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  • Get Crafty This Half-Term

               "I’m bored..."

                         "I'm bored again..."

                                   "I'm still bored..."

     

    It’s nearly half-term, it’s cold, it’s wet and the air will soon be filled up and down the Country with the sound of children saying…. “I’m bored….” Sound familiar?

    Here at Sue Ryder New Goods, we know that children get bored easily... especially when its raining and you have to keep them inside perhaps more than you would like to.

    We have a fantastic collection of brand new arts and crafts supplies to keep boys and girls happy this half-term, with 100% of all profits going to support our Charity aims. Visit the Children’s Arts & Crafts area on our website to take a look….

    Some ideas for younger children….

    For the little ones, we have come up with a great range of arty crafty items to inspire their imaginations and keep little one’s busy for hours….

    Make & Do...

    Our 'Make & Do' range is perfect for your future builders and explorers...

    All of our Find & Make sets utilise left over cardboard boxes and helps turn them into an amazing toy that can be used over and over again - great fun and the ultimate junk modelling experience!

    We have Robots, Cars, Space Pods, Elephants and a Shop to choose from:

    11316 find and make robot 1 Find & Make Robot £7.99

     

    11317 find and make car 2 Find & Make Car £9.99

     

    Find & Make Space Pod £7.99 Find & Make Space Pod £7.99

     

    11318 find and make elephant 2 Find & Make Elephant £7.99

     

    Find & Make Shop £9.99 Find & Make Shop £9.99

    Cup Critters...

    These adorable Cup Critters come in a range of designs and the pack contains instructions and everything else needed to make two Cup Critters, including 19 reusable Make & Do parts to create miniature works of art from the junk around you.

    11315-make-your-own-cup-critter-cow-rooster Cup Critters £4.99 each

     

    For older children….

    To keep the boredom at bay for a while for older children, the following arts and crafts activities require a little bit more skill and patience…

    Ukuleles...

    Our DIY Ukuleles make a great activity for young people... not only can they personalise their Ukulele to suit their own style, it also encourages an interest in music...

    11140 Picture Paint your own Ukulele £18.99

    Vintage Cars...

    These 'Make Your Own' Vintage Car kits come in red or blue and contain 28 'click together' pieces.... the perfect no mess activity and a great activity to improve dexterity in children, as well as looking really cool once they are built.

    Make your Own Vintage Car £3.99 Make your Own Vintage Car £3.99

    Knitting Dolls

    'French Knitting' is a popular and fascinating pastime at any age, the wool is wound round the pegs and produces a beautiful cord. This fantastic value activity kit contains all you need to get started including the doll, wool and instructions.

    Knitting Doll £1.39 Knitting Doll £1.39

    Fairy Dolls

    These adorable Fairy Doll kits are amazing for children wanting to create their very own keep sake doll. The kit includes: felt, fabric, embroidery thread, wool, needle and instructions. Suitable for children aged 7+

    DIY Fairy Doll £4.99 DIY Fairy Doll £4.99

    Get cooking...

    Finally, once they are ready for something else, why not cook up some lovely biscuits or cakes in the kitchen with these lovely little cooking kits for your budding chefs...

    Luxury Baking Set £18.99 Luxury Baking Set £18.99
    Blue Baking Set £9.99 Blue Baking Set £9.99
    Pink Cup Cake Baking Set £14.99 Pink Cup Cake Baking Set £14.99

    Just don't forget the aprons...

     

    Space Boy Children's Apron £3.99 Space Boy Children's Apron £3.99
    Red Polka Children's Apron £3.99 Red Polka Children's Apron £3.99

     

    and that's just for starters...

    On the website we have lots more lovely arty crafty supplies to keep them busy over the holidays... visit the Arts & Crafts section and take a look...

    Otherwise - keep an eye on our social media pages for details of new products, special offers and more ideas....

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  • Vintage Valentine's Day...

    January is finally over…

    It’s February, its cold and January is finally over… which can only mean one thing… its nearly Valentine’s Day.

     

    Vintage Valentines…

    Inspired by our collection of beautiful, vintage style shabby chic products, we thought we would bring you the best of them and give you some great ideas for Valentine’s gifts for the love of your life - with a small twist...

    Up and down the country people are mostly falling in to three distinct camps…..

    • ‘I just can’t wait….’
    • ‘Really – that time AGAIN?’
    • ‘The Anti-Valentines…’

     

    The ‘I just can’t wait' people are looking forward to Valentine’s day with a vengeance. These romantic souls embrace the love, hearts and flowers and love everything about this magical day.

    The ‘Really – that time AGAIN’ types just grin and bare Valentine’s Day… usually for a partner who falls in to the first category.

    The ‘Anti-Valentines are those that tell people not to bother, they don’t believe in Valentine’s day and it’s all a bunch of mushy nonsense etc etc.

    However…beware of this type. Certain ‘Anti-Valentines’ would actually like a gift on Valentine’s Day, you just have to be more creative to impress these rare creatures..

    So which one are you?

    Whichever camp you or your Valentine fall in to, we have a lovely selection of gifts that might just raise a smile from even the most hardened un-romantic, all it takes is a little bit of shopping and a teeny bit of imagination…

    For the ‘I just can’t wait’s…’

    These pretty little heart shaped tins are perfect for hiding away trinkets (or perhaps even a special piece of jewellery) if you’re feeling brave enough?

     

    Or how about this gorgeous ‘Love’ photo frame? There is nothing more romantic than a personalised gift, so why not add a favourite picture of the two of you?

     

    All beautiful gifts, and perfect for the romantic in your life.

    For the ‘REALLY…that time AGAIN…?’ types…

    You have to be a little bit more inventive here… If you are either one of these, or with one of these, the answer is to sprinkle your purchase with something a bit quirkier.

    Anyone can get a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates delivered…. standard Valentine’s day purchases that although lovely to receive, just lack that bit of imagination…

    This beautiful set of three vintage style mini suitcases make a lovely gift in this instance…

     

    Not only are they a little bit different, but you could also go that one step further by placing another little gift in each one… maybe some traditional sweets ... we have a great selection on the website with prices starting from 99p - and these sweets make great Valentine's gifts for men too.

     

    These vintage style memo notes are perfect for writing a love note or something romantic on…

     

    The possibilities are endless… have a look around the website and see what you can find…

    Finally - the ‘Anti – Valentine…’

    This is all about knowing your partner and being creative. However whichever gift you choose, when you purchase from Sue Ryder you can be romantic safe in the knowledge you are paying great prices and all the profits go to support the work of the charity. Over the past 12 months, we’ve provided care for over 16,000 people at our hospices, neurological care centres and in the community. So each purchase from our new goods shop literally just doesn’t stop there, so there is no excuse now not to indulge your loved one in something lovely …

    Like this lovely cream ‘Love Hook’, a gorgeous additional to any shabby chic abode.

     

    Or this gorgeous white willow hanging heart?

     

    You are literally spoilt for choice for choice with all the fantastic gift ideas available on the website, and with 10% off your first order and free deliver if you spend over £30.00, you can be romantic, support our amazing charity AND save money… a win win all round.

    And what about the guys? 

    Men are notoriously hard to buy for on Valentine’s day… however, in keeping with our Vintage Valentine’s theme, we have a few ideas for you that are a little different from the norm…

    If he fancies himself as a bit of a musician, how about one of our traditional acoustic guitars?

     

    Or if you are feeling creative, how about personalising this gorgeous, vintage, steampunk style photo frame with images of you both (in sepia or black and white of course) for something really different.

     

    Feeling brave?

    It might not be a leap year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still pop the question, and how funny would that be to do it with this crazy moustache mug ?  Let us know if you do though, we would love to hear all about it!

     

    Don’t have a Valentine?

    These beautiful products are not just for the 14th February, all of them would look lovely in your house all year around, or even make a lovely gift for birthdays or if you have a friend that deserves a treat – a friend to friend Valentines gift is a lovely idea… take a look at shop.sueryder.org

    However you choose to celebrate (or not), we hope you have a lovely day…

    Happy Vintage Valentine’s Day xx

     

    Facebook Competition…

    We also have an amazing competition running on Facebook where we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win all these lovely Valentines goodies…

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    All you have to do is pop over and link our page, then like and share the competition post….

    www.facebook.com/SueRyderNew

  • Why play a Musical Instrument?

    Ever wondered why so many children are encouraged to play musical instruments?

    Being a Rock star or musician is rarely considered a sensible career choice so why bother? As a supplier of a wide range of musical instruments it’s a question we get asked a lot, so we decided to pose this question to a range of experts to find out ‘What are the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument?’

    Because Scientists Say So!

    It’s been proven that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child's reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument too because it helps the mind to be alert and remain active eventually helping to sharpen the memory.

    It Teaches Discipline

    Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak another language and it can be challenging at times. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline. You have to be disciplined in order to master playing your instrument. You have to set time each day to practice, practice and practice some more.

    Playing a Musical Instrument Relieves Stress

    We all have days when we are so stressed out and we just want to take a break from it all. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you're the one playing. Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind.

    Sense of Achievement

    If you're a beginner learning to play your first piece, it can be frustrating. But once you've mastered it, the satisfaction you'll feel is priceless. Never mind if it's just a simple piece, believe me you'll never forget the first piece you've mastered. You are one more step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of.

    Playing a Musical Instrument is Fun

    Sure it can be a lot of hard work but there is no denying playing an instrument is fun. Once you get better at it, opportunities will arise for you to share your newly learned skill with your family and friends. Who knows, you may also consider playing professionally in the future. Playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of good possibilities that will surely enrich your life.

    Our percussion instruments are so easy to play and provide rhythm and tone to any piece of music.

    Perfect for schools and educational use and popular with teachers and parents, these instruments help and adults alike learn the basics of sound and rhythm.

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