In the World: Something Happy

Sometimes It can feel really dark out there in the world, enough to make you want to crawl back into bed and sleep till forever. The news is just doom and gloom and it can make me feel really low. At the moment news about financial crisis, the prevalence of rape culture in the UK and the treatment of LGBT people across the world especially Russia have made me really miserable and despair a little for humanity BUT and it’s a big BUT, there is good in the world and I need a little reminder every now and then that there are many people who do great thinks for people and the planet. So here are few wonderful stories and things that brightened my day a little, plus it appears the sun might be coming out too :D Click on the photos for full story.

A homeless man spent the last of his money on a lottery ticket, won and will use his winnings on a programme for addicts and women who suffer from domestic abuse.

 

This monkey hugging it’s saviour! enough said.

This guy explains how we should deal with climate whether it’s true or not. This is a scientific but simple way to display the facts that neither climate change activists or doubters can have a problem with. Worth a watch.

Fairtrade at 20. Charting the successes of this wonderful organisation but also what it’s goals for the future should be

If you’ve not seen despicable Me 1 or 2 you should! It is such a good happy family film. Me and Harry are obsessed and the best part is the minions!

Lorna

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Great Taste Festival of Food and Drink, I’ll be there

I am pleased to announce my first fair I will be attended with my Maker’s Meadow products. It is The Great Taste Festival of Food and Drink at Donnington Park on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December. I am super excited but I have ALOT of work to do before I get there as I want to make sure I am fully stocked up in case its a sell out (going for optimistic) I am attending it with my partners business, Geeves Brewery as part of their merchandise sales as they will be selling T-shirts, pump clips, and their own gift sets as well as bottle beers of course. Although its not a classic craft fair I am really looking forward to getting my work out there to get some face to face feedback and reactions. With Christmas just around the corner I’m hoping people will snap of my work for gifts as I do think they make great presents for beer lovers and especially hard to buy for men, though of course all of my work is very unisex. If you can make it to have a look I’d be really pleased to meet people, the festival is £7 entry and there are over 120 exhibitors to find out about and get some wonderful Christmas shopping done for the foodies in your life. Wish me luok and don’t forget to stop by and say Hey if you see us, I’ll probably be wearing one of my aprons.

Lorna

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Old Things, New Things

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Since we have finally moved evething to our new home i am rediscovering some old things and finsding new things to fill our happy home.It’s nice to remember memories and sometimes use things you haven’t had a change to play with because you’ve been living out of a suitcase and make souffle out of your never used ramkins isn’t top of the agenda.part of me

It’s starting to feel like home, espcially with items that are so important to me which i haven’t been able to see in over 9 months, it can be a real pleasure and now i can get back to doing the things that make me most happy, like sewing, cooking and DIY.

Lorna

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Blank Canvas

Finally can get things moving on putting our little home together. Paul has amazingly put together the room and created a blank canvas for me and Harry to inject our own personality into the place and make it comfortable. Still super busy and it’s still taking time to settle into a routine, hopefully once we get our stuff in to the flat every thing will fall properly in to place. Spending a few days away visiting friends and family and having fun. IMG_4859

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Lorna
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Settling In

It’s been quite on the blogging front for a while now but it’s certainly not been a quiet ride or the past couple of weeks. I’ve had more then enough work to keep me occupied but have had to neglect my shop and the blog to keep things going here. Currently having rooms in the flat fixed and blank canvased by Paul and looking forward to properly moving in by the end of next week once i get some carpets. The pub is going good and we are slowly attracting more people to it with lots of real ales to try and now a local cider on the bar. Will be able to post a few articles this week including a ethical shopping guide to shampoos and the favourite series 15 uses will be here again soon. I’ve missed writing and showing you all what i am up to so hoping to get back on track once we have settled in to our home properly and the routine of running the pub fits in to place. Here’s a few snaps of our progress upstairs, ripping out the carpets and in some places stripping 5 layers of wallpaper!

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Lorna

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Busy Busy

Just a little catch up to say that everything is going fabulously at the pub and we are busy with changing a few things around the pub and planning events for the coming months. I am also incredibly busy decorating our flat as it needs lots of work. Gonna be a little while till its liveable but looking forward to getting it done and moving all our stuff in. Here are a few sneak peaks of the flat in it’s current state and so you will see why there will be lots of diy decorating and upcycling ideas coming your way next month.

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More pics soon after i’ve strippped the walls and ripped the carpets out :D

Lorna

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Shop News: Donation December

veggySince it is the season of sharing and giving i shall be donating 75p from each purchase from the shop to a charity i have only just found but who share an ideal which i fully support and believe in. This crazy idea they have is that every one deserves to eat and eat well, and furthermore that the excessive food waste in this country can be distributed to those who need it rather then give it to a greedy landfill. Crazy idea right????fareshare

The Charity is Fare Share, a UK organisation that provides quality food to those who can’t afford it and training and education on food and cookery. They also campaign about food waste, the worst of which comes from supermarkets and food outlets like restaurants and cafes. Last week i blogged about finding out some astonishing facts about the affect of austerity Britain has had on UK diets. I decided to do a little bit more research and came across Fare Share. I can not stand waste, not only money wise but also the effect on the environment, and their message really spoke to me. Why let people go hunger when there is plenty to share around and that is what Fair Share is all about.

To sum up, buy anything from Maker’s Meadow whether from Folksy or Etsy this  December and i will donate 75p in your name to Fare Share via Just Giving or donate personally using my Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/makers-meadow

Seasons Greetings
Lorna
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Shop News: Now on Etsy

Just a quick note to say that i will now be selling on Etsy! Another great handmade online market place. Just like Folksy it features work by designers and makers of handmade goodies but it also has a big vintage selling base. You can also buy food and drink from lots of different places and find some unique flavours. I have decided to sell on Etsy as well because alot more people are familiar with it and will provide a bigger customer base for me to reach. It also means that as well as Folksy Friday i will be showing you my favourite picks from the wonderful world of Etsy on my new series called Everyday Etsy, sharing with you even more beautiful handmade goods plus vintage items for you to delight at. Perfect for the upcoming season of gift giving. Visit me at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MakersMeadow

Hope your having a great day
Lorna
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