Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2019

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2019

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This year my Christmas wish came true when I was selected to take part in Kirstie Allsopp’s Channel 4 series ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas Competition’.   As a keen crafter, and a massive fan of Christmas, I have long been a fan of the show (and Kirstie’s other crafting programmes – Handmade Home, Vintage Home, Fill Your House for Free, Celebrity Craft Masters), and have always thought how amazing it would be to craft at Christmas HQ. But until last summer I had never even considered that it might actually happen! I still can’t quite believe it happened, the day of the competition was a very surreal day, but more surreal was actually seeing myself on the telly! me on the telly! So how did it all come about? Sometime around…
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Why do we say rabbit, rabbit, rabbit on the first of the month?

Why do we say rabbit, rabbit, rabbit on the first of the month?

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Hello August! Did you remember to say “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” this morning? Many people believe that it’s lucky to start a new month by uttering those words. Other variants include rabbit, rabbit”, “rabbits” or “white rabbits” and must be spoken upon waking on the first day of the month in order to ensure good luck for the rest of the month. According to Wikipedia, the exact origin of the superstition is unknown, though it was recorded in Notes and Queries as being said by children in 1909: "My two daughters are in the habit of saying 'Rabbits!' on the first day of each month. The word must be spoken aloud, and be the first word said in the month. It brings luck for that month. Other children, I find, use the same…
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All the fun of the car boot fair

All the fun of the car boot fair

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Since moving to York eight years ago, I’ve discovered the joys of a car boot fair. My favourite, and the one that sparked my carbooting hobby, is the York Racecourse Car Boot Fair. Held at York Racecourse every Saturday between the start of April and end of October (except when there is horse racing), this car boot is an Aladdin’s cave of hidden treasures. Set against an impressive backdrop of the former Terry’s factory and the imposing stands of the racecourse, it’s a great place to rummage through the jumble of items on offer. And with over a hundred stalls, it’s one of the biggest in the area. Buyers and sellers come from all over and there’s a good mix of regular traders and people just looking to turn their…
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