About Me


Hi! I'm Laura "Lupin" Howard, a crafty lady living near Bristol (in south-west England). I drink a lot of tea, am partial to a nice bit of cake and am completely obsessed with felt. When I'm not busy making things, I'm usually writing about making things...

I blog about my freelance projects, and about my personal crafting adventures. I always have a long list of new makes on my to do list! I also write about my Nice Days Out, exploring the UK on my days off from work.

I first discovered the joys of blogging back in 2007 when I started my Crafting 365 project to be crafty every day and blog about my progress. I think of my blog as a journal of my crafty life, and love how it's connected me to a whole community of amazingly creative and supportive people.

I used to run an online shop (Lupin Handmade) selling my hand-stitched felt creations along with colourful craft supplies. My designs were featured in lots of blogs and magazines, including Vogue, Mollie Makes, Elle Japan and Country Living. I loved sending parcels to customers around the world but after seven years I decided I wanted a different challenge and I'm now focusing on designing and writing.

I've written two books about felt crafting. My first book, Super-Cute Felt, was published in 2011 and my second book, Super-Cute Felt Animals was published in 2013. They've since been republished in German, Dutch and Italian, and the second edition of Super-Cute Felt was published in 2017.

Click here to read more about my books and see some of the projects included in them, or click here to browse a list on Amazon of all the books featuring my work (that's an affiliate link).  

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I share lots of free projects here on my blog and write tutorials for magazines and craft books.

I also sell digital sewing patterns for people to use in their own projects. Visit my Etsy shop to see all the designs currently available - I'll be adding lots more patterns soon!

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Explore my archive of free crafty tutorials, including Christmas tutorials and creative gift wrapping ideas.

Visit my shop, or check out some crafty books to add to your collection.

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Check out my Amazon page for curated collections of items I love - colourful stationery, craft-themed jigsaw puzzles, awesome colouring books, and more!

P.S. Want to get in touch? Send me a message via my contact form and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.