Crimble Crafts: Cheatin’ Boozey Chocolate Chip Mince Pies

Mince Pies 17Hello Lovelies,

How’s the Christmas preparations going? Time is whizzing by and it feels there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. So with that in mind, here’s a cheats guide to super yummy mince pies. I LOVE mince pies, like, REALLY love them. The problem is, it’s hard to find vegan friendly ones in supermarkets, so I usually end up having to make my own. These ones use pre-made pastry for speed and ease. I knocked them up for a little Mince Pies and Mulled Wine party my friend Lillith throws each year (she’s the hostess with the mostest). I found a bag of choc chips in the baking cupboard when I was pulling together the ingredients and I thought, let’s chuck them in the mince and see how they turn out. Well, they turned out GREAT and they didn’t last very long at the party. If you are feeling extra pushed for time or just kind of lazy, you could just use your jar of mince straight up but I like to give mine a little extra oomf. Here’s what you do…

You Will Need:Mince Pies 01

*1 pack of jus-roll short crust pastry (or the pre-rolled one if you are super lazy)

*1 jar of mincemeat (no, not the animal variety, gross! these are meant to be vegan!)

*Zest and juice of 1/2 an orange

*a handful of almond slivers

*50g of dark choc chips

*2 table spoons of whisky

*vegan spread for greasing the pan

*1 table spoon of non-dairy milk for brushing the top of the pies

ALSO HANDY…

A 12 hole muffin tray, off-set spatula, medium mixing bowl, grater or zester, juicer, pastry brush, mixing spoon, rolling pin, flour for rolling, measuring spoons, large round cookie cutter, star shaped cookie cutter.

Pre-heat oven to 200’c (180’c for fan assisted ovens). Grease the muffin pan and set aside.

What You Do:

1) Spoon the jar of mincemeat into a mixing bowl. Add in the chocolate chips, almond slivers, orange zest and juice, and the whisky. Mix until well combined and set aside.Mince Pies 06 Mince Pies 07 Mince Pies 08

2) Roll out the pastry block onto a lightly floured surface to the thickness of about 0.5cm or a little thinner. Using a round cookie cutter big enough to line your muffin wells, cut out 12 discs (I used a mug because I couldn’t find my cookie cutters).Mince Pies 09 Mince Pies 10

3) Gently line each well with a disc of pastry and gently press into place.Mince Pies 12

4) Roll out the remaining pastry again and cut out 12 stars (or hearts, moons, pigs, you get the idea).Mince Pies 13

5) Spoon in about 1 1/2 tea spoons of mince mixture into each prepared muffin well. Gently place a star (or whatever shape you’re using) on top of each pie and brush lightly with a little of the non-dairy milk.Mince Pies 14 Mince Pies 15

6) Bake in the middle shelf of your oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden.

7) Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly (but not completely) before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Please don’t eat these straight out of the oven as they will be really bloody hot! You’ve been warned (you’re still going to do though, aren’t you? Thought so).Mince Pies 16

8) Serve! I suggest a bit of custard, ice-cream or vegan brandy butter/cointreau cream. My camera batteries died before I got a photo of these pies all laid out ready to serve. They looked pretty all stacked up on the plate. Never mind!

There you have it. These babies will not last long. Warm gently in the oven before serving and all the chocolate chips will start to melt slightly. The way the flavours all meld is amazing, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. I hope you enjoy making and eating these pies as much as I did. That’s all for today and as always, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Crimble Crafts: Feltie Puds Decorations

Feltie Puds 25Hello Lovelies,

Well, preparation for Christmas is in full swing in our household. I’ve been truffle making like a mad woman, making xmas cards and sewing up these adorable little feltie Christmas pudding tree ornaments. Today, I’m going to show you how to make them. They’re really easy and the technique is similar to the heart decorations I made last year. I like making things with felt and I have started my own little Christmas tradition where I make a different felt ornament each year and hand them out as gifts. I also always make one for our own family tree, so in years to come, I can look back and it will be decorated with lots of lovely little felt things I have hand sewn with love and care.

You Will Need:Feltie Puds 21*Felt sheets in brown, green and white/cream

*Red buttons

*Slim ribbon

*Stuffing

*Paper scissors and fabric scissors

*Needles and pins

*Sewing thread in white, green and red

*Some old card or stiff paper

*Pens and pencils

*Something round to draw around (I used my protractor)

NOTE: I use doubled up thread for all sewing in this project.

What To Do:

1) First you need to make your pudding templates. Use something round to trace the main pudding shape onto your card/paper (you can make these as big or small as you like by the way, which is why there are no measurements*). Draw out a second circle and then sketch in your cream topping shape (it doesn’t have to look perfect). Finally, draw out a holly leaf shape. I was really anal and used a ruler to measure mine out to make it even and symmetrical but you can just freehand it if you like.Feltie Puds 222) Next, use your templates to draw them out onto your felt sheets. The round pudding base goes on the brown (my protractor fitted in six circles on one sheet, which makes three puds). The cream topping onto the cream or white felt and the holly onto the green. Make sure you can easily see your traced shapes. I used a white tailors’ pencil on the brown felt but a white pencil or pen would work just as well. I used pencil on the cream felt and a black biro on the green felt.Feltie Puds 233) Cut out your shapes (with your fabric scissors), making sure to cut just inside the lines so that none of your decorations end up with pen markings on them. Lay out all of your pieces and make sure that you have enough shapes for the amount of puddings you want to make. Each pudding comprises of two pieces of round brown felt, one piece of cream topping and two green holly leaves.Feltie Puds 104) Pin your cream toppings to ONE piece of pud and stitch along the lower dripping edged shape. This will secure the piece in place while adding a little extra detail to the ornament. If you would like to reduce the amount of hand sewing involved, or are in a hurry, you could use a small amount of craft glue or a glue gun to stick them on instead. Just make sure that the pieces are fully dry before continuing onto the next step.Feltie Puds 115) Using your green thread, stitch a line down the center of each holly leaf, again, this is to add a little detail and texture to the pud. Tack two leaves to the center top of each pudding to hold in place.Feltie Puds 136) Sew a red button onto the pudding using your red thread, just where the two leaf edges meet. Make sure it is stitched on securely.Feltie Puds 247) Take a plain piece of brown pudding felt and place it behind the decorated one. Using your white thread and a blanket stitch, sew the two pieces together, leaving a small space at the top of the pud to put the stuffing in and your hanging ribbon.Feltie Puds 168) Smoosh in as much stuffing as you like into the small gap at the top of your pud. You can use the end of a pencil or a chopstick to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Cut a small length of ribbon (about 16cm or so), fold in half and place the ends into the top of the pudding, behind the button. Stitch the hole closed, making sure to catch the ribbon in also.Feltie Puds 179) Et viola! You are done and ready to hang your little feltie pudding on your tree or give it away as a gift. Another nice idea is to drip a little festive smelling aromatherapy oil (frankincense, orange, clove, cinnamon etc) onto the stuffing before putting it in the pud, then it will smell as good as it looks!Feltie Puds 19 Feltie Puds 20So there you go, adorable feltie puds for hanging on the tree. Of course, you don’t have to make puddings, you can make whatever shapes you like. Gingerbread men, reindeer, snowmen, Santa, mistletoe, goodness, loads of options! The technique is pretty much the same each way. Let me know if you make these or any other feltie ornaments inspired by this post. In the meantime, that’s all for today, and as always, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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* The dimensions of the puddings I made are as follows: Pudding diameter 9.5cm, cream topping 4cm at deepest point, holly leaf length 4cm and 2.5cm at widest point. Ribbon cut to 16cm and looped.

Crimble Crafts: Super Easy Vegan Rum Truffles

Rum truffles 14Hello Lovelies,

Well, today I bring you some delicious boozey raw vegan truffles. They are quick, easy, involve no actual cooking and only contain three ingredients! Plus, the recipe is super adaptable, so feel free to have a little play about with this and let me know how it goes. I’ve been researching vegan truffle recipes for a while now and my favourite has to be these raw ones. I played around with the ingredients, ratios and technique found in a variety of recipes until I hit on what worked for me personally.

You Will Need:

Rum truffles 01*250g of pitted dates (the softer and higher quality, the better, otherwise you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you in the processing stage).

* 3tbls cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, plus 2tbls extra for coating truffles.

*3tbls of rum (or whisky, tequila, whatever you fancy)

Equipment:

*Food Processor

*Spatula

*Deep bowl and shallow dish

*Cling film

Makes Approx 25 Truffles

1) If your dates are a little on the firm side, soak them in water for about an hour beforehand. Drain them and place into your food processor, along with the cocoa powder and rum.Step 12) Blend the mixture until it is well combined and super smooth. You will probably need to stop at times to scrape the mixture away from the sides and into the main bowl. You want the mixture to be slightly wet but not super gooey.Step 23) Transfer the mixture into a bowl, cover with cling film and freeze for about an hour to allow it to firm up.Rum truffles 084) Once firm, put 2tbls of cocoa into a shallow dish. Use a teaspoon or melon baller to scoop out even sized portions of the mixture and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the cocoa to coat evenly. If you are finding that the mixture is leaving your hands all sticky, your mixture may be too wet  (in which case, transfer back to processor and slowly add more cocoa) or may need a little longer in the freezer.Step 45) Once all the mixture is used up, place the truffles in a container and place back in the freezer if you need to keep them for a while, or the fridge, if you plan on serving them soon. Allow to stand at room temperature for at least 5 minutes before serving. These will keep for a while as they are raw and do not contain any dairy products…if you can keep your mitts off them that is! Enjoy.Step 5And you’re done. It’s that easy. I’m going to be making more of these soon. Peanut butter, hazelnut, peppermint, chilli and orange. So many options. Let me know if you have a go at these, I’d love to see how they turn out. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Homemade XMas: Clip in Reindeer Antlers

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s tutorial is a bit silly. Something for kids and grown ups alike, clip in reindeer antlers made from felt (I love felt!). I wanted antlers to wear on Christmas day but couldn’t find individual clip in ones anywhere, only ones on headbands, which give me a headache when worn all day. So, I made my own. Here’s what I came up with…

You will need:

A sheet of felt in colour of choice (I went with pale brown).

Scrap paper or card.

Scissors.

Needle and thread.

Pins.

Toy stuffing.

Pen or pencil.

Beading wire (I used 24 gauge).

Wire clippers.

2 strong snap shut hair clips.

Ruler or measureing tape

What to do:

 

Antlers 01

Step 1: Draw out your antler shape on some scrap paper or card. Make a box at the bottom of the antler, a little longer than your hairclip and half it's width.

Antlers 02

Step 2: Cut out 2 pairs of antlers. Pin the felt together to make them easier to cut out.

Antlers 03

Step 3: Use a backstitch or running stitch to sew around the outside edge of the antlers (leaving out the box at the bottom for now).

Antlers 04

It'll look like this.

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Step 4: Use a chopstick to stuff the antlers.

Antlers 06

Make sure you get into all the corners.

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Step 5: Cut a piece of wire that is twice as long as your antler plus an extra 6cm. Fold it in half.

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Step 6: Fold in half again but this time, leave the excess wire out. You'll have two 3cm prongs at the bottom.

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Step 7: Twist the wire together and pull out the prongs at right angles.

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Step 8: Push the wire into the antler.

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Step 9: Bend the ends of the prongs in on themselves so there are no sharp edges.

Antlers 12

Step 10: Stitch together the inside edge of the two rectangles at the bottom of the antlers. This will form the base for your hairclip.

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Step 11: Stitch the wire feet to the base.

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Step 12: Cut two rectangles of felt the same size of the whole base. Stitch one to the bottom of each antler.

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I used a looping stitch to sew the rectangles together.

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Almost finished!

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Step 13: Sew the topside of the hairclip to the base.

Antlers 19

And your're done, they should look like this!

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Step 14: Clip them in (red nose optional).

Antlers 01Antlers 02Antlers 03Antlers 04Antlers 05Antlers 06Antlers 07Antlers 08Antlers 09Antlers 10Antlers 11Antlers 12Antlers 13Antlers 14Antlers 15Antlers 16Step 11: Stitch the top side of the hairclip to the felt base. If your antlers are a little wobbly, run a few stitches from the bottom of the antler and through to the very underside onto the clip to make them stand up more firmly.They'll look something like this.Step 12: Clip them in (red nose optional).

I wanted to add ears to these once they were finished but I didn’t have any dark brown felt to make them. The base of the antlers could be decorated too, with tinsel, fluff, a sprig of holly or even bows! I really want to make more if I have the time next week, maybe in pink. That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Homemade XMas: Red Onion Chutney

Hello Lovelies,

As I mentioned previously, I’m making hampers for a few people this Christmas. One of the things I’ve made for them is red onion chutney. The recipe is from the Super Jam cookbook, so it’s not my own but I thought I’d share it as it’s really yummy and so quick and easy to make.

Ingredients:

8 red onions
1 red chilli
2 bay leaves
25ml olive oil
200g brown sugar
150ml balsamic vinegar
150ml red wine vinegar

What to do:

I got 5 small jars (around 200g) out of this recipe.

!) Slice the onions and the chilli into thin slices. The recipe states to cut them into thin, short slices but I left my slices long as I wanted a more ‘rustic’ chutney. You can add the chilli seeds to the recipe too if you like a real kick (I left them out of my one as not everyone I’m giving it to is as keen on hot spice as I am).

2) In a large, wide bottomed pan, heat the oil and add the onions, chilli and bay leaves. Cook gently on a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3) The onions should be translucent and really soft. Add the sugar, red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

4) Simmer the onions for 30 minutes until dark and sticky. Take off the heat and transfer to hot, sterilised jars (boil in water to sanitise the jars and their lids). Seal and leave to cool. You’re done!

The recipe states that the chutney is best left to mature for about a month for the flavour to really develop. Refrigerate after opening and eat within 6 weeks or so. I kept a jar aside for myself, I’m planning to eat it as part of my vegan cheese board! NOM.

Well, that’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Home Made XMas: Feltie Heart Tree Decorations.

Hello Lovelies,

Today is all about XMas crafting again. This time around I’m making heart shaped felt tree decorations and I’m going to show you how to make them too. I got a little carried away and ended up making a load of these, I’ll be putting them in the hampers I’m making.

You will need:

Some felt (I’m using acrylic felt)

Scrap paper or card

Scissors

Needle and thread

Stuffing (You can use cotton wool in a pinch)

Glue gun (optional)

Embelleshments (e.g. sequins, buttons, applique shapes, plastic gem stones)

Ribbon

Beads and small jingle bells (optional)

What to do:

Feltie Heart 01

Step 1: Draw a heart shape onto some paper or card and cut it out.

Feltie Heart 02

Step 2: Double up a piece of felt and trace out the heart template. Place a couple of pins in the felt to hold the pieces together.

Feltie Heart 03

Step 3: Cut out the heart shape. You should have two pieces of heart shaped felt. Seperate the hearts out and put one aside for now.

Feltie Heart 04

Step 4: Now for the really fun bit; decorating! You can embellish your hearts any way you wish. I'll show you how I did mine to get you started. I've used a zig-zag stitch to attach a contrast colour piece of felt.

Feltie Heart 05

Step 5: Make sure you secure your embellishments securely on the back of the heart.

Feltie Heart 06

Step 6: Pick a button to put in the middle of your contrast piece and stitch in place.

Feltie Heart 07

Step 7: Cut a piece of ribbon to make the hanging tag. Make it into a loop and glue or stitch the loop closed.

Feltie Heart 08

Step 8: Then glue or stitch the loop at the top of the heart.

Feltie Heart 09

Step 9: Place your two hearts back together and pin them to one another to hold in place. Now stitch them together around the outside edge. You can use any stitch for this. Back-stitch, blanket stitch etc. I used a simple looping stitch.

Feltie Heart 10

Step 10: Don't go all the way around just yet! Leave a small space to stuff your fluff into.

Feltie Heart 11

Step 11: Smoosh the fluffy stuff into the space you left open. You can make your hearts as puffy as you want.

Feltie Heart 12

Step 12: Sew the gap closed. Use a pin to hold the two pieces in place while you sew if it helps.

Feltie Heart 13

Step 13: I decided I needed some shimmer so I added some sequin ribbon around the edge using a glue gun. Only do about 2cm at a time or the glue will dry before you can stick the sequin ribbon down. You can stitch this on if you don't have a glue gun.

Feltie Heart 14

Step 14: I also added some beads and a jingle bell on the bottom of the decoration to make it hang nicely. Using doubled up thread, go through the very bottom tip of the heart.

Feltie Heart 15

Step 15: Thread on your beads and jingle bell.

Feltie Heart 16

Step 16: Go back up through the beads.

Feltie Heart 17

Step 17: Secure at the base of the heart with a few stitches. If you are using only beads and no jingle bell (which has a loop attachment), you can use embroidery thread to string your beads on and then tie them off at the bottom of the row with a knot.

Feltie Heart 18

Step 18: I decided I needed yet more sparkle, so I glued on some sparkly hologram stars to the back of the ornament.

Feltie Heart 19

Finally, the finished article. From the front...

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...and the back.

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Here it is on the Christmas tree! <3 I went a little bonkers and made a few more...

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Here's one I made using an old earring as an embellishment. I also made the front and back different colours.

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I stuck an oversized plastic gem stone onto this one. Super kitsch.

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This one is a lot simpler, with just a button and a single jingle bell on the bottom.

Feltie Heart 25

Tacky cracker ring from last year glued to the heart.

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A sequin star.

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A heart within a heart within a heart.

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Another earring glued on, a rhinestoned red star.

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As you can see, there’s lots of different ways to decorate your feltie hearts. If it’s small enough and has a fairly flat back, you can probably glue it on! I may end up making a few more of these as it would be nice to have some to keep for my tree too.

Let me know how you get on if you have a go at these, I hope you have as much fun making them as I did! That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Home Made X-Mas: Cards

Hello Lovelies,

As always, I’m planning on making most of my Xmas presents and cards this year. It’s thrifty, better for the environment (if you’re recycling/up-cycling) and it’s more personal. I’ve started off by making a bunch of cards for family and friends. I’m usually really anal about how I make my cards and they are usually all the same or a variation of a theme. This year, I thought I’d be more playful with the way I approached the task. I grabbed a big bundle of my art and crafts stash and some old Christmas cards and just started to sticking, cutting, gluing and glittering. Here’s what I came up with.

The Stuff

I turned some of this stuff...

...Into these cards.

I started by drawing a few Christmassy images and colouring them in with watercolour pencils. I brushed water onto them so they looked more painted.

I then added a variety of stickers, glitter and felt shapes to give them texture. I was really pleased with how they turned out.

I then made some super kitsch cards. I cut out cute animal photos from old Christmas cards and covered them with gem stickers, stars and glitter.

I also made some using a mix of old wrapping paper, old cards, paint and stickers. They’re ok but the sparkly animals are probably my favourite of the bunch.

The whole lot only took a couple of hours and I had lots of fun. I can’t wait to get onto the presents next! That’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Christmas Gift Guide

Hello Lovelies,

Some of you may be super organised and have all of your Xmas shopping done already but some of you may leave it to the last minute or need a little help with picking the perfect gift. Here’s my recommended gifts guide. I’ve kept to UK based companies as I feel it’s important to support small, local and independent businesses. I see that more and more people are doing this each year and there’s also been a few other blogger’s bigging up Blighty (like Betty Bee of Betty Bee Towers).

Jewellery:

Little Miss Delicious– The adorable and colourful jewellery by Little Miss Delicious always brings a smile to my face. Each piece is lovingly  hand crafted and painted by the very talented Maxine.

LMD I Want Candy Cane Necklace £22. Image by Miss Rain Photography.

Pip Jolley– Gorgeous vintage inspired jewellery from this Crouch End lovely. Her pieces are truly unique and fun. I have been coveting her silver roller necklace for quite some time now.

Large Silver Roller Necklace by Pip Jolley.

For your barnet:

B Millinery– I love Ellen’s hats. She recently made a lime green netted skull hat that I want to badly. A fusion of vintage glamour and darker pieces for  more macabre maidens in your life.

Aqua Trimmed Leopard Print Pillbox Hat by B Millinery, £65.

Wonderland Wigs- Have someone in you life who loves to dress up and release their alter ego? Wigs are such a great way to achieve an entirely different look super fast. Sam of Wonderland Wigs has a range of styles to suit everyone’s taste and great customer service.

Clothing:

Conquer- Established by Sebastian Stobbs and recently opening up a flagship store, Conquer has gone from strength to strength over the years. Each top has artwork designed by Japanese designer Tomoya Hiramatsu. Always a little disturbing, always with a sense of humour. Every garment is made from fair trade cotton too. What’s not to love?

Friends Melange Grey T-Shirt by Conquer.

Betty Blues Loungerie– A bastion of glamour among a sea of frumpy and unflattering lounge wear. Each beautiful vintage inspire piece is made right here in the UK, now that’s a rare thing indeed!

Tempest Baby Doll by Betty Blues Loungerie.

What Katie Did– Something to buy the lady you love for sure! Little hint. If you’re buying a lingerie set that includes garter straps, make sure you buy some stockings too to ‘complete’ the gift. Again, made in the UK, the fully fashioned stockings are manufactured on original machinery How cool is that?!

Helene Atsuko in WKD Antoinette Extreme Corset. Photo: Tigz Rice Studios.

The Grand Gesture:

Tigz Rice Studios– Give the gift of glamour caught forever in photography with one of Tigz’s boudoir packages. Tigz is an established photographer on the burlesque scene and has shot the likes of Dita Von Teese and Vicky Butterfly no less! A truly indulgent gift and something you and your partner can both enjoy.

Kitty Crimson at Tigz Rice Studios.

Bags:

Nap-Sac– A range of sturdy yet stylish bags. A small, independent company run by Mark Knapp, who was fed up of riding his scooter to work all day with a less that stylish bag to carry his things in and decided to make his own.He believes men should be able to have nice bags too and that there should be more style choices the ‘Briefcase’ and ‘Satchel’ for the style conscious male. Not only that, they’re cruelty free too!

Oak with Coffee Trim Holdall by Nap-Sac.

 

Stocking Stuffers:

Rockalily Lipstick– Lipstick that stays put and doesn’t dry your lips out. Comes in several retro -inspired colours, I use these lipsticks in my mua kit, I love them! Poifect for slipping into a stocking or as a small gift for a girly friend.

Core collection of rockalily lipsticks.

Vx Vegan Boutique– An independent vegan haven based near King’s Cross. You’ll find all sorts of cruelty free goodies here, from freshly made cakes and snacks to shoes, accessories, clothes and most importantly (in my mind) vegan cheese and chocolates! YUM!

Lil3Birdy– Beautiful stationary and home wares designed by Clare Sheilds. Her notebooks are great for those who are always scribbling, sketching and writing and the perfect size for a Christmas Stocking.

Small Cute Bird Notebook, Orange and Green by Lil3Birdy.

Well, I hope that gave you some gift ideas and that you choose to support indie companies this year. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree…

Frosty rooftops from the bedroom window.

Hello Lovelies,

Just thought I would share a few of my favourite Christmas songs with you all. The music (and the lights) are the two main things that help me to really get into the Christmas spirit. The Salvo Army playing on the street, tube buskers playing Christmas classics, Victorian style carol singers and Christmas music floating out all over every shop/cafe etc you enter. I have so many memories attached to these songs. Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree makes me think of Home Alone, which me and my sister loved to watch at xmas. All I want for Christmas (the ONLY song I like my Mariah (S)Carey) takes me back to 1994 and me, my mum and sister singing along and dancing around the living room in our pj’s. The Glee version of Baby, it’s Cold Outside just makes me smile. Lovely to see it sung by two guys instead of the usual guy and gal coupling. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Thank you kindly for reading and Happy Holidays!

MHB

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