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I am literally thrilled to announce that the School is taking off in the most delightful way, and we can already open up our curriculum to cover the Dark Arts (or baking).  As much as I try, I am a horrible baker, but love taking pictures, so my twin sis has stepped in and offered up her favourite, gluten-free brownie recipe.  Hop on over to the Stichcraft & Scissory blog for your free tutorial.

(And I just have to share with you, that while I was having a lovely time, in my first foray as food photographer, I dropped my camera in the cake mix.  I think in future I'll make sure that I always wear a strap!)

Well my darlings, before Christmas you would have seen the pic of all those Hogwart's House Mittens that I made for my friends and fam.  Today I've posted the pattern for free as part of the new Mrs.Steel's School curriculum ;)  The link is in the side menu, so if you fancy hooking up a pair, hop on over there and get you hook out.

I've been thinking really hard about my New Years resolution, and as you know, I wanted to find a way to use my (small) powers for good, so this is it!  (See the link in the side bar to get there!)
Welcome to Mrs.Steel's School of Stitchcraft & Scissory!

A creative school for all the craft witches out there. You'll find regular crafty projects, and tutorials with tips, hints and how to's, to help you learn everything from crochet (of course) to carpentry.

A place to embrace the multi-talented, creative creatures that you are; you can connect with other, like-minded makers in the Common Room, aka Instagram ;), share you own, resourceful makes AND find your franternity.

The school motto is 'Make More, Take Less', and that's exactly what we're going to try and do.  Rather than buying 'throw-away' things from stores, we're going to find creative and exciting ways to make and re-make things to create treasured, heirloom pieces.

Now for the fun part, which house are you?!

Yarnistry - crochet, knitting, weaving, macrame and the fibre arts
Stitchery - sewing, embroidery, dressmaking, cross stitch
Papeterie - paper cutting, painting, drawing, origami and anything paper based
Herbarium - flower arranging, photogrpahy, growing and gardening
The Pantry - dyer, baker, candlestick maker? Anything with a bit of hardware!

Happy 2017!  I find this time of year incredibly inspiring.  It's an opportunity to take the time to reflect on everything that you've achieved, learned and experienced over the last 12 months.  I like to take a quiet evening, turn all the devices off, get a cosy cup of something and find a quiet spot to just tuck in, and think.

This time last year I set out a list of intentions for the months ahead, and as a result, my craft year has been incredible; I've made all sorts of things, worked with all sorts of people, learned all sorts of things, tried and tested new things and been all over the place meeting and making things with new people.  I have a bit of a 'yes' policy, so any time people ask if I want to do things, I tend to say yes and end up trotting off somwhere and inevitably finding out something I didn't know before.  I just think that any experience will teach you something, even if it's that you won't be doing it again!  This is true for everything, from learning to mosaic (not for me) to trying to teach 30 people to crochet at once (not possible!).

I've also thought about what my creative journey means to me.  I'm very lucky doing what I do, but I'm also aware that the world doesn't need designers, it needs people that can bring positivity and change.  At the end of 2016 I started an Instagram account called Make It Better Social Club as a knee jerk reaction to the outcome of the US election.  I wanted to create a space where we could all share our makes and just get a bit of positivity going.  But it hasn't felt like enough.  Sharing pics is lovely, but there has to be more.

It shouldn't be 'eco' to remake or reuse something, it's just common sense.  So I won't be using words like sustainable, environmental or ecological, even though that is really what this is about.  I want to do something that normalises those ideas, brings them into our daily lives and still gives you that gorgeous, creative buzz when you've finished something!

So this year, right now, I'm setting the intention to launch Mrs.Steel's School of Stitchcraft and Scissory.  A creative place full of tutorials, how to's and the ingenious ideas of makers the world over, all with the intent of getting people making more and taking less, as well as sharing our common humanity through our shared interests in the love of making things.

To kick it all off, I will be setting up a tutorial for this craft resolution banner, keep 'em peeled lovehearts, and if anyone is interested in sharing any of their craft no-how to further the causes of good, just let me know!