Maggie Bob Makes: Craft Room Canvas Art

I’m finally settling in to my new craft room, and I decided it would be nice to create a bit of art for my own walls. Last Sunday I had a nice quiet ‘pottering’ day so I dug out my canvas and paints to see what inspiration leapt out at me. Let me walk you through my creative process!


All ready for an afternoon of crafting! #craft #canvas #art #painting #crafty #Sunday

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Yes, I like to take snacks in to the craft room with me – need something to keep me going. I have quite a selection of emulsion samples for this sort of project – they tend to be about £1-£2 each and they go on nice and even for good background coverage. There’s a quality Maggie Bob crafting tip for you right there ;). After uhm-ing and aah-ing I settled on a colour and the notion took me to do stripes. I rarely have a forward plan, I just plough in to these things and add bits until I feel like it’s done. 


Watching paint dry #art #craft #crafty #painting

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While waiting for the paint to dry (and watching/crying my eyes out at Les Mis on Netflix), I had a rummage around in my drawers (oh-er!) to see if I could settle on an embellishment. It was then I came across my merino wool tops, bought in a fit of pique at a craft fair a few years ago, made one thing with them and then packed away. There was a lovely burgundy wool the same colour as we painted the walls in the craft room, so it felt like a good direction to go in. I started needling away at the wool and realised I was veering towards making a heart shape, so why not?


Needle felted heart WIP #craft #crafty #canvas #art #wip #needlefelt

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By the time I’d tweaked the heart to my liking, and only stabbed myself with the felting needle twice, my paint had dried and I could peel the tape off. Everything seemed to be coming together, I just needed the right words to sum it all up…


Now deciding what to stamp on the canvas. Words escape me… #art #crafting #canvas #stamping #sentiment

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Then inspiration struck again! There’s a quote from Rent that I keep coming back to: “the opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation”, and it felt very apt for a craft room. I love my letter stamps, but they only set I’ve got and I’ve had them for ages – any recommendations for more sets with nice varied fonts? Using these and some ‘Aged Mahogany’ distress ink away I went, building up the words three or four letters at a time. The good thing about using cling stamps is it’s easy to see if you need to stamp over for more coverage, which I did a couple of times.


Finished! And it goes perfectly with the craft room decor already 😊 #craft #art #canvas #multimedia

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I stuck a button on the heart because why not, glued the heart on to the canvas at a jaunty angle, and then I felt it really was done so I stood back to admire my work. I’m really pleased with how this turned out, it fits in so well in my craft room – and it’s inspired me to make some more canvases which I’m really excited about!

What’s your creative process folks? What gets your artistic juices flowing? Do tell me in the comments below.


Friday High Five #4

Hey hey – back once again for the renegade master new Friday High Five

  •  Yeah, I know this isn’t exactly right-of-this-exact-moment, but I can’t stop listening to Taylor Swift’s new album, and Blank Space is my jam this week




  • This polka-top mesh top skater dress from New Look is down to just £5 in the sale. And it’s still in stock in all sizes (8-16).


  • And only because it make me screech with laughter, this picture. (Sorry, as is the way with the internet, I don’t know who originally made this picture so I can’t credit you, sorry!)

Enjoy your weekend everyone!



Maggie Bob Bakes: Nutella & Banana Brownie Muffins

Yay – it’s World Nutella Day! Time to hang the Nutella bunting, sing our favourite Nutella carols and raise a (chocolate spread) toast to our nutty overlords!

Okay, okay, that’s not quite true – but there should at least be cake to celebrate this great day (of advertising a product) right? Actually Nutella can be quite a useful ally in baking as it can serve multiple purposes in a cake batter, replacing the butter, milk, sugar, and of course chocolate. Not bad going for something that comes out of a jar and is usually just spread on bread products (or eaten directly from the spoon).

I like to whip up a batch of these whenever we want a sweet with ridiculously little effort – enjoy!


You’ll need:

  • 10 tbsp (80g) self-raising flour
  • 10 tbsp (180g) Nutella
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 medium egg
  • Chopped nuts/mini marshmallows (optional)

What to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180oC and line a 12 muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl (you might want to mash the banana down separately first, depending how ripe it is). I like to chuck in a handful of mini marshmallows, chopped nuts or other such things that you might expect to find in a brownie/tiffin.
  3. Spoon your mixture evenly into the muffin cases, and bake for 20/25 minutes until the tops begin to crack and the muffins pass the skewer test

And it really is as easy as that! These glaze and crack on the top like a good brownie but the texture inside is moist and cakey, so you get the best of both worlds.


Do let me know if you try these, or if you have a favourite Nutella recipe!