Weekend Wrap Up


I’m back! I had a good holiday and just a few days left to catch up on things and then back to work. I will be blogging about my hols but it might be a while as my iPhone is officially dead and I had to pester my sister into taking a bunch of photos for me. Be sure that it involved a lot of cake and even a paddle in the sea.

News, Offers and Reminders

  • Not much time left to win 2 mugs of your choice in my Summer Giveaway.
  • 50% off cards, stickers and postcards, 40% off baby apparel (that link shows adult t-shirts but click any design to order on kid + baby stuff), 20% off pillows, poufs and lamps at my Zazzle store through Thursday with the code ZAZZLEBABIES.
  • 50% off my stickers at Redbubble if you buy any 6 designs.
  • If you have a customer account in my shop, there’s 15% off all Summer Fun products. Just login and check the cart page for the code.
  • Thanks for all your orders recently – I’ll be shipping everything on Monday.

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Offers at Society6

society6 tote bags

Quick mid-holiday post to let you know there are some great offers on at Society6 this week.

Today there’s $5 off Throw Pillows with the code: 5THROW and on Friday, there’s a massive 20% off Tote Bags with the code 20TOTE! I really recommend the totes – I love my Mt Fuji one.

society6 throw pillows

Offers start and end at 12pm PST so don’t miss out!

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Crafty Projects Update

Starting to believe this will actually become a (slightly wonky) teddy bear! Only a few steps left.

I have been seriously lacking in craft motivation lately. I have piles of unfinished and unstarted projects that make me feel constantly guilty. Over at Super Cute Kawaii I was offered a plush kit to review (read my full review) and I thought I would give it a go and now I am having a MAKE ALL THE THINGS moment. I hope it lasts.

My finished teddy bear!

Look at my teddy bear! I was a little anxious about this project, since I hadn’t used my sewing machine for a while and I’ve never sewn a plush toy and it could be a very public disaster, but it was just the right level of challenge for me and turned out to be a lot of fun. I made some dumb mistakes and had to unpick bits and there are still some issues, but come on, it’s definitely a teddy bear. I don’t think sewing plush toys is going on my list of fun things to do, but I’m pretty pleased with myself.

Finally sewed up my curtain tie backs. They've just been pinned together for months.

Having the sewing machine set up meant that I finally got around to sewing my curtain tie backs together. Considering I use them twice a day, it’s ridiculous that they’ve been pinned together for months now. It’s just one piece of ribbon folded up into two loops with a little bow in the middle. Of course it took me all of five minutes to do and now I no longer stab my fingers every morning.

Curtain tie backs

I also pulled out a few kits and things I’ve had sitting around for ages (next on my list, Naoshi sand art!) and finally used the Dandelyne brooch kit Claire gifted me. I spent ages going through my fabric stash trying to find something that would match my adorable Aranzi Aronzo bunny applique. It turned out really cute in the end!

aranzi aronzo dandelyne brooch

Watch this space for more, hopefully!

Posted in Crafts

Weekend Wrap Up

logie steading

I’m on the actual holiday part of my month off, and my iPhone decided to die on the first morning, so that’s great. I’ve got my dad’s old phone to take photos but the camera is so terrible – this is about the only good one I got at Logie Steading yesterday where we had a nice wander about in the gardens and along the river in blazing sunshine and crazy high winds.

News, Offers and Reminders

mugs giveaway

  • Still time to win 2 mugs of your choice in my Summer Giveaway.
  • 10% off everything in my Zazzle store today with the code MELTINGDEALS.
  • Free shipping on my Kawaii Japan book and 5 Year Diaries at Lulu through Monday with the code FGA815.
  • 50% off my stickers at Redbubble if you buy any 6 designs.
  • New offer for repeat customers! If you have a customer account in my shop, there’s 15% off all Summer Fun products. Just login and check the cart page for the code.

Don’t forget I’m on holiday this month – I’ll be shipping orders again on the 31st.

Posted in Sales & Offers

New Pencil Cases at Little & Fierce

little and fierce

My newest stockist is Little & Fierce, a web store of ‘stylish accessories for kids with character’. There’s a few fun things for big kids too, like my fabric pencil cases. You’ll find three new designs – Disco Bunny Squares, Jammie Dodger Hearts and Say Hello to the Solar System – and these are exclusive to Little & Fierce; you can’t buy them in my shop or anywhere else.

Each pencil cases is hand-sewn by my mum from linen/cotton blend fabric printed by Spoonflower and has a matching colour zip. While they’re the perfect size for pencil cases, you can use them for all kinds of things.

pencil cases

Since I was having these made, I ordered more fabric and some new pencil case designs will be in my shop later this summer – here’s a sneaky peek! The what’s in my bag fabric is for mine of course.

Cakeify & Friends Pencil Cases

And if you fancy one of the original Cakeify  & Friends pencil cases, the last two are on sale now at just £6.

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