Archive for September, 2009

Bedazzled Anniversary is by far our best selling personalised card design. Using the gemstone for key milestone anniversaries by the world’s finest crystal makers in the world Swarovski.
We thread the crystal heart pendant onto craft wire. This involves nimble fingers and of course finger prints. So, when each card is finished we use little muslin cloths to polish the crystal to really make it gleam. It’s the little things that really make the difference & when you see our crystals sparkle it really makes the tiny extra effort worth the while.
P.S Bedazzled is also available for posh / special birthday cards too

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As a Cancerian I’m a real home girl. I love my shell! It’s felt cold this week & when autumn sets in I start nesting getting ready for the cosy nights.

This week I bought this from the dot com gift shop. I can’t wait for it to arrive. I’ve had my eye on a similar one for a while but when I saw the price of this one… just £15.95 it had to be bought there & then. With the rainy days settings in (did they ever leave…?) make wiping feet irresistible. They have this lovely English Rose one –
and this cool multi colour stripey door mat –
and what about this black & white flock door mat –

All from the dotcomgiftshop

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Happy Weekend

I love bed.

The best place in the world for me to be is my bed. It does good things to me & I am at my best in bed.

I haven’t seen it a lot this week & I have been seriously sleep deprived. In the war, malnutritioned soldiers would fantasise about food & it would take up most of their daily thoughts. When the war was over and food was no longer scarce, they would gorge on food & showed traits found in people with eating disorders. I have missed you bed. I would like to gorge on sleep this weekend.

I get up at 4am most mornings to organise previous days orders & work before my little girl wakes at 9 – which is when my day really starts. This week She’s been poorly so have been up in the night too.
I would love to be here. Have you ever taken your duvet outside to the garden in Winter & wrapped up with a hot coffee…? You should it’s a good feeling.
I love bed linen shopping. Mine’s a crisp white cotton Julien Macdonald spread with crystals. In fantasy land this is my dream bed. I imagine the person that sleeps in this bed wakes up looking beautiful.
I recently bought some goose/duck feather duvet & pillow cases which has done my desire to sleep no favours. In reality this is my dream bed. This weekend sleep is most definitely on the agenda. Happy Weekend xx

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I came across this clever use of paint work by eklektick. to display art pieces or drawings in your very own home gallery.

You can buy wallpaper like this but eklektick has saved their pennies and painted these fab frames on their wall. What a clever idea!

This got me thinking… I love this effect but as I can’t paint my walls I started thinking about a temporary alternative to achieve a similar look. Then it dawned…. VINYL!

After a search I came across these which are my favourites. From i love retro these black, silver & mirrored vinyl picture frame wall stickers for £14.95 for the set.

And for a little colour and a bargain price at £6.95 for the set these coloured vinyl photo frame wall stickers from the dot com gift shop. For those who aren’t arty, can’t paint their walls… go vinyl.

Your very own home art gallery for a bargain price.

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I am currently renting and cannot decorate the walls of my home. The palette is neutral at the moment and as I love COLOUR I have been on the look out for some statement art pieces to personalise my bare walls. I bought this map from a few weeks back from The Future Mapping Company & am just waiting for a free weekend where I can enjoy hanging it. I’m thinking of a white gloss frame.

Not only does this map look ultra cool, with silver metallic seas & colourful continents—but it also uses a very clever formula in it’s layout. It uses a Cylindrical Equal Area Projection—which basically means that the Countries are represented in their correct proportional size and not how most maps portray our world. Most maps lose the true proportions of countries due to the process of transferring a round globe onto a flat surface. On normal maps the Soviet Union became 223% bigger than it actually is amongst other countries. This map gives a really interesting & accurate vision of the world.

Litho printed on a coated silk finish available framed, magnetised or tubed prices from £27.50 now with FREE Shipping!

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I don’t normally post at the weekend, but I received an email late last night with some great news…

… we are an entrant of The Website of the Year Awards 2009 by The Good Web Guide.

The Good Web Guide is the online guide to the best sites on the internet.They have taken the slog and guesswork out of finding what is best about life online.

As a small business, the recognition of our website for this prestigious award is great news. We don’t have an advertising budget like a big fish, we’re a small fish. In fact we don’t have any advertising budget so I guess we’re officially a really tiny fish in a massive ocean in the online world! But from small things great things grow. You’ve heard of the acorn analogy haven’t you…?

Made With Love was set up by myself (Clare) as a student in some dingy student halls in Liverpool, armed with just £50 & ‘Dreamweaver For Dummies’ (The bible!), so much hard work—I can’t bring myself to type it, gritty determination & self belief with a dream of the impossible.

As an niche online boutique we are naturally hidden away in the vast world of cyber space. It’s not easy to find us, but when you do, you love us. We have a loyal following of customers whom we value very much. This is how we have built our customer base & how we base our business model—we’ve had to. The recognition of winning such an award would blow our minds & would be an amazing platform to get our brand out there.

So, if you like what we do, please tell The Good Web Guide why you think we deserve to win.
The winning website is announced on Friday 6th November 2009. We will post about the results soon after. If we win it may be a few days later… as we will most probably have raging hangovers! It’s not everyday you win one of the most prestigious awards in the online retail world!!

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Saturday 19th September is my little girls first ever birthday & we have a lovely weekend planned. On the Saturday morning we’ll eat scrambled eggs on toast then open pressies. Lot’s of empty boxes wrapped in tissue paper & bright ribbons for her to explore, followed by a friends party at an activity play centre.

Sunday we’re having family over for cupcakes & tea for a little gathering.

I was never really a baby person & during my pregnancy & wondered whether I’d be any good at being a mum and whether we would instantly bond. The first time I saw her I cried. She didn’t. She just looked into my eyes with her big black eyes full of wonder… and I fell in love. I fell head over heels and have been ever since.

To my baby girl Lilly, I love you very much & I will always be here for you through good and bad. I’ll be here to kiss you goodnight, laugh at silly things & remind you that every spill is cleanup-able.

Have a happy weekend xx

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