Friday, 27 July 2012

Back By Popular Demand!


Great news for those of you who have been waiting for the yellow baking kits to come back in, they are now available to order!

These kits, available in red, blue, green and blue include a rolling pin, wooden spoon, pastry brush, spatula, chopping board, 25 cake cases and come in a fantastic cotton bag with cupcake design with a personalised star attached. These kits are great for home use and make ideal gifts for others.
Each kit costs just £7.95



Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Outdoor Arty Fun



Now that the summer seems to have decided to grace us with it's presence (here's hoping it decides to say!),  we can enjoy spending time outside.


All kids love art and craft, be it sticking, painting or making. At this time of the year it can be great to move the art and craft fun outside. Here are a few things that we have done outside during the fab weather.


Grass Art
Take one large sheet of paper and weigh down with stones in the corners. Enjoy collecting different lengths of grasses and leaves and use them to make a fantastic grass picture. You can make a car with grass, an animal out of grass or a picture of the family, all made out of grass. Use PVA or stick glue to stick the picture down.
This isn't really one for a breezy day!



Painting Stones
Find some smooth flat stones and enjoy painting them in the sun. These could have names, faces, pictures or signs on them. They make great keepsakes and look great as paperweights or even doorstops!



Painting The Fence
Don't get excited, we are not advocating child labour (the kids wouldn't be able to stain the top of the fence anyway). Take a bucket, fill it with water and throw in some paintbrushes in a variety of sizes. The kids can then paint the fence or shed walls in wacky designs, make faces and experiment with brush strokes. This appeals to all ages but is particularly good for younger kids. The beauty of this idea is that it is clean craft and the painting will dry away as if by magic.




We love outdoor art and craft and if we could get away with putting our Precious Parcels orders together outside we would. The flies that insist on landing on the paint make it a tad difficult though! If you have outdoor art ideas, do share. 

Friday, 20 July 2012

PP's August Favourite Crafts Website

This is a bit of a cheat really. There are hundreds of fantastic independent art and craft how-to sites and suppliers which give parents and carers so many fabulous ideas for indoor and outdoor fun and creativity. We've mentioned some of them before and will no doubt share more of our faves in future. 

Today's "much look at" site is a collection of art and craft information and pictures which can be used to collect your favourite ideas and save them for later. Not only can you share and save pictures and how-to's that you find on the site, but you can share pretty much anything from the World Wide Web, including your own ideas.


The site is.... Pinterest.



Have a nosy and see what you think. We'd love to see links to your boards and hear about what you think of Pinterest as an art and craft (and fun!) resource. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Gallery: Planes, Trains and Automobiles


When I saw this week on the Gallery was all about planes, trains and automobiles I knew which photo I would use! This was taken in June on just another one of my many fab days out with the not-so-little man. Great fun and great memories.

Friday, 6 July 2012

The C Word


Yes, sorry folks, but it really is time to start thinking about Christmas. This glorious (splutter) summer will soon be over and before you know it Autumn / Winter will here, along with the mad dash for Christmas presents. 

The state of the economy as a whole at the moment has escaped few and we are all being more careful with our budget. As a result people are choosing to spread their Christmas shopping throughout the year to avoid the financial sting that comes with doing it all at once.




At Precious Parcels we have found ourselves making Christmas decorations and accessories as early as January! This year the personalised Christmas plates (£19.95) have been very popular, as has the gingham NOEL bunting (£16.95).


For more Christmas accessories visit the website.



The number of Xmas gifts that we produce throughout the year is astonishing. Firm favourites include the personalised clocks which retail at £12.95 , any of the wall and door plaques and the baking kits which cost just £7.95.


There are many more Christmas themed items and gift items available on the website so why not enjoy a brew, have a good nosy and start chipping away at the Christmas list now.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Getting Organised For The 2012/2013 School Year!

While many are counting down the days to the end of term; no more school runs, assemblies and bake sales, others are getting organised so that they can beat the late August school uniform and accessories rush and just enjoy the summer.



Here at Precious Parcels we are armed and ready with our personalised PE bags. One customer has told us...
"I love K's bag, it is different to what everyone else has and being personalised stands no chance of getting mixed up. He thinks it looks very "cool" and "like its for a big boy"".
You can't beat feedback like that!

Each 100% cotton drawstring bag measures 30cm x 45cm and is available in four different colours. 
At just £5.95 each they make a perfectly affordable and great looking addition to the "New School Year" box.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

All things wedding



Despite the wintry weather we can assure you that it is indeed Summer! Hopefully some sunnier days are ahead as all over the UK loved up couples are looking forward to their most special event, their wedding day.If like us you receive several invitations every year you may well find yourself struggling for something unique to give as a present. Our wedding range takes the stress of present buying away.



Each personalised wedding plate is 23cm in diameter, costs just £19.95 and makes a unique, personal and thoughtful wedding gift.

Of course, no wedding is complete without bunting.....



This fantastic bunting has been bought and used in many ways, from hanging over the bed to decorating a hotel room. One customer used this Mr & Mrs bunting  to decorate the bridal car and carefully wrapped it up afterwards for the happy couple to keep as a memento.
This bunting set costs £16.95 and the letters stand approximately 13 cm high.

Gifts and decorations aside, last year we had a huge number of brides and grooms order in our personalised party bags to be used for funky and novel bridesmaids and groomsmen gift bags and as favours. 

 


At just £3 each and available with handles or drawstrings these versatile party bags make great finishing touches to any wedding.

There is a whole host of wedding favour ideas and gifts available on the website so make sure you visit for inspiration and take advantage of our £2.75 p&p offer which covers every order, regardless of it's size.