Our girls love to craft, however, the mess that comes with painting always puts me off. This is where Canny Crafty Gosforth comes to the rescue. Kids and adults can get messy with paint, create a unique masterpiece and let Canny Crafty do the cleaning up. What’s not to love about that?
Where is Canny Crafty in Gosforth?
Canny Crafty is on Salter’s Road just up from Gosforth High Street, in a space that was previously occupied by Creases laundry. The cafe holds around 20 people at a time so it’s worth booking in your slot to guarantee a space.
On a Saturday afternoon when we visited the cafe was fully booked with kids, parents, grandparents, and adults. A wide demographic all enjoying a bit of crafting. The atmosphere is friendly and cozy with homemade personalized crockery and fresh tray bakes. Nothing was too much trouble.
We understand that during the week it will be a little quieter and you may be able to drop in. In fact, Canny Crafty run pre-school sessions to cater to the small people of Gosforth. One advertised was on Aliens Love Underpants themed which the girls loved when they were little. Bet this will be a big hit with the little ones.
Coffee and Crafting in Gosforth
Once seated we ordered some hot drinks from the huge Italian coffee machine from the menus on the table. The coffee was good and strong just the way we like it.
We also ordered a home-made scone and some crisps as a snack while we got to work. Once we had instructions on what we needed to do (3 thin even layers for optimum depth of colour), the girls went to chose their piece of pottery to decorate and squirt out the paints onto their tiles selected for their colour scheme.
Imogen chose a lantern (£20) and Abigail a Family plaque (£12). These pieces were perfect for the girls and their abilities.
Imogen liked to be able to fill in a big space, but the Family plaque was great for Abigail as it was essentially colouring in between the lines. On the next table, our neighbour Katy had brought her 3 girls to craft and they were painting unicorns and Day of the Dead skulls. There was a massive range of pottery to chose from including figurines, mugs, plates and seasonal products such as Easter bunnies. Something for everyone.
Alan Gets Involved
Alan suddenly got itchy feet and decided to do his own pottery. A surprise unicorn mug.
This is such a fab idea you paint a mug and a small figurine (in our case a unicorn) which is then set into the bottom of the mug in the kiln. Something we hadn’t seen before but very cool. Alan had a great time getting crafty too.
On another table, a mother and daughter were painting these amazing floral plates. We just had to take a photo! What talent.
Our Finished Canny Crafty Masterpieces
We spent a good couple of hours at Canny Crafty enjoying some family time, great good coffee and creating our pottery.
The finished products were amazing with a high depth of shine and will certainly be treasured for a long time. Canny Crafty comes highly recommended as a place to enjoy time together and occupy the hard to please Tweens who have grown out of soft play. Gosforth really needed somewhere like this and I’m so pleased this local business has chosen Salter’s Road to set up.
Booking a table at Canny Crafty
If you are tempted to come for a visit contact the ladies through their facebook page to book in. Note that the shop is only open for private parties on a Sunday. The ladies also host monthly adult evening sessions (you can drink prosecco!) and offer the chance to learn a new crafty skill with their crochet classes. Canny crafty can also come to you and bring all the items to your group to create then will return all glazed. This would be brilliant for the Rainbows and Brownies or a children’s party.
For more details visit their website at cannycraftynewcastle.co.uk