This space is intended to provide regular updates to events and projects I am involved in. Keep watching for book launches and crafting courses to be announced soon. I am reallly excited to be able to announce the first of my Genius Crafting Courses, which start in October at the lovely Oliver's Hill Barn in beautiful East Sussex.

Joining me will be Louise Roberts, a very talented crafter, cook and gardener lending her own expertise and top tips to the Junk Genius and Superscrimping ideas I have been involved with.

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Junk Jewellery
 
The jewellery made from recycled elements which featured in Juliette's book Junk Genius, has attracted huge amounts of interest. Encouraged by this response Juliette has created a fascinating course in which you can learn how to refashion old, broken jewellery into stunning new designs, whilst also creating  jewellery from all sorts of bits and pieces you might previously have thrown away.
Scraps of fabric can be turned into brooches embellished by rescued diamante trims, spoons become pendants and games counters are turned into charms for bracelets. Stunningly original pieces can be made for yourself or as gifts. 
The course will cover simple sewing, attaching jump rings and fastenings, as well as glueing and basic soldering. Juliette and Louise will show you all the techniques you need to know to make your own unique and personalised jewellery. 
 
Price £45 GB Pounds
 
Course duration 3 hours
 
All materials included in course fee, sufficient to make 3 jewellery projects
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and home made cake included in the course price
 
Course dates: thursday October 11. 
Time 10 am until 1pm
Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course
Location:Oliver's Hill Barn 
 
Make Your Own Bags
 
I think we would all agree that no woman can have too many bags, so why not try making your own and have something totally different from everyone else you know? In this workshop Juliette and Louise offer you a choice of bags to make, from simple zipped purses for make up, to an evening clutch bag with a decorative trim and a messenger style bag capable of carrying a small laptop, as well as your usual essential bits and pieces.
Techniques will cover attaching a zip and a strap, applying a lining and fastenings.
Choose from a wide array of textiles including vintage velvet, jacquard and cottons, prints and plains, as well as some new contemporary designs.
 
Price 45 GB Pounds
Course duration 3 hours
All materials are included in the course fee, sufficient to make a bag (2 if you are a quick sewer)
Tea coffee, soft drinks and home made cake are included in the course price
 
Course dates Thursday October 11 
Time: 2.15pm until 5.15pm
Class opens at 1.45 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course
 
Location: Olivers Hill Barn
 
Make Your Own Cosmetics using some Kitchen Cupboard Essentials
 
Simple cosmetic products are easy to make in your own kitchen, as Juliette showed on television in "Superscrimpers: Waste Not Want Not". Why not try making your own bath bombs, melt and pour soap, face masks, body scrubs, lip balms and creams using tried and tested recipes. Juliette and Louise will even show you how to wrap and present them in style, using dried herbs and flowers from their own gardens, combined with pretty wrap and ribbons.
Courses are available as “Body” or “Face” (see course dates).
 
Price 45 GB Pounds
Course Duration 3 hours
Course Dates: October 20 Home Made Cosmetics Face
 
    Time 2.15 pm until 5.15 pm. Class opens at 1.45 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course
 
    December 15 Home Made Cosmetics Body, including soap
    Time 10am until 1pm. Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course
 
Location: Oliver's Hill Barn
 
All materials are included in the course sufficient to make 3 different cosmetic products. A worksheet is provided with a recipe for each project and kits are available for some items to purchase and take home .
 
Candle Making
 
Juliette gained her knowledge of candle making when she formed Juliette at Home  in 2005 and started pouring teacup candles in her own kitchen. These days she still loves to make candles to decorate her Sussex home and in this course she and Louise will let you in on the trade secrets of how to make your own.
Techniques will cover melting and pouring wax, filling a container with candle wax and the right choice of wick, making floating candles, as well as choosing a scent.  Top tips on recycling  containers at home will give you great ideas on how to repurpose charity shop finds as well as food containers to make innovative candle containers to amaze all your friends.
Fill your home with light and scent this autumn by trying this course, or our extended Christmas event, see below
 
Price 45 GB Pounds
Course duration 3 hours 
Course Dates: October 20 Candle Making
Time 10am until 1pm.Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course
 
December 8 Candles included in Christmas Gifts and The Perfect Wrap 
Time 10am until 4pm. Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course
          
All materials are included in the course fee, sufficient to make a candle in a container and floating candles. A worksheet is provided with the course to help you to make candles safely at home
Tea, coffee and home made cake are included in the course fee
 
Seasonal Courses
 
Join Juliette and Louse for 2 special seasonal courses at Oliver's Hill
 
Christmas Gifts and The Perfect Wrap
In this extended course you have the chance to make Christmas stocking filler gifts including lip balms, lavender bags, a mini hand made notebook and a fabulous Christmas candle formed in a vintage mould as well as learning how to make some festive alcoholic drinks. Our top tips for wrapping and decorating will  make your Christmas gifts look truly amazing. Why not have a go at making many of your presents this Christmas? With our expert tuition and range of materials you have all the elements of a fun day out to make an array of individual and creative gifts to take home for your friends and family.
 
Price 75 GB Pounds
Course duration 6 hours
Date December 8
   
Time 10am until 4pm.Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course
          
 
All materials are included in the course fee, sufficient to make a cosmetic product, a sewn item, or book and a candle. Worksheets are provided for each project, as well as a list of tips for the wrapping ideas
 
Tea coffee, soft drinks and cake are provided in the course price, as well as a home made lunch of soup with a sandwich and a salad.
 
There will also be a range of kits to purchase for your own Genius Crafting at home as well as some individual present ideas based around Juliette's new book Junk Genius
 
Christmas Decorations and Wrapping
You still have time to get those last minute gifts for Christmas and make some great decorations to give your home that really welcoming Christmasy look. Join Juliette and Louise for a Christmas decorations making day and a chance to learn how to make all your presents have that wow factor, as illustrated in Juliette's book Junk Genius.
 
Price 45 GB Pounds
Course duration 3 hours with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies
Time 2.15pm until 5.15pm followed by mulled wine and shopping. Course opens at 1.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course
 
Location: Oliver's Hill Barn
 
What You Can Expect on a Course
 
All courses are limited in number to ensure that you have expert and individual tuition. Juliette and Louise will ensure that you learn how to make each project successfully, working with you to explain techniques and offer help and tips to achive the perfect result. 
 
All bag sewing workshops come with a free pattern so you can take it home and create further examples in your own time. 
Cosmetic and candle workshops give you the opportunity to make examples to take home and try. Full instructions are supplied on a worksheet which is free with every class. Kits and patterns are available to purchase so that you can create more projects at home from the knowledge you have gained.
 
Class Tutors
 
Juliette Goggin
 
Juliette Goggin has been making all manner of things since she was very young, brought up with a Blue Peter childhood of crafting items from washing up bottles and sticky back plastic. Her experience in designing homeware and cosmetic products both for herself and her designer and high street name clients gave her a real understanding of the importance of making things really work. She has combined this experience of consultancy product development with spending 3 years writing Junk Genius with trend and styling guru and friend Stacy Sirk. A book which US crafting website Homestyle Books  bookstore has called. 
 
“Beautifully designed and so inspirational, Junk Genius is a treasure for anyone who loves all things bohemian and shabby chic”.
 
She has also appeared in two series of Channel 4's “Superscrimpers: Waste Not Want Not”, showcasing her hints and tips on all things craft related and teaching those with no sewing or crafting experience how to make all kinds of amazing projects on a shoestring budget. 
 
All these unique experiences have come together in her exciting new Genius Crafting Courses which are starting this autumn in her home village of Ashburnham near Battle in East Sussex
 
Louise Roberts
 
Juliette and Louise met at their local WI and immediately discovered a mutual love of making almost anything. They could have become arch rivals, fighting it out for medals at the local Ashburnham Flower Show and Fete, but instead they joined forces to start crafting sessions for the WI members, helping them create Christmas and Easter Gifts before hitting on the idea of jointly designing crafting classes.
To her friends, Louise is a constant source of admiration and astonishment in her ability to make the perfect cake, scoop many of the first prizes at the annual shows and still manage to run up a new skirt from a vintage curtain. To date she has won 3 RHS Banksian medals and has extensive experience in horticulture, having raised and sold her own plants at local farmers markets. Self sufficient in vegetables to feed her family, and a grower of a vast array of stunning flowers, expect the addition of Louise-centric classes in 2013
 
 
Oliver's Hill Barn
 
Recently completed by a local builder and craftsman, Oliver's Hill Barn is an oak framed building located in picturesque Ashburnham, a tiny East Sussex village more often known as the home of historic 18th century neo-palladian  style Ashburnham Place, with its little known Capability Brown landscape gardens.
 
The barn is a vast and light filled space perfect for crafting activities. Large windows frame vistas of the fields and animals of Oliver's Hill farm, which also serves as a location for therapies and learning. A day at Oliver's Hill promises to be an opportunity to acquire many new skills and also to absorb the joys of being in such beautiful surroundings. Join us for a day to really remember.
 
Details of a Surrey venue will be announced very soon.
 
How to Book
 
Please contact us on info@juliettegoggin.co.uk advising which course you would like to attend. We will then confirm the place is available and send you a payment invoice. All courses are payable in advance
You can pay via PayPal or send a cheque.

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Juliette’s Genius Craft Programme 2012 – 2013

Christmas Gifts & The Perfect Wrap
8th December 2012, 10am – 4pm,Brigden Hill Farmhouse Ashburnham TN33 9PB
Be inspired on this whole day course! Make stocking fillers including lip balms and a mini notebook, and a fabulous ornate Christmas Candle from a vintage mould, plus tips on gift wrapping and decorating your home. Learn how to make festive drinks, full worksheets provided. Lunch included, as well as mulled wine and mince pies.

Junk Jewellery Saturday 26th January, 2 – 5pm, Brigden Hill Farmhouse, Ashburnham TN33 9PB
Learn how to refashion old broken jewellery into stunning new designs, and also make jewellery from all sorts of bits and pieces, including textiles. Master the skill of soldering your jewellery to create a professional result. You will make at least 2 finished items on this course. All materials supplied as well as a worksheet to take home.

Candle Making Saturday 2nd March, 2 – 5pm,Brigden Hill
Farmhouse , Ashburnham TN33 9PB
Learn how to make your own candles and select from our range of exceptional fragrances. You will make a scented candle in a vintage teacup, or pressed glass dish as well as floating candles. All materials supplied , as well as a worksheet to take home.

Soap & Bath Products Saturday 16th March, 10am – 1pm, The Yurt Great Park Farm, Catsfield TN33 9DT
Create your own hand poured soaps and bath products and learn all about the art of fragrance. Tips and advice on gift wrapping and presentation. You will make lots of products to take home and use. All materials supplied, as well as a worksheet to take home.

Facial Skincare Saturday 20th April, 10am – 1pm, The Yurt, Great Park Farm, Catsfield. TN33 9DT
A chance to create your own natural skincare products using simple ingredients many of which will be found in your own kitchen, or garden. All materials supplied, as well as a worksheet to take home.

Decorating for a Summer Party May, date to be confirmed, The Yurt, Great Park Farm, Catsfield. TN33 9DT
Make truly stylish and original decorations for your summer celebrations using many inexpensive, yet creative ideas for a great event on a budget. Materials and worksheet provided.

Jewellery Making June, date to be confirmed, The Yurt, Great Park Farm Catsfield. TN33 9DT
Make your own individual pieces by following our top tips and clever ideas. Involving sewing, attaching jump rings and embellishments. Learn how to solder. All materials supplied , as well as a worksheet to take home.

Prices
Half day courses - £45, to include tea/coffee and cake
Full day £75, to include lunch and tea/coffee and cake
All courses include all materials, handouts. Please contact us for further details
01323 833050 juliettegoggin@gmail.com juliettegoggin.co.uk

You still have time to make this fabulous festive drink, as it only takes 2 weeks before you can drink it, so if you make it now it will be perfect for New Year celebrations

Spiced Arancello

Ingredients
5 large oranges
1 cinnamon stick
3 or 4 cardamom pods
1 vanilla pod
1 litre bottle of vodka (use the cheap stuff, you really don't want to splash out on this)
600g caster sugar

Some extra spices to decorate the bottles, optional.

Method
Peel the zest carefully from the oranges with a peeler or sharp vegetable knife, being sure to leave the white pith behind.
Place the zest, spices and the vanilla pod in a large jar with a well fitting lid and pour in the vodka. A kilner jar is perfect, ideally slightly larger than 1 litre capacity, as you will end up with 1.5 litres of liquid.
Give the jar a good shake to mix the content and do this every day for a week. You will find that it quickly loses the vodka smell and develops the most amazing orangey spicy aroma.
After a week, you can finish off the recipe. Get a heatproof bowl, put the caster sugar inside. Boil 500ml of water and pour this over the sugar, stir until dissolved.
Add this to the vodka mix and leave for a further week. Shake the jar each day to mix well.
After a week, strain the liquid into sterilised bottles and seal.
To make them extra special, drop a cinnamon stick, peel and cardamom into the bottles for a truly festive look

Bottoms Up!