Fifty and Fabulous

The thoughts, loves, rants, interests & inspirations for Gen 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.



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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Publication Party for One Wish in Manhattan

Hello Dear Followers,

One Wish In Manhattan - Mandy BaggotMy lovely (and talented) friend Mandy Baggot has recently released a new book called “One Wish in Manhattan”. I’d already pre-ordered the Kindle version which was dutifully delivered to my device on 2nd October but I’m waiting for the nights to draw in, the temperature to fall and Autumn to transform into Winter before I snuggle up on the sofa with a hot chocolate (or smallish glass of mulled wine) to read this Christmas love story. (I promise to post a review once I have read it!)

(Click here for One Night in Manhattan at Amazon UK)

Mandy is hosting a Publication event at her local Waterstones book shop in Salisbury on Friday 16th October at 6.45pm.

Mandy BaggotJoin me for wine, nibbles and your chance to purchase signed copies of new release, One Wish in Manhattan!

Hayley Walker’s heading to New York with much more than Christmas on her mind and billionaire Oliver Drummond is going into hiding so he can avoid December completely! What will happen when their two worlds collide?

Source: (2) Waterstones Salisbury Publication Party for One Wish in Manhattan

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now111I don’t get the chance to go to these sorts of evening events but now that my kids are older, I can feel the reigns that are keeping me at home begin to loosen… beware world! 😉