Monday, 29 February 2016

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Man Law BBQ Grill Light $39.95

Today is the last day of summer:-( Luckily, you can still BBQ longer after the sun has gone down with one of these handy BBQ lights. 


Sunday, 28 February 2016

JK Rowling's secret to writing a book...

This might make you feel slightly better if you haven't got round to the vacuuming this weekend because you're too busy working hard...or having fun!;-)


WEEKLY SPECIAL: Emergency Phone Pouch NOW $10 (was $19.95)



This could be the best $10 you ever spent...
Only while stocks last. 

Friday, 26 February 2016

Handmade card of the week: Pop-out birthday card

How much did you love pop-out birthday cards as a kid? Now you can make your own adult version...

Image from www.indulgy.com

Why we love it:

  • Who doesn't love a pop-out birthday card? Keep the outside simple so the surprise inside has a bigger impact. 
  • Although this looks like an 'all-singing-all-dancing' birthday card, the design is actually pretty simple - multicoloured balloon shapes with triangle Happy Birthday bunting. To simplify, keep the balloons all the same size and limit your colour palatte. 
  • This is a great way to use up left-over scraps of paper. 
  • You can of course customise your colour palette and message to suit your recipient. 
  • This design would also make a cute 'Congratulations' card for a wedding, engagement or baby card. 

Check out our other handmade cards here...

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Thursday thought...

"People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness." - Raimonda B. 


Monday, 22 February 2016

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Fitzroy's Storm Glass

A fascinating traditional barometer that he'll want to look at as much as the TV weather girl;-) 


Why we love it:
  • This is a fun weather gadget that you, your family and visitors will enjoy trying to read and predict the weather. 
  • This is a unique decorating piece that would suit any home or style of decor - it's also a great conversation piece!




Sunday, 21 February 2016

WEEKLY SPECIAL: Driinn Mobile Phone Holder NOW $8 (was $11.95)


Every home NEEDS one of these - protect your mobile phone while it is charging. 
Only while stocks last. 

Get one here in WHITE or BLACK...

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Handmade gift of the week: Gift for dog owners

An obsessed pet owner. We all know one.
They love any gifts that relate to their pet, and we reckon dog owners will love this handmade gift...

Image from Etsy store, theDogPawCo

Why we love it:
  • Whilst serving a very important purpose, this gift also looks super cute and would look great on the wall of any home. 
  • This would be quite easy to make, if you had a spare piece of wood, a jar, hook and screwdriver. If you don't feel inclined to make one, you can grab one here
  • You could experiment with different colours, depending on the decor you were matching.  



Thursday, 18 February 2016

Perfect Pisces Gifts + $10 DISCOUNT on all orders

Gift ideas for Pisces
Anyone born between 20 February and 20 March will fall under the Zodiac Sign, Pisces.

This newsletter is the next in our series of gift ideas matched to star signs, and we hope this gives you some light-hearted gift inspiration.

The zodiac water sign, Pisces is incredibly changeable. Imagine the different ways water can change its form: calm and still, or rough and turbulent, and this will give you some insight into Pisces’ changing moods!

Before we dismiss Pisceans as moody characters, it’s their loving, sensitive, intuitive, spiritual, and even idealistic qualities that endear them. Pisceans will be the first people to help out in a time of need. Their compassionate nature makes them integral family members, friends and colleagues. They have a highly developed psychic ability and excel in careers where they can help people, such as a Social Work.

Some fun Pisces facts:
  • Key life phrase: I sacrifice
  • Zodiac Totem: The Fish
  • Zodiac Facts: Twelfth sign of the zodiac; mutable, fruitful, feminine and moist
  • Zodiac Element: Water
  • Key Characteristics: Loving, sensitive, intuitive, spiritual, idealistic, victimised and moody
  • Compatible Star Signs: Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Pisces
  • Mismatched Signs: Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Aquarius
  • Ruling Planets: Jupiter and Neptune
  • Lucky Numbers and Significant Years: 2, 3, 9, 11, 12, 18, 20, 21, 27, 29, 30, 36, 38, 45, 47, 48, 54, 56, 57, 74, 75, 81, 83 and 84
  • Lucky Gems: Yellow sapphire, gold and topaz, red coral and pearl
  • Lucky Fragrances: Rosemary, peppermint, black pepper, bergamot and ylang ylang
  • Affirmation/Mantra: I offer my love to all, but I am grounded
  • Lucky Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

What does this mean when buying a gift for a Pisces?
  • Firstly, they will be super grateful that you even remembered their birthday and bought them a gift, since they are usually the ones trying to remember everyone's birthdays!
  • They will appreciate gifts that they can enjoy with others, such as an 'experience', or something they can use to help others, like a cookbook so they can cook beautiful meals for their family.  
  • Gifts that will connect them with their water sign - such as surfing lessons, a beach holiday, or ocean/beach inspired gifts. 
We're also offering a $10 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Thursday 25/2/16.  

Use Discount Code PISCES in the Discount Code field when you place your order.  

This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:)
 
Here are some of our favourite water-sign-inspired gifts for Pisces...
Troika Fresh Breeze Paperclip Holder
1. Troika Fresh Breeze Paper Clip Holder $54.95
This stylish and functional paper clip holder will help desk-bound Pisceans connect with their water sign. 
Hottie Boat
2. Boat Knit Hottie, small $15.95
This cute Hottie combines two of Pisces' favourite things - water and comfort. They will love snuggling with this on the couch. 
Sailing Frame
3. Sailing Frame $29.95
The loving nature of Pisces means they will probably enjoy surrounding themselves with pictures of their nearest-and-dearest. Top this off with a ocean/nautical inspired frame and they'll be feeling pretty good!
Bounty Ship in a Bottle
4. 'Bounty' Ship in a Bottle $39.95
Who can resist examining the intricate details of a Ship-in-a-bottle - especially a ship as beautiful as the historic Bounty, commissioned in 1787. 
Sailor's Knot Cufflinks
5. Sailor's Knot Cufflinks $19.95
These Knot Cufflinks are in keeping with the nautical theme going on with our Pisces gifts. They are also elegant and versatile enough to wear with any shirt, for any occasion. 
 

Thursday thought...


"Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you." 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Gift wrapping idea of the week: How to wrap home-baked goods

Home-baked goods are one of the nicest gifts to give people. They're inexpensive and don't need to take long to make. Present a home-made treat in some beautiful packaging and your recipient will be speechless. This is a great way of creating unique, personalised gift wrapping for food:


Why we love it:
  • It's simple to make - simply iron a piece of tissue paper between two sheets of wax paper.
  • You can completely personalise this to suit your recipient - hearts work well for anyone. You could use masculine motifs/colours for a guy. I would love to try this using pressed flowers for a woman. 
  • This type of wrapping can be used to wrap anything from cakes to biscuits and chocolates. 
  • If you're wrapping multiple items, such as biscuits, use a square piece of paper. Place biscuits in the centre and gather the corners together. Gather the paper into a bunch and secure with a ribbon  or twine. 

Monday, 15 February 2016

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Burgon & Ball 'Love the Glove' Gardening Gloves

Luxury gardening gloves made from durable, high-performance fabric that 'fit like a glove'. 


Why we love them:
  • They're the perfect combination of fashion and function thanks to high quality, breathable, durable fabric. 
  • The two-way stretch fabric ensures they fit properly and are comfortable. 
  • They are machine washable and fabric won't stiffen after drying.



Saturday, 13 February 2016

Gift wrapping idea of the week: How to wrap a gift using an old shirt

Who knew shirts made such good wrapping paper?!

Video from www.youtube.com

Why we love it:
  • This technique works particularly well for books, but you could experiment wrapping other things with this way. 
  • It's environmentally friendly as they is not wrapping paper left over to dispose of. 
  • You can dress up this type of wrapping with a ribbon or twine. 
  • The recipient receives two gifts
  • It's easy to do - it's as simple as folding a shirt and tying the sleeves. 


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Gift wrapping idea of the week: How to make paper flowers from patty pans

There is no shortage of choice when it comes to patty pans/cupcake liners these days. This assortment of different coloured/patterned patty pans are ideal for layering to create these gorgeous paper flowers - beautiful gift toppers. 





Why we love them:
  • These flowers act like a fancy bow on a present and are the finishing touch on a beautifully wrapped gift. 
  • They are inexpensive and easy to make. Don't worry about having a few different colours in your cupboard - you'll always use them for patty cakes and muffins. 
  • You can have fun playing around with different colour combinations, but they look great set against plain brown kraft wrapping paper (which is inexpensive and an essential in every wrapping cupboard). 


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Handmade gift of the week: How to reuse tin cans

I have a collection of baby formula tins in my cupboard that I have kept, hoping there is something useful I can do with them. They're great quality tins with gold plastic lids, but they aren't airtight, so I can't store food in them. They also have branding on them, so I always planned to paint them, but wasn't sure what colour or design to use, until now...






Why we love them:

  • These colours look great together. White and gold look great for interiors, whilst the turquoise tones are bright and fresh for outside. 
  • Stripes are a timeless pattern, and conveniently already marked on the tins! You could also use tape to ensure neat, clean lines. 
  • You could apply this technique to any type of tin can - large or small. 
  • I would also use these as storage tins for pens, stationery, sewing acessories such as cotton reels and other haberdashery. 

Where would you use these pretty tins in your home? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Friday, 5 February 2016

Gifts for the one you love + 20% OFF STOREWIDE

Gift ideas for Scorpio
'Poetry' was the theme of my last book club meeting. We enjoyed reciting and discussing poems from a variety of talented and renowned authors and poets, but my favourite poem was this beautiful piece by James Carter from his book, Time–Travelling Underpants (Macmillan), which is very appropriate for Valentine's Day:

Love You More

Do I love you
to the moon and back?
No I love you
more than that

I love you to the desert sands
the mountains, stars
the planets and

I love you to the deepest sea
and deeper still
through history

Before beyond I love you then
I love you now
I’ll love you when

The sun’s gone out
the moon’s gone home
and all the stars are fully grown

When I no longer say these words
I’ll give them to the wind, the birds
so that they will still be heard

I love you

 
   Our gift to you this Valentine's Day is... 
 
20% OFF STOREWIDE
from
 now until midnight, Sunday 14/2/16. 
 

Use Discount Code VALENTINE in the Discount Code field when you place your order.  

This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:)
Ashortwalk Recycled Photo Frame with chalk
1. The 'Sentimental Gift'
Ashortwalk Recycled Photo Frame with Chalk $39.95
Slip a favourite pic in this photo frame, write a special message and you have yourself one personalised gift. Also makes a great gift for grandparents and friends.  
Heart Knit Hottie
2. The 'Snuggly Gift'
Heart Knit Hottie $15.95
With cooler days not far away, your Valentine will love snuggling on the couch with this cosy heat pack (which can also be chilled). 
 
Kreafunk aMove Speaker
3. The 'Romantic Gift'
Kreafunk aMove Speaker $174.95

Turn off the telly and pop on some romantic tunes with this wireless portable speaker. 
Gentlemen's Hardware Cocktail Shaker
4. The 'Indulgent Gift'
Gentlemen's Hardware Cocktail Shaker $29.95

Treat your Valentine to a Martini James Bond would approve of with this luxury cocktail shaker. 
I-Clip Wallet
5. The 'Stylish Gift'
I-Clip Wallet $37.95

Big wallets are overrated. Treat your Valentine to a stylish, lightweight leather wallet designed to hold up to 12 cards.  
 

1. How to Plan a Romantic Picnic

 
If your idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day doesn't involve bumping elbows with the couple at the next table in a restaurant you had to make a booking for three months ago, read on. Our latest blog series, Five Ways to Spoil your Valentine offers some other activities you can organise to spoil your sweetheart. The first in this series is a romantic picnic.

READ FULL POST...


2. How to Plan a Romantic Dinner

 
Don’t have a dinner reservation for Valentine’s Day? No worries. This next post in our Five Ways to Spoil your Valentine series explores how you can have a romantic and loving Valentine's Day dinner without having to spend a huge amount of money or time trying to book a restaurant on Valentine's Day night. Here’s what to do...

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3. How to Plan a Romantic Night In


Picture yourself: Relaxing on your couch with a glass of wine in hand and your favourite movie playing. Your Valentine might be giving you a foot massage, or you might simply be soaking your feet in a warm footbath, lightly fragranced with some lavender oil. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? 

Now consider which you would prefer: The above scenario; or a meal out in a noisy, crowded restaurant (probably after struggling to find a car park)?

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4. How to Create a Romantic Treat for your Valentine

 
What was the last thoughtful gift you received? It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive – it could be something as simple as some homemade biscuits. 

A friend who came over for dinner recently bought a large bunch of flowers she picked from her garden. Rather than bringing food, another friend that came for morning tea the other day bought a fresh bunch of mixed herbs from her garden. 

These guys obviously know me pretty well, because I LOVE these types of gifts. In fact, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to receive gifts like these. They are thoughtful, useful and meaningful – the ultimate ‘Awesome Gift Trifecta’. 

How can you create this kind of gift experience for your Valentine? We reckon the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach with food and/or drink. So here are some ideas of how you can personalise some simple and beautiful gifts…

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5. How to Plan a Romantic Weekend Away

 
This is the final instalment of our blog series, Five Ways to Spoil your Valentine... 
Some of the most romantic weekend getaways I’ve had with my husband have been the ones that have been organised last minute. For example, waking up in the morning and saying ‘shall we go away somewhere this weekend?’ We haven’t been quite as spontaneous since our children came along, since we now have two little people to think about. But planning a romantic weekend away doesn’t have to be hard. And if you can’t find a babysitter, you can always take the kids with you! 

READ FULL POST...

 
 

What's your favourite way to spend Valentine's Day? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Thursday thought...

"Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing." 
Benjamin Franklin


Monday, 1 February 2016

Hello February!

Happy birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday this month!

Did you know that your birth flower is Violet or Primrose and your birthstone is Amethyst?


PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: 'Beef Cuts' large canvas poster $169.95

Know your Brisket from your Flank? You'll know your cuts of beef better than a butcher thanks to this stylish poster. 


Why we love it:

This high-quality canvas poster features muted colours that would suit just about any d├ęcor. 
This cool, retro-style Beef Cuts poster would look fantastic displayed in your kitchen or living space, and add an interesting conversation piece to your home.
This would be a fabulous piece for man cave, a cafe, restaurant, deli or shop - should you know a cafe or restaurant owner that you need to buy a gift for!