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Helping Somerset - Wincanton Men's Shed

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

As part of our continual support of the Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and the Myakka Grass root funds we have recently made a donation to the Men’s Shed in Wincanton. The Men’ Shed is a group that started in Australia to provide a place for men to spend time and interact with each other. The shed started as an answer to the problem  of men disappearing from the community after retiring, this can often mean poor health and a lower life expectancy.

Men's Shed offers a group of men the chance to share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work and socialise.

There are now over 226 Men’s Shed groups across the UK with about 4,300 shed members (shedders) with on average 2 new sheds opening every week. We are lucky enough to have a group in Wincanton, Somerset that is where our HQ is based. The Wincanton Men’s Shed meets twice a week to have ago at woodworking and making anything from bird boxes to auricula theatre (a garden shelving unit to show off plants). The Wincanton shedders have also been involved with helping to restore the benches around Wincanton Town, ensuring they are safe and useable for all the community. There is also a lawnmower maintenance group that meet once a week and are part of the shedders.

It was great to meet some of the shedders and to be able to see the work that they have completed and hear about their plans for the shed and to try and encourage new members. So if you fancy some company and enjoy using your hands, why not join your local Shed.

Wincanton Men’s Shed meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10am and are always looking for new members, more wood and old tools.Why not come and say hello?

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Get 11% off!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

We all have a never ending list of people to buy gifts for at Christmas, luckily Myakka has a full range of interesting and exciting gifts for everyone on that list. To make gift buying even easier this Christmas we are giving you 11% off with every order over £100 with our offer code SNOWFLAKE! This offer is only valid for 11 days from the 22nd November, so be quick.

To claim this amazing offer all you need to do is add all your gifts, accessories and furniture to your basket and then just enter the promotion code SNOWFLAKE to claim your 11% saving. But be quick because this offer ends on Wednesday 2nd December 2015.

*SNOWFLAKE terms and conditions

Please quote your promotion code SNOWFLAKE when ordering to save 11% on your next order over £100 only. Offer excludes delivery charges. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or special offer. For full terms and conditions, please visit Offer valid until 2nd December 2015.

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The 'something for everyone' Christmas Gift Guide

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

There are always a couple of people we find it difficult to buy the perfect present for. Whether it is for the man who has everything, your fussy Mother in Law or the niece with too many toys. To help, we have put together our top 5 favourite gifts for Her, Him and the little ones to help you find the perfect pressie this Christmas...

For Her
1. Polka Dot Scarf only £18.95
A pretty and practical present available in three colours. Perfect for adding a splash of cheerful colour and warmth to any outfit.

2. Surin Love Heart Table only £119
Show her how much she means to you with this fascinating heart shaped stool, hand carved from solid Monkey Pod wood

3. Zanzibar Kilim Footsotol only £69.95
Encourage her to put her feet up with this striking footstool. The perfect height for tired feet whilst sitting on the sofa watching the Queens speech.

4. Wooden Quintuple Photo Frame only £19.95
Fill this pretty photo frame with five photos she loves, this perfect present is both sentimental and attractive.

5. Indian Painted Four Drawer Chest only £39.95
Give her somewhere lovely to keep all of her jewellery and bits and pieces with this pretty box has four drawers, perfect for sorting and tidying all her jewellery.

For Him
1. Glass Tile Box only £34.95
The perfect present for the man who has everything, this glass tile box is both attractive and practical and makes the perfect store for anything from Playstation controllers to cuff links and tie clips.

2. Laughing Buddha from only £79.95
This friendly Buddha will bring a smile to anyone’s face and rubbing his tummy should bring you some good luck.

3. Sheesham Photo Frame from only £14.95 Buy 3 for 2
Put his favourite image in one of these smart photo frames, available in two sizes and are great value at 3 for 2

4. Shed Sanctuary Sign only £9.95
For all the guys out there whose shed is their home from home – this sign is the perfect present letting them know you appreciate how important their shed is!

5. Surin Library Table from only £109
If you know a bookworm than this Surin Library Table is the perfect present to accompany their growing book collection.

For Children
1. Woven Ellie Stool only £99.95
This practical and fun stool has been skilfully woven from rattan onto a wire frame into the shape of an elephant. Perfect for all the animal lovers.

2. Wooden Elephant Bookends only £29.95
These fun bookends would look great in a child’s bedrooms and are the perfect gift for any young budding readers.

3. Fairy or Football String of Lights from only £22.95
These fun lights would add a touch if fun and colour to any kids bedroom or playroom, the footballs are red, blue and white so will fit in with most team kit colours!

4. Indian Painted Chests from only £34.95
Little girls love little boxes and drawers to store their worldly treasures and this pretty and colourful painted chest are perfect.

5. Surin Bruno the Bear Stool only £149
This friendly bear stool is the perfect accessory for any child’s bedroom. Hand carved from solid wood this stool also makes the perfect bedside table.

Whoever you have left on your Christmas list, a fair trade gift will mean you are not only bringing a smile to the receiver but also helping the community the gift was made in. A little extra thought can mean a gift that last a lifetime.

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Easy Steps to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

One of the best things about Christmas is meeting up with all your friends and family. This can mean that the, often neglected, spare room gets a little more use than normal and may need a little bit of TLC to make it a home from home for your guests. We have come up with seven easy steps to make sure your spare room is inviting and comfortable for all your guests.

Step 1 – A comfy bed
An essential for any bedroom. After a long day travelling, eating and socialising there is nothing better than getting into a comfy bed for a lovely long sleep. This Mallani Curved Bed is made from solid wood and is designed to last a lifetime. With its timeless style, it will suit any décor and provide the perfect rest for a sleepy visitor.

Step 2 – Storage
Having somewhere for your visitors to unpack their luggage is a really easy way to make your guests feel more at home. With space for storage at a premium, a bedside cabinet with drawers won’t take up too much floor space but provides useful drawers for storage. The Mallani Cabinet is the perfect height for a bedside and provides three useful drawers storage.

Step 3 – Warm and Cosy
Make your guests as comfy as possible by adding coordinating cushions and bedspread to the bed. Choose warm, comfortable fabrics such as cotton and rich warm colours to make their stay super luxurious and cosy. Our Ellie Print Quilt and matching Ellie Print Cushions are the perfect choice for both comfort and style and will bring a smile to your guest face thanks to the cheerful elephant print.

Step 4 – Create a calming atmosphere
Everyone can feel a little frazzled over the Christmas period so choose some clever lighting to make you guest room a restful retreat. A bedside lamp can also make a room feel more cosy, with the addition of some of your favourite books will help your visitors feel right at home. We have a great selection of lamps and lighting but one of our favourites is the Pair of Oceana Pearl Table Lamps, the perfect addition to any bedside table.

Step 5 – Personal Touches
Picture frames and photos really do make the room feel more loved and lived in. A few photo frames with your favourite images are bound to make your visitor smile. Our Sheesham Photo Frames look great with any style of décor and will frame your most treasured images perfectly.

Step 6 – Relaxing Scent
To help create a lovely ambience, a Scented Reed Diffuser or scented candle is the perfect way to make your spare room feel fresh and welcoming. A reed diffuser releases scented oils that diffuse gently in to your room for a constant and subtle scent, we have a range of 6 different scents such as Bluebell and Citrus & Lemongrass, all available in both small and large. Scented candle are the perfect way to give a room a lovely scent and looks so pretty when lit. Our Large Scented Candles are available in nine lovely fragrances and you can buy 2 for only £18 – the Orange, Clove and Cinnamon smells just like Christmas! Why not pair with a Recycled Glass Hurricane Lamp to create the perfect warming glow with a welcoming scent.

Step 7 – Refreshments
It’s the little touches that make the difference. No one likes to have to go down to the kitchen in the middle of the night for a drink so why not provide a carafe or bottle of water and some glasses? Our recycled glass range has all you need for your guests, the Authentic Clear Glass Bottle and Authentic Set of 3 Clear Glass Tumblers will help keep your visitor hydrated and fresh.

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War on Waste? We're right behind you Hugh!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Here at Myakka we welcome the call-to-arms made by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his latest BBC1 TV series, Hugh's War on Waste.  While episode one focussed on waste in Hugh's home territory of food (power to the ugly parsnip!), episode two sees him venture into the world of textiles and clothing. Bravo Hugh! This is an issue to close to our hearts and we've been championing recycled textiles for years.

Many of our popular products are made from recycled materials, including our favourite Moti Ari collection including cushions, wall hangings, table mats and runners. Also made of reclaimed recycled fabrics is a selection of rugs: rainbow round rugs and spiral rugs.

This season, we also introduced an exciting new rug to our range, made from recycled plastic, the Everywhere Eco Rug can be used indoors or outdoors as it is easily cleaned. Yet despite it's recycled nature and dual functionality it gets full marks for contemporary style!

So well done Hugh, we're right behind you. Can't wait for episode 2. BBC 1 Monday 9 November 2015.

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Pre-Christmas Delivery - guaranteed for early orders!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Festive shopping with Myakka is really easy. Just give our friendly customer service team a call to place your order on 0345 460 3122 and then get on with your festive preparations while we deliver your order straight to your door.

So why not place your orders for Christmas now keep ahead of the crowds? It isn’t too late to update your dining room with a dining table set or make your guests welcome with a new bed or a rug and quilt. Our website features realtime stock availability and we can get all in-stock products out in time for Christmas, for orders in advance of the dates below.

Standard Delivery – order by noon Tuesday 22nd December
Gifts, accessories and smaller items of furniture can be delivered in time for Christmas if ordered no later than midday Tuesday 22nd December.

Delivery+ service – order by noon Thursday 17th December
Larger furniture items displaying the £15, £25 or £40 lorry symbol take a little longer; order no later than midday on Tuesday 17th December for delivery before Christmas (Midday on Tuesday 8th December for outlying regions such as Channel Islands, N Ireland, Highlands, Isle of Wight, Scottish Islands, Isle of Man and Eire). It’s a two man service where the furniture is placed in the room of your choice and the packaging is removed for recycling.

Got a question about delivery or stock availability?
Our Customer Service Team is available from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday or 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.  They are incredibly knowledgeable and they love a good chat! Give them a call on 0345 460 3122 or email

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