There’s not much more than I enjoy than tea and cake, and crafting. Over the last couple of years, I’ve dabbled in dressmaking, did a homemade Christmas and have knocked up more cushions than I care to count. One thing I’ve never attempted, however, is a decorated jewellery box. Step forward, the lovely folk at Hillarys!
I was invited by Hillarys to join them and a group of lovely bloggers for the #HillarysCrafternoon, and I jumped at the chance. So on Sunday afternoon, I hopped on the Tube to Kings Cross, to join the group at Drink, Shop & Do on the Caledonian Road.
We started the afternoon with a great talk from Hillarys and an introduction to their brand-new collection, Jewel. They showed us moodboards from the collection and talked us through the inspirations and the processes; apparently it takes over two years to create a new collection! We tucked into delicious red velvet cake and tea while they talked, before we got cracking on the crafting.
To celebrate the new Jewel collection, the team at Hillarys wanted us to decorate jewellery boxes with the new fabrics, to create some beautiful boxes and really get a feel for the new styles. The lovely team from The Crafty Hen put together a fantastic tutorial, and then it was time to get going!
I chose a gorgeous cream floral fabric for my jewellery box, patterned with delicate white flowers, paired with pretty cream ribbon to decorate. We had to cover the box lids, before building a structure inside to store jewellery in; it was actually a lot easier than it sounds, although it was pretty fiddly. I made four ring rolls for my box, and a divider, so plenty of storage for my sparkly bits.
True to form, I spent so long perfecting my jewellery box that I didn’t have time to get started on the second crafting project, a Suffolk puff, but some of the girls were making some amazing ones! I’ve taken the tutorial home and will try it for myself at the weekend, I’m determined. I left the afternoon with a beautiful goodie bag (matching my jewellery box, natch), filled with Hillarys catalogues to pore over and a ‘make your own’ earring kit too – so cute!
I had a fantastic afternoon crafting with Hillarys and The Crafty Hen, and have left with a whole lot of interior inspiration for the coming season. Thanks so much to Hillarys for inviting me along – check out their post on the ‘Crafternoon’ here.