Let’s Celebrate Independents!

Let’s Celebrate Independents!

The Independent Retailer Month is a campaign that runs annually throughout July to highlight the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole. In honour of this, I thought I’d give a little shout out to my …

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Fresh Air Sculpture Show 2015

Fresh Air Sculpture Show 2015

Last weekend we took advantage of the glorious sunshine and headed over to the Fresh Air Sculpture Show in Quenington. Being just a short trip down the road from me in Gloucestershire, I’d been to previous shows before and looked forward to seeing what creations would be in store this year. Fresh Air is a …

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Miffy 60th Birthday 2015

Happy 60th Birthday Miffy!

Can you believe Miffy turns 60 today?! This lovable white rabbit has been adored worldwide since her creation in 1955, when Dutch author, artist and illustrator Dick Bruna drew a bunny whilst reading a bed time story to his son. Bruna soon decided that Miffy would be a girl, as he preferred drawing dresses to …

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Avening Village Fete 2015

Avening Village Fete 2015

Having lived in our village for almost three years now I’m embarrassed to admit that this year was only our first visit to the annual village fete… but I’m so chuffed that we managed to make it this time!

SO MUCH FUN!!

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Father's Day Gift Bags

Father’s Day Gift Bags – Grab your FREE Download Now!

Looking for something a little more homemade this Father’s Day? Here’s a fun and easy gift that’s sure to bring a smile to his face. Fill these cute gift bags with his favourite treats, funny jokes, homemade prezzies or anything that will brighten his day. To demonstrate how simple they are to make, here’s a …

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myBearHands

Maker Love: myBearHands

For this month’s Maker Love post, I’ve chosen Bristol based designer and maker, Sally Haysom of myBearHands. “With an emphasis on bright, fresh colours and a sense of fun, Sally’s jewellery is quirky and unique. Subject matter is varied and unusual, ranging from animals and retro ice lollies to bold geometric patterns.” I first found myBearHands at …

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Competition Time

Win a Cow!

Yay! 100 likes on Facebook – thanks so much for your support. To celebrate, I’m offering a lucky liker the chance to Win a Cow! For your chance of winning this handmade Cute Cow Brooch, simply Like the following competition post on Facebook… ENTER Facebook Competition Competition closes at midnight on Friday 5th June 2015, …

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Nikki McWilliams

Maker Love: Nikki McWilliams

For this month’s Maker Love post, I’ve chosen Scottish based designer and maker, Nikki McWilliams. Celebrating our nation’s love for a good old tea break, her witty and recognisable designs bring a playful edge to homeware. What better day to enjoy Nikki’s work than today, National Biscuit Day! Having lusted over Nikki’s quirky and delicious biscuit cushions …

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The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin

A brilliantly inspirational guide to running a craft business

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a great reader. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I just find that I either struggle to find the time to sit and read, or I’ll be easily distracted from it. So to find that I’ve read this particular book twice already in the few …

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Homemade Muesli

Yummy Scrummy Homemade Muesli

My absolute favourite meal of the day is breakfast. It has been since I was a child, which is why I have an overwhelming love for cereal. Muesli, granola, bran flakes and Cheerios are among my absolute faves. As I started to reduce the amount of sugar I ate, you’ll understand the disappointment I felt …

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Outlaw Craft Fair Bristol

Outlaw Artisan Craft Show, Bristol

I had a really fun morning yesterday as I mooched around the beautiful stalls at the Outlaw Craft Fair in Bristol. Hosted in the Passenger Shed just next to Temple Meads train station, the huge hall was a bright and cheery venue, with plenty of room for workshops, demo theatres and cafes. Originally based in Cornwall, …

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Apricot Sandwich Biscuits

Apricot Sandwich Biscuits

I made these Apricot Biscuits as a wedding anniversary gift for my sister-in-law. They’re simple to make, fun to make and super yummy!   Recipe 150g Butter (at room temperature) 150g Sugar 300g Plain Flour 1 egg 1.5 tsp Vanilla Essence Apricot Jam   Method 1. Mix together the sugar and egg until smooth 2. …

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