Topper - Teapot

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Mothers's Day Gift Ideas

It's not long until Mother's Day folks and I've got lots of handmade goodies available in my online shops, which would make great pressies!

My Love Heart Handkerchiefs are made entirely from scratch. That includes the handkerchief itself. The cute heart motif is embroidered entirely by hand and it doesn't just stop there! Your Love Heart Handkerchief can be personalised with a date, initial or set of initials. Four different coloured hearts are available too.

If you're wanting something a bit more jazzy, why not choose a patterned handkerchief from a choice of 16 different colours and patterns. These can also be personalised AND each handkerchief comes gift wrapped for free!

With spring on the horizon, why not give your Mum flowers in the form of a  Floral Necklace! There are 6 bunches to choose from!

I have lots of other handmade accessories to choose from available in both my Etsy and NOTHS shops and ooh, did someone say there's a discount available too?! There sure is! Get 10% off any handkerchief orders from my Etsy shop only. Simply enter the following coupon code at checkout when ordering: MOTHERSDAY15

Sunday, 1 March 2015

#smileandsayhello project revealed

This week I've been hinting on Twitter and Instagram at a secret project I've been working on. 
Well, now all can be revealed...with a bit of background first!

I'm the kind of person who likes to say "hello", "good morning", "afternoon" to anyone I pass by in the street. However, I recently realised that I don't say it nearly enough because I've got my senses glued to my i-pod. I either can't hear if someone's saying hello or my i-pod's on so loud that I can't actually hear myself speak if I say, "morning". Not good on my ears and certainly not polite towards the other person. I could either be shouting HELLO or whispering hello so quietly that they wouldn't be able to hear and respond but I'd never even know.

So, I've started taking my headphones out and saying "hello", "good morning", "afternoon" as much as possible, without looking like the local mad woman and you know what, it's flippin' great!  Not everyone replies or gives eye contact enough for me to even say hello but most people smile and reply and that feels good, really good.

Over dinner one night I got chatting to my best friend about this and we discussed how sadly people don't say hello enough, especially in big cities. Villages are the exception I have to add. I grew up in a village and it would have been frowned upon not to say hello. But in cities everyone's either in too much of a hurry, dubious of someone saying hello or glued to their i-pod, phone or some such device. It's pretty sad really. We're a sociable bunch by nature and yet we've become rather unsociable.

So, with the beginning of a new month and spring just around the corner, I want to start a mini revolution and bring back the sociable act of smiling and saying hello to each other. 
Do you want to join me? If so, head to my Twitter or Facebook page, smile, introduce yourself, and add the hashtag #smileandsayhello. Then the next time you pass someone in the street, smile and say hello and come and let me know how you get on!

Friday, 27 February 2015

What's on the dukebox, Jo?

I just have to share this song

Heard it on Radio 6 a good few weeks back now and I can't stop listening to it. One of those songs that will sit firmly in the addictive list.

I was also flippin' surprised it was an Abba track.

So, go give it a listen, turn it up and shoulder shake, foot tap and dance along because hey it's Friday and there should always be music on a Friday.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

New handkerchief colours in the shop!

Roll up, roll up, new handerkchief colours and patterns in stock!

All those lovely orders your placed over Christmas for my handmade, personalised handkerchiefs totally cleared me out of fabric! So, I've now replenished my stock levels and I'm introducing a few new colours/prints in the polka dot pattern. The new colours/prints in the examples above are: A, C, E, M and O, which have slightly bigger polka dots.

All my 100% cotton handkerchiefs are made from scratch by me in my studio. They are carefully hemmed and come with various personalised options, which are hand embroidered in a contrasting colour thread. Each handkerchief comes in a free gift box, making them a great, personalised present.

And for all your lovely followers of Adventures & Tea Parties blog, I'm offering 10% off all handkerchief orders in my Etsy shop until March 15th. This offer applies to all handkerchiefs in my Etsy shop only. Just enter the following coupon code at checkout: MOTHERSDAY15

Monday, 23 February 2015

Exciting News - Simple Stylish Knitting!

Soooo, a little while back I may have hinted at an exciting new project I had been approached about. Well, I can now reveal all.....

I'm now officially writing for Simple Stylish Knitting's blog and here's my first post.

Simple Stylish Knitting is a brand new magazine that's just hit the shelves and it's great for those of you that have just taken up knitting. I'm totally stoked to be a part of it!

So, head over to the blog, follow the Twitter profile and the hastag (#simplestylishknitting) and get inspired to knit!

See You Soon