It seems like many moons ago I was writing my Lately I'm Loving for November last year, at that point I had planned to write one in December. However, with Christmas and not a lot to include, as I put most of it into a gift guide, I decided to put it off for a month. So here I am back on the bandwagon, with some things I've loved of late.
Bee Good Intensive Hand Repair*.
Winter and my hands do not mix, thankfully for the past weeks I have been using Bee Goods Intensive Hand Repair. I have been applying this nightly before bed, allowing it time to work as I sleep and it really has made a difference, so much so, that if I forget to put it on at night, I can really tell by the next morning.
This hand repair cream uses ingredients such as British honey to moisturise, echium oil to replenish and calm, borage oil to strengthen, propolis for its antibacterial properties and beeswax to combat dryness.
I personally found that as well as being great for the skin on my hands, this cream has also really helped my nails and cuticles, so for me it has really been a great all-rounder.
The Bee Good Intensive Hand Repair costs £12 for 50ml and can be bought from the Bee Good website.
So my hands are sorted, now my feet need looking at and Footner are perhaps the best way to get rid of dry skin or your feet, but are definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Now I'm not saying Footner hurt, I actually thought they would, but they don't. However, you’re likely to be inundated with flaking skin, in the days / weeks preceding the 50 minute treatment.
To use Footner, you just need to wear the socks for 50 minutes and then wash and wait. It is worth noting you shouldn't use moisturiser, as you are waiting for this exfoliator to work and of course do not pick at the flaking skin (as you may then find your feet get sore).
I found that while my feet didn't flake as much as some peoples, this certainly helped get rid of the hard / dead skin I did have and if my feet were in a very bad condition, I would definitely buy again, to help give them a kick start into looking better.
If you think your feet could do with the Footner treatment, you can buy a pair of socks from Boots, where they cost £19.99.
Stone Picture – Tartan Heart Studio.
I've been trying to go back to buying more handmade things and I found some great groups on Facebook, where crafters can share their makes. Now I have to admit, I've seen these pictures, made using stones around and I've never got the point, or hype around them. That was until I came across the lovely lady behind Tarten Heart Studio, as soon as I saw her partner and dog pictures, I fell in love and just knew I needed to own one.
She went out of her way to make sure each part of the picture was right for me, checking in on the colours needed for Sally, the scarves for Ash and me and lastly even showed me how it looked with the white and black frame, to allow me to choose what I really loved.
I think the fact she puts so much love into her pictures shines through in the finished product, I was so thrilled when it arrived, I made sure it went straight up on the wall, where it has received many complements.
If you want to find out more about Tartan Heart Studio, do head over and check out their website and see all the fantastic items they make.
Dragon Scale Gloves – Wool Witch.
Since I have had Fibromyalgia, I have found my hands can get very cold, especially when I am blogging and I've found it hard to find finger-less gloves, that don't include a covered thumb. So when I came across these beauties in a Facebook group all ready to be posted, I just had to snap them up.
Just look at those beautiful shades of blue and the lovely sparkle that runs through them. These have been crocheted by the lovely lady behind Wool Witch, who is a bit of a crochet genius and can be found via her Facebook page. Where she sells all manner of crocheted things, from gloves, to mermaid tails.
A Mouses Wish – Donna's Crafty Makes.
This is another find from a Facebook group that I was lucky enough to get to before anyone else. Hand painted on to a slate coaster by the very talented Donna is this sweet little mouse, making a wish on a dandelion.
Donna not only paints these cute little coasters as the ideas come to her, but also takes commissions to paint your pet onto them as well and with them costing just £13 each, including postage, I have already commissioned a few as presents, as well as one of Sal for myself. After all I can see her being a very busy lady soon enough, when the secret gets out about how talented she is.
If you fancy a coaster yourself, make sure you check out her Facebook page to see more of her beautiful work.
A Candle of My Making.
Just before Christmas, Bart from Beyond Candles came out with the idea to sell wax sand, these fine particles of wax float on water and can be easily lit using a wick placed into it.
My Dad made a bit of a joke about using it to make test tube candles, so after the people behind Buzzybee's Bespoke Woodwork, offered to help by making me a test tube rack, I knew I had to give it a try.
Now I wouldn't suggest leaving it without supervision, test tubes are fragile and prone to shattering, but it definitely made an interesting candle and so far, no accidents have been had. Of course the wax sand can be used in so many different ways, while the test tube rack might just start holding some flowers.
So there are a few things, I have loved this January, do any of them take your eye?