Lampshade workshops – such fun!

Where does the time go?! Being a busy mum of two, working part time and running a small business means sometimes I tend to neglect my blog and end up writing for others instead of myself - which is all very good but surely I can do both? I know it's my own fault but... Continue Reading →


7 vital ingredients of great craft workshops

I haven't been to that many craft workshops but I've been lucky that the ones I have attended have been fab. The ones that made me go W O W were at The Make Lounge (now sadly closed)¬†and at Homemade London. I remember leaving with an enormous sense of achievement and satisfaction that I had... Continue Reading →

Hello 2013!…

It's time to look back at the last twelve months at gilhoolie and make some real plans for 2013. Sometimes I can't believe some of the events below only happened a matter of months ago and I have to say, I'm really looking forward to more fun and learning in the next twelve months. So,... Continue Reading →

gilhoolie in Craft Focus…

gilhoolie has been featured in the June/July edition of Craft Focus, the leading trade magazine for the arts, crafts and hobby industry! Have a look at the Craft Focus feature to see my instructions on making a drum lampshade and a comment from me on the benefits of running workshops. If you'd prefer to come... Continue Reading →

1-2-1 chez gilhoolie…

I have to admit I was quite nervous about my first 1-2-1 lampshade lesson today - there seemed to be so much to get ready to make sure it was perfect, especially as I was running it from my house. I had a big checklist to work through - garden tidy, check, house clean, check,... Continue Reading →

Where has the week gone?…

I was thinking in the shower this morning (as you do) and asked myself, "what have I made this week?" It's Thursday already and, unlike most weeks I haven't made anything at all. But I have been busy in other ways, honest. I started the week by posting my details on the lovely on-line magazinefrombritainwithlove's... Continue Reading →

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