Ask Her Friends: June Panel Giveaway

If you’re a new follower *waves*, you may not know that I am on the Ask Her Friends Blogger panel. The site is a great way to find gifts for women and I am super chuffed to say that my gift selection last month was the most voted for in their competition. YAY!

This month I’ve selected some fresh summery gifts which highlight my new found love for fuschia pink. I honestly never thought I’d be a full on pink gal (with the exception of nail polish), but I am converted. I’m even wearing bright pink right now!

Claireabellemakes Ask Her Friends June Panel

1. 3D Butterfly Wall Art by Lime Lace, 2. Bay Leaf Ring by Sarah and Bendrix, 3. Kate Spade Metro Gold Plated Watch from The Collection, 4. Pomegranate Rose and Peony Bouquet by Appleyard, 5. Pink Mesh Lantern by Lime Lace.

Goodness me I adore that Kate Spade watch. And don’t even get me started on how much I love Peonies right now.

If you vote for my selection or any of the other fabulous blogger picks you will be entered into a draw to win £50 to spend on Ask Her Friends!

You can check out the other bloggers picks and enter the competition here! What colours are you loving for summer?





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Ask Her Friends: May Panel

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you enjoyed the weekend. We had a little break in London celebrating G’s birthday and catching up with friends.

Today’s post is all about Ask Her Friends – a fab site where Ben and Alex collate lots of lovely items to try and help people get better gifts for the women in their lives. Not only can you buy things on the site, you can also call on advisors and bloggers for help choosing the right items. What a clever idea eh?

I’ve been asked to join the Ask Her Friends blogging panel where each month we select our picks from the site and ask you to vote for the best selection! I do a love a bit of window shopping.

By voting, you can win yourself £50 to spend on the site!

Ask-Her-Friends-top-gift-ideas1. Set of Four Vintage Country Bottles with Hearts by The Wedding of my Dreams, 2. Pom Pom Necklace by Sarah and Bendrix, 3. Sandy Stars Scarf by Ella Georgia, 4. Afternoon Tea for Two at Coombe Abbey by AskHerFriends, 5. Puybeton Treehouse Spa near Bergerac in France from Canopy and Stars.

I am already planning how I can take a trip to that French treehouse! And pom pom necklaces? Genius.

You can check out the other bloggers picks and enter the competition here!




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Hip Crochet Review and Giveaway

Today marks the 3rd of my 3 giveaways this month with a review of the new book Hip Crochet. Those of you who are into crochet or are interested in learning – this post is for you!

Author Natalie Clegg is from Cambridgeshire and works as an interior designer, writer and furniture designer. She was taught crochet as a child and has clearly combined her two passions for Hip Crochet, which focuses on home furnishings.

Front Cover Hip Crochet


The book starts with an explanation of techniques, tools and materials and contains helpful charts to convert UK and US terms and hook sizes. There is even room for techniques such as the Jacquard crochet method which I haven’t tried before.

It is clearly laid out and stuffed full of projects for the home including the Zing Bed Cover, Country Flower Cushion, Felted Floor mat and Bunting.

Hip Crochet Projects - Bed Cover and Country Flower Cushion

Each pattern contains detailed instructions with abbreviations, colour charts, symbols and finishing tips such as blocking or joining.

There is a good range of projects including the unusual Folksy Flower clock (fans of Attic 24 might like it!) and an amigurumi chilli garland for the kitchen.

Hip Crochet Projects Folksy Flower Clock and Chilli Garland

The book is clearly inspired by Natalie’s love of colour in the home. I would prefer more muted tones for some projects, but you could easily adapt to your tastes.

The book ends with “Useful Information” including stitches and techniques demonstrated with clear guides and photographs. There are even tips on how to make pom poms and block your work. Natalie includes a good recipe for her homemade starch and a trouble shooting guide.

This may have been better placed at the beginning of the book as a beginner would need to approach the stitches prior to the projects, but nonetheless it is comprehensive and helpful.

Hip Crochet Hot Water Bottle Cover

A great book for beginners and improvers alike with recommended crochet blogs at the back. My only negative point would be that the book includes an egg cosy pattern – but this is because I find them a little pointless. Probably because my boiled egg is usually scoffed too quickly for a cosy to get near it!

I tried the Treasure Bags pattern, which was good for an evening infront of the TV.

Hip Crochet Treasure Bags

You can also see more of Natalie’s work on Ravelry.

Courtesy of Natalie and The Sheep Shop, I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one of my lucky readers!  It will be signed by Natalie at the book launch.*

Please leave a comment below to enter – nice and simple. The T&Cs are as follows:

  • This giveaway is open to UK and International followers
  • The giveaway will close on Friday 26 April, 5pm BST
  • The winner will be contacted shortly after to arrange postage
  • Only one entry per person please

Good luck! There is also a second chance to win the book over at Knitnrun4sanity where you can read another fantastic review!

This giveaway is now closed. The winner was Paula!


*This book was kindly sent to me for review as part of a giveaway to my readers and I received no payment.