January 17th, 2012 | | permalink
Mother’s Day might be two months away, but if you’re thinking of treating your ma, it’s sometimes best to plan in advance. This year, Mothering Sunday falls on 18 March, and to mark the special occasion, Crabtree & Evelyn are running a Make and do for Mother’s Day Competition, where you can win one of 50 gift boxes worth £100 each!
Just imagine what fun you’ll have with all those Crabtree & Evelyn goodies – you could even share some with your mum. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is create a patchwork square to express what Mother’s Day means to you in a knit, a stitch or an illustration.
The 50 winning entries will get a slice of fame as they’ll be put together in all their crafty glory on a digital Mother’s Day patchwork, which will be displayed in every Crabtree & Evelyn store in the UK and on the website.
Entries must be received by 23rd January, so you need to act fast! For all the details, check out the Make and do for Mother’s Day Competition info on the homepage.
Are you after some inspiration for your winning design? These crafty resources could help…
Watch out and stitch up
If you’re a beginner when it comes to stitching, or need a refresher, Mary Corbet’s Needle ’n Thread website has handy how-to videos on Line, Stitches & Bands.
Blogs are a crafter’s best friend, and if you’re new to the world of craft blogs, there’s a lot to learn. So take a peek at www.ukcraftblog.com – which has a directory of UK craft bloggers and tips on setting up your own blog.
If you haven’t already bought a copy of Mollie Makes magazine, what are you waiting for? It’s a beautiful magazine packed with pretty craft projects and inspiration. Plus, there are lots of great advice, patterns and projects on their blog The Making Spot.
Right now I can’t get enough of craft books – for Christmas I was given Queen of Crafts by Jazz Domino Holly and The Liberty Book of Home Sewing, both of which I can highly recommend. There’s nothing like poring over a good craft book with a nice cuppa to get you inspired.
Good luck everyone, I really can’t wait to see your entries. If you have any questions about the competition, just let us know in the comments box below…
Oh, and congratulations are in order to Anna Chapman who won the India Hicks Island Night Getaway Bag in our Party Glam in a whizz blog post competition. Let us know how you get on with the set, Anna!
January 16th, 2012 | | permalink
Valentine’s gift buying can be a minefield, and while you can throw money at the problem, fewer things show you care more than a thoughtful handmade gift. So get creative with these crafty Valentine’s gift ideas…
Toy with it
Just to clarify, I’m not a fan of receiving soft toys on Valentine’s Day, or any other day. However, I love the idea of this DIY Plushform Toy, which can be decorated with a variety of techniques, including spray-painting, brush painting and appliqué.
I should cocoa
You can’t go far wrong with delicious handmade chocolates on Valentine’s Day. I’m definitely going to try out this truffle recipe on the Joy Of Baking website. If you make chocolates, a nice touch would be to present them in a heart-shaped box, which you can purchase from a sugar craft shop or haberdashery and decorate yourself.
Why not make your loved one a personalised notebook? I like this idea for a homemade journal with a ‘10 things I love about you’ report card attached to the cover. Or, make a collage on the cover of the notebook of things that remind you of your relationship, like gig tickets, sweet wrappers, and photos. You could even scent the pages with your favourite Crabtree & Evelyn fragrance.
Sew you care
One of my missions this year is to master the art of embroidery, so I’m going to attend the Crafty Pint Valentine’s Embroidery workshop on 4 Feb with my crafty mate, T. We can’t wait to create some Valentine’s pressies. I’ll post some pictures of our endeavours!
Grow with it
If you or your loved one are green-fingered, a tree from www.tree2mydoor.com could be the perfect present. It’s much more thoughtful than the usual bunch of red roses, and a tree is sustainable. Yes, this gift has technically already been crafted by Mother Nature, but will still need plenty of TLC. My favourite is the Wild Cherry Tree because the blossom is so pretty. If you choose a green-fingered love token, the Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Care Tin makes a perfect companion.
Will you be getting crafty for Valentine’s Day? Let us know about your efforts in the comments box below…
January 12th, 2012 | | permalink
The whole year is ahead of us and there’s not only the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to look forward to – check out these events as well…
Chinese New Year kicks off on 23 January, and 2012 is the year of the dragon. London’s China Town is well worth checking out – the processions are amazing.
It’s the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens on 7 February. If you didn’t get to see the brilliant BBC adaptation of Great Expectations, watch it now!
If you have an obsession with shoes, the Christian Louboutin exhibition at London’s Design Museum will be right up your street. It showcases 20 years of the designer’s iconic footwear.
William Shakespeare’s birthday is supposedly on 23 April, which is when the RCS’s World Shakespeare Festival starts and productions will take place across the UK. The celebrations close in November.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 24-28 May and is so popular it’s worth buying tickets now. For other national RHS events in 2012, just take a look at: www.theticketfactory.com
It’ll be time to get the bunting out from the 2-5 June for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Even if you don’t join in the celebrations, there’s an extra bank holiday to make the most of on June 5.
Have you got your tickets for the Olympics? The games start on 27 July and end on 12 August. If arts and culture are more your thing, there’s the London 2012 Festival (21 June-9 September). Highlights include the free Radio 1 Hackney Weekend – Florence + the Machine are included in the line-up.
Festival season 2012 won’t be the same without Glastonbury, but there are plenty of other fantastic festivals. Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire is hot on my list and is on from 10-12 August.
Get the chance to have a nose around some of England’s most amazing properties with Heritage Open Days (6-9 September). The buildings range from castles to Buddhist temples. For more info see: www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Emmerdale, the nation’s favourite rural soap, celebrates its 40 birthday on 16 October, and there’s been much talk of a special live episode to commemorate the show. Fingers crossed!
It’s Buy Nothing Day on 24 November, so if you do take part, make sure you’ve already stocked up on Crabtree & Evelyn goodies!
Yes, it’s Christmas time, but there’s also the scheduled release of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby to look forward to at the end of the month, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
What are you most looking forward to in 2012? Let us know by leaving a comment.