House to Home column: Get crafty by making a gift

Interiors-obsessed blogger Becky Pink talks about craft workshops in this month’s column, and how you can make someone a thoughtful Christmas gift.

If you follow me on Instagram (I’m @pinkscharming if you don’t – I’d love to see you there!) you’ll see that I occasionally post pictures of things I’ve made at workshops.

I love nothing more than a craft workshop and, here in Milton Keynes, we are lucky to have two fabulous places to take classes on our doorstep.

If you’re searching for a Christmas present for someone who’s creative or likes to make things, then I think a workshop is an unusual and thoughtful gift.

Workshop & Play is a new collaborative work space just up the road in Ampthill. I recently went on a workshop there with I Make Knots, and made this supersnuggly arm-knitted throw.

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As well as expert tuition, there was also home-made cake and prosecco on offer, along with tea. Who could ask for more?

You can book workshops online at, including Stamp Carving, Giant Crochet, Jewellery Making, Knitting and Modern Calligraphy.

Southwood Stores in Swanbourne is a gorgeous Scandinavian-inspired interiors and gift shop, and owner Hayley also hosts fabulous workshops.

I’ve been on two modern origami workshops with Origami-Est, where I made these lights covers and a mini lampshade.

Previous workshops have also included screen printing with Flat 102 and Modern Calligraphy.

They have more workshops in the pipeline, so keep an eye on their website at if you are interested.

It’s so wonderful to make something totally unique for your home, with an expert on hand if (and when) it goes a bit wrong!

From dropped stitches to wonky folds, these professionals can fix little mistakes so you end up with something fabulous.

I hope my makes have inspired you to try something crafty this Christmas, or to give the joy to someone else!

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming.

This column was published in the December issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link

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