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Sweets For Your Sweet

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Hey Qwerkiteers! It’s all of fourteen days until Valentine’s day: have you got your sweetheart’s gift sorted? No? Then let us help!

 

Chocolate Cheese Selection


Valentine’s will be a “brie-ze” with this selection of curious confectionery. These skillfully designed cheeses made from the finest Belgian Chocolate are handcrafted to look like the real thing. Spoil yourself with the meltingly tasty slice of Brie, or a slither of the beautifully detailed Camembert! Whether your Valentine loves cheese or hates it, this is a quirky gift guaranteed to tease or treat either way.
 


 

 

Acacia Honeycomb

 

Give a little sugar to your honey and get a buzz at breakfast, lunch or tea with this delicious natural honeycomb - taken straight from the hive! Plus there’s the possibility for you to win many Pun Points with this treat (think: oh, you’re even sweeter than this honeycomb!).

 

 

 

 

Liqueur Chocolates


Choc full of liqueur lovin’, these Belgian chocolates from master chocolatier Duc d'O, make the perfect boozy Valentine’s gift. Presented in a wooden crate style gift box, the liqueur chocolate selection includes 4 each of Grand Marnier, Remy Martin, Mandarine Napoleon, Cointreau and Saint James. “Hicc-y” Valentine’s!

 

Chocolate Figs


Continuing on a chocolatey-boozy theme, have a little drool over these figs! Chocolate coated figs with a brandy truffle in the middle; these are a truly decadent delight!
 

 

Red Chilli Milk Chocolates


These are sure to spice up your evening on Valentine’s Day! These hand-made, award-winning Chilli Chocolates are covered in delicious milk chocolate with habanero and smoky chipotle chillies, shaped and coloured like the real thing. Easy there, hot stuff!

 

Chocolate Teapot


Have a romantic fondue for two with the classic Chocolate Teapot. Just add some hot water, give it a stir and melt over this delicious Belgian chocolate. Be sure to stock up on strawberries (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) and marshmallows!
 

 

Chocolate Pocket Watch


Keep him ticking over with this chocolate watch that's bound to hit the spot with even the sweetest tooth. Made in England from the purest dark Belgian chocolate, the watch features an authentic bronzed finish that looks too good to eat (well, almost). Ah, time flies…
 




 So, there you have it, Qwerkiteers: plenty of sweet treats to tickle your Valentine's fancy!  Better get cracking...

 

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Written By Laura-Anne

Pyro Master Demonstration

Monday, 30th January 2017

Hey Qwerkiteers! We thought we'd dig out our creative sides and test out the Pyro Master and a couple of patterns from the Learn to Burn book. You can see the demo and the results below!









Pyro Master

 

With a little imagination and our Pyro Master set, you can create exciting and different works of art on both wood and leather. This easy-to-use Pyrography tool kit comes with 9 nibs for drawing or shading, 10 branding tips, a wooden keyring, and a leather fridge magnet to get you started.




Learn To Burn

 

Discover the decorative craft of woodburning with this step-by-step guide into getting started in Pyrography. Learn expert techniques for texturing, lettering, shading, and finishing and create beautiful art or useful objects using ready-made materials found at your local craft store. We used a letter template to get the right effect for our finished sign.





And here's our finished project!  It's now proudly on display in the office.




Why not have a go at some Pyrography yourself? And if you do, don't forget to tweet or Instagram pictures of your finished projects to us!
 

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Written By Laura-Anne

Meet The Team!

Tuesday, 24th January 2017

Hey Qwerkiteers! We thought we'd give you a little glimpse in to the madness behind Qwerkity. Enjoy!




Ben – Creative Artworker

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My 4 year old daughter.
What super power would you wish for? 
Time Travel.
 Favourite flavour of ice cream? 
Strawberry Cheesecake.
Best holiday you’ve ever had? 
Tough question, I can’t really choose! It’s between Magaluf when I was younger (for all the wrong reasons), backpacking around Vietnam or the Mediterranean cruise that I went on last year. All great.
Favourite thing at work?
Photography
Tea or coffee? 
Tea (1 sugar) ta!


 

Emma – Senior Merchandiser

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Sims – my hungry, attention seeking cat!
What super power would you wish for?
Definitely flight!
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Not overly keen on ice-cream, it’s too cold – although I do like a Mr. Whippy with flake.
Best holiday you’ve ever had?
HONEYMOON to Bali.
Favourite thing at work?
When we have cakes!
Tea or coffee?
Yes please!


 

Amelia – Marketing Assistant

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
The thought of food!
What super power would you wish for? 
To be able to fly!
Favourite flavour of ice cream? 
Vanilla (it's not boring - it's a classic!)
Best holiday you’ve ever had? 
Australia! Getting to stay on Fraser Island, going to Lady Elliot Island and meeting lots of family!
Favourite thing at work? 
When people bring in treats. Mm!
Tea or coffee? 
My man Earl! (in other words, Earl Grey).


 

Katy – Senior Buyer

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
My alarm!
What super power would you wish for? 
Mind reader - no supplier could hide from me!
Favourite flavour of ice cream? 
Mint Chocolate Chip.
Best holiday you’ve ever had? 
Thailand.
Favourite thing at work? 
The team, of course! 
Tea or coffee? 
Tea.


 

Jen – Buyer

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
5 rounds of my alarm going off! The map travel alarm is perfect for a sleepy head like me!
What super power would you wish for? 
Teleportation – would make trade shows a lot easier!
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
I don’t like ice cream in the cold of winter, but I do love a Joe and Sephs popcorn pouch for a treat, especially salted caramel.
Best holiday you’ve ever had? 
Portugal – lots of sun and culture!
Favourite thing at work?
Biscuit the dog!
Tea or coffee? 
Coffee.

 

Nic - Buyer

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The thought of another day in the Qwerkity office!! (come on someone had to say it!)
What super power would you wish for?
After Wingwalking last year it has to be flight!
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Chocolate with extra chocolate!
Best holiday you’ve ever had?
Caribbean!
Favourite thing at work?
Catalogue artwork.
Tea or coffee?
Tea and lots of it!


 

 

Chloe – Assistant Buyer

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
Two Kittens!
What super power would you wish for? 
Omnilingualism.
Favourite flavour of ice cream? 
Mint Chocolate Chip.
Best holiday you’ve ever had? 
A trip to Chamonix four years ago.
Favourite thing at work? 
The witty… Is there a way to say banter that doesn't make you sound like a bloke?
Tea or coffee?
Coffee!


 

Amanda – Assistant Merchandiser

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
Knowing I will feel guilty leaving Little One (the cat) waiting for his breakfast!
What super power would you wish for? 
Always having the right change in my pocket, whether I’m buying a coffee, or a new house! Is that a super-power? Can I change the question to a Genie’s lamp wish or something?
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Erm…I *heart* all ice cream, but don’t eat red/pink ones just in case of animal colourings (vegetarian!).
Best holiday you’ve ever had?
Cornwall…many times! Best time probably sea kayaking.
Favourite thing at work? 
My lovely collegues and Biscuit (the dog) fusses!
Tea or coffee? 
Depends on my mood and who is making it!


 

Cam – Creative Director

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
My Basset Hound (whining for a wee and pining for a poo).
What super power would you wish for? 
Invisibility (to see or not to see).
Favourite flavour of ice cream? 
Rum & Raisin, Gin & Tonic, Whiskey & Coke, Vodka & Red Bull etc.
Best holiday you’ve ever had? 
All of them... (as I'm not at work).
Favourite thing at work? 
Our web site editor (of course...) [Editor’s note – I swear I did not pay him to say that!]
Tea or coffee? 
Tea (as long as it's strong, milky and not made by me).

 


And I know you’re all dying to know my answers (as if you don’t hear enough from me already!), so here you go!

 

Laura-Anne – Website Editor

 

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
The need for coffee!
What super power would you wish for? 
Telekinesis. Or some serious computing powers! 
Favourite flavour of ice cream? 
Rum and raisin! Can’t beat it!
Best holiday you’ve ever had? 
A road trip around Scotland with my best friend.
Favourite thing at work? 
The abundance of chocolate. And the kettle!
Tea or coffee? 
Coffee! I need caffeine to live…


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Written By Laura-Anne

Congratulations Are In Order!

Tuesday, 17th January 2017

We have a winner for our latest Catalogue Code Prize Draw!

Hi Qwerkiteers!

We have some exciting news: after collating all of the catalogue code entries for the past six months, we have drawn a winner! The prize draw was made on the 15th January 2017.

Huge congratulations to John Coupe! We hope you enjoy your £250 shopping spree on our website.

Thank you to everyone who entered their catalogue code into the prize draw. Keep an eye out for our next draw in July for your chance to win!

Written By Laura-Anne

Spiralize Your Life!

Tuesday, 10th January 2017

Hey Qwerkiteers! We did a live demo of the Spiralizer for you!


Written By Laura-Anne

January Competition

Tuesday, 10th January 2017

Don't miss out on your chance to WIN our Good Intentions Bundle!





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New Year, New You?

Friday, 6th January 2017

Happy New Year, Qwerkiteers! We hope you all had a wonderful festive season, but now the real work begins! How many of you have made New Year’s resolutions? How good are you at sticking to them? We’ve got some great gizmos to help you along the way with the top resolutions.


Resolution Number 1: Get Fit & Healthy


 

Muscle Toning Ring


This brilliant device will help you get toned through resistance training. You can even use it when you’re sitting down, so you can multitask by exercising and binge-watching! Hallelujah!
 

 

 

Daily Food Journal


One of the best ways to start down the fit and healthy path is to actually pay attention to what and how much you eat. We’re all good at forgetting all those snacks we munched on at our work desks, but this book will help you to take an honest look at your food intake and help you to stay on track.

 

Spiralizer


Have you joined the courgetti spaghetti craze yet? A perfect way to cut down on carbs and increase your vegetable intake, the Spiralizer can be used with courgettes (or zucchini if you’re across the pond), carrots, aubergines, and pretty much any kind of vegetable you can think of! If you’re stuck for ideas on what you could make with a Spiralizer, have a browse through the Spiralizer Cookbook for some inspiration.

 

 

Sod it! Eat Well


Continuing with a healthy eating theme, we also have this brilliant cookbook that encourages healthy eating without needing a dieting plan. Knowing what you should be eating these days can be quite confusing. Are eggs good for me? Is sugar really that bad (please say no!)? What are good fats and bad fats? With this beneficial guide, you can find all these answers and more.
 

 


Resolution Number 2: Get Organised




 

Memo Note Pads

Are you one of those people that likes to write “Make a list” at the top of their to do list? Then these note pads are for you! Help yourself get organised with the Now/Later and To Do/To Buy note pads. Each pad has a perforated line down the middle, so you can separate your lists with ease. Easier than organizing a booze up in a brewery!

 

 

 

Garden Birds Memo Organiser


Who says getting organised has to be dull? With these assorted sticky notes, you can keep on top of your tasks and learn to recognise some of our most beloved garden birds at the same time! Please ‘note’ that staring out of the window trying to spot these birds does not count as being organised or productive (sorry…)!

 

 

 

Magnetic Weekly Planner


Perfect for using in a kitchen or study, this large wipe-clean Weekly Wall Planner looks just like an over-sized diary. Leave yourself reminders, a shopping list, or scribble out a meal plan for the week. We suggest you stick it to your fridge – you’ll never miss it there!

 

Resolution Number 3: Learn A New Hobby




Pyro Master

With some imagination, using our Pyro Master set, you can create exciting and different works of art on both wood and leather. Pyrography is a great way to help your mind relax after a stressful day, and will give you an excuse for a little more ‘me time’.

 

 

 

Whittling


Go back to basics with one of the oldest hobbies in the book: whittling. Easy to pick up after a busy day and immensely relaxing and satisfying, all you need is a stick and a craft knife.
 

 

 

 

 

Resolution Number 4: Spend Less, Save More



 

Home Budget Book

Stay on top of your home finances with this no-nonsense Budget Planner. Practical tips and advice cover everything from bank accounts and debit cards, managing your cash flow and creating a balance sheet, to planning goals.

 

Fresh Food Savers


Avoid food waste (and wasting money!) with these Fresh Food Savers. The discs and bags absorb and remove the ethylene gas released by ripening fruit and vegetables, to extend its life. The discs and bags each last for 3 months.

 

 

 

Resolution Number 5: Travel More



 

101 Weekends In Europe


Discover your next exciting weekend get-away with a selection of lesser-known European destinations and emerging cities, such as Kiruna and Brno, as well as well-known favourites. All aboard!

 

The World’s Great Wonders


World travel experts Lonely Planet provide a mesmerising and inspirational overview of 50 amazing natural and manmade wonders that will have you packing your suitcases in a flash!

 

Harlequin Weekend Bag


This elegant design and colourful pattern will look great whenever or wherever you travel throughout the year! Plus, you’ll have a great excuse for a weekend away.

 

Wheeled Budget Airline Bag

Maximise your hand luggage allowance with this light Wheeled Bag which complies with all the current budget airlines' carry-on restrictions. Brilliant for a long weekend getaway!



 

So, there you have it, Qwerkiteers; our best products to help you keep your resolutions! The rest is up to you.  Good luck!
 

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Written By Laura-Anne

The Best Build-It-Yourself Gifts.

Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Do you need a way to keep them out from underfoot on Christmas morning? Is your Christmas made by having something to build after consuming all that turkey? We’ve picked out our favourite Build-It-Yourself gifts for little kids and big kids alike!



Build Your Own New Holland Tractor



 

Piece together your 744 piece New Holland Tractor with the nuts and bolts provided. Add the New Holland decals when you’re finished and away you play! For ages 8+.

 

Make Your Own Clock

Gear them up for science and get the cogs of their brain working! Once complete, the clock has a swinging pendulum and shiny bell that strikes every quarter of an hour. Building this will be a great way to pass the time (ahem). For ages 6+.
 

Build Your Own V8 Car Engine

Budding engineers and petrol heads in training will love this! Produced by the masters of manuals, Haynes, this kit contains 250 parts to assemble, plus step-by-step instructions. Once built, it features ignition sound and illuminating spark plugs. For ages 10+.

 

Build Your Own WW2 Planes


Choose between an SE5A Bi-Plane and a Spitfire (or have both!). These wooden replica models fly like a dream using rubber band power! The kits come with all the pieces you need; all you’ll have to supply are pins, a modelling knife, sandpaper and pliers. For ages 14+.

 

 

 

Haynes Construction Sets


Discover the joys of construction with these kits from engineering experts Haynes! For ages 8+.
 

 

 

Wooden Build Your Own Kits


There’s no glue required with these kits – just a little patience! Build a moving tram, a fully working safe or a steam train! For ages 14+.

 

 


So, there you go, Qwerkiteers. Let’s get building!

 

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Written By Laura-Anne

Top Stocking Fillers For Foodies.

Thursday, 1st December 2016

Hey Qwerkiteers! We’re sure you’ve noticed anyway, but today is the first day of December, and we all know what that means: Christmas!




Have you got your stocking fillers sorted yet? If you haven’t, don’t panic! We’ll be doing a few posts to give you some super stocking stuffer ideas. Today, we’re looking at the best little gifts for foodies!


Budget: £5-£10

Mini Confits for Cheese



What is Christmas without a cheese board? These delicious confits by Paxton & Whitfield are delicious!

 

Marshmallow Fluff

Spread it on toast, add it to hot chocolate or put it on ice cream for a serious sugar rush.
 

Cocktail Classics™ Jelly Belly

 Ah, Jelly Belly; the undisputed kings of candy. Inside the box you’ll find Peach Bellini, Pomegranate Cosmo, Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri and Mojito. Yum!
 

The Heat Is On Peanut Butter

Have you ever tried peanut butter and chocolate? How about chocolate and chilli? How about combining all three?! Chocolate chip, peanut butter and chilli cookies, here we come!
 

Joe and Seph's Gourmet Popcorn



Can you go wrong with popcorn? Have fun choosing your flavours, and don’t forget that you save £2 when you buy five packs.
 

Budget: £10 - £20
 

Devil’s Dynamite Gifts Sticks


It’s getting hot in here… There are five different delicious pastes in each gift stick.

 

 

 

Beer Brut



This is the perfect gift for ale aficionados!

 

Liqueur Chocolates


Continuing with a slightly boozy theme, check out these choccies!
 

Chocolate Figs



Go truly decadent with these beauties! 12 chocolate wrapped figs with a brandy truffle centre. We’re melting.

 

Forager’s Selection


Oh, gin; we love you so! These four delicious gin-based liqueurs will make a fab stocking filler.

 

So, there you have it Qwerkiteers: our top 10 stocking fillers for the food lover in your life. Keep your eyes peeled – we’ll be posting more stocking fillers soon!
 

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Written By Laura-Anne

We're Totally Spaced Out!

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Hey Qwerkiteers! Are there any aspiring astronauts in your family? Any space specialists? How about novice NASA recruits in training? We have some brilliant gifts that are out of this world!



Deep Space



 

This is a splendid gift for any budding stargazer! They can sleep beneath the stars in the comfort of their own bedroom (until they’re old enough to visit the Isle of Saark!). The all in one projector, planetarium and night light comes with 3 discs featuring 24 colour images from NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope and three interchangeable domes.

 

Discover Space

 

Your little ones can discover the wonders of space, our solar system, the galaxies and the universe with this fascinating set. They can put together and paint their very own model solar system and use the colour information booklet to learn about the planets, volcanoes on Mars, the craters on our moon, living in space, the raging storm on Jupiter that seems to go on forever, and much more.

 

Freeze-Dried Ice Cream

 

 


Chow down space style with this freeze-dried ice cream. We may not be able to take you to space, but we can let you eat like an aspiring astronaut! Originally developed for the early Apollo Missions, this ''space treat'' is freeze-dried so they will last forever. As you eat them your mouth rehydrates the contents to its original delicious state. Choose from Neapolitan Ice Cream or an Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

2017 Guide To The Night Sky

This brilliant book is perfect for any star gazer. Containing month-by-month chapters, you can learn to identify stars and constellations at any time of the year. Each chapter features a map detailing which stars you will see, information on the stars, moon and planets for that month and a calendar of celestial happenings.

 

Stellarscope


You’ll be starry-eyed with this fabulous stellarscope (wonderfully modelled by Michael…). This amazing gadget allows you to view the stars with one eye whilst identifying them on an illuminated built-in star map with the other. It allows you to discover the magic of 70 constellations and 1,500 stars.

 

Apollo 11 Jigsaw Puzzle



Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon in 1969 with this challenging Jigsaw. Featuring a classic Haynes manual style anatomical drawing of the infamous space rocket, Apollo 11, it’s a great gift for any space fan or puzzler. With 1,000 pieces to fit together, it’s sure to keep space fans quiet for a while!

 

Earth Space Photography Book


Take a tour of the universe with this fascinating collection of photographs from the archives of NASA. With over 100 breath-taking photographs of Earth, our solar system and deep space, all with explanatory information, this book cannot fail to impress! This mesmerising book will have you contemplating the wonders of the universe.

 

 

 

 

Alice Scott Porcelain Coasters


Add some space style to your coffee table with these gorgeous astronomy themed coasters.

 

 


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Written By Laura-Anne

 
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