If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a copy of Caboodle then you must go grab one! If you’re anything like me and enjoy creating contemporary and colourful projects, reading about independent makers & inspiring businesses and seeing what’s “new” in the handmade world then you will absolutely love this mag. It’s by far one of the best ones out there at the moment so when Creative Director Kayti Peschke asked me to submit some ideas for their Autumn issue I jumped at the chance to be part of it. What I love most about this fantastic publication is that there is so much content that you can keep coming back to it again and again and each time you will see something new! It offers a wide range of craft tutorials covering lots of different techniques so there is something for everyone and also features some of the best handmade products around at the moment with full details of where to purchase them. The overall design is so stylish and the vibrant photography will inspire you with ideas whilst you are reading. Oh, and did you know, there is even a section packed full of delicious recipes for those who have a passion for sweet treats – I am so going to try making the cactus cake!!
I was so excited when Kayti told me that the theme for my project was Retro American Diner. When I was on my Honeymoon in New York we dined in an American Diner and it was amazing!! I’m such a fan of this style anyway so this was right up my street. I came up with a few ideas and in the end decided to create little free stitched designs that look like the labels on Heinz product packaging. One of my favourite techniques at the moment is free stitching. You can have crazy amounts of fun illustrating and drawing with a darning foot. If you are familiar with a sewing machine it’s such a simple process and you can achieve a design in a matter of seconds!
Caboodle is packed full of lots more fun projects and the features are a must read. I particularly enjoyed the piece on Jenna Greenwood of Pilfered (pg 17) and her collection of super colourful gems – her Yorkshire home is an absolute delight. I also loved reading the story on Sherri of Forever Yours Betty (pg 150), a Glaswegian gal who runs her own fashion and lifestyle blog and has the most amazing dress sense!
I’ll leave you with the Caboodle mantra by Creative Director Amy Buxton (I love this!)…
Rach x x