Posted in Days Out, Events, Travel

Summer Nights – Paulo’s Drive in Circus *

This is a sponsored post, I was gifted tickets to Paulo’s Drive in Circus, in return for an honest review.

When I heard Paulo’s Circus was headed back to Cornwall, I was immediately excited!

With all that’s happening recently, this is just the thing to liven up the summer! When I was invited along; to review the show on opening night, I definitely wasn’t going to say no!

So we hopped in the car, and headed to the Drive In!

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Paulo’s Circus presents: Teddy’s Bogus Journey – Back ”2” the 80’s Drive in Show!

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A Night at the Circus*

This is a sponsored post, I was gifted tickets to Paulo’s Circus in return for an honest review.

I can’t remember the last time I went to the circus, long enough that times have changed and the presence of animals is thankfully no longer a thing. When the opportunity arose to attend a show, and share our experience on the blog, Stu and I jumped at the chance. We decided to stay away from social media searches, and so we had no idea what to expect, we were excited! We weren’t to be disappointed!

We headed over on a sunny Saturday evening, to  to find lots of parking, and the spectacular view of the pink big-top! Circus Tent, I picked up our complimentary tickets* from the box office (having a nice laugh with the lady there, which is always a good start!) before joining the queue for a ten minute wait for the doors to open (at 7:30) and Paulo’s Circus – The Rockets Tour! We were greeted by the amazing scents of popcorn as we made our way through the doors, meeting the fabulous Mr N, who’s clowning around kept the audience amused throughout the evening!

We opted for a can of cold drink, and some popcorn, which was more than enough between us, and at £4 for both, we weren’t complaining,  there was also beer and cider available, and hot dogs, as you enter the tent. The seating is open, but though fairly busy everyone had plenty of room.

The acts were brilliant, from the knife throwing act of Duo Vinkali Knife Throwing Duo VinkaliLeo Steel, Paulo’s Circus’ own superhero!

The incredible high wire feats of Los Sanchez Tightrope Los SanchezThe breathtaking acrobatics of Melissa Carne Acrobat Melissa CarneThe very talented Bruno A vibrant laser show, which was all kinds of awesome.

And Simon Deville who’s balancing act was literally nail biting!

At around 70 minutes long, the show has no interval, and is just the right length to keep younger viewers interested. We loved every minute, it was a fun, feel-good show, with enough blend of old school charm and an epic finale with a modern twist. We arrived with no expectations, and left wanting to revisit, and already have our sights on next years show!

Thoroughly recommended for locals and visitors of all ages! This really is a great evening’s entertainment, and it’s so affordable too!  Should you wish to pay Paulo’s Circus a visit, which I would highly recommend! You can find it at Treloggan Road, Newquay (which is opposite Morrisons, TR8 4QB for those with sat-nav) up until the 7th September! Full details can be found on the website or Facebook Page, where you’ll also find discount vouchers, if £7 a ticket wasn’t affordable enough! They also offer free tickets to local  emergency services and forces.

You can also find Paulo’s on Twitter and Instagram!

While I was gifted my tickets for the show, the opinions above are my own.

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Posted in Crafts, Paper Crafting, Sewing

Getting to Know the Cricut EasyPress 2*

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

I will be completely honest, I have never given much thought to iron-on projects. This isn’t to say I’ve never had the idea, I just assumed it was too complicated or fiddly for me, as well as something at risk of being a bit of a fad, that I’d pay out for, before becoming bored with it, not using it or getting distracted with something else. This being the case, I haven’t really been aware of products to do this at home, though of course I know you can do certain projects at home with an iron. I don’t know the first thing about materials or methods.

Getting to know the Cricut Easypress 2

This seems like a strange way to begin a post about a product designed for iron-on projects, but I wanted to stress that I am a complete novice here, it’s unexplored territory for me!

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Getting to Know the Cricut Maker*

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut.The opinions and text are all mine.

If there was any craft item on my ultimate wish list. It would be the Cricut Maker, the ultimate smart cutting machine! For someone that does as varied a selection of crafts as I do, it is truly a must-have, for so many reasons.

Getting to know the Cricut Maker

The hard thing for me, is that it doesn’t come cheap, so is it something I could make the best use of? Is it right for me? I don’t really know what it can be used for. I’m sure there are others out there who feel the same way. If that’s you, read on!

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Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitch, Paper Crafting, Seasonal Content

Valentines Gift Ideas – Handmade With Love*

I was gifted some of the products within this post from Hobbycraft,

gifted items have been clearly marked with an *

Valentines Day, is something neither Stu or I take very seriously, though we sometimes give fun gifts to each other anyway! It’s only a couple of weeks after Stu’s birthday, so we’re usually pretty relaxed about it.

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It is however a chance to do a bit of crafting here on the blog, though I would say that although some are Valentines products, they could be made and given for many occasions, from birthdays, anniversaries to Mothers Day (March 31st UK readers),  and of course weddings!

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Blogmas 2018 – Handmade Christmas Stocking*

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This post contains items which I have kindly been gifted * All opinions are my own.

TF StockingNo matter how old you are, there really is nothing better on Christmas morning to find a beautiful stocking waiting for you filled with lovely gifts! The only thing that can be better is a beautiful handmade stocking, which is a gift in itself, and one that you can enjoy year after year. Jolly Santa Stocking PanelI was kindly gifted both the Jolly Santa stocking panel fabric, and the coordinating star print fabric (below) for lining from the lovely people at Truro Fabrics, to show everyone just how easy it is to make a gorgeous handmade stocking for yourself! Jolly Santa Star Print

What you’ll need:

  • Panel Fabric
  • Lining Fabric
  • A sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Wadding

(You could also do this by hand of course!)

How I made it:

Not going to lie, I had help, we’ve seen my sewing here on the blog, and though I could do it myself, I was nervous about messing it up so I called Stu’s mum, and we made it together! It was quite a fun hour and a bit, but genuinely didn’t take long from start to finish. After cutting all the pieces out, it was no more than an hour.

How WE made it:

  • Cut out the stocking pieces as per the lines on the panel, they give a nice seam allowance (and this makes a nice template for the next step)
  • Cut out the same pieces again from the lining fabric (using the panel cut pieces as a guide)
  • Cut out wadding slightly smaller than your stocking pieces (at this point you have six stocking pieces or three pairs, panel, lining and wadding.)
  • Pin your santa print pieces, “right sides” together, leaving the open end and sew as you’d expect, so that you have what looks like a stocking if you turn it in the right way.
  • Turned inside out, pin and sew the wadding carefully to the stocking fabric on the inside.
  • Pin and sew your lining fabric leaving the opening end AND THE TOE or base of the foot unstitched
  • Sew around your top edges joining the lining and print fabric together all inside out.

  • Pull the whole stocking through the hole in the toe part of your lining fabric. (You may want to carefully cut into your wadding to work the curve) you should now be all in the right way with the “right” or pretty sides of the fabric facing outwards (like in the photo above.)
  • Sew up your toe of the lining fabric, as above, and tuck inside, and you have a seam free stocking.

Here is the finished stocking – my sewing needs to be improved a little, I’m still not brilliant at sewing a curve and it is a tiny bit creased, because the cats took a liking to sleeping on the bag it was in! StockingThis would also be great quilted, as the design is gorgeous and it would really make it stand out. Or you could embellish the stocking with buttons, sequins or ribbon for example to really make it unique.

I also stitched the baubles and fabric tags (adding some ribbon) which came on the panel, as I thought they were fun! I like the idea of just writing on them with washable pens and then I can just throw them in the wash and re use them, alternatively you could sew names onto them for someone special! Stocking (4)

The baubles, I did something a little different with, as you will see in a post coming in the next week!

This was a really fun project and was so much easier than I thought it would be! This stocking would make a great handmade gift, (either as a project to make, or made up), or even a little something for yourself.

Stocking (3)Thank you so much to all of the friendly staff and management at Truro Fabrics, who were so helpful, offering advice and tips and of course very kindly gifted me the fabrics for this project. As a local family run business, selling all manner of fabrics, buttons, ribbons and lots more, it is a company close to my heart, and somewhere I love to visit for so many of my sewing and craft needs. Stocking (2)This panel and fabric come from the Jolly Santa collection by Makower, the panel is priced at £7.80 and the coordinating star print fabric is £12.99 per metre. Both are available to purchase, along with a wide range of Christmas fabrics and many other haberdashery items, from Truro Fabrics, it is not currently available to order online, but you can call the store to make a telephone order. You can find contact information as well as other festive choices in the Truro Fabrics online store.

This post contains items which I have kindly been gifted * All opinions are my own.

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Blogmas 2018 – Handmade Gifts – Hoop Art*

This post contains items which I have kindly been gifted * All opinions are my own.

Hoop art, is definitely more popular now than it was a few years ago, and it is a great craft for making a gift, or even decorating at Christmas, there are a lot of Christmas fabric designs which are really good fun, and it is nice to have a different use if you’re not big on sewing, as I wasn’t up til a couple of years ago! Christmas fabric is also a great eco friendly alternative to paper for wrapping! Especially for those harder to wrap gifts!

 

For this post, I was kindly gifted a sample of this poly/cotton Christmas fabric , and this fab Disney print fabric*, which you will see in a post later this month, from the lovely people at Remnant House Fabric; based in North Yorkshire, Remnant House sell a huge range of sewing fabrics and related items online. The items I was gifted were well packaged and arrived really quickly too!

I adore hoop art – though when it came to preparing for blogmas, I realised that I very rarely saw patterned fabric* as the base, and I thought I would make up a couple of hoops* in different ways, to share here on the blog. Hoop Art Post (2)I’ve been cross-stitching from a young age, and embroidery was something I just never really got into, though it was a relaxing break to come up with something a bit different, and a little less time-consuming. I did each of these hoops of an evening, while watching tv! Hoop Art Post (3)This second hoop*, I wanted to try simply embellishing the fabric, and I really loved the idea of using cross-stitch in a slightly different way, too, so I kept it simple, and continued with the same colour scheme as before. It ties in well with my existing decorations, which include cross-stitch and sewn items. Hoop Art Post (4)Embroidery hoops, like those used in this post, are really affordable, I have several I use for cross-stitch projects, and was kindly gifted two natural wooden embroidery hoops* from Hobbycraft, for Blogmas. These are pretty standard 8 inch hoops which hold up well (and don’t come apart constantly) they can be left plain or decorated if you are leaving your work in the hoops. The great thing is that at £2.70, you don’t feel bad if they are only used for one project!

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November 28th – My Birthday in History -A Keepsake Gift Idea*

This post contains a product I was gifted in return for an honest review,

all opinions are my own*

It’s that time of year again!

The Christmas music has been playing in shops for a couple of weeks, everyone’s talking about parties and people are generally in that feel-good stage before the chaos of December…

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It’s also my birthday…

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Posted in Home, Life, Seasonal Content

Inspirational Gifts For Kids – Quentin Blake and The Science Museum*

This post contains products I was gifted in return for an honest review*

Quentin Blake is well known, and well loved by many generations!

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Best known for his illustrations in books by Roald Dahl and David Walliams, his fun style is immediately recognisable, and has held a special place in my heart since reading many books featuring his illustrations from childhood!

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