I’ve been ILL!!!!!!!

Oh yes, all Easter weekend and even today I am not feeling all that bright.  We went to Yorkshire the weekend before Easter (more about that in another post) and although we had a lovely time seeing family the boys and I were rather suffering from coughs still hanging on from the last colds we have had (which has relayed on since September, part of the joy of both boys starting at school/pre-school I guess is bringing every bug they can find back home with them!).  Along with my cough I also had a persistent sore throat, which went on to become a throat infection over Easter Weekend and then turned into flu.  I was a bit fed-up as I’m used to ‘getting on with it’ even when I do feel under the weather but I was pretty useless and just moped around in my dressing gown.

Still, enough, don’t want to bore you with all the details, I’m a lot better today and feel the need to start cleaning the house to get rid of all the germs and bring in some fresh air, I started with the bedroom and even managed to put some Spring flowers by the bed after removing all the tissues and medicine bottles.

I had hoped to treat myself to something yummy from the box of goodies we received for Easter from M’s relatives in Germany, sadly the boys and M have eaten the lot, well except for a couple of tiny animal biscuits left in the bottom amongst the wrappings – thanks boys 😉

I did have some new goodies to show you, Caroline McGrath were having a 50% off all Anorak products so I took the opportunity to grab a Picnic Rug from their ‘Kissing Animals Collection’ in eggshell blue with red rabbits.

I also bought a children’s cotton sleeping bag with a ‘Kissing Deer’ print but F is snuggled up in it on the sofa right now as he’s getting sick so no photo I’m afraid.

Whilst placing the order, I took the opportunity to buy a couple of new boxed ‘cups’ from the Isak range, we already have some in other designs, they are quite small but make perfect pots to hold snacks or for presenting dips and sauces (I put C’s ketchup in one when it’s homemade and sometimes a bit runny) and the bonus is I get a nice box for thread storage – perfect!

Right, that’s the lot, sorry for a slightly disjointed post but I wanted to say a quick ‘hello’ and explain my absence, hopefully everything will be back to normal this week and I will get into the studio at some point.

I hope you all enjoyed Easter and the Bunny stopped by your door 🙂

Pretty Packaging…

As I am always chattering about detail, I thought I would do a packaging blog.  One of the nice things about ordering from individuals as opposed to big companies is the detail in the packaging.  I love receiving nice parcels wrapped in tissue and ribbon.  The boys get very excited if free sweets are involved (we have had a few mini packets of Haribo in our time amongst others), I have had some lovely bookmark cards and I love a pretty business card….I am thinking of getting a spot in my studio, just for displaying business cards.  Some of the big companies also do it well, ISAK are sending out their new trays etc in a bag (the below was a recent Wedding present I bought for a friend, it’s one of those great repeat gifts, I also bought it for my husband on our 5yr Wedding Anniversary as 5yrs is wood and the tray is made from birch).

 

Blossom and Bill tray by Isak with it's delivery bag.

Blossom and Bill tray by ISAK with it's delivery bag.

I notice that MOO MiniCards pop up a lot.  I am also a big fan of these, they cost £10 for 100 and you can have up to 100 digital images.  I have used these as party invites in the past, I am a fan of their NoteCards and stickers as well.

 

MOO print MiniCards for The Linen Cat

MOO print MiniCards for The Linen Cat

With The Linen Cat I like to keep a colour theme going, green features a lot, both on my text and wrapping.  Bigger items are packed with a mini butterfly lavender bag attached to my business card.  I would love to be more eco-friendly but I also feel I have to be sure items arrive in a good condition, and certainly for the larger, pricier things (especially linen cats/bunnies) that generally means plastic features somewhere.  Sadly the bio-degradable plastic and ‘paper’ jiffys are very expensive, I hope eventually to be able to upgrade to these but at the moment I need to keep my costs down.  I do post in cardboard where possible. 

 

Owl Lavender Bags being packed for posting.

Owl Lavender Bags being packed for posting.

I can’t finish this post without a mention of some lovely recent deliveries.  I ordered the British Biscuit Box from Treaclezoo for my son’s Birthday (he is very into play food at the moment and it makes a change from plastic Gormiti or Ben 10) and it came beautifully packaged….notice the lovely stickers from MOO print, how cute are they?

 

British Biscuit Selection from Treaclezoo

British Biscuit Selection from Treaclezoo

And finally, purely for myself I had to order some postcards from HidenSeek as I am just a little bit in love with them.  This was the most delightful package to get, the envelope and hand written letter give a really personal touch and the business card is a beautiful object in it’s own right.

 

Postcards from HidenSeek/Hidden Eloise

Postcards from HidenSeek/Hidden Eloise

I am all for supporting small business and individuals and love that extra care and personal touch that you get.

Shiny, pretty things…

I have a number of addictions and top of the list would be internet shopping as I get to combine the love of my laptop (yes, I do love my laptop which I know is a bit sad but I have to admit it) and shopping, two of my favourite things.  Since PayPal came along it is a little too easy to just press a button and a few days later lovely things arrive in the post.  The same can be said of ebay…we have bought some wonderful items over the years but I have learnt not to shop late at night after a couple of glasses of wine!

Another addiction is checking the post.  Even if I am not expecting anything I have a little flutter of excitement when the red van pulls into our lane.  I like to savour opening a parcel to the point where I leave it on the side for a while and maybe finish my jobs or make myself a coffee so I can really enjoy the experience.

I don’t get out much!!

Well, this week was a little over the top with deliveries and below is the weeks haul.  I would like to take this opportunity to say that a number of the items below are presents for other people and it is not the norm to spend so much money in one week.

Saltwater clothingSnowflake earringsMoomin MugFabric RehabFabric ClosetCloudberry Living

From the top we have:

Saltwater clothing – I am very, very pleased that you can now buy saltwater clothing online.  These were in the sale, I love a bargain.

Snowflake earrings by Yoola – Found this fabulous store on Etsy and enjoyed reading the blog advice on stretching your boundries re sales.

Moomin Mug – A replacement mug for my son as the original was broken.  Bought from Cloudberry Living, one of my favourite sites for Scandinavian goods.

Fabric Rehab – Russian Doll And Toadstools Fabric from the best UK shop for cool fabrics.

Fabric Closet – Yet more fabric, in this case from Fabric Closet on Etsy.

ISAK Landsby Bread Board and Ittala Alto dish – Again from Cloudberry Living.  I love the new ISAK range and each item comes in it’s own bag as an added bonus.