Friday, 16 August 2013

August Shopping - Cosmic Shimmer, Chad Valley, and Candice Wren

When I first started blogging, and thinking about the type of posts I wanted to put up, there were some ideas that I just didn't think anyone would be interested in, but shopping posts seem to be quite common so I thought I'd have a go and see how it goes.

I feel quite organised this month as I have bought my nephew Joey his first birthday present. He is 1 in November and at the moment absolutely loves knocking his play bricks down when we build them in a tower. With this in mind I found a really cute soft skittle set for 1 year olds in Argos for a good price. I've had a peek in the box (Joey won't know!) and they look well made and very colourful. I like the fact they all have numbers on as well. I look forward to seeing him open it later this year.

It feels quite naughty to buy more craft stash when I've got plenty at home, but I have wanted some of this for a while, so decided now was the time to buy, especially with Xmas crafting approaching. This purchase is Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder. I have Create and Craft to thank for introducing me to this, although I'd wanted a powder with more shine and impact for a while. It may not look much in the tub, but as you can see the results are a little bit different. I tried stencilling here, and now need to find some suitable stamps to try it out on as well! You may see the results on
various Xmas makes very soon.

My last shop was an impulse buy, and it's all for me!! When I joined the Getting Around Chelmsford Pop-Up Shop Candice Wren was sharing my table. She's in the new unit now, but I couldn't help but notice a skinny scarf that I hadn't really seen before. I snapped up this pretty pink scarf with butterflies on, which is great to wear. It's not too heavy so I've worn it even when the weather is warmer, and it's nice and comfortable round my neck. The butterfly designs are pretty with occasional hints of glitter and  go well with the colour of the scarf. A lovely buy, great quality, and just £5 - I suggested she make some more as I think Mum has her eyes on mine!

Candice specialises in silk screen printed pashminas and also skinny scarves, and printed tote bags as well. You can find out more about her work here, and she also has an online shop which is well worth checking out.


  1. Love the skittles. My son turns 1 in November too, I have no idea what to get him! xx

  2. Hope you find something - it is difficult knowing what he'll be in to, how much other stuff he will get, but I think I'll have success with my choice.

  3. Those skittles look great, Sienna is 1 in November too and I'm thinking of ideas for her gifts! She'd love this :) X