Lucky Dip Club 'Crafternoon'

'MORE CRAFT?!' I hear you cry. I think it's the time of year; staying in and keeping busy is my lifeblood! Some of you may remember my reviews of Lucky Dip Club boxes from many months ago. I raved that you should all sign up (which I hope you did) and asserted that I’d keep getting the boxes, which I have. I can say with ease that the boxes get better and better every month. Jewellery, crafts, trinkets and keepsakes all come in the little brown box which I have come to look forward to receiving so much.

In addition to the brilliant the boxes are Leona, chief creator and lady in charge at Lucky Dip Club, has also become someone I’ve chatted to over the internet for some months now, mainly about emoji’s and Instagram. When she released tickets to her first ever ‘Craft-ernoon’ I knew I had to go.

The event was held Velvet Marie in Dalston; a newly opened, super cute café just around the corner from Dalston Junction. Massive hot chocolates, an incredible array of tea (the best caffeine free selection I’ve come across for some time), and proper homemade bakes and treats where on offer all afternoon and it’s somewhere I’d visit again and again. Go, you’ll like it!

Leona had put together packs, with crafts from previous boxes in, and we were left to it! To chat, drink tea and most importantly, get crafty! I personally had a really super afternoon, London can be an incredibly isolating place sometimes and getting out and chatting to like minded girls over drinks and sewing was really lovely. Meeting Leona was also an absolute treat; I’m so please for her with how well the boxes are going and her ever-expanding business. This was the first crafternoon but she vowed it wouldn’t be the last. Make sure you sign up to the Lucky Dip Club newsletter so you’re in the know and maybe even treat yourself to a few bits from the shop whilst you’re there.

(Apologies for the picture quality! Guess who forgot to check if the batteries on her two cameras were charged...)

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SKATE at Somerset House with Google City Experts

I've not been part of the City Experts scheme for long, but this was the first event run since I reached my Google milestone! For those of you who don't know City Experts, it's a Google led scheme which you can be part of just by writing Google reviews. You can connect with other reviewers, test new Google services before they're publicly available and get invited to special events like the private skate school at SKATE Somerset House.

I took my flatmate out for an incredibly excellent evening hosted by everybody's favourite search engine! We drank champagne for Dutch courage, spun around the ice (both alarmed by our prowess and skill!) and mingled with lots of other City Experts. We connected with some really lovely people who I hope to see at future events. Both giddy on the bubbles and the change of scenery (the sofa gets pretty samey!), we exclaimed loudly on the tube that it was our best night!

Somerset House remains to be one of my very favourite places; if you are visiting London over the festive period of have an evening spare I couldn’t recommend a session on the ice more. Most importantly, make sure you grab a Hot Chocolate – best ever!

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Crafty What Nots

So we finally have to admit it, it’s winter.

The nights are drawing in at a rapid rate, my hot chocolate cravings have gone into overdrive and the onesie is out in full force. This for me should mean more nights in snuggling by the fire (radiator) but for some reason I’ve been incredibly busy of late. Friends to see, food to eat, work to be done.

Despite this though, there are quieter moments and honestly there are few things I would rather do more than make and create. My lovely mother will vouch for me on this, as a kid all I ever wanted to do was craft. I drew, I painted and I made things constantly – inventions, designs, drawings and an endless trail of PVA glue all over myself and the house. This is one of those things that slipped away as I stumbled towards adulthood but in recent months, it’s all coming back. It was for this reason I got so excited when the lovely Jenny from ‘Crafty What Nots’ got in touch with me a few months ago, asking if I’d like to have a go with one of her craft boxes - I of course said yes!!

The parcel arrived one Saturday and it was huge! I tore it open it excitedly to reveal a beautifully, carefully packaged parcel of wonder. The theme of my box is ‘Winter Wonderland’, perfectly apt for the season. The box comes with more crafty bits than you can shake a stick at – stamping ink, buttons, twine, card, embellishments, the lot! The main goodies go towards crafting your own hanging advent calendar which I’m part way though doing (in the box came 24 sheets of beautiful, pre cut, guilded paper!!) and I can honestly say I’ll be keeping an eye on the next boxes for more crafting adventures. The boxes are thoughtfully put together, well balanced and even include some lovely inspiration sheets for future crafting ventures.

They cost just £12.50 plus £2.50 P&P which I think is incredible! As an craft enthusiast I can say with certainty that the contents of the box is well worth double the price, if not more. I’d urge you all to take a look at Jenny’s website and follow her on twitter (@Jennysiscrafts). Maybe you'll find some inspiration to make a few of your presents this year? I know I’ve got a few hampers, jams and biscuits to be getting on with.

Ho ho ho, here’s to the start of the festive season.

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