Hello 2017!

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Hello there stranger! It’s been such a long time since my last post!

I didn’t mean to stop blogging. I love my little blog and I love the community I have built up with it over the last 4 years. I’m made some amazing friends and I love looking back at old posts that have captured some wonderful memories. Somehow, life got in the way however, and we drifted apart a little. A lot of the faces have changed since we last caught up, and I’m sad to have lost touch with some of the amazing bloggers I got to know, but with the New Year I am looking forward to a new challenge and meeting some new faces.

2016 was an amazing year for me. I got to travel to San Francisco, Orlando and Seattle. I became an auntie, I changed jobs to become a Business Development Manager. I have thrown myself into voluntary work, including completing my 5th blood donation and spending my Christmas with an isolated elderly person in addition to my weekly volunteering with the Royal Voluntary Service. I also ran three 10k races for Macmillan Cancer Support. Oh, and I discovered a love for geocaching (but more on that later…)

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Christmas All Through the House!

 

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Author: Chris Malone

Genre: Non-Fiction, Crafts.

Published: July 2015

Pages: 48 pages

With Christmas quickly approaching, I’m sure many of us are turning our thoughts to decking the halls and putting up the tree – if you haven’t already! If you’re a crafter you know there is nothing more satisfying than hanging your own decorations each year, for you and your visitors to admire. This year, Annie’s Craft Store and Search Press have brought out the most irresistible collection of stunning quilting projects for all abilities, that you will love making and hanging year after year!

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Raining Cats and Dogs!

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My latest Lucky Dip Club subscription box arrived this week and I wanted to share all of the amazing goodies with you! This is a really cute box with a sweet cats and dogs theme. See what wonderful stationary and accessories are inside and let me know in the comments what is your favourite item in the box!

***WARNING*** for anyone who hasn’t yet received their box, it does contain spoilers.

Happy Birthday James!

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You might have noticed that I had a bit of a break from blogging at the beginning of last week, that was because it was James’s birthday, so we took a couple of days off work to relax and to celebrate his birthday. We decided to head out for a trip on the day, and for his birthday last year I bought him gift vouchers for the North York Moors Railway to travel on a steam train from Pickering to Whitby and back. James loves trains and when I was younger I always visited the National Railway Museum in York ( I think this will be our next day trip!) to travel on the steam trains, but James hadn’t been on one so it seemed like the perfect present. Life got a bit hectic between last April and now though, so this was the first opportunity we had had to use the vouchers, so his birthday was a great excuse for a visit.

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Lucky Dip Club Birds of Paradise Unboxing!

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My latest Lucky Dip Club subscription box arrived this week and I wanted to share all of the amazing goodies with you! This one is possibly my favourite box to date! See what wonderful stationary and accessories are inside and have a peak at the latest regular addition to the Lucky Dip Club box!

***WARNING*** for anyone who hasn’t yet received their box, it does contain spoilers.

If you want a closer look at everything inside the box you can have a look at the photos below:

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February Lucky Dip Club Unboxing – Lovehearts and Lipstick

Hello! Last weekend was really exciting as my latest Lucky Dip Club subscription box arrived. My first two unboxing videos have proved incredibly popular on my Youtube channel, I decided to film my latest one to share all of the goodies with you! February’s box had a Valentine’s theme and has some amazing items inside! I hope you enjoy it!

***WARNING*** for anyone who hasn’t yet received their box, it does contain spoilers.

Which is your favourite item in the box? Let me know in the comments!

Handmade Mother’s Day Presents

I know that Mother’s Day is still a while away (15th March here in the UK) but this year I have decided that I want to make as many gifts as possible, so I made a head start on Mother’s Day back in January! I decided to use Mother’s Day this year as an excuse to try out some new crafts, and the first one that I have been wanting to try for ages was soap making!

Ever since I saw some handmade soaps in one of my craft books I have been meaning to give it a go, and James gave me the perfect chance to try it when it bought me a Kirsty Allsopp soap making kit for Christmas. As soon as we were into the new year and had a free weekend I got out the box, eager to give it a try. The box made a large block of lavender and lemongrass soap, which we were able to cut into 8 bars.

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Making the soap was fun but in the future I may use a pre-made soap base, rather than the chemicals for ease. I know it is cheating but our dining-room table and my skin would probably thank me! It is definitely a craft that I want to explore some more though! I picked out some lovely purple handmade tissue paper to wrap the soaps, tying it with a piece of string. I’m really pleased with how they turned out and I’m sure my Mum will be too! Plus I have plenty of bars to give away for other occasions such as birthdays that we have coming up. Continue reading

Lucky Dip Club Subscription Box #3 Unboxing – Pet Parade

Hello! Yesterday I was so excited when my third Lucky Dip Club subscription box arrived. Since my first unboxing video was so popular, I have filmed one for this box too! I would have filmed one for the second box, but it was delivered to my old address so there was a bit of a delay before I received it, but if you would like to see what I got please let me know and I can put something together for you 🙂

***WARNING*** for anyone who hasn’t yet received their box, it does contain spoilers.

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Lucky Dip Club Subscription Box #1 Unboxing – Vintage Florals

Hello! The other day my first ever Lucky Dip Club subscription box arrived. It is a brand new company and I was eager to see what they had to offer! I decided to film my unboxing to show you what I got inside!

***WARNING*** for anyone who hasn’t yet received their box, it does contain spoilers.

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