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Festival Fever!

Friday, 22nd July 2016

Festival season is well under way, Qwerkiteers! We’ve picked out some of our best products to get you through your festivals in comfort and style.




Comfy Wedge


If you don’t fancy being right at the front of the stage, take the Comfy Wedge with you. Lean back, relax and just enjoy the music! The Comfy Wedge is completely waterproof, inflates in seconds and folds up to the size of a book, making it easy to carry with you.

 

Cooler Stool



It’s a chair and a cool bag! The cooler stool folds flat for easy storage and has integrated carry handles for portability. A spacious insulated cool bag beneath the seat is the perfect place to keep your beer or a picnic chilled.

 

Surf & Swim Shoe

If you’re camping at a festival and want to make use of the showers, these shoes are brilliant. Extremely light, with grip soles and small drainage holes, there’s no need to worry about picking up anything nasty when you use public showers.

 

Q-Zone Earplugs


We all know that festival campsites can be somewhat noisy! If you’d rather get some shut-eye than join the never ending party in the tent next door, then the Q-zone earplugs are for you. The earplugs come with two filters; one for ambient noise and one to block out snoring, resulting in both high and low frequency sounds being screened out. The warmth of the ear softens the earplug to fit, making them very comfortable to wear while sleeping.

 

Folding Insulated Mat

No one likes a soggy bottom! This compact folding mat is insulated and waterproof, and it’ll fit in your back pocket or handbag. No more cold or damp bottoms when sitting on grass!

 

Unisex Uriwell

As anyone who’s camped at a festival will tell you, sometimes the toilets are miles away from your tent. It’s not brilliant when it’s three o’clock in the morning and (in typical British fashion) raining heavily and/or freezing cold. Avoid getting caught short with the Uriwell. The size of a drinks can, the device can be used by men and women and expands when necessary. A tight lid ensures no spills. No muss, no fuss.


 

Written By Laura-Anne

It's Too Darn Hot!

Tuesday, 19th July 2016

Well, here in the Qwerkity office we’re making like the Wicked Witch of the West: we’re meeeeellltttiing. What a world, hey? So, to help out our fellow Qwerkiteers, we’ve thrown together a quick heatwave survival guide. Stay frosty, people!

Cooling Scarves


These are a God send! Made from super-fine cotton, these Cooling Scarves contain special crystals which, when soaked in water, expand and feel cold even on the hottest day. You can wear the scarves loosely around your neck, or even jazz up your outfit by wearing one on your wrist. The scarves come in a set of three, each in a pretty pastel design.

BPA-free Reusable Bottle

The key to surviving the hot weather is to stay hydrated. The BPA-free Reusable Bottle comes in two sizes (small or large), is dishwasher safe and perfectly portable. It’s ideal for a scorching hot day. Bottoms up!

Portable Rechargeable Fan


Does your office air conditioning leave a little to be desired? Keep yourself cool with the Portable Rechargeable Fan. It’s small and compact so it will fit nicely on your desk, and it will run for up to eight hours on a single charge. It’s not quite the same as being fanned with palm fronds, but it’ll do in a pinch!

UV Protection Umbrella


Stylish in stripes, this ultra-lightweight umbrella (beautifully modelled by Emma) has a silver-coated lining which blocks out 99% of the sun's harmful UV rays. Wonderfully compact, this brolly will fit easily in to your bag. For an umbrella that you can clip to a table or stand in the sand or grass, have a look at our Tri-brella.

Ice Stick



Cool your drink without diluting it with ice cubes. We love a good, chilled glass of white wine (or fruit juice!) and the Ice Stick works perfectly. Keep it in the freezer and then pop it in your glass whenever you want a refreshingly cool drink. Cheers!



Written By Laura-Anne

If In Doubt, Eat Cake.

Friday, 15th July 2016

This week we decided to test some of the recipes in Joanna Farrow’s Mug Cakes book. Obviously, this is all in the name of science. It’s nothing to do with the fact that we’re all cake fiends in this office…



We selected four cakes to trial from the 30+ recipes in this sweet little book (why yes, that is a sugar pun). We went for the Poppy Seed & Lemon Cake, Rich Chocolate Honeycomb Cake, Spicy Banana Bread and the Raspberry Cheesecake.
 

So, let’s dive in! To make any of these cakes you will need:
 

  • A mug – it must be microwave proof, otherwise your cake won’t bake.
  • Measuring spoons – they make life easier!
  • A fork or small whisk – we found that a fork made less mess when it came to mixing the cakes.
  • A spoon – for the eating!

 

Lemon & Poppy Seed


 

Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Fear Factor: This was the first one we made, so nerves were on edge.

Top Tip: Don’t turn your back when the cake is in the microwave – they rise faster than you think!

Amelia's Verdict: Delicious! The lemon curd makes this wonderfully squidgy. You can add more lemon curd as a topping, or cream. I went for the token healthy option: blueberries.
 


Rich Chocolate Honeycomb



Difficulty: Non-existent

Fear Factor: It’s chocolate cake – what could go wrong?

Top Tip: We used chocolate fudge icing so we didn’t have to worry about melting the chocolate.

Ben's Verdict: I think this one is my favourite. Lacking any Malteasers, we crumbled Oreo cookies over the cake and added a couple of strawberries. Not only does it look pretty, it tastes amazing!
 



 

Spicy Banana Bread



Difficulty: Simples.

Fear Factor: None, until we saw how quickly this one rises!

Top Tip: The recipe calls for ¼ teaspoon of ground mixed spice. We added a bit more for some extra punch.

Cam's Verdict: Heavenly! This was my favourite. We topped this with thick cream and maple syrup.
 

 

Raspberry Cheesecake



Difficulty: Smooth sailing.

Fear Factor: Cheesecake is stereotypically difficult to get right, so we were waiting for this one to sink or explode.

Top Tip: Microwave in short bursts. The book recommends no more than 45 seconds.

Laura-Anne's Verdict: Very sweet and rich. It would be nice as a small sweet bite after dinner; you could split this recipe between teacups for a pretty individual dessert.
 



 

In conclusion, we love this book! There’s a helpful tips section which includes information on choosing your mug and varying cooking times; some gorgeous photographs; and really simple instructions. This book is perfect for any baker, and would make a pretty addition to any bookshelf. Let them eat mug cakes!
 

 

 



 

Written By Laura-Anne

Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon

Friday, 8th July 2016

If you’re anything like us at Qwerkity, we love a good Sunday crafternoon. Sundays are for relaxing, and what better way to relax than to get making? Here are some brilliant crafty kits to keep you busy, rain or shine (although if the Weather Gods are listening, we prefer shine, please!). I’ll let you in on a little secret; you don’t have to be a child to enjoy any of these!

Super Naturals: Bird Colouring Book



Have you joined the colouring craze? If not, get involved! There’s something very calming and nostalgic about colouring books, and this one is a beauty. These gorgeous birdlife illustrations are intricate without being fussy, so you won’t end up feeling cross-eyed!

Sketch & Sniff Pencils



Get fruity with your drawings using these delightfully scented Sketch & Sniff Pencils! Add a new level to your drawings or colouring books with these unusual pencils. Presented in a classic tin, they are perfect for taking with you on your travels, down to the park, or even in your back garden! Includes Grape, Peach, Blueberry, Rose, Apple, Coconut, Pineapple, Orange, Watermelon, Chocolate and Vanilla.

Flower Fairies in a Tin



These are just so pretty! The combination of fantastic fabrics, wooden heads, pipe cleaners, embroidery threads and wings – plus fairy dust – is bound to keep your inner child happy. You can create ten little Flower Fairies and keep them in their pretty box, or place them artfully around your house.

 

Miniature Watercolour Tin



This Miniature Watercolour Tin is a must, whether you’re a fully-fledged Michelangelo or a budding Picasso. Inside is everything you need to paint whilst travelling, including 7 tubes of watercolour paints, 2 paintbrushes, palette, watercolour pad and water bottle.


 

Spiro Art in a Tin

Spiro Art in a Tin contains everything you need to make hundreds of different colourful spiral patterns. Inside the stylish box are cogs, gears, pins, pens, paper and full instructions. Great for holidays and travel, the set offers hours of fun for children, as well as grandparents who will remember Spiro Art from their childhood!





 



Written By Laura-Anne

COMPETITION

Wednesday, 6th July 2016

Qwerkity have teamed up with Hall of Names to offer you a chance to WIN the perfect anniversary or wedding gift!

Two households, both alike in dignity...

With wedding season in full swing, Qwerkity has teamed up with Hall of Names to offer the perfect wedding gift: the Double Surname Coat of Arms.

This beautiful and unusal gift is printed on parchment and is available in a dark wood effect or gilded frame.  There's even room for you to add a personalised message to make your gift extra special.


 To enter the competition, simply click here.


 
  The winner will be announced on Wednesday 13th June

Please note that delivery time on personalised items is 2-4 weeks.  The winner will be initially contacted via Qwerkity's Facebook page.

 

Written By Laura-Anne

Thursday 7th July is Chocolate Day!

Tuesday, 5th July 2016

This could be the best day of the year! An entire day dedicated to glorious chocolate. Hallelujah! Qwerkity has you covered for the whole day, from breakfast through to a night cap. And remember: chocolate comes from a plant, and is therefore salad. Bon appétit!




Chocolate Egg on Toast


Whoever said that you can’t have chocolate for breakfast? Hand-made from milk and white Belgian chocolate and complete with edible cutlery, this delicious treat will help to start off your celebrations for Chocolate Day.

 





















'Biscuit Assortment' Belgian Chocolates


Is it time for elevenses? These delicious hand-made Belgian white and milk chocolates look exactly like every family’s favourite biscuit assortment. Share your biscuits with the office, or keep them tucked away in your desk drawer! I’ll have a pink wafer, please.




 

Chocolate Teapot



What is teatime without a little opulence? This full-size Chocolate Teapot is hand-made in the UK from real dark Belgian chocolate. It’s delicious simply to break into and eat, but there are some other great serving suggestions for any serious chocoholic. Lift off the lid and fill with hot water, add cocoa and pour a luxurious hot chocolate that’s impossible to resist. When empty, just add more hot water to create an indulgently rich fondue, perfect to dip in everything from strawberries to marshmallows.



 

 

Chocolate Vegetables


This is the only kind of Brussel sprout I care for! Get your five-a-day from these beautifully modelled and incredibly realistic chocolates, presented in an authentic cardboard carton. A fantastic gift for any foodie, the chocolates are individually handmade in the UK from creamy white and dark Belgian chocolate. Add one of these yummy chocolate veggies to your plate at dinner time and no one will ever know you are not eating the real thing!


Chocolate Hip Flask & Shotgun Cartridge Set



Anyone for a night cap? This delicious dark Belgian Chocolate Hip Flask with 2 Shotgun Cartridges are so realistic looking that it is hard to believe that they are actually made of chocolate! Hand-made in the UK, they not only look amazing but they taste delicious too.






Written By Laura-Anne
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Wednesday 29th June is Camera Day!

Sunday, 26th June 2016

We all have a photographer in our lives, whether they’re a professional or a budding amateur. Why not treat them (or yourself!) to any of the photography inspired gifts below?


Ceramic Camera Lens Cup

This quirkily delightful cup is made in ceramic with a rubber grip, is generously sized, and is just the thing for a perfectly exposed cup of tea, coffee or soup! Both microwave and dishwasher safe, this realistic reproduction will make the perfect gift for Camera Day!

Camera Lens Cup


















Vintage Camera Organiser


Add a little old style photography charm to your office or studio with this desk tidy. Looking just like an old-fashioned camera but made of sturdy card from FSC approved paper sources, it comes flat-packed and ready for you to assemble in a few clicks (no scissors or glue required) .




3-in-1 Camera Clip Lens


Whether you’re a seasoned Instagrammer or just want to get some decent shots of the grandchildren, this Camera Clip Lens set will help you to take professional-style photos from your smartphone or tablet. The clip comes with three different lenses: a wide angle lens so you can get more into your shot; a fisheye lens with a spherical distortion that allows you to get everything in the picture; and a macro lens for the perfect close-ups.

Picture Keeper

We all know the heartbreak of losing our photos: if you’ve been burned before, you’ll want to invest in the Picture Keeper. This brilliant gadget can automatically find your photos and save them under the same folder names as on your computer. It will also remind you to back-up each month. Compatible with both Mac and PC, and available in 8GB or 16GB.


 

Written By Laura-Anne

Beat the rush for Father’s Day gifts!

Wednesday, 25th May 2016

Beat the rush this Father’s Day and show dad some love with these great gift ideas!

Garden Parasol Light with Wireless Speakers

If you are looking for a great gift for Dad, this Parasol Light with Wireless Speakers is a terrific first choice. Bluetooth enabled, the little gadget can seamlessly stream your music from a phone or Bluetooth enabled laptop in stereo mode, right from your garden parasol. The rechargeable USB battery means that you can have hours of lighting and entertainment. Plug it into a USB slot when not in use to charge it.

Rubis Chocolate Wine

Is there any better combination than the rich fruity taste of red wine and deliciously indulgent dark chocolate? Spoil Dad this Father’s Day with his very own bottle of our luxurious Rubis chocolate flavoured wine. The perfect gift for any chocolate or wine lover. It can also be used as a base in savoury dishes to give them an intriguing aftertaste, or serve it chilled over desserts.

Aegean Tray

Both practical and beautiful, the Aegean tray is an engineering masterpiece and a must for any Dad who enjoys entertaining. The simple design lets you carry the tray in one hand while negotiating steps, allowing you to tip or swing the Aegean tray at unbelievable angles without spilling a drop!

Guitar BBQ Set

This 3-piece barbeque tool set will strike a chord with any rock star Dad or BBQ master Dad. Made from stainless steel with pine handles, the set consists of a spatula, tongs and a fork – all shaped like guitars.

Golf Wash Bag

If your Father is a golf lover, this Wash Bag is the perfect gift. Made from high quality PU leather, it is shaped just like a real golf caddy. Both practical and stylish, it has a waterproof checked lining with 2 internal pockets and 3 external zipped pockets.

Haynes® BBQ Manual

Both practical and informative, this Haynes® styled Barbeque manual is a perfect must-have essential for any budding BBQ master chef. Learn the secret techniques of buying, using and cooking on a barbeque. Clearly written and neatly laid out with colour illustrations, this manual covers everything from classic BBQ meats, vegetarian dishes, puddings and desserts – and even how to roast a whole hog.

Ferrari Ballpoint Pen

Let Dad show his wild side with this stylish, top quality Sheaffer ballpoint pen. Licensed under Ferrari, the pen is finished in the unmistakable Rosso Corsa red gloss and features the ‘Cavallino Rampante’ prancing horse shield. Gift boxed, this is the perfect gift for any Dad who loves driving in the fast lane of life.

Personalised ‘Probably the Best Dad in the World’ Tankard

Treat dad to a well-deserved cold pint with a slight sarcastic twist this Father’s Day. Printed with the message “Probably The Best Dad In The World”, this solid glass tankard can be personalised with his name to make it even more personal and special (20 characters max).

3D Wooden Cricket Puzzle

This 3D Wooden Cricket Puzzle is a great gift for any cricket fan Dad. Beautifully hand-crafted and varnished, it can be taken apart and re-assembled, which is trickier than it looks! Once complete, this puzzle stands at 27cm tall and makes an excellent desktop or shelf display.

Written By Fiona

Our top Home and Garden gadgets from our new collection

Monday, 18th April 2016

Multi-purpose Dehumidifying Kit

Portable, versatile and a must for any home during the rainy season, this mini dehumidifier set is cordless, which means that it can be used anywhere with ease. Both low cost and energy efficient, the pods are recharged via the mains in 2-3 hours. Use it in a car, caravan, cupboard, or other places susceptible to excessive moisture and mould, or use the shoe dryer attachment to keep shoes fresh.


Household Hints

Salt, lemon, vinegar and baking powder – the time-proven solutions to everyday problems. Household Hints is a treasure trove of practical applications and recipes for chemical-free cleaning agents, cost-effective pest repellents, or natural personal hygiene products such as shampoos and antiseptics. Conveniently organised by chapters on Cleaning, Food and Cooking, Garden and Garage, Pets and Pests and DIY Beauty, you will be amazed at the multiple uses of everyday ingredients.


Paint Pals

Paint walls like a professional with Paint Pal, a 5-in-1 roller set designed for mess-free, convenient use. This is an essential tool for any professional painter or DIY-er. Designed with a removable and adjustable strap, the paint tray can be filled with 800ml of paint and worn across the body, eliminating the need to constantly climb up and down a ladder to refill the tray. 2 styles are available: Emulsion, for all emulsion or water-based paints which comes with a 50mm paintbrush, or Shed which contains a 100mm specialist wood care block brush.


Kent & Stowe Border Spade

As the buds begin to open, give your garden a fresh, clean look with straight and ordered edges. Designed in the UK, the Kent & Stowe Border Spade has been beautifully hand crafted using 40% lighter Ash wood with a traditional YD shaped handle and stainless-steel shank.


Cane Supports

Designed for use with grow bags where the soil level is shallow, keep your vegetable plants upright and supported using this clever FirmFix™ Cane Support System. Each support has a sturdy round plastic base with two 10cm high support tubes to slot your garden canes into. Small plastic wedges are supplied for inserting into the tubes to grip thinner canes.

2-in-1 Ratchet Secateurs

With Spring in full swing, it’s time to prune the garden and clear away the winter blues. These 2-in-1 carbon steel Ratchet Secateurs are lightweight and easy to use, ideal for anyone with arthritis or hand immobility and weaknesses. The super sharp blades can cut through stems up to 18mm thick and, with a flick of a switch, these secateurs can change to ratchet mood for stems up to 22mm. 


Coir Door Mat

Stop mud and dirt being tracked through the house with this natural coir Door Mat. Printed with a quirky Wellington Boot design, this mat will add stylish functionality to your home. With a non-slip rubberised water-resistant backing, the mat will stay securely in place and prevent water damage. Available in a standard or large size.


Battery Operated Pull Light

Add a light, wherever you need one, without calling an electrician! Light up your room, a cupboard, shed or garage with this 1W white LED Pull Light. Hang it anywhere and, with one pull, it can be switched on or off.


Written By Fiona

Our latest Spring /Summer collection is here!

Wednesday, 16th March 2016

Our new Spring /Summer collection has arrived! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hand-picking some of our favourite gifts, gadgets, home and garden, travel and DIY lines to share with you.


Top Gifts for Everyone

Country cushion – Stag

With its palette of neutral pastels and browns, this Stag Country Cushion features a beautiful watercolour painting of a Stag’s head on the front, and tweed pattern on the back, that uniquely captures the British Country fashion. Add it to any sofa, chair or bed for an instant elegant country style. Designed in the UK, it has a cotton-mix cover and zip to allow for easy washing. Hedgehog and Owl patterns are also available to complete the style.

Wrendale Ruffled Feathers Print

Illustrated by the award-winning country artist, Hannah Dale, and capturing both the country spirit and the quirky personality of her subjects, this trio of chicks print, mounted in a distressed cream frame, will look perfect in a country home. It includes hooks on the reverse, ready for hanging. Browse more of the charming Wrendale collection here.

Morning Garden Weekend Bag

This generously sized Weekend Bag is the perfect gift for the jet-setter with a sense of style. Featuring a beautiful, neutral tone tapestry country floral design, the bag is accented with sturdy faux leather carry handles and matching trim, has a strong inner nylon lining, reinforced base and zipped internal pocket.

Gourmet Cheese Baker

This Gourmet Cheese Baker will be an undeniable hit with any cheese lover and foodie. Presented in a matching blue and white gift box, this Ceramic Baker has a decorative vintage Cornish design printed on the lid and a blue and white trim. Bake Brie or Camembert and serve it straight from the oven to the table to really impress your dinner guests.

Emma Bridgewater Nursery Set

Designed by the talented British artist, Emma Bridgewater, this melamine Nursery Set is a stunning and original keepsake for young children. Made from durable melamine plastic that is dishwasher safe (top rack), this set contains a plate, bowl and mug – all beautifully decorated with the well-known Men At Work pattern. A matching Cutlery Set is also available.

Sign It Photo Frame

Give someone special a one-of-a-kind gift to celebrate their birthday in the best way possible. The Sign It Photo Frame lets friends and family write personal messages or leave their signature as a permanent reminder of the day. The frame holds a 6 x 4” photograph and includes a permanent black ink pen.

RHS Floral Colouring Book

Lose yourself in vintage Victorian charm with this Royal Horticultural Society Floral Colouring Book. Featuring 90 pages of beautiful gardening and flower illustrations specially selected from the Lindley Library, this book is a must-have for anyone who enjoys gardening, art or loves flowers.


Written By Fiona

 
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