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Published: 1st April 2016
Author: Queensgate

Spring has sprung; flowers are blooming and the sunshine is making an appearance. When I think of spring, I think of all things pretty and colourful, and of course, the fact that it’s time for Easter celebrations! The time of year when you can get all of your Easter decorations back out, and stuff your face with chocolate eggs! As soon as spring blooms, it gets me in the mood to get my craft box out and make something new and exciting. This year, I decided to make my own Easter inspired bunting using spring florals and bright colours – the kids will love helping you with this during the holidays. Here’s how I made it: You will need: A sewing machine Coloured thread (I used pink, orange and green) A mixture of patterned or coloured materials (I used two spring floral patterns, an orange gingham, pink polka dot and green polka dot) Hessian (optional – I used the hessian as a background to sew my shapes onto, but you could just use contrasting coloured or patterned backgrounds) Easter inspired templates Pins Measuring tape Fabric glue Fabric scissors Ribbon Two white pompoms Method: 1. Firstly, I drew out two templates; […]

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Published: 18th December 2015
Author: Queensgate

‘Tis the season for Christmas shopping once again, but don’t panic – we have created a whole host of gift guides to help you through the holidays! Whether you are shopping for little ones, tricky teenagers, that special someone or your secret Santa, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up.   Gifts for Boys This year, it’s all about Star Wars, Lego and Minions when it comes to the perfect presents for boys. Whether you are shopping for your son, nephew or grandchild, follow our guide for a gift that is guaranteed to make his day. Argos – Death Star Mood Light (£19.99) Argos – Yoda Clock (£19.99) Game – Dimensions Lego Starter Pack (£94.99) HMV – DVD (£9.99)   Gifts for Girls We’ve got heaps of girlie treats for little princesses this Christmas – think pink and Disney’s Frozen to guarantee your present is the best one under the tree! H&M – Kids Jumper (£9.99) Argos – Frozen Charm Bracelet and Necklace (£16.99) Argos – Princess Wardrobe (£99.99) Lush – Frozen Bath Bomb (£3.95) Argos – Glamtastic Chill Chair (£12.99) HMV – DVD (£9.99)   Stocking Fillers Sometimes it’s the little gifts which can be tricky – get a great […]

Published: 20th November 2015
Author: Queensgate

The experts at John Lewis have put together a guest blog post all about everyone’s favourite winter activity: sleeping! Let their slumber specialist Stuart guide you through everything you need to know to make sure your bed is the snuggly haven it should be.   It is that time of year, when the nights draw in, days get shorter, the weather starts to get colder and we all crave a warm and cosy bed. As getting out of bed in the morning becomes more of a challenge, the quality of our sleep can be the difference between waking up feeling refreshed and pressing snooze that one time too many. It may well be time to consider whether you need to invest in a good night’s sleep. John Lewis can offer the complete solution to a good night’s sleep; from a luxurious and supportive mattress to sumptuous and comfortable bedding. Mattresses Having the right mattress is a great foundation to a good night’s sleep. It’s important to get the right amount of comfort and support, and this will be different for everyone. Just like Goldilocks, we all have our own opinions on what is ‘too hard,’ ‘too soft’ or ‘just right!’ It […]

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