Local designers take on online stationery

Source: BusinessGhana Award-winning South African designers are taking on the world of online stationery with beautiful, locally illustrated designs. Ink & Bash is a new Stellenbosch-based start-up that’s making it easy for anyone to design their own...

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Traditional hobbies are dying out

By Neil Shaw for DevonLive  Trainspotting, quilting and astrology are among the hobbies which are dying out, a study has found. Researchers found working longer hours, having less disposable income and social media distractions mean fewer of us are able to take time...

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The 1 200 pencil mural

By Kristen Stephenson for Guinness World Records  Julian Martinez was told by his own art class that crafting a mural using just pencils was impossible – but he’s proved them wrong by creating the largest pencil drawn mural. While no one seemed to have...

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Colour-tinted skeleton leaves: an autumn craft

Source: The Kreative Life Find some big sturdy leaves, that are waxy and veiny because they work the best. Here is my step-by-step tutorial on how to make skeleton leaves. You will need: Waxy leaves Large pot Water (12 cups) Super washing soda – also called...

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DIY coffee candle

Source: Crafting News At the end of a long day, all I can think about is to unwind in front of my fireplace with a good book and a tall glass of wine. And the mood is always set with a beautifully scented candle that fills the room with the aroma of relaxation and...

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Paper notebook goes high-tech

You’ve probably seen a few of these smart paper or smart pen things over the years — write in this special notebook and it gets saved to an app, that sort of thing. A new entrant to this niche space is the Everlast notebook, which obviates the necessity of restocking...

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Hobby-X 2018

Sponsored content There’s a new energy and positive feeling to 2018! And nowhere is this more apparent than at the offices of Hobby-X, the well respected and highly anticipated expo for the hobbies and creative crafts industries, where I am chatting to Elizabeth...

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Hobbies have poor shelf lives

The shelf-life of a hobby is one year and two months, according to Brits. Researchers who polled 5 001 UK adults found almost half have taken up a hobby only to give it up. Twenty-eight per cent level the blame at work commitments, while 27 per cent said a busy family...

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Paper perfect

Artist Yulia Brodskaya is a highly regarded paper artist and illustrator who uses two simple materials – paper and glue – and a technique that involves the placement of carefully cut and bent strips of paper to make lush, vibrant, three-dimensional paper...

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The rise of kids stationery chain Smiggle

Brightly coloured children’s stationery chain Smiggle, the profit powerhouse ready to roll into Europe, has grown rapidly in just 14 years. The first Smiggle store opened in Melbourne by founders Stephen Meurs and Peter Pausewang in 2003. Apparel retailer the...

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