Christmas is getting more expensive and extravagant each year; people compete with their Christmas trees,, parties, cakes, lights and decorations. However, at the same time, people are increasingly opting for personalised, handmade, bespoke gifts, gifts which are locally sourced, exclusive and bought or made with love and some thought. It seems more than ever that there are more people to buy for as family grow or blend, new partners appear, children and grandchildren, step-families, then there are the teachers you have to consider – it’s almost worth getting one of those Teacher jobs for the number of presents they get.… View Post

Christmas is only a few short weeks away now and as part of my Blogmas series today I’m showing you a quick and easy Christmas craft that you can do with the children or grandchildren.  Vision Direct are currently running a competition to win a £250 at Amazon voucher and all you need to do is make these cute little Christmas trees like I have here and then share them on social media.  Vision direct have sent me a box filled with craft supplies plus a template which you can download from their website here to make your trees.  … View Post

Christmas, birthdays, special occasions and moments of “just because” are opportunities to give a gift to someone you care about. There’s something very personal and meaningful about a handmade gift that you took the time to pick especially for the ones you love.  Give the people in your life that extra special feeling with one of these 100’s of handmade gift ideas at IDEAs Birmingham at collection of handmade items from local artisans. I’ve always been a fan of handmade items and a few years ago I used to make and sell some handmade items in my toy shop.  We… View Post

I learnt to knit when I was about 7 or 8 and to be honest all I ever knit was scarfs.  Back and forth I would go with no real aim.  I started to crochet about the same time and found I much preferred to crochet than knit.  A few years ago I was speaking to a friend who could knit and she was telling me about how she knitting a pair of socks.  Right then I decided I wanted to be knitting socks! From then until now I have being stopping and starting again trying to knit socks.  But… View Post

Today as part of my attempt to complete Blogmas; a post a day from 1 December until Christmas I thought I’d talk about how I love nothing better this time of year than snuggling under a blanket, preferably one I have crocheted myself. As we plunge towards the depths of winter and the we try to think of doing nothing but hibernate I like to surround myself with cosy blankets.  For many years now I have crocheted and my favourite item to complete is blankets.  There is just something about sitting down and covering myself in a blanket that I… View Post