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Review of subscription boxes from Boxcitement

About Boxcitement Boxcitement is a UK company and a web based business offering a gift buying subscription service, the website meets the needs of this online business perfectly well, it is professionally presented, user friendly, and secure. You can treat yourself regularly to a complete Boxcitement box or arrange to send to someone as a gift, alternatively, you get to keep some of its contents and re gift other items. The theme changes each month and as far as we see there is a surprise element because there is no prior indication as to what themes are up and coming. Contents are bespoke pieces and will generally be a mix of stationery, jewellery, crafty, home accessory, greetings card and gift wrap items Subscription service Buy without subscribing (20 GBP one off box) or Subscribe monthly (18 GBP per month). Save money by purchasing upfront subscriptions for 3 (17 GBP per month) 6 (16 GBP per month) or 12 months (15 GBP per month). The online purchasing experience is relatively straightforward and like most subscriptions, once …

The Coloring Book Craze

Re: #Blogging101 Day Nine Following Happiness Engineer instructions, I came across the blog The Most Happy. The blog’s author, Lisa, is unknowing that she has taken a BIG part in my assignments of yesterday and today (I’ll message her now to let her now ) In the meantime, please read my comment below as it is self explanatory as to why I the subject caught my eye and then click over to Lisa’s original post about the colouring book fad   I’ve featured the wall decoration sticker book by Johanna Basford on my creative blog before and I liked those a lot. There is no denying that Basford is a an excellent illustrator. As for the colouring books I’m not a fan. Grown ups should swap this activity for simply sitting down and drawing in my view. Just sit down and sketch and doodle that which comes straight out of the imagination, and then maybe add colour to their own designs perhaps. Much more satisfying 🙂 Source: The Coloring Book Craze

a few favourites of 2015 (in pictures)

http://flour.co.uk/ https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/ http://www.makeitcoats.com/en-gb   https://www.facebook.com/jusroluk http://www.pavilionbooks.com/ https://www.ravensburger.com http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/   http://www.ronseal.co.uk/ http://bassbuds.net/uk/ http://www.ontrendz.co.uk/ http://www.pavilionbooks.com/ http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/ http://www.silverspoon.co.uk/  

The VALSPAR Paint and Coatings Co

The Valspar company provides coatings, paints, (and various combinations of intermediate products) to a wide variety of customers. The brand is American, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Valspar has been manufacturing and trading for over 200 years, established in Boston, MA in 1806 the business now has a presence in 100 countries and employs around 10,000 people. While Valspar is the sixth largest coatings’ company in the world, it is a relatively new retailer to trade and consumer in the UK. Valspar was launched exclusively in B&Q stores this February (2015) COMMERCIAL BUSINESS There is a whole world of science behind the formulas that Valspar have developed, or taken up and where their involvement has never stretched to supplying anything to do with aeronautics, maritime or transport, they have applied similar performance and protection related principles when manufacturing specialty coatings for the building and construction industry, and in the production of factory applied coatings for a variety of industrial customers. The customer base however, is largely the Food, Cosmetic, Automotive and Creative industries: Food Coatings for …

Featuring Ten Exhibitors from this year’s Festival of Quilts Show, NEC, Birmingham UK

Upper Street Events are organisers of Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show at the NEC, Birmingham UK – The Festival of Quilts 2015. @FestivalofQuilt @TwistedThread Featuring just ten carefully chosen exhibitors that myself (tss editor, Debra Hall) and my two expert sewing friends engaged with on the day. In fact, never underestimate the effectiveness of the blogger in a press role, online communications such as this one can be more far reaching than anything appearing in hard copy print! If you are a business or individual interested in stocking or purchasing anything from those listed below, then get in touch directly the links are there, I am sure the owners will be very happy to receive your enquiry. Comments are welcomed from anyone featured who may feel inclined to offer more detail about there business or craft. And my apologies to those with stalls from the front side because due to time constraints was unable to get around to all of the companies selling fabrics and threads, sewing accessories and kits, art supplies, and much, …

Featuring Fourteen Exhibitors at this year’s Craft Hobby Stitch International Trade Fair – NEC, Birmingham UK

Manufacturers and distributors of yarns, threads and haberdashery items, and makers of other specialised craft things, are one half of a partnership that is finding that the revival of all things handmade and vintage style to be popular and highly lucrative for many wholesale businesses. The other half being shop keepers or online retailers selling this stuff to the public directly, or designer makers and crafters who source these kinds of materials and use their talents to produce new, saleable items, who then go on to sell through various shopping channels and retail outlets. Indeed my visit to this year’s Craft Hobby Stitch International Trade Fair at the NEC, Birmingham had me acknowledging rather than appreciating the necessity for the sale pitch (I was not there to buy). My eyes were trained however, on the technique ideas on show. Overall, I was struck by the variety of form and function, the striking colours, the novelty, the prettiness, and most of all the refinements available to turn basic design into lovely finished pieces. I came to …

Animal Crayons

                  Animal Crayons are unusual, pointy shaped colouring crayons with much child appeal. Each one (six in a box) is approx 4” long (10cm). They are quite chunky so ideal for small hands. Each crayon is topped with a charmingly detailed animal shaped head; all with a cute expression. The colours include bright yellow, orange and red, as well as rich, deep shades of pink, green and blue. These are made from a cleverly designed plastic which performs much the same as traditional wax crayons. The colour transfers onto the paper easily on application and without much pressure needed, and there is no loss of colour intensity in the process. You can be quite precise and direct because of the pointed end, but also fill, scribble, and blend effortlessly. Designed to reduce mess the plastic formula does not melt on the hands of the user, and are quite sturdy too and so unlikely to snap, therefore, on both of these counts they certainly out perform some of …

Stockmar Wax Blocks

Stockmar is the German manufacturer of these wax block crayons which contain pure beeswax. I came to learn about the joys of using these wax blocks for arts and crafts purposes when my children were attending a Steiner school. Stockmar designed these crayons to appeal to a child’s senses and to help with the engagement of specific educational principles and particular artistic ideas. These blocks have many uses and have much sensory and aesthetic appeal to people of all ages. Strangely as it seems the availability in the UK has not that wide ranging but are now available at Amazon. Also visit http://www.salago.co.ukto order online, and http://www.myriadonline.co.uk These wax crayons are flat shaped cuboids. The performance of these blocks is far superior to the standard wax crayon. They appeal not only to a child’s liking of touching, feeling and grasping but toddlers like to use the tactile qualities of the crayons to collect up and to build with. I have used these crayons in many community arts projects that I have led; in particular I …