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Crochet pouffes

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: BECKI CLARK; MODEL: ALEXANDRA FIA

VALENTINE BEARS

INTRODUCING... LIVING

The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

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45  LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

Our top picks of the most lovely buys for a hand-crafted, creative home

14  TRENDS Shop artisan, plus make clay pinch pots

48  HOME TOUR

18  VALENTINE BEARS

Photographer and creative director Kayti Peschke’s colourful, eclectic abode

Give this Mr & Mrs to your sweetheart

26  TEA AND A CHAT

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Hook up a supersized apple and pear

With Makelight founder Emily Quinton

31  SWAN PAPERCUT

Talk to us!

54  CROCHET POUFFES 59  CHANDELIER PLANTER

Learn how to cut a romantic design

Brighten up your space and fill this pajaki-inspired hanging with fresh blooms

35  HEART COASTERS

63  EMBROIDERED BOARD

Crochet for your home or for a friend

A new technique to show off in your kitchen

38  GOOD READ

67  PULL-OUT PAPERS EXCLUSIVE!

Make 2017 your most creative year ever

Jade Fisher’s playful Valentine’s designs

40  SEWING HACK

97  TEMPLATES

Embellish a coat with statement sleeves

All you need to make this issue’s projects


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I’m a sucker for a bit of Valentine’s Day romance and nothing says “I love you” like a handmade gift. Anna Machul’s ridiculously cute cover project (page 18) is a sweet make for someone special – give with a DIY card made from Jade Fisher’s illustrated papers on page 67. Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance either – we’re big fans of showing our gal pals how much we care about them. Make Mandy O’Sullivan’s colourful granny square heart coasters for a mate who deserves some happy mail this month. If you’re anything like us, your pets score pretty highly on your list of favourite people too – treat them to our pet basket on page 85! Share your makes with us using #molliemakers, and have a great month.

Pajaki planter

Treats and treasures to fall in love with

Cath Dean Editor

75  LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

76 BABY SHOES The sweetest pair of mini moccasins

80  COLLECTOR Emilee Anne’s vintage jewellery

81  NEON NECKLACE An easy way to liven up a plain outfit

85  DOG BED Sew a cosy place for your pup to snooze

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Cosy dog basket

89  VELVET BAG Accessorise your date night outfit

94  WRIST WARMERS Cable-knit mittens to keep hands cosy

106  BACK PAGE PROJECT Lucy Davidson on her love of weaving Subscribe at molliemakes.com

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INTRODUCING trends

THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

ARTISAN Find beauty in simplicity and turn your home into a hand-crafted sanctuary

Mix woven materials to add warmth and create interest. www. bloomingville.com

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Cosy nights in are

the new going out. www.notonthehigh street.co.uk/lilaccoast 02

Handmade + fair

trade = feel-good style. www.nkuku.com 03

Wear the trend with

clean lines and natural fabrics. www.not perfectlinen.etsy.com 04

Bring nature into

your home. www. roseandgrey.co.uk 05

Fragranced pencils

for scented love letters. www.quilllondon.com 06

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picked flowers in a hand-thrown vase. www.arhoj.com 07

Who needs an excuse

to buy a new bag? www. violetandpercy.com 08

Upgrade your

morning coffee. www. goodhoodstore.com 09

Light for instant

relaxing vibes. www. thefuturekept.com 06

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PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAUDERY; STYLING: BECKI CLARK; PROPS: MERI MERI, WWW.MERIMERI.COM


Be mine, Valentine Fall head over heels in love with Anna Machul’s cute felt bears


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Describe yourself in a few words. Colourful, fun, stylish.

Launching a start-up with...

EMILY QUINTON The Makelight founder takes time out from behind the lens to share the secrets of juggling family life and her online community Words: HOLLY JOHNSON Photographs: INGRID RASMUSSEN

If you’re guilty of non-stop Instagram scrolling (us too), you’re likely to recognise the flower-filled fine art shots that have gained Emily Quinton over 80,000 followers on the platform. One half of a husband and wife entrepreneurial team and with four young children, Emily started out by selling her botanical photographs at art fairs before ‘accidentally’ becoming a wedding photographer when friends approached her to shoot their wedding. After appearing on Channel Five’s How To Take Stunning Pictures, she 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75

realised her passion lay in teaching others and her online community, Makelight, was born. Emily now spends three days a week in her West Dulwich studio filming videos for her website and running online workshops to help bloggers and makers grow their following with standout photographs. Describing her style as ‘feminine, positive and joyful’, it’s easy to see how Emily’s work has gained an international following. We visited her light and airy workspace to find out more about her creative journey.

Tell us how you first got into photography and why. I started taking photographs when I was seven years old and always dreamed of being a photographer. While studying plants for my PhD, I took lots of images at Kew Gardens and shared them on Flickr, which had just launched. People started asking to buy my images and I got a couple of local gallery shows of my botanical work. I then started creating a body of fine art photography, which I sold at local art fairs. It was through this that my friend asked if I would photograph her wedding. I didn’t ever plan to become a wedding photographer, but one wedding led to another and I got hooked! So how did you go from wedding photographer to online teacher? Photographing weddings was an amazing experience and I got to work with some wonderful couples all over the UK. But as our family grew, the work became more stressful. I started blogging at The Start Up Wife – a lifestyle blog that was filled with creativity and focused on my life being married to a start-up entrepreneur, my husband Steff. I knew that starting a lifestyle blog would be the ideal way to


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How do you balance working creatively with the demands of family life? With four children and a business that’s very much in start-up mode, there really is no typical working day for us. Depending on what childcare we have on hand, some days I have six hours to work and others I have twelve. Steff recently joined the business full-time to offer more technical support to members, so he and I work most evenings too. I usually work from our studio in West Dulwich: it’s a big space flooded with natural light which I’ve filled

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LIVING home tour

Kayti Peschke’s unique and colourful home reflects her passion for making Words: HANNAH BULLIVANT Photography: KRISTY NOBLE

Kayti Peschke’s Yorkshire bungalow had been on the market for two years when she finally caught sight of it, but she wasn’t put off by the unloved feel and tired 80s-style decoration. “I’d been looking at houses for ages but when I saw this one, it felt like it had been waiting for me,” she explains. “I could really see the potential and loved the idea of one level living. I just knew it was the place for me!” Her offer was accepted and she moved in shortly after.

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LIVING home tour

Kayti mixes designermaker pieces with thrifted finds, which makes for a colourful and ever-evolving array of knick knacks around her home.

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OH, YOU PRETTY THINGS! MOODBOARDS & MUSINGS TO INSPIRE US Producing beautiful children’s sleepwear and coordinating bedding featuring hand-drawn prints, Sleepy Doe founder Sophie Woodrow’s designs are inspired by her home city of Bath. The simple prints and soft jersey fabric make us pleased selected designs come in grown-up sizes, too. www.sleepydoe.com

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I COULD DO THAT…

Bon bon bowls

BON BON BOWLS BY KATHLEEN BALLOS OF SNOWDROP & CO

Forget Love Hearts – this year we’re planning to win over our Valentine with a supersized treat. Fill vintage glassware or ceramic bowls with your other half’s favourite sweets (preferably red and heart-shaped for bonus Insta points), then wrap in cellophane to make a candy so giant, even Willy Wonka would be impressed. We’ll be making mini versions for our friends too, and hoping someone’s kind enough to share. Find the full tutorial for these bon bon bowls at www.minted.com/julep.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVE CAUDREY; STYLING: BECKI CLARK. PLEASE TAKE CARE WHEN WORKING WITH SHARP BLADES AND ALWAYS CUT AWAY FROM THE BODY.

Happily ever after Add some romance this Valentine’s Day with Sarah Louise Matthews’ layered swan papercut


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