Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Another Free Santa Letter Printable

I shared a free Santa letter printable on this VERY day, last year. I think I'm accidentally starting  a tradition, because I have another one for you today!!

I enjoyed designing my new header (did you notice my new header?!) so much that I have been trying to doodle a bit more often. I used to draw quite a lot when I had the greeting card company, but I've fallen out of the habit since I sold the business to my lovely sister.




I really like sitting down with a few pens and pencils and trying to figure out how to draw things in my own style. I call it a style, but really, it's the only way I can draw - so now it's become my trademark. I never did art in school (much to my regret) so I have pretty much drawn the same way since I was a child. I don't mind though. I just pretend it's Naive Art, which is one of my favourite art styles anyway.

People seem to like it though. The cards I designed always sold well and continue to do so. And I've been getting some lovely compliments about my blog design lately. So that gives me confidence to just keep doing what I do.

My little pictures aren't to everyone's taste though. A woman at a craft fair once asked me, in a sneering tone, if I got a child to do the art on the cards I was selling. I felt a little bit awkward and ashamed admitting that it was me... and that it just looked as if a child had done it... but afterwards I didn't care, because her stall (selling very expensive plants) did very little business and I did REALLY well that weekend.

All that has nothing to do with writing letters to Santa though - does it?! And that's probably what you're here for.

Back to the task at hand...


Click HERE for the Santa Letter Printable and HERE for a few ideas on how to make writing those letters an even more special occasion.

Happy writing! I hope you get all you ask for!

Note: The attached printable is for personal use only and not to be used in any commercial way. Don't make Santa put you on the naughty list!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Alflorex Winter Health Kit Giveaway

I've written before about my dodgy digestive health and held a giveaway during the Summer sponsored by Alflorex.  I have since tried Alflorex for myself and found it really, really good for reducing abdominal discomfort and bloating. So, when I was approached again recently, to offer my readers an amazing Winter Health Kit worth €25.00 as a giveaway, I couldn't say no!

Christmas time is always a time for indulgence, but a couple of weeks eating ALL THE TREATS can really take it's toll on your tummy. This kit is the perfect antidote.


The Alflorex Winter Health Kit contains 3 month’s supply of Alforex, organic Pukka teas, organic prunes, organic porridge oats, Panda Liquorice bars and a mini hot water bottle. Once again, I'm mad jealous that I don't get to enter this competition but I am delighted to be able to offer it to one of my lovely readers instead.

Alflorex is a new, once daily, food supplement. The unique PrecisionBiotic™ strain used in Alflorex has been clinically tested in IBS patients and is shown to reduce abdominal discomfort, passage of gas and bloating/distension. It is the only product to contain the unique bacterial strain BIF 35624™ developed in Ireland by Irish gastro scientists. PrecisionBiotic™ cultures are elite bacterial strains which have been selected to have targeted action where needed.

This is the ideal opportunity to bag a nice little Christmas present for yourself so, do enter, using the gadget below. I have my fingers crossed for you.

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P.S. If you don't like liquorice, I'll gladly take it off your hands ;)

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Irish Country Women's Association Book of Crafts: Review and Giveaway



I could pretty much review this book using just one word: 

but, in case you'd appreciate a few more details, here are a few more words to go with that one.

The ICA's Craft Book, published by Mercier Press, is beautifully bound with a hardback cover and stuffed full of  projects suitable for crafters of  all abilities. The photography is sublime and, if you're anything like me, you'd nearly be tempted to buy it for that alone. But there are so many more reasons to buy this book.


There are 40 different projects featured including; crochet, embroidery, knitting, sewing, jewellery-making, leather work, felting, weaving, paper crafts and many more. There is definitely something for everyone. Many of the ideas are simple enough for beginners to attempt and others are more advanced and would be a labour of love to complete. I love books like this because I'm a bit of a 'jack of all trades' crafter and like to try new things from project to project. The ideas were all submitted by ICA members around the country and, not only are they beautifully photographed, but there are clear step-by-step instructions for each piece, illustrated where appropriate, too.


My particular favourites are the redwork embroidery, the tissue paper pom-pom, the felted necklace, the covered file box and the circular disc banner. Though there are a heap of other projects I'd love to do too. I know this is a book I will dip into time and time again. I can also see my mother and grandmother, keen crafters both, enjoying this book very much. *makes mental note to put that on the Christmas list*


The Irish Country Women's Association Book of Crafts would make a fantastic gift for the crafter in your life this Christmas. It's available from all good bookshops at a price of €22.99 or direct from Mercier Press for €17.99 (plus P&P, I assume).

I am thrilled to have gotten my hands on a review copy but, in case you were feeling jealous, the generous folk at Mercier Press have also said I can have an extra copy to giveaway to one of my lovely readers!

Please feel free to enter below, I do hope you win!
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Disclosure: I was given a copy of The Irish Countrywomen's Association Book of Crafts for the purposes of review and another copy to give away. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to give them.

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