This is your Kingdom is a seriously awesome website or online community where you can discover and share amazing places to go in your local area or beyond. The website itself if lovely and beautifully designed with loads of cute illustrations and I love the idea behind it.
Definitely go and have a look and submit a hidden gem in your local area.
I was reading a rather lovely craft blog yesterday called Heart Handmade, when I stumbled upon a post about a thrift challenge. Claire, the brains behind Heart Handmade decided that 2011 was the year to challenge herself and others who wish to join her to be more thrifty, by recycling, upcycling, making and mending and then uploading our successes to her Flickr group.
My job comes to an end this week and then next week I move to another town in another part of the country without so much as an interview so Claire's challenge seems like the perfect way for me to save my pennies.
I'm off to the library this afternoon to hopefully find some books to help me along my way and as soon as I get going I will post my thriftiness here.
Sources: Both books and the dummy are available through Amazon, Donna Wilson cushion available here, duvet cover available at Ikea stores, Liberty suitcase available here, Mememe bird necklaces available here.
I have been procrastinating ALL day. Can you tell?
The Handmade marketplace is the perfect book for me. Written by Kari Chapin with help from lots of lovely crafty experts, it is full of really good tips and ideas for selling your crafts online, at fairs and in shops as well as tips on blogging, taking photos and a million other things that I won't list here.
It's full of cute little illustrations by Emily Martin too. So pretty!
Although aimed the the American marketplace, most of it can be applied to crafty types across the world and definitely makes it worth the £7.07 I paid for it. Good old Amazon.