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Harry Potter inspired keepsake box

Have you heard? J K Rowling has only gone and brought us a brand new era of wizardry! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical new trilogy, which hits the cinemas in November. 

And I am BEYOND excited! 

I’m not ashamed to admit that I big time love the Harry Potter films. I can watch them time and time again and never get bored. Everything about them is right up my street – from the storylines, to the production, to the costumes and the props.

Especially the props.

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The Great #CraftBlogClub Gift Swap

CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2015 | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Hey you! Happy New Year and welcome back to The World of Suzy Homemaker.

So that's it. Done. Dusted. Over for another year. The tree is down and the posh baubles have been carefully stored. Christmas, my friends, has well and truly left the building. Was it a good one where you are? Did the red-suited fat man put something nice in your stocking? I do hope so.

As you know, Beloved and I don't 'do' Christmas, but even we managed to get in on the act, acquiring not one but THREE yummy new bottles for the OneandSeventy whisky shelf. Mind you, we did also lose a few.

Say no more.

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DIY Bauble Wreath

Easy peasy DIY Bauble Wreath | The World of Suzy Homemaker www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Stanley has been upstaged. By golden balls. Though sadly not those of the David Beckham variety (I wish!)

For the first time since Beloved brought him home from Sainsbury's, Stanley the Stag has been rudely taken from his habitat in the OneandSeventy living room, to make way for a rather luscious bauble wreath.

Easy peasy DIY Bauble Wreath | The World of Suzy Homemaker www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

You may have spotted it during my recent Christmas Home Tour. Well... you could hardly miss it, could you?

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Personalise your gifts with a Xyron sticker maker

Personalise your gifts with The World of Suzy Homemaker and a Xyron Sticker Maker | www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk @SuzyHomemakerUK

As someone who works for myself, I'm responsible for everything in my business – from stationery, to IT, to hiring and firing.

OK, maybe not firing – I'd have a problem if I gave myself a P45! But for sure, everything else falls to me, including marketing.

Networking is really important for us "solopreneurs". Social media is all well and good but sometimes, I actually have to leave the comfort of my home office and mix with real, live human beings.

Scary monsters!

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DIY No Cold Callers Sign

DIY No Cold Callers Sign | www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

It's been a funny old week. It started in recovery from a whisky-fuelled weekend in Edinburgh and ended up on the sofa with a hot water bottle, nursing a bad back and catching up on recorded tellybox.

Oh and then there was good old Barney, who stormed through our back garden taking a rather large rhododendron with him. To be fair, the shrub was already dead, having been ravaged by frosts the year we moved into OneandSeventy, but the structure it provided in the garden will be sorely missed... especially by the Honeysuckle and Sweet Peas I started growing up it this summer. *sigh*

C'est la vie.

On the bright side, the recent spell of squally weather has seen fewer doorstep marketers hawking their wares. Although that could also have something to do with the rather unique sign on our front door!

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Sit for a Spell Halloween chair makeover with free template

Sit for a Spell - A Halloween chair makeover with free template | The World of Suzy Homemaker

I can't believe Samhain is only a few days away. Blimey! This year is whizzing past! It feels like only yesterday I started all my Halloween projects and now, I'm almost finished.

Soon I'll be on to the best bit. Decorating the house. Yay! I can't wait! Even though I am full of cold courtesy of Beloved and feeling pretty pants. Boo!

By way of an apology, he has offered to help ready OneandSeventy for all those Trick or Treaters. It *may* involve getting out his drill.

That'll learn him.

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3 Scary Dolls for Halloween

3 Scary Dolls for Halloween | The World of Suzy Homemaker @SuzyHomemakerUK

I take no credit for the whole scary doll thing.

It was all Beloved's idea.

I simply executed it.

After all, who gets scared by a girl's toy?

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DIY Halloween spell books

DIY Halloween spell books | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Halloween crafting continues apace here at The World of Suzy Homemaker and today, I bring you my handmade Halloween spell books.

Think Harry Potter.

DIY Halloween spell books | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Think Practical Magic.

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DIY Halloween wooden sign

DIY Halloween wooden sign | The World of Suzy Homemaker @SuzyHomemakerUK

Greetings weary traveller. *cackle* and welcome to The Cauldron Inn. Come! Sit for a spell. What's your poison?

Want to break a hex with Milk Thistle? Looking for love with Verus Amor? Need a cure for flatulence?

DIY Halloween potion bottles | The World of Suzy Homemaker @SuzyHomemakerUK

The Witch at OneandSeventy has it all. Mwaaa ha ha ha ha ha!

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Halloween Apothecary with 9 FREE potion bottle labels

Halloween Apothecary potion bottles by @SuzyHomemakerUK

So. It's September. According to the weatherman, that means Autumn's arrived. But anyone living in Blighty will know it's been Autumn for, oh... at least the LAST MONTH! Apparently, we've just had the wettest August on record. No, really? Any Brit could've told 'em that, just by looking out the window!

Sadly, it seems September isn't starting out any better and now it's even getting a bit nippy in the mornings and evenings. Marvellous. But on the bright side, September also means it's no longer too early to talk Halloween!

Yay!

As you know, I've had Halloween on the brain for weeks now, so I thought it was about time I revealed some of what's been bubbling in my cauldron. First up, it's potions and poisons... complete with 9 FREE bottle labels for you to download, so you can get started on Halloween yourself.

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