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Celebrate the Jubilee in style – FREE bunting

Thursday, 24 May 2012

To celebrate the Jubilee, Myakka is giving away pack of Union Jack Bunting with orders over £50 for FREE. All you have to do to claim your free bunting is quote the promotion code ‘DIAMONDQUEEN’  at the checkout to claim your free gift.  This pretty Union Jack Bunting is worth £9.95 and would add a touch of fun to any celebration throughout the year. We love the bunting here at Myakka so much, we even have some up in the Warehouse Shop and office!

This offer is only valid for orders placed between Thursday 24th May and Sunday 27th May, so make sure you’re quick. Remember you have to spend £50 which doesn’t include any delivery charges. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer of promotion and it can only be redeemed once per customer. This offer is only valid for Bunting Union Jack C7712 £9.95 and we can’t swap it for anything else. For any more information about T&Cs please visit

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Celebrate with Cake!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Here at Myakka when we aren’t talking about furniture, we are talking about and making (and of course eating) cakes. With the Jubilee fast approaching, we thought we could share some of our favourite cake recipes with you in preparation for any street parties and events you may have coming up.

Alexandra’s Flapjack recipe has proven to be really popular in the office and the recipe has been passed around to lots of people here. If you like a nice gooey and chewy flapjack, this is the recipe for you…

      • 500g porridge Oats
      • 250g butter
      • 250g  fair trade brown Sugar
      • 4-6 tablespoons golden syrup
      Melt together the butter, sugar and golden syrup. Add the porridge oats along with any extra ingredients you may want to add such as sultanas, raisins, pine nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seed, or nuts….anything you fancy really. Press it down into a shallow tin and bake at 180°C for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown. Delicious!

      If pretty cupcakes are more your thing, then why not try Natalie’s Jubilee Cupcakes. Decorated with red, white and blue butter icing, these cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate the Queen’s 60 Years.

      For the cupcakes-

      • 200g soft butter
      • 200g fair trade caster sugar
      • A couple of drops of vanilla extract
      • 4 free range eggs
      • 200g plain flour
      • 10g baking powder
      • Pinch of salt

      For the butter icing – (this makes more than enough for the 12 cupcakes)

      • 200g very soft butter
      • 400g fair trade icing sugar
      • A couple of drops of vanilla extract
      • Red and blue food colouring, I always use gel food colouring.
      Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat. One at a time beat in the eggs. If the mixture begins to curdle add in a table spoon of flour. Then fold in the remaining flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. If the mixture is very stiff, you can add some milk to loosen it. Put into cupcake cases (I have used special union jack cupcake cases which are everywhere at the moment), about 12 or so and bake in the centre of the oven at 170°C for about 25 minutes until golden and cooked all the way through.  Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then move to wire rack to cool completely.

      For the icing beat the butter until completely smooth with no lumps, a bit at the time add the icing sugar and beat hard, keep going until the mixture is pale and fluffy. The more you beat the mixture, the lighter in colour it will become making it better for the ‘white’ part of the icing. Separate the mixture into three bowls, of roughly equal amounts of icing. Add red food colouring to one bowl and blue food colouring to the other, as per instructions on the pack and beat well to ensure the colour is even throughout. Next use a piping bag fitted with a medium star nozzle and fill with alternate spoonful’s of the three different colour icing. Then decorate the cooled cupcakes with the piping bag and you should get a pretty marbled, 3 colour effect.

      If you have a go at making any of these recipes, please do let us know how it goes on Facebook and Twitter. Here at Myakka headquarters we are holding a Jubilee Tea Party to celebrate where we will hopefully be eating lots of delicious cakes and sandwiches made by the Myakka team. Finger crossed the sunny weather continues so we can make it a picnic! Watch this space for pictures of our yummy homemade treats.

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      The Wedding Season! - Gift Accounts at Myakka

      Tuesday, 22 May 2012

      As wedding season fast approaches, we thought we would let you know about the Gift List service we offer.  This service is especially great if you are both getting married or have a special occasion coming up and love Myakka furniture and accessories. It is simple to set up and easy for your friends and relatives to contribute to.

      A Myakka gift account is simple to set up and allows your friends and family to make additions to your account with any amount over £10 and they can leave you a special personal message.  Simply contact us and we will set you up an account and provide you with printed cards with details of how to make contributions.

      After your special occasion we will contact you and pass on your personal messages and let you know your account balance. Now it is the fun part, deciding on what you would like to order from Myakka!

      Currently this service in not available online so simply give us a call and we will happily set you up with your own account. Call us on 0845 460 3122 (local rate) Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm and get you started. We’re a friendly bunch and enjoy a chat so please give us a call and talk through your requirements and we will be happy to help.

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      A Grand Designs Success

      Thursday, 17 May 2012

      We have just returned from one of our most successful trips to Grand Designs LIVE. This was our fourth time exhibiting at the show and we had a great time meeting lots of customer, both new and existing and talking to lots of people about our furniture and the Myakka ethos.

      After a pretty slick set up on Friday 4th May (except for a missing mattresses!) we were ready for the show to open on Saturday Morning. Five of the Myakka team manned the show throughout the nine day period and we all came back to the office feeling positive after chatting to existing customers about their furniture and telling lots of new customers all about Myakka.

      We took as many new furniture and accessory lines as possible to the exhibition so we could show as many customer as possible all the new lovely things we have. This year we took lots of new pieces from our Hathi range including the Hathi Double Bed, Hathi Corner Cupboard, Hathi Carved Coffee Tables and the Hathi Brass Cupboard. Lots of customers commented that they love the elephants and suggested great new ideas to add to the range. People were intrigued to hear how each of the Sheesham Elephants were hand carved before being put together to create the finished piece of furniture. This means that no two pieces will ever be the same.

      This year we ran a competition to give away a Surin Infinity Table every day of the show. This little table is one of our best sellers and the competition proved really popular with hundreds of people entering. We had nine very happy winners all of whom have a lovely Surin Infinity Table on the way out to them.

      We always find Grand Designs LIVE a great way to get new ideas for new furniture pieces from our customers. At the end of the show our notebook was full of suggestions for new items and our furniture design team are now busy working on sketching these ideas ready to be sent over to our manufacturer in India to be made into prototypes. We always love to hear ideas for new designs, so please let us know if there is something we are missing from our range, let us know on Facebook or Twitter or send us an email to

      After nine busy days at the show, Sunday evening came around and the close down went without a hitch with the team back in Somerset by 11pm (which is a new record for pack down!). As everyone knows unpacking is the worst part of being away and with two vans to go through the Warehouse team had a busy Monday morning unpacking all the furniture and accessories as well as packing all the orders!

      We hope everyone who visited Grand Designs LIVE had a great time and went home feeling as inspired as we did. We saw loads of amazing things at the show including the longest sofa any of us had ever seen!

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      Celebrate World Fair Trade Day and WIN!

      Thursday, 10 May 2012

      We know the value of supporting fair trade here at Myakka and to celebrate World Fair Trade Day we have teamed up with some of our non- furniture friends to offer you the chance to win everything you need for a delicious fair trade breakfast. This year World Fair Trade Day will take place on May 12th and we're all being asked to register our breakfasts as part of the Take A Step campaign, launched earlier this year during Fairtrade Fortnight. The aim is to get the UK to take 1.5 million steps for Fairtrade by the end of 2012. Already more than 545,000 steps have been taken, but we still have a million more to go with each one taking us closer to the better deal from global trade that millions more farmers and workers so urgently need.  Register your Fair Trade breakfast and make your 'step' count!

      The lucky winner of our Fair Trade Breakfast Hamper will be able to enjoy...

      All you have to do is add milk and your favourite local bread (maybe even make some yourself!) for a delicious and ethical fair trade breakfast. You could even treat yourself to some fair trade fruit such as blueberries and oranges.  Simple!

      To be in with a chance to win this hamper of delicious goodies, just 'Like' us on Facebook and answer a simple question.  We've also set up a Pinterest Board showing you all the great breakfast prizes and would love to see pics of your special Fair Trade breakfast – click here to admire all of the prizes on Pinterest, and for a bonus point or two, pop over to our facebook page and post a photo of your breakfast on Saturday 12th! We'll add them to our Pinterest board as we go along!

      Food is a great way to celebrate World Fair Trade Day, if breakfast isn’t your thing, why not make a delicious chocolate cake using fair trade cocoa, or how about a banana loaf with some yummy fair trade bananas.

      Fair trade is fundamental to everything we do here at Myakka so celebrating days such as this are important to us as the all our furniture, so why not let us know on Facebook and Twitter how you plan to celebrate world fair trade day!

      We have just finished putting a Pinterest board together with all you amazing pictures of your fair trade breakfasts. To take a look at these amazing brekkies simply click here. There are some examples of the amazing fair trade breakfast below including the winning home made granola.

      **This competition has now closed, many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to enter, and the lucky winner is Vicky from London.**

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      Exclusive Offer – Compost and Save!

      Sunday, 6 May 2012

      Here at Myakka when we aren’t talking furniture we are always looking at ways we can all become more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint.

      To celebrate Compost Awareness Week we have teamed up with Hotbin Composting to offer you a fantastic £10 off a HOTBIN. Compost Awareness Week runs this year from Sunday 6th May to Saturday 12th May and is all about encouraging more of us to compost and recycle more.

      We want to encourage as many people as possible to start to compost their waste as it reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and it great news for your garden too. Composting using a HOTBIN brings many rewards. Not only do you keep your garden and food waste out of landfill sites, but you also produce rich compost, which can be used on flower beds and vegetable plots. Not only can fruit, vegetables and garden waste be added to the bin, its clever design ensures all food waste including meat and fish can be composted effectively with less odour and fewer flies.  You will be returning all those lovely nutrients back into your compost to help your garden flourish.

      The HOTBIN is designed to help maximize what nature does naturally by bringing together the right conditions to make hot composting easy. It works as you can actively achieve temperatures between 40 -60C. These higher temperatures along with the effective aeration allows the HOTBIN to effortlessly reduce and recycle a wide variety of food and garden waste into great compost all year round. In fact at those temperatures you can expect to harvest a batch of beautiful ‘black gold’ every three months.

      To claim you £10 off these amazing compost bins simply quote the promotion code COMPweek2012 when you visit Hotbin Composting website, during Composting Awareness Week 6th-12th May.

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      Go green and take part in the Great British Walking Challenge

      Thursday, 3 May 2012

      Here at Myakka when we aren’t packing furniture, chatting to our customers or designing new furniture we like to stay fit and healthy by walking as much as possible. But walking is a great way of getting around. The charity Living Streets has research to show that if we all swapped 5 short car journeys under 2km in to walks we could reduce our personal carbon footprint by 86kg per year.

      To encourage us all to do a little more walking and a little less driving Living Streets hold the Great British Walking Challenge which takes place this month in May as part of the charities National Walking Month. The aim is to get people walking across the country and see how many times we can collectively walk form Land’s End to John O’Groats .

      To help and encourage us on our way, Living Streets have lots of tools to calculate how far you have walked, how much CO2 you have saved and record the steps you have taken.  The Great British Walking Week is open to everyone regardless of fitness levels and age. Every walk counts, whether it is to pop down to your local shop, a quick walk to school or work in the morning, of just a leisurely stroll around your neighbourhood.

      Why not get a group of friends together and go for a long walk in the country, or how about getting off the bus a stop  early so you can walk and prepare yourself for the day, one of the easiest way to increase your walking is taking a lunch hour stroll, a great way to clear your mind before the afternoon and you get a break from your computer screen! Don’t forget to register you steps online, just click here to let Living Streets know how far you have walked and make your steps count towards the challenge.

      This year Living Streets are asking us to go on Twitter and Facebook and share our walking images and sounds. If using Twitter then simply use the hashtag #gbwalk. There is also a challenge on Pinterest to try and get as many Mums as possible to share unique images from their walking with the hastag #mumswalk. So why not share some of things that you love about walking. Whether it is an unusal shaped tree and pretty coloured sky, share your images on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

      The best pins will be added to the Living Streets Pinterest board and their favourite images will be used  for a real life walking photography exhibition planned for June.

      To sign up for the challenge this month click here

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