Sevi wooden letters

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With only 12 days left to Christmas today I give you the 13th (lucky for some) and final question of the John Crane 100 sleeps to Christmas competition.

If you don’t know what this is all about – John Crane are offering ONE lucky reader £300 worth of their beautiful wooden toys in time for Christmas! All you have to do is write all the answers to the questions on an email and send it to the address given below – details in just a moment.

BUT FIRST for this week’s review. If you don’t already know John Crane are now suppliers to the beautiful Italian toy makers Sevi and Trudi and having lived in Italy for over 20 years and bought these toys for my own children – in fact Megan, my oldest daughter still has her Trudi animals, I can promise you that apart from utterly gorgeous they are exceptionally well made and make beautiful additions to every child’s toy box, keep an eye out for them I know you’ll be impressed.

Today I have these fabulous letters that spell out the girl’s names and I can’t wait to fix them on their bedroom door or wall once their room is completed!

As you can see they are lovely vibrant colours and you can choose from the clowns that spell Alice or the animals that spell Bessie.

Fun and perfect for adding sunshine to a child’s room or playroom. Each letter is £1.20 and retailers will be announced in the new year. They are just one example of the amazing range of toys Sevi do and that you will find very shortly on the John Crane website, sign up by email to be the first to see the range when it arrives in the warehouse!

For your final Craniac Christmas Competition question – The first American Christmas Carol was written in 1649 by a minister called John de Brebeur – what was the title of the song? Here’s a clue

For a quick reminder here are all of the other 12 questions

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Question 11

Question 12

The terms and conditions can be found here

Now here’s what you need to do

  1. Write your 13 answers on an email. Add the age and gender of your child/ren to give John Crane an idea of the Mystery Box they will send to you. Don’t forget your address! Send the email to by midnight 14th December
  2. If you’re on Twitter TWEET the following ‘I’ve just entered the @johncraneblog 100 sleeps competition on @maris_world to win £300 of toys’
  3. Leave a comment on Mari’s World Facebook page to say you have entered and like the page whilst you’re there :D
  4. Leave a comment below to say you are IN the competition!
Wishing you ALL the very best of luck the winner will be announced on 15th December on John Crane Facebook page and on Mari’s World Facebook page along with tweets and the winner will receive the news by email.


  1. December 13, 2011 / 9:06 AM

    I am IN!!! Just sent my entry and am looking forward to uncrossing my fingers as they’re a little sore now :D Thank you for the wonderful competition and for ALL your hard work. It’s been a lot of fun :) xxx

  2. Emily McMillan
    December 13, 2011 / 9:08 AM

    I’m IN!!! Eeeek can’t believe it’s all over, good luck everybody, somebody’s going to be very happy!! Emily xx @emymc xx

  3. December 13, 2011 / 10:08 AM

    I’ve entered! Thank you for running this competition, I’ve really enjoyed it @sandycsalico x

  4. Alison Turnnidge
    December 13, 2011 / 10:18 AM

    I’m IN!! I’ve really enjoyed participating in this brilliant competition, you have done a fantastic job.
    Someone is going to have a very Happy Christmas this year
    Good Luck Everyone xxx

  5. Danielle Parker
    December 13, 2011 / 10:35 AM

    So exciting, someone is going to have some very happy kiddies this Christmas! Good luck to all! I’m in to win! Fingers crossed! xx

  6. December 13, 2011 / 10:47 AM

    Ooohh cant believe its the end already, someone is going to be very happy this Christmas. I’m in and have really enjoyed it so thank youx

  7. Hannah
    December 13, 2011 / 12:00 PM

    I am IN!

    Such a fabulous competition! I know a little girl who would be chuffed as a skunk to win this! As would her childminder and preschool who would undoubtedly get a present or 2! x

  8. Kate Webster
    December 13, 2011 / 12:35 PM

    I am IN, and a little bit too excited :D Good luck everyone! x

  9. victoria wilkinson
    December 13, 2011 / 12:49 PM

    Im IN!!! Thank You for running the competition :) @VictoriaJayne23

  10. Ness Gorton
    December 13, 2011 / 2:13 PM

    Thanks for the chance. :-) xx

  11. Hayley Wells
    December 13, 2011 / 1:37 PM

    What a fabulous competition! I’ve entered :o) Good luck everyone xx

  12. helen harris
    December 13, 2011 / 1:59 PM

    Please enter me! I have emailed and am keeping my fingers crossed as this would be dream ome true :D

  13. Neil Gurman
    December 13, 2011 / 2:22 PM

    I’m IN! Fingers and toes crossed here for my two little Christmas Puddings!

  14. December 13, 2011 / 3:46 PM

    I am in the competiton email sent :)

  15. JLow
    December 13, 2011 / 4:33 PM

    I’m also in! And wow – what a competition. Loved reading the reviews as I went along – thank you. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed! @lowie789

    • helen @ john crane
      December 15, 2011 / 2:37 PM

      our winner!!

  16. December 13, 2011 / 4:37 PM

    I am IN! I’m sad it’s finished, was enjoying my little question every Tuesday! Good luck everyone :)

  17. Jenna Keller
    December 13, 2011 / 7:31 PM

    i am in! have submitted my details

    soooo want to win this so got everything crossed x


  18. December 13, 2011 / 8:15 PM

    I am IN!! I’ve done everything above, really enjoyed the treasure hunt :)

  19. stuart choak
    December 13, 2011 / 8:32 PM

    i have just sent off my email…im in it to win it! fingers crossed!

  20. carol tettmar
    December 13, 2011 / 8:44 PM

    i have also entered. good luck everyone and thanks for a fab comp! xx

  21. Carol oldham
    December 13, 2011 / 9:08 PM

    I’m IN your amazing competition – thank you xx

  22. Steph
    December 13, 2011 / 9:11 PM

    I am definitely in! Fabulous competition, cheers Mari xxxx

  23. December 13, 2011 / 10:38 PM

    I am IN!!! Amazing competition thank you and brilliant reviews

  24. December 13, 2011 / 10:40 PM

    I’m IN – such an amazing competition and thanks for putting all the time and effort in to make it so much fun :)


  25. Kirsty Fox
    December 13, 2011 / 11:22 PM

    I’m in it to win it, yippee!!

  26. Maria @ Feisty Tapas
    December 14, 2011 / 1:24 PM

    I am in!!! Fantastic idea to give the clues in your old posts, I got to see lots of lovely photos and articles.

  27. Sarah Worton
    December 14, 2011 / 2:23 PM

    In comp fingers crossed :D

  28. Kara Guppy
    December 14, 2011 / 3:29 PM

    I am in it. Been writing doen my answers on a scrappy piece of paper for the last two weeks nd now I find you have all the question links in one place and links to the answers!! It has been a challenge and I have enjoyed every minute.
    My fingers & toes are firmly crossed that I win this one x x x

  29. susannah brown
    December 14, 2011 / 3:43 PM

    im in …. @gettogirl09 on twitter also on facebook aswell .x

  30. Laura Anne
    December 14, 2011 / 4:46 PM

    Still in! I have really enjoyed this competition, and looking at the blog every Tuesday!

  31. December 14, 2011 / 6:24 PM

    I’m in! E mail sent. Commented on FB. Tweeted @RedRoseMummy. Great prize!

  32. Domestic Goddesque
    December 14, 2011 / 8:23 PM

    IN! In, in, in!! I am in!

  33. pamela worrall
    December 14, 2011 / 7:40 PM

    all done and im in!! what a fab competition from a fab blog! well done :)

    ive got my fingers, toes & everything crossed!! :D

  34. victoria nicholls
    December 14, 2011 / 7:57 PM

    im in the 100 sleeps till christmas comp and started from week one really enjoyeed it xxxx

  35. mellissa fuller
    December 14, 2011 / 8:17 PM

    i am in the 100 sleeps till christmas good luck every one fingers crossed xxx

  36. mellissa fuller
    December 14, 2011 / 8:19 PM

    i am in the 100 sleeps untill christmas comp good luck all xx

  37. mellissa fuller
    December 14, 2011 / 8:20 PM

    i am in the 100 sleeps untill christmas comp. good luck to every one xxx

  38. Rebecca
    December 14, 2011 / 9:39 PM

    I’min. Hopefully I’ve done all the steps. I’ve commented on fb and liked all the pages – follow on twitter as @1978rebecca and have sent the email.

    Great competition. Thanks

  39. Nicola Pile
    December 14, 2011 / 9:08 PM

    I’m in!! What a fantastic competition :-) love that it’s made me think and I’ve learnt something!

  40. Nicola
    December 14, 2011 / 9:09 PM

    Sorry, meant to add I’m @Nictaff

  41. emma button
    December 14, 2011 / 10:21 PM

    What a beautifully crafted competition. Well done! I REALLY hope to win!

  42. emma button
    December 14, 2011 / 10:21 PM

    d’oh – figured I should probably comment with the same email address I used to enter. which is this one!

  43. Laura Anne
    December 14, 2011 / 10:10 PM

    oh no my comment has dissapeared! I am still in! I ve loved this competition, and visiting your blog every Tuesday. just tweeted as @_ndf .

  44. helen @ john crane
    December 15, 2011 / 2:35 PM

    wow what a lot of entries we had!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jennifer Low is our winner!!!

  45. victoria nicholls
    December 21, 2011 / 11:55 AM

    i can not see that jennifer low left a coment on the facebook page nor is a member of yours so well done for not following the rules from week one and winning xx

    • Mari
      December 21, 2011 / 1:12 PM

      Hi Victoria,
      I’m so glad you came forward and mentioned the above as when Helen from John Crane emailed me the winner it was my first thought! Helen and her team went through all of the entries and if you look above at 4.33pm you will find JLow’s comment plus her Twitter handle
      I have taken a screen shot of the message she left on Facebook which I’ll send via email
      But one last thing I must make very clear, The competition was open to everyone be it from the start or a last minute attempt to win. It was a wonderful prize which I thank John Crane for and I’m sorry you didn’t win

      The requests to like Facebook pages and follow on Twitter are very common on bloggers competitions but not compulsory, many entrants aren’t on Twitter and don’t want to either.
      Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any further discussion and wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year

  46. helen @ john crane
    December 21, 2011 / 3:50 PM

    Yes indeed, we got everyone’s name off their email entry, ensured they’d followed the rules, then got to pick a winner. Some people followed the competition from the start and others joined later in the month due to seeing it appear on the many twitter feeds.

    We’d like to congratulate jennifer on winning and commiserate with everyone else, but rest assured we’ll keep running competitions in 2012!

    Merry Christmas
    The Team at John crane Ltd

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