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Picking the Perfect Children’s Watercolour Products

When most people think of watercolours they think of traditional countryside backgrounds, a beautiful city backdrop or a flower…….. but this is not all they are for!   Watercolours are an ideal medium for experimenting with different surface styles and subjects. One of the main focuses with watercolour is what you are painting on – watercolours by their very nature …

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Knitted with Love: Free Patterns

Well, today is my 9th Wedding Anniversary so for me Valentine’s Day is just an extension of my Anniversary.   Image found on unsplash If we are not away on holiday for our Anniversary, Valentine’s is generally a nice meal in (as it’s so expensive) a good bottle of wine and a movie. My kind of evening as life can be …

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Be My Valentine – I just don’t want Flowers or Gifts

This may surprise you…… but I don’t get Valentine’s Day.   Image found on www.theodysseyonline.com I love Christmas and Halloween, St George’s Day in London is fun, St Andrews in Edinburgh is Epic and St Patrick’s Day anywhere is a blast. I love a great birthday and a theme night, but Valentine’s Day to me is a not my cup of …

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Top Toys for 2017

If you have been reading this blog you’ll know that straight after Christmas, Fair season starts! We attend the annual trade shows looking for new and exciting products to add to our range. I get really excited about this as here we get to see the top lines for the coming year.   We had such a great time at …

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Knitting Tips using King Cole’s Luxe Fur

So Christmas is over but the cold weather is still with us. I don’t know about you but I have had my heating on, blankets everywhere and sometimes even the fire on.   My cat has turned into my moving hot water bottle (which she is happy about) and the kettle is forever boiling. I have discovered that hot gin …

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Dana’s Mini Project: For the Love of Cactus

Cacti and succulents are now a major part on my life at work and at home, I can’t get enough of them!     I am 100% aware that this is a current trend and I have been slightly brainwashed by it but I can’t help it. When I moved into my house 3 years ago I was gifted two …

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Playing with Pebeo –Relief and Crackle Paste

Pebeo mixed media is one of my more recent experimental joys. It is so much fun, creating simple shapes and then letting the paint and mediums do all the work. I divided my super simple pineapple image into 6 then started outlining with the Mixtion Relief   Then I used the modelling paste in 2 panels to add some texture: …

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My Bullet Journal

Today’s blog is on my new love the bullet journal… It is basically a Filofax meets diary created and organised by you.         No pressure, no restrictions just a helpful guide organising what you want! Even now I am thinking about my next bullet journal which I will be starting in two months and buying in a …

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DIY Notice Board – Picking the perfect one for the home office

I love a good notice board. I love that it is versatile and can be used anywhere for the kitchen to the office.   I’m currently decorating my office at home and of course I need a pin board. I was unsure of what I wanted, so as always I hopped onto old faithful Pinterest to have a look at a …

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The magic of tidying…. I’m a convert

The space where the tree was seems so empty (not in my house I have filled it with gin!)     January is a break from visitors and celebrations, it is also a time to look around your house and notice issues and things that need fixing. Things that need to be put away in the attic. I love my …

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Introducing Emily from Inside-Out Garden Design our New Upcycling Tutor

Meet Emily our New Upcycle Tutor!           What’s your background? Well, right from a child I have always had a natural leaning towards making things with my hands.  I grew up with my mum making clothes for me and my dad did all of the DIY around the house.   At about 5 years old (I …

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Highlights of 2016

      Happy New Year! New Year = New opportunities and lots of up and coming projects.         Last year was an extremely busy one for us with winning multiple Awards, Celebrating our 25th Anniversary, our Annual Family Fun day, the introductions of new classes and workshops, hosting our first Macmillian Coffee Morning and of course our …

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Day 24: Merry Christmas!!!

  We are officially a day away from the big day… the last 24 days especially have flown by!   We really hope that you have enjoyed our Advent blog, which only leaves one more thing for us all to say…     We hope that you have a love time!            

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Day 23: Book a Workshop – The Ultimate Online Present

  We have so many workshops coming up next year! We will be finally running the calligraphy workshops we have been promising, but not only that a Flamework, Caustic Art, Floristry and lots more. For those up and coming workshops I advise you to buy an online voucher, just make sure you put the recipient’s email address on it, that …

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Day 22: Last minute gifts – Let’s get crafting!

    This happens more often than not, it can be petrifying especially when you think you are finished and every gift is sorted. I have lists, lists upon lists in my bullet journal. I know who I am buying for and generally what I am buying but being caught out is never fun. So let’s pretend, it is 8 …

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Day 21: Being a Christmas Baby!

    Now my family have always been good at separating Christmas from my birthday so I have very few complaints.           My Mum and Dad put up their decorations on the 12th of December and remove them 12 days after. My mum always makes a special effort by having Christmas just in one room and …

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Day 20: DIY It’s a Cracker

  I love the thought of Christmas crackers but year in year out I always get disappointed with them. The jokes are not very funny and don’t get me started on the so-called toot on the inside. So if you are feeling creative you can make your own. After researching I found that there are lots of different variations to choose …

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Day 19: How to Glitter Glam Your Glasses

  These are everywhere people making them to sell, people giving as gifts. Practice definitely makes perfect but here are the basic steps of glittering on glass. Just make sure you leave a gap around the rim!                   Glasses Mod Podge Glitter Sponge Brush Tray  Sheet of paper Stencil Tape     …

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Day 18: Last Minute Gifts

  The shopping malls are busy with people everywhere, the smell of chestnuts roasting and the glistening of fairy lights, people carry their bags full of Christmas gifts. The shopping list in your pocket and everything is all crossed off “what a relief” every gift is purchased and now they can be wrapped and put under the tree. Your mobile rings and Auntie Mary …

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Day 17: Real Vs Fake (The Christmas Tree Debate)

     I am an avid gardener and love being outdoors, so bringing the outdoors in for me is great.         There are pros as well as cons to fake and real Christmas Trees.   As real trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, they literally clean the air plus they can be recycled after …

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