24. Noah’s Ark & Crafts

My featured business this week is…Noah’s Ark & Crafts!

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I found out about Noah’s Ark & Crafts whilst in Southampton visiting a new boutique concept in which small businesses and individuals hire space to display their products for sale. I came across Noah’s Ark & Crafts as one of these small businesses and absolutely loved their products.

The specialise in kitsch cushions and fun bunting. Cushions are great to brighten up plain, dull furniture and especially these which will be the most eye catching accessory in the room! The bunting available provides a great addition to any kids bedroom with a whole range to choose from.

Some of my recommendations include:

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Comic Strip Hero Cushion – £15

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Marvel Heroes Cushion – £15

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Aloha Girls Cushion – £15

Guess How Much I Love You - £10

Guess How Much I Love You – £10

The Gruffalo Bunting - £10

The Gruffalo Bunting – £10

Marvellous Marvel Bunting - £10

Marvellous Marvel Bunting – £10

Click here to visit their website and view the full range of great products available! Perfect for Christmas!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from the Noah’s Ark & Crafts website. 

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Garden Paradise

Yesterday we visited Quex Park in Birchington, Kent. Covering over 250 acres the park is home to a museum of natural history, a house and gardens. We started off by having a look round the Powell-Cotton Museum, a museum that has a Natural History theme and has some incredible exhibits originating from Africa and Asia. They have to be seen to be believed but I won’t spoil the surprise! It was a wonderful museum and we really enjoyed the fact that it was so child orientated – there was lots of things to see and do including a safari trail and learning about different ways of research through drawing, handling objects and working on the computer. There were lots of amazing interactive elements to the museum which were particularly enjoyable.

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As it was such a beautiful, sunny day we went for a walk round the gardens at the back of the house. There was a pretty woodland walk with bluebells and peacocks sheltering under the trees and a large pond to the back of the main lawn. We then walked over to the walled garden (accompanied by the resident cat!) and walked around viewing the different flowers and plants. There was Wisteria over the walls giving it that Secret Garden effect. We walked over to some huge greenhouses which were filled with hundreds of cacti plus lovely smelling Jasmine.

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Quex Park is truly a wonderful place to hold weddings and special events. It’s so peaceful and there’s lots of space for little ones to run around. There is something for everyone, including a craft village, Jungle Jims for the little ones and a beautiful garden centre. To find out more and to plan your visit click here.

BBC Gardeners' World Live 2014 (13th - 14th June 2014)

If you’re feeling inspired by this post for your own garden then BBC Gardeners’ World Live is coming to Birmingham NEC on 11th-14th June 2015 with special guests including Monty Don, Carol Klein and Mary Berry. Visit the beautiful Show Gardens which will be reflecting current trends, visit one of the largest floral marquees in the UK and learn more about growing your own fruit and vegetables in the Grow&Eat zone. Click here to book your tickets and use discount code: GPR15 to get an additional 15% off!

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Becky at Pretty & Petit

18. Esemee Fascinators

This week my featured business is… Esemee Fascinators!

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As the wedding season approaches it’s time to find the perfect fascinator to match your wedding outfit! Esemee Fascinators host a variety of beautiful, artistic fascinators and act as a the perfect accessory.

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Suzanne, the owner of Esemee Fascinators set up the business after requiring a fascinator and was unable to find a bespoke type that she was looking for. She has created a range of bespoke fascinators with stunning matching bags to complete any special occasion outfit.

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Created using materials such as soft feathers in an array of unusual designs there is something to match any colour combination. For childen there are pretty bespoke headbands with butterflies and flowers adorning them that are perfect for flower girls and bridesmaids.

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I have included some of my ultimate favourites below. Do you have a wedding coming up? I’d love to hear which are your favourites!

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I particularly love the range of fascinators to choose from on the website and in all different colours. The creativity of each fascinator is amazing, I love how artistic they look and what a statement they make.

Click here to visit the website and to view the full range of beautiful designs.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images were sent to me from Esemee Fascinators.

17. Ugly Duck Books

This week my featured business is Ugly Duck Books!

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Ugly Duck Books have recently published their new book, My Amazing Family and Me, a record book for every family regardless of the type. Published by two friends – Jesse Toksvig-Stewart and Kat Willott, the book is unique and is a completely innovative record book in the UK.

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Ugly Duck Books says: “My Amazing Family and Me is designed for alternative families and does not specify the age of a child nor the gender and status of the grown ups in their lives. It is an open record book where everyone can enjoy the fun of documenting a child’s personality, habits, characteristics and life, in whatever family and circumstances they find themselves.”

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With beautiful illustrations and the ability to record everything, I absolutely loved My Amazing Family and Me. It’s so inspirational for families and aims to send such a positive message. It also encourages families to spend time together which I feel is so important when family lifestyles are getting busier by the day!

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The book is out now and is RRP £15.99. Click here to find out more about the book and purchase your copy!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images have been sent from Ugly Duck Books and are from the Ugly Duck Books website.

9. The Bear and Miss Rabbit

This week our featured business is… The Bear and Miss Rabbit!

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I first spotted The Bear and Miss Rabbit via Twitter when they were promoting this fabulous Tidlo city of London train set. This is one of my absolute favourite products on the website – perhaps from being a Londoner myself! It includes a whole range of London landmarks in miniature including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, the BT Tower and the Tower of London. It is currently priced at £37.99.

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I absolutely love traditional, wooden toys and this Seedling Design Your Own Wooden Shield is perfect for any knight! It is a great “2 in 1” toy with the morning spent designing the shield using the colourful paints provided and the afternoon spent through play rescuing the princess from the dragon! It is currently priced at £17.99 in the sale.

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This cute Country Play Kitchen is perfect for those who are budding bakers! With an oven, hob and sink the kitchen also includes utensils to make delicious meals! It is currently priced at £110.

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Make the most of days when the sun is shining and get a few friends round for a game of skittles. I love this Peter Rabbit themed set which is great for encouraging hand eye co-ordination. It is currently priced at £16.99.

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For those rainy days why not invest in a couple of craft sets. These are a couple of my favourites which are under £5 and are great way to spend an afternoon!

Melissa and Doug Create a Craft Princess Magnets – Currently £3.99 for a set of 2.

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​Standard delivery is £3.99 on all orders for UK mainland delivery. Orders over £50 are delivered free of charge with standard delivery. Please allow 3 working days for delivery (although parcels are usually delivered quickly!)

To visit their website please click here.

All images are taken from The Bear and Miss Rabbit website.

All prices correct as of 16th February 2015.

Becky at Pretty & Petit