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Menopause Monday – Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Hello Lovely Followers,

Here we are again, another Menopause Monday post and the last one of March! Where did that month go?!

If you are one of my nice new followers Hello! I would like to take a moment to explain to you what Menopause Mondays are all about. I feel that Mondays are typically quite a depressing day for a lot of people – we’re back to work after the weekend and the next weekend seems so far away – so one Monday evening back in January, I shared a post about being perimenopausal; my experiences, my symptoms and what I had found online about the causes and remedies (you can read it here). I found it quite therapeutic getting it all out there and decided to do it on a regular basis. Hey presto! Menopause Monday was born.

Here in the UK, Mothering Sunday is at the end of this week on 31st March. Is it coincidental that the clocks Spring forward an hour that weekend too? Loosing an hour of sleep doesn’t fill me with joy considering the night sweats, hot flushes, headaches and insomnia that being perimenopausal is causing. Plus it’s Mother’s Day FFS that’s just completely unfair! I want more time in bed, not less!

I don’t know if you remember my post a couple of weeks ago – Relief In A Box – I ordered a beautiful set from the lovely Karen at Wish U Well and fell in love with her products because the water spritzers and linseed eye pillow have helped with my symptoms. Well, Karen is also happy to make up custom orders too, which I thought would be perfect for a post about the menopause and Mothering Sunday; a beautiful gift box filled with goodies that would be perfect for any Mums out there plagued with menopausal (or perimenopausal) symptoms. *hint*hint*

The Menopause R&R gift box below, was a popular choice on the run up to Christmas – I wish that I’d seen it and added it to my wish list – but I thought I’d share it with you anyway to give you some inspiration for buying that perfect thank you gift for the Mum in your life as we’re all loosing an hour of sleep. A gift like the one below would go a long way to making me feel happier about the loss of sleeping time. 😉 Sorry, I just can’t let that go, can I?! Lol! Just blame it on my irrational mood swings.

Restore and Relax with this blissful Menopause kit.

Everything you need give yourself some TLC during the times you most need it.

The essential oils are carefully selected to support you through your menopausal symptoms. The Avacado Oil included is a perfect base oil for adding your favourite essential oil to use in massage.

Use the essential oils in burners, or for massage, or even add to a warm bath. The addition of infused Epsom Salts to help detox and cleanse works wonders alongside your essential oils.

This Menopause R & R kit includes a gorgeous smelling lavender heat pack to soothe aching joints and muscles, or just provide comfort in tense areas.

An eye pillow infused with Chamomile and Lemon to de-stress your eyes, meditate, or simply block out the world and melt into a blissful sleep.

Lavender and Ylang Ylang have been added to our Menopause candle to ensure the benefits of the essential oils are experienced by all your senses.

Comes beautifully packaged. A truly gorgeous gift for yourself, or to treat a friend who needs some TLC.

Contents:

1 Natural Lavender Wheat Pack.
1 Eye Pillow infused with Chamomile and Lemon.
350g 100% Pure Organic Epsom Salts infused with Lavender flowers.
I Lavender and Ylang Ylang Candle.
50ml Avacado Base Oil.
10ml Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.
10ml Lavender Essential Oil.
10ml Clary Sage Essential Oil.
10ml Orange Essential Oil.
10ml Peppermint Essential Oil.
1 Information leaflet detailing menopause symptoms and Essential Oil properties.

Some key properties of the specifically selected Essential Oils are detailed below:

Clary Sage:
Clary sage is an excellent essential oil for hormonal balancing. Its properties are known to reduce the intensity of hot flushes and night sweats, whilst aiding relaxation for better sleep. It helps to lift mood and improve mental clarity, so helping to fight the low moods caused by the menopause. The addition of improving digestion, lowering blood pressure and its estrogenic compounds make this an all round must have oil for menopause relief.

Peppermint:
Peppermint oil is a very versatile essential oil. It improves energy levels and increases concentration. It’s great for soothing aches and pains and combating headaches. Peppermint oil tops the list for easing hot flushes and night sweats due to the menthol it contains. When applied on your body the menthol kick starts your brain into telling it its cooling down.

Lavender:
Lavender is renowned for its relaxation qualities and is ideal to promote feelings of calm and uplifts mood. With its blissful aroma and the belief that it aids better sleep it is the perfect accompaniment to any bedtime routine.

Ylang Ylang:
For its uplifting smell Ylang Ylang deserves to be in every women’s wellness regime. The properties of Ylang Ylang help to relieve depressive moods, reduce stress, lift mood, induce feelings of joy and activates sensual emotions and so benefits women experiencing loss of libido. An impressive range of benfits from one oil.

Orange:
Alongside Ylang Ylang, Orange has mild aphrodisiac properties and is grouped within the citrus oils which benefit mood and muscle aches. Its smell evokes happiness and its mood lifting qualities make this an ideal oil for menopausal relief.

All Essential Oils are 100% pure unless otherwise stated.

 

If you have the time, click on any of the links above to check out Wish U Well for yourself, I’m sure that you’ll be able to find something to show the Mum in your life how much you appreciate her or be tempted to get a little something for yourself as a much needed treat!

As I’ve already said, although this amazing Menopause R&R set is no longer available – having sold out far too quickly – Karen is happy to accept custom orders. I found her really lovely and only too happy to help.

I hope you have a wonderful week and find some time for yourself in the chaos around you. 😉


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Menopause Monday – Relief In A Box

Hello Lovely Followers,

Here we are again, another Menopause Monday post.

If you are one of my nice new followers, (hello) I would like to take a moment to explain what Menopause Mondays are all about. I feel that Mondays are typically quite a depressing day for a lot of people – back to work after the weekend and the next weekend seems so far away – so one Monday evening back in January, I shared a post about being perimenopausal – my experiences, my symptoms and what I had found online about the causes and remedies (you can read it here). I found it quite therapeutic getting it all out there and decided to do it on a regular basis. Hey presto! Menopause Monday was born.

This week, rather than ranting or complaining about being perimenopausal, I wanted to share with you a wonderful little set that I bought from EtsyUK. It’s it a beautiful little Menopause set, sold by Wish U Well – a Southampton based company owned by wellness consultant, Karen Debra Lendon – that is supposed to help relieve those most common menopause symptoms; Hot Flushes and Mood Swings.

I have certainly been enjoying the benefits of using the sprays and oils that came in my box. The sprays give me an instant cool down that I need during a hot flush and the aromas help to keep my mood calm and relaxed; I keep the Peppermint Water Spritz next to my bed while the Camomile Water Spritz comes with me to work in my handbag and then sits next to me each evening in the lounge while I watch telly.

The beautifully scented linseed eye pillow not only helps to calm my mood as soon as I place it over my eyes but when I put it in the freezer and then use it, it’s coolness also works miracles at easing my headaches too.

Karen’s philosophy of looking at the whole picture rather than just the symptoms is something close to my heart which is what drew me to her Etsy shop in the first place. This is how Karen explains what Wellness means to her on her website;

Wellness is the positive union of mind, body and soul.

Hi and welcome to Wish U Well.

I am Karen, a wellness coach, teacher, mentor and founder of Wish U Well.

Wellbeing is at the heart of my personal and professional life and I believe that physical and mental wellness go hand in hand.

Through workshops and seminars I began sharing my knowledge and expertise with others. Realising that there is a wealth of practices and products that others are keen to benefit from I felt inspired to create a wellness brand.

Interest grew and with the encouragement and support of my family Wish U Well was born.

I am passionate about health and a firm believer in the mind, body connection. I am continually researching and developing products to support the needs of modern life and specifically targets common health concerns, such as anxiety and stress.

Self-development, an open mind and a holistic lifestyle has taught me the power of self healing and consciously creating better health.

Meditation, exercise and positive practices have had an immense impact on my wellbeing.

I bring my mind into focus with Peppermint Oil and relax to the smell of Ylang Ylang.

Positive energy combined with loving self-care is the best recipe for improved well-being.

Wishing you well.
Karen 🙂

 

If you have the time, click on any of the links above to check out Wish U Well for yourself and give one of her delicious products a go for yourself! Although my little set is no longer available – having sold out – Karen is happy to accept custom orders. I found her really lovely and only too happy to help.

I hope you have a stress-free week and find peace in the chaos. 😉


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Joe Brown’s Spring Collection Best-sellers

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend. I was sat here, recuperating from this morning’s Parkrun 😉 when I got a lovely e-mail from Joe Brown’s. I do love their clothes – I love wearing my latest purchases (read all about them here) and I want to add a few new items to freshen up my spring wardrobe. I know that some of you also like their style,  so I thought I’d share with you a few of the current best sellers in their women’s department that caught my eye.

You can check any of them out yourself by clicking the pictures (a new window will open to make it easier for you). Let’s start with…

Best Selling Dresses

Perfect Polka Dot Jersey Dress

Perfect Polka Dot Jersey Dress

Reversible Mid Length Dress

Reversible Mid-Length Dress

Coconut Palm Dress

Coconut Palm Dress

I really like the reversible mid length dress; the diagonal pattern is very flattering for my shape. You can check out more dresses here.

Best Selling Jackets

Joe's New Favourite Jacket

Joe’s New Favourite Jacket

Summer Days Jacket

Summer Days Jacket

Step In To Spring Jacket

Step In To Spring Jacket

The step into spring jacket really appeals to me. I love getting away from black and navy by adding a splash of colour. You can check all their wonderful jackets here.

Grab a cup of tea (wine or even coffee if you must) and browse the whole Womenswear range. Did you know they also do Gifts & Books that are full of uniquly Joe Brown quirkiness? I didn’t. Check them out for yourself (I love the odd socks) or go to Joe Brown’s Home page to access the whole kit and caboodle from the very first page.

Don’t forget that shopping online with Joe Browns you get free returns on UK orders and of course secure online payments.

It couldn’t be simpler.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! x




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Quality Family Time – Puzzle Love

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you’re enjoying the weekend. Child2 and I rekindled our love of jigsaw puzzles over the Christmas holidays. As she is now a teenager, the Peppa Pig and High School Musical puzzles that are in her room were distinctly beneath her so I’ve been having a look at more grown up ones.

Just look what I found from British company, Jigsaw Puzzle. Although I love the butterfly puzzle, we may have to work up to a 2000 piece like that as I’m not sure Child2 would have the patience. Lol!

Winter Sale – Buy 2 Get 1 for £1 at Jigsaw Puzzle

Winter Sale – Buy 2 Get 1 for £1 at Jigsaw Puzzle.

Buy 2 puzzles in the list just below and get your third puzzle for £1!

> Choose minimum 2 puzzles in the product selection just below
> Click on “Shop Offer”
> Now you can choose your £1 puzzle, in the displayed selection!

(Please note that if you want to get more £1 puzzles, you just have to select 2 other puzzles and more in the here under selection).

Hurry! Offer available until Tuesday, 29th January 11am!

Cannot be used with any vouchercode.

Click here to find out more

 

3D Puzzle with LED – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – Difficulty : 6/8 136 pieces

3D Puzzle with LED - Burj Khalifa, Dubai - Difficulty : 6/8 136 pieces Brand: Cubic Fun. Reference number: Cubic-Fun-L133H. Number of pieces: 136 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Monuments. Dimensions: 39 x 34 x 146 cm. Puzzle format: 3D puzzle. Age: For adults.Now £28.95

3D Puzzle – Russia: St Spilled Blood Savior Cathedral (Difficulty: 7/8) 233 pieces

3D Puzzle - Russia: St Spilled Blood Savior Cathedral (Difficulty: 7/8) 233 pieces Brand: Cubic Fun. Reference number: Cubic-Fun-MC148H. Number of pieces: 233 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Monuments. Dimensions: 44 x 30 x 54 cm. Puzzle format: 3D puzzle. Material: Laminated cardboard. Age: For adults.Now £23.95

3D Puzzle with LED – Queen Anne’s Revenge – Difficulty: 8/8 340 pieces

3D Puzzle with LED - Queen Anne's Revenge - Difficulty: 8/8 340 pieces Brand: Cubic Fun. Reference number: Cubic-Fun-L520h. Number of pieces: 340 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Boats. Dimensions: 67.70 x 25.40 x 64 cm. Puzzle format: 3D puzzle. Material: Laminated cardboard. Age: For adults.Now £28.95

3D Puzzle – Paris – Difficulty: 4/8 114 pieces

3D Puzzle - Paris - Difficulty: 4/8 114 pieces Brand: Cubic Fun. Reference number: Cubic-Fun-MC254h. Number of pieces: 114 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Towns and Villages. Dimensions: 50.50 x 31 x 45.50 cm. Puzzle format: 3D puzzle. Material: Laminated cardboard. Age: From 8 years.Now £11.95

Venice Puzzle 1000 pieces

Venice Puzzle 1000 pieces Brand: Art Puzzle. Reference number: Art-Puzzle-4448. Number of pieces: 1000 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Towns and Villages. Dimensions: 68 x 48 cm. Piece format: Black and white pieces. Age: For adults.Was £12.99 Now £10.39

Paris Puzzle 1000 pieces

Paris Puzzle 1000 pieces Brand: Art Puzzle. Reference number: Art-Puzzle-4361. Number of pieces: 1000 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Towns and Villages. Dimensions: 68 x 48 cm. Age: For adults.Was £12.99 Now £10.39

Puzzle 2000 pieces

Puzzle 2000 pieces Brand: KS Games. Reference number: KS-Games-11297. Number of pieces: 2000 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Deco and Objects. Dimensions: 96 x 68 cm. Age: For adults.Was £17.99 Now £9.15

4 Puzzles – South America 1000, 1000, 1000 and 1000 pieces

4 Puzzles - South America 1000, 1000, 1000 and 1000 pieces Brand: Trefl. Reference number: Trefl-90676. Number of pieces: 1000, 1000, 1000 and 1000 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Birds. Age: For adults.Was £17.95 Now £11.99

3D Puzzle – Barcelona – Difficulty: 4/8 186 pieces

3D Puzzle - Barcelona - Difficulty: 4/8 186 pieces Brand: Cubic Fun. Reference number: Cubic-Fun-MC256h. Number of pieces: 186 pieces. Category: Jigsaw Puzzles – Towns and Villages. Dimensions: 50.50 x 31 x 45.50 cm. Puzzle format: 3D puzzle. Material: Laminated cardboard. Age: From 8 years.Now £11.95

(I’ve copied the details from their website, so I hope the images come out all right and please don’t crucify me if the prices change too.)

So, what do you think? Are you a jigsaw puzzle fan? I’m not sure which one I’m going to buy yet, perhaps I’d better ask Child2 to take a look first.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

 

 


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January Sales – Grab Those Bargains!

Hello Everyone,

I got an e-mail reminding me that there’s only a week left in the Joe Browns sale (ends 24th January) and they’ve reduced some of their stuff by 70%.

Look what I’ve found!

You can check it all out yourself by clicking the pictures or the links I’ve included.

Charming Circle Wrap Dress

Was £39.95 Now £11.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+charming-circle-wrap-dress+wd570

Charming Circle Wrap Dress

Humming Laurels Dress

Was £44.95 Now £26.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+humming-laurels-dress+wd531

Humming Laurels Dress

Your Darling Dress

Was £49.95 Now £14.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+your-darling-dress+wd530

Your Darling Dress

*available in two colourways!

Night Owl Coat

Was £89.95 Now £35.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+night-owl-coat+wj223

Night Owl Coat

Undeniably Striking Top

Was £34.95 Now £16.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+undeniably-striking-top+wt261

Undeniably Striking Top

Cheeky Check Hem Tunic

Was £44.95 Now £12.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+cheeky-check-hem-tunic+wc337

Cheeky Check Hem Tunic

Men’s Up To 70% Off

Check Out My Ride Shirt

Was £34.95 Now £16.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+check-out-my-ride-shirt+sm077

Check Out My Ride Shirt

Fabulous In Floral Shirt

Was £34.95 Now £9.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+fabulous-in-floral-shirt+sm096

Fabulous In Floral Shirt

Action Packed Jacket

Was £84.95 Now £41.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+action-packed-jacket+ja347

Action Packed Jacket

Don’t Horn Me T-Shirt

Was £17.95 Now £4.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+dont-horn-me-t-shirt+mt122

Don't Horn Me T-Shirt

Festival T-Shirt

Was £17.95 Now £10.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+festival-t-shirt+mt129

Festival T-Shirt

Distressed To Pefection Leather Boots

Was £74.95 Now £49.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+distressed-to-perfection-leather-boots+fw244?coloursel=A

Distressed To Perfection Leather Boots

Home page: https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/

Women’s Sale: https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pu+womens-clothing+wc-+1

Dresses https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-dresses+ol-dr

Coats & Jackets https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-coats-and-jackets+ol-ja

Tops, Tunics and Shirts https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-tops-and-tunics+ol-ct

Knitwear, Cardigans & Shrugs https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-knitwear+ol-kt

Jeans & Trousers https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-trousers-jeans-shorts+ol-tr

Swimwear https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-swimwear+ol-swim

Shoes & Boots https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-shoes-and-boots+ol-fw

Men’s Sale: https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pu+mens-clothing+mc-+1

Shirts https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-shirts+om-sh

Coats & Jackets https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-coats-and-jackets+om-ja

T-Shirts https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-t-shirts+om-ct

Knitwear https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-knitwear+om-kt

Hoodies & Sweatshirts https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-hoodies-sweatshirts+om-sw

Trousers & Jean’s https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-trousers-jeans-shorts+om-tr

Shoes & Boots https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/pp+sale-footwear+om-fw

Online benefits include:

  • Free returns on UK orders
  • Secure online payments

Don’t forget that the Sale ends on 24th January 2019.


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Christmas All Over Again!

Hello dear followers,

I don’t know if you remember but my favourite retailer sent me a £5 gift voucher for my birthday back in December. It was all very exciting and completely unexpected.

I spent the next few weeks flipping through the Joe Brown’s catalogue, browsing their website, trying to decide what to spend my voucher on (you can read My Birthday Bootie post here) but on the 4th January, I finally made my choices and placed an order; I ordered a cute coat and a couple of tunics that I could wear to work.

Guess what? My parcel arrived this morning – it was waiting for me when I returned from an exhausting ParkRun. What a treat!

I LOVE getting parcels and I was tempted to just rip apart this one to get to the goodies inside but I waited patiently instead to open it; I had just returned from ParkRun and needed to “freshen up” (say no more).

I am a very happy girl; I’ve tried on all three items and they all fit. I can’t wait to start wearing the cute Dancing Deer Coat to work on Monday. The kids are gonna love it!

Thank you once again Joe Browns for inspiring me and livening up my wardrobe.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Bye for now,

Tabytha x





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Browsing The Online Sales…

Hello My Dear Followers,

So Christmas is over, I hope you had a nice couple of days. As a qualified teaching assistant I’m a lucky so-and-so and don’t have to go back to work for ages yet. It’s a dangerous time, I’ve still got birthday money and now Christmas money burning a whole in my purse. Lol!


The question is: Do I spend my money on Hubby? I do love him. Should I buy him something gorgeous, so that he looks extra scrummy on my arm or something a bit more practical? 😉

Or should I get something for the kids? Child1 loves penguins, elephants and all things anime while Child2 is a panda-holic and Marvel fan.

Watch out Tom Hiddleston!


Although, can’t say I blame the girl! Lol!

Or should I treat myself? I love Neal’s Year Women’s Balance Essential Oil I put a few drops on my pillow to keep me calm.

I’m still saving some money to buy new clothes once I reach my target weight with Slimming World, although I’m taking a little break over the festive season while being careful not to go too mad!!






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Beautiful Handmade Gifts By UK Artisans.

Good morning and welcome to another weekend!

Christmas is creeping ever closer, so I’ve been browsing around Amazon again this week, trying to find that perfect gift. I recently found Amazon’s Handmade department – have you had a look at some of the items for sale? There’s some great stuff being made by very talented people.

This weekend, I thought I’d share some aroma based gifts, to sweeten the mind as well as the home.

Up To £50

If you’re looking for bespoke handmade products, then Knots & Grain based in London source the highest quality of materials and take pride in finishing each item with attention to detail. Every item in their inventory is fully customizable and they will work with you to achieve your desired outcome. I loved this Sapele and Glass Double Tealight Candle Holder.

Handmade Sapele and Glass double tea light Candle with shadow gap. Hand oiled and waxed to help protect and preserve the wood.

Customizable up to 10 candles in one piece, cost increases as per number of candles.

Candle comes with product as standard.

The size of the Candle is approx. H. 95mm x W. 95mm x D. 45mm Approx.

Up To £40

This is designed exclusively by Essex based Queen of the Nile who make natural chemical free incense, perfumes and beauty products. This oil burner set is created with high quality natural ingredients as an alternative to incense sticks and synthetic fragrances which contain harmful petrochemicals and is a smokeless incense designed specifically for oil burners. It is re-usable and long-lasting.

Oil Burner Gift Set ~ relax, de-stress, natural sleep aid with 100% pure natural essential oils.

SOAPSTONE OIL BURNER H 12.5CM X 9.5CM.

5ML “SHUSH”OIL and 60G SHUSH GRANULES.

SHUSH BLEND ~ the perfect mix of frankincense, lavender and geranium essential oils to help melt away stress and tension, all natural chemical free.

APPROX 11 USES (1 teaspoon initially lasts up to 4 hours, which may be extended for up to 30 hours (or more) with the additional application of essential oils).

Plus 1 tea-light that burns for 10 hours – so you do not need to rush out and buy one.

Up To £30

Gin & Tonic seems to be the IN drink of the moment. I’m more of a rum girl but one of my girlfriends is a fanatical gin lover. I love the look of this set by Fizzy Fuzzy and hope she loves the smell. Fizzy Fuzzy are creators of handmade soap, bath bombs and soy wax candles based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

Handmade by Fizzy Fuzzy, a perfect pampering gift for Gin lovers everywhere…it’s definitely Gin o’clock!

Made with the classic Gin & Tonic fragrances of Juniper Berries and a splash of lime, this is a mouth watering and luxurious set.

 

Up To £20

Imogens Luxuries are based in Hertfordshire and make handmade Luxury Scents for the Home. Although they use the highest quality of ingredients, there wasn’t anything in their store that cost more than £20. I have chosen their delicious Christmas candle which is a soy wax scented with Orange, Cinnamon, Clove & Ginger essential oils.

• ‘Christmas’ aromatherapy scented candle is handmade with 120g of natural Soy wax and fragranced with Orange, Cinnamon, Clove & Ginger essential oils.

• Scented with therapeutic grade essential oils blended to enhance well being. Our Christmas blend is ideal to create a welcoming and festive atmosphere during the cold dark winter.

• Sweet Orange combines with delicious spices of Cinnamon, Clove and Ginger to give a blend reminiscent of mulled wine bubbling away on the stove, a festive aroma which is wonderfully warming and uplifting.

• Pure Soy Wax and essential oils are combined to give a completely natural scented candle. Free from Palm wax and petrochemicals e.g. Paraffin / Mineral wax ( which are from the petrol industry!)

• Benefits of Soy Wax: Natural, Renewable, Sustainable & Biodegradable.

• Burn time up to 30 hours.

• Your Christmas Candle will arrive in a beautiful gift box, completed with a hand tied bow and is a perfect Christmas Gift, Teacher Gift, Dinner party gift, Hostess Gift.

Free Standard UK Delivery on All Orders over £20

Under £20

This little keyring made by The Ashmole Group Lava Beads is actually a super frugal bargain, coming in at well under £10. This pretty gift allows you to carry your essential oils wherever you go because Lava Stones are porous and so will soak up the essential oils, diffusing throughout the day.

Our pretty handmade essential oil diffuser keyring.

Featuring a large round blue Lava Stone, pink rose quartz stone and a sparkly crystal bead, finished with a butterfly charm.

This Keyring is handmade at time of ordering.

May help to relieve stress and anxiety.

Please email me if you would like to customise this product. Directions: Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the lava stone.

I hope you’ve like this post. I’ve certainly loved sharing these handmade things with you, perhaps I’ll do this on a regular basis.

As usual, feel free to leave a comment below to let me know what you think about this post and the things I’ve included today.


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My Weekend Finds – Handmade Gifts From UK Artisans.

Good morning and welcome to the weekend!

I’ve been having a browse around Amazon this week. Did you know that they have a whole department specifically for Handmade items? It’s true, look for yourself here.

I’ve found some amazing things in various price ranges that I wanted to share with you.

Up to £50

I love this gorgeous wooden wall coat & hat rack with shelf and cast iron hooks by Sharp Saw Studio. I think it’s the perfect addition to any hallway, entrance hall or foyer. Don’t you?

Handmade in our UK based workshop from chunky timber, finished lovingly by hand in 3 coats of Tudor Oak wax to give a great rustic aged finish.

The hooks are a Victorian style in cast iron to complete the look.

***PLEASE NOTE*** Please understand that your order WILL very likely differ slightly from the items that you see in our photographs, and colours may vary under different lighting, and wood grain and knots will differ.

Up to £40

I found this beautiful lightweight silk scarf by Nikki Moksha Designs that is hand painted in vibrant turquoise and plum silk paint, it’s the perfect accessory that will make you feel effortlessly beautiful and elegant. I think that this is THE gift for any chic woman who adores fashion and deserves to be spoilt.

The scarf is made with high quality silk and each individually hand painted with professional silk paint. It is light and cool enough to wear in the summer as a neck scarf or head scarf, an attractive accessory with any outfit.

FEATURES: Size 45cm x 180cm 100% silk Hand painted Hand rolled and stitched edges ‘Ponge 5’ light weight silk Wash in warm water by hand, do not tumble dry, iron on cool silk setting.

 

Up To £30

I found these hilarious and unique double dog lead holder/hooks with personalised name plaques that are handmade from reclaimed wood and welsh slate by Reclaimed in Wood in DORCHESTER, United Kingdom. We haven’t got pets (Hubby is highly allergic) but I’m sure my parents or sister-in-law would love this!

The doggie tail Hooks are cast iron and the wooden holder has two separate slate plaques to personalise with your dog’s name or we can do it for you at no extra cost, simply EMAIL US WITH YOUR REQUEST WHEN ORDERING.

This fun, yet stylish and unique item is a must have for any dog lover! The perfect Christmas or birthday gift! Practical yet beautiful. Looks stunning in any home with a choice of finishes to match your home! Our standards are extremely high and nothing will be sent if we are not totally happy with the standard.

Up To £20

I wish I had the skill and patience to make beautiful flowers like Oxfordshire based Alana Phoenix & Co who makes bespoke gifts ideal for the home or a wedding gift.

Each petal is hand cut and shaped design.

Each stem is approx. 30cm in length and each flower head is approx. 9cm in diameter.

This listing is for one paper rose made from random map paper with green stem and leaves. This item is ready to post within 1-2 business days.

Also available made from comic book, book page, vintage music sheet and plain colours – please see my store.

Less Than £10

I love putting up bunting; it’s an easy way to decorate the home, either for a special occasion, to mark a particular holiday or just to change the seasonal feel of your home. I’ve got some going up my stairs in the hall and hanging on the top of my dresser in the living room.

Bonkers For Bunting make handmade bunting and cushion covers and are based in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

Bunting Length:170 centimetres

Material: Cotton. Cath Kidston fabrics.

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve like this post. I’ve certainly loved sharing these handmade things with you, perhaps I’ll do this on a regular basis. As usual, feel free to leave a comment below to let me know what you think about this post and the things I’ve included today.


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OOAK? What?

Good morning everyone,

As that festive season is fast approaching, I’ve been browsing more shopping sites than usual recently and I kept coming across the word OOAK.

I was flummoxed!

Luckily, I found the post below on a very friendly blog that helped clear it up for me.

Here at the Round Top Antiques Market you may find just about anything; antiques, vintage items, re-purposed items, new reproduction pieces made to look vintage, hand crafted items. The list is endless. With miles of tents, buildings and open air venues and unlimited vendors all vying for your attention and your shopping funds it proves to confound and confuse most shoppers.

One of the signs I found most confusing is “OOAK.” I noticed it in several places but, I never heard of that as a descriptor for vintage and antique pieces. What could it mean?

OOAK?

How do you pronounce this word? Long O plus oak like the tree? Maybe a new strain of oak tree I’ve never heard of? But that wouldn’t explain the artistic items with which this word is usually associated.

Or possibly OO as in oolong tea plus ak with a short a? Sounding like some kind of tribal word or possibly an Eskimo word? Maybe describing a technique for making the artisan item?

After chatting with one of the artisans, I learned OOAK stands for “One Of A Kind.” Who knew? One of a Kind!

Interesting items lovingly crafted by an artisan with bits and pieces that when put together make a beautifully eclectic look….one of a kind.

Now when you see OOAK, think of all the time and effort it took to find the pieces to make that one of a kind piece and learn to love and appreciate them all the more. Then purchase the one that feed your soul and makes you smile. The artisan will appreciate you loving their work and you will have a One of a Kind piece to add to your collection.

For the next two weeks I’ll be blogging from Warrenton Texas at the Round Top Antiques Market. Follow me, learn about the quirky, strange and unusual items, people and things to see.

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