07:46 Lyndsay Clarkson 0 Comments

Hi! I'm Lyndsay (or I answer to Doris). Welcome to my blog! I'm really excited to share with you how to use my hand made hula hoops, as well as all my art and craft projects, inspiration, general crafting wins and fails, tutorials and the running of my etsy shop.

I work at a petting farm by day, and spend most of my spare time walking or hula hooping with friends or sat at home making pretty things. I make hula hoops, I paint faces, I love knitting and crocheting, making hair wraps and felt dreadlocks, playing with polymer clay, giving old dolls makeovers, making temari balls and especially trying to work out how to use my camera. In order to not drown in stuff and end up on an episode of Hoarders, I'm peddling my wares on etsy.

I have a BA (Hons) Environmental Arts & Crafts with Education Studies. I basically have a degree in playing with sticks and mud and stuff, which is pretty cool. I learned how to use some awesome materials during my time studying; willow, felt, cob and dry stone walling, green woodworking, natural dyes and hedge-laying!

When I first moved to Exmouth in the Summer of 2004, I spent most of my days hair braiding on the seafront to earn some cash. I eventually added face painting to this after being asked by locals if I did children's parties. At this time I loved spinning poi, and so fate would have it that I ended up occasionally helping out a friend of mine who ran circus skills workshops for local events and festivals. I would help out by giving basic poi instruction, face painting, and mostly retrieving circus toys back from people who were trying to steal them. During one of these events circa 2010 that I first picked up a hula hoop and haven't been able to put it down since.

I'm setting my intention here and my plan is firstly to record some basic tutorials on how to use my hula hoops (I will get over my camera shyness). Then some crafty tutorials will follow. It's not a complex plan, but it's a plan nonetheless.

If you're anything like me, you have a tonne of craft projects saved somewhere (probably Pinterest) to try, and sometimes the instructions are not as clearly laid out as they could be. When I'm working on a new project and run into problems, it's always nice to find someone else online who has had the same issues and has already problem-solved things. If I can do the same for someone else then that would be pretty rad.

I am aiming to post something once a week, probably on a Friday TBC. I encourage you all to comment on and share posts. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! If you have any ideas for posts or would like to publish a guest post on this blog, have any questions or complaints please get in touch.