When I’m not writing or working at my full-time job I like to try my hand at a variety of crafts. Each year my friend Jules and I exchange home-made gifts with varying degrees of success.

This was inspired by my good friend and fellow author Elaine Chissick who came to stay with me in the summer with her husband. The wood was sourced in Windsor Great Park and the other items I picked up online or in a shop in Camden.
Using wire wool soaked in vinegar I stained the wooden base and the chair.
A bit of paint swirled around in a bottle is a simple and effective adornment.
Cross-stitch which I made for my friend Emma as it reminded me of her cat Milo.

A gorgeous soft wool scarf made for Taryn who I used to work with at the pool.

This was a simple wicker basket which I padded and covered, filling with sewing goodies for Jules.
Revamped these plain coat hangers and gifted them to my friend Emma.
I made this crate and again stained it with wire wool soaked in vinegar for an old colleague of mine from the swimming pool, Taryn.
This cross-stitch was done nine years ago for my son’s 21st birthday as he loves birds. I was working at a private swimming pool at the time and all my spare time, including lunch-times were spent trying to complete it in time. In the last few days my MD told me to take it down to the reception desk and when it was quiet to work on it.
Covering canvas’ with the map of the world. Loved having this up on my walls when the feature was was brown
A doorstop for my friend Shirley which was something she asked for.
Twine covered bottle. Simple but very effective.
Another really soft infinity scarf made for Jules.
An infinity scarf for my ex-colleague Bettina from the pool. It went down a treat.
Door name plaques for Jules’ kids. (Grown up now!)