The Gift for Someone who has Everything- Their Own Personalised Cartoon

Cartoon This is an illustration and design company founded in 2012 by Jordan Hodge.

"I strive to give all customers fun and high quality illustrations at great prices.  I will illustrate any person or group of people in my cartoon style. The sky is the limit on what I can illustrate!"

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Want a movie or TV themed portrait? A sports team themed portrait? Funny outfits? Or normal everyday outfits? No problem! Jordan has already done over 300 unique Cartoon Portraits for customers around the world. Star Wars, Walking Dead, Wizard of Oz, themed portraits in whatever style you can dream up. These would make great gifts or nice prints to hang in a home or office.

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Jordan even cartooned us- it's scarily accurate!

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Revisiting Lady Muck, What's New in Whitstable?

I found Esa Evans' quirky jewellery line 'Lady Muck' thanks to a shout out on BBC Radio 6 by lovely Lauren Laverne back in 2012. Sadly my super duper, orange perspex ants necklace  got broken, from my own carelessness at storing it. Sad face. Here is how it looked in 2012.

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Two years on the brand is still going strong. I particularly love the circle necklace in multicolours reminiscent of a primary school paint palette. Drop in on Esa on her Lady Muck Store

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Can someone get married so I can order this hat to wear to the wedding please?

Can someone get married so I can order this hat to wear to the wedding please?

The beautiful Esa wearing her own honeycomb creation.

The beautiful Esa wearing her own honeycomb creation.

I'm Begging for Your Help Because I want a Jaunt to London

Hey folks, I'm a finalist in the Amara Interior Design Blog Awards, exciting! World of Kitsch features a little of everything, but it started as a blog showcasing my home wares odd and brilliant as they are. 

To vote, follow this link, fill in your name and an email address and that's it. No need to register for anything. I would REALLY appreciate it. Usually at this time of year I'm over for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, but I didn't make finals this year, and I'm missing my liberating, lone journey to London.

Thank you in advance x

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Pony Cycle Penpals

Pony Cycles are galloping out the door already in time for Christmas 2014. The Northern Irish company who supply the bike/rocking horse hybrids say stocks are limited, so if your child has the grand request of a pony from Santa, make sure you're either buying, or joining the Pony Cycle Christmas Club and spreading the  cost from this month.

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For kids lucky enough to have a pony already, Pony Cycles have recently launched their Pony Pen Pals, encouraging children to write and share their Pony Cycle adventures.

Each letter received to the Stables receives a personalised reply from the Pony Cycle Team and a Pony Pen Pal stationary pack to encourage creativity.

So Pony Cycle parents why not encourage your kids on rainy days to get scribbling?

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Forward all your Pen Pal letters to:

Pony Cycle Stables.

20 Keans Hill Road,

Campsie Industrial Estate,

L’ Derry.

BT473YT

Heatons Have a Really Scary Clown Outfit this Halloween

Not on the Heatons' Website just yet, and perhaps not in store yet either, how scary is this clown outfit?

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There are costumes for all the family, including this year's most wanted Frozen outfits. Bookmark Heatons' to keep an eye on when they go on sale.

£15 Elsa also available soon

£15 Elsa also available soon

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The MAC Gets Arty with Food

Saturday 4 October  will see the multi award-winning 'Canteen' restaurant, located in the heart of the MAC, Belfast, kick-off a bountiful weeklong series of food and drink events to rival any in the city.

Sean McCann, Head Chef at Canteen at the MAC is pictured alongside award-winning guest chef, Joery Castel who will  be holding a  special Art of Food & Wine night, on Thursday 9th October. 

Sean McCann, Head Chef at Canteen at the MAC is pictured alongside award-winning guest chef, Joery Castel who will  be holding a  special Art of Food & Wine night, on Thursday 9th October

Sharon Wright, director JRS Catering, explains: 

“Saturday will kick start the week with our Craft Beer & Cider Tasting event which allows guests to sample the very best of these brews alongside some well matched food bites.

“On Saturday 11 October, we will be holding our ever-popular Coffee Brew Bar Masterclass which allows extensive coffee tasting allowing guests to discover brewing methods from the experts.

“And the absolute pinnacle of our Belfast Restaurant Week celebrations will be our extra special Art of Food & Wine night, held on Thursday 9th October where Sean McCann, Head Chef at Canteen alongside award-winning guest chef, Joery Castel will cook up a culinary storm.

For further information on Canteen at the MAC, including menus and photo gallery please visit themaclive.com/foodanddrink or call 028 9023 5053 to make a booking or enquiry.

Wagamama For Dummies : How to Do Noodles Without Looking Like a Beginner

My lovely friend Jane often posts beautiful pictures of Japanese cuisine on her Instagram feed. It always looks so healthy, colourful and delicious, so I decided on our next night out, my husband and I would try Wagamama's Belfast restaurant.

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We had been once before, back when the branch opened, but at the time Michael was still a toddler, and it was a busy day, so we didn't really get to enjoy the experience. 

If you're a beginner like me I'll explain what goes on, as it's a little different to a regular western restaurant experience. You are seated at one of the rows of benches and tables, it's surprisingly comfy, and the atmosphere is bustling and friendly. The Belfast branch is quite warm, I mention this because I always like to know that sort of thing when planning what to wear!

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Wagamama is primarily a Japanese noodle restaurant, but the menu extends to lavish salads and tasty sides like ribs or dumplings. If you've never been then I strongly recommend using the Wagamama website as a cheat sheet to help you narrow down your meal choice in advance. It has photographs of each of the dishes, which really helps if like me you don't know your soba from your udon.

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If you haven't time to play around on the website, don't feel shy about asking your waiter for advice. We had help from a great waiter called Luke, who described to me the most popular dishes and helped me to pick the teriyaki beef soba as my main. I ordered it rare and ohmygod it was delicious.

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My husband chose the Firecracker prawn, which was presented as one of the most beautiful dishes I've ever seen. He loves spicy food and is used to ordering so called 'hot' food only to find it to be quite mild, but this was HOT.

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Your main cutlery at Wagamama will be chopsticks. I like to think I can use chopsticks, so I ate my noodles with them, but I think I was just mashing the two sticks together and hoping for the best. Don't fret though, your waiter will bring a good old knife and fork with your food too. 

We also tried some sides, the gyoza chicken dumplings and the edamame soya beans with chilli and salt. The latter proved another problem for the uninitiated. I wasn't sure how to eat them. The outer shell was coated in seasoning, but was I supposed to eat them whole? Luke to the rescue again who explained your pop the pod in your mouth, eat the beans and pull the case back out. Of course this was after I'd already eaten two or three crunchy bean pods whole.... whoops.

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We loved our meal, and big thanks to Luke for the great service. I'm currently having great difficulty resisting phoning my husband and asking him to pick up takeaway Wagamama after writing this post. That beautiful rare steak photo is making me drool! 

Let me know on Twitter if you love @WagamamaBelfast too! 

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