A day full of designing & making

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During the school holidays my niece regularly comes over for the day and this summer holiday has been no exception. Like us, Millie enjoys anything to do with designing and making so after an early breakfast treat from a local cafe we made our way to the ‘Made in Sheffield’ exhibition in Sheffield Museum. Although quite small it was packed full of lots of products designed and made in the local area from hats, to carbon fibre world record breaking sledges to aircraft engines. 

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After the exhibition we had a walk around Sheffield city centre, looking in lots of the arts and crafts shops, as well as visiting a large branch of Paperchase. I’m a big fan of any stationary shop so Paperchase is a regular haunt for me, but it turns out Millie has never been in one before. She loved it although I think she was overwhelmed by all the goodies on show, eventually deciding on a notebook to buy herself, but not before having a play with the novelty sunglasses!

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On the way home we visited Sherwood Forest Arts and Crafts Centre and all of this looking at designers and makers in action must have inspired her, as when we got home she still had lots of energy left to play around and experiment with some unusual materials on the sewing machine, including plastics, paper, thin metals and woods as well as more traditional textiles materials. We ended the day by baking a cake which is always one of her favourite activities and a great way to end another Millie designing and making adventure!

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