A project for the weekend


Peg out proudly with this burlap peg bag – made by you! If you manage to even find your peg bag again after the winter, the chances are it’s probably grown a bit of mould or acquired a rather unpleasant damp smell.  Before you go out and buy another one we’ve got the perfect project… Continue reading

3 tips for small business success


You’ll never guess number 3… Nick Cooper, the creative force behind successful small business Stamp Shoes, shares the top 3 things he’s learned from setting up his own bespoke shoe workshop. NICK COOPER, founder of Stamp Shoes, lives in Northampton and creates beautiful bespoke footwear from his own designs. After my religious studies degree I… Continue reading

Make your own simple spit


    In the new issue (on sale 30 January), our adventurous River Cottage chef Gill Meller wraps up warm and prepares fire-roast leg of lamb. But first you need your fire – and something to roast it on. Gill used an old estate railing he found but for those of us not so lucky, click… Continue reading

Etsy Christmas table

Etsy Christmas Table

Want to make your own christmas table a little more creative this year? Seek out handcrafted products from Etsy and let your imagination fly. Christmas Table curated by The Simple Things Online marketplace Etsy asked us to be one of the first UK partners to curate our finds through Etsy Pages. Click on any of the… Continue reading

Christmas cover reveal!

The Simple Things Christmas 2013 cover

Take a sneak peek at our gorgeous Christmas issue. It’s packed with beautifully simple ideas for your most relaxed Christmas ever. Subscribers will have their copies dropping on the mat early next week and you can find us in WH Smith, Marks & Spencer and larger supermarkets from 8th November.

Parkin. Traditional ginger and treacle cake

Parkin is perfect for Bonfire Night.

TRADITIONALLY ENJOYED IN Yorkshire on Bonfire Night, parkin is a seasonal treat, packed with black treacle and spiced with ginger. It’s the oatmeal in the recipe that gives it a unique, not quite ginger cake, texture. Bettys have been making it in Harrogate for 30 years, so they should know what they’re on about!  Bag yourself a Bettys… Continue reading

Interview: Cassandra Ellis quiltmaker

Photography: Rachel Whiting from Quilt Love by Cassandra Ellis, published by Jacqui Small

CASSANDRA ELLIS doesn’t just wake up under a quilt, she spends her days making them, or teaching others how to. It’s not about art, it’s about memories… Do you wake up under one of your own creations? Yes, I have too many. They’re the essence of what a home is (that and a roast chicken)…. Continue reading

The Simple Things Etsy Pages


Discovering and curating our favourite things through NEW Etsy Pages. Nesting curated by The Simple Things on Etsy Above: our favourite ways to NEST… When Etsy asked us to be one of the first UK Partners selected to curate our finds through Etsy Pages we were thrilled. At The Simple Things we constantly use Etsy to… Continue reading

Love to Craft? Try Gathered by Mollie Makes


Gathered by Mollie Makes is your weekly fix of quick craft ideas to make and enjoy available on the iPad – and now the iPhone too! Each week inside the magazine you can expect: • Two exclusive craft projects • Interviews with designer-makers • A roundup of our favourite things, including vintage treats, our book… Continue reading

The perfect summer lunch: Gazpacho

Photography: Rosie Barnett

Honour the tomato with this cold Spanish soup. Top with croutons and Serrano ham for a perfect lunch. Serves 6 6 large tomatoes 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped 2 yellow peppers, deseeded and chopped 1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped 3 spring onions, chopped 1 large garlic clove 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, or a… Continue reading