Be super in the Community

Just a quick post today to tell you all about a brilliant campaign from one of my favourite retailers White Stuff. 
If you’ve ever wanted to do your bit and make a difference in your local community but are not sure how to without the necessary funds, then why not enter this competition? Those lovely people from White Stuff are giving away £5000 towards a community-based project. It could be anything from sprucing up the local park or giving the church hall a makeover.
Get your thinking caps on because you will need to tell White Stuff in 200 words or less why they should give the money to you and the deadline for entries is 7th Feb. For more info and to enter click here 
Good luck!

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Something for the weekend

This is the first post in a new feature on the blog called Something for the Weekend, where I will be posting a special little inspirational something every Friday.
Today’s treat is this gorgeous necklace, by Leeds-based designer-maker Linneke of Wiv Wuv. 
It’s no secret that I love teapots (among other things), so I was naturally drawn to this but Linneke’s range includes lots of other great imaginative pieces, made from either wood (usually birch) or acrylic and either silver or gold plated. A range made from recycled leather is also coming soon.
Her work is inspired by nature, animals, literature and music and is designed to make people smile.Well it certainly had the desired effect on me. I love the way that her pieces are both comical yet decorative, pretty yet slightly edgy.
For more information and to have a good old gander at the rest of the range, take a look at www.wivwuv.co.uk

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Dorset Cereals Little Blog Awards

My blog has been nominated for the Dorset Cereals Little Blog Awards. This fiercely-fought competition is a great awards scheme, which celebrates the joys of blogging and is a great showcase for some of the best little blogs out there – I’ve discovered some beauties just by perusing the site regularly.

So I’m really, quite inordinately, excited that my own blog will be rubbing shoulders within such esteemed company. If you have read and enjoyed my blog over the last few months please spare a moment to vote for me, which you can do by clicking here
At the end of every month, the blog that has received the most votes will win the highly coveted Little Blog Awards egg cup.

There’s also something in it for you! If you vote for a blog you will be entered into a prize draw to win a case of yummy cereal.  
Thanks again for all your support!
Love, Kathryn

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New home

I came across a new magazine the other day called home. Targeted at the home interiors market, this magazine has the rather enticing strapline: Designer Styles At High Street Prices (and isn’t that always a sure-fire hook!?). 
I’m normally a Livingetc devotee and I occasionally drool over the beautiful, if slightly unattainable, pages of Elle Deco. But, I’m also very much into bargains and affordability, hence my love of second hand. So, when I discovered home magazine (priced at only £1.99), I had to give it a go.
It’s actually pretty good and has some really quite individual and aspirational interior designs from real homes plus a good appraisal of high street finds as well as more unusual brands. Best of all, there was a great double page spread featuring one of my design heroes Orla Kiely and her beautiful home. The only naff part, for me, was the inclusion of advice from TV personalities such as Linda Barker and Tommy Walsh – a bit predictable for my liking. I’d rather have insider tips from the stars of the future.
Home magazine is exclusively available through Tesco. Check it out!

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Free tea!

Just when I thought I had received enough treats, a visit to see my parents today has furnished me with another little extra: a box of Betty’s tea and, even better, the lovely tin it came in!
My parents, being Yorkshire folk born and bred, are very particular about their tea and have only ever drunk Ringtons tea. So when they were gifted a box of Betty’s Tea Room blend, I knew it was slightly wasted on them. So, with a subtley dropped hint, it was soon mine. 
I never say no to a taste of anything from Betty’s, which to the uninitiated is a wonderful Yorkshire-based chain of specialist tearooms. But what I really love about this, apart from the delicious tea, is the illustration on the packaging and tin.
The painted illustrations really appeal to me because I collect tea pots. In fact one of the best things about Betty’s in Harrogate, aside from the scrumptious food and drink, is the opportunity to see its fantastic tea pot collection, which I believe is the original inspiration for these beautiful illustrations. For all these reasons, and more, a visit to Betty’s is an absolute must if you ever visit Yorkshire (although be prepared to queue – it is however well worth the wait!). In the meantime I will just have to put the kettle on ready for a brew and admire my lovely new tin.

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