Win a £50 voucher to spend on vinyl wall stickers

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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS Sharon Williams, CONGRATULATIONS SHARON, SPINCOLLECTIVE WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE.

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve got a £50 voucher to giveaway to spend on amazing wall stickers at www.spincollective.co.uk.

For those of you who have never seen, used or even heard of vinyl wall stickers. In a nutshell, they are an alternative to wallpaper except removable and extremely easy to apply. Made from high quality matt vinyl, wall decals are cost effective in adding a touch of glamour, a bit of chic or just a cool statement to any smooth surface. Use the removable wall art to create some stunning low cost decoration in any room. www.spincollective.co.uk have lots of designs available for your living room, bedroom, office, children and kid’s wall stickers and even designs for your kitchen and bathroom tiles. With free applicator and simple instructions with every purchase (and free Crayola coloured chalk with all chalkboards stickers)!

About the Prize:

£50 voucher to spend on vinly wall stickers at www.spincollective.co.uk.

Working clock wall sticker

Working clock wall sticker complete with clock mechanism

So, how do you enter?

Simple! For your chance to win the vouchers take a look at www.spincollective.co.uk and post a comment below telling me what your favourite item is.

It would also be lovely if you could like the Nice Like Nigella Facebook page. You don’t have to, but I sure would appreciate it! :)

Chalkboard wall sticker

Personalised chalkboard wall stickers – come complete with chalk

Competition rules:

  • I’ll randomly pick a winner after entries close at midnight Wednesday 28th November 2013
  • This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 or over
  • I won’t share, give away or sell ANY of your contact details, I will only pass the winners details onto www.spincollective.co.uk who will send out the prize directly.
  • Nice Like Nigella do not take any responsibility for the delivery of the prize which will be sent out directly by www.spincollective.co.uk.
  • The winner will be contacted about their prize, if they have not claimed their prize within 3 months of it being announced www.spincollective.co.uk are under no obligation to still offer the prize.
  • If you would like to offer a competition prize or run a give away on Nice Like Nigella please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

This competition is also listed on: ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and Loquax Competitions

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Organizing all those thousands of clipped recipes…

Recipe folder

How do you store recipes?  I have thousands of recipes that I’ve scribbled down, clipped out and photocopied, and they’re in a terrible mess, so I’ve decided that I want to try to solve the problem once and for all!  I tend to use the same few dozen recipes from my multiple recipes files over and over again, but rest are so messy that I simply never look through them. Plus, my folders are falling apart after almost 2 decades… What a waste of all that clipping and collecting!

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I don’t think there’s just one solution. I think I need to get myself a good notepad for all those scribbled Recycled paperideas and the recipes which are noted down over the telephone, because let’s face it, the recipes you want to ask friends for are usually the best. I had a look around online and I particularly like this ‘I used to be… a car tyre’ pad made from recycled paper.

After all, you’re doing your own bit of recycling whenever you clip a recipe rather than buying a recipe book, and I love the fact that this reminds you of that!

So, that’s going to be a good solution for handwritten recipes, ideas and clippings, but I could also do with a sturdy replacement file for all those magazine pages I’ve saved.

Recycled lever arch fileI’m thinking of sticking with the recycled theme and going for a this ‘I used to be… rubbish’ folder. It makes me smile (because it’s true, I used to be rubbish at cooking!) and also I like it’s eco-credentials.

I think that’s probably enough to get me organized, what do you think?

How do you organize your recipes? Do you use recipe cards, do you store them digitally, or do you use a notepad and file like me?

If you’d like to buy any of these fun, recycled office supplies (UK) you can buy them online from The Green Office.

Making breakfast time more beautiful

Breakfast bar stool

I’ve long yearned for a breakfast bar. In our current house though it would mean chopping our medium sized kitchen into 2 annoyingly small sub-rooms, so I’m going to have to wait for a bigger house before I get my first thing in the monring chill-out spot.

I just feel that my day would start better if I could sit and sip my lovely first cup of coffee (black French freshly-ground caffitiere coffee) from a smart leather kitchen stools! Oh and having friends over for afternoon cups of tea and thick slices of chocolate cake at the breakfast bar would work well too…

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Making my own bunting

How to make your own bunting

I’ve always loved bunting – it makes any room look instantly ready for a party, looks super pretty and the great thing is how simple it is to make. I ran mine up in less than an hour using 4 different pieces of leftover material (2 lots of old curtain material and some cheap cotton fabric) and a sewing machine. If you haven’t got a sewing machine, don’t worry you can either do it by hand (although that would be a bit of a hassle) or use self-adhesive bias binding and just iron it all together!

I used this bunting template to cut out lots of triangles from 4 different patterns of material and then just sewed them onto the bias binding in an alternating pattern.

You will  need:

  • Scraps of fabric and thread
  • Scissors
  • Bias binding (approx 2cm in width)

How to make your own bunting

Win a Cath Kidston bag

Win a Cath Kidston bagTHIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS Scarlett Brannan. CONGRATULATIONS SCARLETT, NICHOLLS WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU TO ARRANGE DELIVERY OF YOUR PRIZE!

I adore Cath Kidston homewares so I’m delighted to be able to offer this gorgeous messenger bag to one lucky reader thanks to Nicholls.

Nicholls is a small independent group of department stores based in and around the beautiful Brecon Beacons. They have three stores in the towns of Brecon, Abergavenny and Crickhowell and have been trading as a family business for almost 90 years and across three generations. Not only that, but they have a great online store which stocks many of the items found in-store.

Nicholls has been through many incarnations since it opened in 1925. Firstly it sold animal feed to the local rural community; soon after that, a bakery and ironmongers were incorporated into the store. Since then, the company has listened to what their customers want and it has become the respected independent shop that it is today.

Nicholls are firm believers in giving their customers the best quality products from a wide range of brands from up-and-coming designers to well-renowned fashion houses and travel the world to find new and exciting designers and products. They stock everything from Mr Men mugs to Cath Kidston bags and are always on the lookout for more diverse and unique items.

About the Prize:

This Cath Kidston fold over cotton messenger bag is spacious and stylish, with more than enough room for all your daily essentials. This beautiful Bloomsbury design has an adjustable, striped webbing strap, and contrasting Spot lining.

Composition : 100% cotton excluding trims lining : 100% cotton
Dimensions in cm: 36 x 40 x 10cm
Dimensions in inches: 14 x 15.7 x 3.9 inches

How to Enter:

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