitting look as easy as brushing their teeth; and the ones you just know could copy the craft projects on Blue Peter as kids and end up with a Tracey Island which looked better than the real thing.

Then there are those of us who aren’t. We like making bits and pieces for fun, and get excited over new patterns, but things don’t always go to plan. Sure, we have our successes, but there are a fair few projects that end in us tossing aside our material in frustration and reaching for the nearest (and biggest) bar of chocolate. Unfortunately I am most definitely in this group...

Freebie Friday - 3 downloads for you

We added some really fantastic freebies to celebrate Valentine's Day on The Making Spot this week, we hope you love them as much as we do!

First, get your free Cosy Heart Cushion knitting pattern and whip up this stylish treat for your home. It may look fancy, but using a self-striping yarn making this design quick and fun!

Love Quilting & Patchwork – out now!

We're so excited that Love Quilting & Patchwork magazine hits the shops today! Bursting with gorgeous projects, news, reviews and inspirations, it's a must for fans of fabric.

There are plenty of step-by-step guides to suit both beginners and crafters with more experience, plus great tips to help you along the way.

Even better, the first issue comes with a free Quilts Made Easy book by Nicky Trench - wow!

You can find your copy in good newsagents now, or order online at www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk.