Lovely Vlog – Week 2

Hey Guys

I have been keeping up with the vlogging and have made a new post today.

Let me know what you think, thanks :)

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First Vlog!!

Hi guys!

This is my very first Vlog! I hope you like it.

Any comments or advice are very welcome, it’s so tricky making your first video and getting out there!


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Artisans Angkor – Handmade

In Cambodia we visited the Artisans Angkor craft centre where they create the most beautiful art work, they give work to less fortunate young adults who live rural areas and train them to make wonderful pieces and have a great training program.

The Artisans Angkor offers good working conditions and social advantages to its employees and has now opened 42 workshops in Siem Reap province and provides employment to over 1300 people, including more than 900 artisans.

It’s wonderful that tourists can walk round and see the locals hard at work and it was just fascinating to see the artists hard at work.

Artisans Angkor has become a real showcase of Khmer workmanship for its silk fabrics and garments, stone and wood carving, lacquer ware, polychrome products, silver plating and silk painting.

Below are some photos I took on my show around and I really enjoyed seeing the process of how each item was made.

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Above is a step by step guide of how they create these lovely stone elephants.


Screen printing,

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I really enjoyed my visit and if your ever in Cambodia its a must take trip

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New Forest

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary –  New Forest

We went for a lovely weekend away to the New Forest and ate way too much, we stayed in the lovely Forest Lodge Hotel and had an amazing 3 course dinner, if that wasn’t enough we had a huge lunch in the cutest thatched roof pub.

We decided to walk off all the mass of food by visiting the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (if you couldn’t already tell Deer are my absolute favorite animal.) We saw the deer from the viewing tower and walked along the forest walk and saw wild horses and two beautiful stag’s just walking along and I am very sorry for the awful photos (taken by the hubby I just appreciated to moment.)




Also a favorite moment when we heard rustling and went off the beaten track for deer spotting and Kyle (the husband) got stuck in the mud lost his welly and put his sock in the mud, I very helpfully laughed an took the picture below.


The new forest is just such a wonderful place and I would advise anyone to visit and don’t forget to hire a bike!

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Easter is Coming

Are you bored of buying Easter eggs every year? Well here are some great bunny themed gifts which would make the perfect gifts.

Wonderland Cotton Tail Ceramic Cotton Wool Dispenser.


£9.99 from this is such a cute and fun way to store your cotton wool balls!

Bunny Cupcake Side Plate.

Easter Bunny Cupcake Side Plate, hand printed, Rabbit Plate

I have to add in our lovely bunny plate! For £14.50 from Lovely Deer.

Bunny in the field Paper Clips


£11.99 from this bunny is happily sitting in a field of paper clips!

Qualy Desk Bunny Scissors & Clip Holder

£19.99 from Mollie & Fed this is a super cute desk organiser!

I hope this give you a few great Easter ideas instead of buying another boring chocolate egg and the best thing is these last all year round!

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Beautiful laser cut perspex Deer

Our Reindeer are still selling like hot cakes! But we now only have 3 of our beautiful laser cut perspex Reindeer and we are selling them at 50% off for only £1.99 per reindeer.

We have just received a lovely new review today by Brighton Beach Vintage

“Very special, thank you so much.”

“Absolutely love them, they are delightful, thank you so much.”

See all our Etsy reviews here.

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Silk Process

I went on the most amazing trip to Cambodia and visited lots of amazing locations. I thought I would share the silk worm factory I visited where everything was made by hand with amazing skill.


First they showed us the worms (photo above) and brought the mulberry leaves to fed them. Did you know silkworms are really not worms at all, silk worms are the larvae of ‘bombyx mori’ moths and silkworms are actually domesticated insects. I found out that silk worms are native to china and no longer exist in the wild. The silkworm is now incapable of flight and mates quickly after emerging from its crysalis, and dies a day or so after laying eggs.


The worms are later sealed within a yellow cocoon and embark on the process of metamorphosing into a moth. Which the moths make 1000’s of little cocoons.


The process, from silkworm egg to complete cocoon, takes about twenty-five days.


The cocoon is now treated with  boiling water. The silk is then unbound from the cocoon by softening the sericin and then delicately and carefully unwinding, or ‘reeling’ the filaments to create a single strand.

The sericin protects the silk fiber during the process, this is often left in until the yarn or even woven fabric stage. Interesting fact that Raw silk is silk that still contains sericin. Once this is washed out (in soap and boiling water), the fabric is left soft, lustrous, and up to 30% lighter. The amount of usable silk in each cocoon is small, and about 2500 silkworms are required to produce a pound of raw silk. It real makes you appreciate the time it takes to make one silk scarf.


Silk weavers hand-reel the threads onto a wooden spindle to produce a uniform strand of raw silk. The process is very labor intensive, as it takes nearly 30 hours to produce a 0.5 kg (around 1 pound) of Thai silk. Did you know that a single cocoon can produce up to 1.5 km (almost 1 mile) of silk thread!

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The silk is dyed using natural materials such as paprika, Lavender and lots more organic products.

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The final step is weaving.  Silk weaving creates a fabric by interlacing the yarns.  Weaving is carried out on a hand loom.

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