I don't enter many competitions but when I noticed Pedlars competition on Instagram recently, to submit slogans to create their second Manifesto, I knew instantly that I had to enter. This was not just entering a competition, it was also about having some creative fun and contributing some ideas to a fantastic collaborative project. I had nothing to lose not even time (time spent on Instagram is purposeful, right). 'Grow a beard' and 'Find Your Passion' were my entries (who can resist a full grown beard or even a fuzzy chin right now?)
The response to the competition was so huge that Pedlars decided to expand their one manifesto to three; one for a Better Life, one for The Great Outdoors and one for The Kitchen. The slogans were selected from over 600 suggestions and also from about 50 ideas proposed by Team Pedlars. The gloriously bright finished manifestos are printed on card in the US, by hand, using ancient presses, by a tiny company that specialise in circus and political posters.
Anyhoo, imagine my delight when 'Grow a beard' was selected for the 'Manifesto For a better Life'. Not only was I lucky enough to win a copy of the manifesto showing my slogan but I also won £50 to spend at Pedlars. How exciting to be a winner and to be able to choose something from their amazing homeware, prints, stationary and vintage selections.
It was fun, but not easy, choosing how to spend my money. After, much consideration I chose items that we needed but were equally beautiful to add a little pizzazz and character to our home. I must say I'm very happy with my new goodies. Let me show you....
First I jumped at the chance to replace our broken chopping board with this funky green neon edged one which is great for plain chopping or as a decorative serving board.
I also chose two sets of Duralex Marine Glasses (some are bound to get broken). I love the classic French design and the jolt of colour they add to our meal times.
They also look pretty with a twinkling tea light inside.
Lastly, I chose two vintage Hickman and Pullen Bottles – my favourite way to display flowers. They are the dark green ones and are perfect for single stems such as these tulips. We already have a small collection of vintage bottles from hubs' childhood that are dearly loved so I thought it might be nice too add some different vintage bottles. Also, these ones were made in Wednesbury which is local to us.
As for the manifesto, I love the funky colours of the print and it looks great unframed - although I will probably frame it when I've eventually stopped having fun arranging it in different places around the house.
What's more exciting is that I can help spread Pedlar's Campaign for the Good Life to one lucky home! Pedlars has kindly offered one Just a little less reader a copy of The Manifesto for a Better Life (unframed). To enter just leave a comment below and be a follower of Just a little less. The closing date for the giveaway is May 22nd. The winner will be picked at random and will be announced here on May 23rd. I'm happy to post worldwide.
Good luck and please tell me what you think of The Manifesto for a Better Life in the comments below. I'd love to hear xo