Bespoke Anniversary Retro Sweets Gift Box

We are celebrating our six year wedding anniversary this month. It says that traditional gifts for 6th wedding anniversary ate sugar or iron. We decided to get ourselves a wood fire pizza oven (so there’s the iron part!) But I also wanted to do something fun for my husband for the sugar tradition!

As you guys know I have started up my gift business and one of my featured items is bespoke gift boxes. So I thought! What’s better than an anniversary gift box filled retro sweets for my sweetie loving hubby!

I painted my gift box a lovely gold and white with a gold lace trim and personalised the top of the box with Happy Anniversary! I collected a nice bundle of 80s sweets (which I had to sample some myself!).

The sweets will be demolished by my family in the next week but the gift box will be something my husband can use to store items in for the future. And that is the hope of these gift boxes, that once the items inside have been used the actual box can be used over and over again for various things.

Creative Outlet

I have always had that creative bone in my body. I have always wanted to express myself creatively be it through singing, dancing acting or making.

I have been lucky in my professional past that I was able to make a living doing what I loved. I booked acting roles, singing appearances and theatre teaching jobs which all required long hours but were rewarding. It was always lovely to take a step back and look at what I had accomplished. I put everything on pause when I moved countries, met my husband and had our first child.

Even before I had my son I had been creative but I found that when he was born all my energy had to go to him and also keep me functioning (especially in those early days).

We are so lucky in this country to have the option to take up to a year’s maternity leave. I wasn’t ready to leave my son after the year was up so I ended up becoming a stay at home mum. Then I had my second son and (only now) five years on, do I feel mentally ready to be able to focus on other passions I have besides raising my children (who are and always will be my number one passion in life).

Hopefully this time next year my little business will be in full swing, I will have auditioned and booked acting roles for the first time in TEN years and I will have a creative space and outlet. I have so many ideas that have been going around my heads for months now – I feel I just need to head space and time to put them all in to practice.

I sometimes wish I had my mum and sister around to help. I have close friends about who I consider family but they also have young children of their own and there is something less presumptuous about asking your mum to watch the kids for a couple hours while you work on your creations and go out auditioning than it is asking your friends to do the same. I know they would but I always feel it a big ask – especially when I know that we are all in the same boat. My husband works long hours and can travel for work so as a result I’m by myself most of the day. Carving out time to make my business work and come to life and ALSO get into the acting world again will take time and energy that I worry I don’t have at the moment. I know it will come and when it does I’ll be so excited to see it all come to life.

Learning Something New!

As you all know I am in the process of starting up my own business which will feature handmade and personalised items and designs.

Well, for Christmas I got a pyrography kit (wood burning!) and I plan to start using this on my keepsake boxes so I can personalise them and also for bespoke pieces for customers.

I’m so excited to start practicing and perfecting this technique and hope to produce some amazing pieces for you all!

Stay tuned for my first effort shortly!

Easy DIY Valentine’s Wreath

I’m so excited to share with you how to make this easy DIY Valentine’s wreath!

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I created it this morning in less than two hours, less time than it took to get my toddler to eat his breakfast! 😉

Follow the directions below to make your own romantic wreath!

DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath


• Wreath form

• Glue gun and glue sticks

• Various coloured roses on a vine and individual white flowers and leaves

• Punched hearts (from printed paper)

• Paper Love tag and a gold butterfly

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Step 1.  Get punching!  I punched my paper hearts for this wreath with a heart paper punch and I got my romantic paper from

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Step 2.  I took all the flowers off the flower vine and wound the vine around the outer edge of my circle. Then I positioned my flowers.

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Next, take your individual green leaves and your large roses and position then around the wreath. Intertwining them as you go.

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Next, step back and have a good look at your wreath and make sure you have it the way you want it. Then go in with your paper hearts and your glue gun and stick them where you feel you need to add some more to your wreath or where you feel your wreath needs some love!

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Step 3.  Now your wreath is blooming and beautiful but it needs something to say, LOVE! 

I had bought some tags and glitter butterflies from Hobby Craft last Valentine’s day and decided to incorporate them into the wreath using my trusty glue gun! 

And there you have it! A new Valentine’s wreath for your home! Your friends will think  it took you HOURS! 😉

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