Create Gifts, Buy Handmade, Support Local This Christmas

 

It is time to start thinking about those little packages wrapped up in ribbons and finished with a bow, the ones that will go under the tree or given out over the entire Christmas season.They must look beautiful of course but what is inside really is what counts. Will you choose to create your own gifts (which often end up far more expensive than you originally intend), buy online or go into town to choose gifts for your friends and loved ones?

If you do go to town please remember that you have the power and the choice of where to spend your money. I know that you know that already but have you really thought about it before? You can go into the big shops and you will need to for some of the specific items you wish to purchase. But please don’t forget those little shops, the markets and the independent shops which will sell things that you hadn’t even thought of! Shop local and support the real people in the community, it really makes a huge difference.

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Sprytewood available on Etsy

If you are shopping online you have so much available to you and you can find gifts for every budget but as well as getting the perfect gift you could make a real person do a happy dance! Yes, this is an actual thing amongst us crazy small businesses, when we make a sale we do a happy dance! Sites like Conscious Crafties  which sell handmade gifts created by people who are gaining independence from a multitude of life’s setbacks or Etsy which is full of people just like you and me who are supporting their families from home offices or earning a little extra to put gifts under their own trees. Shopping from small businesses and directly from artists is a wonderful way to show your support to people who are carving out a career for themselves.

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Muttz available on Conscious Crafties

Money is power and no matter how much or how little you have, you have spending power, even I have a little too. So use your power wisely create something with your own two hands, buy handmade and support local this Christmas and all of 2019.

Love Samantha x

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Bunny and the mice are exchanging gifts, woollen mittens and a wooly hat perfect for winter! By Me, Samantha Webb.

Let The Hedgehogs eat pumpkin!

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It is almost Halloween and since it is on a Wednesday this year, many of us have already had our hauntingly fun parties over the weekend, many of us have pumpkins carved and shrivelling sat on the windowsill or by the back door and there are lots of posts telling us what we should do to dispose of them.

Lots of information is going around on the big wide world of the web, telling us to leave our pumpkins out for the hedgehogs, great we all love hedgehogs and they deserve a seasonal treat too!

THEN … people said not to because the hedgehogs would get ill, they would eat so much that it would give them stomach problems and explosive diarrhoea and lets face it, nobody wants to clean up hedgehog poop from all over the garden and no body wants to make the little hoggies ill.

BUT …  I have looked into it and despite rumours hedgehogs do enjoy a little pumpkin and they would have to eat an awful lot of pumpkin before it had negative effects on the digestive system. They would likely get bloated long before they get any other adverse effects. They are more likely to eat the little flies and bugs that will gather on the jack-o-lantern carcass, since this is their primary food source, than they are too gorge themselves on the pumpkin itself. 

So when you have finished with your pumpkins pop them at the bottom of your gardens and let the little hoggies get as full up as they like on the festive treat, I know I will eat enough chocolate on Halloween night to make my tummy ache, it’s inevitable!

Happy Halloween from me and my Webblings x