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I’ve just bought a house!

1 Mar

That’s right, after a pretty stressful couple of weeks we can finally relax and celebrate the fact that we are getting onto the property ladder!

Claremont Manor

This isn’t our house…

It all seemed to happen so quickly from realising that we had enough of a deposit to start looking, to finding a house we really liked.  It’s a two bedroomed house with a garage and box room that can be used for my crafting, and it’s near the train station so I can still commute to work easily enough.

We submitted our offer the morning after viewing the house (which sounds a bit mad but it ticked all the right boxes, so why hang around and potentially miss our chance?).  It was such an anxious wait and I couldn’t stop looking at my phone in case I missed the call from our solicitor but we heard back within a couple of hours.  It was such a lovely surprise to have our offer accepted without any negotiation involved (although in the back of my mind I’m now wondering if that meant we could have gone in at a lower price..!)

It was then a case of finding out if the bank would lend us the money we needed.  We didn’t get an appointment until a week later and I couldn’t stop thinking about it – I was starting to go slightly mad.  I wanted to celebrate the fact that our offer was accepted so badly but didn’t want to set myself up for a fall if the bank decided they wouldn’t approve a mortgage.  The appointment with our mortgage adviser finally happened and it seemed to go well.  We passed the all important credit check which was a huge relief, but after going through the rest of the paperwork our application was referred to the underwriters for approval.  I was back to the anxiety stage as we had to wait two more days to find out if we were going to get the funding for our house.

Suburban Cottage, Auckland

…and neither is this!

On the Saturday afternoon we got the phone call to say that our application had been approved by the underwriters, and exactly 10 minutes later Scotland scored the amazing dropkick that saw them win against Italy in the Six Nations, so it turned out to be a pretty good day in the end!

I’d already started to plan how I wanted to decorate our lounge/dining room so it was such a relief to know that this wasn’t in vain.

So now I’m thinking it would be a good idea to try to sell some stock before the big move!  We get our keys on 28 March so I’ll probably close shop for a couple of days seeing as things are going to be packed up in boxes.  Until then however I’m going to hold a 15% off sale!  Just use coupon code MOVINGSALE for 15% off everything in my Etsy shop!  Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming up too (30 March in the UK) so what a perfect opportunity to show how much you care with a handmade gift from The Candy Tree.

15SaleBannerAs we’re moving into a house that doesn’t seem to have been decorated for 20 years, I’m also planning on taking some before and after photos to show our progress in bringing it up to date – so stay tuned!

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Friday Finds – With Love from the UK

14 Feb

‘With Love from the UK…’ by The Candy Tree

A selection of heart themed goodies from the UK – just in time for Valentine’s Day!


Quilled Valentine card with …

$5.65

Red Heart Hand Embroidery Ho…

$13

Heart Shape Glasses Necklace…

$11.99

Bright Red Kitsch Acrylic He…

$7.95

1980s Plastic Earrings 1 Pai…

$1.75

Pastel Felt Heart Garland – …

$7.9

Lemon yellow heart ceramic b…

$14

crochet heart necklace, chil…

$8.5

Red Button Heart, handmade a…

$21.5

Small Red Felt Heart. Weddin…

$1

Heart bobby pins 2 cute red …

$8

Valentines Card, Anniversary…

$1.7

ONE PAIR fabric covered hear…

$5.5

Heart Stud Earrings, Heart I…

$5

Turquoise Heart Necklace, Tu…

$18

Rainbow wedding/party topper…

$11.5

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Valentine’s Day is Coming!

13 Jan

It’s not long now until the most romantic day of the year is upon us.  Show how much you care with handmade jewellery or a cross stitched Valentine’s Day Card.

www.thecandytree125.etsy.com

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

29 Nov

If you haven’t already started, then now is the perfect time to get on with your Christmas shopping! ImageThis weekend I am holding a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale in my Etsy shop and everything has been marked down by 15%!

ImageThe Candy Tree is currently offering a wide range of goodies that are just perfect for giving. From Cross Stitch Christmas Cards, to bImageeautiful sterling silver jewellery and my new range of knitted hats which are ideal for keeping warm in these cold months. Of course you could always treat yourself to a new scarf whilst you’re at it!

The sale runs from first thing on Friday morning right the way through to midnight on Monday (GMT). There is no need to mess around with coupon codes as all of my products have already been marked down by 15%.

Happy Shopping!

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Friday Finds – Snowflakes!

25 Oct

‘Snowflakes!’ by The Candy Tree

This week I’m featuring a whole load of snowflake goodies – I love the unique nature of snowflakes, and these handmade delights are equally unique!


Silver Snowflake Stud Earrin…

$34

White SNOWFLAKE Charm With C…

$3.59

Recycled Lasercut Snowflake …

$2.95

x26 Mixed-size Festive Snowf…

$38.99

Tatting Silver Beaded Christ…

$7

Three large detailed pattern…

$18.2

Snowflake earrings , Christm…

$8

Snowflake Christmas Tree Dec…

$7.99

Felt snowflake trim – blue, …

$2.5

Love heart snowflake Christm…

$4

Snowflake Glass Earring Stud…

$20

Silver Snowflake Bangle – Wi…

$25

Snowflake heart brooch / pin…

$4.95

Knitted Snowflake Christmas …

$9

White cotton doilies, croche…

$12

Winter Wedding Snowflake Cup…

$6

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Friday Finds – It’s Wool Week!

18 Oct

‘It’s Wool Week!’ by The Candy Tree

Some woolly delights – all in celebration of Wool Week!


Hand Knitted poncho with wav…

$85

Hot Water Bottle with Hand K…

$19.99

Chunky Knit British Wool Thr…

$140

iPhone Sleeve – Grey Wool Fe…

$22

100% Scottish Pure New Wool …

$6

Wool Felt. 100% organic wool…

$9.95

British Blue Faced Leicester…

$4.99

Whitefaced Woodland Hand Dye…

$8

Stunning Throw Blanket Throw…

$120

White Owl” Felted wool …

$134

Fox Mittens Fox Mittens in L…

$46

Wool Roving- Gray Shetland K…

$5.5

Vintage English Pure Wool Ch…

$25

10 Wool Felted Felt Stars – …

$2.99

Pastels Bundle – Merino Wool

$10

PASTELS Premium Wool Blend F…

$5.5

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Friday Finds – Winter Accessories

11 Oct

‘Winter Accessories’ by The Candy Tree

Today I felt the bitter cold of winter in the air and it inspired me to create this wonderful collection of winter accessories in cool grays and whites. Brrrr……!


Grey-blue crochet necklace/c…

$23

Womens summer wedding lace s…

$35.24

Womans Hair Accessories. Whi…

$5

crochet spats, ankle warmer,…

$15

Bridal pearl wedding earring…

$14.95

Stunning Gloria Full feather…

$430

Knitted fashion scarf, Anima…

$15.5

Womens gloves ladies cashmer…

$27.95

Unique hand-drawn winter tre…

$21

Tube hat, dreadlocks headban…

$9

White Hair Flower, Poinsetti…

$8

Finnish winter gray, wet fel…

$66

Winter Pearl Snowflake Hair …

$20

Grey and black chiffon Scout…

$74

Wedding Tiara Blue Pearls Si…

$45

Mens winter plaid multicolor…

$42

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Friday Finds – Bringing in the Harvest

4 Oct

‘Bringing in the Harvest’ by The Candy Tree

I love this time of year – the evening’s are crisp and the colours are beautiful!


Photography – Autumn wheat h…

$40

Harvest – Thanksgiving Gift …

$8.25

Nuno Felted Silk Scarf

$55

Harvest Necklace Orange Gold…

$31

French Jellies Apricot Pâte…

$5.2

Silk & Mohair autumnal harve…

$38.45

Apple harvest bracelet

$13

Newborn Knitted Baby Hat -au…

$11

pumpkin meerkat, thanksgivin…

$20

Hand dyed vintage doily, cro…

$5

Harvest Gold Long Hand Knitt…

$20

Fall Photography, Harvest ti…

$45

Sussex trug mini handmade En…

$19

Rustic Pumpkin Orange Fishin…

$16

Hand Dyed Yarn Sparkle super…

$12

StMichael Country Kitchen, H…

$9

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Friday Finds – Autumn is Coming!

13 Sep

‘Autumn is coming!’ by The Candy Tree

I’m heading off on holiday to The New Forest next week so I’m getting into the autumnal/foresty spirit. I absolutely love Autumn and can’t wait for the leaves to start to change colour and have an excuse to wrap up warm in a snugly scarf!


Autumn Necklace Petite Eco R…

$26

ON SALE – Handwoven scarf – …

$37

Hand dyed Camelsilk 4ply yar…

$18

Autumn bunting – Autumn Gar…

$9.5

Poncho In Autumn Colours of …

$64

Boutonniere Corsage autumn f…

$9

OOAK Unique Brown Autumn Fal…

$16

Nuno Felted Silk Scarf – Dro…

$68

Shetland/Silk ‘Autumn Le…

$10.5

Edible flower autumn cake to…

$14

Autumn Leaves Fall Hang Tags…

$10.5

Autumn Gold Ribbon Flower St…

$4.75

Carved Leather Maple Leaf Br…

$12

Autumn Forest 2. Original Pa…

$60

Hand Felted Cobweb Scarf Aut…

$42

Unique Copper Band Ring – Au…

$30

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Ruffle Scarf Sale!

4 Aug

Autumn will be upon us next month – I just love going out for evening strolls and kicking up the leaves.  The sunsets are always more beautiful at that time of year and the colours of the leaves are amazing.

In order to celebrate the changing of the season and cooler nights approaching, I’ve decided to have a Ruffle Scarf Sale!  For the rest of August my ruffle scarves will be marked down by 20%!

These ruffle scarves are 100% acrylic which makes them soft and slightly stretchy.  They come in a range of vibrant colours and the ruffles create a lovely texture.  In addition to full length scarves, I also have a number of shorter scarflettes which come with their own coordinating scarf pin.

All of my ruffle scarves have been automatically reduced by 20% until midnight on 31st August (GMT), so there’s no need to worry about entering coupon codes – the hard work has already been done for you.

These ruffle scarves also make wonderful gifts for Christmas, so head on over to my Ruffle Scarf collection in my Etsy shop!