We have all heard of 'Spring Cleaning.' How many times have you said the words we haven't got anymore space..? It's that time of year to think about de-cluttering the home and starting afresh with a clean start. We have some useful tips to help you tackle Spring Cleaning this Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
There are always clothes that no longer fit that can be passed on or out of season clothes that can be stored away in Storage Trunks. Toys and books are the next thing to sort and you could perhaps sell some of those they have outgrown and make some extra pocket money. Alternatively, demonstrate charitable nature by handing them to a charity shop or charity collection to benefit those who are less fortunate.
If you need a little help in your sorting endeavours, try to get the whole family involved. Even the most unwilling helper can make a big difference in the workload. Although it might actually seem easier to just do it yourself, more hands make light work and in some cases they may even be more ruthless and throw out more than you would have. You can even reward the kids with their favourite meal or a treat for all their help; set goals for them to achieve and let them know they will be rewarded.
There are some great storage solutions on the market, from plastic boxes to different sized Rattan Storage Trunks in lovely neutral tones, different colours and sizes that complement most surroundings. Look out for smaller baskets that are sold in sets of 4. You can then use these in different areas of the home from the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom through to the lounge and study areas. They are perfect for keys, post, coins, make-up, toiletries, and much more.
Once you have decided on what you are keeping, why not look at areas in the house where tallboys or cabinets could be used to keep items neatly stored away. A tallboy or cabinet under the stairs or in the hallway is a great idea for the hats, gloves and scarves that have now accumulated in bedrooms. Choose a drawer for each member of the house and so much time will be saved in the morning when they are leaving as they can be sure to get their own. These come in a range of sizes and varieties, and include beautiful handmade water hyacinth rattan storage baskets which make the cabinets both attractive and practical.
I hope this has given you a few ideas for that extra storage within the house. It is great to de-clutter as this can often bring in those few extra pounds to help out and a fantastic way to support your local charities by donating articles you no longer require. Trust me. Cleaning will be a lot easier when the clutter is gone.
You may think that those hours spent sanding, treating and oiling the old wooden garden furniture year after year is not that much, but just you add that time up! Why spend time doing all that when you could be running around with the kids, building dens, going on nature trails or just enjoying a picnic in the park?
It’s that time of the year and on Friday 15th March; Red Nose Day which has now become something of an institution since its launch in 1988 and will help raise money for those less fortunate.
There have been many rib-tickling and jaw dropping events that have taken place on Red Nose Day, “Comic Relief”; will have celebrities and comedians giving their time for a fun filled evening on TV with the BBC entertaining the public whilst urging us all to donate as much as we can for their worthy causes.
Schools, work places, nurseries wherever you are on Friday even doing your shopping I am sure you will come across the fund raisers all doing their bit to help raise much needed funds to support and help others.
Comic Relief was launched from a refugee camp in Sudan on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. This was the birth of what came to be known as “Comic Relief”.
The idea was simple – Comic Relief would get a whole bunch of much-loved British comedians to make the public laugh while they raised money to help people less fortunate.
As well as doing something about the very real and direct emergency in Ethiopia, Comic Relief was determined to help tackle the broader needs of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK as well as in Africa. This helps to support so many people and their communities that are in dire need and we are sure this will continue for many years to come.
It all began with a few live events and, before too long, Red Nose Day was created. The first ever Red Nose Day in 1988, this took the nation by storm – bringing together comedy and charity like never before on live national TV. The first ever “Red Nose Day” in 1988 raised a staggering £15m.
There are many ways for you to donate to this cause and a great deal of alternative things to view on line, on TV and events that are being organised and need support to raise this much needed cash to help others; here at the Furniture Company 247 we have found some of the many things/events that must be seen, there are a host of famous faces lining up to present these to you including: Jonathan Ross, Dermot O’Leary, Claudia Winkleman, Alan Carr, David Walliams and Russell Brand to name but a few.
The Red Nose Day send up of Downton Abbey has been released via “You Tube”; this programme has acquired global audiences and with this in mind should raise monies from all over. Please follow the link below and give generously: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dMlXentLw
Look out for the pop sensation Jessie J who will be taking on a big “dare” she will be shaving her hair down to 0.5mm live on the night; there are not many people celebrities or not that are prepared to lose their much loved locks of hair.
Simon Cowell gets hitched...................find out more by watching the BBC this Friday from 7pm; who will the lucky bride be?
The Nations favourite: Call the Midwife: a comedy special starring: Miranda Hart, Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter and the others.
Rowan Atkinson as the new Archbishop of Canterbury will be sharing his views on the importance of fundraising.
The hilarious Peter Kay will undertake having to push himself as he forces himself to sit down for practically a whole week; tune in to see his highs and lows. Can this buddle of excited energy that never appears to stay still complete his challenge?
Performing live the official “Red Nose Day” single “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)” a mash up of Blondie and The Undertones will be One Direction who are the biggest boy band around and are taking the world by storm.
My favourite magician Dynamo will also be performing a mindboggling trick that will leave all of us awestruck; I can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve, excuse the pun!
On a serious note there will be reminders of the people that are in need, with powerful and moving images that have been filmed as moving appeals. These have been hosted by many well known faces such as: Bill Nighy, Davina McCall, John Bishop to name but a few. These will highlight not only the plight of the people but what the money could be spent on to help change their lives both hear in the UK and Africa.
The neutral tones of our cushions and seat pads allow our furniture to complement so many surroundings whether it being indoors or out. Being covered with showerproof fabric makes it so much easier should you drop or spill anything onto them; just a quick wipe with a damp cloth or a soapy sponge will remove most marks. If required the seat cushions and pads can be removed for washing. The seating is not only practical but extremely comfortable with luxurious deep-filled cushions; these contemporary synthetic rattan sofa sets allow you to relax in style.
Our furniture is man-made and combines the two most weather-resistant materials, aluminium extrusion frame structures are welded together to form a strong yet lightweight frame which is powder coated for protection and makes the furniture lighter to move around when you need to clean; and should your conservatory suffer from condensation this will not affect the furniture.
As Rattan Garden Specialist with many years experience, we have established ourselves as one of the leaders in the Rattan Garden/Home Furniture market. Our furniture will keep its great looks all year round, year after year. We have sourced the best possible materials for use in all our furniture and you can buy in confidence knowing that we do not compromise on quality.
We are able to sell the majority of our products as individual items allowing you to choose and design your own individual look that you require for your conservatory area. The synthetic rattan found in our wicker furniture is available in brown, black or natural, and is an exact match across the ranges. This means that you can add footstools, chairs, sofas, dining tables and accessories whenever you require them.
There is also the added advantage on a sunny day that you can take the pieces outside; even if you forget to bring them in when you have a shower of rain you do not have to worry.
Our experienced sales team are always happy to help and can be contacted on: 01789741935 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need advice on which of our rattan product ranges would suit your area.
The lambs are beginning to appear in the fields the little wobbly legged bundles of white find their feet and enjoy the brighter mornings as they learn to skip and play with their new friends.
The bulbs are showing through the ground with blankets of snow drops along the hedge row and our local church yard, the delicate white flowers will soon be outnumbered by the yellow blooms of the up and coming daffodils. The many colours of the crocus are bursting through aligning the flower beds and flower pots, it’s a sign spring is on its way. Here at the Furniture Company 247 we love to see these sights, with the flowers blooming, the trees starting to sprout their green shoots and the newly born animals enjoying life. After the unpredictable winter weather we have had over the last month it is time to turn our thoughts to our gardens and our Rattan Garden Furniture is the way forward to enjoyable, low maintenance uplift for your garden.
Our extensive range of rattan furniture can breathe life back into any area of the garden; from our Bistro and Egg Sets for smaller areas to Rattan Dining for 4 to 10 people there is a wide choice of beautiful Dining Sets, Chairs, Sofas and Loungers.
To get started revive your garden tending to plants that have survived the winter, pruning dead flowers and plants and making space for those lovely new additions that add that splash of colour to your garden. Why not invest in The Furniture Company All Weather Flower Pots available in three colours and sizes; a great focal point in any area. These are made from aluminium frames so no rusting to worry about. The UV, Fade, Chlorine and Mildew resistant rattan is woven around the frame work and is an exact match to all our garden rattan furniture. The small and medium flower pots are ideal for those spring bulbs and seeds then sit back and watch your plants grow and blossom. Make a statement with our Large Rattan Flower pot, these look fantastic placed each side of your front door with Bay Trees or group all three sizes together as a feature, the combinations are endless.
Our Rattan Garden Furniture is so easy to look after, a damp cloth or just hose over when out watering the plants to remove any dust or marks. With the showerproof covers if you spill something on them it’s so easy to wipe off straight away with a damp cloth. Should your cat or dog jump up with dirty paws let it dry and brush off. The Furniture Company 247 products are stunning to look at, practical and so easy to mix and match allowing you to create that ideal individual look that all your friends will envy. The Modular Sofa Range is an ideal way to create your own individual look as all the pieces can be purchased separately; everything from an “L” shaped sofa adding extension pieces to create the length you require to using an “Extension” piece with the “Ottoman” piece to create your own sunlounger.
The sun is creeping through and the days are so much brighter it is now time to plan for those lazy sunny days ahead; do you want to sit and enjoy a relaxed meal with friends or laze back on one of our Sofa Sets? Our full range of rattan garden furniture can be viewed by visiting our website: www.furniturecompany247.co.uk Our experienced sales team can be contacted on: 01789741935 or email us at: http://www.thefurniturecompany247.co.uk/Contact-Us.aspx if you have any questions or need advice on which of our Rattan Garden Products would suit your area.
Posted: 11th February 2013
It’s that time of the year again; this year Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday falls on 12th February, this is the day before Ash Wednesday; the first day of lent.
For many people we look forward to eating delicious pancakes, there are so many different flavours and fillings people have created over the years but I still favour sugar and fresh lemon juice on mine. Here at the Furniture Company 247 we thought we would give you a quick and simple recipe to make your own pancakes as they are far tastier when cooked fresh.
Below is a tried and tested Delia Smith recipe and shows you below exactly how to make classic pancakes:
Ingredients For the pancake mixture
• 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
• pinch of salt
• 2 eggs
• 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
• 50g/2oz butter
• Castor sugar
• Lemon juice
• Lemon wedges
1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs - any sort of whisk or even a fork will do - incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
2. Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don't worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
3. Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you're using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It's also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it's tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife - the other side will need a few seconds only - then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
4. Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
5. To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.
We hope you all enjoy tucking into your pancakes whether they are filled with fruit, syrup, ice-cream or any other indulgent fillings; well its only once a year. Hopefully you have not flipped too many onto the ceiling or the floor, for some reason our dog is always lurking around the corner waiting for this to happen as we take it in turns to see who can toss the best pancake.
It’s time, you have done your best and there is a stack of pancakes for you all to enjoy gather everyone around the dining table or sit on the sofa and enjoy.
Posted: 5th February 2013
Here at the Furniture Company 247 as Valentine’s Day approaches we decided to look into the origins of this romantic day; here are a few facts that have come to life; be prepared they are not all as we would have imagined.
• Pre Christian origins involved nudity and whipping as in ancient Rome the 13th, 14th and 15th of February were celebrated as Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival. Young men would strip naked and use dog or goat skin whips to spank the backsides of young women in order to improve their fertility!!
• Valentine of Rome a priest or bishop was martyred during the reign of Emperor Claudius; he was arrested for giving aid to prisoners. Whilst in jail he is said to have fallen in love with the jailer’s daughter sending her a note saying “From your Valentine”.
• This is a church sanctioned holiday; as Pope Gelasius deemed February 14th ST Valentine’s Day near 498A.D. The Catholic Church acknowledges three separate saints named: Valentine or Valentinus, all of these were martyrs.
• Celebrating the engagement of Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia Geoffrey Chaucer wrote: “For this was on St Valentine’s Day, when every fowl cometh to choose his mate”.
• The oldest known Valentines poem in existence today according to “history .com” was written during Charles, Duke of Orleans when he was imprisoned following the Battle of Agincourt in “The Tower of London” he wrote this for his wife.
• Early Valentine’s Day cards where made of paper and lace and in 1797 saw the production of “The Young Man’s Valentine Writer”. This suggested appropriate messages and rhymes.
• In the 1840’s Valentine’s Day cards began to be produced and it soon became popular as postal services became more affordable to send anonymous Valentine cards.
• Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city’s organised crime boss on the 14th February 1929; his hoods, dressed as policemen surprise and mow down key members of “Bugs Moran’s” rival gang with machine guns. Later to be known as “The St Valentine’s Massacre”
• 1 billion St Valentine’s cards are estimated to be sent worldwide this year, this day has now become commercialised with large amounts being spent for gifts such as jewellery (diamonds are a favourite choice), chocolate, flowers, perfumes and cards drawing away from the simple verses and handmade cards of earlier years.
Whatever you decide to do for Valentine’s Day we are sure that you will avoid the unusual traditions of the past and keep to the lighter romantic themes such as a homemade card, flowers or even cook a romantic meal just for the two of you.
Posted: 29th January 2013
Here at the Furniture Company 247, we are situated in the heart of the countryside which has stunning views all year around. On the other hand it can be quite treacherous during the winter months; driving through lanes, non gritted roads and dealing with what the weather throws at us as we travel to and from work. Our drivers are out in all weathers as we pride ourselves with our 5 working day Free Delivery Service taking our rattan all weather furniture to our clients.
Should you need to travel here are a few helpful tips for you to follow:
Travelling: Is your journey necessary?
If you need to venture out in serve weather conditions check your local travel conditions and information before leaving, don’t forget to check the route you will be taking is clear of problems; traffic updates are a must!
If there is a risk of flooding remember lives have been lost through not taking due care; do not walk or drive through flood water. Fast flowing water; as little as six inches can knock an adult over and two foot can move a car.
If you use a bike or form of motor cycle consider using another form of transport as heavy rain or high winds can easily blow you of balance or even completely off your bike causing serious injury.
Public Transport: check these are running before you leave.
Your own Car/Vehicle: A few basic but necessary checks to make before setting off.
Are you Fit to Drive: Have you slept well are you taking medication that advises you not to drive?
Tyres: are these meeting the legal tread requirements?
Wipers: are these working well or do you need to replace them?
Lights/Indicators/Controls: Check these are all working before you leave.
Petrol/Diesel: Have you enough for your journey do you know where the petrol stations are if going on a long trip?
Oil: Check at least once a month and before venturing on a long trip.
Water: Check your Anti Freeze, Radiator and Screen-wash levels regularly.
Carry an Emergency Kit in your Vehicle:
Road Atlas: You never know when your GPS can go down.
Shovel: You made need to dig yourself or help somebody else.
Jump Leads: You or somebody else may need these if you have a flat battery.
First Aid Kit: Always a must you never know when you will need this at any time of the year.
Sunglasses: (the glare of snow can dazzle you).
Sensible Footwear: Should you have to walk you will need good grip/waterproof footwear.
Medication: Keep medication on you if this has to be taken on regular basis.
Ice Scraper and De-icer: Just in case.
Warm Clothes and Blankets: It is always worth keeping spare clothes and blankets for yourself and passengers should you break down.
Torch: Spare batteries just in case or a wind up torch.
Warning Triangle: Place 50m or more behind your vehicle to allowing other motorist to be aware of a problem ahead.
Small Fire Extinguisher: It’s there just in case.
High Visibility Vest: You need to be seen should you leave your vehicle.
Tyre Weld/Spare Tyre: Tyre weld can be a temporary measure to allow you to continue travelling whilst looking for a garage to assist you.
Your Roadside Assistance Card: You will need this along with their contact number should you require their help.
Mobile Phone: You will need to let people know where you are.
Food/Water/Hot Drink: It doesn’t take a moment to put this together ready to take on your trip you will be pleased you packed your thermos flask if you are stuck in traffic or break down.
BE SAFE, BE WARM AND BE CAREFUL THIS WINTER.
Posted: 17th January 2013
This is not a Fishermans tale but the weather report given by the met office for the British Isles for tomorrow Friday 18th January 2013 when we are to expect up to 10cm of snow, most areas will experience between 2cm and 5cm of snow settling; with areas such as Yorkshire expecting to see the maximum snow fall.
Scotland has already begun to see snow fall with the winds pushing this across the country causing disruption for many commuters well into the begging of next week. The Met Office has a level 2 weather warning in place until Tuesday, covering the whole of England, alerting residents to ICE, SNOW and BITTER temperatures.
At the Furniture Company 247 we are fully aware how “This Weather” could increase the disruption to delivery services and our emergency services. We are situated in the heart of the countryside which has stunning views all year around. On the other hand it can be quite treacherous during the winter months; driving through lanes, non gritted roads and dealing with what the weather throws at us as we travel to and from work. Our drivers are out in all weathers as we pride ourselves with our 5 working day Free Delivery Service taking our rattan all weather furniture to our clients.
- Local Authorities urge people to review if their journeys are necessary and to look out for vulnerable neighbours and relatives during this bleak, cold and hazardous period that approaches us.
- Forecasters have predicted SNOW and LOW temperatures in the UK may stay for a month! The sudden stratospheric warming is responsible for the UK’s icy blast.
- In the past few weeks forecasters have been monitoring an abrupt jump in temperatures way up in the stratosphere these have not been cooling but getting warmer; these sudden warnings in the past years have lead them to believe more bad weather is on its way. January 2009 saw such an event when most of the UK was covered in a blanket of snow.
- Supermarkets have reported a rise in sales of “comfort” foods along with staples such as bread and longlife milk. They have also said that sales of hot thermos flasks and driving equipment, de-icers etc have shown large increases in the last few days.
A Few Tips If You Are Travelling:
If you need to venture out in severe weather conditions check your local travel conditions and information before leaving, don’t forget to check the route you will be taking is clear of problems; traffic updates are a must!
- Public Transport: check these are running before you leave.
- Petrol/Diesel: Have you enough for your journey do you know where the petrol stations are if going on a long trip?
- Check your Water, Anti Freeze, Radiator and Screen-wash levels.
- Carry an Emergency Kit, Warning Triangle, High Visibility Vest Shovel, Jump Leads, torch/spare batteries, De-icer /scraper.
- Carry Sensible footwear, Spare warm clothes, Sunglasses (the glare of the snow can dazzle you), Blanket, Thermos, Water & small amount of emergency food such as a packet of biscuits, Medication that you take on regular bases.
- DO NOT FORGET YOUR MOBILE PHONE (full charged) in case you need to call for help or let people know where you are; there is nothing worse than expecting somebody and being worried about their safety or whereabouts.
We hope that you do not experience to many problems during the next few days and if you have chance to get out and make snowmen or something more unusual as shown above please email your pictures to us as we would love to see them: email@example.com
Posted: 17th January 2013
Have you ever wondered where the New Year Eve tradition originated and how the month of January was named as the first month of the year? Here at the Furniture Company 247 we have found a few interesting facts that you may or may not know.
- January (or Januarius as the Romans called it) was established as the first month of the year by the Roman calendar; this was named after the god “Janus” he was said to have two faces which allowed him to look both backwards into the old year and forwards into the new one at the same time. Janus is the Latin word for door and he was the “spirit of the opening”
- The New Year Superstition came from medieval times with regard to prosperity, or lack of it in the year ahead. A flat cake was put on one of the horns of a cow in every farmyard. The farmers along with his workers would sing a song whilst dancing around the cow until the cake was thrown to the ground. If this fell behind the cow this would mean bad luck for the coming year, but should it fall in front of the cow this signified good luck.
- People welcome in the New Year on the night before New Year’s Day; all over Britain there are parties, fireworks, dancing and singing as the clock strikes midnight (Big Ben) people link arms and sing a song called “Auld Lang Syne”; it reminds them of old and new friends.
- Wassailing was a way of passing on good wishes among family and friends and has been associated with New Year and Christmas since the 1400’s.
- It is a time for looking forward and wishing for a good year ahead and often a holiday for many people on New Year’s Day. The begging of the New Year is often the time when people make “New Year Resolutions”, this is also the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- In Saxon times the 2nd January was often believed to be one of the unluckiest days of the whole year, they believed if you were born on this day you could expect to die an unpleasant death.
- “Twelfth Night” marks the end of the Medieval Christmas Festivities and is the evening before Epiphany this falls on the 5th January.
- Epiphany falls on the 6th January and is also known as “Old Christmas Day” and “Twelfthtide”; Christians celebrate the wise men (Magi) visiting the baby Jesus.
- On the 13th January one of the most serve winters in history began, the Thames in London froze over in January 1205 with ale and wine turned to solids and were sold by weight. It is also said that the frost continued until the 22nd March with farmers and families alike being unable to break the ground to sow or reap crops.
- The “Little Ice Age” as it became known occurred between 1550 and 1750; the climate brought cold bitter winters with the Thames once again freezing over each year sometimes for as long as three months.. The “Frost Fair” was 1st recorded to have been held in 1608 on the frozen river having food stalls, side shows, tents, and also “ice bowling”.
- In 1814 when the Thames was frozen over for four days it had been recorded that an elephant was led across the river below “Blackfriars Bridge”. St Agne’s Eve is on the 20th January as is also the title of a “Keat’s” Poem; women who wished to dream of their future husbands reportedly performed certain rituals before going to bed. They may abstain from eating or drinking all day, walking backwards up the stairs to bed, or even transfer pins from a pin cushion one by one into their sleeve whilst reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Some women would eat “dumb” cake that had previously been made with a group of friends in total silence before lying down to sleep. One can only presume since they were silent whilst making the “Dumb” cake it is why it had a very unpleasant amount of salt added to it!
- The 25th January brings around “Burns Night” when the people of Scotland celebrate one of their greatest poets; Robert Burns. They follow tradition by drinking whisky to wash down their meal of haggis, tatties (potatoes) and neaps (swede). Robert Burns was born on the 25th January 1759 and wrote his first song when he was just sixteen.
Posted: 19th December 2012
We expect you have like us spent the last few weeks driving into work, going into shops, watching TV, going to the children’s nativity and Christmas carol concerts listening to Christmas songs new and old; here are some of our favourites:
• "All I Want for Christmas is You" (Mariah Carey)
• "Frosty the Snowman" (Gene Autry)
• "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (Bruce Springsteen)
• "Jingle Bell Rock" (Bobby Helms)
• "Happy Christmas" (John Lennon & Yoko Ono)
• "Do they know it’s Christmas?" (Band Aid)
• "Blue Christmas" (Elvis Presley)
• "Rockin” Around the Christmas Tree" (Brenda Lee)
• “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” (David Bowie and Bing Crosby)
• "Last Christmas" (George Michael & Wham)
• "The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" (Nat King Cole)
• "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (Bing Crosby)
Now you are all singing along we have been pondering on what Christmas means to people here are a few comments we received when talking them:
• “We have noticed celebrating the holiday’s changes with increments of life. The over the top Christmas’s was great for kids – the secrecy, the suspense. The only problem is there is very little secrecy or suspense now as kids as young as four know what they want and older kids just want money or gift cards. It is up to the family and the values the families want to install to adjust each year accordingly”
• “Christmas is a time to feel a spirit of joy and peace. It is a time to connect and feel especially close and thankful for family. Having your family and friends around for a wonderful dinner, whatever you decide to cook will be appreciated and enjoy just being with them”.
• “It is so sad that we have got away from the true meaning of Christmas; wouldn't it be nice to be able to give one gift regardless of what it has cost; often something homemade gives far more pleasure”
• “Often this time of the year means people will over spend and going in debt when it can be done on a budget; as a young child the joy of finding what was in the stocking at the bottom of the bed was the highlight and knowing I would get to see my grandparents. How things have changed”
• “What does it mean to me? I used to know, but I'm not sure anymore. Jesus Christ was born on this day so it must mean that this a day for peace and love”
• "Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year; not only for the holly and mistletoe but for the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of Christ and being thankful for the life we have. It also means being with family and with the people you love, I don't think that anybody should be alone on Christmas"
Everyone will have their own take on what Christmas means to them; it can be a joyous time for many but a sad time for others so whatever you are doing this Christmas holiday spare a thought for those not as fortunate as yourself.
Here at the Furniture Company 247 we would like to wish all our customers
A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Posted: 14th December 2012
The kids don’t want to go outside it’s either raining or too cold for them, what better time of the year than now to get them involved in making their own Christmas decorations. It doesn’t matter how old they are they all seem to love doing this and every one can have a go; here are a few ideas from our team at the Furniture Company 247.
You will need: An unwanted puzzle, old buttons, ribbon, (wool or string) glitter, scissors and glue.
• Decide on the shape you want to create.
• Overlap the pieces of puzzle sticking each piece in place with the glue
• Add old buttons, little ribbons or sprinkle glitter by putting dabs of glue on the area you wish to attach them on allow to dry and shake off any excess glitter.
• Make a loop from ribbon, wool or string and glue to the back of your decoration.
|Christmas Shepherd Hooks
You will need: Pipe cleaners any colour, wool, ribbon, felt pens, glitter, glue, scissors and paint, paint brush.
• Plain pipe cleaners can be painted or have felt pen colours applied (these can be done in stripes, squiggles whatever you decide.
• Wrap ribbon around or just tie small bows onto them.
• Sprinkle glitters onto the areas you have placed the glue on allow; drying then shaking off any excess.
• Bend the top of the pipe cleaner into a hook shape and hang on the tree.
You will need: Card, scissors, glue, paint, paint brush, hole punch, felt pens, glitter, Xmas Tree template, string, wool or ribbon.
• Use your template and cut out your Xmas trees
• Paint, colour or draw your design onto the trees.
• Sprinkle glitters onto the areas you have placed the glue on allow; drying then shaking off any excess.
• Use the hole punch to make a hole near the top of the tree and tie a piece of string, wool or ribbon through it to allow you to hang it on the tree.
You will need: 8 small craft sticks or lolly pop sticks, paint, 3” x 3” piece of white card, 6” yarn, glue, paintbrush, pencil and scissors.
• Paint 6 sticks white and the other 2 red and allow to dry.
• Place the sticks onto the white card as per the picture.
• Use a pencil and lightly mark the outer edges of the opening of the hat and the face and paint.
• When dry cut around the painted area keeping it in one piece to allow you to glue the sticks into place.
• Paint on the cheeks and eyes in the face area.
• Loop the yarn and tie into a knot and attach the knotted end to the back of your Santa.
You will need: 1 lollipop stick, 6 different length pieces of card, paint, paint brush, small piece of tinsel, coloured thread, glue, coloured sticky adhesive spots.
• Cut your card into 6 different lengths and paint, allow to dry.
• Start with the smallest at the top to the largest at the bottom as per the picture above and glue into place.
• Add glitter (Put a small layer of glue where you want the glitter to be and sprinkle; shake off the excess when dry) or adhesive spots.
• Glue pieces of coloured thread across to create garlands.
• Glue a small piece of tinsel to the top of the tree to make your star.
• Loop the yarn and tie into a knot and attach the knotted end to the back of your Tree.
Have fun! I know here at the Furniture Company 247 we have all had a great time making these, including the adults; well you have to try these things to make sure they work!
We would love to see any pictures of your trees decorated in this way, don’t be shy and email them to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 12th December 2012
This is a great time to order your Christmas gifts online; here at the Furniture Company 247 we have a great choice of rattan Garden Furniture, Accessories, Hampers, Laundry Baskets, Log Baskets, and Cabinets that make the ideal presents for your friends and relatives that love their garden and home. Treat someone to that extra piece they said they may buy next year; a Lazy Susan for the table, those extra Flower Pots, or even a Footstool, what better way to encourage somebody you love to sit down and relax.
These can be with you within 5 working days of placing your orders so you can get them wrapped and gift tagged. This will give you more time to yourself closer to Christmas when everyone else is running around like a headless chicken; you can chill out with the thought "I have already done my Christmas shopping."
You may even need extra seating for your guests; we have a large range of Dining Sets, individual Chairs, Sofas, Side and Coffee Tables along with Sofa Sets that you can use over the festive period and utilise in the dining room, lounge, conservatory or outside in your garden and patio areas in the spring.
Don’t worry all our synthetic rattan furniture can be left outside all year around so when festivities are over you can have the space back in your home. You will also have the peace of mind knowing you have purchased rattan furniture that it is made from:
- 8mm superior quality synthetic rattan weave.
- UV, Fade, Chlorine and Mildew resistant rattan.
- Aluminium rust proof welded frames.
- Stone-coloured removable, shower-proof seat pads on appropriate pieces.
- All our tables having toughened glass tops.
- Solid framed chairs.
Posted: 3rd December 2012
So, it's Mega Monday. Wouldn’t it be great to get most of your presents for the family in one go, here at the Furniture Company 247 we can help; it is always nice to buy people the things they may have been putting off buying such as accessories and other luxuries.
There are so many products on the market for garden and home lovers who enjoy relaxing and entertaining. It is not always easy to think of something different for a Christmas present. As a family it is nice to club together to buy a larger gift rather than smaller individual one.
Here are some ideas a customer came up with for her family all with Free Delivery within 5 working days giving her piece of mind on quality, value and service.
Mum and Dad: They love their garden and have been talking about adding to their Dining Set.
• Lazy Susan: So much easier when they are entertaining friends
• Parasol: Mum likes the shade and Dad doesn’t so the tilt position on this will solve the problem and it is waterproof as well
• Parasol Base: It is lovely to have things that match the original rattan
• Bistro Table: If they move two of the chairs down by the conservatory they can sit and have a drink or two
• Footstool: They can put their feet up and relax they deserve it
• Matching Flower Pots: The old, odd ones do nothing to enhance the garden
Husband: He will love these as he has always wanted Garden Loungers
• Cuba Sunloungers: A pair as he would not like to be lying in the sun without me and when flat they create extra seating when the kids come around
• Side Table: There has to be somewhere to put the drinks!
Sister: is short on Storage space so I know she will love one of the following:
• Henley 9 Drawer Cabinet: This will fit well in bedroom and with the removable lined baskets she can store clothes or toiletries
• Henley 6 Drawer Cabinet: At long last the bathroom can become a tidy area
• Wicker Large Natural Hamper: I am sure the dog has more toys than the children
• Set of 4 Henley Baskets: Ideal for keeping all her bits and pieces up together
Nephew: It has been rumoured he has a bedroom floor!
• Avebury Trunk Set: 3 different sized trunks he can stack these in the corner for larger items and clothes that will be half of the floor area back!
• Set of 6 Small Rattan Storage Baskets: CD’s, DVD’s, Stationery, Odd Socks and much more
Niece: Now she has moved out from home she wants stylish, practical and durable items for the recently decorated bedroom
• Laundry Baskets: A set; one for laundry and the other for her handbags
• Marlow Medium Trunk: Ideal for the spare linen.
Aunty: She has been moaning about the mess the logs are leaving on the hearth
• Log Basket: A set I think as she can have one in the lounge and the other filled ready to bring in from the store shed.
Daughter and Son-in-Law: The conservatory is finished now for the furniture
• Sofa Set: The whole family can sit and relax
• Dining Set: Would make a change from eating in the Kitchen
• Love Sofa: They could snuggle up together.
What could be easier no traffic jams, no hunting for a parking space, no walking from shop to shop, no time wasting. Sit and relax in the warm at any time of the day or night, browse through our beautiful product ranges and select your Christmas Gifts.
Posted: 29th November 2012
Many of us have had to deal with the awful floods across the country with bitter cold weather predicted in days to come. What better time than now to make your home as snug and cosy
as possible, with the use of throws over the Sofa Set, and soft lighting by using coloured bulbs to give a lovely warm glow in any room. Such simple things that can make such a difference.
It is time to bring the logs in the house and store; there is nothing worse than trying to burn damp wood when you really need that instant heat. Here at the Furniture Company 247
our new range of Log Baskets
is just what the doctor ordered and are available in different styles and sizes.
These beautiful French vintage style grey wicker baskets
are both stylish and durable; make a saving and purchase a pair of either the Square
designs. If you are not using them both for your logs the spare one can also be used for toy storage or even a laundry basket and much more; whatever suits your needs there is always a need for that extra storage solution.
Even the illusion of a fire or its surroundings can suggest a warm cosy environment
; there are many different fires on the market that allow you to imagine you are sat in front of a real fire. A flickering flame automatically lets your brain translate to warmth around you. There may be an alcove by the fireplace - why not create a warmer feel to the room with a Log Basket
filled with natural wood. The smell of the wood and your new look will soon block out those cold dreary days and nights of the winter months ahead.
Each evening I look forward to going home and relaxing after a hard day at work in front of our open fire with the crackling of burning wood, and that homely smell
coming from the old apple tree. It lost a couple of its larger branches in the last episode of high winds; nothing is wasted and they were soon cut up into manageable kindle. Knowing the Log Baskets are full and are sitting there just waiting to be popped onto the fire makes the evening more appealing; once you are settled, nobody really wants to go back out into the cold night air
. It’s time to catch up on the day's news and perhaps a little treat of a foaming hot chocolate drink just before bed - with maybe a marshmallow or two!
Posted: 16th November 2012
It has come round fast, but yes it is that time of the year again when we get to watch celebrities, work colleagues, friends and family members making themselves look funny trying out new, weird and wacky tasks all in the aid of Children in Need. It is hard to believe that the first Children in Need telethon aired in 1980 and has since raised over £600million. One familiar face that has been a constant since the first telethon in 1980, is Sir Terry Wogan. He has scaled down other commitments but at 74 years of age is still in line to help the shown run smoothly as he present this year’s Children in Need.
The money that we ALL so generously donated goes to help and support disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The DIY SOS Team headed to Edinburgh on Wednesday Night’s programme in aid of The Yard, an indoor and outdoor centre which is specially designed to support 1,500 young people and their families each week. Not only does this facility help the individual child and young person to grow in confidence and help develop life skills, but it also offers the much needed respite for the families. The time and the money that all of the men and women gave whilst they worked on site and all of the money that the members of the public donated, really showed how giving and loving we can be as a nation.
Tonight, Friday 16th November 2012, thousands of us will be settling down in front of the television at 7pm with the family to watch all of our favourite celebrities doing their bit to raise money for such an outstanding cause. Already the line up is looking exciting! Thousands of us have fallen in love with Strictly Come Dancing, and this year’s special performance sees two of the nation's favourites return to our screens with their talented dance partners. I can hardly contain myself with the thought of Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant flying through the air onto our tele box dressed as angels. Brilliant!!! Settle into your rattan sofa
, and enjoy! Why not visit the Children in Need website
, to learn how you can do your bit, see who else we can expect to see this evening’s telethon and give Pudsey a makeover in the games section. We hope that everyone stays safe and enjoys this evening’s entertainment. Come on Britain we can beat last year’s total.
Posted: 13th November 2012
Here at the Furniture Company 247 we would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a “Happy Diwali” which starts today (Tuesday 13th November 2012). This is the Indian event of the year, around the world communities celebrate the “Festival of Light” this has originated from the Sanskrit word “Dipavali” which translated means: “Row of Lights”
Diwali is the beginning of the Gujarati and Hindu New Year, the exact day is decided by the position of the moon, therefore it can fall in October or November. This is a five day festival of celebration many people celebrate this with special lamps, candles, home cooked food, sweets and of cause fireworks that will light up the skies over the next five days.
Events over the Five Days of Diwali
Day One: Mothers and wives will on the first day spring clean the house and shop for kitchen utensils and gold.
Day Two: This is when people will decorate their homes creating design patterns on the floor called “rangoli” this is done by using different coloured sand and powders.
Day Three: Families will gather together as this is the main day of the festival to pray share food and celebrate with fireworks.
Day Four: Friends and relatives visit each other as this is the First day of the New Year and exchange gifts and seasonal greetings.
Day Five: This being the last day of the celebrations brothers visit their married sisters and share magnificent meals.
Did you know?
• Candles are placed in many rooms in the house and even rooftops, people in India decorate their homes with coloured sands/powders on the floor along with mango leaves and flowers around their windows and doors.
• All Indian faiths including Buddists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs will take part in the Festival of Light exchanging gifts and sweets with neighbours, friends and relatives. There is no class, age or faith divide at this special time of the year.
• The festival holds a special meaning for the Hindu people as it is associated with Lord Rama’s victory as the King of Ayodhya. He returned after 14 years of exile with his brother and wife after killing King Ravana the demon.
• The goddess Lakshmi is worshipped as she is known as the “Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity” along with “Lord Ganesha” who is the foremost of the Hindu Gods. This relates back to the last harvest of the year at the end of the winter; all accounting was completed and people would pray for the success of the coming year.
• The day after Diwali is the first day of the new financial year within the Indian culture.
Posted: 5th November 2012
Whether we like it or not autumn and winter are well and truly upon us! Like us, your garden survives winter better if it has a couple of extra layers of protection, and here at the Furniture Company 247 we’ve come up with a few simple ways to look after your garden all winter long. Plants and flowers are always a good starting point as the colder weather affects them quicker than other areas of your garden. Prune any dead flowers or stems so you are only left with a strong looking plant. Wind breaks are an excellent way to protect flowers and plants from the strength of autumn and winter winds, and stopping any excessive breakage.
Flowers like to be warm and cosy in the winter and insulating them is the best way to ensure their survival. You can purchase garden webbing from most good garden centres to place over and around the flower pots and beds; however a bed sheet works just as well and will allow the plants to breathe. Your lawn can often be neglected as winter approaches yet a little bit of TLC will go a long way. We recommend that you rake away any dead leaves
, this will keep the lawn looking tidy and save you from potentially a big job, if left until the beginning of spring.
If you have any areas of dry soil give these a final drench with the hose pipe before the ground freezes; using some autumn lawn fertiliser
will also help to keep the lawn nourished during the harsher months. If you have bought your furniture from the Furniture Company 247
, it will be completely all weather and can be left outdoors all year round. Due to popular demand we have created a range of bespoke covers
for all of our ranges, perfect for keeping your all weather rattan furniture clean this winter. Our furniture is also lightweight so can easily be moved indoors for use in conservatories, an excellent way of creating extra seating during the festive period.
Posted: 5th November 2012
Remember, remember the 5th of November. The nights are dark, scarves and gloves have been found from the bottom of wardrobes it must mean that it’s that time of year again. Yes folks it’s Bonfire Night! Skies across the country will be lighting up all weekend long and here at the Furniture Company 247 we will be enjoying the festivities. If you are having a garden party here are a few tips on how to keep you and your rattan garden furniture safe and in one piece!
If you’re entertaining this Guy Fawkes Night then Furniture Company 247 has the perfect dining table for you; our Regent Bench Dining Set seats at least 8 and the large circular table is an ideal place for nibbles and drinks. Furniture Company 247 synthetic rattan is designed for extremes of temperature however we advised you, as with any synthetic garden furniture, to ensure that it is well away from any bonfires or fireworks. Sparks and the heat from the fire may cause the rattan to melt. You may also want to place covers on pieces you aren’t using as an additional guard. We recommended any parasols and canopies are also taken down and put in a safe place.
Now that your furniture is protected it’s time to think about how to protect yourselves! Make sure any private bonfire must be kept at least 5 metres away from spectators and a safe distance from hedges, sheds, trees and anything else that may catch on fire. It’s safest to have one person in charge of the fireworks and this person shouldn’t wear any nylon clothing as it may melt to the skin.
Posted: 3rd October 2012
Well, the last few weeks have been incredibly busy here at Furniturecompany247. We had our biggest ever sale to make room for some new garden furniture lines next year. The phone has been ringing off the hook with customers both new and current, picking up a bargain ready for next year.
There are still sales prices currently on the website and one or two of the big discounts are still available, see if you can find those incredibly good deals!
2012 summer season has been one of the most unusual that we can remember, the rain just did not stop. However, we have a great reputation within the business and many great loyal customers and we have still continued to grow and sell more and more of our great quality wicker garden furniture than ever before.
As I sit now, I can see the rain out of the window and yet, we have sold more rattan sun loungers in the last month than we have in any other month this year, it could be our fantastic prices and even better quality and customer service!
The leaves are just starting to fall from the trees; it is a lovely time of year, sharp, chilly mornings and bright sunny afternoons, still warm enough to enjoy the odd cup of tea outside on some very comfortable rattan sofas.
Our lovely team here in Warwickshire are busy loading new rattan storage items onto the website, ready for the Christmas rush, blimey, did I really say Christmas...........where has the year gone!
Posted: 21st September 2012
I find there is is no better time of the day; the sun is rising, the air is fresh and crisp, pop your fleece on and enjoy the peace and quiet whilst relaxing on your Bistro Set
with a warming cup of tea or coffee and watch the fluffy white clouds drift apart as the sun breaks through.
The birds are singing their little hearts out, the dog his running around checking his domain; firstly it’s straight down the garden past the Dining Table Set
at speed to check the vegetable plot for any intruders, then back up to lie by my feet waiting for a piece of my toast.
It has been so easy to go out and enjoy my rattan furniture all year as I can leave it outside in all weathers without worrying, a quick wipe with a damp cloth and all the bird mess is removed and it looks like new again. Even in the harsh winter with the snow and frost it does not matter, the UV, Fade, Mildew resistant 8mm synthetic rattan looks the same as the day it was delivered 3 years ago. My husband was even more impressed with the aluminium welded frames, as this meant they would not rust or start to come loose at the sides like some of the self assemble furniture.
The showerproof cushions have been ideal; I don’t even have to worry about my household insurance as these all meet British Fire Regulation Standards so can be stored inside the house. The neutral tones have enabled me to make each piece individual to myself; each season I chose a new colour to accentuate the seating areas with scatter cushions and my dining table then picks up the same colour with place settings, candle holders and safe plastic glasses so no fear if a glass is knocked over with any of us getting glass in our feet.
I can sit back and start to plan what colour way I will use next year for my outdoor look, the complements we have received over the years from friends have lead them to purchase from Furniture Company 247
as they were so impressed by our ever growing collect.
It is always comforting to know I can add to my garden furniture
collection at any time as they trade all year round and use the same high quality rattan through their ranges with fabulous accessories as well to choose from. I feel an order for a few more flower pots to complement my lounger area coming on; these can go on the old area where the shed was, we used to have to drag the old, heavy wooden garden table and chairs into each winter. Since changing to the all weather Rattan Furniture I no longer have my husband moaning about having to store the furniture away for winter and the ugly shed, this has gone creating a far more welcoming garden.
I hope if you haven’t already changed over to outdoor rattan
this will go some way to convincing you to do so, you then get far more “Me Time” as it is almost maintenance free, just a damp cloth or hose down when watering the garden plants.
If you need any reassurance it is always beneficial to read reviews
from other customers and their experiences, you can read about the great products, service and value for money they have received.
Posted: 10th September 2012
Here at the Furniture Company 247 we always like to keep up to date with what is on-trend for the season from the Dining Furniture
through to what you can be using to create fresh healthy meals for yourself, family and friends; below you will find a host of appetising seasonal produce for the Autumn and Winter Months.
Apricots, Apples, Bilberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Damsons, Figs, Grapes, Lemons, Melons, Nectarine, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Redcurrants.
Apples are loaded with fibre, and are high in vitamins, making them delicious and excellent for weight loss efforts. Not only that, but apples are said to help with certain stomach conditions, even constipation. Blueberries seem to have immeasurable health benefits and qualities. They may help to stimulate and contribute to increased brain power and function, helping people stay sharp and focused. They are also helpful in protecting against certain forms of cancer and even heart disease.
Chestnuts, Cobnuts, Hazelnuts, Walnuts.
Walnuts are revered since ancient times as a symbol of intellectuality, since their kernels have convoluted surface inside the shell resembling as that of brain. These nuts are enriched with many health-benefiting nutrients, especially omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for optimum health. The nuts are rich source of energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
Artichoke, Aubergine, Beetroot, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Courgettes, Cucumber, Fennel, French Beans, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leaf Beetroot, Leeks, Lettuce, Mangetout, Marrow, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Rocket, Runner Beans, Shallots, Sorrell, Spinach, Spring Onions, Sprouts, Squash, Swede, Sweetcorn, Swiss chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Wild Mushrooms.
Autumn vegetables are ideal for soups, stews and livening up Sunday roasts. Wild mushrooms, which are rich in vitamin B, these come into season in September, go to your local farmers’ market it’s a great experience and you can choose from the freshest of produce. Broccoli and carrots are in season in September and October, while mid- to late autumn root vegetables, including parsnips, swedes, turnip and brussel sprouts are rich in fibre and vitamins, enabling you to make a healthy transition to the cold winter months.
Chillies, Chives, Coriander, Garlic, Horseradish, Mint, Nettles, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme.
Garlic is known to help with the immune system, pain and swelling, blood pressure and cholesterol, cardiovascular system, digestive aid, gas, detoxification, antibacterial, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory problems.
Seasonal Meat and Poultry
Goose, Grouse, Guinea Fowl, Hare, Mallard Duck, Partridge, Pheasant, Rabbit, Wild Venison, Wood Pigeon.
Venison offers a variety of health benefits. When compared to other types of meat, venison provides an alternative that is low in calories and high in nutrient value. Adding venison to the diet can supply much needed iron that will strengthen the blood and improve the body's ability to transport oxygen and nourish the cells.
Rabbit meat among other meats such as beef and pork are preferred by health-conscious meat lovers. It is known to help burn fat and reduce body cholesterol.
Brill, Dover Sole, Eel, Grey Mullet, Halibut, Herrings, John Dory, Lemon Sole, Mackerel, Monkfish, Pilchard, Sea Bream, Sea Trout, Skate, Squid, Turbot.
Fish is a low-fat high quality protein. Fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2 (riboflavin). It is rich in calcium and phosphorus and a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. It is recommended eating fish at least two times per week as part of a healthy diet. Fish is packed with protein, vitamins, and nutrients that can lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Clams, Cockles, Crab, Lobster, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops, Shrimp, Whelks, Winkles.
British mussels come into season in September and are at their most succulent during the autumn and winter months. Those plucked from Ireland and Scotland’s clean waters are particularly good. Mussels should have clean uncracked shells and should close up when you tap them. Mussels are a good source of the minerals zinc, iron and selenium and contain protein and vitamin B12. Add mussels to stews and soups, and they work well with pork and shellfish. An easy way to cook mussels is to steam them.
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