Sunday, 19 April 2015

Black and White Week 41

Last weekend we came across lots of tree decorations at a stone circle, they looked rather striking against the sky and after the last stressful few weeks they gave me a glimmer of hope.  Unfortunately we only had an iphone with us and the quality of the photo is not that good.

Silent Sunday 19th April 2015


Monday, 13 April 2015

Ocean Crafts - #Bostikbloggers

This month's theme for the Bostik bloggers is the ocean and we were supplied with a lovely box of crafting goodies along with a Blu Stick and Blu Tack as part of the Tots100 Bostik Craft Bloggers team. For Grotbag's first project she wanted to create a collage using different textures.   To start off she used blue cellophane for the sea and stuck this onto blue card, using a piece of natural sponge she dabbed paint below the cellophane to give a grainy effect beach, she then added various sea creatures and a boat. I think this looks really effective.


For her second project Grotbag's wanted to make an holder for her felt tips. Using a paper cup which was provided, she covered it in blue felt and added a beach effect with paint and shells, also adding green cellophane for sea weed.  With a rather cute dolphin, fish and bubbles the pen holder now takes pride of place on her desk. 


We were sent these items free of charge by the Tots100 Bostik Bloggers programme. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

My Debenhams Garden Mood Board

Debenhams are holding a fantastic Easter Blogger competition to win a Garden Party Set worth £1500 you can see the details here.

I dread Spring coming around, my garden is a nightmare and there is nothing I would like more than to be able to sit outside with a nice drink and relax, instead I stare at a garden of chaos.  Nothing matches in my garden and this is a huge problem for me, everything seems misplaced, definitely not a tranquil place to sit after a hard day at work.

To be fair I have usually started sprucing things up for planting etc before now, but due to hubby's brother being seriously ill with leukemia and spending every spare minute visiting and making sure his mum is ok, I just haven't got around to it.  The patio is in desperate need of an uplift and fingers crossed if the weather is fine this weekend I will be able to start, heaven help anything that is not attached to the ground because it will be recycled.  Below is my idea of garden heaven, a place to sit where I can enjoy good food and a crafty cocktail whilst keeping warm next to my chimenea.

The large photo is the Brown Nevada Square Table & 4 Chairs

From bottom left to upper top

Landman - Triton 2 burner gas barbecue
La Hacienda small bronze effect cast iron and steel chimenea
Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson - 4 melamine zig zag plates
Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson - 4 melamine zig zag bowls
Debenhams light pink mason jar cup with straw

Thank you Debenhams for this marvellous Easter competition and I hope you like my entry and mood board.

Easter Crafts with Bostik

After all the upset of the last few weeks Grotbags finally got to play with her new Bostik Craft Box from the Bostik Family Bloggers Network this week and the crafts were based on Easter.  Amongst the craft items supplied was a glue pen and tape discs which made things so much easier for Grotbags as she doesn't like anything that is too messy on her hands due to the OCD.

First she set about making an Easter scene, using the hessian and material supplied she cut out bunny ears and using a cupcake box for the bunny's head decorated it with googly eyes and whiskers.  Using egg boxes she then made some baby bunnies decorating these the same way.  Once they were finished she placed them all in a box with hay and eggs.  We thought this may be a good game, hiding the eggs under the bunnies and taking it in turn to find them.

Easter isn't complete without flowers and an Easter card each for her Grandmas. Using hessian for vases and ribbon to trim, she made some lovely flower arrangement cards.

Hopefully this next month will be a little more detailed and she is looking forward to the Ocean craft which is next on the list.  Happy Easter Everyone.

Our craft box was provided free of charge by Bostik as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers Club.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

British Teddies

For anybody who knows Grotbags they will understand her love for teddies.  When her OCD was at its worst she surrounded herself by bears of all descriptions and found solace away from the worry and strain she was going through.  Teddy bears provided her with the comfort she needed to confront her fears, even now her bed is still full of teddies and it is the one thing she loves buying the most.

We recently became aware of British Teddies who are a family run business which launched in Hamley's in London.  Each teddy bear is handmade, fully jointed and dressed in a beautiful british costume, best of all they can be washed which is always a good thing for children.  Grotbags has trawled their website to choose three of her favourites, I wonder which yours will be?

Catherine the Bride is so beautiful with her ivory gown, tiara and veil.  We love her little bouquet of white roses.

Florence Nightingale with her authentic nurse's uniform, she is even carrying her own lamp and bag with 3 small bandages inside.

Jockey Bear with is rather cute silks looks rather spiffing and ready for the races, he even has tinted goggles.

Teddy bears make a lovely gift for that someone special and can be given to celebrate many occasion from a birth to a graduation and with prices varying depending on the type of bear you purchase, they really can be an ideal gift.

This post is written in collaboration with British Teddies.

Heatholders Snuggle Up Blanket Review and Giveaway

I don't know about you but it's getting to that time of the year when I cannot warrant having the heating on all the time, especially in the current climate where we are all trying to save the pennies.  When Heatholders contacted me to try their Snuggle Up Blanket I was overjoyed as I am a big fan of their products and loved their Snugover jumper.

The Snuggle Up is made from a super soft fleece (100% polyester) and measures 180cm x 200cm, plenty big enough to wrap around you on these cold spring evenings and with a 1.4 tog rating you can really feel the benefit, to give you a rough idea of how big it is, it fits around both me and Grotbags, especially good when we are cosied up watching a movie.  The blanket can be washed at 40 degrees, I popped mine in the tumble dryer for 20 minutes and it was soon dry, obviously when the weather gets a little dryer it will be popped on the washing line to conserve energy.

I have kindly been offered a Snuggle Up for one of my readers, so if you would like the opportunity to win one then please complete the rafflecopter form below.

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We were sent this Snuggle Up free of charge for the purpose of this review.