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World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day

It’s not surprising that when most of the 18 species of penguins live in cold, icy parts of our Southern Hemisphere that we often think of penguins at Christmas time. World Penguin Day is a chance to learn more about these feathered, flightless wonders and how they can inspire us all year round.

Penguins have some endearing qualities that make them great for cards and gifts.

Penguin Found You Valentines Shakies card

Penguins mate for life.

They can recognise each other’s smell. When you consider that the largest penguin colony in the world is located in Antarctica and has over 1.5 million Adelie penguins – that’s quite some smell! But their commitment to each other makes them the perfect subject of a gift for a loved one.

Penguin Proposals!

Penguins have a unique way of proposing – by presenting a pebble to their future (hopefully) mate.

They have also been known to propose to inanimate objects, such as a cardboard cutout!

We have some rather cuter ideas, like this penguin in a matchbox.

70 King Penguin card

King or Emperor?

Emperor Penguins are the tallest, reaching heights of 4 feet (probably taller than you thought). The King penguin is slightly smaller at just over 3 feet.

The longest living penguins only reach 30 years but we still think this 70 card is adorable!


These penguin stickers were indeed put together for a Christmas subscription box.

But they are too cute not to include here.

Penguin stickers

Build your own penguin

If you’re a true penguin fan then you’ll want to build your own penguin!

Here’s mine. He makes a great model too, often modelling the sun hats that my daughter makes and sells in my shop in the summer

Of course there’s a serious side to World Penguin Day. Like many animals penguins are extremely vulnerable to climate change. You can adopt your own penguin and help WWF monitor their status and support campaigns to ensure they continue to inspire us for years to come.

Happy World Penguin Day, I hope it’s slightly warmer than Antartica where you are!

Janet x

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Mothers Day Cards

Mothers Day Cards

Mothers Day isn’t very far away so I’ve picked out my favourite Mothers Day Cards for you below. All exclusively designed to deliver a smile to mum on her special day.

My top 5 Mothers Day Cards

Butterfly Tree, illustrated by Kim Anderson

I love this card, it’s glittery and just so pretty. Butterflies can symbolise hope, life, transformation…all things that our mothers give to us. Lots to be grateful for.

Fabulous You!, illustrated by Sophia Coleman

I adore this card, not just for Mothers Day. I firmly believe all teenagers, especially teenage girls should receive this card on a daily basis! What better way to make mum feel special than showering her with compliments.

With Love Heart Tree, illustrated by Karen Tye Bentley

This beautiful embossed card says it all. When you want mum just to know she is loved.

Painted Hearts, illustrated by Louise Anglicas

No words, just hearts. Not just plain hearts but hearts that pop out at either side to stand out from the card. This is a really specially designed card with a bit of wow factor!

Good Friends are like Stars, illustrated by Lucy Smith

When your mum is your friend, maybe even your best friend, then this is the card to send. If you and your mum don’t live close by each other and perhaps don’t see each other as often as you’d like, this is the card for her.

Designers Guild Delahaye Magenta gift wrap

Whichever card you choose, you’ll be sending an exclusively designed one that will make her say, ‘wow, thank you that’s beautiful’. If you need gift wrap to go with it then I would recommend either the Flowers and Stars or Flowers ones from Flamingo or the Magenta swirl from Deva.

If you’re looking for gift ideas then you might like the colouring in garden poster or check out my Etsy guide for some unique ideas.


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National Bike Week

national bike week

10th June marks the start of National Bike Week. Are you a cyclist or a biker? Then you’ll want to read on to find out about events and more.

What is National Bike Week?

Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends. The 2020 event will take place 6-14th June. (taken from

National Bike Week Cards, Gift Wrap and Stationery

Whether you’re looking for a birthday card, wrapping paper or even just something with a bicycle on it, here are all the things we have to offer you with a bike on them! Our favourite has to be the wrapping paper.

national bike week

National Bike Week Events

If you want to find out what’s happening near you then check out #BikeWeekUK on Social Media. Alternatively you can pop over to the bike week website.

Top ten tips for looking after your bike

Taking care of your bike is important, if it doesn’t work you won’t ride it. That is why this summer Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival is encouraging people to take their bikes out of their sheds and get them back in action. Follow our tips to see how to keep your bike in good working order.

1. Little and often is good

Give your bike a little TLC. A regular check-over and a squirt of oil helps to keep problems at bay.

2. Just ride your bike

Riding your bike gets all the moving parts working and can delay and reduce problems.

3. Learn the simple check –  it’s as simple as A B C

A is for air – keep the tyres pumped up and check the wheels go round unimpeded. If they don’t, look for brakes or mudguards rubbing or a possible sideways wobble of the wheel.

B is for brakes – the most important part of a bike. To check the front brake, push the bike forward and then apply the lever (usually the right hand one). The bike should stop. For the back brake, do the same but push the bike backwards. If in doubt, get it checked

C is for chains, cables and cogs. Look for frayed cables, oil the chain, and do check the handlebars and saddle don’t move. Look for anything unusual with the bike.

4.Oil it

The main moving parts are the chain and cogs and they only need a light dab of oil (again little and often). There are many products on the market. Light lubricant sprays work in the summer and thicker oils deter the weather, especially in the winter. Just don’t use cooking or engine oil or WD40!

5. Keep it clean

It’s good to remove dirt and grit but you don’t necessarily need specialist products. But remember to always oil the bike chain after washing, allowing for it to dry first. A lovely, sparkly chain will soon creak otherwise.

6. Learn to fix a puncture

The dreaded puncture might be fiddly but you CAN do it, following some standard steps. Practise at home first, maybe with a friend. Take your time. There’s no rush and it’s better to get things in place first time, rather than having to do it twice. You’ll be amazed that after a few gos, you will be able to do it without too much bother. Our friends at BikeRadar have comprehensive step-by-step puncture repair videos for both road and mountain bike tyres.

7. The moving parts of a bike do eventually wear out

A bike has numerous moving parts and they are subject to quite significant forces. So, be prepared to replace parts. It’s a good investment for your beloved bike and will keep it in action for longer.

8. Go on a bike maintenance course

If you want to try and fix your bike yourself, but aren’t sure how to, look up your nearest bike maintenance course. Do ask them what they cover. You want friendly instructors who don’t blind you with science. If they do, they’re doing it wrong. Learning bike maintenance will save you lots of money in the future.

9. When to use a bike mechanic

You will be amazed that you can do more to your bike than you imagine. It can be fiddly but take your time and much of it is within your grasp.

A good bike maintenance book and lots of good advice from the Cycling UK Forum will help. If you are just using Google, compare a couple of sites to avoid poor advice. Just keep the hammer and Stanley knife away from the bike!

If you get stuck with something, it’s good to keep trying but don’t force it and don’t beat yourself up about it. There are good mechanics that can help and they’ve had training.

If you are in a hurry, or if the problem really stumps you, go to your nearest independent bike shop or call a mobile bike mechanic to come to you.

The most important thing is to get your bike back on the road and to enjoy cycling.

10. Revive your bike

If your bike has been gathering dust in your garage or shed, get it out this summer and take it to our Big Bike Revival, where there will be experts on hand to help you fix your bike and learn about looking after it.

Just enjoy exploring the world on a bike, even if it’s just your local neighbourhood. And, remember you don’t have to be able to fix everything on a bike before you’re allowed to ride it. As long as it is road worthy, just get out there and do it!

water, a sponge and an old toothbrush is all you need, though a proper degreaser will help break down the oil and grit in the chain and gear

by Richard Monk