Friday, 24 February 2012

Win a Perfect Tea-Time!

It's competition time! I've joined forces with the good people at Cafédirect to bring you a truly excellent prize. Cafédirect have very kindly provided me with a hamper full of drinkable Fairtrade goodies for my blog readers to win, including: São Tomé Hot Chocolate, Hand-picked Tea, Classic Medium Roast instant coffee, Rich Roast ground coffee, a crisp Fairtrade tea towel and a shiny new mug to drink it all from! I'll be honest- when the box arrived, I was very tempted to drink it all myself!

And if all that wasn't enough to make for some top teatimes- I'm adding a few of my designs to the prize pack too. I'm giving away a large-size A Cup of Tea Solves Everything print, a limited edition Bourbon keyring (not available to buy- anywhere!) and one of my new Jam Heart biscuit cushions for you to cuddle up with!

Visit Cafédirect online for more about their fine Fairtrade hot drinks and for an extra chance to win some biscuit cushions & drinkable goodies!

Just make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on the post below saying why you'd like to win. I'll pick a winner at random on Friday the 9th of March at 9pm GMT**

Good luck everyone!

**Please note- due to the size & weight of the prize, this competition is only open to UK residents.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Cats & Cushions do Facebook

I had a great response to the pictures I posted of my mum's cat, Alfie and my Nice biscuit cushions last week. I've had folks send me pictures of their cats with Biscuit Cushions they've bought from my shop (Thanks to Alex and Charlie at Snowdon Design and Craft for their picture above!) so I decided it would be a nice idea to have somewhere to share all of the Cats and Cushions pictures I had...and so the Cats and Cushions facebook album was born!

If you have any pictures of your kitty and one of my cushions- I'd love to see them! You can email them to me or even post them on my facebook wall- and I'll pop them into the Cats and Cushions album for all to see.

Hope everyone's having a great week so far- I've got a totally fab competition (I would LOVE to keep these prizes!) to announce tomorrow- so pop back to find out what it's all about!

Friday, 17 February 2012

It's Party Time- New Biscuit Cushions!

Last week saw the arrival of my new Jammy Heart biscuit cushions- and that was exciting enough. However- I have to say that as a long-time appreciator of kid's party food I am so, SO excited to be posting pictures of my newest Iced Ring cushions!

I love the bright pink and soft pastel colours of the icing- and when they're all together they take me back to all of the fun wee parties our parents threw for us when we were little. We always had a home-baked cake (my Dad is quite a talent in the Birthday-cake department) and plates of sausage rolls, chocolate Krispie cakes (for which I'm now developing a mega craving) marshmallow top hats and of course a selection of celebration-worthy biscuits.

My new Iced Ring cushions are available to buy now either individually or as a set (save £4.00 on all three) in my online shop right now!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Cushions & Cats

Other than biscuits and cushions- my other love in this world has got to be cats. This is my mum's cat, Alfie, who decided to "help" during my photoshoot for my Nice Biscuit cushion. Usually when cats try to help you with your work, they plonk themselves down and sit right on top of it.

This time was no different- but I reckon Alfie makes a pretty good model! If Tyra Banks ever decides to do a kitty-version of ANTM then I think he definitely has a good shot!

I've started a Cushions & Cats album over on my facebook page (which is probably a subconscious attempt at spending more time looking at pictures of cute kitties on the internet!)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Jammy Valentines!

Happy Valentines everyone!

I tweeted about my new Jammy Heart Biscuit cushions this weekend- and I thought today was an appropriately lovely (!) day to post them on the blog. A few have already found new homes as Valentines gifts- and if you'd like to bring some Jam-Love into your home you can do so by picking one up in my online shop from hereon!

I've been busy working on lots of new designs recently- which I'm hoping to share with you really soon.

I hope everyone has lovely evenings planned... I will be relaxing with my all time favourite night-in: an M&S Dine-In-For-Two Dinner!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Stickygram Vs Goodwin + Goodwin

A little while ago I picked up this amazing Speech Bubble magnetic whiteboard from the fabulous Goodwin + Goodwin- the talented duo behind Signs For Homes.

Although I wasn't sure quite where I was going to hang it in our flat- I knew that I needed it in my life! The perfect opportunity arose last week, when I received my Stickygrams in the post. For anyone who's not already been swept away by the joy that is Instagram- Stickygrams are little magnetic versions of your Instagram photos.

Anyhoo- my new shiny white Speech Bubble whiteboard is the perfect blank canvas for my Stickygram magnetic photos! I love that I'll be able to rearrange the pictures and even add more to my collection.

It comes in an oval shape too and as a piece of British made design (hooray!) is a bargain at £34.95.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

A Day in the Life: February 1st 2012

Yesterday was the most recent "A Day in the Life" blog date. Here's a day in my life:

Up and dressed early for the Post Office trip. My phone says it's -2 degrees C out, but it feels a lot colder! Posting out of the way, I pick up things for lunch: bread, milk & an all-butter Victoria sponge.

I arrive home and put the kettle on- My Stickygram magnets have arrived! I only ordered them on Sunday and they are brilliant. I contemplate getting more to cover every magnetic surface in the flat with instagram magnet fun.

I get through the mornings' emails and then Michael gets home. We have crusty rolls, ham, tea and the Victoria sponge- I think ham rolls are my favourite of all plain sandwich fare. After lunch I do some paperwork and pack some things to take to my parents' house for the night.

I catch the train- it is totally mobbed, so I sit on one of the foldy seats in the vestibule. I try to be productive by making some notes for the talk I'm doing for 2nd year Design at DJCAD in March.

I arrive at my parents' house- they've made a beef curry in the slow cooker- it's really tasty! My Dad goes out to work and me and my mum do some cushion packing.

My Mum's cat, Alfie, is obviously feeling a bit left out so decides to act super-cute to get some attention. It works. Alfie rolls around on his footstool throne for a while posing for photographs and we have cup of tea and some of my Mum's greek Semolina Cake.

Somehow it is 1am. This is well-past my usual bedtime however the Cat/Cake party was good fun.



Read about a Day in the Life of the other participants here: (**Update- great effort everyone! Look out for the next Day in the Life date- which will be chosen by Hilary Grant**)