Happy Halloween

My Niece as Dorothy
My Niece as Dorothy

My 3 year old niece is dressing up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Its her favourite film. So cute.

I love anything by Belle and Boo they have a great Halloween selection in their shop

How crazy good are these pumpkins?!

How to make a White Pumpkins. These are pretty

This lady has some amazing ideas & Halloween How To guides for great treats

Fun Zombie Halloween Poster from Lovely MPLS Etsy Shop

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween …..

Goodbye Dell 1545 – Hello Apple MacBook Pro

After a long hard think and many hours of stressing John out fixing my tired old dell laptop, I decided to upgrade to an Apple MacBook Pro. John already uses an iMac and since switching to only using Macs a few years ago has found the reliability to be wonderful. Before buying the iMac in October 2009 we both used windows desktops. Since then both desktops died, were repaired, died and so fourth.

This is stressful when you depend on your computer for your business. So after a long save & selling the dell laptop to put towards the cost we bought a new MacBook Pro. It took a while to transfer all my files over to it (in badge PSD’s & PDF’s alone I have over 10,000 files). I’m slowly getting used to all the changes & I’m loving being able to blog & work on the go. The battery lasts between 7 and 9 hours so far so I don’t need to carry my power cord. It’s also very strong & slips into a neoprene sleeve for carrying about in a backpack. ... Continue Reading

Amsterdam Part 2

Beautiful Amsterdam

Our first full day in Amsterdam was spent wandering around the canals & side streets.

We walked to Anne Frank’s House (huis). The queue was around 40 minutes but it was worth the wait, and whilst not the happiest sight to see, it was really moving & educational at the same time. I read The Diary a long time ago, but after visiting the house decided to buy it again on the my kindle.

We also found a great Coffee Shop called The Coffee Company. Amsterdam really doesn’t do Starbucks (which is a good thing) and the coffee & atmosphere was great. Good coffee & tea selection, great cakes & you can even have Muesli (as we did) at any time of the day. Also free wifi meant we could checkin on orders & deal with all your queries. Got to love a bit of free wifi! ... Continue Reading

My Top 10 Daily Reads

Honey Bee in the City

I am an avid reader of blogs & have quite a few that i check daily before getting down & making badges. I thought i would share with you my top 10. I would love for you to share your top blogs with me. I am always looking for blogs so i can distract myself form what i am meant to be doing :o)

1. Honey bee in the city, This lady is super stylish & i do not know how she fits in all her ventures. There just are not enough hours in the day.

2. Sometimes Sweet – Now this lady is a mumma, book lover and a great writer. I simply love reading her blog. She is always inspiring me to get my butt in gear & exercise. ... Continue Reading

This month in Badges October

We find The last 3 months of the year to be very busy. Halloween orders grow year on year & we seem to have a lot of people that are purchasing their Christmas badges early this year too, so the studio is a little chaotic to say the least. We have been making a lot of badges for Office Halloween Parties and for people giving them out instead of sweets to Trick or Treaters.

We want to thank all our customers for choosing to buy their badges from us. We are UK based and make all our badges by hand. We take a lot of pride in our customer service and make each badge with LOVE :o) ... Continue Reading

Amsterdam Part 1

We are back from Amsterdam. It was a great trip which started with a bad morning. Firstly leaving the house at 3AM is hard enough, but being met with a huge Scottish storm on the drive to the airport, and faulty petrol pumps whilst trying to fill up in said storm at 3AM is less than ideal.

Once at the airport we parked up, cleared security super quick in Edinburgh and had a nice breakfast as the sun came up over the airfield. The flight was perfect & our first view of Amsterdam was the amazing Schipol airport. We where helped by a friendly train guard to buy tickets and find our train into the city, and this set the tone for the entire trip. Everyone in Amsterdam is friendly & they all speak better english than most Natives of the UK. ... Continue Reading

Saturday Finds

The Black Apple Notecards
The Black Apple Notecards

These are the cutest note cards. If like me you still love sending & receiving ‘snail mail’ then these are a must. Simply adorable, as is all of The Black Apple’sprints & paper based products. I am lucky enough to have 3 Black Apple prints in my house. I hope to add some more soon.

This sweet Sausage Dog Neclace from Punky Pins. Beyond Cute. This is on my Christmas list.Oh & they even have a ring to match

Belle and Boo Bunny Cookie Cutter.

Pretty Zoo has a great blog & shop. You need to pop over & take a look at her porcelain wearables. I have my eye on this sweet bunny necklace ... Continue Reading

10 Days untill Halloween

spookyhalloweenscene 100x100 - 10 Days untill Halloween

There is still time for you to buy your Halloween Badges. They would make the perfect addition to any spooky costume, whether your dressing as a witch, ghost or something from Alice in Wonderland we have badges for you all.

Lots of new badges have been added & we are very proud of our Halloween Badge section this year.

Don’t forget that you can still use our Halloween voucher to get a futher 15% off your order — just enter the code SPOOKY15 at checkout! Have a spooky time.

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alot of catching up to do!!

Oh my! when you work for yourself you come home to double the work if you dare take any time off! We have returned from our 5 day adventure to Amsterdam to a mountain of badges to make & emails to answer. Please be patient with us we are working as fast as two people can. We promise to get all badges out in time.

The koolbadges workshop is gearing up for Christmas and have already added lots of festive badges to the site. Remember this is a very busy time of year from us. So would appreciate it if you could allow plenty of time for your badges to arrive! ... Continue Reading