Sunday, 23 December 2012

Wedding craft snippet- wish tree

I have been off work now for a week and have loved having the time to organise myself before Christmas...I even managed to get a few bits done for the wedding. I have decided to make as much of the craft finishing touches as possible primarily to keep costs down but also because I absolutely love handmade of course!

One of the tasks I had on my wedding to-do list was to prepare the luggage tags for our wedding wish tree.
I am going to ask the florist to supply the actual tree but to give you an idea, this is what I am trying to achieve...
I ordered some brown card luggage tags and a personalised rubber stamp. I used a lovely gold ink which came up really well on the brown card.

I just need some twine to hang them up with and then they are ready to be written on by the guests on the big day! Excellent for a vintage themed wedding.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Something a bit different

When the nights started to draw in from about October (after one of the wettest Summers I can remember!) the usual struggle to get out of my beautifully cozy bed when my alarm goes off is the same every year and I had decided that I had had quite enough of it thank you!

I have read articles in the past about the Lumie bodyclock and the claims that it will make getting out of bed that bit easier...I reserved judgement but decided that this was the year to put those claims to the test. I bought one of the Starter bodyclocks which I found on Amazon for £59.99. I later discovered that if you buy direct from Lumie they offer a 30 day home trial which I probably should have gone for just in case I didn't find it worked out for me. Needless to say no such trial was needed as I have been pleasantly surprised by the result.

For those who are reading this and thinking to themselves....'a Lumie what what?' the theory behind this wonderful device is that it acts as an alarm clock which wakes you up naturally (as your body intended!) by imitating sunlight through the lamp on the top of the device. You can choose to have different lengths of sunrise depending on your preference. I would say that I am a light sleeper usually so I didn't think this idea would work as I envisaged me waking up as soon as the light bulb sneaks on, but actually I usually wake up about 20 minutes into the 30 minute sunrise and I feel so much more refreshed (if that is possible).

Coincidentally, not long after buying my Lumie Starter I won a more expensive model (Lumie Active 250) in a Lumie competition! If you are thinking of investing in this piece of kit then I would recommend the more expensive model- purely and simply for the reason that it offers so much more choice. It has a radio feature and also several different sounds for you to have as a backup to the sunrise- currently I have tweeting birds which is quite nice.

I usually blog about my craft and sewing adventures but I thought I would shake it up a little by recommending this product- I know that whenever I am considering buying something like this I always read and trust customer reviews so hopefully what you have read will be worthwhile!

The moral of the story? Enter competitions- sometimes you might just win!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I know it has been a while since my last post...those seem to be my famous last words eh?! I have been buried under Christmas coloured felt and fabric for the last few weeks with only the whir of my sewing machine to be heard!

I signed up to the local Christmas Fair in eager excitement and hurriedly started to make preparations by purchasing felt and other materials. I decided to make tree decorations- gingerbread men being my favourite and best seller so far, along with red robins and more of my lavender hearts which always go down a treat with my customers. A new addition for this fair was to use some of the vintage teacups I had been hoarding and recycle them into teacup pin cushions and candles. I bought a teacup pin cushion a few months back at a craft fair and thought it was such a great idea.
I wrapped the teacups in cellophane and pretty Christmas ribbon which made them the perfect gift!

It was a pretty successful day in the end and really got me in the Christmas mood! Although....I am trying to hold out until at least Saturday 8th December to put the tree up at home. Let's see if I last!

Here are some more pictures of my stall and makes.....