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INTRODUCING... living

The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

9  introducing…

45  LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

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

14  trends Three ways with the kaleidoscope look, plus our top product picks

20  belt bag

48  HOME TOUR Mileke Roderman’s Dutch home is an oasis of calm and creativity

Sew a fringed boho belt bag ideal for all the summer’s festivals

54 crochet mandalas

28  tea and a chat

59  origami lamp

Queen of goal-setting Elise Blaha Cripe revels how she achieves her dreams

Treat your home to some sculptural art

34  stitched map

Indulge in some serious colour therapy

63  macramÉ planters Create a striking wall display for summer

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38  knitted cactus

67  pull-out papers display it!

A spike-free cushion for your sofa

Posters and papers to wrap and cut, designed for us by Clare Nicolson

42  good read

100  templates

We investigate mistaken copying claims

Make all the issue’s projects


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Treats and treasures to fall in love with 75  loving

Happy birthday Etsy! That’s me on the set of Etsy’s first TV ad last year. To celebrate the makers’ online marketplace turning ten and its global Craft Party in June (see page 13), we’ve teamed up with them to bring you an issue full of projects from our favourite sellers on the site, as well as tips on marketing your own range of handmade goodies with success. We are all about inspiring you on Mollie Makes. Whether you’re working in a creative industry yourself or simply making for pleasure, this community has so much to share. I hope you’ll use this issue to inform, develop and show off your own unique style. How’s this to get you off to a flying start? Use promo code ‘molliemakes’ to get 20 free listings in your new Etsy shop at www.etsy. com/promotions. Looking forward to seeing all your #craftparty pics!

Beautiful things to adore and make

76 collectOR A nostalgic childhood eraser collection

Lara Watson Editor

77  hotdog eye mask Crochet yourself the tastiest nap

83  beaded necklace An easy make to help bust that stash

86  hobby horse Sew the kids some unicorn magic

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90  etsy success Tips for great sales from the experts

92  upcycled skiRT Turn a men’s shirt into a cute skirt

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INTRODUCING trends

This month we’re obsessing about...

kaleidoscopes Mix nostalgia with psychedelia in this colourful trend

The Isabelle McAllister collection: statement walls mean surrealism. www.mrperswall.com

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Earth-toned palettes 04

make for a subtler look. www.anthropologie.eu 02

Kaleidoscopes don’t

have to be symmetrical. www.booandboo factory.etsy.com 03

A gold-plated take

on the trend. www. lauragravestock.com 04

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Add Maude Asbury’s

Geofabulous prints to your fabric stash. www.blendfabrics.com 05

We know what we’re

packing for the beach. www.monsoon.co.uk 06

Introduce the trend

gently with a watch. www.joythestore.com 07

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Home for your

cash and cards. www. archiemaclondon.co.uk 08

Cool mint and

pastels pop in kaleido patterns. www.archie maclondon.co.uk 09

Woah – we’re seeing

multiples! www.h0les. bigcartel.com

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Here comes the

summer Wellies at the ready – we’re all set for festival season thanks to Debbie Ingle’s tasselled boho belt bag

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Psst! Make your own espadrilles in our next issue! Out on 25 June

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Describe your style in a few words? Imperfect, bold and casual. Which books and magazines are currently on your bedside table? Made By Hand by Lena Corwin, Taproot magazine, Vanity Fair and something light from the library.

tea and a chat with…

Elise Blaha Cripe A lot of lists, a little bit of fear and mountains of making are the secrets to this powerhouse crafter’s success Words: Lucy rice Photographs: elisE blaha cripe

If you’ve ever wished there were more hours in the day so you could just do X, Y or Z, then Elise has some advice: Just start. This mantra has helped the Californian grow her blog from the ground up – selling handmade items first via Etsy and then a self-hosted shop – into a viable career. And it’s all driven by one thing: a passion for making. Since starting her blog 10 years ago, Elise has explored making via various mediums. Quilting, knitting, scrapbooking, photography, painting, woodwork, ecourses… You name it, Elise 28 MOLLIEMAKES.com 54

has probably made it. What sets her apart, though, is her propensity to share the process, whether that’s through YouTube videos, blog walkthroughs, or on her weekly podcast, Elise Gets Crafty. Her step-by-step approach to achieving her goals is inspiring and ego-free. She’s the first to admit when something hasn’t worked out, and always finds a lesson in there to share – before striding onto the next project. We caught up with Elise to find out how she manages to get so much done. Hint: there’s a project for that!

Name your top three creative blogs? 3191 Miles Apart (www.3191miles apart.com), Emily Henderson (www. stylebyemilyhenderson.com) and A Beautiful Mess (www.abeautifulmess.com). Describe a typical working day. How do you balance working creatively with your family life? I keep a lot of to-do lists! We have childcare for our daughter two and a half days a week and I pile my projects and business responsibilities into that time. Usually, my days involve waking up with coffee and blog reading (while Ellerie eats breakfast and watches Elmo), then we’ll either run errands (if she’s home) or I’ll get to work (if she’s at daycare). I recently started only ‘working’ while at my desk. No more sending emails from my phone while cooking dinner – and it’s been great. Even though I work from home, having a solid line between being ‘at work’ and being ‘at home’ has helped my state of mind.


INTRODUCING tea & a chat

‘I’m most inspired by people who do nothing like what I’m doing.’

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Describe your style in a few words? Imperfect, bold and casual. Which books and magazines are currently on your bedside table? Made By Hand by Lena Corwin, Taproot magazine, Vanity Fair and something light from the library. Name your top three creative blogs? 3191 Miles Apart (www.3191miles apart.com), Emily Henderson (www. stylebyemilyhenderson.com) and A Beautiful

Mess (www.abeautifulmess.com). Describe a typical working day. How do you balance working creatively with your family life? I keep a lot of to-do lists! We have childcare for our daughter two and a half days a week and I pile my projects and business responsibilities into that time. Usually, my days involve waking up with coffee and blog reading (while Ellerie eats breakfast and watches Elmo), then we’ll either run errands (if she’s home) or I’ll get to work

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A woven wall

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hanging in Elise’s

of personal craft

home office.

projects, including

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Business

Elise’s mix

moments in stamps:

‘n’ match rug

MAKE29, the

collection, painted

#EliseGetsCrafty

text art, handmade

podcast and a

quilts and hanging

goal-setting

mobile sculpture.

mantra, Just Start.

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Traveller

Keep summer memories alive with two exclusiveto-us projects: Paola Panelli’s stitchable world map and Louise Walker’s knitted cactus cushion

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Colour Therapy Let Ayda Algin’s cheerful crochet mandalas brighten up your craft time and your home

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We’ll be going boho-glam this summer with Tamar Schechner’s beaded statement necklace. Pass the spray paint…

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Photography: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA TRACEY, POMPOMS AND CROWN: www.thehambledon.com


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