The BUST London Craftacular is taking over The Islington Metal Works this Sunday and we've thrown one heck of a raffle into the mix. Head upstairs to the BUST stall and just pop your email on our list to be in with the chance to win! For starters, there's this print by Rob Ryan, who will also be selling the season's must-have wrapping paper, in a design that is exclusive to Craftacular. He'll be signing the paper and selling it for just £5 a pop. There's a ... Read More
It’s less than a week to go until the Bust Christmas Craftacular London. There will be shopping galore and fab workshops you can get stuck into throughout the day. Join  N1 WI at 3.30; they will show you how to make that someone special a card to remember. There’s no need to bring anything, just your creativity! In the workshop you’ll be shown how to effectively make a lino print block design and be given all the tips to ensure it prints ... Read More
  We've been fans of Gemma Correll's artwork ever since we laid eyes on her infamous 'Pugs Not Drugs' tote bags.   The mega-talented illustrator was part of the line-up at the first ever London Craftacular in 2008, and we're over the moon that Gemma is a vendor again this Sunday (especially after the manager at a previous Craftacular venue told her off for bringing her pug along for the day. Sorry again about that Gemma...) As if our hearts weren't ... Read More
It’s not long now until the BUST Christmas Craftacular London on December 14 at The Islington Metal Works. Time then to put the spotlight on London-based ceramicist Amy Worrall, who will be bringing her colorful ceramics to the fair this year. Amy Worrall makes a range of functional and decorative objects that draw on her background in illustration. Her ceramics are inspired by topless girls in Florida and sunburnt Brits abroad on the Costa de Sol, ... Read More
In September we ran a competition with British online marketplace Folksy to win a free stall space at the BUST Christmas Craftacular in London. The winner was I Am Acrylic with its quirky plastic jewelry designs. Ruth and Brendan started making jewelry in 2004 and hand-cut all their pieces on a fretsaw (so no lasers here) in their London studio. And at the December 14 BUST Christmas Craftacular they will be running workshops all day so that you can cut out and ... Read More
In September, we highlighted "8 Kick-Ass Subscription Boxes To Mail Yourself" on the BUST blog, but there's a couple of UK-based ones that deserve a shout-out too. First up is Lucky Dip Club, "a super fun world of handmade and vintage all packaged up into surprise monthly boxes created by me: Leona Thrift-ola". The monthly themed boxes are a visual treat, full of vintage, slightly kitsch charm, from stationery and jewellery to accessories and homewares – ... Read More
I've been a big fan of Kirsty Kirkpatrick's Uncommonly Beautiful range of upcylced jewelry for a number of years; I own several pieces and I'm always super-pleased to see her stall at the London BUST Craftacular. "The label is an anti-land fill fashion accessory label," founded by Kirsty in June 2006. She pieces together vintage elements into modern designs – sometimes subtle and delicate, sometime big and bold. More recently, her designs have included ... Read More
Amelia's Magazine was founded in 2004 by Amelia Gregory, a professional photographer-turned-independent publisher who also calls celidhs (or barndances, if you prefer) with her band Green Kite Midnight. "Amelia’s Magazine began and continues life at Amelia’s House, which is consequently very unglamourous and full of boxes," reads the blurb on her website. "It was and is a labour of love: run on a shoestring by Amelia Gregory and her dedicated team of ... Read More
What a week! Tube strikes, freezing temperatures, snow, student riots; yep last week in London got a little hectic. Time now then for a quick round up of just how rockin’ the Chistmas Craftacular in York Hall was last Sunday.   The busiest London Craftacular yet, York Hall was BUSTing at the seams as shoppers braved the unusually cold snap and queued round the block for the midday opening, complete with amazing tote bags from Prick Your Finger and Etsy ... Read More
Cold outside ‘aint it! Well, to warm things up a little, here’s a couple of pics of a crafty nature from an usually sweltering day at York Hall in Bethnal Green, where things will be decided cooler on Sunday November 28 when we hold the Christmas Craftacular - less bunting, more baubles; less iced tea, more hot chocolate and soup.    Yep, the BUST London Summer Craftacular in July was hot, in both a good and a rather sweaty kind of way. But, ... Read More
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