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  1. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23rd March, we have closed for orders.  We are doing everything we can to support the NHS and our country so we are stopping orders immediately. Those orders outstanding will be contacted. This is to stop us having to go to the Post Office, because right now papercuts are not critical.

    As always, thank you so much for supporting The Crafty Calf and all small businesses as we need you now more than ever.

    Please stay safe and stay at home; if you have any questions at all, please do email me directly on [email protected] and I'll respond as soon as I can.

  2. Are you self isolating? 10 things you can do to keep yourself busy. Try these activities to keep you busy when confined at home and support a small business at the same time!

    1 - Try a new craft.

    With great craft kits out there such as our DIY Papercutting Kit for Beginners, you can have some 'me' time and get lost in papercutting. It is a great way to unwind and enjoy a new hobby.

    2 - Watch a film

    Get cosy and watch your favourite film with a lovely hot chocolate from Cocoa Delicious. If you're in need of a stiff drink she has some boozy versions too.

    3 - Exercise

    Check out Envolve Wellness who have a fantastic FREE program to help you improve your posture and core right from the comfort of your own home.

    4 - Read a book

    There's a fantastic small business called Rhyme and Reason who have a new book called 'How Does a Cow Know How'. Your little ones are bound to love it and it will leave you wondering and wanting more.

    5 - Craft together

    Theres some great kits that all the family love to do together. Have a look at Emily's fused glass kits at Fused Glass by Emily. I love her Bug Home and Stars kit, they are so cute!

    6 - Redesign your garden.

    Border in a Box is a fellow SBS winner which makes making a gorgeous garden super easy. There's a choice of 8 ready made garden design kits to choose from. Which will you pick?

    7- Get Baking

    The whole family will enjoy baking one of If I Knew You Were Coming brownie baking kits. You'll enjoy eating the goods too!

    8-Get ready for Autumn/Winter

    Knit yourself a gorgeous scarf and snood using one of Lauren Aston's knitting kits. All your friends will be asking where you got your beautiful new scarf.

    9-Start a Gin Distillery

    Running out of Gin and can't go to the shops? Why not have a go at making your own with a kit from Kitchen Provisions.

    10-Get a pen pal

    Banjo Robinson is a travelling cat who sends your child letters from the different countries he visits - he is a kids best friend and grown ups love him too!

  3. We have spent months preparing for the launch of our Self Watering Frames. After extensive research we have found out the exact hydration requirements of our Family Tree Papercuts and then used this to develop a frame which at set intervals waters the papercut using a specially formulated mist to ensure your papercut continues to look beautiful with all the leaves and flowers.

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    You don't need to add any water to the frame, the frame has special porous glass that takes the moisture from your homes natural environment, even during our rare hot summer days.

    As you have probably guessed by now, this is just an April Fools joke but rest assured, your family trees don't need to be watered and will look beautiful for years to come due to the materials I use and the high quality of paper I cut from.

    Shop for your evergreen family tree here

  4. Some of you may remember a couple of months back I joined the notonthehighstreet clan, it’s a site full of talented designs and I love having a browse on there.  I came across these personalised apple crates which were being used as cat beds. As most of you know I have two fur babies, Tom and Zack and they love hiding in boxes so I immediately thought these would be purrrrfect for them.

    I was a little worried they wouldn’t share one crate between them so I asked Plantabox if they made anything to cater for multiple cats. Plantabox came up with this amazing pet bunk crate with a handy (or should I say “paw-y!”) cat ladder! I designed some artwork for the side using their two photos and Plantabox finalised the design with their names, the end result looked amazing and I was so excited to see the finished piece.

    I didn’t know what to expect but knew the cats would love it. When it arrived it was all assembled and ready to use, Zack jumped straight in to his bed before I had time to add Tom’s cushion! Luckily he could read his name and he picked the right bunk ;) I knew they were going to love it but didn’t realise just how much, they have been napping in it ever since it arrived, my only regret is we didn’t get it sooner.

    As you can see from these pictures, they really are the cats that got the cream.

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    If you would like to see Plantabox’s range of personalised apple crates you can do so here. I have already started planning my next crate, I am going to order one of their small crates with a lid to use as a "Christmas Eve Box" I can't wait to fill it with goodies and pop it under the tree this year :)