14 Aug 2017

The Eternity Rose - A Unique Gift Idea

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. A concept immortalised by the greatest playwright and author that ever lived, William Shakespeare.

Thanks to those immortal words or otherwise, the rose now occupies a very special place in our hearts and our lives as a symbol of everlasting love.

Who can resist the charm of a hand-tied bouquet of long-stemmed red roses? There are times however, when a bouquet is not enough. You want to capture the romance of the rose but make it last for an eternity.

The Eternity Rose - a Unique Gift Idea

The Eternity Rose is just that. This unique concept in gift-giving comes from a company that specialises in precious metal-coated and glazed natural roses.

10 Aug 2017

MOKURU - the latest Fidget Toy - a Giveaway

“Is MOKURU Set To Be The Next Playground Craze?” scream the headlines from many national newspapers. This latest nifty toy has taken Japan by storm and is now headed for British shores.


Brainchild of designer Masakazu Node, this handheld wooden toy was designed to test an individual’s balance and focus. Now this simple design is testing the dexterity of fast fingered flippers everywhere.

5 Aug 2017

Crochet and the Colours of Christmas

Regular blog readers will know that I have taken up crochet again after a long hiatus. I have enjoyed the calm and focus that it brings, so have persisted with this long-lost hobby of mine.

After successfully completing the Sky Blanket, a year-long crochet project that had me picking up a crochet hook after nearly 20 years, I have gone on to finish a few other pieces. Like this ruffle crochet flower and this easy woolly hat I made to keep my ears warm last winter.

Crochet and the Colours of Christmas


Early this year, I visited a yarn and sewing exhibition with a friend who loves beautiful yarn as much as I do. She was on a self-imposed ‘yarn diet’, but I went a bit crazy and ended up buying armfuls of the stuff to replenish my depleted stock.

2 Aug 2017

Craft Time Mosaics Mini by Brainstorm

One week into the summer holidays and I am still waiting for the sun to shine and me to stop wearing a woolly jumper. No, I mean it. A nasty cold and no warming sunshine means I feel as miserable as if it was the middle of January.

With one difference. School is out, J is at home and I have to think of ways to keep him entertained. Creating has always been our strong point, so these cute Craft Time Mosaics Mini by Brainstorm fit the bill perfectly.

Craft Time Mosaics Mini by Brainstorm

Room on the Broom at The Lowry

I can’t remember the number of times we have read Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom. We bought the 15th anniversary edition a while back and it has remained a favourite since. So imagine the excitement when my son found out that we were at The Lowry to watch Room on the Broom live on stage.

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