Lovely Links

Image of a cupcakeA selection of random things that I love and think you might love too!

Fun stuff

Philippa Day Handbags
Beautifully handcrafted handbags made in England with the help of Nana Day’s button tin. They make lovely presents. Philippa’s gift-wrapping is an artwork in itself.

Vintage House Bakery
Gorgeous cupcakes and fabulous courses. Kerry will inspire you to bake a better cupcake! It’s where I did my first cupcake workshop.

These aren’t just biscuits, they’re miniature works of art. Stunning. They taste pretty good too. Never be stuck for a present again.

My favourite book site. Excellent recommendations, not chosen by a computer and you can instantly check where the best prices are.

The Pudding Club
Somewhere you must visit before you die! Gorgeous Cotswolds Hotel. Go, take your other half and leave the diet behind! Book the chocolate suite for a touch of added luxury.

Hot Brands, Cool Places
Fantastic online magazine run by the nicest ladies in publishing. Full of fabulous things and trendy articles. And they love my books, so clearly have excellent taste.

Hotel Chocolat
Stupidly expensive High Street chocolate, but we love it at Matthews’ Towers. Their delivery is usually great if you want to send pressies through the post.

Chocolate Ecstasy Tours
A chocolate tour in the heart of London is the perfect experience for any chocoholic. Visit wonderful chocolate shops and sample their wares. The tours are fun, informative and very scrummy.

Lovely Jen from Chocolate Ecstasy Tours also runs the TasteTripper company offering self-guided tours of London’s best chocolate and coffee shops. A must-do if you have a few hours to spare in London.

The Wool Sanctuary
Have had my knitting mojo kick-started by the quirky, contemporary patterns of Suzie Johnson. Have a little production line going at home of her fab ‘Humbug’ handwarmers which I’m selling for Stephen Sutton’s campaign for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Lucibelle Tiaras
Lucy makes the most gorgeous handmade crystal and pearl tiaras. So pretty. Excellent for a special occasion or just to wear in the office to brighten the day. I also have her Swarovski crystal Christmas tree earrings which are much admired!

Alice Tait
Lovely Alice Tait is the artist who has illustrated the covers of soe of my most popular books. So pretty!

Jamie Bakes Cakes
Jamie lives just at the end of my road and make the most amazing cakes. Her wedding cakes are truly special and she does great, instructional workshops too.

Cathryn Cariad
A recent discovery! Cathryn produces beautiful, handmade, award-winning chocolates from her base in Snowdonia. Her chocolate shoes are sensational and make fabulous presents.

Tina Ashton Art
My lovely friend Tina paints the most beautiful pictures with inspiration drawn from nature. If you love birds and love trees, you’ll love these!She now has her very own range of candles and fragrance infusers called Living by Tina Ashton and they smell divine!

Streten Bespoke Jewellery
Our friend, Ruth Hill, who was Roobies Jewellery has got a new look and a new name. Ruth makes beautiful, hand-crafted pieces to individual designs. Perfect for that special present.

Hopes and Chances Creativity
My lovely friend, Christine Emberson, is so talented. This started as a hobby and has turned into a thriving business. Christine is addicted to paper crafting and is an ambassador for Spellbinders demonstrating their dies and products. She also does great video tutorials on her website and presents on the Create and Craft channel on television. A clever lady! I’ve recently taken paper crafting up and already love it. My book Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses is loosely based on Christine’s amazing life story.