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Last year at tssreviews

I sailed through 2016 blogging away quite happily. I have a new blog too http://illustrating-business.ghost.io/. But as far as TSS goes I think it is still relevant in both the creative industry and the business world, though I think the bubble has very much burst between bloggers in general and their PR partners in a commercial sense. The water has been muddied somewhat. Despite this,  I have managed to publish regular posts under an array of different categories. More importantly, I very much hope I’m still entertaining and inspiring readers Here’s a few highlights from 2016 Top review was of Portugal’s Hotel Miragem Cascais. Read it here I like ‘things’ and I talk about ‘things’ a lot. I have probably featured more than 365 little things over the course of 2016 if you were to add them up. There’s the jigsaw puzzle reviews of course, but there were also things like paperback books; scented candles; subscription box bits; shiny things; pretty things; practical things; technical things; large things with small components, potatoes (yes potatoes), and …

Our attributes for BRIO – TSS Business of the Month for January 2016

BRIO and Wood (a long time connection) After moving to Osby, Southern Sweden in 1884 Ivar Bengtsson and wife, Sissa enjoyed continued success from selling woodchip baskets and other goods. They went on to produce their first wooden toy in 1907 (the Osby horse). After their three sons Viktor, Anton and Emil took up the reins, the toy manufacturing remained prominent. Later, once Anton’s son, Lennart Ivarsson became CEO, the company went international and BRIO was a top wooden toy manufacturer with a range which included the famous train sets. BRIO is still ever-present in the development of new wooden toys for children. Wood is natural, workable, clean, long lasting and tactile and BRIO makes the most of its qualities. Since 2014, all wooden toys have been made from traceable wood coming from responsibly managed forests BRIO and Design (toy designs are timeless, uncomplicated and fun) Imaginative play and child development have always been and remain a key consideration in any design concept through to fruition. When asked how he knows a new toy will be compelling …

Nominated for the Liebster Award!

awww shucks, been nominated for the blogger Liebster award thank you InnerVoice on WordPress https://t.co/FyZK3TIKe5 via @giphy — Debra Hall (@Norries_girl) January 23, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js If you are not familiar with the Liebster Award these are the rules: Thank your nominator Show the award on your blog Answer 10 questions asked to you Ask 10 questions to 10 new nominees (who have less than 200 followers) Notify them Thank you to InnerVoice for your generosity of spirit in nominating me for the Liebster Award. My replies to the questions that were put to me (and nine other InnerVoice Nominees) are below: Why did you start blogging? I’d been working in community arts and home educating my two children, but by 2010 both these major roles in my life were moving toward a natural end, and so I started writing an educational/creative themed blog on another platform. Over at Not Compulsory I share examples of my own creativity and the creativity of others, and it has been known that I can get a little shouty about …

UK Blogger required to guest review

In the office today, I have a new, premium jigsaw puzzle (5oo pieces) that I would like to pass on to a UK based blogger to review. I’m looking for a guest reviewer, a he or she blogger, to submit their words and a couple of quality images, to me, for publication here at tss and for the publishing of the same review to be followed and repeated on the participant’s own blog once it has appeared at tssreviews. Interested? Details: The puzzle is NEW, sealed and in original packaging, it is entitled An Evening Walk. So sorry, but interest can only be considered from UK based bloggers as I’ve not the budget to cover shipping the item abroad. Please email admin@tss-mail.com expressing your interest with Evening Walk in the subject line. The draw will happen in the next couple of days and will be random. The chosen participant will be notified by email and will be required at this point to pass on their full postal address. This call out for participation will also appear …

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

Craft Book Review THE KNITTED NURSERY COLLECTION

ISBN 978-1-78221-317-8 RRP £9.99   Author Jem Weston Published by Search Press, Jan 2016 Content 14 knitting projects which include toys, accessories and decorations for babies and nursery room environments Introduction The author, Jem Weston is a freelance designer and a Workshop Tutor for Rowan Yarns. Weston lives in Nottingham UK and in the book’s introduction she reveals that her affection for knitting started at a young age. She says it developed during her time at university and that she was often inspired by traditional crafts in her Fine Art studies Range of information The pattern information is presented over anything from 2 pages up to 8 pages depending on the range of detail and complexity involved in the making, this includes photographic imagery, stitch diagrams (charts), materials required and the patterns.  A page of Abbreviations at the rear as well as a thank you from the author to the people involved in ‘bringing the book to life’. There are no step-by-step images of the items in various stages of being made 9/10 Quality of …

Blogging 101 #4 a Review of the Cooking up a Feast jigsaw puzzle

Trying to get food out of my brain but about to compile this #cookingupafeastpuzzle for my blog 🎂🍮🍴🍓🍨 A post shared by Debra Hall (@picture_personal) on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:08am PST The Artist The Artist in this instance is a photographer. Greg Shepherd is a Devon UK based photographer, who is successful in selling his photographic images commercially because he reproduces them on greetings cards, gift wrapping and gift bags and then sells them. What sets him apart from others making their living this way is the unique approach he takes at times. He will imagine a nostalgic scene of found objects in his mind and then set about sourcing items to build a display, or he’ll put together a thematic setting of sorts; and he’ll then photograph for his own business purposes or for the imaginative use of graphic designers and print specialists employed by his working partners. Nothing demonstrates this more than his work for Ravensburger jigsaws where he takes a collection of objects en masse, just like he has done with …

#1 Blogging 101 – Why I use WordPress to publish Reviews

this is my first contribution to the Blogging 101 project and it’s a ‘this is about me and the reasons why I blog for a living’ piece from me, tss editor Debra Why a review’s site? Trying not to sound like I am having a job interview I feel it is worth mentioning that I finally quit working in community settings in 2012 as a freelance artist deciding to continue broadening my critiquing know-how. I’d already taken the steps of working in this new line by setting up this blog tssreviews the year before. At this point in time I had been reviewing stage shows in the Midlands UK for 4 years straight, (and still do). I had been writing for almost a decade but I was acutely aware that some partners would expect the voices and opinions of others to channel through the review writing; to enable readers to get a real handle about the subject under scrutiny. So what I did, and what I continue to do, is to outreach across a wide demographic to gather …