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Lands’ End – Review

Lands’ End – Review

| November 29, 2011 | 13 Comments

When I am on the School run I need something warm, waterproof, practical, stylish and slimming. I really do expect a lot!

Lands’ End were looking for bloggers for their coats, I thought I would be an ideal candidate, to put one of their coat’s through its paces.

Let me explain, picture the scene.

A mum, walking along a busy road with a screaming toddler in a pushchair and to her side a tired school age girl, battling against wind and rain. Then the inevitable happens, a car splashes in the huge puddle that has formed at the side of the road, then two more of them SPLASH all over me the mum!

This has happened to me many times now. It’s just impossible to push a pushchair and hold an umbrella. You really do need a long coat (but not one that stops your stride) that is waterproof with most importantly a hood. A hood that doesn’t keep falling down, or obscure your view when crossing the road.

The coat I choose to take me through the winter has to really function! So I choose THIS from the Lands’ End collection, but in black:

Women’s Regular Long Down Commuter Coat £160

The Key Features are:

  • Waterproof, breathable polyester shell
  • 600 fill power down insulation for superior warmth
  • Tape-sealed seams keep moisture out
  • External storm flap snaps over zip front for added protection
  • Two-way zip, bottom snaps allow easy movement when walking
  • Pass-through pockets for easy access without unzipping your coat
  • TEMPERATURE RATING: WARMEST: Designed to take on the worst of the winter weather

The fabric feels like a soft brushed cotton, but it’s really waterproof 100% polyester. It’s been treated with the exclusive DriOff™ finish, plus the seams are tape sealed, so water has no chance of sneaking in, YAY!

Inside has 600 fill power down insulation. Sounds impressive, though I’m not so sure what this means! In reality it felt like I was wearing a duvet, it’s just so warm. It’s lightweight so I don’t feel ‘bulked up’, this is really important to me! Plus, Lands End have assured me it’s one of the warmest grades available.

Finished with an adjustable detachable hood, fleece storm cuffs and a two-way zip for moving room.

Last but no means least its machine washable!

Here I am after the testing:

Hood up, its started raining again.

It was really cold, dark and miserable by the time I got home!

I am really over the moon with the Long Commuter Coat, for me for the quality and fit was fantastic, brilliant value for money. It kept me warm and dry and I love it.

I feel completely prepared now for another miserable winter…go on let me have it!

I would give it 10/10!

Amendment: I have being using this coat for over 3 months now, and I just love it. It’s exceptionally warm and comfy, the best coat I have ever owned!

Thank you for reading….

Please Note: I was sent the Long Commuter Coat free of charge from Lands’ End, no other payment was received. My comments in this post however are genuine and are my own.

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Wicked The Stage Show.

Wicked The Stage Show.

| November 28, 2011 | 15 Comments

I am so proud of Miss N. She entered the creative and brilliant Red Ted Art’s drawing competition. It was to win four tickets to see Wicked in London and the winning design to be put on a tote bag!

WELL SHE WON!!!

One afternoon the girls sat with all their colouring things. They watched clips of the stage musical and we all looked at stills together. They then set about drawing, whilst I pottered around.

Here is Miss A’s (2) entry:

She was so pleased with herself! I think it’s Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, but I’m not 100% positive!

Here is Miss N’s entry, I especially love Glinda’s hair! (click on the image to enlarge)

We saw a clip of this scene, and Miss N was determined to try to capture it.

I just wanted to say a really big thank you to Maggie at Red Ted Art , and the company she was working with, Miss N is unbelievably excited!

She played Glinda earlier in the year( you can see my post HERE) in the Wizard of Oz. This is really going to be something to look forward to.

This is the one show we all wanted watch, so can’t wait to book, I’m sure I’ll let you know how we got on. ;)

I wondered what West End show you would you love to see?

Thank you for reading…..

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Fimo Polymer Clay – Millefiori design

Fimo Polymer Clay – Millefiori design

| November 28, 2011 | 7 Comments

I am a complete novice when it comes to Fimo Polymer Clay. So I was maybe more than a little ambitious when I asked to review the Millefiori Fimo Kit. However I wanted a challenge and something to get my teeth into.

I was even more intrigued when I viewed these gorgeous creations HERE. I especially love the bracelets!

This is the ‘Workshop in the box’ that I was sent:

Fimo Millefiori

You can purchase both from HERE.

The Millefiori Kit is £8.75 and the Basic Bead Roller is £8.75. (please click each item to be taken to the full description and to order)

In the box were 4 blocks of Fimo Classic, and what is described as a modelling roller (red spatula). The box then unfolds, really neatly to provide instruction for 3 different style canes. To the right is the bead roller, which I will cover later.

Millefiori is a technique that is usually used in glass, it is a coloured pattern based on Italian glass blowing that is repeated many times hence its translation ‘thousands of flowers’

The basic technique is to build up the Fimo to a design that can be stretched to a cane (a long length) and this is where I kept getting unstuck. As I could build up the design, but found it really tricky to lengthen this to a cane! But please note this is by no means a negative review. I think I just need lots more practice!

Once the cane has been made, you slice the cane into small pieces. So for all your effort you do get lots of the decorative pieces to make your creations. You can use them for jewellery, decorate glass and picture frames.

Following my first attempt, it did make an attractive marbled effect. So after an initial sulk, I decided I should use this to practice using the bead making roller. Which was really simple to use and very effective.

With the bead roller you just put a ‘measure’ of the Fimo (using the tool provided) into the roller and just slide up and down, Its that simple!

You can make three different shape beads. I found this really satisfying almost therapeutic, so made lots!

Here are the results of some of my marbled beads :

They are the same size and very even. It was hard for me to show this in the photograph. You can see the three different style beads, which were round oval and cone-shaped.

I then gently put a needle though each bead and baked in the oven for 30 mins at 110 degrees centigrade. I then threaded each of the beads onto a memory wire and I am going to use them as mini wreaths on the christmas tree.

I am going to continue to practise with the Fimo clay, I am determined to be able master Millefiori!

So watch this space!

Thank you for reading…..

This is a review, I was sent the bead roller and fimo kit, free of charge (no further fee given) The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Winner of the Cyril the Squirrel Book

Winner of the Cyril the Squirrel Book

| November 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

The winner has been chosen (randomly) but I have had great fun reading all of the entries, and will pass on the ideas to Jo.

 

And the winner is Piper and Daisy @piperanddaisy Congratulations and please send me your address details over to amanda.cottingham@orange.net

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