Month: November 2016

THE BRITISH HOME STORE (BHS.COM) is TSS Business of the Month for November 2016

The British Home Stores (BHS) chain enjoyed the penchant type following of the British public for decades, successfully selling factory-made goods across many departments: fashion and accessories, children’s clothing; lighting and textiles; home and garden; as well as toys, stationery and confectionery, until it fell into administration in April of 2016 under circumstances steeped in controversy. Subsequently, it failed to attract a buyer which resulted in the closure of all of its UK stores this summer (2016) However, there is another thread to the BHS story happening right now. In recent months Qatar based corporate business the Al Mana Group has acquired the BHS Brand, the International franchise business, plus BHS.com for online retailing purposes About Al Mana Group: has a diverse portfolio of businesses and represents many large and successful brands worldwide across the luxury goods, beauty; fashion; home interiors; watches and jewellery areas of retail. TSS can confirm that Al Mana has a new company called BHS International which is now operating BHS.com It is our understanding also, that the Al Mana Group has bought …

Santa’s Christmas Party Jigsaw Puzzle 1000 pcs – Product Review

The Artist For over 10 years Roy Trower has been the man who creates those beautifully illustrated scenes which determine the themes for the Christmas Limited Editions jigsaw puzzles by Ravensburger. The artwork involves 2D skills, from sketching out the design to hand painting. Artist, Trower (from Devon UK) uses a mix of water-colours, gouache and pencil colours. His designs do not include computer software manipulation or enhancement The Theme The theme is Santa and equally Mrs Claus (as it is for an advertising campaign running for a certain multinational high street retailer this Christmas #LoveMrsClaus) So we have a hat less Santa in a dance hold with his dear wife and they are gazing lovingly into each others eyes. So it is a romantic setting in snowy world with lantern lights hanging down from the top which creates a warm glow which illuminates all the creatures big and small, the partying elves and the foodie treats. Such a colourful and heartwarming scene The Product Santa’s Christmas Party is a 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Christmas …

THE ROCKING HORSE ADVENT CALENDAR FROM PRESTAT – Product Review

Prestat is looking after us grown-ups this Advent ROCKING HORSE ADVENT CALENDAR WITH Dark Chocolate (with sea salt) and Milk Chocolate (with caramel) 8.47 OZ – 240g Individual Prestat chocolates are stunningly presented in the Advent calendar format of a chocolate treat per day (for the 24 days of Advent) designed to engage one in the growing sense of anticipation as we count down the days of December to Christmas Eve. If you’re a celebrator of the Christmas season and a ‘joiner in’ of these kinds of festivities you will appreciate all this has to offer. Prestat is looking after the grown ups again with this lovely package. Why? Well, because we get the dry sense of humour of the story that comes with it and its ‘keep your hands-off they’re my chocolates!’ message, and, we’ll not be distracted away so easily from the view of this thing on the mantelpiece, also, and more importantly, we will definitely savour the luxury of the chocolates better! The packaging features bright and richly colourful Kitty Arden artwork (Prestat’s …

Star Wars Silhouette jigsaw – Product review

  Review Submission by Guest Reviewer Cheryl H of Birmingham I received his jigsaw and opened it with expectancy and – gulp – wow it looked like a challenge. Straight away I noticed that my usual technique of starting with the straight edges wasn’t going to work because, well, the straight edges are not, um, straight.  For some this is exciting, for me this presented an even tougher challenge. I started to prepare my specialist jigsaw surface, aka my dining/working/painting table, and the reality of a 70x106cm puzzle began to dawn. This is a very big jigsaw! While there isn’t any straight edges in this jigsaw there is, helpfully, a coloured line around the silhouette which transitioned between shades of blue and purple on its way round.  Without any idea how to commence a jigsaw without straight edges I decided to delve through the 1098 pieces looking for the helpfully coloured edges. The construction began, very, very slowly. With my head in my hands I asked my 9 year old, “What am I going to …

A Miscellany of MAGICAL BEASTS by Simon Holland – Book Review

A Miscellany of MAGICAL BEASTS by Simon Holland. Illustration contributions by Gary Blithe – David Demaret – Nelson Evergreen – John Howe – Mike Love – Kev Walker – Helen Ward – David Wyatt ISBN 978-1-4088-8195-8 Published by Bloomsbury in Hardcover – Release date 20 October 2016 RRP £14.99 A Children’s Picture Book (Hardback) Overview: This recently released children’s title from Bloomsbury is an authentic collection of mystical beasts from fairy tale worlds, ancient myths, and magical storybook greats. Simon Holland (the author) introduces (in chapters) a creature each time. His passion for the subject is infectious and the information he shares is well researched, paragraphs are not too word laden. The art contributions show fantastical creatures, and their surrounds, using a variety of illustrative styles. There are Giants and Trolls, Unicorns, Griffins and Werewolves. There’s Pegasus (from the Greek myths) and Dragons of course. 20 creatures altogether, plus a page of Elvish spells and tricks and another of Magical Words. The mechanics of the book’s presentation include fold-out pieces which achieves the dimensions of that …

A Short Review of Paper Home – an origami project book

Breaking the origami rules somewhat because of the inclusion of the use of quick -drying glue, and some cutting techniques. Described as multi-modular origami creations in fact. Some projects require other objects either to hard wire, to present or to decorate, but not much more is needed than quality papers (some patterned) of differing densities and a bit of creative time on your hands. Project papers by Caroline Gardner, Minerva Crafts and others. Follow Esther Thorpe’s step-by-step instructions and you can make home decorations that are strikingly unique.     More about the book: • Hardcover book with clear presentation of the projects. Excellent photography and art editing • Offers 15 origami style projects to make home wares and home decorations from quality paper • Author, Esther Thorpe adds a contemporary edge to a traditional Japanese art (origami) • Contact and Supplier information included  

CREO laminate flooring by Quick-Step Floors – Product Review

THE PRODUCT QUICK-STEP CREO Laminate flooring. For use as floor covering in buildings according to the manufacturer’s specifications CREO designs have the look and feel of wood and incorporates ‘single plank designs’ Available in packs (8 planks per pack) Each plank measures: Length: 120 cm – Width: 19 cm – Thickness: 7 mm Coverage per Box: 1.824 m² Matt Finish: Design under review is TENNESSEE OAK LIGHT WOOD and is one of eight from the CREO collection, with every design matching the characteristics of the wood, making the chosen finish more authentic Uniclic® installation system – Installation method: Floating 20 years warranty Matching accessories and cleaning aids available THE PLACE Active in over 100 countries Buy online directly from the official Quick-Step webstore (supply only) Home delivery is free for orders over £300. FIND a local installer if required or buy from a local flooring dealer FIND who will offer supply only, or installation at a cost THE PRICE CREO CR3179 12.99 £ /m² VAT incl THE PROMOTION Quick-Step flooring is designed, manufactured and produced …