Starting Over

Yep, Spring has sprung.

The days are getting warmer/brighter/longer.

Things are growing (i know this because i can feel it in my twitchy itchy nose)
And I am starting over. My blogging has been haphazard and I have been MIA for a while, but I have decided to rectify this.
I have the next week off work, and aim to get a new blogging regime underway!

I say I’m off, like I’m on holiday : I have a few overtime evening shifts, OH is taking lead on a new project that means he’ll probably be in work and working late although technically he is also taking a weeks holiday, then we have to fit in trips to 2 different cities for Offspring#2 to visit Uni campuses, and see both sets of parents…

 So, whilst we aren’t actually going ‘away’ on holiday, there’s going to be an awful lot of travelling.
 Nerves are slightly frayed at home. Offspring#1 is in the midst of her final year University dissertation, and Offspring#2 has various assignments to submit in school before next month’s exams, and; kudos to them; neither felt they could justify bunking off for a week. I think actually going away somewhere would have been easier!!

So yeah, in amongst all the many things on the communal To-Do List; Revamp Blog is there somewhere…
I’m planning to finalise my plans over the weekend, but so far my themes are;

  • Crafty Makes : I intend to keep DIY tutorials ongoing as these have always been a recurring theme.
  • Snailmail : again, this is an important aspect of my life and I would like to showcase it further.
  •  History also Events / Exhibitions
  • Recipes
  • Reviews : books mostly; but possible films, TV, music etc. I have always been a voracious reader and recently have been indulging in new (to me!) ways to read. I could never completely give up the smell & feel of a ‘real’ book, but have finally come around to (and am indeed actively embracing!) the ease of digital books.
  • Other/ Product Reviews: I’m somewhat of a subscription addict; especially ones that fuel my passions regarding  a stationery, books,, and geekery! Alongside a core selection that I regularly receive, I love trying new ones. I particularly like to support new and indie sub services; and would love to share them!
  • Interesting & Intriguing Projects​ : I’m always coming across projects that pique my interest, everything from daily prompt led journalling challenges to actual do-something-good for the world stuff, it’s always useful to raise awareness and share ideas with like-minded individuals.

I’m currently leaning towards the idea of having a set day for each themes posts (Mail Call Monday or SnailMail Saturday or Sunday Crafternoon etc)  If  YOU do something similar, does it work? Will it (as i hope) encourage me to explore & share themes regularly, or will I feel stifled by having it regimented? Would a half & half system work better; a certain number of days being recurring slots, with the rest allowing for more varied postings?  
Anyway, I’m hoping you stick around and see what changes i come up with!

As always, thanks for reading, and please share your thoughts and ideas!
Love and hugs,

Crafty xx

The Scent of Christmas : A Last Minute Christmas idea

Another last minute Christmas idea!

This one takes minutes to prep, can be left to do it’s thing, and can be used as both a gift or as festive decorations – WIN / WIN!!

DRIED ORANGE SLICES

  1. First, preheat your oven to around 80°C
  2. Cut orange(s) into slices, around ” thick
  3. Lay on oven rack and bake for around 3 hours

The slices will be slightly sticky when they come out, but will dry further in time.

  • Add cloves for extra interest. Using a cocktail stick, pierce holes around the outside ring of skin; then insert cloves into each hole.
  • OR, stud the inner rim with cloves.
  • OR, make a slit in the flesh, just below rind, where; after drying; you can tie a ribbon or string hanging loop.

IDEAS FOR USE: 

  • Use as pot pourri
  • Add hanging loops and use as tree decorations (the warmth of tree lights can bring out the fragrance)
  • Thread onto parcel ribbon to embellish your Christmas gifts
  • Bundle together in a cellophane bag or box, tie with ribbon, and gift to a friend or loved one

*These add a lovely festive fragrance to any parcel, especially when combined with a cinnamon stick or two!!
Have you tried them? Let me know in the comments how you used them, or tag me if you share on social media marketing

Craft Month Challenge

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In celebration of Craft Month, I set myself a challenge to get a little (or a lottle!) crafty every single day this month.

I eased myself in easy for Day 1, with some stamped tags for a batch of gift hampers that sold over the weekend in a Charity auction for Postpals.

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Are you joining in?

Don’t forget to use #CraftysCraftMonthChallenge !

I can’t wait to see what you get up to ….

 

Hugs,

Crafty xx

 

 

Happy Chocolate Cake Day

At first thought, you might wonder why Chocolate Cake should have a specific Day, I mean surely every day is Chocolate Cake Day; yeah?

But it’s CHOCOLATE CAKE, so let’s roll with it….

 

So what’s the point of Chocolate Cake Day?

Well, that’s pretty simple:

Essentially, it is a day to celebrate that sweet gooey tasty morsel in all it’s forms!

 

So, how are YOU going to celebrate?

 

Here are some ideas:

 

Bake a Chocolate Cake!

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You can find a super quick, super tasty, 3-ingredient recipe right here!

 

Buy some Chocolate Cake shoes!

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Chris Campbell of The Shoe Bakery designs these mouthwateringly fabulous sweet feet treats.

 

Treat yourself to a lipsmacking gloss!

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Similar glosses are available all over, but I found these on Amazon.

 

Read up on how the experts do it!

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The amazing ChoccywoccyDooDah book;   Chocolate, Cake and Curs is full of gorgeous photographs, fabulous recipes and interesting tales.

 

Dress up your phone!

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Claire’s Accessories have this snazzy iPhone 6 case.

 

 

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas for celebrating this auspicious occasion 😜As always, please share your own ideas!

Thanks for stopping by,

Crafty xxx

 

 

 

We’re all mad here….

October 6th is International Mad Hatter’s Day, so designated as a reference to the card in the character’s hat band; as shown in John Tenniel’s original illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

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The card in question reads: “In This Style, 10/6” meaning that his milliner would create; for you; a similarly styled hat for the princely sum of Ten Shillings and Sixpence, old money.

The idea of celebrating Mad Hatter’s Day originated in 1986 with a group of computer-folk in Boulder, Colorado; hence the 10/6 date transcribing as October 6. Indeed, if it had originated on Carroll’s home shores, we would be celebrating on the 10th of June!!

The day dedicated to celebrating silliness gained popularity in both computer networks and wider circles, subsequently being recognised as an official holiday in 1988.

Why “As Mad As A Hatter”?

The term As Mad As A Hatter is purported to be based in some historical fact. 18th & 19th century hatters, or milliners, were subjected daily to large amounts of toxic fumes.

The mercury salt solution which felt was soaked in before being moulded to shape, often by hand, could well have induced mercury poisoning; a condition affecting the nervous system and producing symptoms such as involuntary twitches & trembling. You can see why the sufferer may well appear deranged to an onlooker!

“Anyone can go by horse or rail, but the absolute best way to travel is by hat.”

Why not celebrate this frabjous day by donning one of these and making your muchness a little muchier…

  1. What about channelling your inner Cowgirl with a cute Straw Cowboy Hat?
£9.99, New Look

£9.99, New Look

2. You could even try a replica Mad Hatter’s Hat available to order from     Burrellios on etsy for £34.50 plus shipping.

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3.

Batman Bobble Hat, £5, Primark.

Batman Bobble Hat, £5, Primark.

4. Or what about a pretty little Tea Party Top Hat from DivineHatDesigns, also on etsy.

Made to order in a choice of colours, £ plus shipping.

Made to order in a choice of colours, £43.83 plus shipping.

5. And finally, a White Dalek Beanie Hat

£38.99 plus £17 shipping, Amazon

£38.66 plus £17 shipping, Amazon

It’s….International Taco Day!!

Yep, you read right, it’s International Taco Day! So in celebration of this delicious offering of deliciousness, here are 5 taco-inspired treats…

1. Taco Stationery

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A set of 12 die-cut notecards; featuring a choice of beef, carnitas, veggie, or shrimp tacos; envelopes and a sticker sheet of garnishes make it easy to send tasty tidings to friends, family and fellow taco lovers.
Qué bueno!

Available from various stationery suppliers for between £10-£14

2. Taco Tees

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How cute is that?
Cats & Tacos, the perfect pairing!

3. Taco Jewellery

Sites like Etsy are full of Taco jewellery, some of my personal favourites are:

These taco earrings by UK-based Sour Cherry

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And this cute bracelet from Canadian BiteSize Minatures

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4. Taco Handbag

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For those of you who thought that Tacos were a cheap & cheerful snack, think again! This Charlotte Olympia clutch was on offer during the summer, bearing a rather hefty $1,295 price tag.
5. TACOS!!
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They include a pack of soft tacos, sachet of pork seasoning and sachet of pineapple seasoning.
All you add is some pork fillets, fresh or canned pineapple, onion & coriander.

Kits can be purchased from most major supermarkets for around £2.50-£3.50, although we recently stumbled upon some offered at £1.50 as a limited time special offer.

So, did YOU celebrate International Taco Day? If so, please share below!