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It's Puppy Day!

Thursday, 23rd March 2017

We know we have a lot of “best day ever” moments, but this one is right up there: it’s PUPPY DAY!




They’re fluffy and cuddly and just downright adorable, plus they’re generally guaranteed to make a bad day better. Let’s face it; with a puppy, you’re bound to have a barking good time!

Jack Russell Salt & Pepper Set

Just imagine these little guys on your dresser shelf! With their waggy dog tails and quizzical expressions, they make charming tableware for any dog lover.
 

Unlikely Friendships – Dogs
 


 

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.
 

'Home Is Where the Dog Is' Doormat
 


 

Truer words were never said, and now you can keep muddy paws whether canine, feline or human off your floor with this hard wearing, super-absorbent mat.

 

360 Light-Up Necklace
 


 

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.
 

The Dog Rules Tea Towel
 


 

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!
 

Worktop Saver in Pre-Wash
 



 

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.
 

Waboba® Fetch Dog Ball

 



 

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!
 

How It Works: The Dog
 


 

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.
 

Me, The Dog & You Pillow Cases
 


 

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!
 


 

Tweet or Instagram us some photos of your puppy!

 

Written By Laura-Anne

World Book Day 2017

Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Are you sitting comfortably, Qwerkiteers? Then we shall begin! Once upon a time…





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?

Tweet or Instragram a book selfie to us!
 



 

Written By Laura-Anne

Love Your Pet Day

Friday, 17th February 2017

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


  Age:
8 years old

Breed:
Lhasa Apso

Likes:
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!

Dislikes:
Bath time and the West Highland Terrier that lives near us!

Funniest thing:
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


Romeo:

Age:
14 years old

Likes:
He loves steak, sleeping, being towel dried from the rain… and men!

Funniest thing:
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.

 

Woody:

Age:
8 months

Likes:
CUDDLES! Non-stop cuddles, always at every minute you are with her. She also licks a hell of a lot!

Funniest thing:
She absolutely loves grapes, so much so that we now have to hide them from her – but she is always on the hunt!

 

Laura-Anne, Pumpkin & the Tribbles


Pumpkin:

Age:
2 years old

Breed:
Norwegian Forrest Cat (or Mongolian Mountain Cat, as Mandy calls him).

Favourite thing:
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


Age:
They’re adopted, so I’m not really sure! They’re potentially 8 years old.

Favourite things:
Basil plants & peanuts. Plus, Squidge will do anything for a yoghurt drop!

Funniest thing:
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

 

Age:
We adopted him when he was 5 years old. He’s now 9 and a half.
Pet hate:
Being ignored

Loves:
Sunshine, Pepperoni, David Attenborough’s Planet Earth & Cardboard Boxes.

Funniest thing:
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):

Age:
11 Months

Likes:
Loves Crayfish! Loves to sleep anywhere, especially the airing cupboard.

 


Remi (AKA Little One):

Age:
7 Months

Likes:
 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


 

 

Age: 7

Likes:
Food of any description, and answering the office doorbell!

Dislikes:
Her nemesis, the hoover.

Funniest thing:
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!



Written By Laura-Anne

Illuminated Letters Sketchbook

Friday, 10th February 2017

Hey Qwerkiteers! Did you see our demo with the Illuminated Letters Sketchbook?


Written By Laura-Anne

DIY Valentine's Cards

Thursday, 9th February 2017

Are you struggling to find a card for your Valentine that isn’t just on the wrong side of twee? How about making your own? We’ve got some great ideas to get you started.


Illuminated Letters Sketchbook


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?

 

Personalised Monogram Notecards


Of course, you’ll need a gorgeous envelope to put your handmade Valentine in! You can have these envelopes monogrammed with up to three initials. Choose from gold or silver lettering.
 


 

A-Z Alphabet Stamps


You can always SWALK (Seal With A Loving Kiss) your Valentine in your envelope, but what about completing your letter theme with one of the stamps? Seal your Valentine’s card with your initial.

 

 

Pyro Master


If you’re feeling really creative, you could make a Valentine’s gift using the Pyro Master! Why not create a wooden sign for your shared home? Check out our video for some ideas!

 

 


Of course, if you struggle with getting your creativity down on paper, you could always go for one of these simple yet beautiful notecards. Choose from the Bee or Pineapple design.


 


 

So, there you have it, Qwerkiteers: if in doubt, make it yourself!

Don’t forget to Tweet or Instagram us pictures of your finished projects.

Written By Laura-Anne

February's Competition

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

Hop on over to our Facebook page to enter our fab competition!


Written By Laura-Anne

We will, we will Wok You!

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

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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Written By Laura-Anne

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

 
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