Sunday, 1 March 2015

My Sunday Photo #SilentSunday 01/03/2015


Mother's Day Personalised Gifts for every Budget

Mother's Day is just two weeks away, so it's certainly time to start thinking about gifts if you haven't already! When it comes to Mums, Grans and Nannas they will appreciate most gifts that you give them whether it's flowers, something homemade or a personalised gift.

For me, Mother's Day is about memories, memories of precious times together, memories of loved ones lost, and future memories of celebrating the day together.

How do you give a memory as a gift? As a personalised photo gift of course, take a photo that captures one of those special memories and tun it into a lovely keepsake.

I've teamed up with Truprint to take a look at a selection of personalised photo gifts that will suit any budget; from a few pounds saved up in a child's piggy bank to those with a little more cash to splash!

Under £20 - Photo Teddy Bear

How cute is this little chap? For just £17.50 (plus P & P) you can turn this teddy bear wearing a cotton t-shirt with your image into a wonderful personalised gift for your Mum. This one is perfect for pictures of the grandchildren to give to the Grandma or Nanna who has everything!

Under £15 - Animated Photo Notebook

Mums love writing lists, Fact. So what better gift to get them than some gorgeous pesonalised stationary to write them on? This ring bound notebook has 75 lined pages and can be personalised with two pictures that display in an animated effect. A lovely way for Mum to keep her favourite photos with her in the office or at home. Priced at £11.99 each (plus P & P) or £9.99 if you buy three or more they are a great gift for any stationary addict!

Under £10 - Animated Photo Bookmark

These cute bookmarks are perfect gift for a child to buy for Mum, Gran or Nanna. The same idea as the notebook, you can personalise them with two pictures that change from one to another when you tilt it. A personalised message can also be put on the back in a font and colour of your choice. A lovely way of keeping special memories with you everywhere you go and of course keeping your place in your favourite book. At just £5.99 each (plus P & P) or £4.99 if you buy three or more they are a great budget buy this Mother's Day!

Under £5 - Photo Keyring

Sometimes a gift is even more special, not because of how much it cost but because of where that money came from. If a little one has been saving up their pennies to buy the perfect gift for Mummy then this photo keyring is ideal. Let them choose their favorite photo or maybe even take a picture of their latest drawing and have it made into a sturdy keyring for Mum for just £2.99 (plus P & P).

If none of these take your fancy, Truprint have even more personalised photo gifts to choose from on their website.

To make sure you don't forget the card to go with the gift and to help make one million Mums smile, Truprint are giving away a million personalised Mother's Day cards for FREE* (postage applies).

To claim yours simply click here to create your card and enter  MUMINAMILLION  at checkout. 

When you get your free card why not share it on twitter or instagram with the  hashtag?

*Terms and conditions of offer
  • Awards one free 7x5 folded card
  • Standard P&P charges apply (99p)
  • Ship to recipient not available
  • Complete with envelope
  • Code is One time use only
  • Strictly one code use per household.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Mother's Day Gift Wrapping with Laura Ashley

A while ago I met up with some fellow northern bloggers at the wonderful Rosy Lee Tea Rooms in Manchester's Northern Quarter, we were joined by some very creative ladies from the Ministry of Craft and some beautiful Laura Ashley fabrics and paper. I have been meaning to tell you about this event for some time now and with Mother's Day coming up it is the perfect time to share with you what we got up to! While spending a fun afternoon chatting to friends we were taught how to make some beautiful gift boxes and gift bags that are perfect for any occasion, especially Mother's Day.

I have  loved everything Laura Ashley since I was a young girl and I remember my mum regularly taking me to the store in Southport. The brand is timeless to me and I have always dreamed that one day I will be truly grown up and have a house with Laura Ashley paper on the walls and linen on the beds... maybe, one day, but for now I am perfectly happy to wrap gifts in this pretty paper and fabric.

We were split into groups and half of us were led over to a table filled with sewing machines. Although I'm not a stranger to a sewing machine, it had been a little while, so I was pleased to have a full introduction from the Ministry of Craft ladies, who explained how we would be using triangles of pretty fabric and ribbon to create a bunting look and then sewing the hessian fabric into a cute little drawstring sack. Ideal as an Eco-friendly way to package a gift this Mother's Day! I was quite please with my finished product, which you can see below:

After a bite to eat we then moved on to the papercraft table. I nearly squealed when I saw the selection of gorgeous Laura Ashley Wall Paper we could choose from. My Eye was immediately drawn to the beautiful Aviary Garden samples and I selected this to create my gift box with.

For the contrasting bow I went with the subtle Berkerley Scroll White which I felt complemented the Aviery Garden really well. Armed with a ruler and scissors we got measuring and cutting and it wasn't long before our boxes started to take shape. I was amazed at how professional these looked and how simple they were to make.

 No more shop bought gift bags for me! My gifts will all be coming in beautifully handcrafted boxes from now on! Although the wallpaper was an ideal consistency, you could use any thick paper or card to make these and they really do look stunning...

If you fancy having a go yourself then check out the Supersized Gift Bow Tutorial and the quick and easy Origami gift Box tutorial by the Ministry of Craft.

You can see some pictures of our day over on the Laura Ashley Blog. I'd like to thank everyone at the Ministry of Craft and Laura Ashley for a fabulous day and for teaching me some great new skills!