• Archive for August, 2016

    Go pom pom crazy with this nifty gizmo

    by  • August 24, 2016 • Craft • 0 Comments

    Essentials 003_RWant a faster, easier and fun way to make pom poms? Then you must try the latest pom pom maker from Clover (from £6.60 each). Everyone has been going crazy over this little invention, using it to decorate scarves, hats and handbags.

    First seen being used on TV by Kirstie Allsopp, the nation went wild and wanted to know what all the fuss was about over this clever gadget.

    With no need to thread needles through loops, you will have your pom pom’s made in minutes, providing hours of entertainment. Coming with two sizes per pack you can experiment with different styles and colours to create a unique, handmade product of your own. They make perfect little gifts for family and friends, so we’re sure that once they set their eyes on your creation they will want to make some of their own, too!

    Clear, step-by-step instructions are provided in each pack to get you started, though you will pick it up in no time! Available from all craft, knitting and hobby shops, get your hands on one today and never go back at using that old-school, cardboard method.

    For where to buy a Clover pom pom maker, email clover@stockistenquiries.co.uk or call 01453 883581.

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    Calling all crafters

    by  • August 17, 2016 • Craft • 0 Comments


    Get hands on and creative at the Sewing, Stitching, and Hobbycrafts show held at EventCity, Manchester. Returning with over 60 exhibitions, this event will have your imagination running wild!

    With the encouragement and assistance from skilled experts you can get inspired to create something new and original. The wide range of workshops include jewellery making, paper craft demonstrations and learning how to sew, which make it a fun and exciting way to spend your day.

    The event will be held from 8-10 September 2016, 10AM-4PM (5PM SAT). Tickets are available from the link below, though all workshops are bookable on the day only.

    For more information and tickets click here

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    Add a pop of coral

    by  • August 17, 2016 • Craft • 0 Comments

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    You may remember this kitchen feature from our September issue.


    We had loads of fun shooting Samantha’s kitchen and loved her use of bold coral accessories against the neutral backdrop. Here are some of our favourite items from the shoot.

    All products can be found on notonthehighstreet.com 


    These faux orange roses are a great way to bring some colour into the kitchen. Placed in a glass vase, these flowers add life and vibrancy to the room, and you won’t have to worry about replacing them every week, which is an added bonus.

    Artificial Orange Tea Rose

    This ‘Like a Boss’ print is bold, fun and quirky. It adds a burst of colour and word art products are really on trend, so give it a contemporary look, too.

    'Like A Boss' Faux Gold Foil Print

    Frame an old photo with a modern, border for an updated look. Clashing vintage with modern is very much on trend and the use of the patterned edges is a nice eye-catching touch.

    Coral Print Wooden Photo Frame

    We love this dipped coral basket – perfect for placing small bits and bobs and keeping the place tidy. The bright colour unifies the other coral accessories and completes the look.

    Coral Dipped Belly Basket

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    Light up your room with Hive Bulbs

    by  • August 15, 2016 • Heroes • 0 Comments

    Young man using digital tablet in his living room

    The Hive Active Light bulbs are a new life changing innovation that you won’t believe you have ever lived without. These smart LED bulbs not only save energy and reduce the cost of your energy bills but can also be controlled whenever, wherever you like, through the use of your smartphone – making them perfect for today’s busy lifestyle.

    With the allowance of schedules to be set for the lights to come on, off and dim, you can feel at ease that no-one will know when you are not home. Stumbling around in the dark looking for the light switch will be a thing of the past and, much to the annoyance of the kids, you can also use them as a morning alarm, turning the bedside lamp on, meaning you wont have to deal with the hassle. Or even controlling when it’s time for lights out!

    The bulbs are as easy to install as a regular bulb and are available in both screw and bayonet formats. Just pair them with a Hive Hub and you can get started right away. The initial cost of a Hive Hub is priced at £80, however after that one off payment, it is only £19 per bulb, which we think is worth it, considering they provide security, safety, and, most importantly, peace of mind.

    For more information head over to the Hive website here.

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