Craft Fair

Evening all

I have been busy finishing up some final bits ready for tomorrow’s stall. I will be at the Thatcham Craft Fair (postcode RG18 3AN) from 2pm – please pop along for some unique products and fantastic gifts. I will be offering 5% discount for anyone tomorrow that already follows my website and blog.

I look forward to seeing you there!

The Wedding gift

Last year was officially the year of weddings for us. With 6 to attend in a year we had some serious budgeting, outfit arranging and celebrating to do.

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Attending a wedding is the perfect occasion to celebrate with the ones you love, however it can also be a stressful thinking of what to wear and, of course, what to give the happy couple. With so many couples living together before getting married many newly weds simply ask for money, however I can’t help but want to give them something to remember their special day too. The whole event can simply go by in blur and I always picture the bride and groom afterwards wondering what happened and where the day went. So this year I tried to create memory frames for each of the weddings.

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The set up is very simple and the majority of the work is done before you attend the wedding. I got some craft card and to the back secured some string using strong tape. The pegs are widely available in craft stores and inexpensive, then just add the decoration you want. (I chose some glittery sprinkles and a few stamped letters.) Put this in a frame and then take it with you on the big day, along with a polaroid camera ready to capture the moment.

After the ceremony there are plenty of opportunities to get a great snap and once you have 1 or 2 just put them on your pegs and seal the frame up. This is then ready to add to the gift table. What I love about this idea is the couple have memories straight away and something to go straight onto the shelf and admire. There is no waiting. For the later weddings I started using slightly bigger frames to incorporate the confetti used or stealing the bride and groom’s place settings to add into the images, making it more of a collage of the day.

The other idea I really like for a wedding gift is something the couple can both settle down and enjoy after the day. So many people love giving champagne so I made these hand engraved glasses to help them drink it with style. I think it really adds a lovely touch to when they have escaped the whirl wind and are taking some time alone together to cheers their new union. I have a made a batch for my stall which I adore, and you can also get a set yourself on my products tab or by dropping me an email.

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So now your only concern at the wedding can be what to wear, so you can let your hair down whilst looking chic . . . although maybe don’t let your hair down too much. You don’t want your next shots to look quite so giggly as me in this. Thankfully the bride still looks gorgeous though!

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The Perfect Gift

If you have been on my website thinking something on here could be the perfect gift for you, please feel free to email at homemade.in.the.city@gmail.com. I also have PayPal links below, however please email with your address and any specifics also

Thank you

Mr and Mrs Wedding Glasses £12.50 per a set

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Mixer Glasses £4.50 each – specific in an email if you would like Mum, Dad, Cheers! or Harry Potter Designs

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Wine Glass or Pint Glass £6.00 – please specify Mum, Dad, Cheers! or Fri-Yay

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Lavender and Camomile Eye Pillows £7.00

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Hand Painted and Hand Drawn Shoppers £6.50

Please note for individuality all hand drawn bags are different as per above image. Please specify in an email when ordering which shape and colours you like


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Earrings £3.50


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Please note postage is extra and depends on the item. Please mail me for individual breakdowns or the link should take you through to the post. Any queries feel free to get in touch

Fri YAY

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It has seemed like a VERY long week, but tomorrow is Friday, and I am sure to be grabbing one of my hand engraved glasses to celebrate the arrival of the long awaited weekend.

Happy FriYAY everyone

Om

I love yoga, not only because it helps me stay healthy, but mostly because it helps me take a breath from my crazy life. Moments to yourself are rare, and we very don’t stop to think about ourselves enough. We know it’s important to make ‘me’ time, but it’s so hard to do without feeling guilty. For me, my time on the mat is an excuse to switch off my brain and focus on nothing but me and my body. So last weekend when I went on a yoga retreat I could not of been happier. I certainly wasn’t the best at the postures and I still get my left and right confused, however taking a whole weekend to focus on me was amazing.

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One of my favourite things from the classes (other than the fantastic teaching) was the lavender eye pillows that we were given at the end of each session. Such a gorgeous way to help unwind in Shavasana and it really made the made the experience that little more relaxing, and feel that much more of a treat.

Well, I had to make some as soon as I got home, and as soon as I told my friend she wanted one too! They will be perfect addition to my stall and to my own practice at home.

Now, everyone all together this time …. Om

 

Naturally Sweet

I am a sugar addict. Sure I fought it for sometime and I certainly argued my case when my dentist called me out on it, however I have finally come to terms with it. I am a sugar addict and it’s time to start fighting back.

Now when you are so deep into sugar as I am, simply giving up is not easy, and cutting out the odd sweet treat is not going to happen. I adore fruit and honey so for me the first steps is giving up just refined sugar. Eating natural and hoping it halves my addiction and realigns my taste buds. Here’s hoping!

So far I have managed 9 days and now the tiredness and headaches are over I genuinely feel great, and I am eating so much better.

One of my favourite breakfasts is spelt pancakes. Dairy, wheat and sugar-free, but absolutely delicious! Made simply with spelt flour (about a cup full), 2 teaspoons of baking powder, coconut milk (3/4 cup) and an egg. It really is that easy –  add a good handful of blueberries (so they pop when cooking!) and feel free to add some grated lime zest or vanilla powder for an extra boost or a special treat. Heat some coconut oil or soya butter in the frying pan and then use a tablespoon to add the mixture to the pan. One tablespoon makes one small pancake – and I like to make them small and stack them high!

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I also had my first attempt at making raw chocolate this weekend which was absolutely scrummy! So raw chocolate dunked figs may be on the menu this weekend . . .

Enjoy people, and stay sweet!

Progress…

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Two weekends in and my stock is coming along nicely. Today every radiator and door knob is being used to dry my canvases, which have been carefully painted ready to become shoppers and cushions in the next few weeks.

Add that to the homemade jewellery and engraved mixers I started on last week and the structure of my stock is coming into place.

16 shoppers, 4 glasses, 12 earrings, 5 keyrings and 6 half made cushions completed so far – a whole load more left to go! I better get my furry helper pitching in next week

 

The First Steps!

Despite my lack of posts I have still been crafting, and teaching myself some new skills along the way. Last year’s Christmas presents were bath bombs, soaps and lip balms – this year I moved to hand engraved glasses, delicious chilli oil and peanut brittle. I love learning new things, and I also adore the journey. However with a full time job (and then some!) crafting has always just been a hobby of mine, so to kick start 2017 I have taken my very first steps and bought a pitch at a local fair approaching Easter time.

I am excited and nervous in equal measures – today I spent the whole day crafting to make the base of my stock (and I’ve not even gotten out of my PJs.) I am so pleased with my first patch of goodies, however here comes the nervousness, what if they do not sell? And more to the point, can I really make any money out of something I love?

Either way I feel like I have taken my first steps on a new personal journey, and that can’t be a bad thing!

Just to round this post off I will share one of my homemade shoppers from today, which is 100% hand drawn by me & also the motto it was inspired by. I hope you like it – Good night all.

All constructive feedback is welcome

 

The tiger and the lion may be more powerful, however the wolf does not preform in the circus

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Scented Room Sprays

Here is one of my favourite and easiest things to make! These little room sprays are great to have around the bedroom, car or just to use on any fabrics, like a natural febreeze.

You simply take a small spray bottle (if this is a gift you can use a slightly fancier one than I am using here) and fill this with spring water, leaving just a teeny gap at the top so you can screw the top on without spillages.  Then to the water add your essential oils, you only need a few drops of each and you can blend to taste. Some of my favourite recipes are:

Sultry Sleep: this is my favourite smell and I use it in all my cosmetics – 3 drops lavender, 2 drops benzoin, 3 drops bergamont

Out with the Old: this is my favourite car smell, it has quite a strong herb scent so its best used in the car to get rid of any unwanted smells (or occasionally in the boyfriend’s shoes) – 4 drops lemon and 2 drops basil.

Depending on your bottle size you can amend as you wish.

Then spray generously wherever you need, this is fabric safe and pet friendly too. I also have various Christmas recipes so if you need one later on in the season just drop a request in

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