I know it's a bit soon but once November hits then December is upon us so I thought I would start looking through loads and loads of sites for hand made gift ideas.

    My first post on this is for this lovely jar of M&M's, but its the poem that I thought was just perfect...

    As you hold these candies in your hand and turn them
    You will see the M becomes a W and E and A 3
    They tell the Christmas story; its one I'm sure you'll know
    It took place in a stable a long, long time ago
    The E is for east where the star shone so bright
    The M is for manger where baby Jesus slept that night
    The 3 is for wise men bearing gifts, with haste they came
    W is for worship, angels sang praise to his name
    So as you eat these candies or share them with a friend
    Remember the true spirit of Christmas and never let it end.

    It's taken from a lovely blog 'I heart nighttime'...101+ inexpensive handmade gifts.

  • P.S. I MADE THIS...

    Web site

    If you love anything arty, crafty or need fashion inspiration then this site is for you, P.S.I Made This can help you with tips and tricks to become a professional DIY'er.

    Founder Erica Domesek has a mission to 'inspire and empower people around the globe to cultivate their inner creativity and embrace the ever-growing do-it-yourself way of life'.

    She said she has a passion for hand-making beautiful objects and accessories that make everyday life more beautiful and fun.

    The brand was launched as a website in 2009 and shortly thereafter, Elle Magazine dubbed Erica “Fashion’s Queen of DIY”.

    It features hundreds of projects that show clear, step-by-step instructions and inspiration with digital content, as well as a guide to the essential products and tools that encourage you to get cracking with some DIY.

    Head down to PS I Made This website and you will spend hours looking through all her fantastic ideas.

  • WOOL WEEK - 5th - 12th October...


    BE PART OF LOVEWOOL UK - Knitters, crafters, crochet fans, tapestry fans and all other makers and lovers of real wool unite under the LoveWool community. If you are doing something with wool - perhaps a knitting group, class or event - register it onto the LoveWool map. You can also post on their Facebook pages.

    Take part in a Picknit during this Wool Week, download invitations, poster, and free patterns.

    The Campaign for Wool, of which His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is Patron, returns this year to celebrate its 5th anniversary with the WOOL COLLECTION: Interiors.

    The launch of WOOL COLLECTION, an edit of wool interior pieces including a selection of specially commissioned items will be debuted by the Campaign for Wool with an exhibition at London’s Southwark Cathedral during Wool Week (5th-12th October).


    Blog awards

    This is the first Amara Interior Blog Awards, by a team of the same name who have worked together with other talented interior designers and thought it would be nice to give them back an award for all their amazing work.

    They say they 'take pride in our worldwide recognition as a leading luxury retailer so we are hard at work to bring you the largest, most glamourous blog awards you’ve ever seen. With the award ceremony set to be hosted at the lavish Rosewood Hotel in London, sponsors such as Missoni Home & judges including Martin Waller of Andrew Martin, it will be an experience you will never forget'.

    Sooo for any of you interested in interior design and blogging on it, these awards are something very special.

    You can Vote for your favourite by heading to their website now .

  • THE BIG DRAW 1st October - 2nd November..,

    The Big Drawer

    It's back THE BIG DRAW starts on the 1st October until the 2nd November., the worlds biggest drawing festival. It is run across the UK and in twenty other countries, with 280,000 people expected to join in over 1000+events.

    The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activites which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators and each other.

    These events are for those who love to draw, as well as for those who think they can't!

    The theme for 2014 is 'It's Our World' and we are being encouraged to celebrate everything about our environment, whether its in our towns and cities or out in the country.

    Head down to The Big Draw website for details on the events and where they are plus lots more.



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