Goodbye Crafty Pinup!

by - 9/05/2019

Welcome to What Abi Makes, a UK based sewing, knitting and crafts blog. If you're wondering what happened to the Crafty Pinup, fear not, it's still me. It's just time for an identity change!

I've been thinking for a very long time now about changing my blog name, but it feels like such a mammoth task, that I didn't even know where to start. I've felt uncomfortable for a long time about the aesthetic suggestions the name 'crafty pinup' carries and every time I post a picture of myself or make something new, I feel like I'm letting down everyone who follows me because they love vintage style. It was really starting to get me down and knock my confidence. All for some pressure I put on myself.

I started this blog a couple of years ago and it's taken me on a mad journey. It was just going to be my little corner of the internet to share my sewing, not with anyone in particular, but to give me a reason to dress up a bit and get creative with writing and of course, to inspire me to sew. At the time I was loving 1950s style, so my blog name made perfect sense and for the first year or so a lot of what I made was either vintage reproduction or had a retro flair. But a few years on, I no longer feel like the same person and certainly don't live up to any 'pinup' look that you'd associate with the name.

Since starting this blog not only have I been lucky enough to collaborate and work with some of my dream sewing brands, I even opened my own shop and designed my own products. So in one way, it's only the beginning for Crafty Pinup, as now that'll be solely my shop,  I've got lots planned for it and I really hope it'll continue to grow. But as for my sewing blog and social media, I'm not setting myself any unrealistic goals and I'm keeping it simple. What Abi Makes is a 'does what it says on the tin' blog name. I'll continue to share what I'm making with you, whether that be my dressmaking, knitting, (hopefully) crochet and other crafts I'm dabbling in. I already feel so much better about it and like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders!

I'll always love vintage style. Since my teens I've dipped in and out of it and so much of my inspiration, from my home to my makeup, is taken from retro looks. So who knows, maybe the odd vintage make will pop up again in the future. But going forward, the old posts won't be going anywhere and I hope you'll continue to follow me on my crafty journey!

Thanks for reading,
Abi xo

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  1. Love the new name and look forward to continuing to follow your blog, YouTube etc.

  2. I’m so happy that you will be more comfortable! I always love seeing your new makes and inspirations!

  3. It's always hard rebranding, I feel that! When I decided to change from Eccentric Owl to The Eyre Effect it was a little scary even, but I'm glad I made the change. It feels more like me and home now. Love the blog name now!