Brand Bails out Blogger!

I don’t want to dwell too much on the company that let me down but I’d rather spend my time ‘Bigging Up’ the company that came to my rescue.

Where it all went wrong

However, to better understand the situation you will need a bit of background.  On a Friday night, I run a small Twitter quiz.  A company offered me 3 prizes for the winners.  The competition went well with a lot of exposure to the brand.  I contacted the company to inform them of the winners but then it went deadly quiet for a few weeks.  I emailed numerous times, tweeted and even tried to phone but there was no phone number on the website.  I had a very bad feeling about it all.

The winners, were incredibly understanding and said ‘Chrissie, don’t worry about it, it’s fine’.  But sorry, in my book, if I promise you something, I will deliver even if I have to pay for it myself.  In the end, a light bulb went off and I thought.  Why don’t a contact someone who offers a similar service and see if they would be willing to help me out of a pickle.  So, I contacted a company that I’ve worked with on a couple of occasions (see picture), explained my plight and was fully expecting them to politely decline as it was in no way their problem.

Knight in Shining Armour

But when I opened up my email first thing in the morning, I was pleasantly surprised; there was a response from Mark from Hello Canvas offering to help out.  Within 30 minutes the winners each had gift certificates for a photo on canvas with the size 16 x 24 inch/40 x 60 cm.  As another blogger said ‘this speaks volumes for the company’s ethos’ and I can’t agree more.

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to Mark and the team at Hello Canvas for bailing me out of a tight spot and if you think they’re as fab as I do please feel free to tweet them @hellocanvas telling them how wonderful they are.

As for the other company, after a very harsh email from myself and a bit of pressure from a few of my twitter friends I did get a response and they did in the end uphold their end of the bargain.  Apparently, they had an intern, who was responsible for this but has now been fired. They were very embarrassed by the whole situation, but in the end I still feel it’s the company’s responsibility.  Sadly, I will not be able to recommend them in future.



Win a gorgeous piece of kids art!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve run a competition, so I thought it was about time.  I was contacted by Carla Daly, an internationally known children’s artist. On her site you will find beautifully illustrated height charts, door signs, personalised nursery art and kid’s wall art at affordable prices, I didn’t see anything over £25.  I challenge you to find something that you don’t like.

I found it very difficult to choose an item to review as there were so many that I liked.  In the end, I went for a children’s wall map.  The artwork is truly gorgeous, capturing the essence of childhood and would be perfect for any child’s room.  The characters are uniquely adorable.  Plus, it came with all the fixings so we were able to hang it within 5 minutes of receiving it.  In fact my daughter snuck up and hung it herself!  However, she did hang it upside down!

Carla is offering one of my lucky readers a chance to win one of her pieces.  Simply enter below using Rafflecopter.  You can either use just ‘one’ or all the options for more chances to win.  This is the first time I’ve used Rafflecopter so please do let me know how you get on.

What is Truck Art?

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton.  As I’ve said in previous posts each time I go I find something new.  We were invited to the opening of the Truck Art Exhibit a few weeks back and now that I’ve seen the finished product, I really wish I could have gone to see a group of young people transform a Bedford truck into this!

Truly beautiful!

Truck Design Inspiration From Pakistan, Luton Museums on Flickr




The Truck is on display until the 29th of May.  It’s really worth a visit.




Personalised Birth Block Prints

I really wish I would’ve got one of these when Madame was little, but I guess better late than never.

The lovely Kirsty from Blockart sent me a few samples (personalised birth print, lower case alphabet and a festive reindeer) and I was truly impressed with the product and quality. She not only does personalised birth blocks but also nursery art including Ellie the Elephant, Helen’s Camel and Rory the Lion. Each piece of artwork is mounted on a precision cut block which is then finished to the highest quality.

‘Based just outside Edinburgh, BlockArt is a one woman band dedicated to bringing new affordable but unique nursery wall art to the UK. Currently we are able to provide a product 100% made in the UK, of which we are very proud.’

For obvious reasons these aren’t the exact block prints that I received but this should give you an idea of what they look like. I think they’re gorgeous and a great gift idea (£16.99), even if you’re child’s starting school in January.