Month: February 2014

One Wish Sterling Silver Keepsake Jewellery- Original British Design

” If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun… Background One Wish is a collection by The Balagan Group. Balagan Ltd is a leader in jewellery design in the UK and one of the foremost wholesale suppliers. Rachel Parkin – designer, author and owner of the business reports One Wish as selling “brilliantly”. This collection (one of nine from Balagan) consists of dainty necklace pendants on delicate chains including lockets, tiny drop and cute stud earrings; and bracelets, all made from sterling silver 925 (apart from birthstone bracelets). Designs vary, there are those with a fantasy element i.e. pixies, fairies, angel wings, and creatures: owls, cats and bees, some designs are symbolical and some are everyday i.e. cupcakes, and hamburgers! Presentation The gift presentation is key to the popularity of One Wish. Each design comes with a sentiment card with a sentence or phrase which relates, directly, or indirectly, to each piece. Thoughtful it is then is to pass on the message to the recipient in the form of this keepsake gift. …

Featuring Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles with designs by artist Aimee Stewart

The Artist We admire the work of self taught, photo manipulation artist, Aimee Stewart. Stewart uses digital painting and photo image editing techniques to produce imaginative designs. The artwork used to produce these puzzles is detailed and colourful. The colours are rich, bold and bright, and the composition of her artwork is striking because of this. Stewart’s style and what she can achieve artistically fits the Ravensburger brand very well. Fairytale Fantasia Tiny little magical creatures and characters from a fantasy/fairy tale world, hence the puzzle title, sit around large books on four rows of book shelves which are topped with a mystical night sky. Among the Antiquarian bound books with titles written on the book spines, many with cursive writing, there are worldly wonders from land, sea and sky featuring. These will slowly be revealed as you piece together the jigsaw. The theme is an enchanted, mythical version of the world, and, much of those beloved, traditional storytelling elements from our childhood memories are there too. A red haired girl in a long, gossamer …

Book Review – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAGPUSS Foreword by Peter Firmin

ISBN 978-1-909397-33—0 Story by Kate Haxell using Illustrations, projects, and written material from the Bagpuss albums. Additional new illustrations by Peter Firmin. Published by Collins & Brown Publication date: 20 February 2014 RRP £11.99 Content a story and activity book on the theme of Bagpuss. The famous cloth cat (Bagpuss) is 40 years old (2014), so the book has been released to mark the occasion and to celebrate a slice of TV history. Introduction Foreword is by Peter Firmin, who, along with the late, Oliver Postgate was the founder of Smallfilms for the BBC. Firmin produced artwork, models and props for Bagpuss in the 1970s. Narrator Postgate also filmed sequences in his signature stop motion style also seen in children’s programmes such as Clangers and Ivor the Engine. Only thirteen Bagpuss episodes were made with the first broadcast in 1974. Bagpuss was repeated many times over the following decades. Range of information 8/10 activities: sewing projects and an embroidery sampler; a recipe for sugar mice; a knitting project (Bagpuss) a board and counter game (repeated …

INVO – A review of bottled Coconut Water by www.invo.co.uk

INVO is an isotonic drink, it is the pure coconut water taken from the cavities of native Thai Coconuts and produced in Thailand. The all round introduction and presentation of this new product is not too ambiguous. The hard copy information available addresses many consumer type questions, and the website promotes the product in a friendly, pictograph style take a look. Coconut Water is the latest health drink craze. People will want to know everything there is to know about this product. So what the company needs to do now is gather up more testimonials and continue to be transparent with the information sharing. We have not had opportunity to compare INVO with other producers of bottled Coconut waters, but in this review we are passing on what we have learned through our research and first hand taste trialing. The Product INVO Coconut Water – PURE – is a Coconut water, bottled, and nothing else, so nutritionally – is 99% fat free (less than 20 calories per 100ml), and contains potassium, calcium and magnesium. These …

Book Review – Mollie Makes WEDDINGS

ISBN 978-1-909397-30—9 Main project photography by Rachel Whiting Published by Collins & Brown Publication date: 6 February 2014 RRP £11.99 Content 96 pages: Mollie Makes WEDDINGS is 20 craft/hobby projects by crafters who have shared their craft making expertise. The projects incorporate different techniques to make handmade invites, wedding favours and gifts; table decorations and more. Templates and charts are provided. Introduction Mollie Makes is one of the biggest lifestyle and craft magazines and is well established in craft circles online. This is the fourth publication of a range of Mollie Makes books. Range of information 9/10 In her introduction the Editor Lara Watson identifies some of the crafts on offer and picks out a couple of designer’s by name and introduces their projects. The 20 projects that make up this book have a minimum of four pages dedicated to each one. Material and equipment requirements/suggestions are listed. Instructions for each project are in numbered paragraphs, as are crochet pattern instructions (abbreviations given). Stitch chart included for the Wedding Sampler project. Templates supplied for 12 …

Book Review : Knit your own BOYFRIEND by Carol Meldrum

ISBN 978-1-909397-38-5 RRP £9.99 Published by Collins &Brown Jan 2014 CONTENT P7          Quote from Ryan Gosling (Hollywood Star) P8  – 12  Basic doll patterns to make four different body shapes P14 – 19  Hairstyles P32 – 66  Patterns to make 10 knitted boy dolls (The Boyfriends) • Rock Star • Surfer Dude • Artist • Fireman • Computer Geek • Superhero, • Sports Star, • Explorer • Spaceman • Doctor P67 – 68 Techniques P69 – 71 Basic stitches P72 – 73 Sewing Tips P76 – 79 Templates P80 Abbreviations INTRODUCTION Author, Carol Meldrum has used her experience as a design consultant to come up with ideas for making hand- knitted and stuffed man dolls – boyfriends. She provides a mix of patterns etc. to make multicultural doll characters with a choice of shape and job related/interest related personalities. Mix and match and you can make a bespoke boyfriend of your own. RANGE OF INFORMATION Meldrum uses her product knowledge of Rowan Yarns, and passes on the item specifics for you …

Stage Review – The Dishwashers

Not many of us escape being slave to routine, and being undermined sometimes, even victimised, in the workplace. And if you ever drive through a sleepless city, at a soulless hour, you might notice the street sweepers and the office cleaners as they start their working day. Yes, Morris Panych’s play is about the invisibility that many experience of being employed in, what is deemed to be, menial type jobs for the unskilled. In this black comedy Panych presents us with three pot washers who reveal much of the sorrows of the world while working in their scullery hidey hole. This is an intimate and insightful play from a working class perspective, directed by Nikolai Foster, and will benefit from the audience drawing attraction of having David Essex starring. It is currently at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre ahead of a major UK tour. The three main characters are Dressler (Essex), old Moss (Andrew Jarvis) and Emmett (Rik Makarem). The long time serving Dressler and Moss are showing new boy Emmett the ropes. Emmett is despairing …

Book Review – THE QUIRKS in CircuS QuirkuS by Erin Soderberg

ISBN 978-1-4088-4293-5 The Quirks in Circus Quirkus Author – Erin Soderberg Illustrated by Kelly Light – Cover Illustration by Luke Watson Published by Bloomsbury in Paperback – Release date 13 February 2014 RRP £5.99 A Children’s Fictional Book – Aged 7-9 years ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Overview This is the second published book about The Quirk family who possess magical powers. Granny is a fairy, Grandpa can mess with time; Bree Quirk can make people believe what they want to, and Finn (aged 5), is invisible unless he’s chewing gum. Penelope has an imagination that is out of control, while her twin, Molly, seems to be the only Quirk not to have a special power; although her immunity to the magic of the others makes her unique in that sense. There is also a pet monster in the house called Niblet! The Circus of the Dazzling Stars comes to Normal – the family’s hometown, so the Quirk children are learning circus skills when at school. At home however, there is the usual mischievous mayhem going on and ongoing …

Book Review – The Great Interior Design Challenge

Text: Katherine Sorrell ISBN 978-1-909815-11-7 RRP £20.00 Published by Pavilion an imprint of Anova Books – Jan 2014 Content Contains 256 pages Three key sections are spread over pages 6 – 243: 1. WHERE TO START- with the following subheadings: Find your style, Hopton’s Almshouses 1749, Colour, Dorset Cottages 1779, Pattern, Texture, Regency Square 1818-28, Planning makes Perfect, Georgian Townhouses 1827 2. THE BIG PICTURE – with the following subheadings: Make the most of your space, Walls, Thames Tunnel Mill 1843, Floors, Lighting, Storage, Technology, Late Victorian Terrace 1890, Kitchens, Arts and Crafts 1890, Bathrooms, Edwardian Townhouses 1900-07 3. DECORATING DETAILS – with the following subheadings: Furniture, 1930s Suburbia, Art Deco Houses 1934, Window treatments, Displays, Brutalism 1950s, Finishing Touches, Span Houses 1967-69, Judges Top 5 Tips Further Information – in the final section Foreword This official TV tie-in book accompanies BBC TWO’s primetime 12 part Series of the same name and the foreword is written by architecture and interior design critic, Tom Dychoff. If you have tuned in to the show at all you …