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EARTH DAY: End Plastic Pollution

take the plastic pledge

Image courtesy of Greenpeace

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Here at Powell Craft we are passionate about reducing our commercial waste. One of the biggest fights of today is plastic pollution. Not only is it impacting our waters and marine life, but also the food chain and our overall health. Around 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and 90% of that is thrown away. To help do your bit for our planet, there are ways you can help reduce your plastic waste.

Here are my top 5 tips . . .

Powell Craft tips on how to reduce plastic

 

    1. Say ‘NO’ to straws – In America alone, 500 million straws are used every day. They are used for a few minutes and then discarded. Once in the environment, they never decompose but break up into smaller pieces. Small and light, they can end up lodged in the nostrils of sea turtles and perforating the stomachs of penguins. Can’t live without your plastic straws? Simply, purchase a reusable one. This isn’t the solution though. Corporations, like MacDonalds, need to take responsibility and reduce the amount of waste they create. By refusing a plastic straw it will help get the message across that they need to stop handing them out when you purchase drinks.
    2. Use a reusable coffee cup – Did you know that 100 billion single-use coffee cups are thrown away globally each year? A multitude of coffee cups can’t be recycled as they are lined with invisible plastic to make them waterproof. Some independent coffee shops have started serving coffee in compostable cups but a majority haven’t made the change. If you are not sure if your local coffee shop is using compostable cups, you can get your coffee fix by using a reusable cup. Some coffee shops will offer you a small discount to fill up your reusable coffee cup. Just think of the money you would save! All you need to do is to remember to carry one around in your bag.
    3. Drink tap water – In the UK alone, we get through 8 million single-use bottled water a year, with only a fraction being recycled. Luckily our government is taking note and more water refill stations will be popping up around the country making it a lot easier to use a refillable water bottle. Please don’t be tempted to re-use your Evian plastic bottle! A lot of the plastics used to make single-use bottles become toxic after multi-use and are not BPA safe!
    4. Swop your plastic toothbrush – Toothbrushes are hard to recycle as they are made from a multitude of materials (plastics containing crude oil and bristles made from nylon). The average human will use 156 toothbrushes in a lifetime. The solution? Non-plastic toothbrushes! I have been using The Environmental Toothbrush which is made from bamboo and love it! The quality is excellent and didn’t cost the earth (£3 at Brighton’s local health food shop, Infinity Foods).
    5. Stop buying food wrapped in plastic – Large supermarket chains have been wrapping fruit and vegetables in unnecessary plastic for a while now. It is convenient for shoppers to grab a non-recyclable bag of potatoes or a tray of tenderstem broccoli when they are on the go, but our laziness is hurting the environment. Most fruit and veg have their own natural wrapping and can be easily washed before eating. Selling an individual avocado on a little plastic tray wrapped in plastic is very unneeded. Marks and Spencer have taken note of this and started selling avocado unwrapped and with the barcode laser printed onto the skin, so no sticky labels needed. Ways you can help? Go to your local market or independent shop and buy local, seasonal, unpackaged fruit and veg! Tends to be cheaper and free from harmful chemical wrapping.

So there you have it! Our top 5 tips to reduce plastic waste. There are lots of other things you can do and you can find them here. If you have any tips on how to reduce plastic waste, please share in the comments below  🙂

 

 

 

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Dino Bundle Giveaway!!!

 

dino bundle competition with powell craft, house of disaster and designosauryeah

We are joining forces with Brighton friends, House of Disaster and DesignosaurYEAH, to bring you a dino-tastic giveaway!!!

Bundle includes:

Powell Craft Dinosaur Print Raincoat

Powell Craft Dinosaur Print Backpack

House of Disaster LED Dinosaur Light

House of Disaster Origami T-Rex Egg Cup

House of Disaster Origami Dinosaur Flask

DesignosaurYEAH Triceratops Shuttle Patch

DesignosaurYEAH Triceratops Wings Patch

DesignosaurYEAH Parasaurolophus in a Speedboat Enamel Pin 

How to enter

Simply use the Rafflecopter below to follow Powell Craft, House of Disaster and DesignosaurYEAH on Instagram. You can also gain extra entries by tweeting about the comp or following us on Facebook or Twitter

Competition ends at midnight on Tuesday 8th May 2018 and is open worldwide. One lucky winner will be picked on Wednesday 9th May 2018

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All images are subject to copyright

Please ask for permission before using!

Thank you 🙂 

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The Dream Pillow

the dream pillow featuring powell craft nightdress

the dream pillow logo

the dream pillow featuring powell craft nightdress

the dream pillow featuring powell craft nightdress

Bumble Bee Nightdress

Do your children suffer from bad dreams? Then you should check out The Dream Pillow! Originally dreamt up by a 7-year-old girl, to help her little brother fight recurring bad dreams. The Dream Pillow encourages children to write down their hopes, aspirations and dreams on a ‘blank idea card’, which is then placed inside the pillow. They can then cuddle their soft, cosy pillow whilst creating a safe zone and a bedtime ritual, which all contributes to a restful nights sleep.

According to ClevelandClinic.org, up to 50% of children have nightmares significant enough to worry their parents. The Dream Pillow helps eliminate this, as it has been proven that a positive bedtime routine carried out for 2-4 weeks can reduce the frequency of bad dreams.

What do you think of Dream Pillow? They recently did a photo shoot using our nightwear and here are the results! If you would like to find out more about The Dream Pillow you can find them here

the dream pillow featuring powell craft nightdress

Jenny Girl’s Nightdress

the dream pillow featuring nautical and tractor pyjamas by powell craft

Anchor Cosy Pyjamas and Tractor Cosy Pyjamas 

the dream pillow featuring powell craft nightdress

Jenny Girl’s Nightdress

 

ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT + SOURCED FROM THE DREAM PILLOW

PLEASE ASK FOR PERMISSION BEFORE USING

THANK YOU 🙂

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AS SEEN ON : Piper Morgan

Powell Craft customer piper morgan @pipermorgan_

Powell Craft customer piper morgan @pipermorgan_

We love to see Powell Craft customer’s wearing our designs. Recently we were sent these beautiful photos of little Piper Morgan, all the way from Mississippi. Piper is wearing one of our Swiss Dot nightdresses and just had to share! Doesn’t she look adorable? The lighting is just magical and I highly recommend checking out her Instagram page. This girl is one little fashionista and very lucky to have a photographer for her Mummy, as all her images are exquisite!

If you have photos you would like to share with us, please email them to jennie@powellcraft.co.uk. You can also shop our nightwear here

Powell Craft customer piper morgan @pipermorgan_

Powell Craft customer piper morgan @pipermorgan_

Powell Craft customer piper morgan @pipermorgan_
Powell Craft customer piper morgan @pipermorgan_

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Six Fun Activities To Do Now Spring Has Come

All in all everyone seems happier in springtime, the sky is looking a lot less grey,  flowers are starting to sprout and there is also much more to do. We think that the best way to enjoy this magical time of year is to spend as much time outside as possible so here are six fun activities that are great for all the family.

A Blustery Walk In The Woods

Woodlands in springtime are enchanting, there are often bluebells amongst the dead leaves giving you the feeling that summer is on its way. There is lots of fun to be had in the woods from tree climbing, flower picking, and camp building. However, the sun isn’t always shining during the spring- especially in England so it’s probably best to come prepared for the weather. Have a look at our gorgeous rainwear collection, you are bound to find something fit for the woods.

 

Powell Craft Rainwear

 

Host A Garden Party

Do you or someone close to you have a birthday during the spring? Hosting a party in your garden is a great way to celebrate a springtime birthday. Not only does it minimise mess in your house but it leaves room for children to play outside while you enjoy the warmer weather. Worried about decoration? Bunting is brilliant for outside and, if you are feeling really adventurous you could make your own using our specially designed fabric. We do also sell ready made bunting but making your own can be a fun activity to try with children.

 

Fairy Print Fabric

 

Go For A Teddy Bear’s Picnic 

Are you fed up of the kids running around inside all the time? Taking them for a Teddy Bear’s picnic is a brilliant way for children to play with their favourite toy and get out of the house at the same time. Have a look at our gorgeous collection of teddy bears you might find an extra guest that you want to invite…

 

Teddies

 

Stroll Along The Seafront

If you are nearer the seaside than the woods then walking along the beach is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon especially if you have a newborn. The sound of the sea often calms down anxious children and the ocean air is great for clearing away any nasty bugs that are still lingering from the winter. Although, don’t forget to wrap up warm- it can get very windy. Our traditional pram blankets will keep your little one nice and cosy.

 

baby-with-pram-blanket-

 

Make A Fairy Garden

Sometimes it can be too hectic to organise a big day out. So, playing in the garden can be just as fun especially if you want to do some gardening yourself. Children can often find their own garden a bit boring but, if there is a fun activity involved like building a home for the garden fairies, it can keep them occupied for hours.

 

fairy-garden

 

Have A Sleepover

Kids burn a lot more energy when they are playing outside, so after all the fun daytime activities it can be nice to have a quiet evening in. Make sure you’ve got a classic Disney film, plenty of snacks and some cosy pyjamas, then you are good to go. We’ve got a wonderful range of nightwear for both adults and children… you never know, you might want to join in on the fun too!

 

sleepover

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“Where’s Dolly” Competition Terms and Conditions

Last week we received a wonderful photo from Emily Palmer (age 6) with her rag doll collection. We’ve found that our ragdolls are very popular among our customers so we have decided to launch a competition for the chance to win a brand new rag doll of your choice.

Powell Craft Rag Dolls

How To Enter:

  • Post a picture of you and your favourite rag doll doing an exciting activity on Instagram, Pinterest Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag ‘#PowellCraftDolls’. It can be anything from a blustery trip to the beach or a fun day out go-karting- just as long as you are having fun!
  • We will sort through all the entries and pick a winner on Friday 8th April.

Disclaimer: Please note that by entering into this competition, you are giving us the permission to use your photo on our website, social media and our catalogue.

 

Good luck, and have lots of fun with your doll!

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Five Steps To Hosting The Perfect Tea Party

Most people will agree that the two major elements to hosting a tea party are tea, and lots of cake. However, hosting the perfect tea party takes time and preparation, and the key to a great one is creating the right atmosphere. Here are some quick steps you can follow to make sure that your party goes according to plan.

Step One: The Right China To Serve Your Tea
Don’t underestimate the power of having great china. You don’t necessarily have to have matching china but sticking to a colour scheme is probably a good idea. Subtle pastel colours like powder blue or pink work nicely for a tea party and, go very well with cake icing. Have a look at our Trafalgar porcelain range we’ve got everything, from sugar bowls to teapots that can make your table stand out. Dainty teacups like these are also great for serving loose leaf tea which will make your table seem even more luxurious.

Trafalgar Tea Cups

 

Step Two: A Variety Of Cake
You can forget the tea, we all know that the real reason people host tea parties is so that they can justify eating copious amounts of cake. If you are not much of a baker then simple cupcakes or biscuits with fancy icing will fool people into thinking that you were a finalist in last years Bake Off. If you are quite good with a whisk and spatula you could try catering for your friends who can’t normally eat cake, maybe some gluten free brownies or an egg free carrot cake. More importantly, the way you present your cakes will add to the whole ambiance of your event, our
powder pink cake stand will look stunning on your table.

Vintage cake stand


Step Three: Plenty of 
Bunting
Remember, you are hosting a party, therefore decoration is a must. Something that works perfectly for daytime events like a tea party is bunting. Traditionally it’s used to decorate outside areas for things like village fetes. However, it can also look fabulous inside, and give you that summery feeling if you decide to host your tea party in the winter time. Bunting is also a brilliant way to portray what your tea party is celebrating. Bank holiday or birthday party, you are bound to find a style of bunting to fit the occasion.
 Union Jack Bunting Step Four:  Having Appropriate 
Table Decor
If you want to follow the more traditional style, lace is crucial to creating a perfect table setting. Doyleys are having a comeback, they are no longer something that sits on your great grandmother’s mantle piece but a key ingredient in creating that vintage style. Lace also looks beautiful with flowers which, are a must. Have a look at our gorgeous handmade lace table cloths and create the perfect vintage spread.

Vintage Lace Doyley

Step Five: Making it Child Friendly
Tea parties are great for family parties because they are almost always in the daytime, which means there will be no late nights and the children can enjoy the party just as much as the adults. It’s always good to have things to keep the children occupied, maybe some playground games for outside, or if it is cold you could create place settings for the children and their toys. Our rag dolls make the perfect tea party companion for any little girl or boy.

Handmade Rag Dolls