Sunday, 5 November 2017

New Craft Workshops....

Back in January I decided this would be the year I would start teaching workshops, well I have finally got a couple of dates in the diary before the year ends, yay!

I will be teaching how to make this exploding Christmas gift box at No3 Royston....

The shop has expanded upstairs so they can now offer workshops and I will be teaching the first one on the 18th November in their new space, eek! 

Workshop details

Learn how to make a Christmas gift box with the surprise element!

Whether you are a complete beginner or you’re already a paper-crafter, it will be a fun class learning skills to construct an exploding gift box from a piece of card.

You will leave the class with a gift box for someone’s Christmas present or you can keep it as a decoration by using it with a battery operated tea light. Both options will be taught in the class and you will go away with full instructions so you can make more boxes.

Class size: There will be a maximum of 8 people in the class which is small enough so I can help every student as I guide you through the process step by step.

Materials: All equipment and supplies will be provided but if you are already a paper-crafter and have a paper trimmer or score board you can bring these along with you if you’d like but not necessary.

Skills needed: No previous experience is required. This class starts at the beginning so is suitable for beginners. The class is only suitable for adults.

If you are interested you can book via the shops website here as well as see what other classes they have planned.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show ticket winners!....

Winners of ticket giveaway

Drum roll please, and the winners are.....
  • Lynn Cooper
  • Krazygal89 
  • JoyOwen63
  • Hayley Small
  • Kathyjaneh 

Please email me your postal address so the organisers can send your tickets.

You can check out all the details and plan your visit on the show's website.

Thank you to everyone who entered, Sorry if you didn't win. I wish I had enough tickets for you all.  You can still buy tickets if you would like to go, read on to find out more.... 


The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show takes place at the Birmingham NEC on 2nd - 5th November 2017.
Opening times 9:30am - 5:30pm (5pm Saturday)
Tickets are priced....
Adult £14.00 (£12.00 Advance Price*)
Senior £13.00 (£11.00 Advance Price*)
Children are free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £6.00
*Complete your order before 5:00pm on 30th October 2017 to receive discounted prices.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa....

It’s that time of year again and we are SO excited here at Craft Blog Club! This year marks our fifth Secret Santa, can you believe it?! I think it’s safe to say it’s our favourite #craftblogclub challenge of the year.

Here is how to join in:
  • If you want to take part please email us at  Please include your name, twitter name, email address and postal address. Email us by 8pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017. 
  • We will then email everyone back by Thursday 9th November with the name and address of the person you are making a gift for.
  • You then make that person a Christmas gift, this can be anything you like and made from any craft. It would be lovely for everyone to receive their gift in time for Christmas, therefore we have set a deadline for posting the gift by Wednesday 20th December 2017, which the last day for posting 1st class mail within the UK. 
  • Make sure you include a note revealing who you are.  Who you make for won’t necessarily be the person that makes for you.
  • Please only sign up if you can make and send a gift by the deadline. As crafters we all know how much time and love goes into making something handmade so let’s make sure no one misses out.
  • Anyone can take part, don't worry if you have never joined our chats or taken part in a challenge before, we'd love for you to be involved.
The real excitement then begins as we all receive a special handmade Christmas gift from our Secret Santa! We ask that you write a blog post about the wonderful gift you receive and about the gift you made. We suggest you do this after Christmas (so not to spoil any surprises) and by Tuesday 9th January 2018, which will be our first #craftblogclub of 2018. It will make for a great first chat of the year to discuss our makes and gifts.

I hope you are as excited about this challenge as we are. We love seeing all the amazing gifts you lovely lot make for one another.

Want to know more about the #CraftBlogClub? find all the details here.

Secret Santa

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Ticket Giveaway....

Ticket giveaway

Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts will be back at the Birmingham NEC for four days from 2nd - 5th November 2017 and I have teamed up with ICHF Events to offer five lucky winners a pair of tickets to this fantastic show!

With these tickets you also get free entry into Simply Christmas, Art Materials Live and Cake International that's four shows with one ticket! 
(Cake International open Friday - Sunday).

I love this show, it is huge! I have been a few times as a birthday treat and I can't wait to stock up on craft supplies this year.

The show is the perfect place to find the very latest ideas, innovations and products from the world of creative craft.  There will also be demonstrations, inspirational advice from the experts, special features and Make & Take workshops giving plenty of inspiration and new ideas. You can find all the details of the show on their website here.

How to enter....

There are a number of ways to enter the Stitching,Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show ticket giveaway, and each one will be counted as one entry, so do all four and you will be entered four times!
  • Tell me why you want to win in the comments below. 
  • Follow me on Twitter and tell me why you want to win. Please use the hashtag #StitchHobbyfizzi and tag me @fizzijayne otherwise I can't count it.
  • Give fizzi~jayne makes.... Facebook page a like and share the giveaway post.
  • Head over to the fizzijayne Instagram, follow and give the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts post a like. (You'll also find a bonus entry over there too!).
The deadline for entries is 8pm (GMT) on 25th October 2017. The giveaway is only open to UK entrants, sorry my international chums!

The five winners will be picked at random and announced on 26th October 2017.

Good luck!

Read on for full T&C's and info about the show....

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show takes place at the NEC Birmingham, on 2nd - 5th November 2017. Cake International is open 3rd-5th November 2017.

Opening times are 9.30am - 5.30pm (5pm Sunday). Tickets are priced....
Adult £14.00 (£12.00 Advance Price*)
Senior £13.00 (£11.00 Advance Price*)
Tickets for 2 and 3 days are also available.
Children Under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £6.00
*Complete your order before 5:00pm on 30th October 2017 to receive discounted prices

Terms and Conditions 
The giveaway is open to UK entrants only . The tickets are valid for entry to the show at the NEC, Birmingham on one of these dates - 2nd, 3rd, 4th OR 5th November 2017. Deadline for entries is 8pm (GMT) on 25th October 2017. The five lucky winners will be picked at random using and announced on 26th October 2017 on this blog. This competition is for a pair of tickets ONLY and does not include any expenses.

Visit for more details and all the latest information.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

A colourful trip to WALALA X PLay...

Last month I went with a friend to see the fun and colourful installation by Camille Walala ~ WALALA X PLAY at the NOW Gallery
bold patterns and colour playful maze

WALALA X PLAY is a small maze of mirrors and colourful, bold patterns. It was easy to feel lost at times with the mirrors playing tricks on you and the different angles of the walls but it was a lot of fun. It was a playful experience that kids (including big kids) would enjoy as well as anyone interested in the installation as art. I had a great time taking lots of photos.... 

Can you see my reflection?
I'm not one for selfies but I couldn't resist taking some, with a maze full of mirrors it's hard not to!

A part of this installation is to try and find the inconsistencies among the pattern, can you spot it in this one below?....

We were so lucky to go soon after it had opened as it has proven to be so popular that you now need to book in advance.  It has certainly been popping up on social media a lot.

WALALA X PLAY is well worth a visit. It is open until 24th September 2017 and is free, but make sure you book your ticket well in advance. 

And don't forget to wear matching, pretty socks because no shoes are allowed in the installation!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Blogtacular Photowalk East London....

I've finally gone through all of my photos from the Blogtacular Photowalk.  You can read about my experience of the conference here.

There were two photo walks that were running the Friday afternoon before the conference.  I didn't know which one I would be on until 24 hours before and the route was kept a surprise, all I knew was I needed to meet everyone in Shoreditch. Our host for the walk was the lovely Nikki McWilliams.  East London is great for photos, there is so much street art which is always changing. 

Anyway enough natter, I am going to let the photos do most of the talking.  I took photos with a mix of my phone and DSLR....

Street art and bicycle

Colourful umbrellas and street art
Thankfully we didn't need umbrellas but these colourful ones were great for photos

BLoggers' outfits

Random hifi on a post
A HiFi on a post.

colourful wall

Shoreditch street art

Cute bicycle lock

E1 Street art

Camille Walala house
A house painted by Camille Walala

Camille Walala

Walala house East London

fun photography
The handstand in front of a colourful wall has become Rachel's signature pose on photowalks!

When street art matches your hair and outfit!

When bloggers get together
When Bloggers get together, colourful food has to be photographed in front of a colourful wall!

Tunnocks Teacake
Thank you Nikki for being a fab guide on the photowalk and for the Tunnocks teacake. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

and the winner is....

Thank you to everyone who has entered the #CraftBlogClub giveaway to win a copy of Jenniffer Taylor's book, Girl With A Sewing Machine.

All the entries have been put into the List Randomiser on and the winner is.....

(drum roll)

.... Andrea Kay*!

Congratulations Andrea!  Please email me your details via and I will send you this great book.

Sorry if you haven't won but don't worry, you can find Jenniffer's book here.

Before you go, don't forget you can join our #CraftBlogClub every Tuesday 7-8pm on Twitter.

P.S. The amazon link is affiliated.

*Update 29/08/2017: The original winner, Claire Davies, did not claim her prize.  After trying to get in touch with Claire numerous times we decided it would be best to do another draw with the original entrants on 29th August 2017. Andrea was drawn using an online random generator.