Meet the Maker: Ciara McGarrity of Waffle Design

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I first met Ciara McGarrity, the Irish designer behind Waffle Design, at HOME last year. The strong graphic quality of her grey and white cushions drew me to her stand and on closer inspection, I loved the intriguing combinations of woollen threads running through the textured cloth. Later, over tea at The Albion, we chatted… 

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DIY: air drying clay Christmas tree decorations

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I just love DAS clay… a couple of years ago I used it to make these simple air drying clay Christmas tree decorations and this week we had a go at some more using different rubber stamps to create an embossed effect. {Decorator’s Notebook} For those who haven’t used it before, DAS air-drying clay can… 

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New arrivals in the shop!

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We’ve been busy bees adding more beautiful items to our virtual shelves… what do you think of the things we’ve picked? First up is our classic Enamel Billy Can, guaranteed to make you feel like your favourite member of the Famous Five whether you’re camping, hiking or on the allotment. A bargain at £15 and… 

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New additions to our Collection

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I can’t believe how fast this week has gone! We’ve just had time to add a couple of new pieces to our Collection… Our beautiful wooden bowl and spoon sets have arrived from the lovely Hatchet & Bear! Each bowl is turned using traditional skills and the spoons are individually carved by hand. EJ gathers… 

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Decorator’s Notebook Shop is here!

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Welcome to the most exciting day for Decorator’s Notebook ever! It was almost exactly a year ago today that Joe and I joined forces to follow our dream of opening the Decorator’s Notebook shop. It’s been an amazing time and today we are thrilled to share the result: a refined range of handpicked accessories to… 

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15-minute make: porcelain pen plates

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Here’s a simple DIY using just two ingredients… a porcelain pen and a plain white plate. You could try out any design you want, but I really love the simplicity of this graphic pattern. It looks great and there’s no particular drawing skill needed to recreate it – just the kind of crafting I like!… 

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15-minute make: twiggy plant markers

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Here’s a lemon squeezy little craft project for you to try out over the weekend. Spring is just around the corner so I’ll be adding a few green-fingered ideas over the coming months in celebration (anticipation). Twig Plant Markers Twigs about 20cm long and a little thicker than a pencil Sharp craft knife and cutting… 

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15-minute make: pebble photo holder

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{Danny Seo / Miki Duisterhof via Country Living} When I was a child I was a bit of a magpie and my coat pockets were permanently filled with treasures I’d picked up and squirreled away… a grey feather, a scrap of ribbon, a patterned pebble or a shard of sea-smoothed glass. This simple craft idea… 

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