I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. Afternoons spent with my granny, learning traditional Indian embroidery, creating toys and games from matchboxes or old corks meant that I ended up being ahead of the curve when it came to up-cycling. These early days influenced how I approach using creativity today, "Why buy it when you can make it yourself?"
I have been cooking almost as long as I have been crafting. I love to create contemporary takes on classic dishes such as steamed pudding with star anise and saffron, you can't be a Northern lass without being able to make a grand steamed pudding! I love to combine flavours and my Indian heritage ensures that I always have an  exotic smelling kitchen. My wanderlust helped me further develop my love of far flung spices. Over the years I have traversed the globe living, working and holidaying in Central and South America, North Africa, Indonesia and South East Asia. What better way to bring the memories of your travels home with you than to fill your home and belly with the tastes and smells from times past.
I started life working in the social care sector, during which time I worked on a number of community art projects. Later I decided to combine my love of crafts and cookery with another of my passions, writing. In 2010 I started this blog, Archie & The Rug, named after my two dogs and dedicated to doing it yourself. I was late to the world of blogging and admit that when I first began it was a hobby, an escape from my cancer and personal problems. I never dreamed that I would be fortunate enough to turn this into a career. I develop my own recipes, create crafts for all abilities, make homemade beauty products and share my own, somewhat unique view on fashion.

Since starting the blog I have taught courses on blogging, starting creative businesses and photography for bloggers/crafters. The blog has also led to me being one of the presenters on Channel 4's Superscrimpers, writing articles and creating recipes for other websites and magazines.
I now get to split my time living between ta tiny West Yorkshire village and the cultural capital that is Paris. I have a baby boy, a book being published this Autumn, a dog to cuddle & my very own Joe, my time is full of great things at the moment. Thank you for stopping by to learn more about your author.