Creative Junkie Media Pack-2DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – 2018

July 8 Lampshade Upcycling.
Beginners workshop at The Biscuit Factory demonstrating upcycling with fabric and paint. We will upcycle dated lampshades using various techniques and materials to create a unique piece to fit with your home. Lampshades will be provided on the day, or participants are welcome to bring their own.
10:00-1:00pm £35 Click here for tickets

July 11 NWG Innovation Festival.
I’ll be taking part in the Teenager Sprint workshop tackling the issues of today and discussing Blue Planet: Teenager sprint – How can we reduce the impact of single-use plastics? The Festival runs from 9-13 July and I’ll be there on 11 July. Click here to find out more and how you can get involved

POSTPONED – July 22 Children’s Chalkboard Upcycling (suitable for 8+).
Beginners upcycling workshop at The Biscuit Factory suitable for children. The session will include an introduction to upcycling, its benefits to the environment and for saving money. Demonstrating ways to reuse old materials sourced from charity shops, granny’s attic, old clothes and furniture.

Participants will create their own unique chalkboard from an old picture frame. Picture frames will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.
10:00-1:00pm £30 Click here for tickets

July 29 Introduction to Furniture Painting.
Beginners workshop at The Biscuit Factory demonstrating upcycling furniture with paint. We will upcycle furniture using various techniques to create a unique piece to fit with your home. She will demonstrate a range of different upcycling techniques; how to prepare an item for best results, painting and finishing techniques.

Participants will receive tuition and there will be various paints and materials to choose from. Participants to bring a chair or an item no bigger than a bedside cabinet to paint on the day.
10:00-5:00pm £65 Click here for tickets

August 1 – Get creative and upcycle with IKEA.

Come to IKEA Gateshead and get creative. I will show you various techniques and help you create your very own personalised glass. Will you keep it or will you gift it?
Be inspired, get creative and enjoy a hot drink and a cake in the restaurant.

IKEA FAMILY members are invited to come along to an exclusive FREE event.
Join us on: Wednesday 1st August 18:30 – 20:00 This event is exclusive to IKEA FAMILY members that have reserved a place. Spaces are limited.

6:30-8:00pm FREE Click here for tickets  FULLY BOOKED

August 29  – The Crafthood Socials Takeover Working with the lovely ladies at The Crafthood I’ll be helping run this social in august.

September 22-23 – Festival of Thrift I’ll be here sharing upcycling tips with the masses, details to come later but come and say hello!

November 10-11. I’ll be at the Belsay Hall Festive Gift Fair with English Heritage. Running festive crafts for all ages on both days.

November 18. I’ll be talking all things upcycling at the Northern Quarters Festival   The North’s very own Interiors Festival. Along with St Oswalds, we’ll be sharing ideas on how to get creative with second-hand and upcycled pieces, saving money and the planet at the same time. Buy your ticket here.

If you’d like to book me to run upcycling workshops or give a talk for your event, please email me on

Reuse. Revamp. Upcycle.

Do you love the idea of upcycling and revamping but don’t know where to start?

Designed to get creative juices flowing and give you creative license to take unused items and give them a whole new lease of life. You know what they say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, and that’s exactly what these workshops will be doing!

You’ll learn the basics of revamping old and unloved accessories and furniture and help you to update homewares to fit with new schemes. We’ll use paint, pallets, wool, buttons, fabric remnants and anything else we can reuse. We’ll revamp old chairs with paint and fabric, strip back old lampshades and turn them into some new and shiny ones, learn paint techniques, turn pallets into all manner of things and give you the confidence to give it a go, saving you money along the way.

I’ll show you how to spot an upcycling opportunity, what you should keep in your tool box and when to walk away!

Steel toe caps are optional – tea and biscuits are compulsory.


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