#Blogmas The British Craft House Competition

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Before I even posted any blog posts about the new selling platform #TheBritishCraftHouse I was entering their 12 days of Christmas competitions on twitter.

And omg I won day 9. The competition spanned over Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and I won, I still can’t quite believe it.

I thought it was just one prize. But oh no no no, it’s a few and they are all so darling too.

A little bit of everything a girl could ever want.

1, Imogen’s Imagination

From this delightful seller I got a cute Tartan bow. It’s super Christmassy for me, without being too obvious. A Christmas day must have for me! Find her here

2, Lou Lou & Reg

A cute Wooden Christmas decoration to display for years and years. Handpainted and definitely loved. Find them here

3, Vintage By Design

As a Manchester born and bred lass and even a username of sirenmoonbee, these bees were a welcome sight. They are so precious. Find them here

4, The Little Card Store

A must for all Kitty lovers, a perfect handmade Christmas card. I know exactly who needs this. Find them here

5, Fran’s Crafts

A sunny sunflower brooch that will brighten any outfit, and any mood. Super bright and cheerful. Find them here

6, Max Pring Jewellery

Gingerbread men are synonymous with Christmas, and he’s the sweetest treat!! What a delight to wear. Find them here

7, Garden Party

For the bake off wannabes, get Christmas dinner cooked up a storm while looking like the most chic sophicasted baker. Find them here

8, The Secret Wardrobe

Simply chic silver drop earrings, a must have for any special occasion, I will be wearing them Christmas day. Find them here

9, Elegant Wyvern

As a wire wrapper myself in former days, I am in awe at the skill of this layered ring with rose quartz. What a beauty. Find them here

I’m feeling very very spoilt. And thank you for all of this. I saw all the other days prizes and they were like this, multiple shops all supplying such amazing goodies, and to do so many days worth as well, I’m truly impressed. I have found and saved so many shops for future purchases too.

Go check them out The British Craft House

#Blogmas Chester Adventures Part 2

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What an eventful night!! Did not sleep well at all, because a certain lady arrived at 5.34am

Meet baby Delilah

Thrilled to have photos sent, but heavy heart I wasn’t there too. But there was nothing we could do about it. So Friday 13th is an eventful day.

When in Wetherspoons you have to have a good ole fry up. Really set us up for the epic packing of the uni room, and drive home.

Finished off seeing some friends at Chapel of Chaos, to complete the birthday shenanigans.

What a couple of days this has been. Crazy, rememberable and tiring!!

#Blogmas Chester Adventures Part 1

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Thursday has arrived so it’s road trip up to Chester to fetch our youngest from uni, stopping over for the night as a birthday treat.

And my second eldest (I have 4 daughters) and her chappy surprised us and met us there.

Checked into the Bull and Stirrup and omg the room is amazing.

It was similar to Radisson Blu styling, the dark wood made it feel more luxurious. Bathroom with heated mirror so showers didn’t steam it up. Seriously impressed.

Headed out after meeting all in our room, time to have a birthday meal. But as we walked through the streets we noticed they had a parade on.

At first we thought It would be a cute christmas one, it getting closer I saw it was more up my street as a pagan!! Skulls, crows, devil’s and more. Omg I loved it.

It was the annual Saturnalia and Winter Watch revelries. It’s a three-in-one midwinter spectacle that also features a re-enactment of the Winter Watch, a ceremony dating from the 15th century when the good burghers would put the keys to the city in the safe hands of an early version of the local police force. But the party really starts when the Lord of Misrule and his ghoulish friends hit the cobbles for a riotous romp. The mischievous coterie of fire breathers, devils, skeletons, ice queens, Jack Frosts, and even bloodthirsty cooks bearing a head on a platter, dance around the city centre to the relentless beating of drums by ghost band Karamba Samba.

Once ended we wandered off to try a new place for our meal Brewhouse

Beer can chicken!! Oh my days it was lush! Topped off with an IPA. Delicious

We were so so warm by this!! Added to the romance of the place. Decor was amazing too.

All while this was happening, my eldest daughter was being induced, so little baby is coming!!

#Blogmas 10 gifts for her #Firebox

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Firebox have all the things you never realised you just have to have!!

And let’s kick off with

1, Hold the Door Doormat

Game of Throne fans will get the pun!! £24.99 pricey but cute.

2, Spreadable Gin Set

Love toast but need a gin hit too? I have tried the whiskey version. £14.99

3, BeetleJuice Powerbank

Juice up the phone but make it horror, cute Beetle Juice power bank £14.99

4, Moon Lamp

A personal favourite of mine, a lunar light to give atmosphere and romance to any room £19.99

5, Bluetooth Eye Mask

I always listen to crime podcasts as I drift off to sleep, but I also tangle myself up with wires off the headphones. This would solve that. £29.99

6, Gin Tastes Of Christmas

Enjoying the mulled gin on the Christmas markets, now you can enjoy at home too. £27.99

7, World’s Smallest Terrarium

No green thumb required, but have a no fuss teeny tiny terrarium £6.99

8, White Noise Sound Pebble

Drift off to sleep, feel Zen with gentle white noise sounds coming from this cute pebble £29.99

9, Pixie Tears Gin

Someone has seriously upset tinkerbell, she’s been crying for days. They captured their essence and bottled it just for you. £39.99

10, KiiPix Instant Photo Printer

Turn your smartphone into a printer, print off vintage shots £39.99

#Blogmas 10 gifts for him #Firebox

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Starting with the boys this time, Firebox is a feast of the daft things you can buy. I’ve stopped here many a time, for Unicorn tears, Gummy bear light and the like.

1, Brick Yourself

Prices start at £34.99 For these personalised mini figures, have one for each member of the family.

2, Star Wars Mystery Box

Price is £34.99 but value is over £40 For all your star wars fans, a mystery box of goodies.

3, Incohearent

A game of stupid phases that you have to decipher. I know a few peeps who will love this. £19.99

4, Star Theatre Planetarium Flux

Pricey at £149.99 but it’s a dazzling way to display all the stars on your ceiling.

5, Brewdog Ipa Beer Making Kit

Nevermind men, I’d love this myself, and I have a female friend that would love this too. A gift of beer, how cool £39.99

6, Peanut butter and Jam Bourbon

Well, it’s certainly different isn’t it. £39.99 but what a gift!!

7, World’s Smallest Rubik Cube

Doesn’t take up much space, will probably annoy them for hours. And only £9.99

8, Dinosaur Planters

Have a rawsome planter with cute dinosaurs. My daughter has the T Rex at her house. £29.99 each one.

9, Game Of Thrones Monopoly

Winter is definitely coming…. grab the family and get stuck into the board games, we do every year. £31.99

10, Cannabis Gin

Unwind from a hectic Christmas day with a G&T with a twist. Crafted in Amsterdam £32.99

#Blogmas 10 unique gifts for him #Etsy

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We’ve done the girls off Etsy, so it’s only fair to do the Men in your life. Show them how special and unique they are.

Etsy is a fabulous place to ship, to find that extra special gift that says I love you. Support your small businesses this Christmas.

1, ProperPickles

I couldn’t resist, how sweet are these bums!! And it’s very unusual, so safe to bet no one else would have bought them. £11.99

2, CHwoodenART

Keep everything safe and in one place, with a personalised touch. £29.18

3, PrestigeDecanters

Love strongman as much as I do? This is the perfect decanter to mark this competition. Pop your favourite whiskey in. £118.95

4, rcornejojewelry

Unique Deer and Meteorite ring for your special man. It doesn’t get more unique than this. £47.54

5, PanacheCycle

Got a MTB lover in your life, a cute and funny t-shirt showing their sport £22.00

6, LabelImprints

Black Lamb Skin RFID magnetic money clip, keep it all organised and protected. £23.75

7, JoyfulTidingsBridal

A huge bundle set of 7 duffel bags, all beautifully embroidered with your monogram or initials. Perfect for that frequent flyer, business trips or gym bunny. £227.60

8,Valdo

A mixture of Leather and Wood make this a truly unique special watch. Get it engraved for an extra touch. £25.57

9, TOTEMJewelry

Chunky leather and sterling silver lion head bracelet. Durable and hard wearing. £257.73

10, GeorgiaOkraGirl

Keep their beard in check, and perfectly groomed. £27.76

#Blogmas 10 Unique Gifts for Her #Etsy

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It’s that time again, something I’ve enjoyed doing for the last two years, are my unique gift guides.

Focusing on small businesses on Etsy in this guide, featuring artisans and bespoke pieces.

1, Rindlewaves

Features a unique Soundwave poster, or prints too. Capture that song that means the world to you, wedding song, favourite song you can customise it to your colours, your song. It’s truly a unique piece. £55.51

2, CustomBobblehadsEtsy

Who doesn’t want a custom bobble head? I mean how cute is this. Create yourself and put on your partners desk at work. How could they not want to see this. £54.72

3, Woodprintz

Get a wedding or holiday, or anniversary photo printed onto wood, create a beautiful unique focal piece of art for your home. £21.00

4, Christopherjamesuk

A delicate 9ct Gold necklace that features the names of your family. Wear them close to your heart. £142.99

5, MakeMeAComic

How cool is this, customise a story board of your epic love story in comic style. A must for comic lovers like me. £130.00

6, MayaJambalaya

How cute are these? Teeny tiny mushrooms and lichen captured in this whimsical fairy piece. Nothing is prettier than mother nature. £23.50

7, WearTheWorldLabel

Christmas Pyjamas are a must have, but instead of classic Primark ones, opt for silk for that luxurious touch, and know that yours are extra special. £45.00

8, BoulsWorthFineMetals

Thick aluminium hammered into a Celtic swirl, strong and long lasting hair barette. £24.99

9, CraftedCreated

Hands off my gin, make it known it’s yours and yours alone, with a personalised glass. Chin chin.£24.99

10, Facaldoflowers

Perfect Christmas hair piece, and on Christmas and wear with confidence. Ditch the predictable jumper and dress up instead. £16.00

#Blogmas Krampus

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Who is Krampus? And what does he have to do with Christmas.

Well in Europe, cental europe they have folklore tales of Krampus who is a horned, beastly figure often described as “half-goat, half-demon”, this Krampus beast, appears during the Christmas season, and comes to punish children, those who have misbehaved, the naughty ones, in a stark contrast of the loveable, jolly Saint Nicholas, who is known for rewarding the well-behaved, nice children with gifts. Krampus joins Saint Nicholas in several regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

It is thought the folklore pre dates Christianity and popular in Europe even today. There’s even modern horror films you can watch, featuring him.

Now in Whitby the UK, they now have a Krampus Run and Ball for charity. It’s great to see old tales and traditions coming back. Check them out below.

Whitby Krampus Run

#Blogmas 5 ways to be more Sustainable

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Sustainable seems to be the buzz word of the year. And I see great people making great changes, to live more sustainable lives.

But it’s important to know we can’t all do grand gestures of huge changes, but we each can do small changes, that collectively will creative huge differences.

Such as…

1,Christmas Tree

There are huge debates over which is more environmentally friendly, and honestly it has to be weighed up to your beliefs. I myself have an artificial tree, as that suits my lifestyle. I’ve also had the same tree for nearly 2 decades!! And honestly at this point it’s more environmentally friendly for me to keep using it. No doubt it will last me a few more decades if I’m honest. I do worry about disposal though, in the future.

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2,Wrapping Paper

Buying recyclable wrapping paper (how this isn’t the norm, is beyond me) my daughter uses brown paper which can be decorated, stamped or use ribbon, which is a lovely touch. I’ve even used old Primark brown bags as my wrapping paper, well why not? I have seen some use scarves too, but that’s not possible with small children with a thousand presents (well that’s another point, the amount we buy). We also often reuse old cuts of wrapping paper, and ribbons too. Every little helps.

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3, Presents

When I can, I buy from small independent shop owners, crafters and the like. I like to buy things that will last or can be used, so candles, soaps and classic clothing wins for me here. I used to papercut and make jewellery, which was handy. Alas I struggle with arthritis so this isn’t possible anymore. Or when you buy things try to buy things that will last a long time. My favourite gifts really are socks and photos. Both are so treasured.

We buy much loved pyjamas and dressing gowns for grandchildren, using practical things over toys, as their own parents will know what toys to get them. Not as exciting perhaps, but sweetened the deal with their favourite Disney characters help.

4, Decorations

We use decorations we have had for decades, but when we do buy, we buy more classic timeless ones, no themes on our tree. More like it’s a tree of family milestones, each piece tells a story of our family. Because of this, your less likely to want to replace, even when they’ve grown up and flown the nest. So less waste! We also aim for more glass, wooden types.

Though Alan the pig above I had to buy recently (last Christmas) from TK Maxx as I love him, and he’s felt so sure to last too.

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5, Food

No one needs the amount of food that is pushed in the adverts. We honestly onmy need to buy the same amount as we would the normal week, with a few extras. But the adverts have you believing that Christmas is ruined if you havent got every cake, pie, and alcoholic drink known to man. Do you really need that much to spoil yourself? Will you regret it as soon as Janurary starts? Is it worth it. Yes have a treat or two. But honestly no one needs 12 cakes and gateauxs, as well as 10 vodkas and all the nibbles. Be sensible, and understand a treat is a treat when it’s not a lot of or often bought.

Well this is what I’m telling myself anyway, as classically I will overeat and indulge then predictably I hate myself in Jan. So I’m attempting to break the cycle. Stay as active as I can, and stop sabotaging myself with ‘goodies ‘ that aren’t needed. Or not in that volume anyway.

#Blogmas are you doing it?

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It’s here, it’s the festive season and it is the time I try, very very hard to blog everyday. Or as near as I can.

I see many a fabulous blogger with amazing content doing #Blogmas, or if you are on YouTube check out #Vlogmas. Well worth checking them out for your Festive fixes.

Although I’m going to try and join in, mine won’t all be Christmas related, or even as I prefer Yule related. As honestly my life isn’t that affected by Christmas anymore.

Gone have the little people that make it all the magic that it was, and though I LOVE seeing my grown children at Christmas, they have their own lives and families too.

Ours is a low-key Yule celebration and less about consumerism now as well. Once everyone is grown they can and do buy all this things they’ve ever wanted. So for us it’s food and being together that is important.

Confession, haven’t even thought about putting the tree up yet.

But I’m loving the shops displays, and with this cold snap lately, I’m definitely feeling more festive.