Thursday, 8 February 2018

Join us for a Super Duper Charity event!

March 4th is Aplastic Anaemia Awareness Day, let’s raise lots of money for the only UK charity dedicated to this very rare disease. I’m fundraising in memory of my amazing mum, Lynne Sweeney. (1938-2011)

See you there!
Claire Cross

We're so proud to be hosting a swish for our lovely friend Claire at her awesome event!
Join us on Sunday the 4th of March from 12pm to 4pm at The Trades Hall in Walthamstow.
Here's the address: 
61-63 Tower Hamlets Road, E17 4RQ Walthamstow, United Kingdom

Claire is organising a charity event in aid of the Apalstic Anaemia Trust and we're so happy to be able to give her a hand!
But the swish is only one part of it...
There will also be loads more happening like stalls selling hand made goods, second hand items, vegan food -including chocolates!- a kids craft table, a pop up hair salon run by Claire Hair (no need to book), DJ's spinning tunes (yes we expect some dancing!), a raffle, and lots more including a cheap bar!!! 
So mark it in your diary and come along to help us raise lots of cashola for this amazing charity and help us raise a glass as well to all the wonderful people & their families who's lives have been affected by aplastic anaemia.
Entry is free to this family friendly event, all welcome!
"Swish", how it works:

This swish will run from 12pm to 3pm. 
We'll be taking clothing and apparel between 12pm and 2pm.
It costs £5 to participate. Though there is no minimum amount of items there is a maximum of 6 items allowed per swish entry.
If you would like to bring more than 6 items you can though an additional £5 will be charged and you can bring up to another 6 items! FYI, you can bring as much as you like ;)

You will be given a ticket which corresponds to the type of item you have brought in to swap (ie shoes, high st clothing, vintage etc.) Please keep this ticket as you will need to show it at the end of the swish.
Just make your way to the Swish area and hand in your items to the Swish Mistress. You'll then receive a swish card with your tickets.
We'll be accepting items between 12 and 2 pm.

At 2 pm we'll open the newly filled "wardrobe" area. You'll then have an hour to browse and try anything that catches your eye!
And finally at 3 pm you will be able to swap your ticket for a similar type item when the swish begins!

*Please note that all items must be in a clean and wearable condition. Please wash, mend and press anything before bringing it along. 
We will not accept certain items: No fur or pelt!
At the end of the swish we ask that participants help us by taking back any of their items that weren't swapped.

Fashion, fund raising and recycling …we LOVE it!

Friday, 19 January 2018

Happy new year!

Phew, finally all the Christmas and New Year's Eve shenanigans are over and done with so it's time we get our stuff together and re-focus on our craft work!
It's also come to our attention that this January is our 10th anniversary! Yes can you believe it that Craft Guerrilla has officially been going since 2008?!

In fairness a lot of time has been taken off recently due to personal reasons -mainly health and family!- so it has been a bit of a long exhausting road with many bumps and hoops which have been suitably jumped through but it's also been one where many new friendships and new partnerships have been forged plus we've been part of lots of amazing projects too!

By focusing again on the initial manifesto it's taken me back to the "workshops for the masses" idea and to the belief that craft is something powerful and should be available to all. Plus exploring craft as therapy was something I'd still like to work on.  
You've probably heard the expression "Flow" and that's how we wanna roll!
It's a state similar to meditation which can usually be experienced when performing a repetitive action, like in knitting, crochet and embroidery for example and that promotes mindful reflection. And also because we are a bit of a raucous bunch we wanted to sink our teeth back into subversive crafting and getting involved with a few more guerrilla style activities.

Although we're currently focused on craft therapy through the creation of flow workshops to promote wellbeing we know that craft workshops are also a great way to start your very own making adventure by learning new skills so it's open to anyone and everyone not just to those who are looking for a wellness fix!
More and more I see how important the role of making has become, how it connects us to others and to our environment so yes... 2018 is going to be chockablock full of creativity and awesomeness!

Plus we're also looking into possibly of reintroducing our highly popular and successful Designer Maker Markets... we hope you can join us on our adventure! For now it's all in motion and we promise to tell you more as soon as we can...

So in brief 2018 sees Craft Guerrilla teaming up with an exciting new venture so keep those peepers peeled as we'll be announcing our workshop diary and more very soon!

If you wish to be kept in the loop sign up to our mailing list via our website.

Oh yes and before I forget Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Wishing you all a very happy yule...

As the end of year and the prospect of mid winter approaches we're snuggling down and getting ready to face a new year!
©Enfants Terribles Magazine

Yup, it's been another year of great -and not so great!- ventures and lots of thinking and letting go of "old" things... mainly projects and ideas which are no longer working for us or making us happy but also the revaluation of what we want to do, where we go from here and our place in the craft world!

And so it's with an open heart that we wish everyone a very happy yule filled with love and joy plus a genuine wish that next year all your dreams come to fruition and that the universe answers those calls.  We're positive that it's going to be an awesome year...
so look out for our new events coming in 2018 because we are back and raring to go!

Keep it crafty and remember: Makers gonna Make!!!

Lots of love.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Edinburgh Craft Guerrilla needs you!

We're looking for a few crafty people to take over the Edinburgh CG army in the new year.
If you've got what it takes and you'd like to run our Scottish sister army get in touch...
you can read more about it here on the Edinburgh Craft Guerrilla blog!

Please apply by sending your craft "CV" in an e-mail:

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Recipe: Vegan Super Snack!

Hello there craft lovers!
It's been quite a while... yup, we've been away from our lovely blog and it's not because we don't love you or that we've been lounging around in a tropical island... no, no, no... that would be amazing though not this time -maybe when we win the lottery!- but suffice to say we've had a busy old summer and because of it we're pooped! So much so that while we were thinking of ways of finding some extra energy that we came up with this awesome recipe...

Oh yes crafting and creating is hard work and we need tons of energy especially now that we're entering Autumn.
As the nights draw in and the warm sunlight fades we need to find energy in other ways and one of my favourites is through food.

And because we know most of you have also been super busy I'm sure you'll love this simple and quick energy rich recipe which we've developed here in our Craft Guerrilla kitchen. You could call them the Crafter's version of Scooby Snack and that's fine by us because they are packed with amazing super foods and nutrients... and just like that crime fighting mutt you'll be bursting with energy to get stuck in fighting to finish all those WIP's!
You'll be pleased to know that apart from the fact that these super snacks are healthy, tastefully packed with energy and are totally delicious... that they take under 10 minutes to make!Whoop, whoop!!!

So here's what you need to make our Craft Guerrilla Vegan Super Snacks:

  • 100g pecan nuts (or any nuts you fancy)
  • 75g soft pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp Agave Syrup (or maple syrup) 
  • 1tbsp Sugar free cocoa powder 
  • 1tbsp Chia seeds (you can replace with almond flour or sesame seeds or 50/50 mix of both) 
  • 2tbsp organic peanut butter
  • Desiccated coconut, cocoa powder or chopped hazelnuts to cover
This what you need to do to make them:
Blitz all ingredients in a food processor until you have a chunky paste. Don't over do it as you'll still want some larger nutty bits for extra texture.
Form into small golf sized bites giving them a gentle squeeze while rolling so they're nice and solid.
In a plate sprinkle some desiccated coconut (you can toast some for extra flavour) and roll the Super Snacks to cover them with lovely sweet coconut!
You can also melt some dark chocolate (the darker the better as you'll want very little or no sugar for this recipe) and dip them for an extra lush coating.
Pop into an air tight container and refrigerate, eat one whenever you need an extra boost of energy!
Makes about 10.

P.S. Don't be afraid to experiment with your ingredients! For example you can add matcha tea powder instead of chia seeds (but be careful, you'll need to add less matcha powder, maybe 1 tsp or it'll have a strong fishy flavour!) and replace the pecans with lovely pistachios and substitute the peanut butter with almond butter. It's all good just don't forget that the only "bad" stuff that we don't recommend adding is sugar... substitutes like dates, apricots and agave provide natural sweetness so go on, get making!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Work with us...

We're on the look out for talented London and South East based designer makers for an exciting new project! We can't say too much but if you are interested then drop us a line at:


Please apply with a brief introduction and some examples of what you make... a web site or face book page which showcases your work is fine, we just want to see what you make so we can consider all items! 
Also please do not be offended if your application isn't accepted as we are looking for a particular aesthetic and type of hand made product. This is by no way a reflection on you or your work and we'll keep everyone on file for future opportunities!

What we're looking for:
* Illustrations & Paper goods (note books and stationery)
* Home decorative items and home wares including soaps, candles and home fragrances
* Kids and baby products (toys and decor) and new parent products
* Accessories and jewellery
* Man friendly gifts
* Hand bags, totes, purses, wallets etc.
* Eco friendly and recycled hand made items
* Plants, plant pots and gardening gifts
* Ceramics and table ware
* T-shirts, ties, bow ties etc.
* Kitchenelia including oven gloves, tea towls and aprons
* Craft kits including knitting and crochet projects
* Pet products/gifts
* Small furniture 

etc. etc. etc. and anything else which we've forgotten to mention but all good quality hand made goods are up for consideration! 

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Turning Earth!

When I heard that Turning Earth were opening up a second studio a 15 minute brisk walk from my house... to say that my heart stopped for a beat or two wouldn't be an exaggeration! This weekend saw the grand opening with a two day market featuring over 60 artists who operate from the studios. 
Nestled in an industrial complex on Argall avenue just between The Marshes and Leabridge Road Over ground Station this cute brick built set of units houses not only Turning Earth but a host of other small design businesses and including LightHus which some of you might recognise from the Saint James Street end of Walthamstow Market.

I must confess that with so many beautiful things on sale that I had my eyes on the end of sticks!
I found an array of amazing pieces from pretty and dainty cake like vases to wild and colourful spiky pots which wouldn't look out of place in Salvador Dali's home!
So here are a few favourites designers who's work I fell in love with on the day... all though there were so many more ceramic pieces I could have easily given a home to. Click on the links under the images to visit individual websites and on the photos for larger images...

 *From left to right: Azem Willam Ceramics // Natascha Madeiski

 * Ceramicist and illustrator Noa Weintraub

 *From left to right: AR Ceramics // Lily Pearmain Ceramics

The light and airy warehouse studio is not just beautiful but I can imagine it must also be an inspiring place to work in.
Membership fees are on a monthly basis and allow makers a weekly 15 hour working time, plus a shelf, glaze room and use of kiln as well as expert lead technical staff.
Having studied ceramics and have had previously worked in a tile studio in London the draw to this place is immense!
Yes it's been a while since I've thrown anything onto a wheel and all though I did specialise in traditional Portuguese tile painting throwing was always something which had proven to be a skill  I've always wanted to improve!
And to be honest after almost 26 years I can bet that my skills are going to need a lot of honing! BUT with the arrival of Turning Earth I'm hoping to change all that!
If you'd like to learn more about membership, location etc please visit the Turning Earth web site: