Monthly Archives: July 2015

Have you bought your own house?

Last year, my fiancé of 7 years, Tom, and I decided to buy our first home together. We had been looking for 12 months for our perfect property, and actually lost count of how many we viewed. As both sets of parents live locally, we wanted to stay within a reasonable distance from them.

Buying a property is stressful, exciting and expensive but it is all worth it in the end.  Eventually, after months of searching on Rightmove, Zoopla and local estate agents, we found a house that we really liked. We viewed it about 3 times before making any decisions, taking our parents with us to get their opinion.

Luckily, both my dad and uncle are surveyors, so they were able to give it a once over before we decided to make an offer. It took hours to decide on a figure, and when we finally did put an offer in, it seemed like ages before we got a response. We were so shocked when our offer was accepted a few days later! Then all the hard stuff started; organising a solicitor, a surveyor, house insurance… I never realised how much there was to do when buying a house!

Eventually, after a very long and stressful 4 and half months, we finally exchanged contracts and completed and were able to sign for the keys the following week. It was such as relief to get those keys in our hands. IMG_1697

Sadly, it didn’t all finish there as we had to have building work done in the kitchen before we could move in as the main RSJ beam had to be replaced. IMG_1732

We also found out that we had bad wiring. Having the whole house rewired took a further 1 month, but eventually we moved in to our new home on the 8th December, just in time for Christmas.

Have you bought a house? I would love to hear your first home stories!

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Hobbies

Hobbies

Ever since I was a little girl, loved making things and being creative. Nothing changed as I got older, and as I got more creative and started to get into card making, I would spend my pocket money buying craft kits and accessories, 8 years on, and I still love every minute of it. I have started expanding into wedding stationery, designing and creating wedding invitations and making bespoke wedding stationery for friends that are getting married. IMG_3691

These are the invitations I did for my friends wedding a couple of years ago. IMG_3697[1]

At home, I have my own little craft room where I go for a few hours to get creative by making cards for all occasions. This below is my craft room. Everything is organised into sections so I find it easily when I get a creative moment.   IMG_3689

I love coming up with new designs and ideas for cards using all sorts of different materials to create something truly unique. IMG_3692[1]

However, making handmade cards can be a very expensive hobby, and I wouldn’t know where to start working out how much money I have spent buying products over the past 8 years. Despite this, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

*What are your hobbies and how long have you been doing it for?

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Stix 2 Anything – Product Review

I was given another oppourtunity to try some more products from a company called Stix2anything they arranged to send me a magazine out and asked me to pick around 20 or so products out of it which I would like to trial and test.  You can find all their products online to at the above website link.

I chose to try the following products out:

Scallop square cream & plain white S57285 & S57284
Die cut card shapes white heart S57325
Scallop oval plain white & cream S57288 & S57289
Varieties of satin ribbon
Clear foam pads S57126
Craft pads circles S57255
Metric layer perfect S57321
Variety of paper and card
Quick stix glue stick S57096
Border lined tape Silver S57030
Ivory card and envelopes
Embossed A4 card

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I love backing paper and I am always searching the internet for freebies online to print off, so choosing some products myself was great because I picked a selection of card and paper of all different colours and style, glittered, stardust, pearlscent and Gingham which will make cards stand out and effective.

My favourite product that I was sent has to be the Metric Layer perfect because you can do anything with it, like Matting and layering, drawing circles and curves, positioning gems, buttons, brads and pearls.

The products from Stix2anything are all great quality and you get a lot for your money.  I have never purchased any craft products from Stix2anything but after this experience I certainly would and will recommend them to others.

* I received these products free off the company for my honest and unbiased review and feedback

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Wedding Ever After – Do Crafts

I was approached by docrafts to review and test some of the new range of “Wedding Ever After” products that are due to be offically launched to the public in August 2015.

It was a great feeling to be able to trial and test out their new products before it goes on the market.

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In the bundle I received the following items below:

  • 1 pack of 5 x 7 textured white cards and evelopes (20pack) RRP £2.99
  • 1 xcut embossing folder (6×6) RRP £5.00
  • 2 x small square buckle sliders (25pcs per pack) RRP £11.95
  • 1 x Satin Ribbon Roses (100pcs per pack) RRP £6.95
  • 1 x Jumbo Crochet Trim (10m) RRP £6.95
  • 1 x Organza Ribbon Wedding Silver (10m)RRP £2.00
  • 1 x Satin Ribbon Wedding Grey (10m) RRP £2.00
  • 1 x Velvet Ribbon Wedding Gold (10m)RRP £2.00

I was very excited about trying out their new products as I am trying to organise my big day.

The product were all of high quality and they were all easily storable.  I have brought plenty of do crafts products in the past and I would definitely recommend any crafters to try them out.

It can take time to come up with ideas of what type and design of cards to make but with the products I was sent out I created this card using the Satin ribbon Roses and the Silver trim, I had also downloaded some wedding backing paper which I used to add effect to the card before I used double sided sticky pads to decoupage the image to make it stand out.

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It’s a delicate and simple yet effective to the eye design

* I received these product free of charge for my honest and unbiased feedback.

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