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Last minute gift ideas

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If you’re anything like me, you might be a little bit behind with some (or all) of your Christmas shopping. But worry not, because a lot of online shops are still selling unique gifts and there’s still time to get them sent out to you before it all starts.

Etsy, Folksy and Not on the High Street are great places for last minute gifts (although Etsy features sellers from all over the world – not so great if you’re in a different country, so bear that in mind). Urban Outfitters also has a quirky selection of goodies if you’re looking for something more unusual. Before you do anything though, read what each seller has to say about last order dates before Christmas. Each shop’s cut off dates are different and you wouldn’t want to be left without a present to give on Christmas Day.

Here’s a selection of my favourite gifts to give this Christmas. Better still, all the items I’ve chosen are the work of independent designers in the UK, so why not support small businesses and head on over to have a look.

1. Jodie Anna

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Can take up to 8 days for delivery

I’ve admired Jodie Anna’s work for a very long time, ever since she sold a number of plastic bunting necklaces. The Christmas reindeer earrings from her shop are cute and don’t necessarily need to be worn just at Christmas. Wouldn’t her cupcake necklace make the sweetest little gift for somebody this year?

2. Hello Harriet

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Christmas cut off dates for the UK: 20th December (made to order items take longer)

I first saw Hello Harriet at the Renegade Craft Fair. The range of products Harriet sells are quirky with a contemporary feel and the designs are inspired by animals of all kinds, including cats, pugs and bunnies. What’s not to love about an iPad mini case with bunnies on? Although the iPad case is my favourite, her nail transfer designs also make great stocking fillers.

3. Jewellery by Jaymie

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Contact seller for final order dates

Jaymie’s icon inspired jewellery is the perfect gift for anyone who loves vintage. Who wouldn’t love wearing their favourite model/actress/singer around their neck? My favourite is the Twiggy necklace, though of course I couldn’t resist the Audrey Hepburn one either.

4. And Smile

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Christmas cut off dates for the UK: 19th December

And Smile was another designer I saw at Renegade. The handmade badges, jewellery and prints are unique and there’s even a section dedicated to Christmas. These Moonrise Kingdom inspired pieces are my personal favourite (I bought the Suzy at Renegade).

5. Printable Wisdom

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Downloads will be sent to email addresses within one working day

The great thing about the prints from Printable Wisdom are that they can be downloaded and printed almost straightaway, so there’s no need to worry about postage. As they can be printed at home, the cost has been kept low, so these beauties need only cost you a couple of quid. My favourite is this bicycle inspired one. I love all things to do with bicycles and can imagine this on my wall at home.

6. Layla Amber

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Christmas cut off dates for the UK: 15th December

Layla Amber is another designer I’ve watched for a few years. Her woodland collection is full of lovely pieces to give this year. Just imagine how lovely it would be to receive one of these fox brooches. I know my friend would absolutely adore these bird hair clips too.

If you haven’t managed to order anything online (or don’t want to take the risk this close to Christmas), why not support local instead and head out to your high street. There’s usually a few shops selling work from independent designers there and you might pick up a bargain.

(All images are screenshots of the websites, apart from the first image which is my own)


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Great British Sewing Bee returning for Christmas

The sewing programme appears in this year’s festive line-up

Photo credit: English Girl at Home on Flickr (click on photo for link)

Photo credit: English Girl at Home on Flickr (click on photo for link)

The Great British Sewing Bee will return to our screens this Christmas.

Series one winner Ann will once again team up with semi-finalists Stuart, Sandra and Lauren to appear in the crafty show, which will be shown on BBC2 on the 15th December.

Reuniting with judges May Martin and Patrick Grant, the contestants will share their sewing secrets and show viewers how to make Christmas decorations and gift ideas. Makes range from a tweed satchel to a handmade teddy bear, as well as the more traditional Christmas tree table linen.

The first series of The Great British Sewing Bee was shown earlier this year. The second series will return next year.

More information can be found here.


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Back from hiatus

IMG_3174Apologies for being away from the blog for a little while. As I mentioned previously, I’ve been in London, which is where I still am. Things have been happening lately and I got some more work from Prima after they extended my internship, so I’m still here for the time being. I’ve actually been working on their craft supplement, Prima Makes magazine, the next of which is out in February. But if you want to know what I was doing in the summer, and are in the mood for Christmassy crafts (please don’t say it’s too early – I’ve been thinking about Christmas since August!), then pop into WH Smiths and pick up a copy of the above, Prima Christmas Makes, only £3.99. Can you tell I love my job?


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Christmas wishlist

So, Christmas is coming and I, for one, am definitely feeling rested, after having a blissful few days off, catching up with friends and finally doing some christmas shopping.

So what better than a round-up of beautiful delights for the eager style spotter, to add to your wishlist?  A bit late, maybe, but I’m sure there are some of us who shop frantically on Christmas eve.

Cameras are a vital piece of equipment for any would be style spotter and they also make a lovely looking accessory.

Last year, I treated myself to a Diana camera and, throughout the year, I’ve been practising with it, trying to teach myself how to use a film camera.

The Diana camera is a great camera if you like to experiment with your photography.

Here’s where I got mine.  But, if you’re not so confident in using film, which I wasn’t until I bought mine, then I’d suggest getting this one instead, as it is easier to use.  It also uses 35mm film, which is both cheaper and easier to develop, as lots of places develop it.  Here is the Diana page over on Urban Outfitters, which offers a far greater selection of Diana cameras.

Other cameras are also on my wishlist.  I was lucky enough to use one of these over the summer and I’ve wanted my own ever since.  I think it’s the instant element of it that I like, which reminds me of my Polaroid.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw an advert for the Nikon 1.  The advert completely sold it to me.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to buy this beauty, but it’s definitely one for my wishlist.

Even if you think it’s too late to buy these, then Amazon do gift vouchers and there’s always the sales.

And finally, I’ve also created a Facebook page for my blog.  Here it is if you want to like it.

Happy Christmas!