William Wordsworth Gift Set

I wandered lonely as a cloud…”

 

We all recognise those memorable lines from his poem ‘Daffodils’, but did you know that a vast amount of Wordsworth’s poetry centres around the theme of the beauty of nature?

Introducing the perfect gift for fans of poetry, nature or those wanting to dip their toes in the water. This William Wordsworth gift set contains an Arcturus anthology of Wordsworth’s poetry, along with three additional gifts:

  • A unique, eye-catching 3D print. It has original artwork, added paper flowers and a quote by Wordsworth- ideal for feature walls, garden rooms, bookshelves…
  • A matching bookmark, with another Wordsworth quote.
  • An enamel flower pin.

With a combined RRP cost of over £20, this set is an absolute bargain at £14.50 including U.K. postage.

The items come beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and are delivered in an attractive box, making it an excellent gift for the poetry or nature lover in your life ❤️

Ready to order? Click here to buy on Etsy or use the payment form below.

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William Wordsworth Gift Set

A beautiful gift set including a Wordsworth anthology, 3D print, matching bookmark and enamel flower pin.

£14.50

The Bookish Advent Calendar: The Story

Bookish advent calendar with classic novels and 24 gifts

Every year for the past five or so years, I have eagerly scoured the available advent calendars. I’ve bought chocolate ones, beauty ones, even enjoyed whisky ones. But what I REALLY want is a book one. But, I’m fussy. I don’t want 24 books – there are advent calendars that offer this, but honestly, am I going to read a book a day in December when I don’t the rest of the year? Or are those books going to sit on my bookcase for eternity, gathering dust?

This is the reason I put this advent calendar together. It’s designed for fans of the classics, and it’s put together to give you a wonderful advent full of beautiful reading experiences. You get a mixture of books and gifts – which is why it’s a ‘bookish advent calendar’ not a ‘book advent calendar’.

So, what will you get? Of course, each one is different and I want to keep them as much of a surprise as possible. Without giving too much away, here’s what you definitely will get:

  • 3 books – 2 of them classic novels/collections, 1 novella – either from the little black classics or modern classics collection.
  • At least 3 prints – either ones available on my shop, or ones specially designed for the calendar.
  • At least 3 bookmarks – as above.

You could also get a selection of:

  • Enamel pin badges
  • Socks
  • Teabags
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Sweets
  • Candles
  • Christmas decorations

In all, you will have 24 individually wrapped gifts, one to open for each day of advent.

All in all, the value of all items when bought individually is over £70, so it’s a bargain!

This year has been a strange year for everyone. What I want to do is bring a bit of joy at the end of the year – some cheer at what could a particularly grim Christmas period (particularly for those of us in the U.K.).

Some frequently asked questions:

What if I’ve already read the book?

The novels are beautiful Arcturus editions, so they are perfect for adding to your collection and rereading in December. If there are any books that you definitely don’t want, you can add a message to your order and I will do my best to accommodate you. The joy of this calendar is the wonderful surprise, and rereading old favourites is always wonderful!

What if I already own one of your prints or bookmarks?

I will search for any previous orders in your name prior to curating your calendar, so you can be confident that you won’t get duplicates.

How quickly will my order be delivered?

The advent calendars take on average 2 working days to put together, so if you are in the U.K. they take around 4-5 working days to arrive. If your overseas, postage will take longer so please bear this in mind when ordering.

Can I order one as a gift for someone else?

Please do! There is an option at checkout if you want to add a gift note.

When is the last order date?

I have been blown away by the interest in the advent calendar. It has been a true joy to see the orders coming in and the sweet gift notes that have been written. Demand has been huge, and I’m ordering new stock all of the time – but there may come a point where the items I need are no longer available. Therefore, if you’re desperate to get a bookish advent calendar, I would recommend ordering as soon as you can. In terms of delivery, if I’m able to keep ordering stock, please order by 14th November if you’re in the U.K. and 1st November if you’re abroad to ensure (as much as possible, given the current world situation!) delivery by 1st December.

How do I order?

Easy peasy – click hereto buy on Etsy, or use the payment form below.

2020 ADVENT CALENDARS ARE NOW SOLD OUT! TO PREORDER YOUR 2021 BOOKISH ADVENT CALENDAR FOR THE PRICE OF THE 2020 ONE, USE THE PAYMENT FORM BELOW. PREORDERED CALENDARS WILL BE DISPATCHED IN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2021.

Bookish Advent Calendar

A bookish advent calendar with 24 individually wrapped gifts, delivered to you. Postage included. Processing time is 5 working days, plus delivery.

£43.50

My £200 Kitchen Makeover

I know, I know, this probably reads like a click-baity title but I promise it’s true – although I didn’t factor in the value of my time (of which I used a lot!). I used easily sourced paints and you can do this too – I promise!

Before

The obligatory ‘before’ picture – bear in mind that this picture was taken when we were considering selling the house, so it looks in much better nick than it ordinarily would.

There was nothing wrong with it, but it was a bit twee and was looking old fashioned. The yellows tones are not my cup of tea at all. BUT we loved the layout, the breakfast bar is ace and my brain couldn’t come up with a better way of setting out this space. Plus, we’d recently replaced the dishwasher and the other electric goods are in great condition too. There was absolutely no reason to spend a load of cash replacing the kitchen – but that didn’t stop me from being unhappy about it.

During

Once I’d decided how I wanted the kitchen to look, there were a few steps to complete. Before that, I painted the walls with some Dulux Polished Pebble Silk paint to brighten and cool the room – that was £15 from B&M.

Step 1 – The Work Surface

I wasn’t a big fan of the green colour of the work surface. It’s nothing expensive – just a wrap over a wooden base – so I wasn’t precious about changing it up. Research told me they could be painted. After some deliberation, I decided on the Galaxy Black kit from Rust-Oleum Kitchen Worktop Transformations. I ordered from Andrews Coatings, and the total cost including delivery was £84.22. It took a while for this to arrive, but it was ordered at the peak of lockdown!

If you have a look, there are lots of other colours available too (and lots of brands), like this Diamond White one or this Sicilian Sand one.

The kit was really easy to use. You just sand your surface down, add two coats of the black paint and then top it with a special gluey layer which hardens and makes your surface really tough. It takes about a week to fully harden though, so be careful how you use it in the meantime.

Step 2 – The Cupboards

Oh the cupboards. They were exhausting! If you want every muscle in your body to burn, do this (perhaps I just need to work out more often). Still, worth it. 100% worth it.

I chose to paint the bottom cupboards navy and the top cupboards white gloss. I used Johnstone’s Deep Blue Gulf Satin Finish as the main colour. A little 750ml tin goes a long way, I managed three coats of the bottom cupboards with mine and it cost £14.99 from B&M.

First, though, I used two coats of a white undercoat (£13.99 for 2.5l from B&M, more than enough for all of the cupboards). Although the tin says it doesn’t need it, I wanted the cupboards to be as hard wearing as possible and thought this would be a good idea. Here I am doing the first coat of blue after applying the two coats of undercoat:

And the second:

The top cupboards followed the same pattern, two coats of undercoat followed by two coats of white gloss (£13.99 from B&M).

My top tips:

  • Clean the cupboards thoroughly with hot water and soap first to get rid of any grease.
  • Sand them down once dry.
  • Remove handles if you can (I couldn’t because they were glued on, so tried taping them up to start with. This made it worse and I just ended up using a smaller paintbrush which worked better).
  • Patience, persistence and frequent shoulder rubs.

Step 3 – The Tiles

The wall tiles always looked dirty and the colour was just grim. I wanted to paint them white continue that fresh, bright look. I started with a tin of Dulux Iced Ivory Tile Paint from (you guessed it) B&M – that was £17.99. However, after the first coat it was evident that it wasn’t the bright white I wanted – fortunately it made a great undercoat though! So instead I ordered a tin of Johnson’s White Tile Paint from Amazon for £20.98. I did another two coats with this.

Make sure you sand your tiles first, and don’t use too much paint otherwise it will drip.

Step 4 – Finishing Touches

The fun bit! I used some frames I already had and a free app called Typorama to jazz up some song lyrics related to food. These were the finished results:

Limp Bizkit Kitchen artworkKitchen artwork

Kelps Milkshake Kitchen Art

I even made a playlist with all of the featured songs to quiz guests when they come over!

The Finished Result…

Here we go – fresher, brighter, and for only £181.16! In the future we will change the barstools, but for now I’m delighted.

Before and after:

I hope this has inspired you to have a go yourself! You can always ask if you have any questions.

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