Well here it is the first of December, can you believe it? The official beginning of the festive season and for me the start of a well deserved break. You may have noticed that things have been pretty quiet around here recently. I’ve been ill with another mammoth cold <please leave you sympathy here> and if I’m completely honest I’m just ready for a break. I’m looking forward to spending some time with the family, pigging out on cheese and drinking more wine than I will ever admit.
Once again I find myself coming to the end of another year. Twelve months have passed in the blink of an eye. I’ve learnt some stuff, made some memories, drank too much Prosecco and done a few things I probably shouldn’t. But one things for sure, my little blog has had a fabulous year! I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands, to write for other fantastic websites and I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing mama’s along the way! #overdressedbloggersinthecity
While it’s great to work with the big named brands one thing which always gets me super excited is collaborating with small shops. Christmas is the perfect time to add an extra special touch and shopping small always seems to hit the spot. So with that in mind I felt it only fitting to end a wonderful year on a high and give something extra special to you crazy folk! My readers, who for some strange reason keep coming back to my wee bitty blog. What better way to spread some festive cheer than with not one but two small shop giveaways.
First up is something everyone needs, a delightfully gorgeous Christmas stocking! Made Just Sew is the creation of Claire. A hardworking mother and wife, devotee of the sewing machine and specialist in all things handmade. From memory blankets to keepsake bears, Claire is your go to girl. Alongside her all year round goodies Claire also offers bespoke Christmas products including cushions and decorations, not forgetting personalised sacks.
One quick glance at Claire’s Easy shop and I was head over heals. She had me from the word go but one thing which caught my eye were her Liberty print stockings. I’m sure you’ll agree they’re fabulously festive!
Along with all the hard work Claire puts in behind the scenes, she’s also keen to give something back. A quality which in my eyes makes Made Just Sew very special. From November 2017 50p from every item sold from Made Just Sew will be donated to Tommy’s baby charity to support the research into premature births. This is a charity very close to Claire’s heart and you can read more about her story here.
As part of my Christmas giveaway I’m extremely proud to have one of Claire’s amazing Liberty stockings up for grabs. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is read on…because there’s even more that I’m giving away!
As if stockings weren’t enough the winner of my dazzling Christmas giveaway is also going to bag themselves some of the most delicious handmade biscuits. But not just any biscuits, festive biscuits!
My Little Monkey Cookies & Cakes is a home based business ran by the extremely talented Mónica, a Spanish pastry chef and a full-time mama. Mónica moved to Scotland with her Husband and two year old son, who are always on hand to taste test her products! Back in Spain Mónica ran a bakery with her mum and sister where she developed her passion for baking.
It took only a few exchanges via email to really understand Mónica’s love of baking. Her attention to detail is outstanding and she’s clearly a woman who loves her job. Whether your in need of some cookies for a baby shower or biscuits for your wedding (as a fully fledged penguin fanatic, these would obviously be my biscuits of choice #notbias), either way Mónica has you covered.
As far as I’m concerned it wouldn’t be Christmas without festive cookies. That’s why I’m delighted to be giving away a handmade deluxe cookie gift box. *Top Tip – These scrumptious cookies will also look stunning on your Christmas tree*
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winner BOTH of these festive prizes click the link below to enter via my Facebook page.
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Special thanks to both Mónica and Claire. The work you put in behind the scenes doesn’t go unnoticed. The products you produce are fabulous and you are both champions in your field!
Please pay a special thanks and make sure you spread the love. Below you’ll find links you Mónica and Claire’s social media accounts along with their Easy stores.
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