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Afternoon tea with Kirstie Allsopp

Yesterday afternoon I was delighted to be invited to have afternoon tea with Kirstie Allsopp (and 49 other crafty ladies) at the V&A. I’m sure you’ve heard of The Handmade Fair which is taking place this Autumn at Hampton Court Palace. As a Super Pinner (are you following me on Pinterest?) I was able to spend a really fun couple of hours enjoying an afternoon of tea, cake and crafting.

I love paper cutting but so far I haven’t been very adventurous. I was excited to learn how to create beautiful paper cut-out bunting with the help from artist Poppy Chancellor. She was lovely and shared her three top tips with us before we got started:

  • Always use a sharp blade
  • Always cut towards yourself
  • Cut the small details first

paper cutting with Poppy Chancellor - the gingerbread houseWe were provided with cutting mats, super sharp blades and pretty designs to cut out. The room was silent as everyone was concentrating so hard. I started off with the simple design and as my confidence increased, was able to tackle the more intricate designs. It was so much fun and I loved the result. I really wanted to take the finished ones home with me!

Before very long people started finishing their cut outs and there was enough to form a beautiful group display. It would be super cute to make your own for your wedding or party and my mind is ticking with ideas!

paper cut bunting and the V&A

It was a lovely way to spend a few hours and I’m really looking forward to attending The Handmade Fair later this year. I’ve only ever been to the Knitting & Stitching Show but this is slightly different. The ticket price includes a Skill Workshop of your choice (Textiles & Yarning, Cake Decoration, Papercraft, Upcycling, Jewellery or Seasonal), a Super Theatre Session (featuring Kaffe Fassett, Annie Sloan, Cath Kidston, Sue Timney, Mollie Makes, Paul A. Young, Pinterest, V&A, Etsy), and a Grand Make with 250 fellow crafters.

The idea behind The Handmade Fair is that everyone has a craft they can do. If our creative crafty afternoon was anything to go by then it’s easy to see how much fun you can have with a bunch of women you’ve never met, the chance to create and learn something new! Tickets are on sale now and you can find out more here.


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    July 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    That sounds like a great day! Fab tips, especially about cutting the small details first, that makes a lot of sense. Very pretty 🙂

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    Em @ snowingindoors
    July 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I’d love to try paper cutting, it always looks so beautiful, and I love the idea of making bunting with it.

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    Hannah Staveley
    July 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    love her she is fab, always good tips from her .x

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    Jen aka The Mad House
    July 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I am blooming green with envy. I have decided that I can not longer talk to you!

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    Healthier Mummy
    July 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I love the sound of paper cutting, but not sure I’d be any good at it. Did you get to talk to Kirsty??

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    Amy Squires
    July 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I’m very jealous! This looked like an amazing day, looks like such pretty patterns!

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    July 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    That looks like such a fun event x

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    Joanna Sormunen
    July 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    This is a fantastic idea for a craft or decoration! I will pin this for later on!

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    July 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    they look great! something I’ve always wanted to try x

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    Actually Mummy...
    July 24, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I am in awe of how detailed, and how neat these all are! I’m terrible at any kind of craft and paper cutting isn’t even on my radar. I know my daughter will be the exact opposite though, judging by her love of anything creative.

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    Sarah Bailey
    July 25, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Oh wow what an amazing sounding time, how detailed is your crafting! I would make a right mess of that 🙂 x

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    Model mummy
    July 25, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Great post – what a fun day. I have followed some of your boards on pinterest. Going to give the bunting a go x

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    Zena's Suitcase
    July 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time, I’d love to go to something like this

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    Al Ferguson
    July 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Just don’t trust that Kirsty… she’s a crafty one!



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    Adele @ Circus Queen
    July 25, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    What a fab experience and at the V&A too! I’ve never tried my hand at paper cutting. Maybe for Christmas…

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    Shell Louise
    July 26, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Very jealous! Looks like a great way to spend an afternoon. Enjoy the Handmade Fair 🙂

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    Liska @NewMumOnline
    July 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

    When you said the room was silent as everyone was concentrating so hard it put a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat as I once went to an event with Linda Barker and Multiple Mummy. We had to make a t-shirt and Kerry was silent for about an hour. I only got to talk to her on the way home. This brought me right back.
    This sort of day out must have been a dream come true for you.
    I had no idea you were/are a Super Pinner. Well done

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    Donna Navarro
    July 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

    What a lovely way to spend a day! Sounds like a great event and I would love to meet Kirsty Allsop!

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    July 27, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Oh what a lovely afternoon. Paper cutting always produces such beautiful results.

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    July 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    OOOH I LOVE bunting it excites me so very much

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    July 29, 2014 at 6:37 am

    They’re lovely paper designs and would make fab bunting. I’d love to have a go, but it’s one of those things that I’m always a bit hesitant to do. I worry that I’d just make a complete mess of it. Maybe I’ll go to the Handmade Fair for some inspiration.

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