Tuesday, 16 August 2016

We Celebrate Our First Birthday

Join Hochanda, The Home of Crafts, Hobbies and Arts to celebrate our 1st Birthday.
We’ve got 7 Days packed with celebrations! 


To celebrate we will be bringing you some fantastic deals, competitions and bonus gifts from your most loved guests and brands for a whole week! You can look forward to shows from Creative Expressions, Inkylicious, Sheena Douglass, Crafter’s Companion, Claritystamp, Debbie Shore, Imagination Crafts, Six Penny Memories, IndigoBlu, Chloe Endean, Craft Yourself Silly, Sizzix, Robert Addams and so many more!!

So what have you got to look forward to?

Credit on your Account

For anyone who has not shopped with us before, we’d like you to join in on our birthday celebrations too, so how does £5 off* your first order sound? Simply proceed to the checkout once you have chosen your items and we’ll do the rest – it couldn’t be easier!

We wanted to say a HUGE thank you to our existing, loyal Hochanda customers and what better way could we do this than by giving you £10 credit in your account! We’d like to thank you for being part of the Hochanda family - we have had an amazing time and couldn’t do it without you! Join in the celebrations and enjoy £10 credit on your account to spend during the 7 day promotional event*.

Bonus Gifts

Each guest, on every day of the promotional period also wants to say a massive thank you. You’ll receive a bonus gift that will be automatically added to your purchase, made during any live show.

Competitions

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to hear news of our biggest competition prize draw yet - worth £1000. Also, make sure you are signed up to our newsletter so you don’t miss out on all the latest news and competitions! 

Send us your crafted birthday wishes by August 23rd, we will dress the sets in the studio with as many of your makes as possible and the one winner will be picked to win £25 credit on their account. See all the details


We're getting ready for the celebrations to start, here's a message from our CEO... 


"7 days of celebrations, to say thank you from us all at Hochanda, that we hope will keep you busy with craft projects for many weeks to come. The past 12 months for me has been truly inspiring. To be able to meet so many of you at Ally Pally earlier this year was such a wonderful experience. We couldn’t wait to book up for September so we hope to see you there again. For the senior management team and myself we have a very clear goal in that we want to reach as many of you as possible with variety. This is either by broadcasting our live shows on traditional shopping TV platforms, or even meeting many of you at exhibitions and shows and even more recently launching Masterclass Live HD. All we do comes from listening to you, we monitor all the online forums closely and regularly communicate with many of you directly. Hochanda is YOUR Home of Crafts, Hobbies and Arts so please do continue to tell us the crafts you want more of and services you want us to provide. We will continue to listen and do what we can to build a home with a family that you are proud to be part of… here’s to the next 12 months and so much more exciting news and developments to come your way." - Jamie Martin, CEO

We really hope you can come and join us in celebrating, we have had an amazing 12 months and plan to keep on doing so by bringing you more Entertainment, Inspiration and Education across a variety of Crafts, Hobbies and Arts.


You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.

Monday, 15 August 2016

How to make a Vintage Wreath and more with Simply Vintage...

The lovely Melissa Waudby from Simply Vintage is back with us this week, so to give you a sneak peek of what's to come on her show, check out her Craft Inspiration Pack Challenge. She'll be with us this Wednesday with tonnes of inspiration and demonstrations of how you can get the most from your gorgeous Craft Inspiration Pack at 10am! Here's her step-by-steps...

This month I have been working on a little challenge - My Craft Inspiration Pack Challenge! To see how many craft projects I can make from just one of the Simply Vintage Mixed Craft Inspiration packs.

The full results will be live on the show in Wednesday morning - but here is a couple of sneaky pics of just two mixed media projects I recently finished.


From the kit I used:
  • 1 sheet of music
  • 1 piece of floral fabric
  • 3 sheets of pages
  • Buttons
  • Lace pieces
  • Ribbon
  • Snap fasteners
  • Postcard


Just 10 elements…..from the 30 included! (and there are still parts of these left over!)






A Mixed Media Tin

Turning a vintage tin into a personal treasure!


Using the mixed craft inspiration pack, I start with a quick read of the lovely papers and pages included.


For this tin the first words I saw was "said the tailor" so this set the scene for a lovely tailors story.

The first backing paper I used was a 1950's weather chart which was torn into the lid and secured using a PVA glue mix with water (I use a 2:1 glue to water ratio).


Then comes the fun bit... taking some of the fabric piece and snipping around the flower design, picking out the buttons from the kits to use and adding a few bits of sewing paraphernalia to complete the story.
  
Once the items had been arranged to please the eye and heart, a thin layer of the PVA was added to seal the tin... a beautiful little memento from a tiny tin!


Mixed Media Wreath

A lovely Autumnal or Festive gift!

The wreath is created with various techniques beginning with layers of decoupage using the vintage pages included in the pack.


Cotton was then wrapped around the ring in sections…


…and the cut out flowers added. Each of these are fixed with the same PVA mix as before, making sure all of the white ring is covered.


A gold paint and PVA mix was used to create texture and depth, and some small feature items added from the pack.


A little paper rose was made using the spiral technique (see previous show) and sealed with a PVA layer.

Finally a large lace flower was stitched (see previous show for technique) and pinned on along with a lace bow and hanging ribbon. 



Don't miss Melissa's amazing Simply Vintage show on Wednesday 17th August at 10am as she shows you just how to get the most from your Craft Inspiration Pack!
You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Lottie Newitts' Summer Garden Party Tips

The summer garden party!
August has crept up and we now find ourselves in the middle of summer, school holidays have begun and it's time to make the most of your garden.


Grow your own herbs to flavour your BBQ meat! Get the drinks chilling and the BBQ flaming... We have a BBQ herb pack that will get you growing your own fresh herbs that will bring your BBQ meat bursting with fresh flavour!


BBQ Herb Pack recipes 


Rosemary

Pick strong, long stems off your Rosemary plant, then strip the leaves off (leave to one side) and soak the strong long stalks over night. Take the stems out of the water to skewer meat/veg onto the rosemary sticks for yummy kebabs.
Finely chop the rosemary leaves, sprinkle onto lamb chops with sea salt and pepper along with a drizzle of honey then grill or BBQ.


Sage
Finely chop a handful of sage leaves and mix into apple sauce, season with salt & pepper. Rub this mix into pork chops and let marinade overnight for a more intense flavour. BBQ or grill and serve with crushed new potatoes.

Create a tropical vibe in the garden and keep your holiday memories fresh! Plant palms in big containers and place around your patio to create that holiday vibe. Check out our fan palms on the shows this weekend for more ideas.

Hibiscus plants are a fantastic way to create your own little holiday memory space in the garden too. With their exotic, vibrant blooms you'll be sure to get your holiday mood back. Plant in large containers and place on a sunny terrace or plant in full sun in the border. Full sun is the key to getting neighbour envy blooms!

Want to keep your summer holiday tan a little longer? 
Grow your own lavender to make your own natural body scrub!
Lavender is a lovely aromatic evergreen shrub that adds colour & scent to any garden. Bees and butterflies love it, it's low maintenance, flowers throughout the whole summer... Even into autumn and you can use it not only in cooking, but also for handmade beauty products.


Lavender body scrub recipe
Mix a handful of dried lavender with 3-4 handfuls oatmeal & 2 tblsp epsom salts, store in an airtight container. Rub all over moistened skin, then rinse off for silky smooth finish! Add in a teaspoon of honey for extra moisture. You could use this in the bath too, rinse off the scrub into your bath water to allow the lavender oils and salts to infuse into the water for a spa-style bath!

We have Lavender 24 packs on offer this weekend, why not buy a pack to share among friends or just fill your garden with low maintenance, high scent and powerful colour for many years to come!


You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Card using Leonie's Entwined Dies by Nick Roberts

Leonie Pujol is adding to her Entwined Range this coming Wednesday so to give you a peek in to the fabulous new products that you can look forward to seeing, the lovely Nick Roberts, from Leonie's design team sent us a fabulous step-by-step. Check it out and let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below... 


Morning, It's very exciting for me to be sharing a preview of a card I made using Leonie Pujol's brand new collection of stamps and dies. This beautiful collection is being launched on Wednesday evening (August 10th) at 8 pm for a One Day Special. There are some beautiful Entwining Dies along with her famous coordinating stamp sets. Once again the collection works well on it's own to achieve a myriad of special designs, or alternatively used with anything you already have in your collection.





The finished card measures 8 x 7''. To start, I cut out 3 identical rectangles from burgundy Silk Art card. I used the outer cutting edge from one of Sue Wilson's mini striplets, it measures 1 3/4 x 5 3/4'' approximately.





Next from gold Silk Art card I used 'Frost' from the 'Entwined Christmas Tree' set, I cut 6 of these.





I arranged them onto my rectangles to create the backdrop and to add interest. I wanted to use the dies in a completely different way to what they were made for. I stuck these into place using Cosmic Shimmer Glue, then trimmed off the excess from behind.






Next, Taking piece of burgundy card and using a Versamark Ink Pad, I stamped a cartouche from Leonie's coordinating stamps. I also positioned one of the sentiments inside and embossed using burnished gold fine detail embossing powder.




To create my card base I took a sheet of burgundy card measuring 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 and layered this onto a sheet of burnished gold card and left a small boarder around the edge.








I then positioned my decorated rectangles onto the card, secured them with foam tape and 3D glue gel to raise them from the base. I cut the corners of my sentiment with an inverted corner punch and backed with gold card to match.






On a sheet of Super Smooth card, I stamped some of the coordinating stamps, some holly, berries and pine sprigs.







I coloured these using Mowed Lawn and Fired Brick Distress ink and then cut them out with scissors.




I shaped the greenery and berries on a foam mat with a ball tool, then arranged them onto the card and secured with 3D glue gel. Finally to complete the look, I added a gold satin bow, again securing it with 3D glue gel.



Thank you ever so much for taking the time to visit, I do hope you have enjoyed the step by step and the finished card. Don't forget to tune in to watch Leonie's One Day Special on Wednesday night, you really don’t want to miss anything. Take care and Happy Crafting.

Nick,x



Don't miss the launch of Leonie's new products during her One Day Special which launches on Wednesday 10th August at 8pm with more shows on Thursday 11th at 9am, 12pm, 4pm & 7pm! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.

Friday, 5 August 2016

How to make a Dragonfly Scarf Bail

Let us introduce to you a fabulous new brand who is joining the Hochanda family this Monday, Indivijewelistic! Trish Kelly will be joining us with not one but two educational shows, showcasing a range of beautiful jewellery and accessory making kits. To give you a taste of some of the fabulous demonstrations to come check out the step-by-step project below... 


You will need:

  • Scarf Bail
  • 3 coils of 3mm wire (+ spares)
  • 4 wings beads
  • 4 Bead Caps
  • 32 Bicone Beads (+ some spares)
  • 3 Head Pins (+ 2 spares)
  • 3 Crystal Spacers
  • Large Head Bead
  • 2 x Blue Frosted Bead
  • 1 x 8mm Blue Crystal Bead
  • 1 x Blue Crystal Teardrop



Starting with the teardrop bead, load your spacers and beads onto one of the head pins as shown.







Turn the top of your head pin at a right angle.  







Using a pair of point nose pliers start to turn a loose loop at the top.






Move your pliers back down the head pin bit by bit to help you form the large loop as shown below.



Take another head pin and slide on a bead cap, followed by a wing bead.  Leave a gap between the wings (see photo).  Place the head pin through the loop and slide on another wing bead and cap. 




Then fold over the end of the head pin (snip off the excess) and tuck the end down onto the bead cap as shown below. 





Do this again to create another set of wings.  





Push the large head bead onto the head pin.  Turn over the end with about 1 cm at the top to turn over.




Turn a large loop at the top of the head, then wrap the pin, as shown, around the main loop,  leaving a small gap for the neck. Then, tuck in any loose ends as shown below. 






Take a coil of wire and wrap it around the wire between the top of the 12mm bead and the large loop until firmly attached.





Load 4 (more if you need them) bicone beads. 





Circle the wire around the neck of the dragonfly, twice, then load 4 more beads (more if you need them) and come back down to the bottom. Again wrap it at the top of the 12mm bead. Load 4 (more if you need them) & continue until the area is full.  Turnover the dragonfly and do the same on the other side.



During the process wrap any excess wire between the wings to strengthen them.






Attach the bail by closing the top loop. 






And there you have it, your very own Dragonfly Scarf Bail!





Tune in to see Trish's very first Indivijewelistic shows on Hochanda on Monday 8th August 3pm and 6pm! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.



Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Introducing… Multipom

The revolutionary tool that allows you to create up to 20 identical pompoms at once in all sizes from 1cm - 12cm diameter!


This week we welcome Sue with her amazing tool, Multipom, which is set to save you time when it comes to making pompoms. Pompoms are so in fashion at the moment, they’re easy to make and are a beautiful addition to all your projects.



Sue will be bringing you not one, but TWO inspirational shows, both demonstrating the versatility and how easy it is to use the Multipom. Sue will also share with us her tips and tricks on getting beautiful, thick and consistent pompoms for all of your makes!

Educationally the Multipom offers some simple maths, with the possibility of working in groups. For young children, counting and measuring and for slightly older children, simple division, with the added bonus of each making a pompom or more to use in craft work – it’s perfect for the whole family!




We’ve pulled together some fabulous inspiration from all over the web to get you started with making pompoms. Why not check it out here > https://uk.pinterest.com/hochanda/pompoms/

Catch the Multipom in action this Thursday 4th August 11am & 5pm
You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.


Saturday, 30 July 2016

5 Top Tips To Get You Upcycling from Helen Johnson

Exciting news Crafter's, we've got another inspiring supplier for you! Helen Johnson from the Decorating Store Online will be joining us on Sunday 31st July to demonstrate the fabulous Rust-Oleum range so we caught up with her before her shows for some sneak peeks and she even gave us her 5 top tips! 


Upcycling has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last 18 months with more and more people looking to transform their old and worn furniture into something usable in their homes to save the cost of buying new!

Not only do you get the satisfaction of the money you’ve saved but also knowing its something that you’ve created to be utilized in and around your home, or to be gifted or even sold for use by someone else.


There are more and more products entering the upcycling market but our favourite here at Decorating Centre Online is the Rust-Oleum range – a global brand that specialises in ‘specialist coatings’ and with this breadth of knowledge and experience comes top quality products! They have one of the largest ranges and cover all bases recognizing the shabby chic style isn’t for everyone!


So what would we say are our top 5 tips for the new upcyclers out there?

  1. View every item as an opportunity for upcycling! Not just the bits and pieces you have around the home, I also shop with my upcycling glasses on! There is so much out there in the shops at the moment that is a great and affordable piece but usually it lacks style and flair. See past the plain wood finish and think about its potential, with just a lick of paint! You really can save a fortune versus buying it ‘ready-made’.
  2. Don’t be afraid to try it! Painting isn’t a difficult skill so really anyone can try it. This stuff is water based so easy to clean up! If you go wrong, never fear just re-coat it!
  3. Don’t get too carried away! Distressing is the big look in chalk paint upcycling at the moment but take it steady. Don’t rush in and sand away too much! If you do sand away too much then don’t worry, re-coat and start again.
  4. Colours in the range not quite the right shade for what you’re after? Don’t worry you can mix them together to create your own bespoke colours!
  5. Natural wood can soak in some oils from its use over the years which can end up soaking through into your paint coating so that ring mark from a cuppa on your original surface may come back to haunt you! These are the only scenarios where a sealer or a primer are recommended before starting your project. 



Tune in to see Helen's first Rust-Oleum launch shows on Hochanda on Sunday 31st July 10am, 2pm and 5pm! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.