Month: February 2016

MY HANDMADE WEDDING book review

My Handmade Wedding Author Marrianne Mercer ISBN 978-1-78221-158-7 Published in 2016 by SEARCH PRESS RRP £12.99 Content 128 pages: Marrianne Mercer’s sharing of everything to do with her own ‘handmade’ wedding. From the pleases right through to the thank yous. Marrianne incorporates her experience of pre planning and the enjoyable undertaking of what was, largely, a DIY wedding. The writing conveys an idea, it is a feature style presentation. Content falls under 9 main headings ; introduction, Planning the Wedding, The Stationery, The Wedding Party, The Ceremony, The Reception, After The Honeymoon, Templates, Index Introduction This is a case of being in the right place to take your graphic design skills to another level. Marrianne explains in her introduction that she actually works as a book designer for the publishers of this book, namely Search Press, so she joins the author’s list of her own employers! Range of information 8/10 Marrianne decides at the planning stage which items she is crafting and which outlay will be shop brought. With a quick flick through the pages …

10 reasons why we should give shelf space to Steenbergs Organic

  because Steenbergs is an organic and Fairtrade spice business. and is a friendly firm (family run over sixteen years) who places Fairtrade, the environment, and people at the forefront. Primarily selling spices, as well as loose leaf teas (mainly from Sri Lanka and India), and home baking ingredients to business to trade and retail customers because founders and owners of this North Yorkshire based business, Axel and Sophie Steenberg (The Steenbergs) were the first to be UK licensed to sell spices carrying the Fairtrade Mark, and they continue to add to the range   because Steenbergs Organic is a carbon neutral company and that the business is run out of a purpose built eco-factory in which environmental features have been incorporated such as sun pipes and green energy. The Steenbergs use ‘green’ suppliers wherever possible and their packaging is fully recyclable   because Steenbergs Organic range consists of over 400 spices and spice blends and several carry the Fairtrade Mark. The majority are organic, Steenbergs offer the widest organic range available and the company knows …

Stage Review of SINGLE SPIES

Single Spies is a double bill portraying soviet spies, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt. The two were members of ‘the Cambridge Five’ a spy ring recruited at Cambridge University in the 1930s. An Englishman Abroad (Act I): chronicles a meeting between Guy Burgess and stage actress Coral Browne. Browne worked primarily in Britain and specialized in ‘superior, upper-crust sorts’. The story is told in Browne’s first person account of a fleeting friendship with Burgess. A Question of Attribution (Act II): is a glimpse into Anthony Blunt’s life of espionage within the very walls of Buckingham Palace. THE HUMOUR is very much geared for the British audience, and within that, a very narrow demographic. The laughter sounds I heard from the audience were not in any way emphatic. THE IRONY attached to the hindsight advantage of when the play was written I totally get, but as with the History Boy’s play, Bennett tells us, and then he tells us more, he is lecturing almost through the dialogue use and the one liners, but when the sting …

Review of MCM Comic Con Midlands 2016

  Sharing snippets of feedback about this annual, one day event. Midlands Comic Con as with the remaining four MCM Expo shows namely Birmingham, London, Scotland and Manchester, is all about popular culture from Movies & TV showcasing and promoting to Manga and Cosplay. Venue: International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. Imagining, mainly due to the location and venue capacity, that this is the most pared back version of the five, so it fell a little short on the ‘must see’ happenings compared to the buzz and interest of shows elsewhere. It was well attended nonetheless, and, judging by the elaborate Cosplay seen, Anime and Star Wars are the main themes that people really came to experience and personally integrate with. These are consumer shows and are not geared for commercial buyers, and so exhibitor’s stands are allowed the majority of the floor space. Usually for retailers/dealers of clothing, posters, books and charms inspired by games, Japanese animation and general all round geekiness the selling happens online, so this is a real selling opportunity for them. Many …

Jigsaw Puzzle Review of An Evening Walk by Ravensburger

“An Evening Walk” is a new 500 piece puzzle from Ravensburger. The puzzle depicts the beauty of Paris at dusk and an insight into Parisian life in the 1950’s. The scene shows an elegant lady walking a poodle through a street in Paris, passing a fruit/flower stall and bars strolling towards the Eiffel Tower. The scene is truly authentic and captures the charm of Paris in this era. I absolutely love the sky blue Citroen 2CV convertible, which truly captures the essence of 50’s Paris. You can rent Citroen 2CV’s for tours of Paris, one for the bucket list for sure. The scene was painted by Dominic Davison and much of his work includes a 2CV. Never one to turn down a free lunch, I certainly wasn’t going to turn down a free puzzle to both enjoy and review. I’ve always enjoyed doing a puzzle, it first started on a rainy day, my Mum would pull out a puzzle and we would work on it together. This has always stayed with me and I always …

Short Review and #giveaway of craft book – Knitted Toys by Sandra Polley

 Title : Sandra Polley’s Knitted Toys  Animals, dolls and teddies for all ages ISBN 978-1-910231-60-9 RRP £9.99  Author Sandra Polley Published by Collins & Brown,  February 2016 Content 20 easy to follow knitting patterns of Animals including Meercats, Mice and Dogs. Dolls (includes multicultural choices) and Teddy Bears (including the classic bear pattern) Comment Most of the yarns are Double Knit (DK) or 4-ply and are suitable for people working at all knitting levels. Many patterns suggest the inclusion of small parts like buttons and tiny beads, so many of the toys are not suitable for babies and young children Conclusion Published today (11 February), this new knitting craft book by Sandra Polley (from her Knitted Toys series) is rather generic in its print form and presentation, yet the patterns are better designed and more detailed than many similar representations appearing elsewhere. All the toys and creatures are kitted out with their own clothing and accessories, even the glove puppets have collars and their babies and cubs have little sleeping bags! Polley’s patterns are little characters in fact, …

Event 2 #HarryPotterBookNight (a Night of Spells)

Today Feb 04, is #HarryPotterBookNight (a Night of Spells) Schools, libraries, bookshops and Community Centres across the world have organised their own events to mark it. The idea behind things is so to pass on the passion for the Harry Potter series of novels to young readers (those who haven’t yet discovered J.K. Rowling’s famous books), so the books continue to play a big part in popular culture. This is the second Harry Potter Book Night to take place, and there will be other ongoing events and activities to get involved in over the coming months. At the first event a favourite spell vote was launched. Here are the results: With over 2700 votes the Expecto patronum spell took first place followed closely by Accio in second place and Wingardium Leviosa in third. Expecto Patronum is key throughout the entire Harry Potter series of books. It first appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and is taught to Harry Potter by Professor Lupin. The top ten favourite spells is below. Full of inventiveness and cunning, these famous …

Review of The Belgrade Theatre’s THE SISTERHOOD

Les Femmes Savantes/The Sisterhood by Molière is presented as classic satire. While the French feel is barely recognisable, the idiomatic English is well phrased and rhyming words are really nice on the ear. The content is the best thing about this play because it is the catalyst for the comedy. Feminism is a major theme. Set in the 1980s, with the ‘new’ feminist movement being around 20 years old by then, women were finding they could have it all. They could be a wife, mother and have a career. The comedy therefore, is because of a serendipitous pairing between the main topic and a character at any one time. Let’s look at some of the characters: Philaminte can only be described as an academic snob and she has unjust reasons to ban both Clitandre and Martine from the house, and for the very same reasons, Chrysale attempts to exert his male dominance. Meanwhile, Henriette battles to wed for love; while the principled, Armande comes to realise she’ll probably be left on the shelf. Poet Trissotin …

Chalkboard Hearts from Asda

  A warm welcome to those in WordPress land who are always ‘creating the spark’ and ‘fanning the flames’ with their inspiring words and poetic contributions. I ask that you be a bit more frivolous today and join in with finishing the famous ‘Roses are Red’ Stanza. I will process one or two of your couplet contributions (that you leave as a comment) onto the images of the Chalkboard Hearts like I’ve done so below. By the way. what a novel gift idea from Asda don’t you think? Packaging has a chalkboard style front made from card and a stick of chalk is included. Chocolate and Verse together for Valentine’s… Sweet ♥