Tis the season for decorating eggs, so we thought we'd have a go at doing our own mini egg self-portraits!
We decided to use our Erasable Felt Tip Pens for the finer details on our little eggies. Obviously, we're all brilliant artists (I mean, look at these!) and we would never make any mistakes, but you could actually just wipe the designs off the eggs
with a damp cloth.
For the slightly bolder colours for the Little One and Biscuit eggs, we used these brilliant Paint Sticks. You can add bold colourful brushstrokes to paper (or an egg!) without picking up a paintbrush!
A fantastic mess-free alternative to ordinary paints, these Paint Sticks are filled with ready-to-use poster paint that you apply to paper just like a pen. Plus, they're currently in our Easter Sale! Snap them up while you can!
And here are our little "egg-speriments"!
Of course, there had to be a winner, and we felt that Benji went above and beyond the call of duty; sacrificing a lock of his little girl's Baribie doll's hair!
Ben now has bragging rights as the most eggs-celent Easter egg decorator in town!
Have you been decorating any Easter eggs, Qwerkiteers?
What a brilliant excuse to break out our Pizza Making Kit!
Cook delicious stone-baked crispy-based pizzas in just 5 minutes with the Pizza Making Kit! Perfect for homemade or shop-bought pizzas, the counter top Pizza Oven delivers an intense heat that cooks pizzas to perfection.
Reaching temperatures of up to 300 degrees and with an authentic firestone cooking bed, the pizzas taste like they've come from the best Italian pizza kitchens! Remove the pizza stone to use the non-stick deep pan base to cook and heat up all sorts of other foods, from fish to frittata!
We just love it!
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Your spring flowers and any existing plants are bound to be hungry after a long winter, so you’ll need some compost. We all know what a mess compost makes, so you’ll be needing some of these Handy Seal and Carry Clips. These practical, reusable clips seal bags and sacks, eliminating mess. The strong handle makes carrying and pouring simple. Job done!
While we’re on the subject of compost, this Compost Tidy Tray is a God send! Keep your working area mess contained with this durable and easy to clean Tidy Tray. With an integral shelf for seeds, labels, pens and a large surface for working, it is ideal for filling seed boxes and potting up.
Those flowerbeds will need some attention; turn over the soil with minimum effort using the Kent & Stowe Border Fork. Slightly smaller than a standard garden fork and up to 40% lighter than Kent & Stowe’s standard garden tools, it’s the perfect choice for anyone with limited strength.
Once your soil is turned and aerated, you’ll be ready to start planting bulbs. Break through any remaining tough soil with this Heart Shaped Trowel. With a pointed tip for exceptional soil penetration, this robust tool with its carbon steel head is ideal for use in pots, borders and beds when planting bulbs and seedlings. It even penetrates clay! Made from beautiful ash wood, the handle has been shaped for a comfortable grip.
Keep everything in your garden rosy, including whoever will be doing the hard work, with these beautifully patterned long-armed gloves. Our pretty, soft gloves with padded cuffs offer superb protection for your hands and forearms from thorns, twigs and nettles, whilst maintaining dexterity.
Take your tools with you as you work your way round the garden. A beautifully elegant accessory for any lady gardener, this sophisticated tool tidy is printed with William Morris's ever popular Strawberry Thief. Get muddy in style!
If you'd always thought that a dog is man's best friend, this book will just make you even more certain! An absolute joy to read, Unlikely Friendships Dogs features true stories of canine companionship and courage, from the mastiff who rescued 17 horses to the pit bull who likes playing with a tortoise.
Does your dog disappear in your garden at night? Now you’ll be able to see him easily even if he is at the bottom of your garden. He will also be more visible if you are walking him on a pavement in the dark.
If your dog has slowly encroached into every aspect of your life just by showing those big puppy dog eyes, then you need this tea towel in your life! Featuring Tottering By Gently artist Annie Tempest’s endearing cartoons, it is a must for anyone whose dog rules the house!
Does anybody know of a dog that can resist an open dishwasher door? A must for anyone with a soft spot for dogs – and obligatory if it happens to be a black Labrador – this Glass Worktop Saver is a fond reminder of just why we love dogs so much.
Treat your dog to hours of water-based fun with this fetch ball specially designed to float on water. A must for any dog that likes nothing better than splashing around in the river or the sea, the ball is just the right size for throwing and for your dog to retrieve. My puppy goes nuts for this bouncy ball!
Part of the new Ladybird Books for adults range, this hilarious book is perfect for any dog owner! Humans have been around dogs for thousands of years, but how do we know what they’re really thinking? We think we do, like the book states, ''You love it, don't you, boy? says Siobhan. Columbo does love the food. But he would be just as happy to eat his own sick.'' This humorous parody for adults is a great read and will be loved by all.
We all know that dogs are a man’s best friend, so it seems only fair they have the lion’s share of the bed. These witty, generously-sized pillowcases are a must for anyone who shares their bed with their favourite pet!
Are you sitting comfortably, Qwerkiteers? Then we shall begin! Once upon a timeÖ
The 2nd March 2017 will see the 20th year of World Book Day. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage kids of all ages to explore the joys of reading by providing them with books of their own (a worthy cause if ever there was one!).
This got us to reminiscing about our favourite books from when we were little, and we thought we’d share them with you, and why they meant so much to us!
John’s Favourite: The Wind In The Willows
This is my favourite book of all time. I read it every Christmas because it's cosy and exciting.
I particularly like doing the voices!
Tracey's Favourite: Kipper's Book Of Weather
The first book I bought for my children was Kipper's Book Of Weather, now enjoyed by Biscuit!
My own favourite as a child was Black Beauty, which I read at least 20 times!
Jane’s Favourite: Peepo!
My favourite children's book is Peepo! by Janet & Allan Ahlberg. My two granddaughters love it as much as my children did when I read it to them over 30 years ago. Written in rhyme, with fantastic illustrations, both children and adults will enjoy reading it equally! It is a perfect book for young children – they love the repetition and anticipation and it helps them extend their vocabulary.
Chloe’s Favourite: The Twits
The Twits is one of my favourite childhood books as it is responsible for one of my favourite quotes:
“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
The book is also slightly gruesome, and what child doesn't love that!
Amelia’s Favourite: Little Rabbit Foo Foo
"He's wild, he's wicked, he's…" the cheeky rabbit who used to make me giggle endlessly. Little Rabbit Foo Foo was one of my favourite childhood books.
When I was younger I used to read the book to my Mum and run around the lounge acting out the scenes.
It is a simple but fun book full of wonderful illustrations, and was perfect in making me behave well (I thought if I behaved badly I would turn into a 'goonie' too!).
Ben’s Favourite: Dogs Don’t Do Ballet
The one book that currently stands out for me is 'Dogs Don't Do Ballet'. It's an amusing story about a strange looking little dog that doesn't think it's a dog and wants to be accepted as a ballerina. The brilliant illustrations help bring the characters to life and the story reminds us it's OK to be creative and different from others despite the knock backs.
Maybe because it's the third time around reading it with my youngest I practically know the story off by heart and I have mastered the voices and accents when reading out loud! Sometimes I really go for it; you would think I was auditioning for BBC Jackanory! (Showing my age now). Good-night children!
Laura-Anne’s Favourite: Charlotte’s Web
This book is a true classic, though perhaps a strange choice for me as I was petrified of spiders when I was little! I just loved the way the story unfolded, and the edition I have is full of gorgeous black and white illustrations. It's such a positive story that teaches us that things don't have to be pretty in order to be wonderful.
My dad used to read this to me before bed when I was really little, so it will always have a special place on my bookshelf!
What was your favourite book when you were knee high to a grasshopper?
This may be the best day ever! If not, then it comes a close second to Chocolate Cake Day. To celebrate Love Your Pet Day, we thought we'd share a little bit about our favourite floofy friends!
Katy & Dennis
8 years old
Cheese (say the word and wherever he is in the house, he’ll appear!) oh, and long walks, as soon as you get his lead out he starts spinning frantically – he then gets so dizzy and can’t walk in a straight line!
Bath time and the West Highland Terrier that lives near us!
He taps you with his paw when he wants you to fuss him, when you stop he taps again and this can go on forevvver!
Jen & Inca
My cat’s name is Inca and she is 3 years old…
She loves belly rubs and head-butts with her pet humans (us), she also enjoys chasing mice on sunny days. On rainy days she likes to gaze pensively out of the window, pondering on whether to risk going outside and chase mice (she might melt). She has the softest fur and my little brothers are convinced she’s related to a snow leopard!
Her favourite thing is tuna and her least favourite thing is the laser pen toy she got for Christmas; she can never catch that light and it’s very frustrating!
Mandy & Little One
I don’t have a cat… but let me tell you about my cat.
Back in the summer, we spotted a skinny little cat drinking from our hedgehog water bowl in the garden. He seemed alert enough, so we just kept an eye on him. My husband and I referred to him as ‘the little one in the garden’.
After 6 months of persuasion, in the form of Felix and Dreamies. Little One (it became his ‘official' name) now resides in our garden in his own apartment - aka a borrowed cat box, stuffed with a fleecy blanket and heat reflecting mat. I now have a cat!
Amelia, Woody & Romeo
14 years old
He loves steak, sleeping, being towel dried from the rain… and men!
When he was a kitten he used to get really jealous of anyone cuddling; to the extent that when I was 8 years old and had fallen asleep on my mum he decided the best place for him to lay was on my face – apparently all you could see was his fur moving in and out of my mouth.
CUDDLES! Non-stop cuddles, always at every minute you are with her. She also licks a hell of a lot!
She absolutely loves grapes, so much so that we now have to hide them from her – but she is always on the hunt!
Dreamies! And super soft blankets, so he can make himself a nest. Funniest thing:
He likes to poke me in my left eye when I’m sleeping. Never the right, only the left! I think he’s announcing his presence…
The Tribbles: Oscar, Squidge & Houdini
They’re adopted, so I’m not really sure! They’re potentially 8 years old.
Basil plants & peanuts. Plus, Squidge will do anything for a yoghurt drop!
They love having their noses kissed! In the morning they line up to have nose kisses before breakfast. They're referred to collectively as the Tribbles because they're small, fluffy and they eat *everything*. Also, I'm a nerd...
Em & Sims
We adopted him when he was 5 years old. He’s now 9 and a half. Pet hate:
Sunshine, Pepperoni, David Attenborough’s Planet Earth & Cardboard Boxes.
He’s half Bengal so talks alllll the time. He can jump from first floor windows but because of this has very few teeth left and so dribbles constantly.
Chloe, Ezra & Remi
Ezra (AKA Big Fat Cat):
Loves Crayfish! Loves to sleep anywhere, especially the airing cupboard.
Remi (AKA Little One):
Loves Cheeseballs! Loves to wake me up by falling asleep on my head at 6am every morning!
Cam, Bessie & Chester
Meet Bessie and Chester, our beautiful (smelly and bitey) Basset Hound puppy and stunning Black Tipped White British Short Hair cat.
They are the best of friends (most of the time) unless Chester feels the urge to do a bit of Bassett Boxing…
Tracey & Biscuit
Food of any description, and answering the office doorbell!
Her nemesis, the hoover.
She hops when she wants food. It’s like she’s on springs!
Jane, Tikka & Teasle
Teasle adores a cuddly toy lion which she has had since she was 8 weeks old and was at that stage the same size as she was. She jumps 4 feet in the air to get him!
Tikka’s favourite thing is sleeping in our airing cupboard or underneath our bedcover, completely hidden, and getting into cars!
So, there are our favourite furry fiends! Celebrate Love Your Pet Day with us and tweet or Instagram us some pics of your fluffy loves!
Re-learn your ABC in classic medieval style using this hands-on guide to the wonderful art of illuminated letters. Why not get a blank card from your local craft shop and create a truly beautiful design around your Valentine’s initial? Or entwine both of your initials with a Celtic knot?
Last week we decided to test out our new Skinny Wok! It's so easy to season and maintain!
Wok this way (!) and cook with this fantastic lightweight, non-stick pan! Follow the easy instructions on how to season your Skinny Wok, and it will last even longer. Its non-stick surface means using less oil, less oil means a healthier you! Cook everything you need for a well-balanced diet and speedy meal in this Skinny Wok.
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