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Grip It Giveaway

Grip It Giveaway

by Clare Mansell

I’ve posted before about the problems we have had fixing things to the walls of our various military homes (some made of concrete, some made of cardboard) and whilst wall fixings themselves are not a terribly sexy subject, I am a sucker for good design, which is why I leapt at the chance of trying out a rather beautifully constructed new gadget.

You may well have seen Grip It fixings on Dragons Den a few weeks ago when Jordan Dakin the 18 year-old entrepreneur who invented them in his grandfather’s shed, won the backing of Deborah Meaden.

Grip It are an innovative new kind of universal fixing with metal wings that unfold inside the wall to securely support heavy objects. Safely supporting everything from curtain rails to kitchen cabinets. As the majority of new homes are constructed with plasterboard walls, Jordan’s invention is an eloquent solution to an ever-growing problem.  

We tried them out and once Jim got past his resrervations about drilling a larger hole than he was used to (for rawl plugs) he thought that they offered a great solution for heavier objects.

Grip It have kindly offered readers of this blog a chance to win a starter kit with a range of different size fixings. To enter all you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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Gorgeous homeware giveaway with Red Candy

Last week, the kind folks at Red Candy who supplied our red goblets for our Canada Day celebrations last summer, asked me whether I’d like to review some more of their brilliant homeware products.

Ever conscious of the fact we are about to pack up our possessions and have our house overrun by builders, I decided to use their generous offer to host a giveaway…


From their range I selected their lovely ceramic Russian doll measuring cups which split into four parts and measure different cup quantities and their Joseph and Joseph Apple A Day worktop saver, both in their signature bright red.

I have to say that choosing to give these away was not easy, but I had to be practical and go to a new home they must!

The small print… The giveaway is open till midnight on Saturday 15th February, one prize winner will receive the measuring cups and the worktop saver, there is no cash alternative, UK postal addresses only please, entry is via the rafflecopter below. Winners will be contacted by email and announced on this blog post and via my facebook page and Twitter account on Tuesday 18th February. If the winner does not claim their prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

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Decking the hall with Dunelm

You may remember that in October Dunelm Mill asked me to review some of their new vintage inspired Rose & Ellis range. Last month they got in touch again and asked me if I’d be interested in creating a festive scene using some of their Christmas products. How could I possibly say no!?

Personally I love Christmas decor and think it’s a great excuse to brighten up the house at one of the dreariest times of the year, but I prefer to keep it simple and stylish where possible. I checked their range online before I said yes and was excited by what I saw.

Dunelm gave me a budget of £50 to create my scene, which I wanted to place on a table in our hall. The budget proved to be more than adequate, so much so that in the end I bought a few extra bits and duplicates to make a goodie bag to give away (see the end of this post) Here’s what I bought…

Purity collection jug (shown with red ribbon taken from reindeer lantern) – £7.99
White reindeer lantern – £2.99
Eat, Drink & Be Merry sign – £2.99
Nordic collection decorative deer with ribbon – £3.99
Nordic collection red metal bells (set of 5, 2 used in this scene) – £4.99
Woodland collection hanging hearts (come on one string, I separated and used as individual heart decs) £4.99
Nordic collection of 3 heart, tree and star decorations (heart only used in scene) £4.99
Nordic collection pack of 12 mini red baubles – £3.99
Tree branch – Free!

In addition I also bought…

5 metres of natural coloured piping used to string cards up – £1
6 sets of Scandia heart pegs (£1.50 each) – £8.94

These I intended to use to string up my Christmas cards, however just one small problem! We currently don’t actually have any Christmas cards! So you will have to wait till nearer Christmas to see this lot put together and in action…

Out of everything I bought, my favourite from the set was the “Eat Drink & Be Merry” hanging sign which at £2.99 is a steal! No surprise then to discover that there were only two left in the Fareham store and I bought them both!

So anyway… I have a little Dunelm goodie bag which I have assembled with some Christmas decorations and one of those great hanging signs, if you’d like to win it all you need to do is…

* Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favourite bit of Christmas decoration is
* Leave a second comment if you follow this blog on GFC, Bloglovin or some other method

UK postal addresses only please.  Entries close at midday on Tuesday 10th December and a name will be drawn at random.  No cash alternative. Good luck!

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Terrys Fabrics competition and giveaway


I was contacted by terrysfabrics.co.uk last week who are running a competition for bloggers. They are offering creative bloggers two 1/2 metres of fabric and a cushion form for free to make an 18×18″ cushion. In return one of those cushion designs will then win a £250 voucher.

From Terry’s selection I chose the medium vichy 9274 curtain fabric rose (pink gingham) and the camper van pink fabric to work with. Both are heavyweight (ideal for curtains or bags like my shopping tote) and the camper van has quite large motifs which are great for fussy cutting.

I mixed my selected fabrics with some Kona snow and pink polka dot ribbon to create the quilted front of my cushion and I used the medium vichy to make an envelope back.


I think this kind of design would be perfect for a pre-teen girlie bedroom and as Terry’s Fabrics have been so generous with their materials, I thought I’d share that generosity by giving you a chance to win the completed cushion including the form.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED So if you fancy winning my girlie pink camper van cushion all you need to do is leave a comment on this post before midnight on Thursday 27th June 2013. I’ll select a winner on Friday so make sure you check the blog then. UK residents only I’m afraid due to postage costs.

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