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Thornton’s Advent Calendar Offer! Less than 100 days to Christmas

Today I’m bringing to you the advent calendar, I am an affiliate of Thornton’s so if you click through any of my links and make a purchase I may earn a little money at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog.

I know what you are thinking…it’s only September, please don’t talk about Christmas yet! But this year, more than ever, people are getting in quick with their orders with food shortages and the delivery issues. Getting organised early is the best option and Christmas is less than 100 days away! So I’m bringing to you an offer from Thorntons for Advent Calendar.

Advent Calendar

I really hope that Thornton’s have plenty of Advent Calendars because these are flying off the shelves already.

Advent Calendars from Thorntons

Milk Chocolate Santa Advent Calendar (93g)

Make the countdown to Christmas even more magical this year with a delicious advent calendar designed and decorated just for them.

These calendars are £6 each but you can save by buying 4 for £20. I have three kids, but I always buy a chocolate calendar for my eldest too, so it’s perfect for me.

Christmas Chocolate Tradition

We all have our little Christmas traditions don’t we. Since my children were small I have always bought them a Thorntons Chocolate Figure for Christmas.

chocolate Santa

They cost £10 and make a great stocking filler. I usually have mine personalised with the kid’s names but they don’t seem to be doing that this year.

It’s always worth signing up to Thornton’s e-mail offers to make sure you don’t miss out!

Previous posts: Building a Chocolate Gingerbread House

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My Etsy Shop September Sale

I’ve not really done much to promote my own Etsy shop but I think now is the time. The weather is now getting cooler and I’m sure my cowls would be appreciated as well as my gloves. I have a gorgeous baby blanket for sale as well and I am planning on adding a few more baby items. I have decided to reduce the price of my makes in the hope that I may have my first sale sometime soon. So here are the items in my September Sale.

Cowls

Batik Swirl cowl

This is my cosy Batik Swirl Cowl. It has a dappled effect and is in a graduated colour with a picot edge. Perfect to pop around your neck on a cooler day. Sale price is £10.80 and I offer free P&P

blue graduated cowl

intricate crochet cowl, handmade to feel soft and warm around your neck. The colours are a graduation of blues from a King Cole Caron Cake. Add an extra layer of warmth around your neck, under your coat or on it’s own. The cowl is and infinity scarf so it has no ends, just pop it over your head and away you go. Currently on sale for £9.90

pink cowl, infinity scarf

Lovely soft hand crocheted infinity scarf in graduating shades of pink. Slightly longer to give that scarf feel but easy to pop over your head without having to knot. Currently on sale for £9.90

Shawl

graduated shawl in soft coloured wool

This is a handmade shawl from soft graduated coloured wool. The graduated coloured shawl has a blueish picot edges around three sides. There are some more detailed photos on Etsy.

Gloves

fingerless gloves

Soft and snuggly fingerless mittens or wrist warmers. Handmade in a lovely soft blue wool with a white trim. Fits small to medium. I’m wearing them in the photo and I have quite skinny wrists (7inches) and fingers, but they will stretch a little. Great for keeping your hands and wrists warm while leaving your fingers free for todays technology. I use the same at home to keep my hands warm while I’m working on my laptop. Currently £6.75

orange fingerless mittens

Feel the warmth in these lovely orange fingerless mittens/wrist warmers with a dark emerald picot edging. Hand made with soft wool. Will fit small to medium size wrists, 7-8 inches. Keep your wrists and hands warm while having your fingers free. Thumb also has a little emerald trim. £6.75

Bag

brick pattern little bag

Hand made crochet bag. This little bag is made from mosaic crochet in a brick pattern with crochet handles. It’s burgundy in colour with a graduated grey and pink brickwork pattern. It measures 8 inches (21 cm) in width and 6 inches (15cm) tall with a further 6 inches for the handles. Currently on sale for £7.20

Baby Blanket

Baby blooms baby blanket

Soft and sweet baby blanket, handmade crochet in soft DK baby wool. Pastel colours creating a selection of flower panels, each one unique. Flower bed border around the edge.
Approximately 40 by 36 inches, perfect for babies cot or pram. This blanket was a lot of work and is really pretty, it’s currently on sale for £27.

Thanks for taking a look. If you are a member of Etsy I’d really appreciate a view and maybe a favourite on my items. Being a new seller I don’t get much traffic. Even if you don’t buy anything you can help me get noticed a little more. Thank you in advance. xx

Other Posts: I took the Plunge and Opened an Etsy Shop.

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Summer Sale, Bringing some Offers for my Readers

I am an affiliate for quite a few programs and lately I’ve seem some great Summer Sale offers that I’d like to share with you. All links are affiliate so if you see something you like and click through to buy then I may earn a little money. This is at no extra cost to you, so thank you for supporting my blog.

Sunglasses

You may be thinking it’s a little late for sunglasses, or you may be planning on a trip to a sunnier climate. I love a good bargain when it comes to sunglasses and now Hawkers have a great sale on with styles to suit everyone.

These are pretty and reduced from £29.99 to just £19.99.

summer sale, sunglasses

Craft Stash

There are some fabulous bargains to be had at Craft Stash but you have to be quick as the sale is only on for a week.

Buy 1, get the 2nd for only a penny! Use code PENNY at the checkout.

Up To £5 Off selected Magazine Kits

25% Off Selected Pens, Pencils & Art SuppliesWith code: BTS

Up To 40% Off Clairefontaine

Centre of Excellence

I’m a big fan of The Centre of Excellence for all sorts of educational courses and they have some special offers on kids courses at the moment.

You can use my code RAISIEBAY466 for 70% off any of the courses. But they also have a lot of children’s courses on sale for £29.99.

There are also some fabulous animal courses that you could use my discount code on.

Start Right

It is the time of year when parents are looking for back to school shoes and you may be able to find some in the Start Right Summer Sale. You’ll need to be quick though and there are not many sizes left. Start Right are a still a good place if you are looking for school shoes though, and if you need to buy online they sell foot measuring gauges. You can also get free delivery on school shoes and sign up to the newsletter for a discount and special offers!

Dotty Fish

If you are looking for Baby Shoes then Dotty Fish are absolutely adorable. They currently have a summer sale on their gorgeous sandles. But that’s not all, you can get 20% off accessories with the code GIVEME20 and Free UK Delivery.

summer sale sandles for babies,

The Pen Shop

Maybe you are looking for a special pen for a special person or you would like to treat someone with a back to school or university gift. The pen shop has a sale on.

Parker IM Black Chrome Trim Fountain Pen and Ball Pen Set – Was £63.00 Now Only £36.00!

Cross Calais Black Fountain Pen – Was £42.00 Now Only £33.60!

Cross Beverly Translucent Red Fountain Pen – Was £42 Now Only £33.60!

Free Delivery on order over £20!

Thanks for reading, I’ll keep looking for offers for you.

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New Baby Crochet Cardigan and Blanket

If you read my other blog, Raisiebay, you may already know that we have a new baby in the family. My niece had a little boy just a few weeks ago and he is the most adorable little baby, I just had to get my hooks out and make something for him. I decided to crochet a blanket and a cardigan.

First up, I bought my wool, I chose Stylecraft Special in Aspen colour. I did think it would be more blue, but it was a kind of aquamarine colour, which happens to be my niece’s favourite colour.

Baby Blanket.

I tried lots of patterns but I decided on just a simple waffle crochet stitch to make this square pram size blanket. But it needed a little decorations so I made a couple of bunnies to sew on the corner.

baby blanket crochet in waffle stitch, with two little bunnies sewn on
baby blanket with bunnies

Baby Cardigan

I chose my cardigan pattern from Kerry Jane Designs on Etsy.

crochet baby cardigan.
Little Ridge Cardigan from Kelly Jane Designs

I bought the buttons on Amazon which were a great bargain. Just £6.99 for 150 buttons in different sizes. Each one is printed with the words, Handmade with love and with two little hearts. I think they are perfect for a baby cardigan.

I made the cardigan in the newborn size but as my great nephew is so tiny it doesn’t fit him yet. I am thinking of making some more for my shop as it’s such a great pattern.

You can see more of my crochet here on this blog. And you can see some of the things I’ve made for sale on my Etsy shop which is also called At Home A Lot.

This post contains affiliate links which may earn me a little money if you click them and go on to purchase something, but they will cost you no extra. Thank you for supporting my blog.

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Ten Must Haves for your Garden this Summer

British Summertime is always unpredictable, but we all love our gardens at this time of year. If you can’t go out then stay home and enjoy your garden, maybe even invite some friends over. Fire up the BBQ or have a garden party.

I set myself a challenge to find 10 things on Etsy which would make my garden more fun and inviting.

I am an Etsy Affiliate, so if you click through my links and go on to buy something, then I may earn a little money. It will cost you no extra though so thank you so much for your support of my blog x

1. Garden Furniture

You need somewhere to sit and enjoy your garden. It can be a lovely patio set, an outdoor table and chairs, a bench with stools or even a picnic blanket. You can find what you need on Etsy and I have some in my favourites. I have a ratten garden set myself, but I’d love a real wooden picnic table like this one.

wooden picnic bench for the garden.
Wooden Picnic bench

2. Flowers and Plants

You can make your garden look so much nicer with careful planting. Depending on the size of your garden you can have flower border, flower beds, raised beds, or pots.

Here is a good starter pack of 5 mixed plants.

Five garden plants in pots
5 Mixed garden plants

3. Lighting

When dusk falls but it’s still warm, it’s lovely to be able to spend more time outside. For this you will need lighting and there are lots of ways of doing this. Solar lamps are great for this and you can plant them anywhere. However, we love fairy lights and we have some just like these all around our seating area. They are also solar powered so the sun during the day keeps them alight at night.

garden fairy lights.
Fairy Outdoor solar powered lights

4. Garden Ornaments

Whether they are on your lawn or your patio, ornaments can brighten up your garden and create a focal point. I’m a big fan of wall hangings, wind chimes and all kinds of figures. But this gorgeous peacock really caught my eye.

metal peacock garden ornament.
36 inch hand painted peacock

5. Fire Pit

When it gets cold you can replicate a camp fire with a fire pit. Some of them are ultra modern like this one. (If you don’t want to use it as a fire pit it would make a beautiful flower planter.

fire pit
Fire pit

6. BBQ

When it comes to Summertime our thoughts turn to BBQs. We have already had our first BBQ this year and it’s only April. You can get everything you need on Etsy for the perfect BBQ, from actual BBQs to utensils and aprons. I found this really nice sign though and it would look great on the wall behind our BBQ area.

BBQ master wall sign
Personalised BBQ Grill Master Sign.

7. Dinner Sets

Whether it’s for the BBQ or a picnic, you’ll be needing something to eat off while outside. I love this melamine plate bowl and beaker set from Emma Bridgewater.

plate, bowl and beaker set with yellow flowers and bumble bees.
Plate, bowl and beaker set.

8. Bunting

Parties outside are great. I have four children with summer birthdays and we are well rehearsed, like this Frozen party we had for Boo’s 7th Birthday. There are lots of ways of decorating but bunting is a must.

pretty hummingbird bunting for outside.
humming bird, outside bunting

9. Gnomes

Some people love gnomes and some people don’t. I’ll let this fabulous decoration tell you how I feel about them.

T rex dinosaur garden ornament, attacking garden gnomes.
T Rex garden gnome massacre.

10. Gazebo

The weather is unpredictable but don’t let that keep you out of the garden, stick up a gazebo instead.

blue garden gazebo
Pop up Gazebo

I did it! Ten things from Etsy for your garden. I hope you enjoyed my selection but if you’d like to see more you can visit my Etsy Favourites here, or maybe you’d like to see the Editors Picks.

You might enjoy another of my blog posts Things to Save and Splurge on in Your Home.

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Things To Save and Splurge On In Your Home

There are some things in your home that are worth spending the money on and some things that you should just buy as basic as they come. A good way of helping to save your money and spend it in the right places is knowing what items or areas of the home are worth it. Here are some things to save and splurge on in your home.

door mat with the word home on, things to save and splurge within your home

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Soft Furnishings – Save

Soft furnishings like your cushion covers, throws, and table napkins are all things that you can certainly save money on. They are things that are likely to be used every single day in some way or another but they are likely going to be cheap to buy regardless. It’s not so much about the quality that you’re paying for because either way, they’re likely to get worn down quickly because of the weak materials that are often used. 

These things that you buy for the home are often for decoration and so it’s ideal to spend more on the other parts of the home, leaving the accessories like soft furnishings, etc. as a budget buy. You don’t need to spend a huge amount on these things for your home. It’s better to buy it cheap than to spend too much.

Smart Technology – Splurge

Smart technology is something that can be a great addition to your home. It not only adds value to your property in some respects, but it also adds a lot of ease and functionality to the home too. There are so many different smart technology options available and so when it comes to buying it, it’s worth splurging on specific products. Things like a smart television, for example, will often be a good investment. 

There are plenty of appliances nowadays that have smart features and can connect to other electronic devices. These electronic devices are things like your phone, whereby you can control the appliance from a distance.

Storage – Save

Storage is a necessity for most homes and sometimes, you might not have enough to keep all the clutter in order. If you have floor space that’s being taken up by stuff, then it’s important to invest in storage to keep everything where it should be. However, you shouldn’t have to spend hundreds on storage. For example, you could stick with the basics that are plastic tubs that can fit underneath your bed or in a cupboard.

When buying storage trying to find things that are functional and stylish for your space. You may also want to consider buying furniture in the future that doubles up as a storage space too but only if it’s really needed. For the most part, storage of any sort can be fairly cheap to buy, so you don’t need to go overboard in this regard.

Cooking Utensils – Splurge

Cooking utensils are something you use every day and on some occasions, multiple times per day. So with that being said, you want something durable and that’s not going to break or fall apart within the first few months of owning it. Things like your pots and pans are going to be better if they’re made out of solid materials that can last a lifetime, or at least a decade or so. As much as it might be tempting to get it cheap, invest in the utensils that are going to be durable, whatever you cook or use them for around the kitchen.

These utensils are worth splurging on, especially as they contribute to prepping and cooking your meals as a household.

Furniture – A Bit Of Both

Furniture is a bit of both because there are some things that are good to have splurged on and others where it’s worth getting them cheaper. Your sofa and bed are two items of furniture that are worth splurging on because they offer a lot of comforts that you will need on a daily basis. Whether you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep or watching a movie, they’re both an important part of comfortable living. Whilst there might be other things like your television stand or side cabinets that don’t need so much spending on them, especially if they’re just there for decoration.

Knowing what to save and what to splurge on when it comes to your home is something that can help you to save money when it’s needed and to treat yourself in other cases. Use these tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of what you buy, regardless of what it is.

living room furniture

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Spring is Here and so are the Flowers

I love to crochet, but you know that. One thing that is lovely to make is flowers. So, just because the sun is shining today, I’m bringing you a few lovely floral designs from Deramores. I’m an affiliate so if you do click through and purchase I may earn a little money. Thank you for your support.

Flowers Pot

I think this may be my project for this afternoon.

Mothers Day CAL Blanket

I really love this, if only my kids could crochet!

blue and pink blanket with flowers and heart and the word Mum
Mothers Day Cal Blanket, pattern £1.50, kit £25

Daisies

These three daisies look so cute in a vase and would last longer than real flowers.

flowers in a vase, crochet
Daisies, pattern 50p, pattern and wool £11.50

Orchid Cushion

How sweet is this cushion!

orchids on a cushion
Orchid Cushion pattern £1, pattern and wool £14.10, pattern wool and cushion insert £20.10

Baby Blooms Blanket

I am loving the delicate colours and beautiful design of this blanket. It’s definitely on my to do list.

baby blooms blanket
Baby blooms blanket, digital pattern £1, pattern and wool £18.50

Daisy Brooch

Such a simple yet effective brooch to bring a little flower to your lapel.

daisy brooch
Daisy brooch, pattern 25p, yarn and pattern £7

Happy Garden Flowers Throw and Cushion

A perfect gift for a gardener, or just to enjoy your garden on those cooler days.

cushion and throw covered with flowers
Pattern free, pattern and wool £29.56

Have you seen anything that catches your eye? I’d love to know if you make anything.

You can see some of my crochet here in my Etsy Shop.

More of my crochet posts can be found here on this blog.

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Great Ideas for Valentines Crochet

It’s not too late to hook up a quick Valentines gift. Here are a few great ideas for Valentines Crochet.

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Valentines Crochet Blanket

Valentines crochet red and white blanket with hearts design

Perfect for Valentines Day or even an Engagement or Wedding gift. This gorgeous blanket is made in Deramores Studio DK, one of my favourite wools to work with. The entire kit is only £22 or pattern for just £1

Loop Heart Cushion

Make one or the whole set of three of these wonderful romantic loop Heart Cushions.

Valentines crochet heart cushions

Starting with just the pattern for £2, and the kits with cushion pad for £13.00, to all three cushions for £25.

Love Heart Bunting

Looking for something quick and easy but full of heart. How about this gorgeous red bunting.

Valentines crochet bunting

Buy the pattern for just 50p or the kit for just £2.40. Simple but affective.

Cute Sweet Love Hearts

Who can resist these sweet little love hearts by EmKatCrochet.

Cute sweetheart keyrings

Purchase the digital pattern for 50p, or buy the yarn and pattern for £11.99 and the Yarn, patttern, eyes, stuffing and keyrings for £21.99 There is even a video tutorial to help you along and you can make several little hearts.

Love Teddies Valentines Crochet

How very cute is this project. These teddies are full of love and would make a perfect gift.

two cute grey bears holding a red heart that says I love you and have the letter spelling L O V E on their paws.

You can get the details here: Pattern only £1, Pattern and yarn £5.99, Pattern, yarn, eyes and stuffing £11.50

Valentines Crochet Hearts

This pattern is for some cute, easy to crochet hearts that can be used for all sorts of decorations. You could even just stick one in your card! Here they are displayed amongst flowers for the complete romantic look.

Valentines crochet hearts in a bunch of flowers

The pattern for these hearts is just £1.50, but you can buy it alongside 3 balls of Patons DK in Nougat, Red and Nectarine for £13.20. You can make lots of hearts.

Love Heart Valentines Crochet Cushions

These are so cute and would make a sweet gift for anyone. You can make just one or all three, it’s up to you. Each one measures 41 cm (16 inches.)

three cushion hearts in pale blue, baby pink and pale purple

The patterns and wool can be found here: The pattern is £1, Wool and stuffing for one cushion £6, and wool and stuffing for all three cushions £16.99

Two Peas in a Pod

I love this, what a really lovely little gift to make. Approximately 10- 11cm (4 inches)

These little peas are made in Deramores Studio DK and you can download the digital pattern for 50p or buy the entire kit including the eyes for £6.

I hope you like these Valentines Crochet gifts I’ve found for you. You can see more on the Deramores website. Remember, if you don’t crochet yourself they also make lovely gifts for loved ones that do crochet.

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I Took the Plunge and Opened An Etsy Shop

I’ve been thinking of opening an Etsy shop for a while. I love Etsy and I wanted to make things to sell too. I’ve been crocheting for a few years now and I’ve made lots of different things. My blankets have been my favourite things to make, but they take so long and I fall in love with them so I find them hard to part with. I have made two blankets for friend’s babies though, so I may make some more baby blankets. In the meantime I have made some of my second favourite things, scarves. Now, I’m afraid, as much as I feel you can’t have too many blankets, you can have two many scarves, so I’m happy to let these go to new homes.

As well as scarves I decided to add some fingerless mittens, or wrist warmers. I made some for myself and as I suffer from cold hands and carpel tunnel syndrome, I wear them all the time. I can still type and even crochet while wearing them. So, I’ve made some more to sell and I hope to get a little more adventurous with my patterns in the future.

My Etsy Shop

You Can find my Etsy Shop here: Raisiebay’s Shop

It needs a little more work and a lot more stock, but I’ve decided to share a few things I’ve made.

Graduated Blue Cowl/Infinity Scarf

blue cowl

Pink Graduated Cowl/Infinity scarf

pink cowl/infinity scarf

Thick Warm Striped Scarf

Thick stripe scarf

Blue Fingerless Mittens/Wrist Warmers

blue fingerless mittens

Orange Fingerless Mittens/Wrist Warmers

orange fingerless mittens/wrist warmers

Bunny Head Baby Blanket

bunny head baby blanket

I really don’t expect any sales yet, but I will keep adding to my shop until I start selling things. I have a huge stash of wool to get through. What do you think I should sell in my shop? Do you have an Etsy shop, I’m always looking for new ones?

You can see some more of my crochet on this blog.

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What Did I Buy? Favourite Things from My Etsy Winnings

Last year I was lucky enough to win £500 in vouchers to spend on Etsy. I could have gone for one expensive thing, but I decided to keep it in my account and use it for the little things I wanted to buy. I found some lovely shops and ended up with some fantastic buys. I want to share some of my favourite things with you here.

Light Up Your Life

When Boo asked me for some fairy lights for Christmas I may have gone a little over the top. I bought some lovely lights which both the girls have lining the shelves on their bunkbeds. These are so incredibly pretty and the girls love them. Battery powered, I have to keep reminding them to turn them off, but they have the switch near their pillows and are able to turn them off before going to sleep easily.

Ball shaped fairy lights in a basket
Happium party supplies, Ball Fairy Lights £8

The New Rug

I needed a new rug and I was looking for something purple and shaggy. I was so pleased to find this rug on Etsy and for only £26.99 for the size I wanted. I love it so much I’m considering buying another for my bedroom.

Purple shaggy Rug
Kalki Purple Shaggy rug from £13.49

Crystals

I have always had a passion for crystals and already had a couple of crystal shops favourited on Etsy. I treated myself to some new crystal treats.

Love Light and Harmony is on of my favourite shops and the Lovely Lindsey will make bracelets depending on what you need. You can tell her your problems, physical or mental, and she will choose the perfect selection of crystals and use reiki on them before sending them to you. They are always so beautiful and unique. This is one of my favourites.

I also bought a lovely lapis Lazuli necklace from Lindsey which I don’t think I’ve taken off since I bought it.

lapiz lazuli crystal point necklace

Another of my favourite crystal suppliers is Tru Path And I bought myself some lovely things from Tru.

One was a real treat for myself and it was a gift box including a facial roller and many other crystal items.

crystal agate candle holder
Tru path agate candle holder

Mugs

Mugs are a great buy and you can find any kind of mug on Etsy. I chose a mug for my daughter (the crazy cat lady) on one for my husband (the PS4 addict.)

Sadly my daughter’s cat mug is no longer available but it’s a little like this one

Soaps and Candles

Etsy is a great place for handmade soaps and candles, especially vegan ones. Here are a few that I purchased.

A Real Treat For Me from my Favourite Things

I’m not one that buys stuff for myself very often, I much prefer gifting. But as I won the voucher I felt that I could really treat myself. Of course, I bought other people gifts too, my husband had a new wallet and I bought jewellery for others, and the lights for the girls of course. I also bought some Christmas decorations including coasters and a door wreath. But now I had the chance to buy some of my favourite things.

I am a big fan of ‘His Dark Materials’ and always wanted something based on the Alethiometer than Lyra uses. I fell in love with this steam punk inspired watch based on the Alethiometer from The Geek Booteek I bought one for myself and I love it so much.

Do you Etsy? I’ve spent all of my voucher now but I was a customer before and I will remain a customer. These are some of my favourite things.

You can see all my favourite shops here.

I am an Esty affiliate so if you click any links on my page and purchase from Etsy you may earn me a little money. It will not cost you any extra so thank you for your support.

I’m going to be brave now and list my very own Etsy shop here. I will be adding items over the next few days.

See some more of my Etsy posts here.