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      What to write in your Christmas cards

      Instead of getting cramp from writing Merry Christmas over and over again, here are some suggestions to add a little festive flair to your Christmas messages....

      Traditional
      • Sending warm festive wishes from our family to yours
      • I hope the new year brings you happiness and harmony
      • Wishing you a special festive season filled with joy and relaxation
      • I hope the magic of Christmas fills every corner of your heart and home with joy, now and always

      Thoughtful
      • I hope Santa is good to you this year because you only deserve the best.
      • Sending you love and sparkle this Christmas
      • I hope your Christmas is as merry as can be, and as special as you are to me!
      • It’s not what’s under the tree that matters most, it’s who’s around it. Every year I’m so grateful to have you there.
      • Mention a funny memory of Christmases past: "Merry Christmas! I'll never forget the time you ..."
      Jolly
      • Yule always be my favourite.
      • Christmas is a very spiritual time* *In your case vodka, gin and whisky
      • I bet yule be drunk this Christmas!
      • I think you're fab-yule-ous!
      • Eat. Drink. Be Merry. Have a wonderful Christmas!

      For faraway friends and family

      • We may not be able to rock around the Christmas tree together, but I'll deck the halls in your honour.
      • Let's have a Christmas video call, I'll bring the mulled wine!
      • Even though we're apart, I hope you have a joyous holiday.
      • You might be far away but you're in our hearts this Christmas

      Christmas Greetings - 2020 edition!

      • I hope 2021 will be the year I can give you a big hug
      • New Year? Yes please! Here’s to better times ahead for us all! Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a safe and healthy 2021.
      • This Christmas card is packed full of virus-free hugs and kisses just for you! We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that we can see you again soon.
      • From our bubble to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

      I hope I've inspired some creative writing for your cards. 

      If you're not sure whether to send cards this year?  Here are 4 Reasons why you should still send greeting cards.

      Have a great day!

       

       

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      Psst....Need a Christmas card? You can check out the range here.  

      All cards can be sent direct to the recipient with your message.

      How To Make A Mug An Extra Special Gift

      I think mugs are a great gift, everyone needs one and when you don’t know what to get someone it’s perfect! 

      Sometimes a mug is not enough and what I have done for friends and family in the past is put together a coffee / tea / hot chocolate gift package.

      Here are some suggestions of what you could include by independent, small businesses and based on either my own shopping experience, people I know through the Indie biz world or I have been recommended. 

      Gifts for those who like to Par-TEA!

       

      Independent Tea Companies

      Very Craftea

      Treat them to some loose leaf tea or a starter kit from Very Craftea. You can even gift a subscription.

      Their packaging is bio-degradable and the tea is sourced from one supplier who gives 50% of their profits to address the issue of educational development in and around the under-served tea growing region of Darjeeling.

      Image Source Very Craftea

      Nauteas

      Katie from Nauteas blends her own teas inspired by her travels. You can create a gift set with a choice of two teas or personalise a tea caddy for an extra special gift.

      Image Source Nauteas

       

      Nipper&Co. 

      Great for new Mums. This tea brand was created specifically for new Mums by Marina, using her MSc in medicinal plants and knowledge of herbs and natural remedies to make the challenges of motherhood a little less stressful one cup of tea at a time.  Organic, plastic free and ethically sourced. There are also teas suitable for the kids.

      Image Source Nipper and Co

       

      Something to go with their cuppa

      Partea mug and shortbread with a crochet blanket and mug

      Biscuits are the perfect partner for a cup of tea

      Sweet Wot Nots kindly sent me some yummy goodies including their amazing Granny Franny's shortbread. It was probably the best shortbread I've ever had (they have not paid me to say this!). 

      If you want to send personalised or decorated biscuits check out Honeywell Biscuit Co. I gave their biscuits to my Mum for her birthday and they looked too pretty to eat.  They also do a tea and biscuit subscription

      Image Source Honeywell Biscuit Co

       

      Coasters

      Every mug needs a coaster, right?!

      You can buy the Par-Tea mug and two coasters as a set for £16. 

       

      The Time to Par-Tea coaster is also available separately here.

      Coffee lovers

       

       

      Independent Coffee Companies

      Perky Blenders

      Give them the gift of a specialist coffee subscription by Perky Blenders

      Image source Perky Blenders

       

      Perky Blenders is family run and in the last few years, they’ve been featured in the Indy Best’s ‘Best Coffee Subscription Services,’ and have recently won two Time Out Awards as the ‘Best Coffee Place’. 

      Lomond Coffee x Cat Food Cakes

      Image source Cat Food Cakes

      Lomond Coffee is run by two sisters who are coffee roastery specialists and have two cafes in South London. They have just developed a special blend to go with Cat Food Cakes signature brownies, which are amazing!

      Cat bakes handmade treats for mail order and also has a subscription box.  I have had a few of her cakes and they are divine! 

      Cat kindly sent me a box of her brownies with the new coffee and they did not disappoint. The smell of the box was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed eating my way through the different flavours of brownies with my coffee. The brownies are good for 10-14 days but I can't imagine anyone waiting that long to eat them, I managed to make them last about 4 days!
      You'll save £6 when your buy the coffee with any mail order cake box, no code required.

       

      Check out the rest of Lomond Coffee blends here.

      Something sweet with their coffee?

      I don’t know about you but I think coffee and chocolate go together perfectly (as well as brownies!).

      Lucocoa chocolate   

      Amarachi is the first bean to bar Chocolatier in London.  She makes everything with coconut sugar and lucuma, a fruit from Peru, so no nasties or refined sugar. 

      Amarachi uses high quality beans that are responsible sourced and she knows which farm they have come from.

      Image Source Lucocoa Chocolate

      Coasters

      And of course I have coasters to go with the coffee mug! You can also buy them as a gift set

       

      Hot chocolate Lovers

      Hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream in a colourful and cute mug

      Such Sweet Wot Nots kindly gifted me their luxury hot chocolate spoons.  They were so yummy, the chocolate is so smooth and rich. The spoons are wooden so they can be recycled. I added the cream because if you are going to go luxury you need squirty cream, right?!

      Using real chocolate is the only way to make a hot chocolate now in our house!

       

      Other ideas to add to make the gift of a mug more fun and special

       

      Hot drink stirrers

      I love these Alcoholic hot drink stirrers by Holly’s Lollies, you can add them to coffee, hot chocolate or a hot cocktail! 

      Image Source Holly's Lollies

       

      Perk U Latte have a selection of non alcoholic sugar spoons.  A twist on traditional coffee syrups, adding a bit of fun to coffee.

      Image Source Perk U Latte 

       

       Or, you can simply fill a mug with their favourite sweets.

       

      I hope this has given you lots of ideas to make a mug a more fun and special gift.

       

       

       

      Disclaimer: The Shortbread and Luxury Hot Chocolate Spoons were kindly gifted to me by Such Sweet Wot Nots and the Lomond Coffee and Brownies were gifted by Cat Food Cakes.  Neither have asked or paid me to feature them in this blog post.

      Happy International Coffee Day!☕

      As it's International Coffee Day, I thought it’d be fun to show you the original sketches and doodles that became the I Need Coffee range

      sketches of kawaii style coffee cups, mugs and a donut

      I may be happy and positive most of the time but not first thing in the morning!

      I can’t start my day without a freshly brewed coffee. My personal caffeine addiction was the inspiration to draw cute coffee cups.

      I came up with "I Don't Need a Motivational Quote, I Need Coffee" as I was looking through Instagram whilst making my morning coffee. The uplifting quotes I saw were annoying me. Normally I am all for an inspirational quote, my desk is surrounded by them, but I was grumpy because I needed coffee!

      calligraphy practice page

      Everything I do starts with a pencil drawing in my sketchbook, but before I had an iPad everything was drawn in pen again and again until good enough to scan it in to the computer.  Which is why I have lots of practice pages of the quote.

      Having an iPad can now speed up that process. I still finesse the drawings and add colour on the computer.

      It’s fun to look back and see the initial idea/doodle and how it became a real product.

      Hope you enjoyed seeing inside my sketchbook. 

      Before I go, remember....

      Kawaii style illustration of a coffee mug with the quote, you are capable of great things, you can make your coffee before you've had your morning coffee

      Check out the I Need Coffee Range here

      Have a great day!