My Christmas Gift Guide is out now!

I was really disappointed when ill-health forced me last year to abandon my Merryn magazines. As I was feeling better, I decided in August this year to put together a Christmas gift guide featuring some of my favourite independent UK and Ireland retailers. They certainly didn’t let me down!

You can find the gift guide here:

After all, it is only 12 weeks until Christmas tomorrow!


An announcement

It is with sadness that I have to bring you this news. Because of a family situation, I am having to put the production of Merryn Magazine on hiatus. I am hoping to resume putting the magazine together at the start of 2017, but unfortunately that means that the October and January issues will not be released.

I will still continue to post blog posts on the website but the actual magazine is ceasing production from this point on.

Thank you for your support and patience during this time.

Kind regards,

Do you know an unsigned UK artist or band?

One of the things I love to champion is unsigned UK artist and bands. With that in mind, I run a regular feature on the Merryn Magazine website on Mondays called Independent Music Monday where I interview a different singer or band each week. If you know of anyone that I should be featuring, please ask them to take a look at this webpage, as that will give them more information 🙂

All about my magazine

Since the start of the year, I’ve been working solidly on my new magazine Merryn Magazine. The first issue came out on Friday 1st April and the second issue came out on Friday 1st July. People seem to really like it, which I am so relieved at! To say it started as a small hobby, it certainly has grown and people are already asking when issue 3 will be out! Issue 3 will be out on Saturday 1st October and will be the Christmas Gift Guide issue with 100 pages of great gift ideas from UK independent retailers. I can’t wait to get started on it!

You can find out more here 🙂

My new magazine is now live online!

New cover
I haven’t been this blog much recently as I’ve been working on a digital magazine called Merryn Magazine for the past few months and the big day has finally arrived! It is finally online for everyone to read (and hopefully share).

I originally started the magazine as I noticed that I was following a lot of interesting people on my Twitter accounts, and I realised that if I found them interesting, that other people would do too. So, I decided to put together a magazine to showcase them. While putting it together, I found even more interesting people, so many so that I already have a lot of people for issue 2, which is due out on Friday 1st July!

I really enjoyed putting the magazine together and I’m excited to start on issue 2 in May.

You can see the magazine on a website called Issuu which is a publishing platform for magazines.

Here it is:

I’m starting my own online digital magazine!

Calling all independents
As much as celebrities can be interesting, I always found the people I follow online to be much more engaging. I’ve had the idea of starting my own online digital magazine for a while now, and I’m finally on my way! It will be a quarterly magazine and will cover different things each issue. It is called ‘Merryn’ because I think everyone needs a little joy in their life and Merryn means “joyful” in Cornish 🙂

The mission statement is to:
* to champion those independent businesses and individuals who need the support
* to feature interesting people with a different story to tell
* to feature those people who are of the “pay it forward” belief

Right now, I’m looking for people to include in issue 1, which is due out in April. So if you know anyone who is in the UK you think have a great story to tell, they can sign up at the website:

I’m looking to feature all kinds of independent people
* retailers
* artists
* writers/authors
* comedians
* musicians
* photographers
* film-makers
* theatre groups
* sports groups
* crafters
* makers or creators

So, please spread the word! Thank you 🙂 xx

Review: Caboodle Magazine

Caboodle Magazine

I recently found out about Caboodle Magazine from Grandma Eileen’s blog post, Let’s rave about Caboodle Magazine! Admittedly I hadn’t heard of Caboodle before, but from reading Laura’s post, I was so excited to buy my copy, which I duly did, and it arrived soon after. Unfortunately, it’s been so busy at Pugh Towers recently that I’ve only just managed to finish reading it today! So now, my review can begin 🙂


I love this magazine!

Jess ReevesI loved their interview with Jess Reeves, who is the founder of Cute Club. Her collection is simply amazing. She runs the Cute Club Zine, which is available from her Etsy shop. The current issue is Volume Four which comes with a Valentines Kewpie Cut-Out. I’ll be ordering mine as I love all things kitsch 🙂


EdinburghAs mentioned in my post Places I’d love to visit with Michael earlier in the week, we’d love to visit Edinburgh in the future. I was so excited to see earlier tonight that there was a travel feature on Edinburgh! As well as the things to do I’d mentioned in my post, I have found out about so many extra things to see and do from Caboodle, not least the Vintage Bus Tour, which is a definite!


CactusAnother great feature article was with Samantha Kay, who has created Concrete Jungles. I’ve never owned a cactus before, or really any plants as I seem to have had the opposite of green fingers in the past, and the poor plants have never lasted that long 😦 But, after this article, I think I could handle a cactus. I love the designs Samantha has created and owning a cactus is now on my list of things to buy. In fact, I think that I’ve just come up with a new blog post idea…


FlamingoI’ve recently started to get back into craft, and their ‘how to’ on making a gorgeous pink flamingo got me wanting to rush straight to my local craft shop!


Aswell as the awesome things mentioned above, the magazine is chock-full of fabulous finds. As they say on their website: “Fashion – Lifestyle – Art – Design – Crafts – Recipes – Entertaining – Home – Vintage – Beauty – Travel”

They also have ‘ideas for going out and about’ and through this I’ve just found out about Jollydays, who offer glamping in North Yorkshire with “a range of fully equipped bell tents and woodcutter huts set in beautiful woodland, on the outskirts of York”. I am so there!

The magazine costs £7.00, which sounds like a lot for a magazine, but I’d say that Caboodle is less of a magazine, and more like a lifestyle bible. You definitely get value for money. Also, they only publish bi-annually. Don’t hesitate, buy it today!