Friday, 20 January 2017

Bedside table Spectacle Holder

I am sure like my self many people wear spectacles and have probably been told by their optometrist to look after the spectacles, not to put them facing down on the table, not to clean them with tissues and in a nut shell what they mean is treat them with respect. I have many spectacles cases to hold my spectacles but most of them are hard cases that are a little bulky for my bedside table.

I have been looking for an open top tall standing spectacle holder to place on my bedside table for ages. I wanted a holder into which I could just slip my spectacles in for safe keeping when I go to bed. I have yet to find a suitable holder so in the mean time I decided to make my own. This upright tube holder is perfect for holding my spectacles and it can be made in any size to accommodate any pair of spectacles. Furthermore you can make it to match your room decor too. You can use a left over piece of matching wall paper or fabric or you can colour coordinate the room colour. The options are endless.

To make the spectacle holder you will need:
1 piece of tube the same height as your spectacles measured across the spectacles
Fabric or paper of choice
1 piece A5 card


1. Place the tube onto the A5 card and draw a circle, now draw a second circle approx 1.5 cm bigger around it to make the base. Cut the cardboard circle out . 
2.Using the cardboard circle cut another circle same size from the patterned fabric or paper and stick it to the card.

3.To make the Spectacle holder place the tube onto the paper and measure out a 1cm line top and bottom of tube.
4. Draw lines on the two margins approx 1cm apart and snip these as this will help to stick the paper into the top of the tube and also on the bottom.

5. Glue the tube and then place it on the patterned paper and securely stick the overlapping edges.  
6. Fold in the snipped edges into the top edge of the tube and glue into place to neaten the top of the tube.
7. Fan out the snipped edges at the bottom of the tube and spread glue on them.
8. Place the tube centrally on the prepared cardboard circle and stick the fanned out edges so that the tube is now standing upright onto the cardboard disc.

9. Leave to dry and decorate the tube as required or leave it plain.
10. Once dry the spectacle holder is ready to use.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Giveaway ~Charles Viancin magnetic stem tea infuser and saucer

Tea or Coffee?  Statistics show that the consumption of coffee is far greater than tea in the world however to me tea is my favourite drink, I hardly ever drink coffee.
Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and there are over 3,000 varieties of tea. They can be divided into five basic categories: black, green, oolong, white, and puer. Tea also has many health benefits, it is also a drink that is consumed all over the world in various different forms. Tea is served at breakfast, on street stalls in rustic clay cups to more refined artisan teas parties where the experience and preparation of tea is an art in itself.

My favourite cup of tea is Indian masala tea made with water, milk, loose tea leaves and a sprinkling of Indian tea masala. This is heaven to me and I crave this every morning, without it my day would not begin.

To help me perfect my cup of tea I use loose tea leaves which I place in my Camellia Tea Magnet and Infuser Set by Charles Viancin. The loose tea and Indian spice is placed in the tea infuser which is popped into a cup and topped with boiling water tea. Once I am happy with the infusion I can use the magnetic stem to lift out my infuser without any difficulty and place it on the silicon saucer that matches this lovely set. All that remains after is to add a dash of milk and a sprinkling of sugar and my daily cuppa is ready.

The Charles Viancin Camellia Tea infuser and saucer is perfect for use with tea bags or loose tea. The infuser is stainless steel and the magnetic stem and saucer are made from 100%. The BPA free silicone, making these totally safe at high temperatures. You can buy the tea infuser for £ 10.00 and the Matching saucer for £ 3.00 from many kitchenware stockists.

**I was sent a magnetic infuser and saucer to try all opinions in this post are of my own.

Charles Viancin have been really kind and they have agree to send one citrusspice reader a magnetic infuser and silicon saucer so that they too can enjoy making a great cup of tea.
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Friday, 13 January 2017

Indian Global Gourmet Curry Station Giveaway

My favourite cuisine is Indian and I do cook a lot of Indian dishes at home, however sometimes I like to order an Indian takeaway as the flavour of restaurant food is totally different to home cooked. I think this may be that when I cook at home I try and cook very healthily with less oil and spices and no fried food but once in awhile its ok to eat fatty food that has more oil and is fried too!!!

I am also very particular about having my food really hot.I cannot palate luke warm food. The problem with a takeaway is that by the time it arrives and you serve your self its gone cold. I have found a wonderful solution to this problem. I have discovered the Global Gourmet Curry Station. It is an electric hotplate housing four individual non-stick aluminium pots with toughened glass lids to hold a variety of food. The heating plate is non stick and it has a variable temperature control and integrated heating element. It can be also be used on the table top since it has anti-slip feet on heating plate for safety. The heating plate can also be used to keep breads warm.

Although this curry station is sold as a curry station, I have used it to keep lots of other types of food warm too. It is great  device to keep food warm at the table while you eat. The curry station can easily accommodate food for a family of four.

You can purchase the Global Gourmet Curry Station from amazon and it retails at £49.95. As always I do like my readers to have a chance to try products I review. I am really excited to share that I have one curry station to giveaway to one citrusspice reader.

**I was sent the Global Gourmet Curry Station to review all the opinions expressed are of my own experience of the item.

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