Thursday, 30 August 2012

It's give away time!

Yesterday I got one of the best presents from myself ever. I received my first ever full size sewing machine! I did have a mini one but I don't class that as a real sewing machine. I finally decided to give it up and get a good one. After weeks of umming and arghing over which to pick (I now know the perils of sewing machine shopping!), I decided on a Janome SMD1000. It has lots of bells and whistles but not overwhelmingly so. I'm am still sooooo excited about it as I have lots of projects I'm itching to try but needed a machine to do. I told my other half last night that he may not be able to get in when he arrives home because of sewn produce everywhere, and I wasn't far off! I will be reviewing the machine soon because I couldn't find any reviews on it so choosing was very hard. I had to trust my instinct. So far though it is really easy to use. Even threading it is a doddle which I found so refreshing after fighting and rethreading the mini one constantly. I have noticed as well that I can sew in a straight line effortlessly with this one. It only cost me £149 including delivery, and with that I also got 50 spools of excellent quality cotton, a scissor set, spare needles and bobbins and a tape measure. I bought it from and it arrived 24 hours after ordering. Watch this space for a full review when I've had chance to try everything out, but already I think that it was an absolute bargain.

Last week I had an interview published by another fellow blogger, all about me and my business. I loved taking part and getting the chance to share my knowledge with other small business owners or even those not yet started out. I felt very important! You can read the interview at

Last Tuesday I entered a Cath Kidston store for the first time. Despite my absolute adoration of all things Cath, my "local" store isn't very local so I had never been. Last week was a necessity as I needed fabric to make tiles, but I was very good. The only extras I bought were a knitted elephant for my nephew (only 11 weeks old) and a coin purse for my two year old niece who is very girly so I need to start her Cath obsession training while she is young. To say there were so many things I wanted to buy I was very proud of myself for not even touching things. Well, my other half did bring me over the book Sew! and I was very tempted but as I still have another sewing book to work my way through yet so the sensible me said "Not today." I will be going back for it though and one day I will be well enough to go all the way there on my own. For now, here is a round up of what is new at Cath Kidston, and the matching items I have in my store.

For the young boy in your life, get this amazing Dinosaur Duvet Set. We have matching wall art available here.

Or is your youngster a bit too old for this one? Perhaps the Football Set would be better?
We do matching wall art for this one just here.
Maybe you don't have boys. For little girls bedrooms we have this lovely Ballerina print. Our matching wall art is here.

For your room, how about this beautiful Antique Rose duvet cover. It is just so pretty, so you had better buy two of them so you are never without it. You guessed it, you can adord your walls with this print too with our
wall art available here

To follow on with the Antique Rose theme, these towels in the same print would lok gorgeous in any bathroom. Here's the wall tiles to match as well.

For the kitchen, don't break the bank and get these pretty little canisters for just £16 and they will brighten your room in an instant. Finish the look with our fridge magnets at £5 for four for a cheap way to bring shabby chic to your home.

Or how about a pack of two tea towels in Royal Rose? At only £12 they are at a reasonable price, and we can do you a picture to match here, or how about wall tiles?

Whatever your decor, you're sure to find something in the vast array of Cath Kidston goodies, and if it doesn't have a matching item listed on my website, then just get in touch with me because the chances are I can do something.

Last of all, I think the time has come to do another give away. Rather than have it on Facebook this time, I have found that it is a more flexible process to do it through here. So one lucky (extremely lucky) person will win a single gang light switch plate in Ikea Rosali, just like this one.

This is a one off opportunity to be one of the first owners of this amazing light switch. It measures approximately 8.5cm square, and is two way which means it can be used on a light that another switch serves too (like an upstairs light that can be switched on/off from upstairs or downstairs). It is made to last with it's cleanable coating and comes with the relevant fixtures and instructions. It is a full plate though, not a cover, so it needs fitting by an appropriately qualified electrician. 

To be in with a chance of winning simply comment "I want one" below, and come back here on 14th September 2012 to see if you are the winner.

Terms and conditions

Open to UK residents over the age of 18. A winner will be chosen at random at 8pm on 14th September 2012 and their username will be posted in the comments below shortly after. You will be required to provide your email, name and postal address if you win, which will be treated within accordance to the Data Protection Act. The winner will have seven days in which to claim their prize, otherwise another winner will be picked. No cash alternative.

Good luck!


  1. Is this still on? By the way, your room is very pretty.

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  2. Hi Marian, I'm sorry but this give away ended a few months ago. You can purchase the switch plate at for £10.95 including delivery.

    Kirsty x