Thursday, 15 October 2015

How To Avoid Stress This Christmas

70 days, yes just 70 days until Christmas! It's seems like yesterday it was Easter, or the beginning of the school year.

I have to admit, this year I am a little more organised (yesterday I bought the plates and napkins, see I'm onto Christmas already!). But what really makes Christmas less stressful, especially in the lead-up, is getting all those gifts organised now. Take advantage of early pre-Christmas sales and lay-by;  buy and tuck away all those gifts bit by bit. Then, when you're ready, have wrapping sessions and hide them. Simple!
Do this and the week leading up to Christmas will be one of relaxation for you - no running around like crazy trying to find that perfect gift while under pressure.  

Of course there's a whole lot more about Christmas festivities than just gifts, like food, but I'll leave that post to someone who is an expert at creating menus for Christmas day :D

As a way to help you get organised, our HUGE sale starts today! 50% off storewide!
Use the promocode XMAS50 at the checkout. Hurry, as it ends midnight Monday!



Thursday, 24 September 2015

Spreading the LOVE ♥

A customer recently requested a custom made baby blanket, and of course we were more than happy to oblige (if you haven't heard, we LOVE custom orders!).
Her little girl LOVES hearts. So she asked if she could have a blanket with hearts on it, ribbons-all-around in pink colours.
We fell in love with this order immediately (who doesn't LOVE hearts in pink?!)  
So, after some designing, we made this gorgeous blanket!


And this is what Jaya's mum says:
"Omg! I have just received Jaya's blanket in the mail and it is exactly how I envisioned it to be, I love love love it! Thanku so much, you have done a fantastic job, we'll be back for more!! 💛"
Paula D, Perth WA, Australia. 

Ah, our job is done! The Hearts Baby Blanket is now available in store.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

A personal review

So, I see there are a lot of blogs where people get sent goods from companies, for them to try and test and write about it on their blog. This is not one of those blogs. This is a business blog, so you can know all the behind-the-scenes gossip, and of course store news.

However I recently made a purchase that I would like to share my experience about with you. A few months ago I subscribed to Joli Natural Skincare newsletter, so I could know more about the company, and also because when you sign up you get a free product sample (hello, who doesn't like a free sample?!). I've been getting the newsletter regularly since and I have to say it's full of interesting information, special offers and even funnies to brighten my day. 
Let's talk free sample though. You can choose which free sample you'd like, I chose the Fluffy Lime Eye Cream. In the pack I also received brochures and information about their products, and about companies to be aware of who test on animals. All very interesting. I tried the eye cream and it was wonderful. I didn't have to use much; it smoothed on the delicate eye area and was fluffy. It kept that area well moisturised.

I entered their colouring competition (yes, for adults too! Joli makes adult colouring books too!). My prize was one of their Moisturising Lip Balms, a colouring book and a $15 gift voucher to use in their store. Winning! 
The lip balm is incredible. I got to choose my own combination - so I chose a Pink colour and Lolly Musk flavour - yum. It's super moisturising, which is what you want in cold winter weather (and in hot summers too I would imagine).

After all the good experience I had had with Joli, I was ready to spend my $15 gift voucher and then some. So I ordered the Whipped Cream Facial Moisturiser; Massage Oil and Fluffy Lime Eye Cream.
Overall I was really happy with everything. The packaging was what-you-see-is-what-you-get (no heavy lids or indented bottoms), simple and light - all product. With the facial moisturiser I soon learned I only needed half the amount that I would normally use of an international company's moisturiser (happy), and it thoroughly moisturises my skin. I've already spoken about the lip balm (awesome) and the eye cream (amazingly fluffy). The massage oil is perfectly scented and a great texture - we love it. 
One of the other great things about Joli is it's all natural - no harsh chemicals that seep into your blood stream - you can understand the labels - with ingredients like Apricot Kernal Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Lime Essential Oil etc. 
I happily give Joli Natural Skincare five stars!

The teenager request

Our teenager decided that last school holidays she would make over her bed - from the sheets, doona cover to making a bedhead and adding canopy curtains. She was determined to give it a teen style that she would love. She did achieve her goal, as you can see:
She loves the look of lots of pillows and cushions. So she asked if we could make her a cushion with a large peace sign on it. So we did! She loved it. 
Since this photo she has added star fairy lights and is currently working on knitting a blue smaller cushion cover to add another cushion to the set. You have to love her design flair.

Our new Peace Cushion Cover is available in store here.

Peace out x

Friday, 24 July 2015

MIDWINTER SALE!

There's not much to say about this - except 50% off storewide!
Hurry, ends midnight Sunday 26 July!

 Use promocode MIDWINTER50
Visit our online store to get started. 

Monday, 22 June 2015

See what we're excited about!

You know those ideas you have that just don't go away? Months later you're still thinking about them, but because you're busy you just don't get to making them happen? 

Well, we had one such idea. It sat for months and months, maybe even a year. Then recently we showed a sneak peek of a new product and a few customers jumped at it, asking was it 'such and such'? It unfortunately wasn't, it was our Teddy Rug-Blanky. But what they were asking for had been in our mind for a long time. 

So we decided the interest that was shown was a call to action; we got to the drawing board and worked on our idea; trialed and errored, tested and thought about logistics. Until we came up with a design that worked.

Introducing our Hooded Reversible Blanket! Perfect for camping; picnic; match day or curling up on the lounge. We love it :)
We really wanted to make this blanket work for the wearer, so we included: hand pockets - to keep your hands warm and make it easy to be wrapped up in the blanket securely; the hoodie was a given - keep that warmth from your head inside, to be extra toasty; the length - it's made to keep the average adult/teen warm without tripping over it or it being dragged on the ground. It's double thickness fleece and therefore it's fully reversible - two blankets in one! And as we always do - personalisation for that unique touch.

Pop over to our online store for colour choices and details.



Thursday, 11 June 2015

Kid's request

The other night one of Master Twelve's school mates had a hard time getting to sleep. No matter what he did he couldn't get to sleep. He grabbed his Blanky4me Personalised Cushion that Master Twelve had given him as a Birthday gift a few years ago, and as soon as his head hit the cushion he fell asleep! 
The next day he told Master Twelve about the ordeal, and followed up with "Blanky4me should make pillow sized ones too, so I can sleep so well every night." Others in the class (who also have a Blanky4me Personalised Cushion), agreed.

And that is how we got the idea of having this new product! Presenting our Personalised Pillowcase! As usual, you choose the colours and font - customise it to your colour scheme.
Check back, because we have another new product coming very soon!


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The dinosaurs were playing in the prehistoric swamp ...

Do you remember that song from Playschool? I didn't until just now when I was coming up with an interesting title for introducing our new design!
Yes, another new design! We have had quite a few the past weeks. This one is so cute, we're very excited to introduce our Personalised Dinosaur Blanket!
He's (although he could be a she, we're not sure), available instore now, in Baby and Kids sizes.
Check back because we have more new designs and another new product coming soon.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Introducing our Teddy Rug-Blanky!

While working on orders the past few weeks, we've been busy working on our new product also.
It's a multi-purpose blanky. It can be used as a playmat for baby; for baby to lay on; to lightly cover baby or toddler in the pram or stroller; and to use as a rug on the floor in the baby or toddler's bedroom. So many uses! 
As with our Personalised Blankets, our new Teddy Rug-Blanky is made from double-sided premium anti-pill polar fleece, so it's super soft and easy to snuggle into.
This cute Teddy can be personalised too! 
You get to choose what colours you'd like - so if you're ordering for a newborn baby girl you may want something not so bright like Pale Pink and White - it's up to you! Visit our online store for more options and pricing.
We have more new products and Personalised Blanket designs coming, so check back. To see what we've recently added new, visit the New Arrivals category in our online store. 

 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

For the Princess pet, and kids fun

We have more new designs instore! 
We have a customer who loves her dogs so much. She already had a Paws Pet Blanket for her dog Tabatha, but her other dog, Bella, kept laying on it, so she wanted a pet blanket that suited Bella's personality - a Princess Pet Blanket
Our new cushion designs are echos of our blanky designs - the perfect match:
Car Cushion and Personalised Car Cushion both match our Personlised Cars Blanket.
Fish Ribbons-all-around Cushion matches our Personalised Fish Blanket.
Rocket Cushion matches our Personalised Space Blanket.
Stay tuned - there are more new products and designs coming very soon!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

New designs in store

As we've mentioned before, we love custom designs. Our customers have the BEST imaginations when it comes to dreaming up new designs, and we love them for it!

We have two new designs instore. The first one is our Fairyland Blanket. The customer wanted a fairy and something else, to match her niece's bedroom. So after some discussion, the end product was a beautiful Fairyland Blanket. It's available in baby and kids sizes.


The next design is our new Twins Blankets. A customer wanted to gift two blankets to twins, so she wanted something that represented that each one belonged to a pair. She had the idea of jumpsuits and we fine tuned it to this design. These are single layer fleece. We also have them in our double sided baby blankys with ribbons on the bottom. We now have a Twins Plus category on our website. 


We have more new designs and products coming soon, so check back.
Remember, our 30% off storewide sale ends at midnight tonight. Use promocode newwebsite30 at the checkout. Lay-by welcome.


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Brand New Website and SALE!

After weeks of work, we're excited to present to you our new website.
Besides an overall new look, we've also made some improvements that we're sure you'll be happy with.
Our brand new website:
  • is smartphone and tablet friendly
  • is easier to browse
  • has a detailed shopping cart (so you can double check personalisation spelling)
  • is jam packed with blanket and customer images (so it's easier to see what colour combinations look like).
To celebrate our brand new website, we're having a 30% off [Storewide] SALE, including already discounted items! Please use the promo code NewWebsite30, (it's not case sensitive).
As always, Layby is welcome.
Hurry, ends midnight Sunday 24 May.
Brand new website and sale!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Behind the scenes news

It's like Christmas, or our Birthday, or both rolled into one.
Behind the scenes at Blanky4me we've been working tirelessly the past few weeks, making orders as well as working on a new website, new designs AND a new product! We're very excited, as we're almost there! Almost ready to reveal all to our customers, readers and fans!
We look forward to our new website which is more customer friendly; our new designs, thanks to customer requests for something extra special; and a new product that we've had in our head for about a month now!
It's all coming ... very soon ... 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Have you got Mother's Day covered?

Mother's Day is almost here! We have a few products in store that mum would love.
Our Mother's Day best seller this year is our Personalised Family Blanket. Or you could go for something smaller to keep mum warm - a knee rug/Kids size Personalised Blanket with MUM on it. Or a Personalised Cushion is a wonderful way to remind her of your love all year round.
Mother's Day ordering cut-off is April 26, that way we can ensure your parcel arrives in time for Mother's Day giving!

Monday, 13 April 2015

We're featured!

A big thank you to Your Cheeky Monkey for featuring our Personalised Blankets in their Handmade Mothers Day Gift Ideas special. 
Pop over to Your Cheeky Monkey's blog and see all the wonderful handmade gift ideas to give mum this Mother's Day!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Mother's Day is just around the corner

Easter is over, which means one thing - Mother's Day is almost here! I love Mother's Day - I get breakfast in bed; handmade gifts and I don't have to cook or prepare food all day - perfect!

What better way to show mum (or grandma!) how much you love them, than by giving them a Personalised Blanket for Mother's Day? It will last for years and keep mum warm in winter - forever a reminder to mum that you love her.
Some customers like to order a Kids size blanket for mum - to throw over her knees in winter and use at outdoor activities. Some customers prefer to buy mum an Adult sized Personalised Blanket that mum can lay on her bed. Whichever your choice, it's sure to be a constant reminder to mum that you love her all year round.
Visit our website to see the different designs and fonts available. Hurry, Mother's Day orders close 26 April.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Wishes for you

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Easter break! We hope you get to enjoy time with family and friends, maybe do some DIY or camping, eat too much chocolate and have nanna naps :)

Here is a cuteness overload for you: 
video

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

And the winner is ...

We loved all the comments we got for our Been-Too-Long Giveaway. Our Family Blanket seems to be a popular choice for people, which is great to know, we love it too!
Thank you to everyone who entered - we appreciate your support!

The winner is Rachel Kriss-Newell! Congratulations Rachel! We look forward to hearing from you which blanket you've chosen.



Monday, 30 March 2015

Birthday Gift Dilema

When one of our kids comes home with a birthday party invitation, we feel excited (yay, they got invited!) and then concerned (do we already have something on that day?), and relief when we don't. Then in the back of my mind I keep thinking for weeks 'I've got to get a gift for that birthday party.'

Well, this weekend our youngest child attended a 5th Birthday party (one of her school friends) and I had been thinking 'What to get, what to get?' and then I had a light-bulb moment - why not make her a Blanky4me personalised cushion in her language?!

Now, we have been doing personalisation in four languages since we started Blanky4me six years ago (English, Armenian, Greek and Russian), so it was nothing new to make a personalised cushion in Armenian. But sometimes we miss what is right in front of us, don't we?
In years gone by our older children have gifted the Birthday party person with a Blanky4me Personalised Cushion and they loved it (and so did the parents!) - so much so that on days when teachers asked students to bring to school a cushion or pillow, they brought in their Blanky4me Personalised Cushion (our children were very proud)!

Anyway, enough rambling, here is the said cushion. 


Just a reminder, our giveaway closes on the 31st March (tomorrow, Tuesday). Make sure you enter for your chance to WIN a Personalised Blanket of your choice!
   

Monday, 23 March 2015

Ribbons-all-around Blanket

After working on a special request from a customer for a cushion with ribbons/tags all the way around, we were so impressed with the outcome that we decided to put an option on our website for customers to order a blanky with 'ribbons-all-around'.
You can imagine our excitement a few weeks ago when a customer placed an order for a baby blanky with 'Ribbons-all-around'!

Ta-da!

And from the feedback from the customer read like this: "Thanks so much for Amelia's blanky, both her mummy and I love it. You should have seen how excited Amelia's mummy was when I gave it to her. Now all the girls in my life have their own blanky ...
Thank you again for another beautiful blanky." ~ Leah, VIC
To see a photo of the happy baby on her blanky visit our Facebook fanpage.
It's this type of thing they brings a big silly smile to our faces!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Been-Too-Long Giveaway!

It’s been a long time since we had a giveaway, about five years! So we thought it’s about time. 
To go in the draw to WIN a Personalised Blanket of your choice, simply do the following:

1) Follow our blog (either via email or Networked Blogs or Google or RSS on the right).
2) Subscribe to our newsletter (via our website, Newsletter subscribe box is on the left).
3) Visit our website and browse our blanket designs, then come back here and comment which of our designs you like the most.

--- Entries close midnight EDST 31 March 2015 ---

Terms and Conditions
- Our Been-Too-Long competition is run by us, Blanky4me.
- Must be 13 years + to enter.
- Entries close midnight EDST 31 March 2015.
- Winner will be drawn on April 1 and announced here as well as our Facebook fanpage.
- The winner must contact us within 48 hours of being notified, to avoid a redraw.
- The prize is one personalised blanket of the winner’s choice (therefore it could be a Baby, Kids, Adult size, one of our Monster or Cheerleader blankets).
- Prize is not redeemable for cash and is not transferable.
- Australian residents only. Prize includes shipping within Australia only. 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

BIG Autumn Sale

Summer is almost over in Australia. Sydney summer this year has been mild - a lot of rainy days with mid-20 temps. We DID get to the beach though on some hot days, so I can't complain.

To celebrate the oncoming winter we're having a BIG Autumn Sale!
> 40% off Storewide + FREE delivery on selected blankys. 
> This is the perfect time to get ready for winter.
> Lay-by is welcome (even if the baby isn't born yet, you can lay-by now and let us know details after the baby is born).
> Hurry! 3 Days Only! Ends midnight Sunday March 1. 
> Promocode: AutumnSALE

So Easy!

It's those little things that make life easier - don't you love them?! Mr Blanky4me has been on a mission the last few months to do things around the home to make things easier - including hooks in handy places and adjusting pantry shelves, ah bless him. 

Thanks to our friend Annette Piper from Annette Piper Dip. Gem. Handcrafted Jewellery (if you haven't seen her pieces go have a look - gorgeous!), who let us know about it, we have just added something to our Facebook page to make things easier for you - a 'Shop Now' button. So if you're visiting our page and want to find out more about our products, simply click on the 'Shop Now' button and you'll be taken to our website - easy!


And now we're off to make another Personalised Princess Baby Blanky for a customer in Dubai.