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Goodbye Alexandra... Lets have some cake!

Friday, 28 September 2012

 This Friday we held a fair trade tea party at lunch time to say goodbye to our Creative Manager, Alexandra. Alexandra has been with Myakka for many years and her role has developed and changed with the growth of Myakka, from working in the Warehouse Shop to helping with designing the catalogue and new furniture pieces. 

To celebrate her leaving and moving on we held a Myakka style fair trade tea party where we all brought a plate of food. Some of the most popular dishes were Veronica's mini pasties (still warm!), Amelia’s olives and humus, Georgie’s egg sandwiches and then all the sweet food including Donna’s famous Malteser cake made with fair trade maltesers, Paul’s delicious sticky mars-bar cake and Natalie’s fair trade chocolate brownies. As part of the Big Fair Bake, organised by the Fair Trade Foundation, we all used as many fair trade ingredients as possible such as chocolates, sugar and nuts. Make sure any fair trade baking you do you register on the Fair Trade Foundations 'Take a Step' website. This involves us all taking a step for fair trade and then registering our steps to help reach the target of 1,500,000 steps for fair trade this year.

The whole team took an hour off and gave Alexandra a sending off to remember. We all ate far too much and Friday afternoon was taken at a slightly slower pace than normal.  Floe the dog was very excited by the whole event and spent the afternoon trying to catch the crumbs or any dropped food! She especially followed Rich from the warehouse around watching every bite he took!

Alexandra has the most amount of Myakka knowledge (she has nearly done every job here!) and will be sorely missed by the whole Myakka team. She is always smiling and always has something nice to say about everyone and everything.  We hope she remembers to pop in and see us once in a while and will always be welcome (especially if she brings some of her flapjacks!). We are all sorry you’re leaving but wish you the best of luck in the future!

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Regular readers of the Myakka blog will know that we work with the Somerset Community Foundation and are proud to have supported them over the past four years, building our Myakka Fund with the specific aim of helping communities in South Somerset. 

SCF have recently partnered supporting them in the latest ‘Grow your tenner’ campaign which starts on 25th September. The website is similar in principle to, but rather than larger, national charities, the site promotes local causes which have been approved through their area community foundation. These local groups are often small operations who don’t necessarily have charitable status such as youth schemes, allotment projects, disability forums, sports clubs, and day centres.  As such fundraising can be difficult and often absorbs a lot of their valuable volunteer time. provides an easy way for local people to find and support these important grassroots ventures and as donations are processed through the Somerset Community Foundation, they can also benefit from Giftaid which otherwise wouldn’t be available to them.

From 25th September, there is a government-backed initiative to the value of £500,000 to ‘Grow your tenner’ – every donation of £10 or more made through will have another £10 matched to it.  Considering the Giftaid benefit too, this could turn your £10 donation into around £22 of actual cash for your chosen group!  While Myakka’s involvement is through our support for Somerset Community Foundation, this is countrywide initiative so you can get involved to help projects in your local area. have an easy to use search facility so you can find all the good causes within a set radius to your postcode. This way you can find out more about what’s happening in your local area and chose who you would like to support. But the match funds are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so you need to act fast to give your chosen group the best benefit!

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Plastic Bottle Greenhouse!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

plastic bottle greenhouse upcycled
Here at Myakka we love recycling (see our previous post on our work with scrapstores), and we love thinking outside of the box to make something we all know from something different and more sustainable.
For these two reasons we love Sustainable Community Initiatives (SCI) idea of making an upcycled greenhouse from used plastic bottles. It makes perfect sense when you think about it!

Louise from SCI tells us about what they do…

"Sustainable Communities Initiatives (SCI) is based as Kinghorn Loch in Fife and works with communities at a grass roots level to inspire, support and demonstrate environmental and social sustainability. Our aim is to bring people together to create community and family cohesion. We deliver projects that people of all skills and ages can learn from, and by creating space and time for people to be together environmental and social problems are addressed in fun, creative and relaxed manner.

We run the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre, a fully autonomous, self-sustaining building, built by over 200 volunteers 2003-2004. The Earthship was the first of its kind to be built in Scotland and serves as a unique educational resource for the community, schools, colleges and families, and attracts visitors from Scotland, Europe and all over the world. It is also used for teambuilding days and other eco events.  An Earthiship is a passive solar building with thermal mass, this means it maintains a comfortable living temperature all year round. It is all made from natural and recycled materials – predominantly earth rammed tyres and aluminium cans. It is powered by renewable energy, such as wind, water and solar power. It catches its own water supply from rainwater, and treats and contains its own sewage in planter beds.

At the SCI we also run fun and educational workshops in schools and at events. A very popular workshop is our week-long Plastic Bottle Greenhouse builds. The build is a waste education experience beginning with the children (and adults) collecting 1500 2-litre plastic bottles. Our facilitator then spends a week with them, helping to build a greenhouse which can be used for plant growing, classroom and play activities.

Our plastic bottle greenhouses are much more than recycling! They are educational packages that the kids never forget. For one week kids are builders, eco-champions and have the fun experience of watching their waste being transformed into a unique eco-structure that they can proudly use for years to come."

For further information, have a look at SCI's website: You can also contact SCI on telephone: 01592 891884 or email

For more information on a selection of our own recycled products, click here: Eco Chalk boards, Patchwork footstools: Moti Ari cushions, Tea Light holders

We would like to wish the Sustainable Communities Initiatives the best of luck in the future and hope they bring many more projects to the community. If you would like more information about building a recycled plastic bottle Greenhouse then please do contact them, they would love to help!

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New Catalogue out Now!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The brand new Myakka catalogue is out now. The new Autumn-Winter catalogue is full of exciting new furniture lines as well as all our customer favourites and best sellers. This catalogue now also includes lots of soft furnishings and accessories as well as our new fast-find furniture directory. This new edition to catalogue is a great way to find the perfect piece of furniture for your home. So if you are looking for a coffee table, all our coffee table options are in one accessible place.

As well as all of our existing favourites the new catalogue includes lots of new and exclusive furniture lines. New lines have been added to our Mallani, Thakat, Chandra, Surin and Hathi ranges but the range that has grown the most is the Orissa range which was brand new for spring 2012.  Orissa started with two popular taster pieces, it has now grown to include 10 new furniture lines.  This exclusive range to Myakka is solid mango wood with hand carved details.

One of the Myakka’s team favourite new pieces of furniture is the new Orissa Petite Sideboard. From the outside the sideboard has double doors, but when opened it reveals a secret full-width drawer perfect for your silverware. Another of our favourite new Orissa pieces is the new Orissa Storage Coffee Table which is on the front cover of the new catalogue sat on the Ooty Stripe Wool Kilim Rug.

Our ever popular Surin range has increased this autumn with five new lines. The Surin Forest Table is a perfect edition to your home if you love elephants and hand carvings. Carved by skilled artisans in Thailand from solid Monkey Pod wood this table is a real piece of art as well a practical piece of furniture. The Surin Storyteller’s Chair is the perfect chair for enjoying your favourite book or sharing your favourites stories with others. Carved from Monkey Pod wood in Thailand this chair provides the perfect perch.

Our ever growing Mallani range includes new designs for the living room, dining room and bedroom.  As our Contemporary Nest of Tables and Mallani Duet Tables are always so popular our design team have come up with the new Mallani Tall Nest of Two Tables. Naturally neat and space efficient these tables slide together perfectly. The Mallani Open Tallboy is the perfect storage option. With four useful drawers and two open shelves this tallboy provides the perfect option to hide away clutter and useful storage.

The Hathi range welcomes two new pieces to the elephant family. The Hathi Wide Screen TV Console is perfect for large widescreens with some added elephant charm and the Hathi Console Table has three useful drawers and a handy shelf.

The traditional Thakat range has two new pieces also. Based on the popular Thakat columns the Thakat Column with Cupboard is the same dimensions as the Thakat 4 Drawer Column but with a cupboard instead of a drawer. The Thakat Companion has a large cupboard with removable mid height shelf as well a drawer and a useful display surface on top.

Our Chandra range also has new pieces. Based on the best selling Chandra Stool, we are now able to offer a Chandra Large Stool, perfectly sized for the end of the bed. If you need storage then the Chandra Storage Coffee Table is the answer. With six half-length drawers and a large storage area under the lid. This is perfect for storing DVDs, CDs and toys.

We hope you love all our new furniture range, don’t forget to look out for our new soft furnishings and accessories. Remember we design all our new furniture in house so please share ideas and requests as many of our designs are based on customer requests.

If you haven’t received your new catalogue or would like to request another copy for family or friends simply click here

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