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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Christmas Tree Ideas For Small Spaces

Have you already started planning where you put your Christmas Tree this year, or wondering where you are going to put that new bookcase to make room for your Tree? Unfortunately too much stuff and not enough space is one of the major traumas of decorating for Christmas, or if you are lucky enough to have a cavernous living room with enough room for a small forest, surely there's a compact corner crying out for a bit of festive cheer! To that end we've gathered a list of space-saving solutions for fitting alternative Christmas trees into small spaces.

1.

Green Corner Christmas TreeGreen Corner Christmas TreeFibre Optic Corner Christmas TreeFibre Optic Corner Christmas Tree

If the only spare space you have available is in the corner of a room why not consider a corner Christmas Tree. These corner Christmas trees are available in pre-lit and un-lit styles, prices for which start from only £19.99.

These Corner Christmas Trees are perfect for smaller areas of the home, they fit easily into small corners, allowing you to make the most of your living space, while giving you all the room you need to put presents under the tree, and enjoy all the festive cheer of a traditional tree. The good news is this tree can be packed away and used year after year!

2.
Green Pencil TreeFibre Optic Christmas Tree

Our pencil Christmas trees bring festive cheer to the tightest of spaces! They are ideal for apartments, small living rooms, or if you have space in your hallway these trees would make great hallways trees due to the narrow nature of the branches. These artificial Christmas trees retain the silhouette of a full tree while giving you more floor space to enjoy. They are available in pre-lit and unlit varieties, priced from only £12.99.

3.
LED Pre-Lit Wall Christmas TreeFibre Optic Wall ChristmasTree

These Wall Mounted Christmas Trees allow you to have the joy of a Christmas tree without any valuable floor space being taken up. Maybe you already have a large tree but have a particular wall that is begging for some attention or a more elaborate decoration over the fireplace. The Wall mounted Christmas Tree could be the perfect item. This tree is available in LED Pre-Lit or Fibre optic.

4.
LED Wall Tree Decoration

This LED Wall Tree Decoration is the perfect solution if you have no space to display a traditional or even a half Christmas tree, as you only require a wall and a touch of imagination. Consisting of a combination of staggered lengths of cut wood, connected with wire, which creates an illusion of a shaped Christmas tree at a height of 100cm, simply hang on the wall and it is ready to be dressed. This item comes complete with; 50 warm white LED battery lights which operate on a timer function, and also a selection of decorations to hang if and where you choose along the unit. Only £24.99

5.
Personalised Christmas Tree Wall Sticker

If you want a Christmas tree but don't want any of the foliage, why not opt for a Personalised Christmas Tree Wall Sticker. This is a gorgeous personalised wall sticker that’s perfect for Christmas. Have your family’s name on the bottom branch of the tree. It’s the perfect finishing touch for any festive room. The sticker is easy to apply, with full instructions provided.

Shop our entire Christmas Range today at 24ace.co.uk

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Are You Baking Your Own Christmas Cake This Year?

If you've been inspired by the Great British Bake Off, and want to try your hands at making a Christmas cake this year instead of buying one, then why not follow GBBO Judge Mary Berry's Classic Christmas Cake recipe

You can make Mary Berry's sherry-infused, Victorian-style Christmas cake well ahead of the big day - in fact, the longer you leave it, the better it will taste! But the recommendation is to make it at least three weeks prior to Christmas, for if eaten too early it's crumbly.

Mary Berry's Classic Christmas Cake recipe.


Serves: 12
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
(plus 3 days for soaking the fruit)
Cooking time: 4 hours
(may need an extra 15 minutes)
Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Skill Level: Bit of effort




Ingredients

  • 175g (6 oz) raisins
  • 350g (12 oz) glace cherries, rinsed, thoroughly dried and quartered
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) currants
  • 350g (12oz) sultanas
  • 150ml (¼ pint) sherry, plus extra for feeding
  • Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 250g (9oz) butter, softened
  • 250g (9oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 75g (3oz) blanched almonds, chopped
  • 75g (3oz) self-raising flour
  • 175g (6oz) plain flour
  • 1½ tsp mixed spice

To finish and decorate Mary Berry's Christmas cake:

  • About 3 tbsp apricot jam, sieved and warmed
  • Icing sugar
  • 675g shop-bought almond paste
  • Packet royal icing mix to cover 23cm/9in cake

Method

  1. Put all the dried fruit in a container, pour over the sherry and stir in the orange zest. Cover with a lid, and leave to soak for 3 days, stirring daily. Grease and line a 23cm (9in) deep round tin with a double layer of greased greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to 140ºC/Fan 120ºC/Gas Mark 1.
  2. Measure the butter, sugar, eggs, treacle and almonds into a very large bowl and beat well. Add the flours and mixed spice and mix thoroughly until blended. Stir in the soaked fruit. Spoon into the prepared cake tin and level the surface.
  3. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 4-4½ hours or until the cake feels firm to the touch and is a rich golden brown. Check after 2 hours, and, if the cake is a perfect colour, cover with foil. A skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean. Leave the cake to cool in the tin.
  4. When cool, pierce the cake at intervals with a fine skewer and feed with a little extra sherry. Wrap the completely cold cake in a double layer of greaseproof paper and again in foil and store in a cool place for up to 3 months, feeding at intervals with more sherry. (Don't remove the lining paper when storing as this helps to keep the cake moist.)
  5. Decorate with almond paste and royal icing.

To prepare the Christmas cake ahead:
Prepare the fruit and soak in sherry 3 days ahead - this is essential to plump up and flavour the fruit. Make the cake and wrap as in stage 4. Store in a cool place for up to 3 months, following stage 4. You could also freeze the cake before decorating, for up to 3 months; defrost at room temperature.

Good to Know: If you don't want to use alcohol, use the same quantity of orange juice. Instead of covering with icing, you could brush warmed apricot jam over the cake, then arrange glace fruits and nuts on top.

If you're going to try your hand at baking, don't forget your bakeware! We've got all the equipment you need for the perfect results, including baking tins, measuring spoons, cake decorating kits and more! And if you want to make light work of any mixing, take a look at our range of Mixers.

Mary Berry, The Autobiography and the Great Book of Baking are also available at 24ace, as is the Danilo Great British Bake Off Family Organiser 2015, which features easy to follow seasonal recipes for all the family.

Thanks go to goodtoknow Recipes for Mary berry's Classic Christmas Cake Recipe

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2014

It may only be October, but we’re now into double digits on the countdown to Christmas! Before you know it the big day will be here, so make sure your little ones aren't disappointed on Christmas morning by shopping nice and nice and early!


Knowing what to buy children for Christmas can be a difficult task. There are so many advertisements around that it’s hard to separate the good from the bad. Here at 24ace, we stock a huge selection of the best toys from the world’s leading brands, including Vtech, Little Tikes, Moshi Monsters and more.

To give you a better indication of what the kids are after this year, check out the Top 10 Toys For Christmas 2014 list below.

Top Ten Toys For Christmas


1. My Friend Cayla - My Friend Cayla is not just a doll, she’s a real friend. Ask her all sorts of questions, from her likes and dislikes to general knowledge and sports results, and she’ll tell you the answer! It's amazing what she knows! Cayla can answer questions, understand and chat, tell stories and play games, and play online of offline.




2. Xeno - Xeno is a loveable baby monster who really interacts and play with you! He has 10+ emotions: happy, sad, playful, hungry, unwell and more! With over 50 eye expressions and 80 tailor made sounds you can truly understand him. Xeno is also really ticklish, dances to music and occasionally lets out a little burp or parp! He will ask "wanna play" and play 5 games with you. Download the Free APP to play additional games and explore the Xeno world.




3. Teksta Robot T-Rex - Teksta T-Rex the bone crushing dino! Just like his puppy friend T-Rex responds to your voice, lights and sounds with expressive eye patterns to share his feelings. Using cutting edge hand gesture technology command Teksta T-Rex to walk, move his hands, tail and stop. Stroke his face to hear him roar and see him snap just like a real T-Rex Dinosaur. When he’s hungry feed him with his dino bone to see his ultimate trick, watch him crunch, munch and launch it away, followed by an almighty burp!

Teksta T-Rex comes with over 100 physical and app-sized interactive play features. Includes bone accessory.




4. Vtech Kidizoom Smart Watch - An interactive smart watch for kids! The VTech KidiZoom Smart Watch lets children capture photos, record videos, play games and more. The watch comes with a 1.4" colour touchscreen, built-in motion sensor, as well as a customisable analogue and digital clock display. Other functions include an alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, photo editor and a voice recorder with funny voice effects.

The KidiZoom Smart Watch is powered by a rechargeable battery and is fitted with a USB port that enables users to transfer pictures, video and audio files to a PC or laptop.




5. Barbie Glam Colour Change Handbag - Imagine if you could change the colour of your handbag to match your outfit...well now you can!!! Just hold the super stylish barbie & Me handbag against whatever you want to match it to, press heart shaped button and watch in amazement as the bag magically lights up and changes colour before your eyes - Wow!! Match 100+ colours!

Lots of fabulous clip on accessories are included for you to decorate your bag. Wear with the stylish carry strap or use as a cute clutch - so versatile!! For your Barbie Doll there is a mini matching handbag too.




6. Doc McStuffins Doc Pull & Go Van (Get Better Talking 'Doc-Mobile' Clinic) - Give kids everything they need to provide on-the-go care! Kids can let friends know they're in a hurry with the motion-activated siren that lights-up and plays the Doc Mobile song. The Doc Mobile is equipped with a working ladder to help toys wherever they are. Future doctors can use the light and sound heart monitor, otoscope, and thermometer to give on-site checkups and fix boo boos with the bandage sticker dispenser. They can call in their diagnosis using the working CB radio, and then secure their patients for rolling rescue using the stretcher and patient seat! Does NOT include Lambie soft toy.




7. Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 - The Nerf Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 blaster from Nerf fires both Elite darts and Nerf missiles to demolish the competition with two kinds of firepower. Get in the game and plan your battle strategy to optimise your attack and fortify your defence. Blast the 2 big Nerf missiles for maximum impact with pump-fire action. Unleash a powerful barrage of 10 Elite darts with motorized dart blasting. Or fire the missiles and the darts at the same time to sweep the field!




8. Despicable Me 2 Monopoly - It's the classic fast-dealing property trading game of Monopoly, now with multitudes of minions! Gru is back with another evil plan and it's up to you to collect Banana Bucks and own all of your favourite properties before he succeeds. Spin the Minion Spinner to move your minion around the board and wheel and deal to win the most mischievious Monopoly game ever! Despicable Me 2 Monopoly Game includes: 4 minion tokens




9. Deluxe Charm Bracelets - Charm bracelets are the height of fashion right now and making your own couldn't be easier with myStyle Deluxe Charm Bracelets! Create gorgeous beads with the clays, glitter and foils provided and put them together to produce fabulous and unique jewellery! Twist and roll the clay into stripes, spots and marble effects, sprinkle with glitter or form tiny letters for a more personalised finish.

The kit includes 2 bracelets, silver coloured charms and enough quality components to create 40 colourful beads, along with a 19 page colour illustrated instruction manual to show you how it’s done. Girls can build beautiful bracelets to wear or give to friends which are almost identical to the coolest high street jewellery brands but at a fraction of the cost!



For the complete 24ace toy collection, just head over the toys and games section on our website.









Thursday, 25 September 2014

Behind The Scenes At The Studio

It may only be September, but we've started on our Spring 2015 catalogue already! Our photography and video team were out on location recently in Manchester's Northern Quarter, shooting a selection of ladies fashion for our Spring Summer 2015 catalogue. Take a look at the video below.



Is there anywhere that you recognize? Did you spot Larissa, our model trying to stifle a sneeze?

We also shot a behind the scenes fashion video with Larissa and Amy at our photography studio. If you watch the video you'll see a sneak peak of some of our Spring Fashion lines, as well as a look backstage at what goes on at a photography shoot.



If you can't wait for Spring and want to shop now then take a look at all our current Autumn Fashion. We have a great range, and there's something for everyone, from comfy loungewear to the essential little black party dress.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Onesies For All At 24Ace

Winter is coming! The nights are getting colder, the evenings are getting darker, and the word Christmas is starting to appear more and more often. (We heard a whisper that it’s less that 100 days until Christmas...).

There’s nothing more satisfying on a cold gloomy day than lounging around on the sofa, wearing your onesie, with a nice cup of hot chocolate and an afternoon film! Not only are Onesies comfy and keep you ridiculously warm, but they also make a great Christmas present too!

We’re a big fans of the onesie so check out our range of Onesie’s that won’t only make a great addition to your wardrobe this winter but won’t break the bank! We have a onesie for every personality at 24ace.

Kids Onesies

These Personalised Children's Onesies at 24ace are available in ages 2 - 9 years old in Rabbit, Monster, Zebra, Cat, Tiger and Reindeer designs, and are now only £9.99 each and can be personalised for free!

Kids Onesies

Suitable for older Children. These Onesies are available in ages 8-13, and are now only £11.99 each.


Mens Onesies

Teenage Boys and Men are notoriously difficult to buy for, especially at Christmas! Why not consider a Onesie? Our Mens Character Onesies are available in sizes S-XL for only £19.99. Characters include Batman, Superman, Animal from the Muppets and Family Guy.

Ladies Fleece Onesies

Stay snuggly and warm this winter in one of our ladies fleece onesies, they are now only £12.99 each and come in a choice of character and printed designs.

Shop our entire range of Onesies today where prices are from only £5.99