August is a busy old month for me, packed full of birthdays – my eldest brother, my dad, my sister-in-law, my aunt-in-law (is that even a phrase?), me and my hubby (three days apart), my cousin and a whole raft of friends are all celebrating this sunny month. And we’re also celebrating my youngest niece, Natalie, moving into her new house with her lovely boyfriend Mark. So it got me thinking about the cards we buy for people when we want to congratulate them.
What is it that makes you choose a card for someone? Are you driven by how much the card costs? Do you like cheeky jokes? What about pop-up cards? Or ones with badges? Or those with thoughtful words and messages inside? Ones that are left blank for you to write your own message? Do you like a cartoon, photos of an animal, or a landscape on the front? Is there a favourite supermarket or shop you always visit to buy your cards?
There are so many to choose from – Clintons, Hallmark, Paperchase, Card Factory. Not forgetting all the independent stores and the websites where you can create a personalised one with photos. You might even take the time and effort to craft your own cards (I’ve started thinking about that myself). Take a look Anna Griffin’s collections, they’re a superb way to start your crafting journey!
We’ve had this very funny card on our mantelpiece for months. Nicola bought it for Austen and I – sums us up in a nutshell. What’s the funniest card you’ve ever had? And thanks to all of you who’ve sent me a birthday card in advance of the 25th – so kind of you!
Not got any major plans – we usually go abroad, but as we’re moving house we’re sitting on that ££ we’d usually spend, in readiness to push ahead for moving day and beyond.
I’ve been lucky enough to launch some really spectacular jewellery Today’s Special Value offers over these last few weeks. Next Thursday 20th August sees one from Links Of London. It’s this stunning Maze circle pendant which comes with a lovely sterling silver chain, at 70cm long.
As you can see it’s an eye-catching 3D pendant, including some very on-trend open work, and it’s been created especially for QVC customers. It won’t be even be available in shops until NEXT August!
As long as it hasn’t sold out by the time I get to you (because remember our TSVs launch at midnight on the day), then next Thursday at 4pm I’ll show you the pendant, alongside a whole host of other delightful pieces from the Links of London jewellery range in a full one-hour show – I’m really looking forward to it!
PS – If you’re a beauty fan, don’t forget to cast your vote in our Beauty Excellence Awards (voting closes Friday 21st August)
Thursday 20th August
4pm – Links of London (including Today’s Special Value)
5pm – Cook’s Essentials 17th Anniversary with Simon Brown
Tuesday 8th September
6pm – Clogau Jewellery
7pm – In The Salon with SBC
Wednesday 9th September
9pm – Yankee Candles
Thursday 10th September
Midnight – Fashion by Diane Gilman Today’s Special Value
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