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Jubilee Paper Bag DIY Decorations

Jubilee Paper Bag DIY Decorations

We love a paper decoration here at Petra Boase and with The Queen's Jubilee fast approaching I wanted to share my 'go to' DIY paper bag decorations. Whether you are part  of a full scale village green or street party or quietly raising a glass at home, these decorations are fun for all ages to get involved in and make. While we have stuck to a red, white and blue theme here, the same decorations can be created and adapted for other celebrations in different colour combinations. PAPER BAG BUNTING You will need: Paper bags ( we used 18x 13cm...

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The Magic Stitch Kit

The Magic Stitch Kit

Embroidery has always played a big part in my creative process (I have degree in the very subject from Manchester University!) and have designed, manufactured and sold embroidered patches since the very beginning of Petra Boase ltd. However, It is only in the last few years that I have got back into doodle stitching.The mindful craft of embroidering simple designs onto pretty much anything a needle will go through! ( Denim and converse my favourites!) With a growing movement in re purposing and recycling our wardrobe it has never felt more timely to push this great craft.  It was the...

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Lisbon and Porto City Break

Lisbon and  Porto City Break

As our family grows up, holidaying has taken a new turn. Not only is it super expensive to travel as a family of 5 but co-ordinating everyone's different commitments is tricky. So last week my 16 yr old son Billy and I took off for a spontaneous week to Porto ( flew in) and Lisbon (flew out),three nights in each to be precise, and I can happily say it was a huge success. Thankfully Billy had done some reading up and mapped out what he wanted to see  ( I had googled flea markets and meant to buy a guide book),...

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Risograph... Our Studio Printing Process

Risograph... Our Studio Printing Process

Five years on our Risograph machine is still such an integral part of the business and my love of the print design/ process continues to delight and challenge us in the studio. So for those curious I thought I'd do a little dive into how it all works.  The printer itself is no beauty but the magic that comes out is what its all about! The Japanese machine was originally designed back in the 1980's as a low running cost ,ecological printer with high speed, high volume print capability. In recent years the machine has been widely adopted amongst the graphic design and illustrator community who like us, love...

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Glitter Twig Christmas Tree

Glitter Twig Christmas Tree

To banish some lockdown boredom my youngest agreed to get stuck in and help me out with some Christmas crafting ideas. First up was adding some sparkle to a bunch of dried branches to create an alternative or addition to a Christmas tree. We used biodegradable glitter from Hobbycraft and twigs we found when out foraging. So with music blaring we created havoc (but lots of fun) with the glitter and glue... 

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