uni-ball Pen Competition and Giveaway

There’s a massive cross-over, I know, between fabric obsessives and stationery obsessives… Pretty notebooks, washi tape, cute paperclips, fun stickers and most of all, fabulous pens, so I know a lot of you lovely readers out there will be fans of uni-ball pens. Personally I absolutely love my Posca pens – they’re great for writing and drawing on fabric, and such fun for other projects too.

Have you heard about the Painted Rocks phenomenon? People decorate rocks then leave them for other people to find – then exchange sightings on Facebook groups like this one in the UK. I decorated these pebbles with Posca pens for my garden a couple of years back, but I’m definitely planning to make some more and use them to join in with the giant hide and seek game.

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If you’re always after some new pens for your collection, you’ll definitely want to take part in the uni-ball Snow Globe competition:


You just need to shake the snow globe to be in with a chance of winning, plus each time you shake, you will get another entry into a sweepstake draw to win a huge £300 Amazon voucher.


And if you’re not lucky in the competition, I have 3 packs of uni-ball Designer Eye pens to give away!

These are really nice pens – I am already a big fan. They seem to encourage neat handwriting somehow, they are such a pleasure to write with, and there’s a good range of colours too so they are great for bullet journalling, for designing and for keeping sewing project notes.

To be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment on this blog post before 6pm on Monday 18th December. I’m very happy for you to just type ‘pick me’, or alternatively you could let me know what you’d use your pens for if you win. UK-based entrants only please (sorry to overseas readers). Good luck!

Disclosure: uni-ball very kindly sent me some pens in return for promoting their competition and giveaway. 

Book Review: Happy Home Outside

I’m so happy that spring has arrived (rather bumpily, but there are definite signs – I saw my first bluebell today), and I am spending more time out in the garden, and working on it looking at its best when the really warm days arrive.

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This pretty book – Happy Home Outside (from Jacqui Small) – by Charlotte Hedeman Guéniau of Rice and Happy Home fame – has lots of fun ideas for summer living, and ways to bring your day to day life into the outdoors (whether it be in the garden, at the park, or on a country picnic).

The style is colourfully Scandi – eclectic, bright, cheerful, a little bit vintage, a little bit folky. There are ideas for relaxation:

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I am very inspired by these gorgeous textiles. Great to have a throw or two to use outside in those cooling English breezes!
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Great use of some pallets to make a cosy corner for relaxing.

There are some delicious ideas to encourage playfulness and laughter, and get everyone, young and old, enjoying the outdoors.

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Great  idea to use some metal shelves to hold toys, outdoor games, balls. Might encourage people to put things away again afterwards – it’s always better when you don’t have to spend half an hour looking for a ball before you can play!
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What a lovely teepee den! Such a great playhouse or a getaway for some quiet reading time, or shade from the sun. And everyone could get involved in making decorations for it.

The ethos is about making the everyday just that little bit more magical and fun, but easier too. So if you’ve got a covered outdoor space, why not make a little outdoor kitchen:

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This is such a gorgeous, practical space, if you are lucky enough to have the weather (maybe not up here in the north west midlands!) to eat outdoors on a regular basis.

But if your ambitions for your outdoor space are a bit smaller, there are simple ideas, for example, for lighting:

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There are simple craft ideas like these, scattered throughout the book, and recipes too!
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Here’s an excellent idea for having all the outdoor stuff ready to go as soon as the sun comes out (we have to make the most of it!).

I really enjoy books like this (full of pictures and inspiration), that aren’t too prescriptive and are full of ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ moments. I guess a lot of it could be found on Pinterest, but it’s very restful to have it all curated for me, and I like the words too!


If you’d like to win a copy, do feel free to leave a comment on this blog post, letting me know what you are looking forward to this summer. I will make a draw for the book sometime on Friday evening (8 April). I am afraid, because of the postage, entrants are limited to the UK please.

To order Happy Home Outside at the discounted price of £20 including p&p* (RRP: £25), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code QPG409.

*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.