DIY kokeshi dolls

Oh hello! Sometimes we stumble upon a craft project that just leaps off our screens and cries out to be made instantly. This week, I've fallen in love with these DIY kokeshi dolls by the ever-so-talented Kirsty Neal

 how to make Kokeishi dolls

After discovering them on Kirsty's Ginger&George blog yesterday, I accidentally splurged and brought the pdf tutorial instantly. (Etsy guilt strikes again.)

They're made from polymer clay and finished with a lick of acrylic paint & fabric embellishments. I actually cannot wait to get making them - although I can't say who for in case they're reading this!

Kirsty's tutorial shows you to make your own mini music fan

Follow Kirsty's tutorial to make this mini doll for the music lover in your life...

make your own pirate doll

Avast m'earties! This pirate doll is possibly my favourite... love his mini earring & stripy top.

If, like me, you can't resist them, you can download the tutorial for how to make the set on Kirsty's Hello Clementine Etsy shop

Face to face with embroidery art

Oooh we do love it when we come across artists embrace the spirit of crafting in their work. Daniel Kornrumpf has done just that with his series of portraits, embroidered on linen! Impressive eh?

Books: Cute Creatures to Knit and Crochet

Whether you are new to working with yarn or you've been at it for years, you are guaranteed to find something to make when you open Cute Creatures to Knit and Crochet.

Weekend make: Thank you teacher craft ideas

The count down to the summer holidays is well underway here in team Making Spot. To celebrate the end of term, we've found five of our favourite thank you teacher craft projects - from cake toppers to flower picks.

Birthday card ideas

After 5 hours of cutting, scoring, rearranging and pinning yesterday, I managed to half finish my latest papercraft project. It got me thinking... how finding the right idea can take more time than physically making it!

We ♥ letter play

Etsy alert! If, like us, you love a bit of wordplay in your quest for the homemade life - check out Word Art Letterpress'  mix of hand-printed, graphic lettering with snatches of song lyrics. Lovely!

Colour inspirations: go green

I came up with the idea for the latest in our colour inspirations series after feasting my eyes on a green-themed Folksy home page last week. If you're looking for your next project, take a look at our favourite green handmade ideas from Flickr.

Father's day card ideas

One of my favourite inspirations sources for card ideas has to be Polka Doodles. They post weekly card making challenges which satisfy my urge to snoop at what other crafters are making! This week they're rounding up Father's day card ideas.

Feeling peckish? Make it mini

Here's a little treat for all you tea drinkers, food lovers & craft curiosities seekers...  SouZouCreations specialise in small but perfectly formed handmade jewellery with a foodie twist.

Yarn bombing: coming soon to a town near you?

Today I'm bringing a little bit of bonkers to the blog. My latest papercraft project isn't finished yet, so instead here's a celebration of one of my favourite crafty phenomenons - YARN BOMBING!