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Orla Kiely coffee jars

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

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Limited edition Orla Kiely print coffee jars for Douwe Egberts

It’s Sunday morning, so what better than coffee and the newspapers?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar label showing Orla Kiely logo

Did you get hold of your limited edition Orla Kiely design Douwe Egberts coffee jars?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with yellow Orla Kiely pattern

We bought in bulk – well 3 jars is bulk coffee buying for us at least!!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with green Orla Kiely pattern

The classic Orla Kiely repeat motifs of apple and flowers are lovely. We’re not sure what they’ll house yet, but we always seem to be on the look out for nice storage jars. And they were free – kind of!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with orange Orla Kiely pattern

We quite often make real espresso at home, but first thing in the morning the kettle and a teaspoon of instant is what we usually manage. It’s a good job we like this brand of coffee otherwise 3 jars might have been a real slog! :-)

Miroslav Sasek washi tape

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

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Detail from a strip of Miroslav Sasek washi tape

We ordered a roll of decorative washi tape off Etsy a couple of weeks ago…

Air mail envelope to us from Japan

 … a very pretty package duly arrived from Japan shortly after.

Contents of envelope from Japan

It came from seller Eriko Shirasawa whose Etsy shop is called Sweet Supplies Store. We have to sing Eriko’s praises – look at the effort that’s gone into sending a humble little item. It was nicely wrapped – stickers & stamps, business card, a hand written message – and what looks like paper confetti – lovely!!

Plastic wrapped Miroslav Sasek illustrated washi tape

On to the tape itself, which features illustrations by Miroslav Sasek from his series of ‘This is…’ children’s books.

Miroslav Sasek illustrated washi tape

In this case, it’s ‘This is London’ which dates from 1959. As we’ve mentioned many times previously, we love Sasek’s artwork. It really is fabulous – charming and witty – and very distinctive. There are a few different designs of tape you can choose from too.

Detail from a strip of Miroslav Sasek washi tape

It’s perfect for decorating notebooks or little gifts – hanging notice board items… or even acting as a decorative border to a shelf or wall.

It’s Covered!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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iPad Mini in iPad Mini executive case cover from Snugg

I’ve bought Justin an early Christmas present. It’s a snazzy new iPad Mini! So when Snugg got in touch with us to ask if we’d like to review one of their products, I knew exactly which one I wanted – the iPad Mini executive case cover… in gorgeous orange leather!

iPad Mini executive case cover

It’s absolutely beautiful – really well made, sturdy and a joy to hold.

iPad Mini in iPad Mini executive case cover from Snugg

This “Executive” version has lots of useful pockets and loops to store cards, notes, a pen or stylus and an elasticated strap for use on the go.

iPad Mini in iPad Mini executive case cover from Snugg

It’s made a special present extra special.

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