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The Metal Picture Company

My six year old son is always drawing family pictures so I decided to bring one of his pictures to life with the Metal Picture Company.


The Metal Picture Company transforms your photographs and pictures into works of art. This is a great idea for personal gifts, and keepsakes and can be organised simply from your pc.

We emailed a jpeg image of te drawing and chose our size and finish (you can also download your image online) – they do the rest!! Our masterpiece arrived in under a week, quicker than the 7-10 working days as stated.

We chose one of the smallest sizes, A5 which only set us back £15 which I think is very reasonable. The picture was lightweight, clear and bright, and we are very pleased with the high gloss finish. We are also told that the coating is resistant to fading, stains, moisture and scratches, which should make it a lifelong keepsake. Our picture arrived with magnetic stickers on the back to allow it to attach to other metals i.e. fridge freezer. There are also accessories available from only £2.95, so you can display your masterpieces on a stand or on a wall.

The bonus with our piece is that it is made of 100% recycled metal so it won’t bend to distort the picture at all like some photos do if you don’t keep them flat.

This ‘masterpiece’ will be kept for generations – a lovely keepsake of our family through the eyes of our six year old son x

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

For romantic Valentine’s Day Gifts or maybe just a treat for all you ladies, I’ve been searching the web to bring you some different ideas (with hearts and flowers in mind).


I love personal and home made items and especially love this fused glass & wood set by Claire Waters. Each piece created is unique and hand crafted by herself. The timber used for frame work and bases are from a local timber merchant using traditional British timbers. Look at Claire Waters products online .





Jewellery is always a romantic Valentine  contender. Without knowing a ring size you can feel sure this will be a winner. Blooms of sterling silver dangle from beautiful blue lace agate beads to create a Gypsy Rose bracelet. Matching items are available from Kit Heath.






Why not set the tone with this chic cream trinket box. This is a handmade box with a weave heart detail to the top ideal for keeping those special pieces safe.
Available in store and online from Pia Jewellery.





Not too naughty but very nice Strawberry Signature Selection Gift Box. Twelve large, fresh strawberries hand dipped in a variety of dark, milk and white chocolate designs and presented in a distinctive gift box by Berry Scrumptious. Freya___Duck_Egg_5108145b94b66



Finally a lady can never have enough of these…. a quality leather handbag. The Freya Mini Tote is the perfectly sized every day bag uniquely designed by Oushka. This versatile bag has a removable inner lining section with a secure zip fastening to the top, this can easily be removed from the bag to give more space for documents or a Netbook. This stylish little tote has a beautiful punch-out panel design and a versatile removable shoulder strap and finished with light gold hardware.

Christmas Gifts and Toys

Annoying MonstersThese Annoying Monsters from 50 Fifty Toys really are infuriating and well …… annoying! They burp, they fart, you name it, they do it! Each of the bright, cheeky characters has its own name and has seriously irritating habits that will annoy the hell out of Mum & Dad and endear them forever to your little ones. These gobby Annoying Monsters are fun Christmas presents to give to kids and I would say if you gave one to say your 6 year old nephew you would be the World’s fave Aunty! Our reviewers’ children loved them too! Read what they think of Annoying Monsters.

Freya Design Sewing BoxLove this Sewing Box from Freya Design .  Let’s be fair, most of us have sewing stuff around the house but how many of us actually have a proper sewing box? I have an old Quality Street tin and my Mum has an old Roses tin. (There’s a theme here I think.) Freya has some really lovely boxes for all sorts of different occasions and the best thing is that they can all be personalised. Am considering getting a Jewellery Box for my niece from Freya!

Dinosaur ClockI love this Friendly Dinosaur Wall Clock from Kids’ Rooms . It doesn’t just look good but it’s useful too and us Mums love buying toys with a dual-purpose. It’s a lovely accessory for a boy’s bedroom although even as I type that I can hear how sexist that sounds. It’s hand-painted and as it’s got a silent mechanism, your little ones won’t moan about the ticking keeping them awake. And we all know how much children love any excuse not to go to sleep.

BrainBox Games have got so many brilliant games that it’s difficult to single one World History Brainbox Gamesout really. Their games tend to bring plenty of fun to learning and help teach vital skills along with a bit of healthy competition! Children love learning about stuff that happened in the ‘olden days’ and World History is a brilliant way for the kids to learn about everything from the Greeks capturing Troy to the first moon landing!

If you’re one of the many people tightening the pursestrings through necessity this year thPaolo Penguin Thorntonsen Wilkinsons  is a really good shop to try and visit. Whether you’re doing Xmas on a Budget or simply being sensible, then it’s worth taking a look. Some incredibly good value-for-money toddler toys in particular there!

Paolo ThePenguin from Thorntons would make a lovely little stocking filler. He’s a cute & cuddly penguin toy full of Thorntons milk chocolate penguins and not a bad price too.

Bjorn BearThe IKEA Soft Toy Campaign aims to raise funds for children’s educational programmes across the world. For every soft toy, kids meal and book bought in stores up until December 23rd, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 to UNICEF and Save The Children!  The soft toy range has loads of really cute products including this year’s special bear, BJORN who even has his own Twitter feed – @Bjorn_Bear . Bjorn’s a snip at 99p!!!