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ACM Open Day

April 4, 2012

We’re thrilled to announce the first in a series of monthly open days, starting Thursday 19th April, at  our new offices, based near  Stansted Airport.

There are up to 10 places available on each day, and we’re extending the invite to all readers, whether you’re an occasional reader, a subscriber, a designer, or you have a general interest in Handmade Living and would like to come meet the team and see how our magazines are produced.

This is a company-wide open day and not just for Handmade Living. To apply for a place on the first open day, please email before Monday 9th April.

If we have more applications than places, we’ll put your names into a draw and let successful applicants know on Tuesday 10th April, if you’ve got a spot.

You will need to be able to travel to our offices on the specified date and time, and any reasonable travel expenses may be able to be reimbursed.

The day starts at 11am and will finish by 3pm and you’ll be provided with a lunch (if you’re notified that you have a place on the open day, we’ll ask you for any dietary requirements before you arrive).

On the day, you’ll meet the teams and see the digital proofs of the magazines that will have just gone to the printers. A photo-shoot will be taking place that day and you’ll have the opportunity to watch the shoot in progress, and get your photo taken if you want to!

You’ll be able to see the samples that are in the office for the next few issues of the magazines and take part in discussions hosted around the magazines. We’d like to hear your feedback on the day!

Finally, goodie bags will be given to everyone who attends.

We look forward to hearing from you!


March 30, 2012

We’d like to tell you a bit more about our friends from Creative Open Workshops, Francine and Erin. If you’ve been a regular reader of Handmade Living you’ll recognise their projects – this month Erin has a brilliant digital silhouette project
You might remember Francine’s lovely Sashiko cards from issue 9, which are a great way to try a new skill

What you might not know is that they also run workshops – with a full range of classes to get you learning new skills or build on old ones. This Easter they’re running kids’ classes too – with lots of great things for your lil’ uns to get stuck into – whatever they might be interested in. They’re located in central Birmingham so are slap bang in the middle of everything and easy to get to – so why not find out more, visit their website and book yourself a class.

Keep your eye out for some great new projects from them as well – we’ve got some exciting ideas planned

Egg Winner

March 30, 2012

The winner of the lovely egg is Holly!!!!  We’ll sort that out for you asap


The answer was indeed Benjamin Bunny – everyone was right – sorry you can’t all be winners.


Warner Archive Textile Fair

March 13, 2012

Come and meet the ACM team on the 25th of March at the Warner Textile archive. It’s a full day with loads of demonstrations, classes, opportunities to shop and much, much more. To find out more visit

Cocoa Loco Easter Egg comp!!!!

March 12, 2012

Happy Monday everyone. We’ve got another fabulous competition for you all. This time it’s to win an enormous and we do mean enormous Cocoa Loco Easter Egg. The handmade egg is a massive 1.5kg and filled with dark, milk and white chocolate buttons – meaning that there is something in there to please everyone. The marbled egg is made from Cocoa Loco’s organic and fairtrade chocolate that comes from the Dominican republic. It’s worth £39.99 and well worth winning!

To enter – just answer this simple question by leaving a comment on the blog

Who wrote The Tale of Benjamin Bunny?

Entries close on 18th March – so that the egg can be sent in time for EasterTo find out more about Cocoa Loco, their delicious chocolates and their fair trade mission visit their website at . They also have an online shop where you can buy all their chocolates – including brownie baking kits, handmade truffles and yummy hot chocolate.




March 7, 2012

We have three lovely winners from the Country Living Fair comp
Claire Newton
Helen Boyd
Geraldine Davidson

I’ll be contacting you very soon!

Handmade With Love

March 1, 2012

Do you craft for a living? Would you like to reach Handmade Living’s ever growing readership? Then why not advertise with us – we have an ad page called ‘Handmade with Love’ with a 6cm x 5cm spot costing just £35 ( or £29 per insert if you book a series of three ). Contact Shirley at for more details – hurry as spaces are limited for the next issue!