From the Bookcase: Gennaro’s Slow Cook Italian by Gennaro Contaldo


  Winter may be over but that doesn’t mean the end of warm, comforting meals just yet. Gennaro Contaldo shares meals and memories from his childhood in his new book Gennaro’s Slow Cook Italian proving that hearty meals can be enjoyed any time of the year. Not restricted to the regional delights from Naples, Gennaro brings Read More

We Meet… Celebrity Chef Gennaro Contaldo


  Credited by Jamie Oliver as being ‘the man who taught me everything I know’, Gennaro Contaldo is one of the best-loved and well-known faces of the cooking world. Born and raised in Minori along the Amalfi coast, he rose through the ranks to become one of the most highly respected chefs in London working Read More

We Meet… Mosaicist and Author Aimee Harman

Aimee Harman

    We recently had the pleasure of interviewing self-taught mosaicist Aimee Harman, author of the book Mini Mosaics. Aimee from Peacehaven, East Sussex, is a mother of three and proud grandmother to four-year-old Alyssa. Here is her story: I learnt to mosaic in 1998 as a hobby. I went into business quite soon after Read More

We Meet… Craft Bloggers and Authors Cat Morley and Tom Waddington

Cat Morley and Tom Waddington Cut Out + Keep

  Edinburgh-based Cat Morley and Tom Waddington run the hugely popular craft blog Cut Out + Keep. Cat deals with our members, all of the content, while Tom does the code and technical work for the site, and they have just released their first book Cut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects. Read More

We Meet… Designer, Maker and Author Laura Strutt


  This week we interview designer/maker Laura Strutt who lives in Colchester, Essex with her husband and their little pup, Waffle. Laura is the former editor of the leading UK trade publication Craft Business and went on to work as the launch team of UK Knitting magazine Let’s Knit before moving on to work as Read More

We Meet… Designer, Author and Blogger Marie Perkins (a.k.a Bowie Style)

Marie Perkins from Print & Pattern Blog books

    This week we interview popular designer, blogger and author Marie Perkins, a.k.a Bowie Style. Born in Hampshire, Marie studied Graphic Design and Illustration in Salisbury, Wiltshire and then moved to Brighton to paint ceramics. She then moved into Textile Design, creating prints for stores such as BHS, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Homebase. Marie Read More

We Meet… Artist Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks Artist at work Portrait

  When her breathtaking artwork caught our eyes, we simply had to ask Louise Brooks if she would allow us to interview her for our We Meet feature. We expected the interview to be compelling, yet were unprepared for just how inspirational Louise would be. Louise is a full-time professional artist living in Saltdean, East Sussex, Read More

We Meet… Felt Artist Stephanie Cowburn

stephanie cowburn

  This week we meet author, illustrator, teacher and felt artist Stephanie Cowburn. Stephanie lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and their family pet dog Heidi. After her children started school Stephanie went back into teaching part-time, allowing her to be around for the children as well as earning some money.   Stephanie has always been creative and tells Read More

We Meet… Papercut Artist and Author Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan

    Following his latest release The Kingdom Revealed, papercut artist and author Rob Ryan shares his own story with Make It Shabby. Find out how he began and his hopes for the future in our interview:   How long have you been papercutting for? How did you begin and when did you realise that you had Read More

We Meet… Creative Entrepreneur Lizzie Chantree

Lizzie profile photo

  A designer, illustrator, inventor, author and businesswoman, there is very little that Lizzie Chantree doesn’t know about creativity and entrepreneurship. Be inspired by Lizzie’s onward and upward climb as she shares her story of hard work and perseverence with Make It Shabby.   You are quite the entrepreneur and have successfully created and run Read More