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Star Wars Christmas Jumpers [22 Dec 2012|09:38pm]
Thanks to my husband for sending me this first gran-knit wonder.

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A Breaking Bad Christmas [22 Dec 2012|05:27pm]
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A Broadcast from Crafty HQ to the World of Kitsch Readership [21 Dec 2012|03:26pm]
I'm handing over The World of Kitsch today to Emma Gilles from Crafty Belfast. 

It's tricky to sum up the Crafty experience easily, so it always comes best from Emma herself. 
I'll hand over to her to tell you all about what The Guardian called,
"One of the coolest places to visit in the UK".

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The Crafty brand was created in 1999
It started out as a hairdressing salon, 
which grew into an ethical lifestyle brand.
Crafting hair, fashion interior design selling antiques, paraphernalia & curating art in an idiosyncratic manner.
We run workshops unique to our brand to show people how to imagine things differently.

We imagine, consult, design, create construct. "Style Art Design Music & Invention" & we craft with creatives who have an inner need ...a want.

Its like a magazine.. but alive.. you can walk though it and experience it
and thats crafty eh? ;)


I am delighted to have a couple of Crafty announcments to make...So here it goes all you kitsch people!
Every Christmas we have a MASSIVE sale and this year its an amazeballs 50% off all items for sale in our Bonkers Craftea Manor tearoom. All tables, chairs, mirrors, clocks, everything is half price and everything is for sale. An ethos we started years back, and now others in the city are following suit.



We have a Crafty salvage section too for folk who want a project to revamp a chair themselves or to buy it for some one else to do up if they are into DIY, which everyone is now. 


Its free parking at Crafty down here at the T13 warehouse. Its an alternative shopping destination in the stunning Titanic Quarter. Queens road is behind the Odyssey can be accessed quite easily away from traffic jams etc. and its so easy picking up items and for folk wishing to recycle and drop furniture off to us. 10am-10pm everyday until half day christmas eve 3pm.


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The Chamber galleries welcome you to an array of Art Music & Design.

Our Sauce Boutique is now open at Crafty Chamber III ;) Housing erotica photography from Erin Elizabeth,  Kelly Photography, Jai Sewell, Dylan Molloy, Proff B Green, Jim Mercer, Gail Mahon, Gilles. Over 18yrs only.

Our Music gallery in Chamber II has a selection of gig photography of local bands shot by Freelance photographers Chris Flack (Oh Yeah Music Centre) and Bernie McAlister. We are delighted to have artwork from Kris Platt in our exibition from local band More Than Conquerors and stunning sketches from Lee Boyde who did the artwork for local folk band Farriers and loads more. 


CRAFTY FASHION WEEKENDS.."SAVE THE WORLD WHILST LOOKING GOOD"
Our most recent Fashion workshops where held at THE MAC in October. We were invited to showcase Crafty and customise clothing folk had brought in that they felt needed a little something crafty!And so Crafty is proud to announce after a few years of running the odd workshop & hosting a city council Sew Crafty event for their Waste Reduce Recycle Campaign thats still on going today (thats why our mutha facebook page is called Craft workshop ) We are now pleased to be able to host fashion workshops every weekend Friday through to Sunday from 10am/10pm in our idoisyncratic art gallery and our Crafty Manor Tea Room.


Drop in fashion workshops at £10 pounds for an all day cool fashion workshop environment thats laid back, chilled out, with tea and treats and if folk want BYO by request? Fine! 

Its for students and folk who want to hang out, make and create with everything you need to customise clothes and create accessories. 

For the younger crafty one in your family we can host Little Miss and Mr parties with us here in TQ, or invite Crafty to your home for a party tailored to you and your fashionista friends!
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Luxury workshops can be discussed for hen parties and birthdays from £15 per head up to £50 pounds depending on your fashion wants and needs. We use the finest english worsted cloth and a host of semi precious stones and swarovski crystals for these workshops and we supply our signature blazers we wear ourselves which ladies love!


These workshops can include our hair salon where we can teach you how to apply makeup and style hair perfectly for work or evening wear these are our STYLE WORKSHOPS which can start at £10 up to £45 pounds depending on what you wish to learn and need to be booked with us. The fashion workshops however are on all day and you just pop in and get started!

Ive always wanted to get this idea off the ground since 2005 I visited Invest NI and told them all my hopes and aspirations they talked for two solid hours! They gave me massive confidence to keep going. Along with being shortlisted for an MBA throughout the whole of Ireland out of 50 people in 2010.

Im delighted to say this is my most happiest crafty moment yet and im glad I did it as its the first of its kind in the city and its been a long road getting here but we are ready as ever to get crafty and "Save the world whilst looking good!"

You can buy a workshop from us in TQ or Email info@crafty-belfast.com Or as most do just click this link below and buy a ticket online ! Easy! It comes through to your email! Print and pop it into a Christmas card for the budding fashionista that wants to create all day long. More info about workshops when you hit the link below too!
http://dropincraftyfashionworkshops.eventbrite.co.uk/
Recent write up from In your pocket..which is nice!
http://www.inyourpocket.com/northern-ireland/belfast/Stags-and-Hens/Stags-and-Hens/Crafty-;_111546v

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Pluck & Devour For a Last Minute Gift Idea with No Need to Wait for Shipping! [20 Dec 2012|12:46pm]
I won't judge you if you've a last minute gift to buy that you've forgotten about. I WILL judge you if you resort to grabbing any old thing for the person though, when I've found this alternative for you.

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www.PluckandDevour.com have beautiful vouchers you can buy with Paypal and print at home instantly, so even if you are panicking on Christmas Morning, this is your must save bookmark. Why a gift voucher and not an actual piece of handmade brilliance from Gráinne's collection? Well, it's not because you left it too late, no! It's because the gift you've chosen is the Bark at the Moon brooch. Rather than picking the colour of brooch yourself, you see, you've bought a voucher so the recipient can design their own perfect colour scheme on the www.PluckandDevour.com site.

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They can choose from a number of mirror or glitter moon backgrounds, then customise a unique brooch by matching it with whichever colour wolf they desire.
A last minute gift voucher suddenly becomes a very cool present. Get printing!

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Two Cakes Based on The Shining. Red Nom? [19 Dec 2012|08:01pm]
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I've Got Five Instagram Alternatives For You [18 Dec 2012|09:17am]
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Parcel Genie- Send an Online Chum an Actual Christmas Present, Without Even Needing Their Address- W [17 Dec 2012|10:51am]
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Parcel Genie is a genius little app which allows you to 'text' a gift to a friend, without having to even pester them for their address. I've shared Parcel Genie with you before, but they've offered The World of Kitsch readers 40% off one gift until 17th February, so you can ping a pal a present easily and cheaply this holiday season.

How it works is you purchase a gift through the app, which you can download from www.ParcelGenie.com and enter your friend's mobile number. Parcel Genie then text them to ask them to accept the gift and supply their address for postage. Simple!

Use the code L25KIK (capital i, in the kik part) to get your 40% off.

Merry Christmas!

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Cat Shaped Buildings [16 Dec 2012|08:20am]
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Dogs too...

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And fish!

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Back to the Future II Hover Board IPhone Cover [15 Dec 2012|08:44pm]

Also loving their Haunted Mansion painting covers.

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Eames' Era Plant Stand's Yearly Present Displaying Gig [15 Dec 2012|09:21am]
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Ladbrokes Challenge The World of Kitsch- Do Lucky Charms Work? [14 Dec 2012|10:02am]
Does luck exist? Can trinkets or magical items change the outcome of of events? Of course not, no, but it is worth a HIGHLY SCIENTIFIC investigation by myself on behalf of www.Ladbrokes.com ? YES.

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Ladbrokes sent me a box of lucky bits & bobs, armed me with Casino credit and set me lose on http://poker.ladbrokes.com/en/poker-game

Unfortunately I can't get my head around poker, but I spied Roulette & reckoned I could manage 'red or black' easily enough.

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First up was the lucky golden cat. Will kissing his shiny brow bring me a winning bet? I put a bet on red and won. 

Conclusion: lucky cats DEFINITELY work. I didn't repeat the experiment but obviously this ground-breaking scientific  result will be the subject of papers for years to come.

NEXT! Little teeny, tiny horseshoe necklace.

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I placed my bet, spun again & lost. 

Conclusion: although lucky, this horseshoe was freakishly small, so didn't contain the full strength of magical powers. Obviously.

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The next lucky item was a box of Lucky Charms. You know I love my imported American food, so this was my favourite item in Ladbrokes' box of tricks. 
My luck was out though. Because the goodies arrived last week, it seems a certain five year old has eaten all my Lucky Charms. Maybe rubbing his belly would bring luck, but he's at school, so I held the enchanted cardboard box & placed my bets.

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I won again this time. 

Conclusion: no idea. Cardboard boxes are lucky?

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Last spin, and it's the turn of the lucky four leaf clover. Although not planted or grown, the seeds must be lucky too, right?

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Conclusion: nope, the seeds aren't lucky. Unless maybe you combine holding the seeds with stroking a Leprechaun's beard at the same time to condense the luck.

Do lucky charms work? Not in my eyes. 
Does my son like Lucky Charms cereal? Too much. 
Is playing roulette on  http://poker.ladbrokes.com/en easy for a beginner like me? Certainly. 
Do I have a career as a professional gambler? No. 

Maybe if I'd had a lucky rabbit's foot..... 
Next time.
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Do You Want to See My Die Hard Christmas Jumper from Dark Bunny Tees? [13 Dec 2012|04:30pm]
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To hell with your snowman jumper, I have a John McClane jumper.

www.DarkBunnyTees.com have created what must be one of the coolest Christmas jumpers ever, by printing a Die Hard themed knit design on a Christmassy coloured sweatshirt. No wool means no itching, which means you can wear it over your white vest with no problems.

It goes on sale on 18th of December, as demand has been so high that ordering is temporarily on hold. If you want to place an order then, I suggest adding their Twitter @darkbunnytees and Facebook Page www.facebook.com/DarkBunnyTees to be the first to know when they go live.

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There are also lots of limited edition movie tshirts available to buy today on www.darkbunnytees.com
Here are four of my favourites.

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Sushi Christmas Trees [12 Dec 2012|08:35pm]
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Doctor Who Christmas Tree Ornaments [11 Dec 2012|07:32pm]
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Memories of Leisure World & Toys of Then and Now [08 Dec 2012|03:41pm]
Here is my column from December's Junior Magazine (not sure why my intro still talks about Halloween though).

You can read it below the pic.

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Children's toys aren't what they used to be. In 'Our Day' we had He-Man, She-Ra, The Get-a-long Gang, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 
Obviously far superior to today's Ben 10 and Monster High sought after toys.

It makes me a little sad that my son won't know the absolute joy of a trip to Belfast's Leisure World. The three-storied palace of giddy consumerism for the under-12 year old. It seemed like a magical kingdom set apart from real life, with rows of Ghostbusters' Fire Station play sets & plush Wuzzles. Of course to our own children, it's likely that a trip to Smyth's Toystore invokes the same response, but secretly we know our days were best.

We recently bought a series of Thundercats off www.amazon.co.uk and plonked our 4 year old down in front of it, eager to see his reaction to this 1980s' classic. He just asked could we put Cbeebies back on. 

Never mind, here are three retro products that have been brought up to date for today's kids, but that will give you a warm feeling of nostalgia too.

1. The Sodastream.
www.Sodastream.co.uk and via Argos

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The 2012 Sodastream is more akin to your swish espresso maker than its 1980s' beige predecessor. They start from around £55 and can save you a small fortune on branded fizzy drinks.

2. The Furby
Available at Smyth's Toystore

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The neon 2012 Furby is what your grey 1998 Furby was only now he interacts with a special iPhone and iPad app. You can feed the new Furby different kinds of foods via the app, for example feeding him chillis makes his LED eyes flame. 
From £49.49

3. The Playtent
www.themonsterfactory.com

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These play tents were your own little sanctuary away from Mum & Dad, and they are still a great Christmas gift. 
The VW tent from The Monster Factory is available in pink or blue and would look very impressive on Christmas Morning. Priced at £54.99

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A Sneaky Peek at the Making of the John Lewis Snowman Advert [08 Dec 2012|08:17am]

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Don't forget to visit John Lewis for Christmas gift ideas. 

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Irish Mammy Saying Tea Towels [07 Dec 2012|08:07pm]
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The World of Kitsch, Bad Taxidermy Advent Calendar 2012. 7th December [07 Dec 2012|08:04pm]
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Dollybirds Art [07 Dec 2012|07:26am]
Dollybirds are beautiful illustrations by Northern Irish artist Eimear Maguire. They'd make a beautiful Christmas gift, and from this weekend you can find them at the Avoca Store in Belfast.

If you fancy seeing even more, Eimear has an exhibition at Oscar & Oscar this month, or if you are further afield you can visit her Facebook page 

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The World of Kitsch, Bad Taxidermy Advent Calendar 2012. 6th December [06 Dec 2012|08:22pm]
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