Bloggers just love Djeco!

March 24th, 2012

Recently, we invited some parent bloggers to try out some of our favourite Djeco craft kits and toys. Djeco is a premium toy, with every kit simply bursting with value, good quality materials and ideas that really do expand a child’s experience of crafting. Djeco very quickly became the craft kit of choice in this house and we get lots of positive comments from customers, who come back to try the regular infusion of new sets and ideas this wonderful French company produce.

Djeco Sand Art

To celebrate their lovely blogging efforts, I’m giving away a £30 Djeco voucher on my blog. Leave a comment to enter. Competition is open in the UK and closes at midnight on 30th March 2012


We sent some gel pens to the Wondering Wanderers, who have given up suburban life to go travelling in their trusty camper and are now moving to the isle of Rum to begin life on a croft (which doesn’t yet actually have a house, road, basic supplies… Erm…. What can I say, she’s a great friend of mine and no doubt going to do just fine!) the gel pens are a fantastic art supply as they take up very little space and Dragon and Star had a wonderful time with them.


Over at Home School of Excellence, two older girls tried out the Djeco Fashion Design Kit. Again this got very popular reviews; the blog post gives you a very clear idea of the contents and scope of the kit and they felt it topped other similar kits they had tried in the past from other brands.


The Madhouse Family Reviews site is well known for honest assessments of products and has a wide range of in house testers to try them out on (admittedly that’s a bit rich coming from a family who have had six children, but still!) the adored the Sand Art kit we sent them and gave it 4/5 (it would have been 5/5 were it not for fiddle to open pots, something you might count as an advantage if little hands in your house like to spill things!)

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Dear little Ernest tried out the Djeco Topanimo cubes and really loved them over at LazySeamstress. These stacking cubes have a special place in my heart already and having seen how Ernest loves them, I will be getting some for our new baby Ben shortly.

Two soft clay picture kits were very popular over at SeasiderintheCity. This light clay is used to make pictures on to coloured boards and is incredibly light and tactile to use. It was clearly a big success over there and I think Djeco has scored itself some new fans in that household!

Some bloggers tried out some of the toys, games and jigsaws that Djeco also have on offer. At AtLeastDaddyCanCook the played with the Ludo and Co games set and showed that a compendium of games is still a winner and that traditional board games are still a hit with small children. Down with Mario, is all we can say ;) (Actually, that isn’t true here, Mario is much loved… but I can dream!)

Another traditional favourite, the Djeco Tropical Fishing game was a birthday delight at NeverFoundthePlottoo trumping other presents for most played with thing of the day. I know fishing games were my favourite when I was little and I adore the artwork of this one, so I’m not surprised.


We sent some Djeco Jigsaws to GreenMumsBlog for them to try out and I was pleased to see that the things that appealed to me when I put these into our toy catalogue also appealed here. Gorgeous designs, the beautiful shaped boxes and their robust piece strength all got the thumbs up from her testers.


Lastly, much delight was had with the Dragonfly beads we sent over to PrestonPrecious. As with many of the other reviewers, they particularly seemed to like the robust strength, gorgeous designs and play value of the toys.

 

Corolle Dolls Camille in the Snow Give Away

November 8th, 2011

Our lovely suppliers DKL have provided us with a Camille in the Snow Les Cheries Doll from Corolle to give away to one lucky person this week. All you have to do is leave a comment at our blog to be in with a chance to win.

The Les Cheries dolls are the wholesome girl about town of the doll world; 33cm tall, with a lovely vanilla smell and lots of other outfits to buy too, they make a gorgeous ‘older girl’ doll. I’ve loved Corolle since we first started stocking them; they are well made and beautiful to look at with bags of personality. I love that there are plenty of non-pink outfits too – always a good thing in this house!

Corolle are also offering free gifts at checkout on our sites so you can get something extra if you buy your Christmas presents from us :)

We’d be very grateful if you’d join our Facebook page too, although the competition does not depend on this. However, over the coming months it will have some exclusive discounts and special offers and first dibs on give aways advertised there. We don’t go mad though, I promise, so you won’t be bombarded!

To enter (UK only) leave a comment below on our family blog at Patch of Puddles. If you tweet the competition, leave another comment, if you facebook it, leave another. If you blog a link to PoP or PlayMerrily, leave more comments. I have one doll to give away to a lucky winner.

I will draw the competition on Saturday 12th November at 12pm and the winner will have one week to send me their address. If we get lots of entries, I’ll add some PlayMerrily gift vouchers in too :)

Groovy Girls New Home!

October 4th, 2011

It would have to be a pretty fabulous house to be worthy of a Groovy Girl establishment…and fabulous-erific it is!

Groovy Girls Accessories - Hip Happenin' House

Groovy Girls Accessories - Hip Happenin' House

This fantastic Hip Happenin’ wooden dolls house, made especially with the 30cm Groovy Girl dolls in mind, is 120cm tall with 3 stories with 2 grand staircases. The open floor plan means that the dolls house can be played at different angles, allowing for multi child play and a greater scope for imagination. The decor is Groovy Girl-tastic, bright and extravagant and detailed and perfect for housing all that sumptuous Groovy Girl Furniture!

Groovy Girls Accessories - Hip Happenin' House

Groovy Girls Accessories - Hip Happenin' House

The fantastic Groovy Girls range is ever expanding with exciting new clothes and dolls joining us every few months. This month we are happy to welcome to the Groovy Girl clan Nora, Nina and Nadia along with some pretty wonderful clothes too. My personal favourite for when the weather finally turns wintery is the Groovy Fashions Chilltastic Cape, if only it came slightly larger too!

Groovy Girls Clothes - Beauty Sleep Pyjamas

Groovy Girls Clothes - Beauty Sleep Pyjamas

Fantastic new free gifts on PlayMerrily and JollyDollies

September 22nd, 2011

We have some exciting new free gifts on offer. Over at PlayMerrily we have a brand new construction product that has been gaining popularity. Mic.o.mic is a new bright construction toy that uses moulded shapes and a press stud system to connect them into an exciting moving vehicle.

mic.o.mic Large Locomotive

mic.o.mic Large Locomotive

To compliment this bright and cheerful construction toy we have 3 cheeky mic.o.mic characters to drive or fly in the vehicle created. Free with purchases of £20 worth of mic.o.mic products or more.

Free mic.o.mic Characters when you buy £20 worth of mic.o.mic construction products

Free mic.o.mic Characters when you buy £20 worth of mic.o.mic construction products

Over at JollyDollies we are offering the delightfully cute Linne Ladybird doll with any purchase of Rubens Barn products worth £50 or more.

Free Rubens Barn Linne Ladybird Doll with purchases of £50 or more Rubens Barn products

Free Rubens Barn Linne Ladybird Doll with purchases of £50 or more Rubens Barn products

Budkins from Le Toy Van – why I love them…and why you will too.

September 14th, 2011

I have a special little soft spot for the Budkins characters from Le Toy Van. Perhaps it was the hours spent getting to know each one of the little wooden dolls house characters, huddled around me expectantly so I could accurately describe them for the website that did it……Whatever it was, I can happily say that they are not difficult to become enchanted with. Budkins dolls are a perfect handfull size of 10 cm, large enough for the fantastic individual detailing that they are renown for, but small enough for adventurous dolls house play.

Wooden Toy Police Van Set

Wooden Toy Police Van Set

The range of characters is enormous, to call them ‘dolls house characters’ seems unfairly restrictive, from farmer, farmers wife and stable hand to historical Budkins like the great Henry VIII. Far from being limited to a pretty classic dolls house, these characters all have Le Toy Van buildings or vehicles and even playmats that would complement their theme. Abdul the pirate Budkin , for example, is most happy when plotting the course of his ship, the Barborossa and Josh, the patient would struggle to get to the hospital if an ambulance wasn’t there in his hour of need.

Budkins Dolls Gwen the Witch

Budkins Dolls Gwen the Witch

All the Budkins characters are made from sustainable wood with fair trading at every stage. The arms and legs are bendable for posing the characters and are strong enough to stand. Their hair is woollen and their fabric clothing has wonderful detailing. The Budkins fairies or princesses have the most wonderful dresses and headdresses with layers of silk and chiffon looking fabric and sparkling sequins hidden in the layers.  Archibald the Archer and the knight characters even have realistic looking armour and chain mail.

Budkins Dolls House People - School Girl

Budkins Dolls House People - School Girl

The wonderful quality of the Budkins characters is their flexibility in play. Pair Amy the schoolgirl with the teacher Mrs Davis, or help her board the wonderful red double decker bus to take her home from school. She may pass a construction site on her way and wave to one of the workers, CharlieBilly the Cowboy on the other hand would be happier in Rattlesnake Wooden fort after an disagreement with Indian Chief Bearclaw at the Cherokee Tepee. Whatever era of history or fantasy ignites the imagination of your little storyteller, be it Medieval, Viking, Roman or Hammer Horror you can be sure that there will be a cluster of friendly little Budkins ready to help act out a tale.

Le Toy Van - Three Wishes Castle

Le Toy Van - Three Wishes Castle

Through September, all Le Toy Van has a fantastic 10% off at Play Merrily, including the Budkins characters. Take advantage of this great discount to add to an existing collection or start planning for Christmas gifts that are sure incite delight and creativity.

The John Crane range expands! 15% off this exciting range of unique and engaging toys in September.

September 13th, 2011

The John Crane range at PlayMerrily has always been held in high regard. The quality and uniqueness of the toys and games have always received positive feedback, so we have been delighted to expand the brand and include  GoGo, Pintoy, Branching Out and Tidlo.

Pintoy Medieval Castle With Mound

Pintoy Medieval Castle With Mound

The fantastic 15% off this month is a great opportunity to invest in a future Christmas or birthday present. This amazing wooden castle from the Pintoy range is the absolute ultimate in castle play, including a mound for elevating the castle and providing a dark and exciting dungeon.

Pintoy Classic Wooden Sink & Stove

Pintoy Classic Wooden Sink & Stove

If medieval fortresses aren’t for you, the wooden kitchen range just might be. From realistic dishwashers (don’t you just love that sliding plate stacker!) to classic all in one utility islands. Although my absolute favourite has to be the retro chic Tidlo red kitchen station with it’s cute silver and white tile splashback detail and towel rail.

Pintoy Doll's Bunk Beds

Pintoy Doll's Bunk Beds

The Pintoy range includes wooden dolls furniture and accessories that have been designed to be as realistic as possible. This pretty wooden dolls bunk bed even separates into 2 single doll beds. For your emergency vehicle enthusiast the Pintoy Fire Engine or Fire Station are sure to impress. The fire engine has extending and rotating ladders, hoses and removable roof and the fire station comes with all the accessories your little firefighter will need for emergency role play.

Pintoy Fire Engine

Pintoy Fire Engine

The GoGo wooden toy range is one of the most exciting educational ranges I have seen. The wonderful Happy Birds sequencing toy is a perfect example of this. The classic educational sequencing and matching concept is combined with quirky little bird characters to be built up using a little perching branch and magnetic wings, head and tail.

Florist Sequencing Educational Toy

Florist Sequencing Educational Toy

The great theme that occurs throughout the John Crane range of toys is the educational value disguised through play. The High Tea Shape matching cake stand from the Tidlo range is a fantastic example of this. The attention to detail on the little cakes and the doily patterning on the cake stand will delight any little hostess and the numbers on the base of the cakes and cake stand encourage matching and sorting.

High Tea Shape Matching Cake Stand

High Tea Shape Matching Cake Stand

Fantastic free Corolle gift with 2 Corolle purchases over £70!

September 1st, 2011

Corolle is a wonderful range of quintessentially French dolls. They are beautifully made with a wide variety of fashionable clothes and shoes and prams, pushchairs and accessories. All the dolls have the Corolle vanilla scent from the Mon Premier 30cm Calin and Tidoo Bath Doll to the sophisticated Les Cheries dolls for older children.

This is a fantastically popular range with a loyal fanbase and we are thrilled to be able to offer these wonderful Corolle branded free gifts, which are not sold separately, with 2 Corolle purchases over £70.

Free Corolle Watch when you buy 2 Corolle items worth £70

Free Corolle Watch when you buy 2 Corolle items worth £70

While stocks last we have a beautiful Corolle watch with pink heart strap and pink heart detailing on the face, packaged in an attractive and sturdy plastic case available with orders of 2 Corolle products worth over £70 in total.

Free Doll Accessory Set when you buy 3 Corolle items worth £100

Free Doll Accessory Set when you buy 3 Corolle items worth £100

For orders of 3 Corolle products worth £100 or more we have a wonderful free doll accessory set which includes baby doll blanket, pillow, soft bunny, dummy and baby bottle.

To take advantage of this fantastic Corolle free gift opportunity you must add the free gift to your basket, ensuring that the criteria are met.

They’ve arrived! Selecta Zodiac Sign Pram Hanging Toys

September 1st, 2011

The zodiac pram toy range from Selecta are a fantastic range of individual and unique zodiac sign inspired toys for baby. These great pram toys are strung on sturdy cord with a large loop for easy fastening and feature cute little figures encapsulating the characteristics of their zodiac sign.

Selecta Scorpio Zodiac Sign Pram Hanging Toy

Selecta Scorpio Zodiac Sign Pram Hanging Toy

They make a fantastically personal, unique and functional new baby or christening gift. The packaging features a brief description of the characteristics of the star sign and each toy has a small wooden disc with the zodiac sign symbol featured on it.

Selecta Libra Zodiac Sign Pram Hanging Toy

Selecta Libra Zodiac Sign Pram Hanging Toy

Each Selecta Pram toy is made from smooth colourful wooden shapes with little arms to tug on and a little tinkling bell to delight baby when shaken.

Selecta Pisces Zodiac Sign Pram Hanging Toy

Selecta Pisces Zodiac Sign Pram Hanging Toy

Send them back in style – school lunch bags and bottles from Crocodile Creek.

August 22nd, 2011

The holidays are nearly over and it’s that time of year when we swamp shoe shops in the hunt for black shoes and buy dull uniforms our children would otherwise refuse to wear. So, it’s nice to be able to give your children a bit of individuality, in the mass of grey and black, and choose a lunchbag and bottle with a unique design.

Crocodile Creek Solar System Lunch Bag

Crocodile Creek Solar System Lunch Bag

The great thing about the range from Crocodile Creek is that they don’t feature gaudy characters that go out of favour before the end of the first half term, rather they have classic, interesting and timeless designs that co-ordinate with bottles, placemats and even jigsaws. The favourite Solar System lunch bag is even educational!

Classic Lunch Box: Fairy Tale Princess

Classic Lunch Box: Fairy Tale Princess

Crocodile Creek’s lunch boxes are beautifully designed, sturdy, insulated and have a zipper front pocket for stashing a napkin, lunch money, or a little embarrassing little note from mummy!

Classic Lunch Box: Ladybird

Classic Lunch Box: Ladybird

The lunch bags are wipe clean and slightly padded to prevent squished sandwiches and to maintain a cool temperature. They measure a generous 10″ x 7.5″ x 3″ providing plenty of room for a packed lunch and snacks.

Fairytale Princess Water Bottle from Crocodile Creek

Fairytale Princess Water Bottle from Crocodile Creek

The bottles are eco friendly stainless steel so they are great to use with water, juice or milk as, unlike plastic, they won’t hold the ‘taste’ of the last drink.

Firetruck Water Bottle from Crocodile Creek

Firetruck Water Bottle from Crocodile Creek

The range varies from fantastically bright and fun robots design to a pastel hues horses theme, something to reflect all hobbies and interests and definitely something different in the lunch queue!

Classic Lunch Box: Dinosaur Kingdom

Classic Lunch Box: Dinosaur Kingdom

Get creative with a great 10% saving on Tulip Paints at CraftMerrily in August

August 4th, 2011

Tulip Paint has been hugely popular since we started stocking it here at CraftMerrily. This fantastic fabric paint comes in 3 main styles; 3D, metallic 3D and Slick 3D  in a rainbow of colours and shades including glitter and glow. Select individual colours or a great value starter set and decorate and personalise fabric items such as bags and footwear. You could even design a brooch as a gift using the plain Tulip flower brooches and your preference for Tulip paint colour to match an existing outfit or coat.

Tulip Glitter 3D Fabric Paint Starter Set

Tulip Glitter 3D Fabric Paint Starter Set

Take advantage of the special offer on this product to put together a craft pack for a teenager to get busy with on those boring rainy days through the holidays, it’s great for encouraging a bit of designer flare and you may even get them to clear through their wardrobes looking for old clothes to revamp! We even have a bit of bling with the Tulip See-Thru Stones in star or round shapes that can be used plain or placed over a small amount of tulip paint to allow the colour to shine through for really exciting and unique results!


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