God Saves the Crafty!

Hi from Zürich!

…Obviously with a bit of irony, but even sadness. :(  It would be cool if our blog post could contribute to keep up the publication of Crafty magazine for a little while more. But moreover that this Blog London-Zurich-based could help the Crafty world to have a bit more space in the business and media sector. Such a hard challenge for a so tiny market, I know… but still, so innovative and creative that it may be a shame to miss.


I’m a customer of the UK-based CRAFTY Magazine from last summer (It was my own birth present after the born of my first child eh eh) and I’ve enjoyed every issue, even I let it packed for weeks before opening it because for me was a kind of ritual to open it and read it and I wanted to do only when my mind was free and had some time for creating. Some days ago I’ve sadly received this letter:

Crafty Magazine

Crafty Magazine

I was a bit sad because I simply love it! The reasons why I like it so much it is because I really feel that in the Swiss media market is missing something like that and while I travel, I see that also other countries miss a such modern and fresh magazine for crafting. i.e. for sewing, crocheting, knitting, printing and so on. Normally the kiosks have barely something for crafty and if there is, it is something really obsolete, either or for children or for grandma.

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I’ll then spend some time to show you why CRAFTY was nice and innovative.

All the package came always with a present: once was a crochet kit fir a crochet granny with three ways to make it; once was a kit for a coaster with felt and cork of different colors; once was a papers mix coming from fabric artists; this time is a kit of stencil for printing which I am gonna use it pretty soon for adding some personality to some clutches or totes.

It is a magazine full of projects, easy but also difficult (at least for me) like this one, but always explained in detail.

In this issue my favorite project is this very simple but cute that I’d like to make, some fun dinner placemats with the shape of a cloud: love it!

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In every issue there is always the explanation of the present package and the different ways to use it. I find it cool that you can have this very practical thing to do every time!

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And for London people, last but not least, the calendar of the crafty events of the months is always included! Here attached the last one… for this March 2014.

crafty save the date

Not to mention that CRAFTY is so full of great pictures and a fresh design that give you the will to read it at the first sign! And it also includes contexts (a pity that they are only for UK-residents by the way) and interviews of great artists. I think I am already missing it.

If you want to buy some of the issues that have been published in 2013-2014 please go to ebay.com !

The publication company proposed to substitute it with “Simply Homemade”. I don’t have great expectations. But let’s keep positive.




Merton Abbey Mills Weekend Market

Hello from London!
Ale’s post motivated me to go out and explore what South London has to offer in terms of crafty markets. My target: Merton Abbey Mills Weekend Market.


At this time of the year it is a bunch of little stands of local handcrafters and farmers surrounded by some permanent shops, pubs and cafes. Everything appeared a bit dozily… But the location is very nice and I already make a memo to come back at a Summer-Sunday-Afternoon to have a Ale at the riverbank!

My highlights were the jewel shop, were I treated myself with a jade necklace and matching earrings (I have recently been in China and missed the chance to buy some jade there.)


Also I really liked the pottery place where I found a nice butter dish.


Finally, I got a piece of bread pudding, which I enjoyed in the sun in my backyard.


What a nice Saturday!

Helvetiaplatz Flea Market

Hello from Zürich!

For crafters and handwork addicted, on Saturday there is an appointment in Zürich that you shouldn’t miss: Helvetiaplatz!


From all around the city, it is the easiest flea market. I mean, you can find a lot messy useless stuff and even sometime you would laugh to see what they are selling (by the way you can also sell ridiculous stuff, as for our experience on selling cloths and ski equipment in the middle of the summer ;) ). But it is the one where you can find really cheap stuff for your own craft, as old-fashioned fabrics, leftover of wool, tools for every crochet or knitting work, pieces of old fornuture, pictures, papers, trinkets, cloths and so on.


My purchase of the Saturday morning was a a circular knitting needles for just 2 CHF (1,35 £ – 1,64 Euro)! I don’t know really what I am going to do with that but I’ve discovered in youtube and on blogs some interesting stuff like bonnet or socks.

HERE MY FAVOURITE PIECES of my last tour in Helvetiaplatz:

One of the small stands with some wool leftover and tools for knitting.


A drawing from the seventies that I find cool.helvetia2

A Stands of nice cloths from two young ladies.. look at the sweater please! Some England even in Zürich ;-)

So, if you are in Zürich and you don’t find something cheap for your handcraft go to Helvetiaplatz on Sunday morning. Give it a try!


Hello Ale! Hello everybody!

Yeah, we are online!!!
I greet you with a little picture collage from Brick Lane in East London, where my boyfriend lived until not too long ago and where I started discovering this city. Recently we moved to the south of London and I am excited to share my crafty discoveries in this part of the city with all of you! As Ale said: Let’s start!

Hoi Zäme!

Hello Antje! Hello Everybody!

This is the first post and it is written directly from Zurich. I wanted to welcome you and everybody else who will be possibly passing here by with the typical Swiss German greetings that I found out few weeks ago of the most lively kinky district of Zurich, Kreis 4.  Just around the corner where Antje was living till some months ago. And I hope from now on that we will fill this page with crafty discoveries from our own countries and even along the ways… Let’s start!

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