The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft Show starts today at the NEC, Birmingham

An exhibition designed for knitters, stitchers, hobbyists and crafters opens at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, just off the M42.  The event is perfect for anyone looking to discover new ideas, get inspiration and buy craft supplies.  As well as the usual marketplace of exhibitiors the event also hosts a range of workshops and demonstrations. Continue reading The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft Show starts today at the NEC, Birmingham

Alice Themed Table Decorations

Another couple of ideas for an Alice themed  wedding or birthday party.  These are two to decorate the table. The first are simple name cards or place settings, using the a playing card design.  With the Mad hatters tea party such a central theme of the Alice books I decided to set each guest a tea cup and saucer. The second uses the same templates … Continue reading Alice Themed Table Decorations

Make an Alice Themed Garland

So first crafty idea in my Alice series – an Alice themed Garland, perfect for decorating a room for a birthday or even a wedding. I went a bit overboard making this garland so it ended up being much longer than I needed, in fact I’ve ended up cutting it in half to create two separate strings. To make the garland you will need coloured … Continue reading Make an Alice Themed Garland

Make a Party Invite for an Alice Themed Party

If you’re planning on an Alice themed party here’s a simple idea for some themed invites. I started by typing up the text I wanted to use on a computer to help make sure that the spacing looked neat. I then copied the text by hand onto a piece of card. Once you have the text laid out you can start by adding the illustrations. … Continue reading Make a Party Invite for an Alice Themed Party

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

This year will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Born in Glasgow on 7th June 1868, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer and artist.  His work, alongside that of his wife Margaret MacDonald, was influential on the European design movement Art Nouveau. The Glasgow School of Art is considered to be his masterpiece, sadly in May 2014 the building … Continue reading Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Why Name Your Blog Rag Tag Magpie?

A few people have asked why we named our blog Rag Tag Magpie so here goes…. I started off with an idea that I’d create art dolls in my spare time.  Quirky, perhaps even slightly sinister rag doll type characters which were similar in looks to some of my doodles and illustrations.  It started when I made some normal rag dolls for my dad who … Continue reading Why Name Your Blog Rag Tag Magpie?