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CREATIVE DIVA ISSUE No.5

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PACKED PAGES of Inspiring Reading Events, Fashion, Beauty Business, Travel, Reader Offers, Food, Jewellery, Floristry, Sewing

DIVINE CAKE DECORATORS Jill Collins + Natalie Saville

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VANILLA LIME LARGE HOUSEWARMER JAR STYLED Summer Home fragrance from Yankee Candle.Vanilla Lime: The creamy richness of vanilla with sweet cane sugar and a zesty lime twist. ÂŁ19.99 Yankee Candle W www.yankeecandle.co.uk P 0845 050 2623

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READER OFFERS

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BACH FLOWERS EMOTIONAL EATING KIT!!! PAGE 58

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elcome to our 5th Issue of My-Creative Diva magazine. I don’t know about you but after all the festive celebrations I’m pleased to be back at gym and settling into a more balanced lifestyle. If you’re having trouble sticking to your New Year’s resolutions turn to page 58 for some practical tips from our friends at Nelsons or visit their website at: www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com. We have 10 Bach™ Emotional Eating Kits’ valued at £11.49 each to give away this month to 10 lucky readers. IN THIS ISSUE WE WELCOME... Clare Jenkins who owns a soft furnishing business in Bridgend Wales. P 8 Laura Thomas, an award winning woven textile artist and designer. P12 Sian Hamilton, jewellery designer and the editor of ‘Making Jewellery’ magazine. P16 Jill Collins and Natalie Saville the talented women who own The Great Little Cake Company. P26 Tracey Rhodes who is a vibrant and passionate being whose sole purpose is to empower people. P29 Welsh milliner Catherine Povey whosework sells internationally. P38

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PLUS…Check out our divine makes where you’ll find, jewellery, sewing, baking and home décor projects. AND…Congratulations to Suzanne Jones the winner of the Big Bead Little Bead Reader Give Away in Issue 4 of MCD! Wishing all our readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

COMPETITION WIN A BEADER’S COMPANION KIT PAGE 71

Cheers, Joan.

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CREATIVE DIVA ISSUE No.5

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Inspired reading for creative hands

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EVERY MONTH

DIVA INTERVIEWS

06 This Month’s Divas 12 Editor’s Special Guest 24 Diva Reading

9 Clare Jenkins 17 Sian Hamilton 26 Jill Collins + Natalie Saville 29 Tracey Rhodes 38 Catherine Povey

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DIVA PROJECTS 64 Create a reading Nook 66 Springtime Dining Table 68 Construct a Radiator Cover 72 Knotted Cord Kit 74 Decorate with Flowers 76 Shambala Bracelet 80 Sew a Snood 80 Cooking with Cheese

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FEATURES 46 Divine Travel – Exploring Latimer 52 Divine Fashion – Winter Warmth 84 Divine Drinks – Relax with a Sundowner

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THIS MONTH’S DIVAS CLARE JENKINS DESIGNER DIVA

Clare owns a soft furnishing business in Bridgend Wales. Her passion is for up-cycling old Welsh blankets. Over the years she noticed the ever-present wear and tear in them and yet still seeing the beauty of the old weaves, decided to utilise them to create contemporary pieces for her own home so to keep the blankets out of the dog basket! Encouraged by friends, she now makes modern textiles gifts and cushions from Welsh blankets thus giving them a new lease of life. Each piece is unique and is hand-crafted with care from her home to yours. Clare Jenkins Vintage Textiles Ltd SHOP Cwtch, 16 - 18 Nolton Arcade, Bridgend, CF31 1DX E clare@vintagewelshtextiles.co.uk W www.vintagewelshtextiles.com P 01656 648696 M 07974 194794

LAURA THOMAS

TEXTILE ARTIST DIVA Laura Thomas is an award winning woven textile artist and designer specialising in producing striking textile artworks for the contemporary interior. Laura’s breadth of practice and multi-faceted approach has made her somewhat unusual in the woven textiles sphere. Whether it is site-specific art, exhibition work or interior textile design, underpinning all of Laura’s work is an inherent practical curiosity to exploit weave principles and create striking aesthetics for this ancient craft. E info@laurathomas.co.uk W www.laurathomas.co.uk + www. laurathomaswoventextiles.blogspot.com P 01243787829 Studio 9, Model House Craft and Design Centre,The Bullring, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF72 8EB

SIAN HAMILTON JEWELLERY DIVA

Sian is a jewellery designer and the current editor of ‘Making Jewellery’ magazine. Sian has always been artistic and was lucky to have parents that supported her focus. When at school she excelled in art and design. At Art College she completed a 3D-design BA degree. From then Sian has been designing in different industries for the past 20 years. From ceramics and wedding dresses to greetings cards it’s been a varied career. E sian@hamiltonjewellery.com W www.hamiltonjewellery.com W www.craftsinstitute.com

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THIS MONTH’S DIVAS JILL COLLINS & NATALIE SAVILLE BAKING DIVAS

Jill and Natalie met through their children (they have 2 each), who all went to the same school. Since they started the business ‘The Great Little Cake Company’, they’ve gone from strength to strength. These talented women have appeared on Wedding TV, published two books: ‘Bake Me I’m Yours....Whoopie Pies, and ‘Cake Decorating with the Kids’. They have demonstrated their techniques and projects at sugar-craft and baking shows, and at the same time, baked and decorated thousands of cakes for hundreds of customers. Their venues can be anything from the local village hall, to beautiful and stylish hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental or Cliveden. – Jill and Natalie’s cakes seem to get everywhere! E info@thegreatlittlecakecompany.co.uk W www.thegreatlittlecakecompany.co.uk P 07788 943 144

TRACEY RHODES

MEDITATION DIVA

On a quest for peace in 1995 Tracey started searching for the meaning of life and as the boys from Monty Python say ‘always look on the bright side of life’ that pretty much sums her up. Tracey is a vibrant and passionate being whose sole purpose is to empower people to experience their infinite potential, to release fear and anchor a deep sense of peace within their own mind, soul and being. E tracey@cellularhealing.org W www.cellularhealing.org/services + www.corporatestressmanagement.com.au P +61 (0) 403249840

CATHERINE POVEY CREATIVE DIVA

Originally from Cardiff and now living and working in Carmarthenshire, Catherine Povey is a Welsh milliner whose work is sold and displayed around the world. Her creative talent has been recognised by both the National Museum of Wales and the Cardiff Story museum, where she has pieces displayed in their current collections. Catherine regularly collaborates with leading designers and jewellers, recent highlights including a collection inspired by the Welsh folklore classic, The Mabinogion (Of Myth & Meadowsweet) and designing and finishing the millinery aspects of this year’s National Eisteddfod crown. E cpmillinery@hotmail.co.uk W www.catherinepovey.co.uk P +44 (0) 777 281 7714 A Catherine Povey Millinery, The Old Post Office, Llandeilo, Wales, SA19 6HA

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DESIGNER DIVA CLARE JENKINS

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DESIGNER DIVA CLARE JENKINS In her interview with My-Creative Diva, Clare shares with us how her passion for up-cycling lead to the development of her successful soft furnishing business based in Wales. Having spent over 25 years in retail I decided it was about time to start my own business combining my love of history, Welsh textiles, up-cycling and my love for a cosy, comfortable home – so here I am in Cwtch, Bridgend. I have always been surrounded by Welsh blankets, having been passed down through generations of my own family. Over the years I noticed the ever-present wear and tear in them and yet still seeing the beauty of the old weaves, decided to utilise them to create contemporary pieces for my own home so to keep the blankets out of the dog basket! Encouraged by friends, I now make modern textiles gifts and cushions from Welsh blankets thus giving them a new lease of life. Each piece is unique and is hand-crafted with care from my home to yours. Where do you live and why do you enjoy living there? I live in Ogmore by Sea, South Wales. I love its freshness and seasonal beauty. What do you think is one of the most important values of a Creative Diva? First of all it’s having the idea and then having the drive and determination to create a business from that idea. Like most women, a true diva is juggling with time. She is constantly working at caring for her family whilst still giving her business the attention it requires to succeed. 9

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CLARE JENKINS INTERVIEW CONTINUED

What led you into the business of vintage cushion making? I love cushions, my Welsh home, history and retail – I’m living the dream! What is unique about your soft furnishings? Each piece is unique, my aim is never to make the same piece twice and I always welcome my customers making suggestions on how they would like their cushion so they can be in the driving seat….where else can you get that? Why did you choose to use Welsh blankets as your creative medium? I love what Welsh blankets have meant to Welsh families over the centuries. I love the history about the woollen mills, I love to hear about what life was like working in the mills. I love the colours, the weaves, the textures…..need I say more? What other items do you offer to your customers? At the shop I sell an eclectic mix of hand-crafted wares all made by local crafters. My husband David makes the most gorgeous driftwood mirrors sourced from the Heritage Coastline, slate wine racks and placemats from Welsh Slate and woven willow from ‘Out To Learn Willow’ of Ogmore by Sea.We also offer a range of chocolates, mugs, blankets and also a selection of DMC threads, wools and cross stitch kits for fellow crafters. Is there a designer who is a major inspiration for your work? Cath Kidson is obviously an influence but other than that no, all my pieces are inspired by the blankets themselves. Please share with us how you marketed your products before you took on the lease of a shop? I love meeting people and have spent three years trading at small and large craft fairs.

Do you sew from home or do you have a designated crafting space? What is your favourite tool? Why does it work for you? I sew from my workshop at home and my favourite tool is my Singer 411G sewing machine. It hails from the 1960s…. it was my mum’s. What are your future goals and plans? My aim is to continue to live the dream and to establish myself further. In my personal life I plan to spend more time with my family. In my business life my goal is to continue to laugh and have fun with my products and to make lovely things to make people smile.

Visit Clare at her shop or online, all the contact details are listed below: Clare Jenkins Vintage Textiles Ltd Cwtch,16 - 18 Nolton Arcade Bridgend, CF31 1DX W www.vintagewelshtextiles.co.uk E clare@vintagewelshtextiles.co.uk P 01656 648696 M 07974 194794 PHOTO CREDIT DAVID JENKINS + CLARE JENKINS

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DIVINE COMPETITION

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Our designer Rebecca Feldman experienced a make-over session at the

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EXCLUSIVE READER COMPETITION! ENTER OUR MAKE-OVER COMPETITION • Email us at competitions@my-creativediva.co.uk • Tell us in 25 words or less why you would like to win this fabulous prize • Please advise us as to which studio would be the closest for you to visit • Include a return email and postal address Go on, be a Divine Diva and enter today!

Conditions of entry: Entrant must be 18 years or older. Proof of age identification will be required. No staff or family members of MCD staff are eligible to enter. No further correspondence will be entered into the competition. The winners name and address will be forwarded to New<Id Studios for the distribution of all prizes. My-Creative Diva accept no responsibility for the distribution of this prize. The winner is responsible for all travel expenses to and from the New<Id Studio.

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ARTIST DIVA LAURA THOMAS

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EDITOR’S SPECIAL GUEST Laura Thomas is an award winning woven textile artist and designer specialising in producing striking textile artworks for the contemporary interior. Laura is based in Wales. Here she shares with us her passion for weaving and textile art.

PHOTO CREDIT GAVIN REES PHOTO COURTESY OF L THOMAS ‘OPTIC LENO’ 2008

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Where were you born and raised? Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Where do you live now and what do you love most about your home? After my studies in Carmarthen, Birmingham, London and Sussex, I decided I wanted to establish my studio back in Wales. After some time in Cardiff, I’m now based in Llantrisant.What I love most about my home is my family living in it. What led you to your current creative business? From early childhood I knew I was going to be an artist or designer of some description. It was only when I opted to study textiles at degree level that the possibility of specialising in weaving presented itself. It was a real light-bulb moment when I first saw the weave room encircled with floor-to-ceiling shelves full of yarns. The principle of transforming yarn into cloth captivated me and has ever since. I have been self employed since finishing my studies in 2003. What is the most distinctive aspect of your work that you enjoy? My work is very untypical for a weaver, and indeed, much of what I produce might not look like a textile. I like to surprise and challenge the prevailing assumption as to what a weaver ‘does’. Much of my work is about celebrating the beauty of the unwoven warp thread, creating eyepopping patterns or optical effects, exploring unusual ways of capturing colour transitions and merging disciplines. I encapsulate ‘impossible’ thread constructions in acrylic resin or glass laminates; create woven drawings and wrap turned wood in jewel coloured threads. I also have an enduring passion for creating updated Welsh double cloth blankets. Have you attended many classes or workshops? If so who was the most inspiring? Virtually all my formal learning was done on my BA, MA and Design Research Fellowships in woven textiles. At the Royal College of Art, Ann Sutton was a hugely inspirational Visiting Tutor and she remains a valued friend and mentor to this day. I’ve only attended one workshop since leaving formal education: passementerie weaving with the amazing Jessica Light. Jessica is one of the few remaining passementerie hand weavers and so it was an absolute treat to learn some very unusual techniques with her. What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your work? My allergy to keeping on top of my financial records! I seem to spend every Christmas in a frenzy getting my records together in order to do my tax return! Do you keep a journal of ideas and how do you keep yourself focused and organised? I always carry a notebook with me so I can keep a note of new ideas INTERVIEW CONTINUES

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wherever I might be. As for keeping focused and organised: if I didn’t write ‘to do’ lists I’d be utterly lost! Are you exhibiting in any galleries or shows now or in the future? I predominantly work to commission but examples of my work can always be seen at Craft in the Bay, Oriel Mostyn, Ruthin Craft Centre, Llantarnam Grange and the Mission Gallery. Brown Grotta Arts represent me in the USA. Forthcoming exhibitions include: ‘Twisted Traditional’ Unit 12. 28th Feb-25th May 2013. ‘Craft & Art’ Kimmeridge House, Bournemouth Uni, Feb-Dec 2013 ‘Beauty is the first test: craft and mathematics’ on tour: R-Space at the Linen Rooms, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, 5 February - 5 March 2013: The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, 27 April - 30 June Bilston Craft Gallery,Wolverhampton,West Midlands, Sep-Oct 2013. I will also be having a major solo exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre and Tenby Museum in 2014 What makes you smile? Creative works that make you look twice, and preferably a third time…

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Jewellery Diva Sian Hamilton Interview

Sian is a jewellery designer and current editor of Making Jewellery magazine. I have always been artistic and was lucky to have parents that supported that. I went through school excelling in art and design. I then moved on to Art College, where I completed a 3D-design BA degree. From then I’ve been designing in different industries for 20 years. From ceramics and wedding dresses to greetings cards it’s been pretty varied. I simply love all crafts and am lucky to be good at many different types. Where were you born and raised? I was born in Bucks but spent most of my childhood in Somerset. Where do you live now and what do you love most about your home? I currently live in West Surrey and am renovating the house I bought with my husband 3 years ago, so I don’t love much about it right now but I have just tiled my first floor, only the downstairs loo but it looks beautiful in grey slate! Are you a DIY renovation style Diva? I have to be, you should see the house we bought, it needed everything doing! My husband is also a DIY God, phew. You are a consultant, what does that involve in your everyday working life? I’m the freelance editor of Making Jewellery magazine and that takes about 3 days a week of my time for the rest of the time I’m a jeweller, making and selling jewellery. My life has to be very organised. I juggle my work to fit – having a good life work balance as well. What is the most distinctive aspect of your work that you enjoy? Being the boss! If I want a 2 hour coffee break with my sisters I take it. For other women who dream of running their own business and to be able to work from home, what advice would you share with them? It’s an advantage to be very organised and self-motivated; if you are not naturally organised and motivated you will find working at home hard as there are always lots of distractions. 16

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What does a magazine editor do? I come up with ideas and control the content of what goes in to the magazine, commissioning designers and writers to make a diverse and interesting magazine for our readers. Making Jewellery is a project based magazine; I also have to proof-read and make sure all the project content makes sense so the tutorials are easy to follow.That’s the ‘nut-shell’ version! What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome? Recently my challenge was to learn to be an editor almost over night, as I had never had anything to do with publishing before. I was taking over from Joan Gordon, she believed in me and gave me the courage to go for it and try. I’ve loved it ever since. What excites you most about actually making jewellery? I love the process of constructing as much as the finished item. It’s about how the materials go together that I like the most. Do you keep a journal of ideas and how do you keep yourself focused and organised? I keep an ideas folder on my computer as I find a huge amount of ideas on-line. I also have sketchbooks and I have been known to sketch a design on a train ticket as that was all I had and if I don’t get the idea down on paper quickly, I forget it. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and who would you choose to spend time with? It’s rather hard to choose, but I think I’d like to have tea with Jane Austen as I’m a massive fan of her work and I’d love to ask her about some of her characters. What is your favourite magazine and why? Ok so I have to say my mag! Making Jewellery but I also subscribe to a bunch of mags on my iPad, my current favourite read is O (Oprah’s mag).

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GIVE A GIFT THAT LASTS!

This Christmas show how much you care with a gift of handmade bespoke jewellery made by Nicky Townsend. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe how little it costs to purchase a one of a kind piece that will last for years to come.

Enchanted Handmade Jewellery P 08432 891420 E nickyt@enchantedhandmadejewellery.co.uk W www.enchantedhandmadejewellery.com

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DIVINE COMPETITION

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Our fashion Diva Kira Withers-Jones experienced a make-over session at the

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EXCLUSIVE READER COMPETITION! ENTER OUR MAKE-OVER COMPETITION • Email us at competitions@my-creativediva.co.uk • Tell us in 25 words or less why you would like to win this fabulous prize • Please advise us as to which studio would be the closest for you to visit • Include a return email and postal address Go on, be a Divine Diva and enter today!

Conditions of entry: Entrant must be 18 years or older. Proof of age identification will be required. No staff or family members of MCD staff are eligible to enter. No further correspondence will be entered into the competition. The winners name and address will be forwarded to New<Id Studios for the distribution of all prizes. My-Creative Diva accept no responsibility for the distribution of this prize. The winner is responsible for all travel expenses to and from the New<Id Studio.

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CRED JEWELLERY

Illuminate is a classic & elegant fine jewellery collection. £580.00

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CRED JEWELLERY ACCLAIM AT ETHICAL FASHION AWARDS 10 years of pioneering work, of CRED Jewellery bringing fairly traded gold directly from the miners to the consumer, has been recognized with a Highly Commended award at the Ethical SOURCE Awards for fashion & sustainability. CRED Jewellery, the original fair trade jeweller, were given this award as one of the Brand Leaders in the category of Accessories & Footwear, rewarding outstanding achievements and those businesses which are combining product excellence with best practice in sustainability terms. The judges included respected names in Fashion & Sustainability from Hilary Alexander to Orsola De Castro. SOURCE is the Global Platform for Sustainable Fashion, powered by the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF). The 2012 SOURCE Awards recognise excellence in fashion and sustainability across 12 different categories, from design innovation to brand leadership across women’s, men’s, accessories, and children’s wear, sustainable supply / manufacture, retail, and individual contribution. Since 2003 CRED Jewellery has been working directly with miners, developing standards to ensure safe working practices and a fair wage for the miners, to develop their communities and protect the environment, and ensuring a transparent supply chain for the gold.These standards became the foundation of the Fairtrade and Fairmined certification for gold that was launched in 2011. CRED have now contributed over $100,000 in Fairtrade premiums to the mining communities in Peru, Bolivia & Colombia. As well as providing miners with good working conditions and a steady & fair income, the real story is of the impact that 10% Fairtrade premium is making to the local communities, investing in socio-economic areas. For full details of the winners of the SOURCE awards, visit: http://source.ethicalfashionforum.com/article/source-awards-2012-the-winners. 20

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CRED JEWELLERY Pipal Filigree Ring. £50.00

CRED Somerset House Scrolled Pearl Drop Earrings. £445.00

This striking deep purple Amethyst and gold cocktail ring will be the talking point of your outfit. £1350.00

Receiving the Fairtrade and Fairmining standard means that the miners: • Have developed democratic and accountable organisations and formalised all their operations. • Are using safe working practices including the management of toxic chemicals, such as mercury and cyanide, used in the gold recovery process. • Are respectful with their environment. • Recognize the rights of women miners (Source: Fairtrade.org.uk/gold)

A pair of large flowing Nepali blossom earrings available in 100% Recycled Silver or plated with Fairtrade yellow gold. £65.00

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Needing a little Retail Therapy? Then visit AccessoriesDirect.com

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Add a hint of vintage to your home.Visit Dunnes Stores.

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Five fabulous books to entertain and inspire you. By Jennifer Burgess.

Rethink: the way you live by Amanda Talbot, £25.00 Published by Murdoch Books ISBN 987-1742667577

The home is such an important place – somewhere that should make us feel happy and relaxed and that is a reflection of us. But the plethora of glossy interior magazines on the shelves, designed to provide inspiration, often make us feel that we fall short of the ideal instead. Rethink: the way you live, by former associate editor of British Elle Decoration, is the antithesis of that glossy ideal, encouraging you to get back to basics and make your home work for you. From bringing nature into even the most urban home environments, repurposing and recycling to sustainable living and utilising space, this is a book filled with ideas to make you think about how you want to live. The book’s key idea is summarised well by a quote from Sir Terence Conran, grandfather of British design: ‘My philosophy is best summed up by the phrase “plain, simple and useful”. Such things may not win many design prizes but neither do they go out of fashion.’ This idea is perfectly timed as we continue to be concerned by our troubled economy and fragile environment, both of which are influencing behaviour and spending habits. The pages are filled with stylish photography, individual case studies and lots of ideas to help you get the most from your home. So say no to the short-lived trends and the many brands that push them, and instead be true to your own unique vision. This isn’t an instruction manual but a source of inspiration, so take time to flick through the pages then rethink your own home and do it your way.

Mastering the Art of Baking by Anneka Manning, £25.00 Published by Murdoch Books ISBN 987-1-4081-7088-5

Of all the various types of cooking, I think that baking can often seem the hardest to accomplish. I’m a big fan of guesswork in the kitchen – I guess measurements, I substitute ingredients at whim and tend to cook anything and everything at 180 degrees it until I think it is probably done. But baking is much more of an art form and certainly more technical, so unless you are experienced, thorough instructions and a good recipe book are essential. Mastering The Art of Baking is an absolute bible, with more than 280 easy to follow recipes that will guide you through the process, from common ingredients and essential techniques to equipment and a guide to pastry and bread. The book is clearly presented and easy to follow, and it is sprinkled with tips such as the ‘secrets to a successful meringue’! The recipes are varied and I think the first ones that I’ll tackle will be the jumbo chocolate fudge cookies, vanilla butter cake and berry tarts. However I’m a savoury girl at heart and there are plenty of options there too, including parmesan biscuits, spinach and feta muffins, lots of bread recipes and even crumpets! Although baking is undoubtedly challenging, it is equally rewarding. It’s the right time of year for comfort food and let’s face it, the smell of freshly baked bread or cake filling your house is pretty hard to beat! 24

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Dressmaking to Flatter Your Shape by Lorna Knight, £16.99 Published by Bloomsbury ISBN 987-1-4081-7088-56

Making your own dresses is incredibly satisfying and allows you to fill your wardrobe with fabulous bespoke pieces. However commercial patterns come in standard sizes which don’t always allow us to make the most out of our figures. Dressmaking to Flatter Your Shape will help you embrace your body shape and show you how to adapt and adjust shop-bought patterns to make flattering clothes that fit like a glove. You will learn how to measure yourself accurately and choose the ideal fabrics and styles for your shape, before creating a toile which will then allow you to make further adjustments for the best fit possible. Author Lorna Knight guides you through the most common problem areas and how to accommodate them, by lengthening shoulders, adjusting necklines, changing collars, altering sleeve styles and adding cuffs etc. Essential sewing techniques and a guide to pattern use are included too, making this a very practical and comprehensive guide! If you enjoy dressmaking but want to take your skills a step further and create truly custom made items then this is the book for you.

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915, £36.00 Published by Prestel ISBN 987-3-7913-5062-2

We live in a world of fast fashion, where trends come and go in the blink of an eye and affordable high street clothing means that we can clear out our wardrobes each season. Eighteenth and nineteenth century fashion was much slower and therefore greater attention was paid to detail, resulting in some fabulously intricate clothing that would have been treasured by their owners. Fashioning Fashion highlights a major collection of European dress acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from two of the foremost dealers in the field, Martin Kamer and Wolfgang Ruf. It is a celebration of the beauty of fashion from years gone by that takes you through the evolution of European fashion, including significant pieces such as an embroidered man’s vest emblazoned with powerful messages relevant to the French Revolution. The text provides historical context to show how political events and technological innovations have influenced style, whilst the beautiful large images combine paintings from the time with photographs from today’s catwalks. It is wonderful to see how these beautiful items from the past have inspired contemporary designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and Christopher Bailey, and to admire the silhouettes from centuries ago that remain just as stylish and desirable today.

The Complete Calligrapher by Maryanne Grebenstein, £16.99 Published by A&C Black ISBN 987-1-4081-3398-9

The word calligraphy stems from the Greek words ‘kallos’ and ‘graphe’ meaning ‘beautiful writing’. It is an ancient art form and something likely to be of interest to anyone creative, as it transforms the written word into something much more aesthetically pleasing. The Complete Calligrapher will introduce you to the materials and tools that have changed little over the centuries then take you through the basics such as ruling lines, holding the open and making your first marks. You are encouraged to really look at letters and how they are constructed so that you can produce a matching set. A variety of alphabets are introduced and workbook sections allow you to practise your new techniques. I didn’t expect to find this book as interesting as I did. Many of us love to draw but never think to apply these skills to lettering. However, once mastered, your skills can be used for all kinds of projects from invitations and gift tags to place settings and letterheads. If you fancy a new creative pursuit for the New Year why not give calligraphy a try! 25

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THE GREAT LITTLE CAKE COMPANY

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BAKING DIVAS JILL COLLINS + NATALIE SAVILLE We found we shared a common passion for designing and creating cakes which we nurtured independently for many years until deciding to collaborate in 2007. We set up our own business because we both love the creative side of baking. For many years, we made and decorated cakes for our own family celebrations, and loved every aspect of the design and execution. Turning a plain sponge into a work of art is incredibly satisfying, and 5 years on, we still get the same buzz when we’ve finished one of our beautiful wedding or celebration cakes for a client. We love the variety and the challenge – no two weeks are ever the same, but for every cake we make, our aim is to produce a creation that is unique, eye catching and tailored to meet each client’s own special requirements. Where is your business based? North London Is there a renowned baker who is a major inspiration for your work? We don’t really take inspiration from any one particular baker but we avidly read cookbooks and baking blogs and try out endless new recipes and flavours. Like everything, cake trends are constantly evolving and we like to keep up to date with changing tastes. What do you think is one of the most important values of a Creative Diva? To have the confidence to take on new challenges and stretch yourself – the sense of achievement when we create a beautiful (and sometimes very technically difficult!) cake is worth the worry and hard work. What do you enjoy most about your craft? Applying our creative and technical knowledge to make, design and decorate beautiful cakes – and then seeing INTERVIEW CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE 27

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how happy it makes our brides and other clients when they finally get to see them! For anyone who may be new to your craft how can they learn some of the skills involved? The only way is to practice! Take on as many cakes as you can – even cakes which are outside your comfort zone, and refine and try out new techniques and approaches on the job. We started off charging very little for our cakes, so we had lots of work, but also gained lots of experience. We also find that with two of us, if one can’t work out how to do something, the other one usually can! Also, look at the industry magazines, and go to shows for ideas and inspiration– Squires Kitchen is great for both. What is unique about your business and your cakes? We are both perfectionists when it comes to cakes, and will always go the extra mile adding details and extras to make our cakes the best they can be. We bounce ideas off each other – and also complement each other very well – recognising that we have different strengths and playing to them. We always use the best ingredients too, which make our cakes taste as good as they look! We also love what we do, and think that this comes through in our work. Do you have any tips you would like to share with our readers? Invest in a portable clothes steamer! Seriously, this piece of equipment is invaluable to finish off a cake – it removes all trace of icing sugar from coloured icing, and cleans a cake up beautifully What are your future goals and plans? With two books under our belt, we are now looking to do a third. We love working out new designs, and translating them into achievable projects. We write well together, so hopefully book number 3 won’t be too far away. We also want to make sure we maintain our main business, and continue to design and produce beautiful cakes.

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MEDITATION DIVA Tracey Rhodes Interview

Our Australian correspondent Elizabeth Zernike, brings us a fascinating interview with Cellular Healer Tracey Rhodes. I have always been a seer and an intuitive. At the age of twelve I realised that when I was around people they would pour their heart and soul out to me. People feel safe with me and the essence of my energy bubbles up within them which helps to give them the courage to face what it is that they need to face to feel whole, complete and in harmony with life. I have always been optimistic and have always known with every fibre of my being that something better is always coming if you let go of the past, accept the test of the moment and allow the blessing of the situation to flow through you. I was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and have had the great pleasure of living in Sydney,Yeppoon, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast; I suppose you could say I have lived many different lives. My father was an Australian Rugby League footballer and my mother a part-time model so I was thrust into the spotlight at a very early age. This was a rewarding experience because it gave me the wonderful opportunity to come in contact with a variety of people who have helped me understand more fully the different ways of being and to see what happens in their energy field when people feel different emotions. It has really set me up for the work I do today. Simply life and the beauty that is all around inspires me. It is the place where we gain wisdom, love and the strength we need to handle everyday living.

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What led you to develop your own business? So many people are living in a state of lack and fear and that is not how we were designed to live. We were designed to live in a state of love, harmony, balance, peace and joy.This is what I want for everyone on the planet and I love to share what I have learned and what has helped me on my life’s journey. Would you please share with us some information about the services you offer your clients? Some of the services offered on my Cellular Healing website include - FREE Inspirational e-Book and “Mystery School Meditations” Click on the link below for your free copy.This book is a daily ritual for an inspired life offering techniques to set powerful intentions along with 136 inspirational quotes with exercises to bring more love, joy and peace into your life: http://cellularhealing.kajabi.com/ fe/25025-free-inspirations-e-book-download How do you market your business? I market my business online, through social media and word of mouth. Who provides you with inspiration? Life in general provides me with inspiration. I find everyday living provides me with the wisdom I need to share. Being mindful of your experiences, having the ability to listen to your inner guidance and meditating on a daily basis helps the mind to focus, to be peaceful and to find greater clarity. What has been your training? My training incorporates National and International credentials in Stress Management, Natural Medicine, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Healing andThought FieldTherapy. I am certified with the Australian College of Natural Medicine and maintain several certifications in Team Skills, Adult Learning and Development, Customer Service and Customer Interaction and have also completed a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Business Management. What are your future plans? In 2013 I plan to touch the land in every continent on earth, to bath in the waters that surround every continent and to share my message worldwide, touching one million people. I am assisting people to reclaim their power, to love unmeasurably and activate the most powerful healing blessing into every cell of their being, to heal at a cellular level. How do you chill out when you need some ‘Me Time’? I love to walk my dog at the beach and go for a swim in the ocean. It helps me to reconnect to the earth and clear my mind, plus some great illumination comes when I do this. Watching a chick

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flick is a great chill out remedy for me. I love to laugh and going to The White Eagle Lodge in Maleny is great for my soul. What has been your best holiday destination? I had a magical time in Ubud in Bali. Ubud is the spiritual heart of Bali and is a very peaceful and beautiful place. The main race is Hindu. We had great massages, Ayurveda healings and fantastic food. If there was just one thing that you could do to improve your life, what would it be? To totally surrender to the flow of life, let go and know that every situation is for my growth and that all is well, always. I really am pretty good at it, but sometimes I forget to practice what I preach. What is your signature dish when entertaining friends at home? My favourites are Honey Pumpkin Quinoa Salad, Stuffed Mushrooms and Lentil Patties.

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TURN A HOBBY INTO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS – LEGAL REQUIREMENTS In this issue Nicky talks about the formalities of running a small business from home in the UK. We will look at National Insurance in more detail. It is vitally important to understand all legal requirements before starting up your business, this way you can avoid unnecessary obstacles in the future! NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS Being self-employed you may also need to pay National Insurance contributions (NIC’s). You only pay National Insurance if your profits are above £5,595 but you’ll have to pay more when your profits rise above £7,605. • If your profits are less than £5,595 then you can apply for a Class 2 exception certificate. This is sometimes called a ‘Certificate of Small Earnings Exception. If you apply for this and it is granted you will not pay any Class 2 or Class 4 NIC’s. • If your profits are between £5,595 and £7,605 you will only pay Class 2 NIC’s at £2.65 per week, you will not be required to pay Class 4 NIC’s. • On earnings £7,605 - £42,475 you will pay £2.65 per week plus 9% of your profits. You can use the following link to download an application for Class 2 Exceptions http://bit.ly/Uacxz5 If you have any doubts or queries at all regarding your personal circumstances then contact your local tax office for advice and guidance. It’s a common misconception that HMRC are to be feared. In fact in most cases you will find them to be extremely helpful and registering with the ‘taxman’ isn’t at all painful.You can also visit the HMRC website http://www. hmrc.gov.uk/ or GOV.UK which replaces the Direct Gov and Business Link websites https://www.gov.uk/ these are full of useful information for small businesses.

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If you missed Nicky’s business advice in issue 4 check out our magazine archive in the ‘My-Creative Diva’ website. In future issues of My-Creative Diva, Nicky will offer information about: Marketing, Market Research, Branding, Legal Requirements, HMRC & Insurance, Pricing, Accounting, Writing a business plan, Branding E-Commerce, Finance & Funding, Social Networking and many more of the skills necessary to run a business. You can find lots of useful advice on business topics on the following websites: Business Link – www.businesslink.gov.uk and HMRC – www.hmrc.gov.uk DISCLAIMER: The business advice offered in this magazine is only the opinion of the author. The contents of these articles are suggestions only. The author, editor and publisher of this magazine accept no responsibility for anyone acting upon this advice is.

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WHAT’S ON

Victoria and Albert Museum THE WORLD’S GREATEST MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN Opening times 10.00 to17.45 daily + 10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

EXHIBITION LIGHT FROM THE MIDDLE EAST: NEW PHOTOGRAPHY 13 November 2012–7 April 2013 Light from the Middle East: New Photography is the first major museum exhibition of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East. Featuring more than 90 works by some of the most exciting artists from the region it shows the creative responses to the social challenges and political upheavals that have shaped the Middle East over the past 20 years and includes recent work made following the revolution in Egypt. The photographs present multiple viewpoints of a region where collisions between personal, social, religious and political life can be emotive and complex. This exhibition has been made possible by the establishment of the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum. ADMISSION Free Nermine Hammam, ‘The Break’, from the series ‘Upekkha’, 2011. Museum no. E.1129-2012. The Art Fund Photography is a powerful and persuasive means of expression. Its immediacy and accessibility make it an ideal choice for artists confronting the social challenges and political upheavals of the Middle East today. Light from the Middle East: New Photography presents work by artists from across the Middle East (spanning North Africa to Central Asia), living in the region and in diaspora. The exhibition explores the ways in which these artists investigate the language and techniques of photography. Some use the camera to record or bear witness, while others subvert that process to reveal how surprisingly unreliable a photograph can be. The works range from documentary photographs and highly staged tableaux to images manipulated beyond recognition.The variety of approaches is appropriate to the complexities of a vast and diverse region. Light from the Middle East is divided into three sections, Recording, Reframing and Resisting, each of which focuses on a different approach to the medium of photography. The photographers in this section use a range of approaches to exploit and explore the camera’s capacity to record.

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TOP LEFT Shadi Ghadirian. From the series Qajar, 1998, Gelatin silver bromide print, 30 x 24 cm,V&A Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum. TOP RIGHT Hassan Hajjaj. Saida in Green, 2000, Digital c-print and tyre frame, 65 x 55 cm,V&A, Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum. BOTTOM Newsha Tavakolian. From the series Mothers of Martyrs, 2006, Digital c-print, 50 x 76 cm,V&A Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

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Victoria and Albert Museum THE WORLD’S GREATEST MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN Opening times 10.00 to17.45 daily + 10.00 to 22.00 Fridays If a personal visit to the V&A isn’t possible feast your eyes on some of the world’s most remarkable collections at their website: these three images are from Amateur British colonial photographer. Alexander Greenlaw was the first to extensively photograph the site in 1855-56. The resulting series of waxed paper negatives were made available to the V&A and printed in 1910. These are some of the earliest known prints. This photograph shows the kalyana mandapa,Vitthala temple complex, Hampi (Vijayanagara). Vijayanagara, meaning ‘city of victory’ was the imperial capital of the last great Hindu empire to rule south India. Established in 1336 and named after its capital, the Vijayanagara empire expanded and prospered throughout the next century. In 1565, this impressive city was sacked by armies from the Deccan sultanates and never rebuilt. Now known as the ‘Group of Monuments at Hampi’, the site represents the empire’s finest and highest concentration of architecture. Classified into religious, courtly and military buildings, its pillared audience halls and towering gateways are its stylistic hallmarks. Many secular buildings bear Islamic features, displaying the city’s cosmopolitan inception. Some of its religious complexes remain in use today. VISIT http://collections.vam.ac.uk/collection/ind/11/

PHOTO CREDITS Hampi (Vijayanagar) Bellary District: Kalyana Mandapa,Vitthala Temple Complex. Greenlaw, Alexander John

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MILLINERY DIVA CATHERINE POVEY Originally from Cardiff and now living and working in Carmarthenshire, Catherine Povey is a Welsh milliner whose work is sold and displayed around the world. Her creative talent has been recognised by both the National Museum of Wales and the Cardiff Story museum, where she has pieces displayed in their current collections. Her work is both artistic and commercial, with pieces being sold from John Lewis, Oxford Street to the Burjamin Centre, Dubai. In her interview with Joan Gordon, Catherine further shares with us information about her millinery and her life Where were you born and raised? I was born and brought up in Cardiff, South Wales and went to the University of Swansea. After moving around and living in London, Manchester and Australia I came home again to Wales as so many of us do. Where do you live now and what do you love most about your home? I now live in Gwernogle, a tiny hamlet in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales. I live in a wooden house in the middle of the Brechfa Forest completely hidden away with my husband and three sons. Home is tranquil and immersed in nature. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenging living here but we belong to the most friendly and supportive community you could ever hope to find. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine wanting to live anywhere else. I love everything about it (except perhaps the mud). 39

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What led you to your current creative business? I have always been creative in my spare time but worked in research and as a speech therapist. I started my millinery business when my second son was born so that I could work at home and bring up my children. What is the most distinctive aspect of your work that you enjoy? I love being able to express myself creatively. It’s something I have always wanted to do but I never found the right outlet. Now if something inspires me I can channel that inspiration into making a hat or headpiece. I love to create millinery art pieces for exhibitions and the cat walk. Have you attended many classes or workshops? If so who was the most inspiring? I have mostly taught myself, bringing up my boys and setting up the business hasn’t left me much time to go on courses. However, Philip Wright, of Walter Wright in Luton, has been incredibly inspiring and instructive. We met in Dubai at an exhibition and I have learnt an awful lot from him about millinery and the business. He is a millinery legend coming from many generations of milliners and hat makers, it’s in his blood. Who is your favourite milliner? I have many favourites, there are great people out there doing wonderful work. Of the big names Stephen Jones is my favourite, along with Dai Rees, an inspirational Welsh milliner (although I think he’s concentrating on sculpture these days). But there are many more I admire. What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your work? I think that would be working from home. I did so for many years while my boys were very young but I found it very difficult. I found it hard to be disciplined and get my head down and work when there was washing to put on, tea to cook, somebody at the door, etc etc. And other people do assume that when you work from home you are available for coffee and a chat at the drop of a hat (as it were!). It is very sociable and lovely but when you have commissions piling up you don’t always have the time. And work is always there, looking at you, so when you sit down to relax in the evening you often end up picking up a bit of sewing. Have you dabbled in other mediums? I have played around with lots of arty and crafty things over the years but I have never been good enough at anything else to get anywhere. I feel that I have finally found my medium and I don’t see myself moving away from millinery. 40

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Where do you gain inspiration from for your designs? Inspiration comes from every part of life. Most obviously at the moment from nature as I live surrounded by trees and plants and rivers and hills (and mud!). But sometimes materials inspire me, unusual bits and pieces like beetle wings or bits of scrap; beautiful fabrics that I see and just have to buy. Sometimes people are the inspiration, I like to make pieces that complement the person and reflect some aspect of their personality. And sometimes it’s a concept, an idea without a physical form, which is most challenging but the most rewarding. Are you exhibiting in any boutiques or fashion shows now or in the future? Currently I am in the middle of organising myself as I have just opened a new studio in Llandeilo so I have no time for anything else. It is very exciting to have my own place to work and see customers. I recently took part in Cheltenham Fashion Week which was great fun and I hope to do that again next year. I may do the BurJuman International Millinery Exhibition in Dubai next Spring but I’m not sure I will have the time now. There are new challenges to having your own place. Where do you go when you need serious ‘Me Time’? I head for the hills with my husband and the dogs.

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CALLING ALL JEWELLERY MAKERS This is a company you will enjoy linking with! For kits and other jewellery making products contact: The Beader’s Companion W www.beaderscompanion.co.uk E info@beaderscompanion.co.uk P 0845 313 0918 41

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COLOUR FORECAST 1. Moment Earrings On Jewelstreet.com Silver & beach glass. JewelStreet.com is the online jewellery marketplace where you can buy direct from jewellery designers. Browse through hundreds of unique pieces and benefit from free postage and packing, 30 day money back guarantees and free gift wrapping! £105.00 COMPANY Jewelstreet - This company is based in The UK and ships to: all countries globally, W www.JewelStreet.com, P 0845 0568 432 2. Stephanie Choker In Gold Made With Swarovski® Elements a collection of choice crystals threaded by means of classy sterling silver charm beads onto sheer organza ribbon. Made to order £75. COMPANY Lolley's Jeweller Boutique - This company is based in The UK and ships to: all countries globally, W www.lolleys.co.uk, P 01732 763700.

Our international correspondent and Jewellery Diva – Lanzajewel - Anne MacLeod Crisp, brings us the latest news on colours that are on-trend for jewellery makers this season. Having recovered from the orange and purple colour mix from last year (2012) this New Year brings us a startling emerald green, this being the principal colour for 2013. According to reliable sources we have several colours such as lime green, bright yellow, dark blue and a poppy red to accompany the main colour. Floral patterns are back and these large dramatic flower dresses make a beautiful display on an island like Lanzarote where the sun shines most of the year. Garments and jewellery designed and made in contrasts such as black and white never lose their popularity. They are considered in the fashion industry to be the classic colours for all seasons. It may be of interest to our readers to know that most Spanish ladies wear black and white for the Christmas and New Year festivities. Other colours that feature for 2013 are pale orange, pale beige and a very pale purple. On Lanzarote, olivine, coral, turquoise and black lava are the most popular sellers in the jewellery department and that is unlikely to change no matter what fashion dictates. Tourists are always looking for the unusual and that includes gemstones that are a treasured souvenir from the country they are visiting. Large chunky necklaces and silver hearts are being worn this season and these are very popular pieces purchased by tourists who visit our Island. Shamballa jewellery continues to be popular in all the bright dazzling colours. Shamballa earrings are also becoming a favourite jewellery accessory, so if you make to sell add some of these to your current range. Who knows what 2013 will bring with most countries in an economic crisis but one thing is for certain, there will still be the “dedicated followers of fashion” and we jewellery makers will always create what our customers want. All the best for the New Year, Cheers Anne. 44

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3. Stephanie Choker In Dewberry Made With Swarovski® Elements a collection of choice crystals threaded by means of classy sterling silver charm beads onto sheer organza ribbon. Made to order £75. COMPANY Lolley's Jeweller Boutique - This company is based in The UK and ships to: all countries globally, W www.lolleys.co.uk, P 01732 763700. 4. Crystal Wrap Bracelets Made With Swarovski® Elements and trendy to the minute, a brown or black leather and crystal bracelet fastened with a cast copper coloured, antiqued silver or antiqued brass button. Sizes: small (also suitable for children over 6yrs) 7" medium 7.5" and large 8" Please choose your colour from the chart Made to order £19. COMPANY Lolley's Jeweller Boutique - This company is based in The UK and ships to: all countries globally, W www.lolleys.co.uk, P 01732 763700 5. French Lace Mid Cuff A delicate and femine scattered floral lace pattern etch marked onto a pristine Stainless steel cuff. Dimensions - 160mm x 30mm x 0.7mm Jessica Flinn designs and makes handmade contemporary jewellery from her studio based in Sheffield £60.00. COMPANY Jewelstreet - This company is based in The UK and ships to: all countries globally, W www.JewelStreet.com, P 0845 0568 432. 6. Shambala Lumiere Bracelet This year's classic bracelet… a must in every fashionista's wardrobe, Lolley's take on the shambala comes in three different light settings: pink light, golden light and silver light. The magic is that the crystals are totally transparent! Made to order One size, finished with sterling silver beads £38.00. COMPANY Lolley's Jeweller Boutique - This company is based in The UK and ships to: all countries globally, W www.lolleys.co.uk, P 01732 763700.

Visit Anne’s website to view some of her beautiful jewellery creations, she distributes her work globally. If you’re looking for a creative holiday with a difference visit her in Lanzarote and join in on one of her many creative jewellery classes. CONTACT DETAILS W www.lanzajewel.es E lanzajewel@hotmail.com F anne.macleodcrisp@facebook.com January 2013


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DIVINE TRAVEL

EXPLORING LATIMER, CHESHAM, UK

By Joan Gordon

Latimer is a village and civil parish that sits on the border between Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, in England. The parish forms part of the Buckinghamshire district of Chiltern. Latimer parish includes the villages of Latimer, Ley Hill and Tyler's Hill, Latimer House, the mansion that you see here is not the original Elizabethan house. The former manor was once home to members of the Cavendish family who became the barons Chesham. The Third Baron Chesham was a commander in the Boer War. It was in the original house where Charles I was imprisoned in 1647 and Charles II took refuge there before fleeing abroad. In 1830 the house was gutted by fire and the present red brick Tudor style mansion that I recently stayed in was built in 1863. The house has been converted into a conference centre with accommodation buildings, a pool and gym built within the grounds. PHOTO CREDIT JOAN GORDON 46

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My husband and I stayed here for four nights over Christmas.The accommodation rates for the four nights including Christmas and Boxing Day totalled £168 which was very reasonable and a good English breakfast was on offer each morning at an additional £9 per person. An added benefit was that there weren’t any conferences being held in the hotel, so guests were able to use the old library, the games room and bar all situated within the old manor. These rooms are all very attractive with lovely views over the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately our stay wasn’t the relaxing break we were looking forward to. The morning before we were to arrive at the hotel, I rang to inquire as to what time we could check in. The reply from the hotel was that we didn’t have a booking! After several more phone calls to both the De Vere main booking office and the hotel we were informed that the person who had taken our booking had typed my name into the reservation back to front, instead of Joan Gordon they had written ‘Gordon Joan’ and had split the booking into two separate reservations. We weren’t given any explanation or an apology as to why this mix up occurred. Eventually it was sorted but it was upsetting at the time as we were looking forward to sharing Christmas with our family in Rickmansworth and for two hours the day before Christmas Eve it looked as if we didn’t have any accommodation. When making the original booking we requested a quiet room. On arriving at the hotel we were placed in a room that was clean and modern but on the ground floor. As we soon discovered there is almost no sound proofing in the new wing, you can hear all the noise from the room above you plus we had the family from ‘Play It Loud’ staying in the two rooms adjoining ours. Three small children were in a room next to ours with their parents and a baby staying in a room, not connected to theirs, in fact it was further down the hallway. The children ran riot for three days and despite complaints to the main desk, nothing was done about it. As the hotel was booked out we couldn’t move to another room so for three days we had to put up with screaming kids, loud television, slamming doors and the bumps and thumps from the room above. Despite our accommodation problems, we liked the village of Latimer and the surrounding countryside. At the time of the English Civil War Latimer belonged to the Earl of Devonshire. The small village includes 17th and 18th century cottages around a triangular village green with an original water pump. The church of St Mary Magdelane is well worth a visit, it dates back to the 13th Century and was rebuilt by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1867. Ley Hill is part of Latimer parish and includes a Common, the Crown pub, the Swan pub and a Methodist Chapel. The nearest railway station to Latimer is Chalfont. For anyone who enjoys country walks then the Chilterns offer some marvellous walks with spectacular views and cosy pubs that serve locally sourced food and brewed beers. We would certainly visit this area again but we’ll find a comfortable B&B to stay in on our next trip to ensure our holiday is both enjoyable and relaxing. Wishing you safe travels, Joan.

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CONTACT DETAILS A Latimer Place, The Grove, Town Centre, Latimer House CHESHAM United Kingdom P 01494 545500 January 2013


DIVINE FASHION

Gold sequin blazer, £79, black sequin top, £42 and jeans £41 Marisota AW12 Coleen Nolan for Marisota

1. Thelma Sequin Contrast Cut Out Dress £34.99 www.missguided.co.uk, 2. Ildiko Cut Out Embellished Dress £34.99 www.missguided.co.uk, 3. Black Evening Sandal (2 width fittings) - £40 Fifty Plus £40.00, 4. Black and Gold Chain Clutch Shell Bag Yumi £28.00, 5. Raspberry Red Sequin Flapper Dress Ruby Ray £155.00, 6. Iron Fist Love Bites Platform Shoe The Vestry £75.00, 7. Black hard case clutch bag, Marisota £30. PHOTO CREDITS http://www.prshots.com/image/details/83928 48

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CELEBRATE IN STYLE Dress to impress in casual lux or make a statement in party dresses packed with style. New Year celebrations are all about glitter, laughter and glamorous gals.

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ALL ABOUT BOOTS

These boots were made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do…

Boucle Jacket £26 Beginning of September, Printed Blouse £10 End of July, Printed Trousers £14 End of June, Earrings £3 End of June, Shoes Boots £15 Primark UK

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OPPOSITE PAGE 1. Matalan 2. Nubuck Slouch Boot Mint Velvet £189.00, 3. Twin Zip Boot – Black Redfoot Shoes £89.99, 4. Blue Inc £19.99, 5. Nubuck Buckle Ankle Boot Mint Velvet £149.00, 6. Suede and Patent Shoe Boot Mint Velvet £129.00, 7. Mint Velvet £129.00, 8. Matalan AW12 Women’s Cut Outs – Footwear Matalan, 9. Patent Quilted Riding Boot Shoe Zone £24.99, 10. Womens Red Low Heel ankle Boots Blue Inc £34.99, 11. Womens Brown Lace Up High BootsBlue Inc £24.99, 12. Womens Tan 2 Strap Ankle Boots Blue Inc £19.99.

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WINTER WARMTH By Kira Withers-Jones

A quality jacket or coat is a major investment. When purchasing a good coat ensure it is classic in line with a fine and elegant finish. Coats and jackets with textured or fur collars are big this season so if fur is appealing to you make sure you chose a coat that can be cleaned at your local dry cleaners. Real fur, vintage or modern will have to go to professional furriers to be cleaned which will make your small investment seem like a life time mortgage. Cashmere is a wonderful fabric for coats and jackets as it retains the warmth without being weighty. Consider a coat with a detachable collar to further increase its practical use plus it gives you more flexibility to dress it up or down. Update your coat with a variety of scarves, gloves, boots and accessories that will give it a new season look without having to shell out too many pennies. Stay warm, have fun and enjoy your New Year. LEFT: Limited Collection Coat £79, Twiggy for M&S Woman Dress £49.50, Necklace £17.50 Ring £7.50, Belt £15, Boots £59.

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OPPOSITE PAGE 1. Marks and Spencer Pony Coat £110, 2. Eucalyptus Queenie Coat £165, 3. Fran & Jane Melly 2 Jacket £160, 4. M&Co Lurex and Sequin Snood £18, 5. Marisota Scarf £18, 6. A-SHU Leather Effect Handbag £23.99, 7. House of Fraser Mary Portas Waterfall Jacket £99, 8. Hobbs Charlie Jacket £159, 9. La Redoute Fuschia Print Shawl Scarf £25.00, 10. ISME Felt Cloche £22.00, 11. Marks and Spencer Linen Chino £25.00, 12. Lovarni Buckle Tall Boots £259.99.

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DIVINE BEAUTY

MAKE-UP UPDATE With instant eye make-up appliqués, you can get fabulously sexy eyes in seconds. If you’re looking for a gold or silver glitter liner flick that doesn’t budge or smudge try Glam Republic’s limited edition eyeliner appliqués, £5.99 each in store and online at Boots and available at Superdrug. We’re talking about that perfect silver or gold glitter liner flick with or without false lashes or that perfect palette-like eye shadow without the actual palette. So when you’re pressed for time to get your make-up done, just press on one of these pro-like application appliqués and you’re out the door. How to apply eyeliner appliqués: To apply, simply peal off the backing paper, add a thin line of adhesive and stick them as close to your lash line as possible. Beauty tips: Apply the appliqués after you apply your eye shadow as the appliqués can get dusty. Don’t worry if you smudge the glue, it dries clear. The instant eye make-up gem is reusable, carefully peal them off your eye lid and store them on a shiny surface such as a mirror. To get make-up artist magic in your eye shadow, ‘ColorOn Professional’ is the peel-off patch for ridiculously perfect-looking party make-up. Choose from one of the many shade kits, from only £9.99. How to apply eye shadow patches: Take one instant eye make-up patch (they come in left and right) and place it over your closed eye. Rub the back of the appliqué with your finger. The more pressure you use when rubbing the more intense the colour you will transfer to your eyelid. Then, just peel it off and repeat for your other eyelid. To finish, blend with your finger or brush on ‘ColorOn’s GetSet’ powder for smudge proof glamour. CONTACT DETAILS Glam Republic Products are sold at Boots, Superdrug and Amazon.co.uk, they also have distribution in France, Belgium and the USA. W www.glamrepublicbeauty.com 54

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DIVINE BEAUTY are using is designed to adhere to the hair and not the skin, not all waxes do this. This will reduces the tugging on the skin and will make for a more comfortable wax. Thirdly, always use a pre-wax oil, a cleanser & toner as well as an after wax oil.The skin should always be cleaned before a wax. This makes for a hygienic treatment and the attention to the skin helps to make the process more relaxing. After cleaning the skin, a Pre-wax oil needs to be applied. It will enhance the performance of the wax and build an oil barrier between the skin and the wax, leaving just the hairs exposed. The After-wax oil will remove any residue (with a good wax there shouldn’t be any), calm and soothe the skin to reduce irritation and very importantly prevent ingrown hairs. Lastly choose your therapist well. Experience and technique is key. For information on a fantastic spa or salon in your area or any more advice on waxing please contact a Harley wax specialist on + 44 (0) 861 9888 90. Harley’s Pre & Post Waxing products are the key to the

ALL ABOUT WAXING A wax is often an unpleasant experience. Let’s face it, ripping sections of hair from your skin in one swift movement, and often from our more intimate areas, is enough to make anybody queasy. Those moments of pain can result in confidence on the beach, jar-dropping moments in your faviourite LBD, and self-assurance between the sheets. If you’re a woman who waxes here are some handy tips from the experts at Harley Wax. Firstly always use a good, professional wax- avoid the cheap and nasty. All Harley Waxes are made to high standards in the UK. They are designed to have a low melting temperature, which means no burns or redness. They are formulated with essential oils to condition the skin and turn a wax into a nurturing skin treatment. In addition make sure that the wax you are using is made from pure, natural ingredients like pine resin or beeswax. Secondly use the correct wax for your skin, hair type and for the body part. Hot waxes are for smaller, more intimate areas whereas strip waxes are for large areas like the legs. If you have a very sensitive skin lookout for a rose or lavender based wax. Ensure that the wax you 56

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DIVINE BEAUTY success of the treatment. Developed exclusively with the Harley waxing range, it provides the results your client needs. • Pre-Wax Cleanser and Oil cleanses and prepares for the treatment • Enhances the performance of the wax • Post-Wax Oil conditions and nurtures the skin • Removes any residue (if any) • Calms and soothes the skin reducing irritation • Use our Cleanser, Pre-Waxing and After Care oils for maximum results • Suitable for all skin types • Use the Equipment Cleanser to clean spills on linen and equipment. ROSE & GOLD WAX CARTRIDGES The Harley Rose strip wax as well as the Harley Gold strip wax are available in 100g cartridges. This makes for easy application during treatments. Strip wax is ideal for larger areas like legs and backs. The Rose strip wax is fantastic for sensitive skins and the Gold strip wax is designed for male waxing. Its clean, easy and fast. HARLEY WAX PRE WAX OIL The Harley Wax Pre-Waxing Oil is an essential product for a Harley Hot Waxing treatments. By applying this oil to the area you wish to wax you are allowing the wax to shrink wrap itself to the hair and not the skin. This reduces the pull on the skin, thus reducing the pain, redness and lowers the possibility of any in-growing hairs. HARLEY AFTER CARE OIL is an essential product for a Harley Hot Waxing and Harley Strip Waxing treatments. It reduces skin irritation, redness and lowers the possibility of any in- growing hairs. Great for both large areas and smaller intimate areas. HARLEY ROSE STRIP WAX is our number one selling Wax. A delicate aroma of country garden will embrace this waxing experience This is our most popular strip wax for several reasons. Firstly, it can be applied super thinly. This is ideal for waxing larger area and makes this wax very economical. Secondly Harley Rose wax has been formulated to grip only the hair & not the skin reducing any pulling or tugging on the skin making for a virtually pain free experience. COMPANY/STOCKIST INFORMATION Harley Wax W www.harleywax.co.za T 0861988890

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DIVINE HEALTH & BEAUTY TV Weather forecaster Clare Nasir reveals her 2013 healthy living secret weapon: “I’ve found Bach Emotional Eating Kit has really helped me to take control of my cravings, so I feel happier and comfortable in my own skin.When I am having one of those days where I feel like grabbing high calorie comfort foods on the go or feeling a little body conscious, I grab Bach Emotional Eating Kit to keep me on the right track. I’ve found it so helpful I’ve got all my friends using it!”

RING OUT THE OLD, STICK TO THE NEW... With the help from a Bach™ Emotional Eating Kit you too can stick to your New Year resolutions. If you’re having trouble sticking to your resolutions, well there’s no need to fear as you are not alone. Most New Year’s resolutions focus on diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle but 75 percent of Brits give up their resolution before the end of January* putting an end to healthy habits before they have barely begun! Here are some top tips to help you stick to your resolutions this year for a fitter, healthier you: • Set mini milestones so the task doesn’t feel too daunting and reward yourself at each milestone with a little treat. A manicure, new shoes or a relaxing massage are examples of good incentives! • Avoid activities and people which might tempt you to give up. For example, if you know you’ll overeat with your friends over dinner meet for drinks or go to the cinema instead. • Don’t blame yourself and give up when things don’t go to plan. Forget the blip and start again tomorrow. Remember, perfect people don’t exist! • Try not to become obsessed on your healthy living resolution. Distract yourself with other activities and hobbies which will make the transition easier. 58

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EMOTIONAL EATING KIT Take one, two or three essences at a time. Two drops of each essence may be taken directly onto the tongue. Alternatively place two drops of each chosen essence in water and sip at intervals. Repeat 4 times a day. Free from artificial additives and colourings. Suitable for Vegans. Always speak to your Doctor before taking any products during pregnancy or breastfeeding. BachTM Emotional Eating Kit is a set of three 10ml flower essences to give a helping hand with diet and healthy living regimes. It is the first product available in the UK to help with emotional eating. You can create your own individual combination and adapt it to suit your changing moods. The essences are alcohol free and suitable for the whole family. Bach Emotional Eating Kit includes the essences: Crab Apple – When you feel unclean or dislike something about yourself, Crab Apple can help you accept yourself and your imperfections. Self acceptance means you are less likely to rely on food to make you feel good. Cherry Plum – When you fear you might lose control of your diet, Cherry Plum can help you to think and act rationally. Chestnut Bud – When you find yourself repeating the same dieting mistakes, Chestnut Bud can help you gain knowledge from your experience. This means you are less likely to fall into your old bad habits, for example reaching for food when things get tough. For more information about Nelsons, visit: www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com Bach Emotional Eating Kit costs £11.49 and is available from Boots, Holland and Barrett and all good independent health food and pharmacy stores. For more information, visit www.bachremedies.co.uk.

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READER GIVE AWAY! YOU COULD WIN A BACH FLOWERS EMOTIONAL EATING KIT!!! HOW TO ENTER: EMAIL competitions@my-creativediva.co.uk Attach this code BACH10-MCD Add your name, address and return email. The lucky winners will be published in Issue 7 of MCD. WE HAVE 10 PACKS TO GIVE AWAY VALUED AT £11.49 EACH! BACH EMOTIONAL EATING KIT Description: Bach Emotional Eating Kit is a set of three 10ml flower essences to give a helping hand with diet and healthy living regimes. COMPANY Nelsons W www.bachremedies.co.uk Conditions of entry: Only 1 entry per household. No staff members of MCD are eligible to enter. No further correspondence will be entered into the competition. The winners name and address will be forwarded to Nelsons for the distribution of all prizes. My-Creative Diva are not responsible for the distribution of the prizes. Competition closes Jan 30th 2013. The names of the winners will be published in issue 7 of MCD. Competition is available to UK residents only.

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DIVINE HEALTH

NCT Shop www.nctshop.co.uk The Womama Birthing Wrap ÂŁ59.99 This lovely wrap is designed specifically for labour and birth. It allows Mum to feel comfortable and feminine on her special day.This beautifully light, practical wrap is made from super soft organic cotton and allows for quick easy access for skin-to-skin contact as soon as baby 60 is born. Available in Black and Ocean Blue. MY CREATIVE DIVA www.my-creativediva.co.uk

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NATURAL PRODUCTS TO SEE YOU THROUGH PREGNANCY AND INTO MOTHERHOOD For all our expectant Mums here are some products that we think are fantastic with helping to relieve nausea and prevent stretch marks. Every Mum-to-be, royal or not, deserves some help in coping with the huge number of changes that pregnancy brings. From the nausea and sickness of the early weeks through to tiredness and dealing with potential stretch marks, there’s a bewildering choice of products available. Products which are completely free from chemicals and preservatives are a natural and healthy choice for both Mum and Baby, gently supporting health and skin. Sickness and nausea are a feature of many pregnancies and it lays many pregnant women low. The excitement of the moment can be tempered by the ongoing nausea and vomiting and a natural solution can make so much difference. Ginger contains many active ingredients which have long been known for their beneficial effects on the stomach – a huge boon in overcoming nausea and sickness. Health Plus’ Ginger Root (£6.75 for 60 V-Tabs) is especially beneficial in the first trimester of pregnancy. Later on in pregnancy, the skin on the breasts and buttocks has to cope with weight gain, and abdominal skin needs all the help it can get as it stretches to accommodate the growing baby. Laura Rudoe, founder of evolve natural skincare says: “During both my pregnancies, I made sure that I massaged my 3 Bs religiously every day (Belly, Boobs and Bum!). I tend to use body creams rich in Omega oils to help maintain skin elasticity”. Evolve’s Skin Cocoon Body Cream (£14.99) is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 and is perfect for skin regeneration as well as dealing with any dryness. For further information on these products and more please visit: HEALTH PLUS From all good health shops and online at http://www.healthplus.co.uk/ VEGANICITY From all good health shops and online at http://www.veganicity.com EVOLVE Available from www.evolvebeauty.co.uk and Beauty Mart Harvey Nichols LAVERA Available from www.lavera.co.uk and all good health stores nationwide LAIDBARE Available from www.touchmyface.co.uk Pregnant women should check with their GP before taking nutritional supplementation.

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CREATE, BAKE OR MAKE

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CREATE SOME PERSONAL SPACE

MAKE MOSAIC CARVER PLATES

COVER AN UNSLIGHTLY RADIATOR

TRY OUT THIS SUPER JEWELLERY KIT

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MADE BY HAND! FLORISTY, JEWELLERY, SEWING, FOOD & HOME DECOR

DECORATE WITH FLOWERS

MAKE A SHAMBALA BRACELET

SEW A SNUGGLY SNOOD

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DIVINE HOME

Wallpaper Sophie Conran For Arthouse - Lazy Days Dove ‘Lazy days’ and ‘Silver Lining’ have been inspired by these tranquil moments. Fittingly they come in delicate shades of pinks, creams and greys. £48.00 Company ARTHOUSE W www.arthouse.com P 01706 230077

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TRANQUIL READING NOOK A day bed is the perfect piece of furniture for multi-purposing. By day it can be used as a lounge room couch or somewhere to snuggle up for a guaranteed relaxing read. By night it converts to a comfy spare bed for visitors. Paint the walls a soft pastel shade to enhance the space or paste them with a luxurious wall paper in delicate shades of pinks, creams or greys. Create a French provincial distressed finish on a folding table with an undercoat of soft grey coloured emulsion. Once the paint has dried, give it another coat of off white, matt paint. Allow the paint the dry for 24 hours. Using a fine grain sanding block, rub back the top layer in various areas on the table top and legs to expose the undercoat.Wipe the table with a damp cloth and finish with a layer of clear matt polyurethane or wax to protect the surface. Purchase a stand lamp with an extendable arm that will provide you with a quality light by which to read. Choose a selection of tactile monochrome toned soft furnishings to further enhance the sense of comfort and luxury. Make sure the rugs, cushion covers and throws can be machine washed if they are to be lounged upon, on a regular basis. Place your current book, kindle or lap-top with a cup filled with flowers on the side table. Finish with a woven basket at the foot of the bed to be used as additional storage.Your tranquil nook is now ready for use.

With Love Birdcage Tea Cup & Saucer Price is for an individual cup not a pair. £9.99 Company MOLLIE & FRED W www.mollieandfred.co.uk/ P 01305 236323 Wool Throws - Neutral Collection A range of contemporary wool and cotton throws. £80.00 Company Natural Bed Company W www.naturalbedcompany.co.uk P 0114 272 1984 Kindle Touch from Tesco Direct, £109 Company Tesco Christmas Gifts 2012 W www.tesco.com P 0800 50 55 55

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DIVINE DECORATING

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SPRINGTIME DINING TABLE Create a stunning pringtime dining table…

Entertain in style by embellishing beautiful coloured glass carver plates with tiny glass mosaics and ethereal engraving to create a talking point at your stylish dinner parties this Spring. The glass carvers act as the base of your crockery collection inspiring a beautiful look for the new season. Simply buy the items listed below and follow our instructions. Your unique dining table will be the envy of all your friends! TOOLS AND MATERIALS Dremel Engraver Dremel Versaflame 20 x 10 mm glass mosaic 3/16” self-adhesive copper foil tape Solder containing flux Glass glue Glass carver plates MAKE IT UP STEP ONE Apply self-adhesive copper tape around the edges of approximately forty 20 x 10mm mosaic tiles.This will be enough to decorate a carver plate with a diameter of 30 centimetres. Then apply two strips of copper tape around the edge of the carver plate, spacing them 20mm apart. Burnish the tape smooth using a bone folder or the back of a teaspoon. Glue the mosaics around the plate so that the top and

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bottom edges touch the tapes, spacing the mosaics randomly as shown. The glass glue requires sunlight to bond. Tip: Choose plates that have a defined rim area. Creating a decorative border around the outer edge of the rim will ensure that the pattern is seen when the carver is in use. Small-sized pieces of multi-coloured glass mosaic in one single line will achieve a delicate look and will allow you to fit both mosaic and engraving onto the rim. STEP TWO Then, using the Versaflame and soldering tip, solder around the individual pieces of mosaic, and around the rim twice to cover the copper tape. Tip: When you have soldered around the entire rim, remove the soldering tip and use a naked flame to soften the solder and smooth out any small irregularities caused by the soldering tip. Avoid overheating the solder or the glass. STEP THREE Take your Dremel Engraver and engrave lines in between the mosaic tiles, containing them within the border and positioning them randomly as shown. Alternatively, simply engrave into the edge of the plate below the mosaic rim, creating your own pattern For more info, visit the Dremel website: www.dremele.co.uk

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CONSTRUCTING A RADIATOR COVER TOOLS AND MATERIALS Dremel® TRIO™ Dremel® TRIO™ multipurpose carbide cutting bit TR563 Dremel® TRIO™ chamfer router bit TR618 Dremel® TRIO™ sanding mandrel TR407 and the P120 sanding band TR432. Dremel® Glue Gun and 7mm clear glue sticks Die cut hardboard Primer, white emulsion and satin finish paint Wood Screws Pencil Straight edge

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DIFFICULTY RATING Three stars – intermediate MAKE IT UP STEP ONE Measure your radiator and buy a piece of MDF. This should measure 13mm thick and have a total area that’s at least one third larger than the surface area of your radiator.This is in order to give you room to cut all the sections for the cover from it. When you get home, mark out the sections with a pencil for your radiator cover top, sides and front. STEP TWO Using the multipurpose carbide cutting bit TR563, cut out your sections. As well as the top, sides and front solid sections, cut out the ventilation holes beneath the top shelf, for the grill and at the base. Set at speed 8. STEP THREE Then take your Dremel TRIO with the multipurpose carbide cutting bit TR563 and cut out a section of die cut patterned radiator grill hardboard with a minimum thickness of 13mm. This is to go over the main opening/s on the front of your radiator. Make sure that the section you cut is larger by at least 10 cms than the opening/s on your design. STEP FOUR Then, go back to your MDF cut out section where the patterned radiator grill will be inset and give it a decorative and neat finish by using the Dremel TRIO and Chamfer Router Bit TR618 to bevel the edge of the wood facing outwards. Carry on doing this on all the edges where you want a decorative finish. Use speed 6. STEP FIVE Lightly sand all the edges which you have cut using the Dremel TRIO plus sanding mandrel TR407 and the P120 sanding band TR432. STEP SIX Now, with your Dremel Glue Gun and 7mm clear glue stick, glue the patterned radiator grill to the reverse of the main MDF face.

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STEP SEVEN With your Dremel Glue Gun and 7mm clear glue stick, glue all the sections together, then screw the main face onto the sides and finally screw the top onto the box you have made. Fit over skirting board and pipes to mount against the wall. Using wood filler fill over screws and any blemishes, then prime, paint and finally secure to wall with internal brackets. For more info, visit the Dremel website: www.dremel.co.uk

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READER GIVE AWAY

To purchase these kits or other jewellery making products contact: Beaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Companion E info@beaderscompanion. co.uk P 0845 313 0918

This Knotted Cord and Memory Wire Jewellery Kit contains high quality glass beads in a variety of shapes and sizes, plus nickel free findings. It includes enough materials to make a bracelet, necklace and earrings set. You will learn how to position knots, create your own clasp, make a memory wire bracelet and matching earrings.We also provide tips on how to create loops and show you how to add your pendant charm. This kit is a perfect starting point for a beginner with step by step instructions plus design ideas to follow. For jewellery makers who love to work with beautiful handmade glass beads itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great value kit! 70

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A BEADER’S COMPANION KIT! Ten lucky readers will win a knotted cord and round pendant kit. Each kit has an RRP of £16.99! HOW TO ENTER Email competitions@my-creativediva.co.uk Attach this code: BCT-10 Add your name, address and email. The lucky winners will be published in Issue 7 of MCD. CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES – 25TH FEBUARY 2013

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY Only 1 entry per household. No MCD staff are eligible to enter. No further correspondence will be entered into the competition. The winners name and address will be forwarded to Beaders Companion for the distribution of all prizes. My-Creative Diva does not accept any responsibility for the distribution of the prizes. The name of the winner will be published in issue 7 of MCD. Competition is available to UK residents only. 71

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KNOTTED CORD KIT This kit, from Beaders Companion, is simple to make and suitable for beginners or more experienced beaders. All components to make a necklace, a memory wire bangle and simple earrings are included. Maggie Jones talks you through the process.

COMPONENTS Three lengths of cotton cord; six headpins; one pair earring wires, four coils of memory wire numerous e-beads; 20 round glass beads; 16 larger assorted glass beads; one large heart shaped focal. The beads are all glass, and silver lined. (pic 2)

TOOLS AND MATERIALS Beaders Companion ‘Create’ knotted cord kit. Scissors to cut the cord. Round nose pliers and flush cutters or a three in one jewellery tool. Bead board (optional), bead mat (optional), or corrugated card.

MAKING UP THE KIT Plan your pattern in advance – I use a beading design board for this,(pic 3) but a piece of felt or corrugated card will also help you to lay out the beads in a pattern. For the necklace, the techniques explained use simple knots to hold the beads in place. (pic 4, 5) For the bracelet, using memory wire is very simple – the only difficult part is when curling the memory wire into a loop. Be firm with the wire, and take it slowly.The earrings also use simple techniques. You will probably have some beads and wires left over. Beaders Companion have a series of excellent YouTube videos which I watched to see their techniques: www.youtube.com/BeadersCompanion

PRESENTATION The packaging is functional, with several clear packets which are mounted onto cardboard. The clear cellophane packets mean you see exactly what you are getting. (pic 1) INSTRUCTIONS AND CONTENTS There are 5 small packets with components attached to the presentation card. Carefully detach those from the card, as the instructions are on the reverse of the card. The instructions have both photographs and line drawings included.The photos of the finished products show suggestions of how your makes will look, rather than being exact.This is a good feature of this kit: you don’t have to follow their pattern exactly and have flexibility to create your own version of the make. (pic 2)

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OVERALL RATING I would give this product 9/10, as I felt the packing didn’t do the kit justice – but don’t let that distract you! I was delighted with the final pieces of jewellery – and the kit was good value for money with good quality beads. Beader’s Companion: www.beaderscompanion.co.uk

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DIVINE HOME DÉCOR

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DECORATE WITH FLOWERS Single flowers such as hydrangeas, roses, peonies or gerbera look good with most foliage. Use a variety of shapes if mixing your flowers to give the arrangement more impact. Flowers arranged in a vase can add elegance and style to your home. Streamlined glass vases bring a touch of modern chic, while aluminium containers add a contemporary look to any room. Decorating with flowers is an inexpensive way of adding colour, texture and visual pleasure to your home décor. FLORISTRY TIPS • Flowers left too long in water can give off bacteria that can catch on to the inside of a vase where it continue to grow.Add a teaspoon of bleach to the water before placing flowers into the vase to prevent bacterial growth. • To condition flowers from your garden,cut them the night before and put them in a bucket of luke warm water filled up to about two inches below the flower head.The warm water will be absorbed by the flower stem up towards the head of the flower. Store the flowers overnight in a cool dark place. • Flowers bought from a florist will already have been conditioned so they may be used immediately. • When you cut your stems, cut them at an angle with a sharp clean knife or kitchen shears. • Remove any leaves that would sit below the water line and if you are using roses, remove the thorns by running a sharp knife down the stem of the flower.Fill your vase with water and flower food to ensure your arrangement remains fresh and colourful. PRESERVING TIPS • In cold climates bring your geraniums indoors during the winter. Place them in containers where they will benefit from filtered light and feed them every few months with plant food. • Cut the heads off hydrangeas and hang them from string in an airing cupboard.The heads will preserve as they dry and the flowers may then be used in dried arrangements.

Fluted Wedding Jug £11.50 Company Borrowed Blue Boutique W www.borrowedblueboutique.com P 01227455500

Magnetic Vases £29.99 Company Mocha W www.mocha.uk.com P 0208 953 8333

LSA Malika Grand 15.5cm Vase gold spiral £31.95 Company Beautiful Homes Direct W www.beautifulhomesdirect.com P 0871 873 2929

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The Shambala Story

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Drawn from Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Shambala is a mythical place of peace, tranquility and happiness. Therefore, wearing a Shambala bracelet is a way of expressing a deeply personal connection to inner peace and happiness. The different precious and semiprecious beads used to make any particular bracelet are thought to have varying attributes which can contribute towards one’s well being. Some of the more popular ones are listed below:

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Thought to increase courage, self confidence, energy and provide general protection and healing, therefore promoting longevity. Relieves depression while promoting calm, serenity and spirituality. Believed to help with addiction and stress. Uplifting, while reducing tension and stomach problems. Calms and soothes, while reducing stress and blood pressure. While attributed with wisdom, mercy, humility, generosity, peace and harmony, when worn as jewellery it is believed to be protective and lucky while a piece under the pillow promises restorative dreams. Encourages authentic feeling and action with faithfulness and loyalty. Used to help eyesight and during childbirth. Thought to attract love as well as promoting self-loving, peace, forgiveness and nurturing and the healing of emotional wounds. Thought to promote clear thinking, while helping to manifest will, courage and confidence. Considered a healing stone that releases shame and guilt. It is also thought to attract good luck, friendship and happiness.

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DESIGN TIPS

You may truly use any kind of round or faceted beads for Shambala bracelets. You may even knot a bracelet using no beads at all, for a classic Friendship Bracelet. With or without beads, the Shambala Secret is that EVERYONE can enjoy making and wearing these bracelets!

For more hints and tips and video instructions, please check out the friendship bracelet section at www.carolynschulz.com © 2011, 2012 Carolyn Schulz

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Shambala Secret

New Age Friendship Bracelets with ancient mystique

While friendship bracelets have been around for generations, it is only recently that the Shambala version has risen in popularity due to the interest shown by celebrities all over the world. These wonderful, adjustable, oh-so-wearable bracelets are incredibly fast and easy to make. The hardest part is choosing from among the beautiful beads available!

About the materials...

semiprecious beads

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Smaller, 6-8mm beads are typically used to finish off the cord ends.

disco ball beads (optional)

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woven nylon cord Available in various thicknesses and colours, to yield either delicate or heavier looks. A thinner cord is always used for the core of the bracelet, to fit more easily through bead holes.

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The focal beads of Shambala bracelets are usually in the 10-14mm range, and can be made from semiprecious stone, wood, glass, acrylic, or the trendy bling style disco balls.

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The phenomenon of Shambala bracelets spans culture, gender, and generation; men, women, children all over the world are making and wearing them.

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Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern version of Shambala bracelets often feature crystal-encrusted bead/s sometimes called disco balls or Shambala beads, together with hematite beads or other semiprecious beads. There are two different types of disco balls available, those with a metal base and those with a clay base. The metal beads are heavier while the clay versions are lighter but more hard wearing, as the crystals are firmly set in the clay before it is fired. January 2013


Making a Typical Shambala Bracelet

You will need… 40cm 2m 9 to 11 pcs 2pcs

0.8mm woven nylon cord 1.2mm (or thicker) woven nylon cord 10mm to 12mm (“large”) round beads 6mm to 8mm (“small”) round beads

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CLEAR NAIL VARNISH

To help get cord through small holes, trim cord end at an angle, apply clear nail varnish to the end of the cord and allow to dry. This will provide a stiff point to allow easier passage through bead holes.

Step 1: Fold the long, thicker cord in half to find the middle. Lay the thinner cord over the centre fold, with approx 10cm extending above. Make a square knot around the thin cord with thicker cord. Refer to the “Step 1, Square Knot” box on opposite page. (Hint: you may find it helpful to secure the thin cord on a clipboard, or tie it to a drawer pull or door handle as you work.)

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Step 2: Make 4 more square knots, for a total of 5. Step 3: String a large bead onto thin, centre cord. Step 4: Bring the thicker woven cords around bead, and tie a square knot below bead.

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Cut excess thick cords about 2mm from the last knot. Use the heat from a lighter or match to melt the ends of the nylon cord. The nylon will shrink back as it melts, creating a neatly sealed knot. Be extremely careful with the flame; the idea is to melt the ends, not catch them on fire! You should hold the flame close to, but not directly on, the cord ends. Note: Alternatively you can cut the cord close to the knot and glue well with something like GS hypo cement. January 2013


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Step 11: String a small bead onto each end of the thin cord, and tie an overhand knot to hold it on. You may shorten the cord ends as desired â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just be certain to leave enough length to pull the bracelet open and get it on over your hand.

Step 9: Using one of the leftover pieces of thick nylon cord, begin as in Step 1 to tie a series of square knots, holding the centre cords together. When you have perhaps 6 or 8 square knots, try on the bracelet to see how it fits. Add more knots if needed. You want enough square knots so that when you tighten the bracelet by pulling on the centre cord ends, it feels comfortable with no gap between sets of square knots.

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SNOODS Stay cosy and warm in a super snug snood. A snood is a scarf that made into a linked circle. If it’s sufficiently wide it can be pulled up over your head and worn as a hood when your outdoors and needing a little extra warmth.

Floral jacquard knitted dress £200 Stefanel, Teal Mongolian faux fur snood £59/€77 Label Lab, Burgundy leather bag £170/€207 DKNY, Purple knee high socks £18 Calvin Klein

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SNOODS 1

Here we feature some of our favourite snoods that you can purchase or if you enjoy sewing, purchase some polar fleece, soft fake fur or a loose knitted fabric then follow our simple step by step instructions to make your own.

MATERIALS & TOOLS 150cm Lx 80cmW polar fleece 1 x ball point sewing machine needle Sewing machine and iron Scissors and a fine hand sewing needle

METHOD OF WORK STEP 1 Lay your piece of fabric out flat with the right side facing up. STEP 2 Fold the fabric in half lengthways matching the corners and raw edges. STEP 3 Pin both edges of the length of fabric together (with the right side of the fabric facing in), to form a seam that makes the fleece into a long tube. STEP 4 If using polar fleece sew with a straight stitch from one end of the tube to the other back stitching securely at the beginning and end of the stitching. For knits use a small and narrow zigzag stitch. STEP 5 Turn the tube of fabric right side out and press the seam flat with a warm iron. STEP 6 At each end of the tube, press the raw edges in, forming a 1cm deep circular hem on each end. Press these hems flat with an iron. STEP 7 Pin the circular ends to each other so that they form a neat join. Slip-stitch the ends together with neat little stitches. Press the joined seams to neaten your stitching and the snood is now ready for use.

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DIVINE FOOD

COOKING WITH CHEESE

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DIVINE FOOD CHEESY TIPS HOT SAVOURY CHEESE DIP • Hard cheeses tolerate high temperatures better than INGREDIENTS soft cheese. • Exposing any cheese to high heat for too long can cause it to curdle, toughen and separate. • When making a cheese sauce it is best to place the cheese in a saucepan suspended over a second pan filled with hot water. • Cheese is best handled cold and should be stored in the fridge. • When grating or cubing, semi-soft and hard cheeses are the most suitable. • Soft cheeses are ideal for making cheese cakes, cold dips or for spreading. • When grilling foods with cheese on top, place the oven tray so that the food is about 8 -15cm from the heat and grill until the cheese is just melted. Cheese is best measured by weight. 113.40 grams of natural cheese = 1 cup grated 170.10 grams of softer cheeses, like Blue or Feta = 1 cup crumbled 84.0.49 grams of hard cheese = 1 cup grated

226.8 grams of softened cream cheese, cut into cubes shopping list 1½ cups sour cream ½ kilo of cooked crispy crumbled bacon (omit for vegetarians) 1 shallot finely sliced and chopped 1 pack of spring vegetable dried soup 2 cups of grated mature cheese 1 jar or tin of asparagus mashed to a pulp 1 large sourdough loaf with the top cut off and the bread removed to create a shell. MIX IT UP Preheat oven to 180C. In a large bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese and sour cream. Add the bacon, dried soup, shallot, mature cheese and asparagus. Stir all the ingredients together until fully mixed. Pour the mixture into the sourdough shell and cover entirely with tin foil. Bake at 180C for 60 minutes. Check to see if the cheese mix is sufficiently melted. Extend the cooking time if required. Serve with breadsticks and sourdough pieces of bread as dippers.

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DIVINE DRINKS

MOJITO GLASS 5 PIECE SET The sleek and stylish Mojito Glass 5 Piece Set will ensure you won't want to serve up your cocktails in anything else. This set features a selection of hand crafted and mouthblown hiball glasses which feature a hand painted design for a unique look. Perfect for sharing cocktails with friends, this set also features a wooden muddler for bruising and crushing cocktail ingredients in the glass. Please Note: The Muddler will require seasoning before use. ÂŁ34.99 COMPANY Drinkstuff W www.drinkstuff.com P: 0845 313 33 52 84

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RELAX WITH A SUNDOWNER

Whether you’re entertaining or just relaxing try one of these sensational sundowners to ease you into the evening. KIRA ROYALE COCKTAIL This is the easiest and one of the best cocktails you can make. It’s the perfect drink to impress your guests or a delightful drink to enjoy after a hard day’s work. INGREDIENTS 30ml De Kuyper Crème De Cassis Champagne Chilled champagne flute MIX IT UP Pour the champagne into a chilled glass, to the amount you prefer into the flute but make sure you leave enough room for the De Kuyper Crème De Cassis. Add the De Kuyper Crème De Cassis, slowly so it has time to mix and color the champagne. Serve with a slice of strawberry on the glass rim. CASINO ROYALE - KIR ROYALE COCKTAIL KIT £29.50 Named after Felix Kir (1876-1968), mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, a Kir Royale is the ultimate cocktail. When the fizz has gone, the cassis can be used for cooking or as an indulgent ice cream topping. Always on the lookout for home-grown products, we’ve found a cassis made in Herefordshire. £29.50 Company Whisk Hampers W www.whiskhampers.co.uk

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BLUE LAGOON If the skies are grey, splash out on a Blue Lagoon and you’ll soon be exported to paradise. INDGREDIENTS 30ml of Vodka 30ml of Blue Curacao Lemonade Ice MIX IT UP Fill highball glass with ice. Pour vodka & blue Curacao over ice. Top with lemonade. Garnish with cherry & slice of orange. Serve immediately ICE BALL MOULDS £7.99 Description: Put an end to watered down drinks with the Ice Ball Moulds, which create a perfectly round sphere of ice that melts evenly as you drink. This mould consists of two silicone pieces which are fitted together, filled to the line with ice and placed in the freezer. Once frozen this mould produces an ice ball which is ideal for keeping soft drinks and cocktails chilled. Company Drinkstuff W www.drinkstuff.com P 0845 313 33 52

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CHILLED CITRUS TEA This refreshing tea will brighten your mood and give you an energy lift. INGREDIENTS 3 tea bags 2 cups boiling water 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 828 ml lemon-lime soda chilled 3/4 cup sugar 1 tray of ice cubes 1/2 cup fresh orange juice Lemon and lime slices to garnish MIX IT UP Place the tea bags into a pot. Pour boiling water over tea. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Remove bags from the pot. Add sugar and stir until all is dissolved. Place ice cubes into cups. Pour over the hot tea. Add the lemon and orange juice to the tea. Stir briskly for several seconds until the mixture is cold. Stir in chilled lemon-lime carbonated beverage. Garnish with fruit slices and serve. Lightly dampen the rim of several glasses. Dip the rims into fine castor sugar, fill the glass with punch and serve immediately. STORM IN A TEACUP £19.99 If you like a nice cup of tea, but also enjoy dabbling in the world of cocktail mixing, then the Storm in a Teacup Cocktail Set mixes the best of both worlds. Consisting of a classic white porcelain teapot and two white porcelain teacups, this unique tea set is complemented by a cocktail spoon and some 4 inch cocktail straws, giving you the chance to mix up some cocktails in your teapot and serve some drinks with a bit of class! Company Drinkstuff W www.drinkstuff.com P 0845 313 33 52

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DIVINE TIME OUT

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LEATHER SCAFFOLD PIPE BENCH SEAT An industrial chic, long bench seat, perfect for an industrial styled room. Our brown buffalo leather buttoned bench features an iron pipe frame and will add a raw look to any room. This buttoned bench can also be used as a dining bench. Dimensions: H: 46 W: 180 D: 36cm. ÂŁ1495.00 Company Alexander & Pearl. This company is based in The UK and ships to: all countries globally. W www.alexanderandpearl.co.uk P 0208 508 0411

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