It may be raining, but it’s still (technically anyway) summer, and with summer comes the pampering of little feet. So, Qwerkiteers, we’ve picked a few of our favourite treats for your little piggies. Off to market!
Let’s start with the basics: moisturising. These super soft socks are infused with a fruity fragranced serum (peach, green tea, vitamin E and natural fruit extracts) which leaves your feet feeling silky and divine! Just rub the serum on your feet, pop the socks on and wait for twenty minutes before removing them. We definitely recommend wearing the socks, putting your feet up and having a lovely cuppa. Blissful!
Even the extremely ticklish like a good foot massage, especially after a hard day’s work. This slipper comes in two designs: Hedgehog (adorable) or Basset Hound (sweet). Slide your feet in to the slipper and flip the switch for a toe-tingling massage.
Now you’ve moisturised and had a lovely massage, it’s time to get those nails looking pretty. This sweet set comes with a nail buffer/file combination, cuticle trimmers, pumice, nail clippers and a hard skin shaver. Use the pumice to remove any dry skin from your feet and the buffer & file combo to get your nails all smooth and ready for some polish.
Never again worry about spilling your nail polish! The Nail Buddy holds any size of nail polish, and you can either grip it between your knees (handy for a manicure – pun unapologetically intended) or rest it on any hard surface to leave both of your hands free. You can even rest the Nail Buddy on its side to get the last drop of your favourite polish from the bottle.
If you’re anything like the ladies in the Qwerkity office, you’ve been staring enviously at all the gorgeous nail designs that you just don’t know how to achieve. This Nail Art Kit is a great cheat for a professional looking pedicure! Available in either Plain or Glitter, each set contains ten nail varnish bottles with a standard brush applicator and a micro-tip pen for creating intricate designs. The only limit is your imagination!
Pssst! If you do get stuck for some design ideas, check out the Nail It! book – it’s on special offer!
These are a great gift for any keen gardener, particularly if they like to grow their own salad and veggies. Made from stainless steel with Acacia wood handles, these servers are perfect for digging deep in to the salad bowl. Whoever said salad couldn’t be fun?
New to Qwerkity this week, this comfortable, fold away cushion is ideal for a picnic! Featuring a lovely checked design on one side and 100% sheep’s wool on the other, this fluffy cushion insulates you from the cold and/or damp ground. Get cosy!
If sitting on the ground isn’t your style, try one of these tables for your next garden party or barbeque. Available in two sizes the trestle table sits four (four feet) or six people (five feet). Each table is adjustable in height and folds in half for carrying and storage.
Never again experience the heartbreak of knocking your Pimms over! The Picnic Stix set comes with three sturdy stakes (one for a bottle, two for glasses). No more toppling tipples, even if you are tipsy!
Go retro with the Outdoor Fondue Set! It’s a brilliant alternative to a barbeque (just in case you ever could get tired of the ol’ BBQ) and quite the party piece for outdoor entertaining. The set comes with four fondue forks, and – best of all – all the parts are dishwasher safe.
Oh, BBQ – our love for you could never fade; and now we can barbeque until the sun goes down and keep warm long after! The Brazier doubles up as a fire pit as well as a barbeque so it’s great for al fresco entertaining. Your garden party can now keep going as long as you can!
Make sure you have some fun in the sun this weekend, Qwerkiteers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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) .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.