I recently purchased a sewing machine.  These lavender sachets have been my first project.  You can find them in my etsy store here.


To make your own gorgous scented lavender sachets you will need:

A selection of fabric (12 cm x 12 cm square)

Loose Lavender

Toy Stuffing

Sewing Machine

Sewing Needle and matching thread



Step One

Start by pinning your two pieces of fabric together, correct side facing inwards.  Leave an approximate gap of 1 inch to insert the lavender and stuffing.

Begin by sewing two pieces of fabric together, when you have finished turn the correct way with the fabrics on show.


Step Two

Iron your sachet to ensure it is flat.  Top tip is to use a pointy instrument to poke the corners out, I normally use a wooden knitting needle.




Step Three

It’s time for things to get a bit messy, and a lovely smell too!  Start stuffing your sachet, I use about 70% lavender and 30% stuffing.  The sachets look beautiful with the stuffing as they plump it up!


Step Four

Once your sachet is the desired shape you can then use your needle and thread to hand sew the sachet together.



Step Five

Stand back and admire your beautiful handiwork!  Pop in your drawer and let the beautiful smell permeate through your clothes.






As a blogger, I am constantly on my computer for long periods of time and with that I can often become uncomfortable using the mouse.  In some severe cases people can sometimes develop repetitive strain injury.


I was recently sent an ergonomic piece of kit which is fantastic.  The Penclic Mouse has been ergonomically designed to make work at your computer less of a strain.  It is a fusion between a mouse and a pen.


The base is shaped like a mouse which houses a rechargeable battery and the top is the pen part which you use to move your cursor about the screen.  It comes with a USB receiver, a cloth pouch (for carrying) and straightforward instructions.



Using the Penclic R3

It is very much like any other mouse with the major difference being that the scroll wheel as well as the left and right buttons are on the pen part.  You use it like you would any other pen basically.


Using the Penclic for the first time was a little strange, but that’s because we are all accustomed to using a traditional shaped mouse.  After using it a few times my hands soon got to grips with the controls.


The Penclic R3 is lovely to use, very intuitive and as sensitive as you need a mouse to be.  I found that my wrist felt more relaxed using it and seemed to be a more natural way of moving.


What Penclic say

“The Penclic R3 ambidextrous wireless mouse connects seamlessly to your pc or your mac using a USB dongle. The symetrical 3 button design is perfect for both lefties and righties.

  • The supported platforms for Penclic Mouse are all operating systems that support HID 1.1. These include Windows XP or later, Mac OSX version 10.1 or later and most Linux/BSD flavors. No extra software/driver installation is needed.
  • Operates on almost any surface without any pad or tablet.
  • Implements a 3-buttons and scroll wheel mouse.
  • USB Connection
  • AAA 1.2V NiMH Recharging battery (Everyday use last approximately 1 months before charging is needed).
  • Charging via USB.
  • LR 03/AAA/1.5V Alkaline None rechargeable battery can be used. NOTE: DO NOT RECHARGE
  • Energy saving mode starts after 10 min, press left click (button 1) to activate.
  • Wireless reach, minimum 5 metres.
  • Dpi settings 800 – 1200 – 1600.

The dpi button is located under the mouse, the cursor will move faster for each setting. It will rotate around frequency from 800-1600 and then go back to low 800. Once the power is shut of the dpi setting will return to its default setting, 1200 dpi.”



From the few times, I have used the Penclic R3, I would highly recommend it.  It does take a bit of time to adapt to the set up but if it stops the aches and pains and stops people from developing RSI then it would certainly be worth getting used to it.






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Truth is that my family and I have travelled for four whole weeks throughout Europe with a 25L rucksack each.  This amounted to 2 pairs of trousers, 2 tops, 2 pairs of underwear and 2 pairs of socks.  Of course, there were toiletries, washing powder and a washing line!  So I’d like to think I’ve some packing skills!


With this experience, I’m delighted to share with you my all-time favourite tips for holiday packing!


Create a capsule wardrobe

It’s a great idea to colour code your outfits.  When I travel I often select items from the same colour palette.  For example, our trip around Europe was in the summer so my shades were pastel colours.  These are often my go to colours during summer season and the light fabrics are great for packing too!

Go with separates

While dresses are great, I find having separates much more versatile.  If you ensure your garments are colour co-ordinated then separates will go a long way as you can mix and match to your heart’s content!  My favourites separates are trousers, tops, cardigans, and cropped trousers – I never wear shorts!


Accessories are your friend

I always travel with a bundle of accessories such as statement jewellery but also light scarves and shawls.  Again, make sure you colour co-ordinate them and they will go a long way to adding interest to your wardrobe.  Don’t forget you can always buy some more accessories at your destination.  I always try and purchase at least one small item that I wouldn’t normally find at home.


Plan and plan some more

Before you go, plan your outfits by putting out all your clothes you are going to take.  Try them on in front of a full-length mirror to see how they look at feel.  It’s easier to tweak your outfits at home rather than being concerned when you start your holidays.  Planning your outfits this way will also ensure you don’t leave anything important behind!


Take tried and tested clothes and shoes

This may seem obvious but there is little point in taking items you haven’t tried on!  That goes for shoes too.  Try them out at home and see how they fit and if you are able to walk in them.  You may find it helpful to wash any new clothes to take the stiffness out of them before you go.

These are just some of my own tried and tested tips.  Do you have any other great travel packing tips you would like to share? I’d love to hear from you.


Happy travels.


Elf x



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As I continue to redecorate our home, I’m having to research window dressings.  I must admit to loving the many different styles of blinds, I can’t believe how versatile they are and the variety of options.  While the main attraction is to block out sunlight and give privacy, I’m convinced they will give me an updated style instantly at a very reasonable price!


At the moment I am totally fed up with curtains.  Instead I have decided to opt for blinds, they seem much easier to clean and I won’t have to pull them down and get them professionally cleaned all the time.


There are such a varied range of blinds out there.  I wanted to share with you some of my favourites which I have no doubt will help me add a dash of style to my home.


Wooden Blinds

One of the most stylish window treatments for me, must be wooden Venetian Blinds which you can find at Ambition Blinds.  They come in a variety of varnishes and stains to match any interior. They are a stunning addition on any window, adding privacy and sophistication to your home.



Vertical Blinds

Did you know that vertical blinds can be traced back to 8th century Japan where vertical window blinds were used in high-end buildings?  What an interesting fact!  Vertical blinds come in an array of colours and styles which are easy to match to the colour of your room.  I find vertical blinds to be graceful on any window.  They also let in natural light without having to give up privacy.  You can find a wonderful selection of vertical blinds here.



Easy Wipe Blinds

Oh, my goodness, who could be without blinds which are easy to clean?  These would be ideal for our bathroom and kitchen.  The fabric on these types of blinds allows for them to be cleaned with warm soapy water, ideal for keeping mould and moisture at bay.  They come in a variety of colours allowing you to harmonise with your current décor.



Made to Measure Roman Blinds

There are many options for blinds, but Roman blinds always seem to stand out.  The fabric is always beautiful and allows for both privacy and light to come in.  The options available for Roman blinds are vast, I just love all the colours available.  I’ve no doubt you will love all the colour options too!




You can find a great range and choice of window blinds from Ambition Blinds.  You can ponder the quality and choice at your leisure at great prices.  Why not let me know what your favourite window blind is?


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At the height of summer, I usually yearn for the autumnal days, when leaves start to fall from the trees and my wardrobe staple moves to cosy jumpers and sleeper socks!


It is also a time when I feel the urge to redecorate our home as I start thinking of how I can make my home feel more welcoming and cosy too.


I can’t really put my finger on it, but there are some small differences that can make your home take on a different feeling.   I’m delighted to share with you some ideas on how I’m going to make my home feel cosier!


The essential ingredients for me will be my paint, fabrics, and lighting options, I want to create a soft and natural space but also, I want to ensure the atmosphere is welcoming and cosy too.


I’m taking the glamorous approach to my hallway

I really want to vamp up our hallway, it is long and wide and very white at this moment in time.  I have opted for soft grey on the walls and a dark natural wood floor.  I’m in love with this Dove Grey paint from Laura Ashley.



However, I want a show stopping feature as you enter but I also want elegance, so what could be more beautiful and show stopping than this chandelier from




More is more for our living room

Our living room needs more warmth.  I going to pack away the summer fabrics and opt for more, more and even more cushions in comforting autumnal colours.

What could be more autumnal that these beautiful woven check cushions from Next?




Lighting in the living room is important to me so I want to scale back the harshness of our spotlights.  I’ve opted for this stunning oversized floor lamp from




I’m hoping that the warmer palette and soft lighting will make everyone want to cosy up by the fireside in comfort and feel relaxed on the chilliest of nights!


Our atmospheric bedroom

Our bedroom is the hardest place for me to consider when decorating.  I go from light and airy to deep and dark!  What I do know is that I want some glamour so have decided on this little feathered shade from



Our dark wood furniture will look stunning with a fur-style rug with the feather shade to add a touch of glamour.



So that’s what my plans are for decorating over the next 6 weeks.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear what you have planned to make your rooms have that cosy feel as we move from summer to autumn.



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