Every Friday between now and...ummm...nearly Christmas, I will be reviewing an item from a seller on the lovely www.folksy.com and running a giveaway for an item from the same shop.
"But what is Folksy?" you cry. Well, it's a British online superstore of hand crafted items made by people all over the UK. Each person sets up their own Folksy shop and lists their handmade items in it. It's a fantastic resource for buying lovely and unusual gifts, homewares and cards (and, ahem, treats for yourself) and it is particularly satisfying to know that your money is going to a small business. I have been scouring the Folksy pages to find sellers whose items I think fit in well with the tone of my blog. I mean that they're quirky and appealing to parents, not that they're sweary and a bit crap, before you ask.
This week, we are kicking off with Colour Me Fun, who make crayons IN THE SHAPE OF COOL STUFF LIKE RACING CARS AND LEGO BRICKS AND PLANES AND SHIT. Well, not shit. That would be unappealing to say the least. You know what I mean.
They sell all sorts of shapes - there's love hearts:
You can even have your name in crayons:
I could go on posting photo after photo of them as they have so many different shapes available, but I'd never get around the the review and giveaway.
Rory and I were very kindly sent a pack of eight robot shaped crayons to review. They arrived well packaged in a sturdy box with enough bubble wrap to make sure they wouldn't break.
Now, I've been trying to interest Rory in colouring in and drawing for ages now, but he's rarely interested in it. However, he took one look at the crayons in the shape of robots and announced that "WE MUST DO COLOURING IN IMMEDIATELY, MUMMY." He then drew and coloured for about an hour, which is something of a record. I joined in too (God, I love colouring in. And no, I'm not referring to the Sex & the City innuendo there). We found them easy to use due to the knobbly shape being good for little hands, and the crayons were really good quality and very bright in colour. They look so good that it feels a shame to use them, but even after an hour of use, the robots still look like robots, so they seem to last a good long while too. What I liked most about them was that when Rory got bored of colouring, he played with them in other ways. They became stacking blocks, then characters in a bizarre game involving a Cadillac, Macca Pacca and Noah from Noah's Ark. he then went on to making letter and number shapes out of them by lining them up. Brilliant. I think they'd make a great stocking filler and they'd be perfect for party bags (er, for those of you who actually put thought into party bags, unlike me who just stuffs random tat in two seconds before the guests arrive). All in all, a 10 out of 10 review from Disgrace Towers.
Now then, if you'd like to win a set of 8 crayons of your choice from Colour Me Fun, complete the Rafflecopter entry form below. The more tasks you fulfil, the more entries you get. Please don't claim to have completed a task when you haven't - if you win, I will check, and if you haven't done what was asked, you'll be disqualified. Sorry. This giveaway will end next Friday, just in time for the next one to start, so come back and find out who has won and what's on offer next Friday. Happy weekend to you.
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