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This could be the best compost for your plants: Introducing Bord na Mona Compost

We are constantly looking at new brands and ranges that catches the eye and Bord na Mona Compost is definitely one of them. Like many of you, since lock down I have found myself spending a lot of time in the garden, with my vegetable patch and spending more time on my house plants. I can’t believe how much I have enjoyed it and have found it to be quite therapeutic. I have created a nice little habit where I go home after work and go straight into the garden... Read More

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Top 10 Handmade Card Pins

Handmade cards, everyone loves to receive a card, I do especially if it’s a birthday. There is nothing like getting a card through the post and it is even more special if it is a handmade card. The concept of a handmade card is so much more meaningful to the receiver and it is just as attractive as any card that you would buy in a shop. Handmade are generally one offs however they are unique, and personal. When I think of picking a card I always try to make... Read More


Vegan Art Supplies (and Cruelty Free)

Vegan and Cruelty-Free art supplies – where do you start? Shopping online has never been easier, but it is still hard to find clarity on Vegan and Cruelty Free products. We thought we could offer more information on art materials that are vegan and cruelty-free. Old ways of creating art supplies often involved animal products. Artists are demanding more art supplies that don’t contain animal parts and are cruelty-free. Companies have been listening and things are changing. More importantly, there is a constant need for clarification as to which art... Read More

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11 Summer Crafts Ideas For The Whole Family

Well let’s be honest, we don’t really know what this summer has in store for us, some children’s summer holidays started in March! So we thought it may be nice to bring you some ideas that you can do this summer, whatever the weather. Fill your summer with rainbows We will never forget what the NHS has done for us during Covid-19. Pictures and paintings have popped up all over Britain and the world. So here are just a few ideas with how to create a few rainbows in and... Read More

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DIY Face Mask

Face Masks are now compulsory on public transport in the UK. If you are leaving the house or returning to work, you may prefer to wear one. When September hits and schools open things are going to change. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been amazed to see the amount of creativity that has come from all people of all walks of life, and it warms us to see people using a creative outlet to deal with a very strange and stressful time. Talking of creativity, these DIY Face masks... Read More


How To Use Marbling Inks in 9 Steps

Marbling is a trend that never seems to go away. Here in 9 steps, we show you how to create unique and beautiful marble art, using our favourite Pebeo Marbling Inks. What is Marbling? Marbling is a method of decorating paper or fabric to imitate marble and other stone where colour is suspended in a thickened liquid and manipulated into various patterns. Paper or fabric is then laid upon the mixture and the pattern prints onto the surface. This technique requires patience and attention, as well as a little practice.... Read More


A Green Easter – is it possible?

Having a green Easter is it possible? Well, we have a few suggestions on making minor changes to help impact the environment. Making tiny changes is all that matters. You shouldn’t feel guilty about decisions you have to make based on time availability or budget. Sometimes we splurge when we don’t need to but as long as we reuse and recycle then you are doing your bit. The Egg Okay, so if you are lucky you will get an easter egg or lots of small little ones wrapped in foil.... Read More


Thank You to All Our Mums

I think being a parent is such hard work. It’s a constant part of your life that never stops, even when you are away from them, you are constantly thinking about them. This post is just a little thank you to all our mums out there, whatever shape or title they fall under. Thank you. Mums or the role of mum is a hard one. You are teacher, carer, hug giver, disciplinarian, nurse, cook, cleaner, organiser, driver, nightmare chaser, bodyguard, costume maker and personal shopper. The list is never-ending. Every... Read More


A Homemade Easter

It doesn’t take long for the Christmas decorations to be whipped away and the easter eggs come out. Don’t get us wrong, we love chocolate and any excuse to eat a chocolate-covered anything. However, we are thinking a wee bit greener and a wee bit more sustainable. We don’t want to encourage everyone to go crazy and buy lots of props for this holiday. Although we do love seeing pictures of everyone’s home all decorated up. We just want to encourage everyone to reuse and recycle where you can. Homemade... Read More


Murray Marvels’ Travel Art Materials

Travel art materials are of a certain interest to me as I am off on my honeymoon soon and I am taking limited art supplies in order to draw whilst I am out there. I have also challenged myself to 12 drawings and painting that I would be proud enough to sell. Limiting yourself to a few art supplies can be a challenge in itself. Finding the perfect sketchbook has been by far the trickiest thing so far and I am still not sure that I have the right size.... Read More


Gouache: What It Is and How to Use it

You have probably heard of Gouache before but may not know any more about it (other than it’s strange name!). We were the same when we first found it, but now we know what is and how to use it, we thought we would share our knowledge on all things Gouache. What is Gouache? Gouache is a type of watercolour. It falls between acrylic and watercolour, which is probably why I haven’t mastered it yet. I am so used to building my layers up that working with flat opaque colours... Read More


Save the Bees and get garden savvy

Oh, I love bees I really do. I think they are so clever and helpful and their pollinating and hard works help us breathe! Having a small garden or even no garden isn’t really an excuse. You can help the bees in lots of ways here are a few that we love… Start by planting Paris and London have award-winning honey and the reason isn’t because of their botanical gardens, it’s actually because of window boxes and roof-top gardens. That fancy orchid you bought may just be the cream of... Read More


A Very Romantic Homemade Valentine’s Day

Okay, I am going to be mushy here and we all know I don’t really do mushy but here goes. For this Valentine’s day, I am going to make an effort. I still don’t believe in spending lots of money or going out to a restaurant that costs a fortune on this one day. No, this Valentine’s, as my first married valentines I am going all out, you name it, I’m doing it. Reds and Pinks ( a colour combo I really appreciate) is the theme I’m going with In... Read More

Valentine's Day card 30/01/2020

Valentine’s Day: Gifting our hearts to the Earth

Its time to think a little greener when it comes to spending your money. We all know when it comes to Valentine’s Day I am not a fan. So the idea of gifting it to the Earth or just making small changes to help our environmental impact pleases me immensely. So below is just a few ideas to help you gift our hearts to the Earth. Make an edible Valentine’s Day gift When it comes to food I am all in and I love an edible valentine. Biscuits, yes please!... Read More


Pantone Colour of the Year: Classic Blue

Pantone Colour Of the Year is ‘Classic Blue’ and it feels right especially for January. Classic blues has been creeping into our homes for the last few years. It is wonderful to see it in pride of place as the Official Pantone Colour of 2020. We can look forward to seeing it more in our homes, fashion and design work. But how much will it affect our arts and crafts? Only time will tell. January Blues is a real thing Its winter, Christmas is gone, the buildup has been replaced... Read More

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Origami – The Art For All Ages

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding and is suitable for all ages. You can buy papers or start with a little kit. Normal printer paper can work but can be a little thick. You don’t need anything but papers and instructions. I learnt origami at school. A man came in to teach us how to make an origami lily and I picked it up fairly easily. When it comes to art and crafts I do find it easier to watch someone create something rather than follow instructions. When... Read More


Look ahead to a Greener 2020

Our main goal for 2020 is to make it a greener year. Hopefully, by making these positive, sustainable changes, we can make this infiltrate every part of our business from packing to our offices and our own recycling. By taking care of our business, it in turn helps us take care of you. How to be Greener: Reuse Recycle We really want to make this year greener; with the use of recycled boxes (literally) and the go green climate initiative from DHL for our overseas parcels put into place. We... Read More


Happy New Year: Bring on 2020

Well, it really has been a lovely Christmas and this year we have accomplished so much. Set ourselves mini-challenges and hit them straight on. Its time to appreciate the little things. 2019 will be the year that we started reaching out more into our immediate areas, and started supporting Havering Mind. We ran a half marathon, went to the Wheels and Wings event and ran a workshop where all the money went to Mind and we also supported the Chritsmas Havering Mind show where we handed out free presents to... Read More


Nostalgic toys: Maybe this one is better for the adults!

Nostalgic toys: Maybe this one is better for the adults!! I am not joking if your children have used this in the summer its time to get it out and use it at your Christmas parties! When I was younger I really really wanted a Mr Frosty maker, I am pretty sure it was on my Santa list for a few years but I never got it. When I say they had released it the inner child in me longs for a Mr Frosty. Perfect for Summer cones and ideal... Read More


20 Minute Indoor Christmas Wreath

This is such a simple indoor Chrsitmas wreath, it takes only a few items and 20 minutes of your day. You will have enough materials left from the wreath to make another and it’s all under a tenner! You will need: Wire cutters, secateurs or kitchen scissors Rafia covered wire Gold berries on wire Fir branch Any other Christmas bits and bobs you want to add That’s it. That’s all you need. This craft wire is 10 meters long so if you wanted to make it fuller then you just... Read More