WS Newsfeed http://www.whitestuff.com Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.whitestuff.com en hourly 1 Casa del White Stuff's Christmas Day http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-christmas-day/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-christmas-day/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/white-stuff-christmas-day/ <p> <span style="text-align: justify; font-size: 12px;">Christmas day came early at Casa del White Stuff! The mulled wine was flowing as our extended White Stuff family munched on mince pies, were transformed into pirates and even lassoed Santa&hellip;he&rsquo;s not going anywhere!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:8px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span class="my_style"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Christmas_day_one.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Between pies there were plenty of wonderful handmade gifts for people to browse, from an army of Santa&rsquo;s to origami ornaments. All the money we raised from our festive creations will be donated to the White Stuff Foundation, in true Christmas spirit!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:8px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span class="my_style"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/gifts(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span></span></p> <p> Fancy having a go yourself? Here are a couple of &lsquo;how-to&rsquo; guides from the family&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:8px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span class="my_style"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/notebook(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 862px;" /></span></span></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Et Voila&hellip;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:8px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span class="my_style"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo.JPG" style="text-align: center; font-size: 12px; width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></span></span></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Make your own gingerbread tree decorations</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:8px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span class="my_style"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0428.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></span></p> <p> <strong>What you&rsquo;ll need</strong></p> <p> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3 tsp ground ginger<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 tsp ground cinnamon<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 175g dark muscovado sugar<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 85g golden syrup<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 100g butter<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 350g plain flour<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 beaten egg<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Icing sugar to decorate</p> <p> <strong>Let&rsquo;s bake&hellip;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:8px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span class="my_style"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0418.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 267px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0421.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 263px;" /></span></span></span></p> <p> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Roll up your sleeves and pop on a pretty piney (hyperlink to aprons).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Heat the sugar, golden syrup and butter together until all mmm melty.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mix the Christmas spices and flour together in a large bowl. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in one teaspoon of cold water. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the melted sugar mixture, beaten egg and bicarbonate of soda. Give it all a good stir (elbow grease time)!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cover the biscuit mix with cling film and leave to cool, before putting in the fridge for at least an hour. After a little while chilling the mixture should be the perfect consistency to roll out.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Preheat your oven to 190C<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly before thinly rolling.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cut out your gingerbread decorations using a cookie cutter (link)! They can be stars, hearts, or &nbsp; &nbsp; even robots (hyperlink to robot cutter).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Transfer your shapes to baking sheets, making sure you leave a little room for them to spread.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Make a hole in the top of each shape using a skewer (or anything you&rsquo;ve got to hand that&rsquo;ll do the job).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 10.&nbsp;&nbsp; Pop in the oven for 12-15 minutes until they turn a darker shade of golden brown.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 11.&nbsp;&nbsp; If the holes have closed slightly, then just &lsquo;repoke&rsquo; them (whilst still warm!)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 12.&nbsp;&nbsp; Leave your lovely baking to rest for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 13.&nbsp;&nbsp; Get creative with the icing sugar to add the finishing touches to your delicious decorations.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 14.&nbsp;&nbsp; Hang (almost all) the decorations on your Christmas tree&hellip;well you&rsquo;re only human!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:8px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span class="my_style">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> 0 A Mollie Makes Bauble Masterclass http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/mollie-makes-bauble/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/mollie-makes-bauble/#comments Tues, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/mollie-makes-bauble/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> As of tomorrow, we&rsquo;ll be getting crafty for Christmas in some of our lovely shops, with a little help from our friends at <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/">Mollie Makes</a>. Our crafting sessions will be held in our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/hitchin/">Hitchin</a>, <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/ipswich/">Ipswich</a>, <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/bishops-stortford/">Bishops Stortford,</a> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/taunton/">Tauton</a>, <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/salisbury/">Salisbury</a> and <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/manchester/">Manchester </a>shops&nbsp;where you&rsquo;ll have everything you need to create a retro bauble decoration in time for Christmas. Here&rsquo;s one we made earlier&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/bauble(1).JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Can&rsquo;t make it into one of our shops? Don&rsquo;t worry here&rsquo;s our &lsquo;how-to&rsquo; guide for making your very own Retro Bauble decoration from the comfort of your own home!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>What you&rsquo;ll need</strong><br /> <br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Turquoise felt, 8 x 16cm (31/8 x 63/8&quot;)<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tan felt, 6 x 10cm (23/8 x 4&quot;)<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Felt in blue, peach, white and black<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Red, metallic gold, brown and black embroidery thread<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Turquoise cotton sewing thread<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gold ric rac<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fabric glue<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Three red seed beads<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bakers<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Template: You can find the full size template ready to download <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2014/11/PDF_proj_template_issue47.pdf"><strong>here</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/template.png" style="width: 500px; height: 324px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>How to make your Retro Bauble decoration</strong><br /> <br /> 1. Cut out your bauble pieces.<br /> <br /> 2. Position the deer&rsquo;s head and glue in place. Glue the eyes onto the patch, then the patch onto the head. It&rsquo;s also best to lightly glue the pale bauble detail in place at this point.<br /> <br /> 3. Using one strand of thread at a time, embroider the deer&rsquo;s head detailing, eye lashes and neck detailing. Embroider the stars with the metallic threads, to give them that extra sparkle!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 4. Using turquoise thread, machine (or hand) sew the lines on the bauble detail. Position the bakers twine loop at the top.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5. Sandwich some wadding inside the felt bauble shapes and carefully sew around the outer edge. Start at the top and stitch backward and forward to secure the loop. Check both sides are sewn into as you go round, no one wants escapee wadding.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 6. Now add the bow and nose details with a little fabric glue. We also glued the seed beads in place at this stage. Cut a small rectangle clasp shape and glue one to the front and back of the bauble where the twine and fabric meet, then add the ric rac. Rub red chalk or crayon onto the felt to create a rosy cheek.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tadaar, one very crafty Christmas decoration ready for the tree! &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>About Mollie Makes</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><em>Mollie Makes</em>&nbsp;</a>is a lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively. We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. We discuss hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips. And above all, we aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life. Find out more here.&nbsp;</p> <br /> <br /> 0 Shop Festive Fun http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/shop-christmas-activity/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/shop-christmas-activity/#comments Thurs, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/shop-christmas-activity/ Forget the mad dash around town searching for that perfect present, Christmas shopping should be part of the festive fun! To make sure that it&rsquo;s more HO HO HO than &ldquo;Oh no&rdquo;, we&rsquo;ve lined up some appropriately jolly activity in our shops - and that&rsquo;s on top of being the one-stop destination for all your Christmas gift needs.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> From Monday 3<sup>rd</sup> November until Sunday 28<sup>th</sup> December, here&rsquo;s what you can expect to find&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Fancy dress</strong><br /> They may look suspiciously like Santa&rsquo;s little helpers taking some time out from the North Pole, but we can assure you our shop teams are a great &lsquo;elf&rsquo; when it comes to Christmas shopping!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Kids Christmas Activity Pack </strong><br /> All our shops will have a stash of kids activity packs to keep them entertained whilst you browse. They&rsquo;ll be able to create their own Christmas character, read the White Stuff Tale, hunt out the festive phrases in our Christmas word search, and even take home a game of pin the tale on the reindeer (well, it is Christmas).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Christmas Character Hunt </strong><br /> You might have noticed our antler clad friends in the shop windows, but can you (and the kids) find them in our shops? They&rsquo;ll be some early Christmas treats if you manage to hunt them out.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Christmas_bear.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 227px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/christmas_owl.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 237px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Christmas_fox.jpg" style="width: 110px; height: 267px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Christmas_penguin.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 217px;" /></p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Christmas grottos</strong><br /> We all know that Father Christmas is a very busy man - but he&rsquo;s squeezing in visits to some of our shops to read Puffin book Christmas tales. If you&rsquo;ve been really good, you might even get some sweets and a toy!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/santa not.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> Where and when?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our grottos will be magically popping up on Saturday 6th &amp; Sunday 7th and Saturday 13<sup>th</sup> &amp; Sunday 14th of December at the following shops:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/manchester/">Manchester&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/bluewater/">Bluewater</a></strong><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/kingston/">Kingston</a></strong><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/cheltenham/">Cheltenham</a></strong><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/nottingham/">Nottingham</a></strong><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/cardiff/">Cardiff</a></strong><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/southampton/">Southampton</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/edinburgh/">Edinburgh</a></strong> shop is a week behind, with Santa paying visits on Saturday 13th &amp; Sunday 14th and Saturday 20th &amp; Sunday 21<sup>st</sup> December.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The grottos will be free for all to enjoy from 12pm until 4pm, but Father Christmas will be taking donations for the White Stuff Foundation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To top it all off you can sit down, put your feet up and have a hot drink on us when the Christmas crowds get too much.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Merry Christmas!<br /> 0 Bluewater Acoustic Sessions http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/bluewater-live-music/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/bluewater-live-music/#comments Weds, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/bluewater-live-music/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> This Friday we&rsquo;re popping the bubbly and partying the day away to celebrate the opening of our Bluewater Emporium. And what&rsquo;s a party without music? Exactly, that&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re delighted to have three live sets lined up for you from up and coming artists Chasing Grace, Laura Welsh and Kerri Watt.<br /> <br /> Want to get the insider scoop before the party? Here you go&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Kerri.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 54px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <strong><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\SUSANN~1.ALD\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.jpg" /></strong><br /> <em>Performance time: 2pm</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/kerri(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <strong><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\SUSANN~1.ALD\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.jpg" /></strong><br /> Listen here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV_Ts_aHM9M">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV_Ts_aHM9M</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Scottish born singer-songwriter Kerri Watt spent her formative years living between California and Glasgow, giving her a unique upbringing that has influenced her sound. She taught herself guitar while touring the UK as an actor, swapping a life of theatres for venues! She has spent the last two years gigging with her band across the UK including at Glastonbury Festival and has also played in America at LA&rsquo;s legendary Whiskey A Go Go. Kerri is a dreamer, with a passion for space and a love of music. After&nbsp; recently releasing her debut EP &#39;<em>Who&#39;s Lovin&#39; Me Now?&#39; </em>on The Libertines&#39;&nbsp;Gary Powell&#39;s record label 25 Hour&nbsp;Convenience&nbsp;Store, receiving great critical acclaim, she has now secured the main support slot on fellow Scot Nina Nesbitt&rsquo;s tour, making her a firm contender for great success in 2015.<br /> <strong><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\SUSANN~1.ALD\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image003.jpg" /></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Laura_1.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 35px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <em>Performance time: 4pm</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/laura_jpg.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <em><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\SUSANN~1.ALD\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image004.png" /></em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Listen here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=782QoOWrwoQ&amp;list=UU2abS4_xy0P-Ly3Z9EiMJwg">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=782QoOWrwoQ&amp;list=UU2abS4_xy0P-Ly3Z9EiMJwg</a><br /> <br /> &quot;Laura Welsh is a modern pop force with an irresistible voice, who makes captivating, confessional songs which share the unguarded abandon of Florence &amp; The Machine and Adele.&nbsp;<br /> Sensitive in person, Laura&rsquo;s songwriting is so sophisticated and her lyrics so confessional that the listening experience is akin to tracing the pages of a diary. Accrued from a very specific period in her life, the collection of songs featured on her forthcoming debut were born out of isolation, heartache and&nbsp;redemption.<br /> Ghosts, a track co-written with Jonathan Lipsey [Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse], is a raw and reckless declaration of heartache that feels the full force of fury and passion. The song would take on a new lease of life when producer Greg Kurstin [The Shins/Beck/Lily Allen] came on board. He paired the untouched, demoed vocals, full of imagery - &ldquo;Angels crying lost in shame/Demons laughing playing the game&rdquo; - with a simple, mournful piano.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Earlier this year she scored at Top 10 hit as the co-writer and vocalist on&nbsp;Gorgon City&rsquo;s massive summer anthem&nbsp;Here For You.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> On her upcoming debut album&nbsp;Soft Control the Staffordshire-born singer-songwriter worked with an eclectic bunch of co-stars. As well as&nbsp;Jonathan Lipsey and Greg Kurstin,&nbsp;Laura&nbsp;collaborated with indie polymath Dev Hynes, Robin Hannibal from R&amp;B minimalists Rhye, &nbsp;Emile Haynie (Lana Del Ray, Kanye West), Scissor Sisters&rsquo; Babydaddy and Amanda Ghost. The album also includes an incredible duet with John Legend, Hardest Part.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Laura&rsquo;s debut album,&nbsp;&lsquo;Soft Control&rsquo; will be released on Outsiders Label Group/Universal Music UK&nbsp;on January 19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;2015.&rdquo;</em></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/CG_1.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 283px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <em>Performance time: 7pm</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\SUSANN~1.ALD\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image006.jpg" /></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Chasing_Grace.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;<br /> Listen here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg_NXQAuJcI">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg_NXQAuJcI</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Chasing Grace are an acoustic four-piece who make you think and dance. They are influenced heavily by contemporary folk music and yet are connected to a litany of urban influencers; they have been described as &lsquo;very Mumfords&rsquo;, and yet they have been played on Radio 1Xtra. They are a showcase for the pure, clear tones of Grace Ackerman and the huskier, soulful vocals of co-songwriter Phil Plested, the lush guitar of Phil Leigh and dextrous drumming of Matt Holmes, not forgetting the crucial production skills of one Shahid Khan aka Naughty Boy.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Much of Chasing Grace&rsquo;s time over the last year has been taken up with writing and recording their debut album. Produced by Naughty Boy and associates at his Ealing studios, the album includes five Emeli Sande co-writes and one with Disclosure associate Jimmy Napes. The album features a dozen or more explorations of childhood, nostalgia, loathing and regret: noir-ish subject matter, even if the music on the album is often upbeat.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The first single from the album - arguably the most obviously folk-influenced song on the album - was inspired by the movie Green Mile and the way, as Grace puts it, &ldquo;at the end of your life you are, in a way, free&rdquo;. Run - one of the very first songs they wrote - is about seizing opportunities, whether that be &ldquo;leaving everything behind and running with love&rdquo;, in the words of Grace, or as, Phil put it &ldquo;running with an opportunity &ndash; like the start of our journey in the music industry.&rdquo; &lsquo;Another Type Of Love&rsquo;, in contrast with it exuberant melody and anthemic structure, is reflective and introspective lyrically, addressing &ldquo;the darker side of love: infatuation, lust and jealousy&rdquo;.</p> <br /> See them first at our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/bluewater-opening/"><strong>Bluewater opening party</strong></a>!&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 Fabricreate with the Mary Erskine School http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/fabricreate-edinburgh/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/fabricreate-edinburgh/#comments Weds, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/fabricreate-edinburgh/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> Last week we teamed up with the Mary Erskine School to explore the wonderful world of &lsquo;upcycling&rsquo;. We focused on the design challenge of creative recycling, with pupils using a range of recycled fabrics to design and produce a unique collection of aprons. Who says being creative in the kitchen is all about the food?&nbsp; The pupils&rsquo; wonderful creations were shown off in the Fabricreate, exhibition held at Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/three.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 354px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> As part of the exhibition there were a number of awards up for grabs. The overall winners were judged ahead of the private view by John Ennis of Gayfield Creative Spaces, Iain Mackay from White Stuff, Valerie Henderson, and local graphic designer Jaz Denness. Congratulations to (drum roll)&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Group.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;<br /> Winning group - &quot;Hammer and Nails&quot; - Team members: Aimee Paul, Jenny Notman, Emma Chan, Georgia Williamson</p> Winning 3D display - Morag Toellner<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Winning Textile&nbsp;&nbsp; - Sally&nbsp; Graham<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Winning Graphics - Yesi Wood<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Winning Project Manager - Caitlin Spencer<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 A Christmas Fashion Faux Pas Past http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/christmas-fashion-faux-pas/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/christmas-fashion-faux-pas/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/christmas-fashion-faux-pas/ Now I know what you&rsquo;re thinking, White Stuff is the definition of effortless style. Though it might be hard to believe, even the White Stuff family has Christmas fashion faux pas lurking in their past. I&rsquo;ve dug out the family album and would like to tell you the tale of one White Stuffer&rsquo;s (ahem, yours truly&rsquo;s) faux pas past.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s fair to say the first chapter in this fashion fable starts with Mr A. In the days when a snowy walk in the park was the perfect excuse to crack out the leather driving gloves and &lsquo;Home alone&rsquo; hat. What can I say, good fashion sense is in my genes&hellip;<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Dar.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 349px;" /></p> <p> The family support didn&rsquo;t stop there. Encouraged by my nana, and with an obvious lack of credibleChristmas hats, I carried on - determined to secure a career in fashion....</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/nana.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 728px;" /></p> At least I knew that no matter how bright the balaclava, I was never in it alone, thanks to my equally &lsquo;stylish&rsquo; big brother&hellip;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/snowman.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 729px;" /></p> The appropriately festive green and red theme was replaced by Diamond&rsquo;s. Well they are a girl&rsquo;s best friend - at least on a 90s thick knit they were&hellip;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/diamonds.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /></p> &nbsp;Yep, I really did love diamonds. The hair I&rsquo;m pleased to say was all part of a Christmas day prank and luckily came off with the cap. <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/hair.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 324px;" /></p> Fast forward a few years and, despite spending most of my time surrounded by beautiful clothes and incredibly coordinated colleagues, I&rsquo;m not ashamed to say that when it comes to Christmas, you&rsquo;d better call the fashion police&hellip;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/kitchen.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> Don&rsquo;t forget to share your Christmas fashion faux pas in our <u><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/christmas-confessions/">#CrimboConfessions competition </a></strong></u>for the chance to win &pound;50 of White Stuff vouchers to treat yourself with!<br /> 0 Meet Our New Team Member http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/meet-our-morris-minor/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/meet-our-morris-minor/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/meet-our-morris-minor/ So in rolls the latest member of the White Stuff family, making a bold statement with her retro style and deep teal coat. You guessed it, she&rsquo;s our new White Stuff wheels; a Morris Minor looking well loved and in need of the White Stuff treatment.<br /> &nbsp; <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Morris.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></p> &nbsp;<br /> First of all, she was in need a name, so we turned to our lovely Facebook and Twitter communities to suggest something befitting of our little beauty. You didn&rsquo;t disappoint. We had some fabulous suggestions, some harked back to her era... Audery, Mortimer others rolled off the tongue&hellip;Maurice, Horace the Morris - plus a few clever word puns that cracked us right up&hellip;Van Morrison!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ve had more great name suggestions than a best-selling baby book, and will be announcing our winner very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To help her fit into the team, we&rsquo;re giving her a makeover so she can look the part at her first outing to our new Bluewater shop next week. Here are a couple of snaps of the transformation so far...<br /> &nbsp; <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Picture9.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 168px;" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Picture6.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 168px;" /></p> &nbsp;<br /> To give us a taste for what we can expect from our new White Stuff wheels, we caught up with Paul from the Buckingham branch of the <strong><a href="http://www.mmoc.org.uk/ ">Morris Minor Owners club</a></strong>, and asked him a few questions about is love of all things Minor.<br /> <br /> <strong>What Model Morris Minor do you have?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Within the club we have all sorts of Minors, from convertibles and saloons to pick-ups, vans and the famous Traveller models. &nbsp;The sheer variety is amazing, although given that it was the first million-selling British car it is perhaps not surprising. Personally I have a 1967 four-door.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What are your Morris Minors called?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> All Morris Minors have names, it&#39;s the law! &quot;M&quot; names are very popular as you might expect, with lots of Mollys and Mavises. My own car is called Snowdrop because she is white and I couldn&#39;t collect her on the day originally intended due to snowy weather!<br /> <br /> <strong>What are your first memories of Morris Minors?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> One of the great things about Morris Minors is that everybody has a memory of them. &nbsp;In fact, there is a photo of me sat behind the wheel of my dad&#39;s Minor at a very early age, which is probably where my love of cars started. &nbsp;The Morris Minor Owners Club publishes a monthly magazine, Minor Matters, which is packed full great tales and anecdotes from owners.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What&rsquo;s the best road trip your Morris has taken you on</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Some of the best journeys I have been on have been in the Minor, including one trip to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate for a Morris Minor Owners Club national rally. &nbsp;The owners club is very active and organises many group road trips, such as an annual &quot;Minors on Tour&quot; trip which typically involves a hop across the Channel!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What&rsquo;s your favourite thing about Morris Minors?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Minor is completely classless, and has been owned by everyone including royalty in its time (in fact, a car owned by the Countess of Wessex is due to go under the hammer at Bonhams later this month). It is that which made the Minor such a British icon, and it is what makes the car so interesting to a whole new generation of owners - the owners club now has a Young Members branch which will ensure that interest around the car will continue to thrive.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Do you think our Morris Minor might have any hidden surprises?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> All Minors have a story! Finding out what it is is all part of the fun! You can request information about previous owners from the DVLA, or talk to the Morris Minor Owners Club and see if the car is known to them.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>We&rsquo;re planning on building a sweet shop in our Morris Minor, does yours have any special quirks?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> There have been many quirky Minors, from gown vans (used to deliver posh dresses back in the day!) to ice-cream vans, but perhaps the most bizarre is the Minor 2000, an amazing double-fronted Morris Minor!<br /> <br /> Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see the latest updates and the grand reveal!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 The Tale Behind Our Christmas Windows http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/christmas-windows-tale/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/christmas-windows-tale/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/christmas-windows-tale/ Have you been wondering round town when the glistening nose of an antler clad bear caught your eye? That&rsquo;s right the wonderful Winter Tale windows have arrived at White Stuff, which can only mean one thing, Christmas is on its way!<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/shop_window.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 376px;" /></p> &nbsp;This year, we enlisted the help of London-based illustrator and paper artist Roman Buck to create a delightfully offbeat display for our Christmas windows. Imagining Santa was lacking his trusty reindeer, the scene depicts a round of auditions, with our very own polar bear, hedgehog, fox, sausage dog and penguin decorations hoping to fill in for the sleigh-guiding job.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/R0002819.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 331px;" /></p> <br /> We caught up with Roman to chat all things festive, and to find out how we can re-create her Christmas scene at home...<br /> <br /> <strong>Of all the White Stuff Christmas characters, which one is your favourite? </strong><br /> <br /> The polar bear, I think we would be firm friends.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Do you always get crafty at Christmas time? </strong><br /> <br /> Always. My&nbsp;Dad doesn&#39;t like me buying him presents, so I always make an elaborate gift. He&rsquo;s Scottish, so&nbsp;last year I got him some black pudding and made some potato men with googly eyes and tartan scarves to go with it. I also included a recipe.&nbsp;He was very confused!<br /> <br /> <strong>What&rsquo;s the best thing about hand-made Christmas decorations?</strong><br /> <br /> That they are usually covered to an inch of their life&nbsp;in glitter&nbsp;and foil - and that they always age well!<br /> <br /> <strong>Tell us a tale from your Christmas past...</strong><br /> <br /> Many moons ago, on Christmas Eve, I was on the way home from my Nan and Granddad&rsquo;s when my parents pointed out the red light of&nbsp;an aeroplane in the sky and told me it was Rudolf. I was worried he would get to my house before I did and that Santa would see me awake. It&rsquo;s a big Christmas no-no, getting caught awake by the big man!<br /> <br /> <strong>Finally, how can we create our own paper Christmas scene at home?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Take a piece of paper and draw your first&nbsp;layer on the back (in this case it was the trees.)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Repeat with another piece of paper. It&#39;s usually best to put darker colours at the back to give a sense of distance.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Working within a frame, make some of the detail cross over to hold the picture together. For example, if you&nbsp;have&nbsp;trees in the background, try&nbsp;crossing the&nbsp;branches over.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Continue this process until you feel satisfied with your image.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Add detailed characters at the front and stick them together with glue.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once framed they make great Christmas presents, which will probably go down&nbsp;better than a family of tartan wearing potatoes!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 White Stuff Derby Partner Charity http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-derby-partner-charity/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-derby-partner-charity/#comments Tues, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/white-stuff-derby-partner-charity/ We&rsquo;re looking forward to later this month, when we&rsquo;ll be opening the doors of our new Derby shop! In anticipation of this, we have asked the local community to help us select our partner charity, from two very deserving causes, The Derbyshire Children&#39;s Holiday Centre (DCHC) and Children First.<br /> <br /> The <strong><a href="http://www.dchc.org.uk/">DCHC</a></strong> was founded in 1891 and provides many thousands of wonderful holidays to the seaside for deserving local children who would not get a break away from home without their help.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.childrenfirstderby.co.uk/">Children First </a></strong>help to relieve the distress and suffering experienced by families and children in Derby, particularly those who have suffered from, or are likely to suffer from, violence or maltreatment in their homes.<br /> <br /> Thank you to everyone who helped us make this difficult decision by voting for our new charity partner&hellip; The Derbyshire Children&#39;s Holiday Centre.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/DCHC-Logo-and-Text-3.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 344px;" /></p> The vote was incredibly close and we&rsquo;ll be making a donation to our runners up, Children First to help them continue their fantastic work!<br /> 0 White Stuff Bluewater Charity Partner http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/bluewater-charity-partner/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/bluewater-charity-partner/#comments Tues, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/bluewater-charity-partner/ This November we&rsquo;ll be unveiling our second largest White Stuff emporium at Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Every White Stuff shop supports a local charity and each year commits to donating at least 1% of its annual profits to these chosen charities. Shops also regularly raise money with fundraising events throughout the year. Prior to the Bluewater shop opening, the local community was invited to select a regional charity partner from the shortlisted organisations, Kick Kent and Walk Tall. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="http://www.kickkent.org.uk/">Kick Kent</a></strong> is a sports charity that helps young people from all walks of life discover their potential; teaching life skills through a variety of sports.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="http://walk-tall.org.uk/">Walk Tall </a></strong>provides services which break down the barriers to healthy and successful living for children, young people and adults through performance, education and therapeutics.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Though both charities would be very worthy winners, there can unfortunately only be one&hellip;congratulations Kick Kent!<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/logo(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></p> &nbsp;<br /> We will also be making a donation to Walk Tall to help them to continue their great work.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thank you to everyone who helped us make this tough decision!<br /> 0 How do you do Bonfire night? http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-do-you-do-bonfire-night/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-do-you-do-bonfire-night/#comments Weds, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/how-do-you-do-bonfire-night/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/bonfire_night.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></p> <br /> Blazing bonfires, fire shows and sky-splitting firework displays, here&rsquo;s our roundup of the UK&#39;s most spectacular Guy Fawkes&#39; night celebrations.<br /> <br /> <strong>Battersea Park, London </strong><br /> <br /> This year, Battersea Park&rsquo;s annual firework display is taking place on Saturday 8<sup>th</sup> October. The event is often a sellout, but a thrilling performance by FlameOz, lighting of the bonfire and display from Jubilee Fireworks await those who managed to get tickets. The event is &pound;10 for adults and free for children under 10 (though they still require a ticket).&nbsp; Gates open at 6pm, fire show at 6.30 and fireworks at 8pm.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/"><cite>www.wandsworth.gov.uk</cite></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Midsummer Common, Cambridge </strong><br /> <br /> On Wednesday 5<sup>th</sup> November, Cambridge&#39;s Midsummer Common is set to come alive with a spectacular fire show by Phoenix Performance, followed by fireworks, the lighting of the bonfire, and a funfair until 10pm. The event is free (though donations of at least &pound;1 are encouraged), fair from 6pm, fire show at 6.45pm, and fireworks at 7.30pm.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.cambridge.gov.uk.">www.cambridge.gov.uk.</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Hop Farm Family Park, Kent </strong><br /> <br /> This year, Hop Farm Family Park&#39;s firework event is based on two themes: Halloween and the best of British. The event, near Paddock Wood on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st, has a funfair to keep the kids entertained, a variety of stalls, food and drink and a bar. Gates open at 6pm on both days. Tickets &pound;7 in advance, &pound;10 on the gate and &pound;7 for children, &pound;3 for under threes.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<a href="http://www.thehopfarm.co.uk/">www.thehopfarm.co.uk</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Glasgow Green, Glasgow</strong><br /> <br /> Glasgow&#39;s biggest firework display is annually held in its oldest park. This year, the event will take place on Wednesday 5th November and kicksoff at 4pm with food and drink stalls and a funfair, followed by the fireworks at 7.30pm. Entry is free.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/">www.glasgowlife.org.uk</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Fireworks at the Fort, Segedunum, North Tyneside </strong><br /> <br /> One of the biggest fireworks displays in north-east England will take place at Segedunum, a Roman fort at the eastern end of Hadrian&#39;s Wall, on Wednesday 5<sup>th</sup> November. As well as a spectacular free fireworks display at 6.30pm, the remains of the fort, the reconstructed bath house and the museum can also be explored.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/home.html">www.twmuseums.org.uk</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Leeds Castle, Kent</strong><br /> <br /> This pyrotechnic extravaganza takes place on Saturday 8<sup>th</sup> November and is themed around heroesand villains. The fun begins at 2pm with entertainment, live music and food and drink stands. In the evening, fireworks will be let off above the 900-year-old castle and lake.&nbsp; If you can&rsquo;t make the Saturday show, it&rsquo;s all happening again the following day. Tickets are &pound;18.50 for adults, &pound;12 for children and free for under fours.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.leeds-castle.com/home">www.leeds-castle.com</a><br /> <br /> Now the location is sorted, what to wear as you gaze up at the sky? Our bonfire night outfit edits are filled with cold-busting coats, scarves and gloves &ndash; and are sure to make the crowds say &lsquo;Ooooh, ahhhh, wow&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/"><u>SHOP WOMEN&rsquo;S ></u></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mens/"><u>SHOP MEN&rsquo;S ></u></a><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Scary Stuff http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/halloween-shop-activity/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/halloween-shop-activity/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/halloween-shop-activity/ The leaves are falling, there&rsquo;s a chill in the air and something strange is going on in the world of White Stuff! We&rsquo;ve got some spooktacular Halloween activities creeping into your local shop this week to keep the kids amused, even the big kids.<br /> <p> Go spooky spider hunting through the shop and you might uncover some colourful cretins, hanging off our hats or creeping through the clothes rails. Find them all an<br /> d you could be in for a tasty Halloween treat!</p> Let the kids express their inner monster with our &lsquo;Make a Ghoul Balloon&rsquo; crafting activity. There&rsquo;ll be googly eyes and colourful marker pens galore for them to create their own little devils. Don&rsquo;t forget to share them with us on our White Stuff social channels using #howdoyoudo<br /> <br /> Here&nbsp;one we made earlier&hellip;<br /> <p style="text-align: center"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="https://www.whitestuff.com:444http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo%204.JPG" style="height: 434px; width: 500px" /></p> <br /> Treats and ghouls are grrrrreat but let&rsquo;s face it, half the fun of Halloween is dressing up. Don&rsquo;t worry, we&rsquo;ve got it covered with weird and wonderful Halloween costumes in our dressing rooms for the kids to go wild with. Giving you the time to try on an outfit or two of your own.<br /> <br /> So head down to your<strong> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/page/storelocator/">local White Stuff</a></strong>, from now until Friday 31<sup>st</sup>to get truly in the Halloween spirit!<br /> 0 Birthday Stuff http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/anniversary-events/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/anniversary-events/#comments Thurs, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/anniversary-events/ We&rsquo;ve been in the party mode today, celebrating several of our shops&rsquo; anniversaries in style. Balloons bobbed in the air, bubbly flowed, and tasty treats were nibbled while customers chatted with each other and browsed the racks.<br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 1.JPG" style="height: 375px; width: 500px" /></p> <br /> Our babies, Southampton, Witney and Leamington Spa celebrated their first anniversary, whilst Norwich, St Albans, Hitchin and Kingston marked their fifth birthday. Marlow, Salisbury and Padstow had a huge reason to celebrate, reaching double digits at ten years old!<br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 2.JPG" style="height: 394px; width: 500px" /></p> <p> The milestones were the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate with our loyal customers, as well welcoming new ones to the wonderful world of White Stuff. Thanks to everyone who joined in the birthday fun, here&rsquo;s to the next year, or five or ten!<br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 What makes you happy? http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/made-for-change-bunting/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/made-for-change-bunting/#comments Thurs, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/made-for-change-bunting/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Made_for_Change_2014_logo.bmp" style="width: 488px; height: 453px;" /></p> <br /> Here at White Stuff, what makes us happy is helping children to pursue their education and dreams for the future. With your support, our MadeFor Change scheme has been making this possible for the last three years &ndash; funding a scholarship scheme in Bangalore through the sale of beautiful bags, made from surplus White Stuff fabrics.<br /> <br /> This year, we asked the scholarship children in India what made them happy, setting up a competition for them to submit hand-drawn pictures for the front pocket of our Made For Change 2014 bags.<br /> <br /> Our C.E.O Jeremy, who met some of the children during a trip to India in January of this year, shortlisted 10 contestants whose designs showed originality, were a good representation of White Stuff and, above all, showed what made them happy. After a cutting edge art show on our notice board, Casa Del White Stuff voted for their favourite.<br /> <br /> Young Shabana Bassu, aged 13, won the competition with her intricate flower and vase design and was awarded an art set to practice and express her talent. She is currently in ninth standard, just a year from finishing High School, and has been part of the scholarship programme for two years. After she graduates, Shabana would like to pursue a career in engineering. We wish her the best of luck and thank her for sharing her happiness with us! Find out more about our Made For Change campaign <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/made-for-change/">here</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Shabana.png" style="width: 500px; height: 329px;" /></p> <strong><em>We had so many entries (all 65!) we thought we&rsquo;d share a few favourites with you:</em></strong><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><em><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/MFC 2.png" style="width: 500px; height: 561px;" /><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/mfc3.png" style="width: 500px; height: 564px;" /><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/mfc 4.png" style="width: 500px; height: 561px;" /><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/mfc5.png" style="width: 500px; height: 570px;" /></em></strong></p> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Pick of the Preserves http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/totps-day-summary/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/totps-day-summary/#comments Weds, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/totps-day-summary/ <p> On the 9<sup>th</sup> of October, we asked you to bring your most famed pickles, jams and jellies into our local shops for our Top of the Pots competition in aid of the White Stuff Foundation. The result was delicious. White Stuff shops nationwide were bursting, with over 770 of the sweetest preserves, spiciest chutneys and super savoury relishes, made lovingly by our loyal customers.</p> <p> Each of our local partner charities sent along a lovely representative to attend as a guest judge and there were even a few celebrity judges thrown into the mix. Our esteemed judges had the very difficult, yet delicious, job of deciding on the top pots. There was a vast selection of beautiful preserves amongst the winning bunch, including Rhubarb and Custard Jam, Quince and Coriander Jelly and Fig Marmalade.</p> <p> The lovely Christine Wallace from The Great British Bake Off popped into our Henley shop to join the judging panel, choosing from several delicious entries. Diana&rsquo;s mouth-watering chilli and apple jam was crowned the winning concoction.</p> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/DSC_0388(1).JPG" style="height: 281px; width: 500px" /></p> <p> Our Reigate shop had professional chef Tony Tobin, you may recognise him from Ready Steady Cook, on the judging panel.&nbsp; Tony considered colour, presentation, texture and balance of flavour and awarded first prize to a Dorothy&rsquo;s delectable apricot chutney.</p> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/toby.jpg" style="height: 336px; width: 500px" /></p> <p> Our Shrewsbury shop put on a fantastic spread, complete with wine and cheese to compliment the perfect pickles.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/TOTP 002.jpg" style="height: 375px; width: 500px" /></p> <p> In our Bournemouth shop, Yanina stole the show with her flavoursome Fig Marmalade.</p> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Jam 2.JPG" style="height: 375px; width: 500px" /></p> <p> In Cirencester, Linda wowed the judges with a scrumptious rosehip and crab apple jelly.</p> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Picture 041.jpg" style="height: 375px; width: 500px" /></p> <p> <strong>Congratulations to all our winners (drum roll)&hellip;</strong><br /> <br /> Aberdeen, Margaret&rsquo;s Elderberry Chutney<br /> <br /> Abersoch, Si&rsquo;s Blackberry, Gin &amp; Tonic Jam<br /> <br /> Bath, Claire&#39;s Autumn Apple &amp; Cranberry Chutney<br /> <br /> Battersea, Susan&rsquo;s Apple and Raisin Chutney&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Beaconsfield, Robert&rsquo;s Plum Jam<br /> <br /> Belfast, Shirley&rsquo;s Beetroot and Chilli Chutney<br /> <br /> Beverley, Teresa&rsquo;s Beetroot Jelly<br /> <br /> Bishops Stortford, Jessica&rsquo;s Fresh Raspberry and Cherry Cordial Jam<br /> <br /> Bournemouth, Yanina&#39;s Fig Marmalade<br /> <br /> Brighton, Tina and Marcus&rsquo; Rhubarb and Garlic chutney<br /> <br /> Bristol, Marion&rsquo;s Irish Marrow Chutney<br /> <br /> Bromley, Jenny&rsquo;s Roasted Green Tomato Chutney<br /> <br /> Bury St Edmunds, Jan&rsquo;s Strawberry Fields Forever Jam<br /> <br /> Cambridge, Lucy&rsquo;s Delectable Damson Jelly<br /> <br /> Canterbury (Fenwicks), Pat&rsquo;s Sunny Glen Special Mixed Fruit jam<br /> <br /> Cardiff, Louise&rsquo;s Rhubarb &amp; Custard Jam<br /> <br /> Carlisle, Pamela&rsquo;s Bramble Jelly<br /> <br /> Cheltenham, Amanda&#39;s Beetroot and Apple relish<br /> <br /> Chichester, Elaine&rsquo;s Runner Bean Relish<br /> <br /> Chiswick, Janet&rsquo;s Apple and Cucumber chutney<br /> <br /> Cirencester, Linda&rsquo;s Rosehip &amp; Crab Apple Jelly<br /> <br /> Cowes, Julie&#39;s Cottage Creations Chutney<br /> <br /> Dorchester, Wendy&rsquo;s Crab Apple and Rosemary Jelly<br /> <br /> East Dulwich, Marianne&rsquo;s Damson Jam<br /> <br /> Edinburgh, Jaqueline&rsquo;s Raspberry and Disaronno Jam<br /> <br /> Exeter, Jen&#39;s Own Powderham Plum Jam<br /> <br /> Glasgow (House of Fraser), Vairi&rsquo;s Bramble Jelly<br /> <br /> Gloucester, Sarah&rsquo;s Spicy Chutney<br /> <br /> Guernsey, Ann&#39;s Chilli and Tomato Chutney<br /> <br /> Guildford, Jane&rsquo;s Summer Berry Jam<br /> <br /> Harrogate, Louise&rsquo;s Our Blackberry and Apple Jam<br /> <br /> Henley-on-Thames, Diana&rsquo;s Chilli and Apple Jam<br /> <br /> Hereford, Sally&rsquo;s Dyson Damson<br /> <br /> Hitchin, Kate&rsquo;s Chilli Tomato Chutney<br /> <br /> Horsham, Carol&rsquo;s Apricot and Orange relish<br /> <br /> Ilkley, Brenda&rsquo;s Simply Us Plum Jam<br /> <br /> Ipswich, Nicky&rsquo;s Mulberry Jam<br /> <br /> Jersey (Voisins), Sam&rsquo;s Red Tomato, celery and Chilli Chutney<br /> <br /> Kendal, Louise&rsquo;s Louisey Peasy Damson Jam<br /> <br /> Keswick, Hannah&rsquo;s &nbsp;Gooseberry chutney<br /> <br /> Kingston, Joan&rsquo;s Rhubarb and Ginger Jam<br /> <br /> Leamington Spa, Julia&rsquo;s Crabapple and Rosemary Jelly<br /> <br /> Leicester, Ruth&rsquo;s Damson Chutney<br /> <br /> Lymington, Emily&rsquo;s Cucumber Relish<br /> <br /> Manchester, Patricia&rsquo;s Extra Pokey Green Tomato Chutney<br /> <br /> Marlborough, Delia&rsquo;s Morello Cherry and Amaretto jam<br /> <br /> Marlow, Laura&rsquo;s Rhubarb and Ginger Jam<br /> <br /> Milton Keynes, Sophie&rsquo;s Faithful Friend<br /> <br /> Monmouth, Julie&rsquo;s Curry Chutney<br /> <br /> Muswell Hill, Alison&rsquo;s Damson Chutney<br /> <br /> Newbury, Marija&rsquo;s Red Pepper and Aubergine Relish<br /> <br /> Norwich, Judith&rsquo;s Marrow and Ginger Jam<br /> <br /> Nottingham, Kieran&rsquo;s Festive Chutney<br /> <br /> Oxford, Pauline&rsquo;s Quince and Coriander Jelly<br /> <br /> Padstow, Gill&rsquo;s Spiced pear, apple and blackberry Jam<br /> <br /> Perth, Moyra&rsquo;s Blackcurrant Jam<br /> <br /> Reading, Grace&rsquo;s Raspberry Jam<br /> <br /> Reigate, Dorothy&rsquo;s Apricot Chutney<br /> <br /> Richmond, Margaret&rsquo;s Green Tomato Chutney<br /> <br /> Rock, Ros&rsquo;s Bramble Amble Jam<br /> <br /> Salcombe, Leah&rsquo;s Monkey Butter<br /> <br /> Salisbury, Hilary&rsquo;s Blackberry and Apple Jam<br /> <br /> Sheffield, Margaret&rsquo;s Grandma Birks Green Tomato Chutney<br /> <br /> Shrewsbury, Audrey&rsquo;s Raspberry Jam<br /> <br /> Southampton, David&rsquo;s Strawberry and Tomato Jam<br /> <br /> St Albans, Marianne&rsquo;s Apple Chutney<br /> <br /> St Andrews, Lucy&rsquo;s &#39;Tomato Ketchup&#39;<br /> <br /> Stamford, Brenda&rsquo;s Plum Chutney<br /> <br /> Stratford Upon Avon, Lynn&rsquo;s Yellow Egg Plum Jam<br /> <br /> Street, Marian&rsquo;s Eileen&#39;s Damson Chutney<br /> <br /> Tenterden, Shelly&rsquo;s Plum, Orange and Cinnamon Jam<br /> <br /> Truro, Dane&rsquo;s Raspberry and Vanilla Jam<br /> <br /> Tunbridge Wells, Caroline&rsquo;s Faulkners Fabulous Hedgerow Jelly<br /> <br /> Weybridge, Lucy&rsquo;s Raspberry and Amaretto<br /> <br /> Wilmslow, Liz&rsquo;s Onion Chutney with a kick<br /> <br /> Witney, Elizabeth&rsquo;s Spiced Apple Chutney<br /> <br /> York, Hansa&#39;s Strawberry and Orange Jam with Lemon<br /> <br /> Each of these lucky winners will have their prized preserve featured in our charity recipe book, which will be sold in the run up to Christmas to help us reach our &pound;30K target. You can also continue to support the campaign by checking out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/page/find/?name=chutney+strawberry+blackcurrant&amp;x=0&amp;y=0#esp_cf=size&amp;esp_filter_size=one%20size">Top of the Pots charity jams and chutney</a>, which are available to buy in shop or online for just &pound;3.95.<br /> <br /> Thanks again to all our top potty people!</p> 0 A guide to local lingo http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/local-lingo-guide/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/local-lingo-guide/#comments Tues, 23 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/local-lingo-guide/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> Alreet? Ay-up! &lsquo;Ow do? From Geordie to Cockney to Scouse our nation of islands is awash with a tongue twisting tide of local dialects. So we decided to dive in, exploring our eclectic and sometimes eccentric sayings and greetings by asking you to share your favourites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/locallingo collage.png" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> We had &lsquo;blinding&rsquo; entries from the south and &lsquo;dead good&rsquo; ones from the north, but reading through them we realised we didn&rsquo;t have a &lsquo;scooby doo&rsquo; what some of our country&rsquo;s popular sayings actually meant! So here&rsquo;s our handy guide for you to have a &lsquo;ganders&rsquo; at...</p> Ey up! &ndash; Hello<br /> <br /> Now then - Hello<br /> <br /> &lsquo;ow do - How are you, hello<br /> <br /> Ay up me duck &ndash; Hello<br /> <br /> Awrite me lover? &ndash; Alright my love, hello<br /> <br /> By&rsquo;eck -An exclamation of astonishment<br /> <br /> Ee by gum! - Oh my god<br /> <br /> Be reight - It&rsquo;ll be alright<br /> <br /> Near as makes n&rsquo;matter - Close enough<br /> <br /> Any road up then - How are you?<br /> <br /> Our kid - Close friend or sibling<br /> <br /> Ee are - Excuse me<br /> <br /> Mad fer it - I&rsquo;m eager for a night out<br /> <br /> My gaff - My house<br /> <br /> Wye ay man! &ndash; Yes (an enthusiastic one!)<br /> <br /> As&#39;t feckl&#39;t it? - Have you fixed it?<br /> <br /> Well jel &ndash; Very jealous<br /> <br /> Dancin&rsquo; bears &ndash; Stairs<br /> <br /> Hank marvin &ndash; Starving<br /> <br /> On Ilkley Moor <strong>bar tat</strong> &ndash; On Ilkley Moor <strong>without a hat</strong><br /> <br /> Canny &ndash; Good<br /> <br /> Gurt &ndash; Very<br /> <br /> Where&rsquo;s attoo? &ndash; Where is that?<br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> <p> Learn more about local dialects:<br /> |Cotswolds//Icotswolds_dialect|<br /> |Cornwall//Ihow_do_you_do_cornwall_dialect|<br /> |Scotland//Ihow_do_you_do_scotland_dialect|<br /> |Manchester//Imanchester_dialect|<br /> |Suffolk//Iw14_how_do_you_do_Suffork_dialect|</p> 0 In a pickle about your preserves? http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/top-of-the-pots-competition/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/top-of-the-pots-competition/#comments Fri, 12 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/top-of-the-pots-competition/ Have you been battling through the brambles for the juiciest berries this summer? Well, you&rsquo;re going to go potty for our new competition, Top of the Pots! We&rsquo;re going to be scouring the land in search of the most scrumptious jam, pickle, relish or preserve recipes you can concoct and it&rsquo;s all going to be in aid of the White Stuff Foundation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To help you start concocting a heavenly recipe, we thought you&rsquo;d probably like to know what type of condiment you&rsquo;re making.&nbsp; So before delighting us with your experimental gastronomic wonders (quite a mouthful!), take out your note pads and get the low down on potted treats&hellip;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Pickles.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 375px;" /></p> <br /> Getting in the <strong>Jam</strong>! A chunky preserve made by crushing or grinding whole fruits. Jams are a thick consistency due to high pectin content, with big chunks of yummy fruit inside.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Jellies</strong> are made using the juices of the fruit. Much firmer than jam, they aremade from the extracted juice of fruit and are clear with no chunky bits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The favourite choice of Paddington Bear,&nbsp;<strong>Marmalade</strong> is a very much like a jelly but with pieces of cut fruit inside. Often citrus fruit like oranges, grapefruit, lime, lemon, tangelo, navel, clementine and blood orange (to name a few) are the basis of a marmalade.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Preserves</strong> are pretty similar to jams, though it usually refers to a cooked and gelled whole fruit.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Conserves</strong> are a mad-bag mixture of fruit, fresh or dried, nuts and citrus fruits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Chutneys</strong> originate from the East Indian word <em>chatni</em>, which means &quot;strongly spiced&quot;. Chutneys are a savoury type of condiment that usually consists of chopped fruits, vinegar, spices and sugar cooked into a chunky spread.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Relishes</strong> are barely cooked at all and use little sugar, made from roughly chopped fruits and vegetables for a crunchy bite. A relish is both savoury, zesty and tangy &ndash; often the perfect sandwich filler or partner for cheese and crackers!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> So, now we&rsquo;ve cleared that up, start saving your old jars, root out your old, local or family recipes and get cooking!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ll be judging the top pots on 9<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;October, so make sure you bring your prized preserve into your local White Stuff shop. We&#39;ll donate &pound;10* to your shop&#39;s local charity for every entry!<br /> <br /> Click <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/top-of-the-pots/"><strong>here</strong></a> to get all the juicy details.<br /> 0 White Stuff's Bromley Charity is... http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuffs-bromley-charity-is/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuffs-bromley-charity-is/#comments Thurs, 11 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/white-stuffs-bromley-charity-is/ This October we&rsquo;re opening a shop in Bromley and, like all our shops nationwide, it will have its own local charity. To help us decide who to support we asked you to choose between two very worthy local causes, Deaf Access who work with both adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing and Bromley Y, a children&#39;s charity which helps young people and their families who are experiencing mental health problems.<br /> <br /> Although we&rsquo;d love to support both causes there can only be one winner&hellip;congratulations to Bromley Y and thank you to everyone who helped us make this very tough decision!<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Bromley.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 432px;" /></p> <br /> Deaf Access, we&rsquo;re going to send you &pound;250 to go towards the fantastic work you do with young people in Bromley.<br /> <br /> Keep an eye out for news about our upcoming store opening&hellip;<br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Wrap up, Pack up and Glam up http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/wrap-up-pack-up-and-glam-up/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/wrap-up-pack-up-and-glam-up/#comments Weds, 03 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/wrap-up-pack-up-and-glam-up/ <p style="text-align: center;"> Autumn is near but not to fear! We&rsquo;ve got a selection of new accessories that will give your outfit that extra autumnal touch. Wrap up with our new lightweight printed scarfs, pack up with our hearty leather bags and glam up with statement jewellery!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Be sure you&rsquo;ve packed your essentials with our everyday cross-body bags.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/P4comp.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 352px;" /></a></div> <br /> <div align="center"> <table bg="" bgcolor="#99cac4" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="30" width="110"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;"><font color="white"><strong>shop now</strong></font></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;">Mix and match with your favourite |jeans//c1000013|, or check our latest |denim style guide//ahow_do_you_do_denim|.</a></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/P5comp.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 370px;" /></a></div> <br /> <div align="center"> <table bg="" bgcolor="#99cac4" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="30" width="110"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;"><font color="white"><strong>shop now</strong></font></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;">For added glitz wherever you go&hellip;</a></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/womens-accessories/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MAG-AUT_JEWELLARY3_RGB.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 441px;" /></a></div> <br /> <div align="center"> <table bg="" bgcolor="#99cac4" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="30" width="110"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;"><font color="white"><strong>shop now</strong></font></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Family Festival Fun http://www.whitestuff.com/family-festival-fun/ http://www.whitestuff.com/family-festival-fun/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /family-festival-fun/ <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Finding a festival that suits the whole family can be tricky, so we&rsquo;ve been having a look at what&rsquo;s on offer for 2014. We have found three top alternate fun family festivals for you to enjoy late this summer.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/london/"><u>The Cake and Bake Show</u></a></strong><br /> We think this festival looks good enough to eat. From 3<sup>rd</sup> - 5<sup>th</sup> October, the Cake and Bake show will be residing at Earls Court, London and features a variety of cake-related activities. Tickets are free, but you will need to book a place &ndash; you can buy other tickets to gain fast track access to VIP seats and Cake and Bake classes.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/london/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/logo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 196px;" /><br /> <br /> </span></span></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">The Cake and Bake show not only offers exclusive 30 minute classes where you can learn the experts tips and tricks, but it has an entire marketplace of scrumptious treats to satisfy your taste buds, and display tables of fantastic hand made cakes. There is also an exhibition of the latest gadgets in kitchenware, where you can catch up on the latest baking trends and watch the demonstrations to get the hang of your new equipment.</span></span></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/icing model.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/umbrella cupcake.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">There will be guest speakers every day on stage performing cake making and baking demonstrations, and we haven&rsquo;t even told you the most exciting part yet: there will be a Cooking Competition featuring your favourite &lsquo;Great British Bake Off&rsquo; Stars! If you have a sweet tooth, this is the show for you.</span></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/rainbor cake.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> <strong><a href="https://www.edfringe.com/"><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"> <u>The Edinburgh Fringe Festival</u><br /> </span></span></a></strong></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a month long festival (1<sup>st</sup> &ndash; 25<sup>th</sup> August) and without a doubt will have something for every member of the family. It is spread across in venues all over the city centre &ndash; including White Stuff&rsquo;s Edinburgh Emporium, venue 205! &ndash; And features just about any kind of entertainment you can think of. From comedy and drama to dance and exhibitions, there are plenty of shows to see.</span></span></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.edfringe.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/logo(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">A lot of these shows are free, and you can either visit the Box Office at Cowgate or take a relaxed stroll up the Royal Mile, where you will see a variety of street artists. By the end of your stroll you will most likely have accumulated a handful of event leaflets, so you can take your pick from there!</span></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/carried away.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/street performer(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 203px;" /></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Outdoor bars with quirky seating areas surrounded by outdoor space heaters (it is Scotland after all!) and fabulous decorations go without saying, the atmosphere at this festival is not to be missed.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/udderbelly.png" style="width: 300px; height: 199px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><a href="http://www.festivalnumber6.com/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><u>Festival Number 6</u></span></span></a></strong></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Set in the picturesque landscape of Portmeirion, Wales, Festival Number 6 is renowned for being &lsquo;a bespoke banquet of music and arts&rsquo;.&nbsp; Taking place over the 5<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> of September, the festival takes over the entire village, with entrance only permitted to ticketholders. &nbsp;It is reasonably priced at &pound;160 for an adult weekend ticket, with a young person&rsquo;s ticket coming in at &pound;85 and under 10&rsquo;s completely free (so long as all youngsters are accompanied by an adult).</span></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.festivalnumber6.com/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/logo.png" style="width: 300px; height: 128px;" /></span></span></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">With big names like the Pet Shop Boys headlining the music venue and DJ&rsquo;s on hand throughout the event, it&rsquo;s sure to attract attention. However, Festival Number 6 doesn&rsquo;t only offer music. Portmeirion plays hosts to the Festivals &lsquo;Arts and Culture&rsquo; section, where you can find the comedy tent and literature talks.</span></span></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/venue.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 160px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/stage.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">The whole family is catered for at this Festival; the children can be dropped off at the &lsquo;Secret Outlaws Camp&rsquo; whilst the parents sneak off for a dance. A variety of food is on offer throughout the Festival, from pulled pork burgers to the pop up champagne and oyster bar - local restaurants and cafes are on offer too.&nbsp; There certainly is something for everyone at Festival Number 6.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 White Stuff Manchester is now open! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-manchester/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-manchester/#comments Tues, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/white-stuff-manchester/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>White Stuff Manchester is now open!</strong><br /> <br /> We are very excited to announce that last Friday we opened our brand new shop on Kings Street, Manchester. Situated in the heart of the city, the shop has launched with our new autumn collection showcasing distinctive print dresses, embellished tops and textured knits as well as statement coats, accessories and footwear.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/10548978_676523075757908_946054546727270507_o.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Unique Interiors </strong><br /> <br /> As a company we take pride in our unique interiors and care is always taken to restore period features of our shops where possible. During the Manchester shop fit and renovation process our shop fit team&nbsp; discovered a number of original feaures and design elements including reclaimed wooden floors, vintage wall paper, glazed brick walls, metal bulkheads and fireplaces, some of which have not been seen since the turn of the 20<sup>th</sup> century hidden behind multiple layers of shop fits.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/IMG_2293.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 401px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/IMG_2302.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 401px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Here to help!</strong><br /> <br /> Each of our 90 shops supports a local charity and host regular fundraising throughout the year. Before the Manchester shop opened local residents were invited to help choose the shop&rsquo;s local charity. The chosen charity was Wood Street Mission, an organization dedicated to helping alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families through practical help.</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/IMG_2300.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 401px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Opening party </strong><br /> <br /> To celebrate the opening of our lovely new shop, we are holding an opening party on Thursday 14<sup>th</sup> August. Pop in for a glass of bubbly, the chance to win &pound;250 in our prize draw and pick up your free gift worth &pound;17.50 when you spend &pound;50 or over.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/man.png" style="width: 250px; height: 308px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Finds us at 16-18 Kings Street, Manchester, M2 6AG &nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/1AZOirw" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000ff;">http://bit.ly/1AZOirw</span></a><br /> <br /> Shop our new collections: <span style="color:#0000cd;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://bit.ly/wstuff"><span style="color:#0000cd;">http://bit.ly/wstuff</span></a><br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 Craft Scotland lauches at White Stuff Edinburgh http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/craft-scotland-lauches-at-white-stuff-edinburgh/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/craft-scotland-lauches-at-white-stuff-edinburgh/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/craft-scotland-lauches-at-white-stuff-edinburgh/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">For the second year in a row Craft Scotland will be running their Summer Show from the second floor of our Edinburgh Emporium. From 31st July to 23rd August, our Edinburgh shop will become an official Fringe venue 205!</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Craft photo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Craft Scotland is a registered charity, and prides themselves on supporting and nurtuting up and coming designers. They create opportunities for craft designers to practice their craft, as well as the chance to exhibit their products and sell them - like they will be doing with us in Edinburgh!<br /> <br /> With 32 designers taking part this year, there will be a wide range of scarves, mosaics, hand-made jewelry, home furnishings, tableware and more on offer for you to browse and - if you see something you fancy - buy.<br /> <br /> They will be up on our second floor, so once you&#39;ve finished your shopping you can pop on up! This is the second time Edinburgh White Stuff has had the pleasure to host Craft Scotland, and it&#39;s set to be just as successful as last year.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/craft ws.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Meet Your Maker!<br /> <br /> Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition from 3 - 5pm, customers will have the chance to &quot;meet their maker&quot;. Artists and crafters featured in the show will be sat just outside the shop, ready and waiting to answer any questions you might have or for just a general chit-chat! Here are some of the makers you can expect to see outside our Edinburgh Store.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/867/christina-hirst-jewellery/"><u>Christina Hirst</u></a><br /> Christina designs a unique range of jewelry that was inspired by nature. She uses a complimentary combination of wood and precious metals to construct her beautifully crafted pieces. She also offers a line of bespoke jewelry, where she uses silver clay to create delicate neckpieces, earrings, bangles and broaches.</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/867/christina-hirst-jewellery/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Christina Hirst.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 210px;" /></a><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/867/christina-hirst-jewellery/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/tpss-bc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a><br /> <a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/867/christina-hirst-jewellery/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/mttb1plbc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/craft-news/craft-scotland-blog/news-article.html?summer-show-2014-behind-the-scenes-with-ursula-hunter&amp;document_id=1753"><u>Little Axe</u></a><br /> More commonly known as Ursula Hunter, Little Axe specializes in printmaking and produces intricate Linoprints which she then applies to any surface you like. It&rsquo;s not an easy task &ndash; the process involves carefully transferring a sketch onto lino blocks then cutting the design onto the blocks. The prints are then digitally printed after being coloured and hand sewn into fabric. But it&rsquo;s worth it! Little Axe produce beautiful cushions, curtains, tea towels and more that will spruce up any home.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/craft-news/craft-scotland-blog/news-article.html?summer-show-2014-behind-the-scenes-with-ursula-hunter&amp;document_id=1753"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ursula Hunter.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 143px;" /></a></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/2215/designed-with-pleasure-by-line-mortensen/"><u>Line Mortensen</u></a><br /> Line uses ceramics, glass and stone to create her one-of- a-kind mosaics. Her inspiration comes from the physical materials she uses, which helps to create a lovely, textured piece of art. Her contemporary pieces will be available to view and purchase during Craft Scotland&rsquo;s visit to George Street.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/2215/designed-with-pleasure-by-line-mortensen/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Line Mortensen.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/2215/designed-with-pleasure-by-line-mortensen/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/mosaic-subcat-1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/2215/designed-with-pleasure-by-line-mortensen/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/samrt-moss-i.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/1935/merlin-planterose/"><u>Merlin Planterose</u></a><br /> Merlin makes fine jewelry which prides itself on being inspired by history. Merlin learned of a story about a woman who was held prisoner on an island in Scotland, and the nature and interpretation of this story inspired his latest designs: The Lady Grange Collection. The centerpiece is a locket, which symbolises comfort and safety. Merlin used silver to create this piece, gently hammering it into shape and hand-making the delicate chain.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/1935/merlin-planterose/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MP-004-Jump-Ring-Chain-Final-Piece.jpg" style="width: 300px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">.<a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/1935/merlin-planterose/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MP-003-Lady-Grange-Locket-Shannon-Tofts.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/about-us/our-work/summer-show/meet-your-maker.html"><span style="color:#0000cd;">Click here</span></a> to see the official timetable for when the Makers will be at our Edinburgh Emporium. </span></span></p> 0 Summer Crafting with Mollie Makes http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/summer-crafting-with-mollie-makes-/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/summer-crafting-with-mollie-makes-/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/summer-crafting-with-mollie-makes-/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Here at White Stuff we love all things arts and crafts. Our friends at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><span style="color:#0000ff;">Mollie Makes magazine</span></a>&nbsp;have shared with us two great summer crafting ideas. Give them a go and s<strong style="text-align: center;">hare your creations on our social channels using #followyourfeet&nbsp;</strong></strong></p> <br /> <strong>Flower Crowns&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.rougepony.etsy.com">Karin Kirsten&#39;s</a> flower crowns are perfect for creating your festival look, for a party or just to wear around the house!<br /> <br /> All you need to create your flower crown is:<br /> <ul> <li> a selection of artificial flowers</li> <li> florist tape and some thin florist wire</li> <li> rustic vine wire</li> <li> measuring tape</li> <li> glue gun and glue sticks</li> <li> scissors and pliers</li> </ul> The great thing about this design is you can customise it with your choice of artificial flowers and go as big as you like.<br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_main2.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 375px;" /></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <strong>Steps:&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Step 1</strong> : Use your pliers to cut three equal pieces of rustic vine wire, each approx. 60cm (24&quot;) long. If you&rsquo;re using garden wire, be sure to wrap the wire with florist tape before moving on to Step 2.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://Step 1 : Use your pliers to cut three equal pieces of rustic vine wire, each approx. 60cm (24&quot;) long. If you’re using garden wire, be sure to wrap the wire with florist tape before moving on to Step 2."><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></p> <br /> <strong>Step 2</strong>: &nbsp;Gather the ends of the vine wire and secure by wrapping a piece of&nbsp;thin florist wire around them. Then fasten by wrapping florist tape over the top. Use the pliers as&nbsp;much as possible to wrap your wires, ensuring it&rsquo;s secure.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 3</strong>: &nbsp;Braid the vine wire, starting with the secured end, all the way to the end and connect together the ends again as you did in Step 2.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step3.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 4</strong>: &nbsp;Now attach the ends of the wire to form a circle. Measure around your head to make sure you get the sizing right first &ndash; don&rsquo;t make your base too tight as it needs to sit comfortably on your head.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step5.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong>&nbsp;Step 5</strong>: Once your circle is the correct size, secure the ends of the loop structure with thin florist wire, then florist tape, using your pliers to secure. You now have the round base ready to attach your flowers.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 6:</strong> Now for the fun part. First, arrange your flowers in order so you can see what works best before attaching them. Once you&#39;ve decided on a design, start attaching them to the base one-by-one using the hot glue gun. The glue will dry very fast so use a small amount, attach the flower quickly and hold it in position until it dries. You can now fill your wire base all the way around with your artificial&nbsp;flowers.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step6.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></p> <p> <br /> <br /> <strong>Step 7</strong>: Once all of your flowers are securely attached to the base, tidy up your crown by attaching the silk green leaves on the inside so that no glue is visible. Glue them one-by-one all the way round on the inside of the flower crown.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step7.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 8:</strong> enjoy your finished flower crown!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step8.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></p> <p> <br /> <strong>Nail Art!&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.gingeredthings.blogspot.de">Daniela Fugger&rsquo;s</a> colourful pieces are an easy way to brighten up your home; simply choose a word and some colourful yarn and get crafting! All you need is a few basic materials:</p> <ul> <li> Piece of wood</li> <li> Text of your choice printed out on paper</li> <li> Around150 nails, 2.5mm thick</li> <li> Yarn or thread in varying colours</li> <li> Strong tape</li> <li> Hammer</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MMS41_create_Create1_1.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px;" /><br /> &nbsp;</p> This is a no fuss design and you will probably have very few items to go out and buy.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s so simple, you could make one for every occasion &ndash; a fun sign at the kids birthday party, wedding plaques or something for the home. Here&rsquo;s all you need to know to make yours:<br /> <br /> <br /> <p> <strong>Step 1: </strong>You can either use a<a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"> Mollie Makes</a><a href="http://media.molliemakes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2014/05/PDF_proj_template_issue41.pdf"> template</a> &nbsp;or draw out your own text onto paper. Secure this onto your wooden surface using strips of strong tape.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_01.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step 2</strong>: Prepare your wood by taking the hammer and a nail and punching little marks every 4&ndash;5mm along the outline of each letter. Make sure there&#39;s a mark at every bend.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_02.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 3</strong>:&nbsp; Remove the text, and then hammer your nails into the marks you created in the previous step. Leave about two thirds of each nail above the surface, and make sure&nbsp;they&#39;re all tight and sturdy.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_03.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 4</strong>: Take your first colour yarn and fix it at the end of one nail with&nbsp;a knot. Then wrap the yarn around the outlines of the &#39;C&#39; and the &#39;R&#39;, winding it around each nail. Be careful to keep the yarn taut at all&nbsp;times to keep it neat.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_04.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Step 5</strong>: Now zigzag around the nails with the yarn, filling the space between the outlines. As we&#39;re creating a gradient, fill the &#39;C&#39; and half of &#39;R&#39; completely, then fill the second half and the &#39;E&#39; with less of the yarn so that you can wrap the next colour between it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_05.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 6</strong>: Lay the next colour over the one you worked with before so you get the effect of a gradient, working in the same way as steps 4 and 5. Then do the same with your third, final colour.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_06.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;Step 7</strong>: Finally, knot the yarn to a nail at the end. Don&#39;t worry if a few nails come loose, fix with a light hammer blow.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_Create1_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <strong>If you want more fab design ideas,<span style="color:#0000ff;"> </span><a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><span style="color:#0000ff;">click here Mollie Makes website</span>,</a> where you can<span style="color:#0000ff;"> </span><a href="http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/MMSW1R/"><span style="color:#0000ff;">subscribe</span></a> to their magazine and receive all the news on arts and craft.</strong><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 White Stuff Manchester's charity is... http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-manchesters-charity-is/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-manchesters-charity-is/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/white-stuff-manchesters-charity-is/ <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">White Stuff is coming to Manchester!&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"> This August, we&#39;re opening a shop in Manchester, and (like all our other shops) it will have its own&nbsp;local charity. Every year we commit to donating at least 1% of our annual profits to charity and shops regularly&nbsp;raise money with fundraising events throughout the year. In order to choose our Manchester charity we asked&nbsp;our customers and local community to vote.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The results were very close between our two finalists,&nbsp;Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) and&nbsp;Wood Street&nbsp;two very worthy causes working in&nbsp;the local area.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thanks to everyone who had their say, but there can only be one winner&hellip;<strong>.congratulations to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.woodstreetmission.org.uk/">Wood Street</a></strong>&nbsp;who won with 52% of the votes.&nbsp;</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Wood_Street_Logo.jpg" style="width: 283px; height: 283px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Commiserations to the<strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gmyn.co.uk/cm/">GMYN</a></strong>, thank you for taking part, we&rsquo;ll be sending you a donation of &pound;250 to put towards your very worthwhile work.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Look out for our new Manchester shop opening in August and join us for our opening party on Thursday 14th August. &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 Barking Mad for Mini Footballs! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/barking-mad-for-mini-footballs/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/barking-mad-for-mini-footballs/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/barking-mad-for-mini-footballs/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Over the past few weeks, we have been selling exclusive White Stuff mini footballs to raise money for the White Stuff Foundation. So far we have made&nbsp;&pound;4,075!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Not only have they gone down a treat with our customers, but also our doggy friends too!&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ben.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Ben the Labrador<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ted2.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 252px;" /><br /> <br /> This stylish dog is called Ted<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Buster.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Buster is the tough dog on the block, but even he can&#39;t help but love his White Stuff football<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Freddy.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Little Freddy is almost the same size as his football, but that doens&#39;t stop him joining in the games!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/New Image(1).JPG" style="width: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> Baxter can&#39;t help but smile at his new toy<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/bu7ster(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Buster the spaniel doesn&#39;t look impressed at the poaching pooch next to him<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Mishka.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 532px;" /><br /> <br /> Here&#39;s Mishka the Husky looking after her football - we dare anyone to try and take it from her!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ole Sunshine.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Ole Sunshine is a 4 year old spaniel, and he loves a little nibble of White Stuff<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Roxy.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Just to prove that our footballs aren&#39;t only for dogs: here&#39;s Roxy! She&#39;s not as slow as she looks, Roxy could put the dogs to shame with her footie skills! (That&#39;s a White Stuff blanket she&#39;s sitting on too!)<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Maisy.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Millie is one of our resident dogs here at White Stuff HQ and she can&#39;t take her eyes off our mini football - look at that concentration!<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;">There are still a number of exclusive White Stuff mini footballs left in shops. <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/storelocator.asp"><span style="color:#000080;">Pop into your local White Stuff to grab yours! </span></a></span></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 Treat Your Teacher http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/treat-your-teacher/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/treat-your-teacher/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/treat-your-teacher/ <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h4> With the end of the school year right around the corner, children are tired and so are their teachers! Our summer gifting range has the perfect items to help you say &#39;thank you&#39; to teachers for their months of hard work. It&#39;s a fool proof way to get on their good side before term even starts!</h4> <p> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Bird keyring.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/multi-betty-blue-bird-keyring/">BETTY BLUE BIRD KEYRING <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;4.95</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/leather keyring.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/blue-lost-and-found-keyring/">LOST AND FOUND KEYRING <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;6.00</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/407824_BLUE.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <br /> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/blue-owl-knitted-keyring/">OWL KNITTED KEYRING <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;4.50</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/406242_MULTI.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/multi-gin-tonic-lip-balm/">GIN &amp; TONIC LIP BALM <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;4.99</span></a></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="text-align: center;">With 5 star reviews all round, these lovely scarfs are the perfect treat for your teacher. Our classic &#39;Catch Me if You Can&#39; scarf never lets you down, and will look fabulous over an autumn jacket and brighten up any outfit.</span></p> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/catch me if you can scarf.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/sale/accessories-sale/scarves/magenta-catch-me-if-you-can-scarf/">CATCH ME IF YOU CAN SCARF <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;17.50</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Navy Scarf.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/womens-accessories/scarves/navy-herringbone-border-scarf/">HERRINGBONE BORDER SCARF <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;22.50</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Spotty Scarf.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/womens-accessories/scarves/white-spotty-dreaming-away-scarf/">SPOTTY DREAMING AWAY SCARF <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;25.00</span></a></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2(1).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://DITSY WELLIE CARD">DITSY WELLIE CARD <span class="prodPRICEnew"><span class="prodPRICESALE">&pound;2.00</span></span></a></span></h1> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/card.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/sale/gifts-sale/multi-great-dane-card/">GREAT DANE CARD <span class="prodPRICEnew"><span class="prodPRICESALE">&pound;2.00</span></span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/410667_BROWN.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/brown-bear-bottle-opener/">BEAR BOTTLE OPENER <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;16.00</span></a></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Tie.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/mens-accessories/brown-fulham-floral-tie/">FULHAM FLORAL TIE <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;17.50</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/410437_BLUE.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/mens-accessories/blue-baseball-cap/">BASEBALL CAP <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;15.00</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><u>White Stuff Top Tip!</u><br /> <br /> A little birdy told us that there is a new trend for present giving about. Mums and Dads are getting together and buying one large gift from the whole class. Our Press Officer and mother of two Joanna is an expert on the subject and told us that this is definately the way to do it. </span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409921_MOONLIGHT.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/womens-accessories/bags-purses/blue-printed-shopper/">PRINTED SHOPPER <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;39.95</span></a></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;">Joanna&#39;s top teacher treat is this gorgeous Printed Shopper for one lucky teacher!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409887_NEUTRAL.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/sale/accessories-sale/bags-purses/natural-camille-shopper/">CAMILLE SHOPPER <span class="prodPRICEnew" id="priceCopy"><span class="prodPRICESALE">&pound;25.00</span> </span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/">Click here </a>to shop gifts</span></strong></p> 0 Our Summer Scrapbook Collection! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/scrapbook-collection/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/scrapbook-collection/#comments Weds, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/scrapbook-collection/ <span style="font-size: 12px;">Our latest <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/scrapbook/">&lsquo;Scrapbook&rsquo; collection</a> has caused quite a storm!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The unique collection is inspired by scrapbooks and sketch books, each look allows you to express your creativity, to be experimental with outfits and play with bold colours, vibrant prints and eclectic patterns.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It&rsquo;s not always plain sailing when it comes to choosing the perfect summer outfit, and even when you know what you&rsquo;re looking for, sometimes it&rsquo;s just not available. For our &lsquo;Scrapbook&rsquo; collection we took note of what you were looking for and experimented with new forms to create exciting outfits made for summer!<br /> <br /> The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/tops-tees/blue-alana-tee/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fpage%2Ffind%2F%3Fname%3DAlana%2520tee%26page%3D1">Alana tee</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/blue-alar-mixed-print-dress/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fscrapbook%2F">Alar mixed print dress</a><span style="text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase;">&nbsp;both capture our use of contrasting patterns and layered designs.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/tops-tees/blue-alana-tee/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fpage%2Ffind%2F%3Fname%3DAlana%2520tee%26page%3D1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408338_MOONLIGHT_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Alana Tee&nbsp;&pound;&nbsp;35.00<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/blue-alar-mixed-print-dress/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fscrapbook%2F"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409763_dk_moonlig_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Alar Mised Print Dress &pound;55.00</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/blue-collage-dress/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fdresses%2Fblue-alar-mixed-print-dress%2F%3Fshowvid%3D1">Collage dress</a>&nbsp;is versatile with bold, lively prints&nbsp;team with our&nbsp;charming <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/knitwear/green-mambo-cardi/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fpage%2Ffind%2F%3Fname%3DMambo%2520cardi%26page%3D1">Mambo cardi</a>&nbsp;for a statement look. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/skirts/natural-clustered-leaves-reversible-skirt/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fdresses%2Fblue-collage-dress%2F%3Fshowvid%3D1">Clustered Leaves skirt </a>&nbsp;is reversable for day to night style or an easy solution for minimal holiday packing!</span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/blue-collage-dress/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fdresses%2Fblue-alar-mixed-print-dress%2F%3Fshowvid%3D1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409182_DK_MOONLIG_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Collage Dress &pound;49.95<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/skirts/natural-clustered-leaves-reversible-skirt/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fdresses%2Fblue-collage-dress%2F%3Fshowvid%3D1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409567_ALMOND_3.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Cluster Leaves Skirt &pound;45.00<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/knitwear/green-mambo-cardi/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fpage%2Ffind%2F%3Fname%3DMambo%2520cardi%26page%3D1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409544_pistachio_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Mambo Cardi &pound;39.95</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">&lsquo;Scrapbook&rsquo; allows you to piece together your favourite parts of summer and create ideal, individual looks for the right occasion.<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/scrapbook/#page=all">Click here</a> to explore the full &lsquo;Scrapbook&rsquo; collection and start designing your perfect summer outfits.</strong></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Tips for Summer Gardening http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/garden-tips/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/garden-tips/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/garden-tips/ <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Summer Solstice has just passed, marking the longest day of the year. As we move into July, there&#39;s the promise of heaps of sunshine and warmer days (hopefully!).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Whether you&rsquo;re at home in the sunshine or heading away on holiday, its important put in the ground work in to your garden to prepare it for the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 115%;">height </span>&nbsp;of summer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/in-month/june">The Royal Horticultural Society</a> has put together a handy <strong>10-step-guide</strong> to help prepare plants for the summer heat. So get weeding, pruning and mowing to ensure your garden stays fresh throughout the summer&#39;s final months. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside<br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mow lawns at least once a week<br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Plant out summer bedding<br /> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stake tall or floppy plants<br /> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prune many spring-flowering shrubs<br /> 10. &nbsp; &nbsp; Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Have you entered our Show Us Your Blooms competition? You could win &pound;250 to spend at White Stuff! <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/show-us-your-blooms/"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">Click here</span></a> to find out more.<br /> <br /> Here are some of our latest entries-&nbsp;</strong></span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/f9uICn.png" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/wxK5St.png" style="width: 200px; height: 357px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/s1CEHf.png" style="width: 250px; height: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/DooTrr.png" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/3fUNcN.png" style="width: 200px; height: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/H60hk7.png" style="width: 250px; height: 446px;" /></p> You can view all the entires on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WhiteStuffUK/app_448952861833126"><span style="color:#000080;">Facebook page&nbsp;</span></a><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Top tips for holiday packing! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/top-tips-for-holiday-packing/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/top-tips-for-holiday-packing/#comments Tues, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/top-tips-for-holiday-packing/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>The holiday is booked, flights sorted and you have carefully decided on which clothes and accessories are coming with you. However, there is one last hurdle before you reach your destination&hellip;the dreaded packing.<br /> <br /> We have some great tips to help resolve all your packing issues and rid the pre-holiday stress!</strong></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><u><strong><em>*Lists are NOT for losers </em></strong></u><br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t underestimate the value of making a packing list. This will become clear when travelling with the less organised and they are begging for a plaster that you remembered to pack. If you can, a week before start making a list of everything you need to pack then you have a few days to add to it. Check the list before you pack, after you&rsquo;ve packed and just before you walk out the door.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/swimwear/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2014_4SUMMERHOL_STILL_PAGE 49.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 349px; text-align: center;" /></a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/swimwear/">Shop Women&#39;s Swimwear&nbsp;</a></strong></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">*</span><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><em>No neat folding</em></strong></u></p> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">When packing your clothes you don&rsquo;t want to neatly fold them individually as you would in your bedroom drawers, this causes creases when compressed. Here are some alternatives:<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Rollin&rsquo; Rollin&rsquo; Rollin&rsquo;</em></strong>: rolling up your clothes instead of folding has been proven to save space and leave fewer creases.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>The flat pack method:</em>&nbsp; </strong>place small items on the bottom of the suitcase to create a flat surface, then lay clothes out in one layer across the suitcase adding in curved items such as bras into corners and shoes along the sides. This method reduces wrinkles and saves on space!</span></span><br /> <br style="text-align: center;" /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/holiday-shop/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2014_4SUMMERHOL_STILL_PAGE 45.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 349px; font-family: georgia, serif;" /></a><br /> <br /> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/holiday-shop/">Shop Women&#39;s Holiday&nbsp;</a></span></span></strong></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">*</span><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><em>Be ruthless to travel light</em></strong></u></p> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Lay out everything on your bed that you are considering packing then you can get a real idea about how much you are taking. Remove anything that you don&rsquo;t really need! This will leave extra room in your suitcase for shopping and souvenirs when you are out there.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mens/mens-holiday-shop/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2014_4SUMMERHOL_STILL_PAGE 61a(1).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 349px; font-family: georgia, serif;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mens/mens-holiday-shop/"><span style="background-color:#ffffff;">Shop Men&#39;s Holiday&nbsp;</span></a></strong></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><u><em>*<strong>Clever accessories</strong> </em></u><br /> <br /> As an alternative to taking an entire extra outfit a few carefully selected accessories will keep you prepared for any holiday occasion. Consider taking a pretty scarf, statement necklace and embellished sandals to add versatility to your looks. Some of our White Stuff scarves double as up as sarongs or glamorous evenings wraps and pack light in the suitcase.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories-1000289/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2014_4SUMMERHOL_STILL_PAGE 51(2).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 349px; font-family: georgia, serif;" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories-1000289/"><span style="color:#000080;">Shop Women&#39;s Summer Accessorie</span></a><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories-1000289/"><span style="color:#000080;">s&nbsp;</span></a></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="margin: 0px; text-align: center; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); text-transform: lowercase; padding-bottom: 10px; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 18pt; font-weight: normal;"> <span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><em>&ldquo;When you figure out your suitcase, you figure out your life,&rdquo; </em><br /> <em>- Diane von Furstenberg</em></span></strong></span></p> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Design a Dressing Room- Winner Announced! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/design-a-dressing-room-winner/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/design-a-dressing-room-winner/#comments Thurs, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/design-a-dressing-room-winner/ &nbsp;<br /> In March we launched our creative &lsquo;Design a Dressing Room&rsquo; competition. The lucky winner would win the chance to see their design be brought to life by our Edinburgh in-shop Design team. From hyperspace madness to a giant hamster cage, we had lots of lovely entries. However, there can only be one champion.<br /> <br /> This winner is....<br /> <br /> Millie Baxter from Edinburgh! <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/fish.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 300px; height: 208px;" /></p> Millie (12) &nbsp;designed her underwater-themed dressing room in the shop while her mum was busy shopping. She had been swimming the day before so was thinking how lovely it would be to be a mermaid. She paid special attention to the details of how to hang up clothes with mermaids tails and framed the design with yellow card to make it stand out. There&rsquo;s even an aquarium on the wall.&nbsp; Our Design team are very excited about working on the project and have already made a start on a giant jellyfish prop.<br /> <br /> The brand new dressing room will be revealed at the Edinburgh Emporium&rsquo;s open afternoon, Sunday 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;June. Come along for treats, activities and take in our brand new dressing room.<br /> <br /> Thanks to everyone who took part. Here are some of the other finalists:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Theatre of Dreams and Adventures.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 204px;" /><br /> <br /> Theatre of Dreams and Adventures&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/The Highland Belle.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> The Highland Belle&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Hyperspace.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 226px;" /><br /> <br /> Hyperspace&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Hamster Cage.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 226px;" /><br /> <br /> Hamster Cage<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Down on the Farm.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Down on the Farm&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Alice in Wonderland.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Alice in Wonderland</strong></p> 0 Fashion Revolution Day http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/fashion-revolution-day/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/fashion-revolution-day/#comments Weds, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/fashion-revolution-day/ With the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh a few days away we want to show our support of Fashion Revolution Day, a campaign set up by an ethical-trade entrepreneur, Carry Somers. The campaign is asking consumers to challenge their favourite brands on their supply chain ethics and where their clothes are manufactured.<br /> <br /> In the year since the Rana Plaza collapse we&rsquo;ve been working hard to increase the transparency of our supply chain. Whilst we have not, and do not, use the factory and suppliers affected in the disaster we recognise that the issue is wider than this incident.&nbsp; We want to be clear with our customers about our current manufacturing ethics and provide an update on the work we are currently doing with our suppliers and extended supply chain.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>So, who makes our clothes?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Our clothes are made mainly in China, Turkey, India and Portugal but we do also manufacture in other Far East and European countries for some of our products. We have Ethical Auditors in each of these countries who work with us to ensure our suppliers are adhering to our Ethical Code of Conduct. The Code helps us deliver continuous improvements over time in areas such as safe working environments, compliance to legal minimum wages and work hour regulations. We check there is no child labour and that workers are treated fairly and not experiencing discrimination in the workplace. We also speak to workers directly to check they know their workplace rights, and should they want to, know they can organise to bargain collectively.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Do we manufacture in Bangladesh?</em></strong><br /> <br /> We have two factories in Bangladesh that manufacture White Stuff products. Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse we have looked closely at our business practices to see if improvements can be made. Here&rsquo;s what we have done in the past year: <ul> <li> We have added a buildings safety inspection clause to our auditing procedure</li> <li> Given our auditors guidance on this new clause through training</li> <li> Continued to audit our two factories with heightened focus on structural safety; both have been ethically audited with satisfactory results</li> </ul> Over the coming year we will be continuing to work closely with our suppliers and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to develop our supplier relationships and ongoing commitment to ethical trade. We are also continuing to sell our Made for Change bags in our shops and online; to date we have provided educational scholarships for over 330 of our factory workers&rsquo; children.<br /> <br /> More information about the work we do with the ETI and our Ethical Code can be found <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlabout_caring/">here</a>.<br /> 0 Julia's Mosaic Diary http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/julias-mosaic-diary/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/julias-mosaic-diary/#comments Tues, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/julias-mosaic-diary/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Julia from White Stuff Dorchester volunteered with the shop&rsquo;s local charity, Mosaic, supporting children who&rsquo;ve experienced bereavement. She joined them on a weekend away. Here&rsquo;s her account of a lively and emotional weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t really know what to expect when I turned up on the Friday evening at Leeson House - a big, old house in the middle of nowhere. I had my bag packed with wellies, a teddy bear, torch, tissues and a big smile. I felt ready for the weekend ahead!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Day one:<br /> &ldquo;The volunteers met and were put into groups. I was with the older children and was so excited to meet them. We were given an agenda and set to work straight away making beds for the 21 children and 15 helpers.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Day two:<br /> &ldquo;When the children arrived, we gave them a hoodie, name badge and handmade quilt (all provided by Mosaic) and a White Stuff bag from Casa del White Stuff. Every child brought a photograph of their lost one which was put onto a communal board. We had a tour of the house and did several team-building activities, including an obstacle course and craft session. Each group had a counsellor and these activities were designed to bring the children out of their shells and enable them to talk to us if they wanted to. As you can imagine, many tears were shed over the weekend.<br /> <br /> It was encouraged that we did everything in our groups which really helped us to get to know the children. After lunch, we had time to tell &lsquo;our story&rsquo;, identifying strong emotions, how to manage them and generate questions for the Doctor. When he arrived, everybody sat together on beanbags and cushions. I found this session very difficult as the younger children asked questions like &quot;Can you catch cancer?&quot; and &quot;Does it hurt to die?&quot; This was a very peaceful but emotional time. Afterwards we played games outside to let off some steam!<br /> <br /> The whole team came back into the hall after dinner where beanbags had been placed in a big circle. The lights were off and a big candle was lit in the middle. We each had an unlit candle and took turns to say who we were remembering. When we were done, we lit our candle from the person next to us. When we were ready, we blew out our candle and left the room very quietly. The children got to take their candle home.<br /> <br /> The wellies came out for a couple of hours of orienteering afterwards with the older children, which was great fun. A cup of hot chocolate and a well-deserved leap into bed after an eventful night.<br /> <br /> Day three:<br /> &ldquo;After breakfast, everyone was in the hall at 9am as an aerobics teacher arrived to get us energised for the day. We also did an anger workshop where we got to write or draw what made us angry. We explained our reasons before going outside to put the papers onto a big tarpaulin and threw clay at it until everybody&#39;s picture fell down. This was great fun, very therapeutic!<br /> <br /> When their parents arrived mid-afternoon, the children gave a presentation in their groups, in front of everybody, discussing what they had done over the weekend. Finally, we all went outside with labels about our loved ones and attached them to a helium balloon. We let these go altogether and watched as flew away. This gave a great sense of closure for the children.<br /> <br /> A few hours after everyone left I was tired, emotional, proud of myself and ready to see my own children. We were advised not to work the next day as the weekend would take its toll on us. Now I understand why!<br /> <br /> The experience was exhilarating, having seen first-hand what a massive impact Mosaic have on these children, I would like to thank White Stuff for their support in choosing this charity and hope there are many more years to come.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic1.JPG" style="width: 448px; height: 448px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic2.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 470px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic3.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 459px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic4.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Kay Sexton Book Readings and Signings http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">For our spring wrap theme, &lsquo;Sow Happy&rsquo;, we&rsquo;ve teamed up with author of gardening book, <em>Minding My Peas and Cucumbers</em>, Kay Sexton, for a series of book readings and signings in selected shops.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Minding my Peas and Cucumbers_CMYK_cropped.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 463px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Kay will be visiting our Cardiff shop Tuesday 8th April (5.30-7pm) and Kingston, Thursday 10<sup>th</sup> April (5.30-7pm).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Join Kay for a book reading and Q&amp;A. Signed books will be available to buy for &pound;9.95 on the night.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Creative team at Casa del White Stuff first noticed Kay&rsquo;s book <em>Minding my Peas and Cucumbers</em> when seeking gardening inspiration. Our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore/"><u>&lsquo;Sow Happy&rsquo;</u></a> theme celebrates the British allotment and getting outside so we loved Kay&rsquo;s book and approached her about working with us. Kay very kindly provided us with a <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore_kay_sexton_quiz/?icn=sow_happy_explore_allotment_quiz"><u>quiz </u></a>and <u><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore_kay_sexton_competition/?icn=sow_happy_explore_kay_compp">competition</a></u>&nbsp;on the &lsquo;Explore&rsquo; section on our website. Customers can win a signed copy of one of her books.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Kay Sexton&rsquo;s fiction appears in more than eighty anthologies. Her unpublished novel, <em>Gatekeeper</em>, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and she has been shortlisted, finalist or winner of many literary competitions. She has had two books on allotment gardening published: <em>Minding My Peas and Cucumbers</em> and <em>The Allotment Diaries</em>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In addition to putting words together as Kay Sexton, she also writes fiction under several pen names, grows her own food, teaches horticultural skills on her allotment and is in charge of a Cairn Terrier called Rebus, (although sometimes he&rsquo;s in charge of her).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here are a few snaps from when Kay visited White Stuff Nottingham a few weeks ago:&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog3.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog(3).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog2.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Hope to see you in our Cardiff and Kingston shops next week!</span></span> 0 Make Your Own Gardening Bag http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/make-your-own-gardening-bag/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/make-your-own-gardening-bag/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/make-your-own-gardening-bag/ <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mum.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 200px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">White Stuff customer Heather made this lovely gardening bag for her best friend Carol&rsquo;s birthday. Here, she shows us how to make it. It doubles as a shopper for any non-gardeners out there!<br /> <br /> If you&#39;ve got something crafty you&#39;d like to share, get in touch through social media! Just remember to include lots of lovely photos (of yourself and of your make).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gardening(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>You will need:</strong><br /> 1x piece of hessian 62cm x 140cm<br /> 1x piece fabric/thermal lining 62cm x 140cm<br /> Scraps of contrasting fabric to decorate the bag<br /> 1x piece of strong cotton tape, 1.50m (for the handles)<br /> A sewing machine<br /> Pins<br /> Cotton<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1. Fold the hessian in half (so it now measures 70 x 62) and stitch down the side and at the bottom, allowing a 2cm seam.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 2. Zigzag stitch around the edges to prevent fraying.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the lining.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 4. Take the hessian and fold each bottom corner 10cm to the middle and stitch. This makes the bottom of the bag.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5. Do the same for the lining and place it inside the hessian. Pin or tack the side seams together to hold it in place.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 6. Fold the top of your bag inwards by 6cm, tucking in the raw edges. Stitch it down.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 7. For the handles, cut the tape in half (so it&rsquo;s now 76cm long) and fold your bag in half widthways so you can find the centre.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 8. Pin the handles at an equal distance from the centre and stitch them 0.5cm inside the top of the bag. You could top-stitch the ends to make them extra strong.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 9. If you want to appliqu&eacute; a flower or initial on your bag, it&rsquo;s easiest to use an embroidery hoop. This decoration will also help to keep your lining in place; decorative and practical! Practice on a bit of scrap fabric first so you can get your machine stitching exactly how you want it.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 10. Wear your bag with pride or pack it full of gardening goodies and give it to a deserving green-fingered friend!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/garden_2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> Fill your bag with gardening goodies!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/garden_3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> The applique technique is easy and really brings the design to life.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> 0 How Green Fingered Are You? http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-green-fingered-are-you/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-green-fingered-are-you/#comments Weds, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/how-green-fingered-are-you/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/man(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Are you potty for potting? Find out here&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Do you think a &lsquo;Trellis&rsquo; is:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A tasty flan with apples and almonds<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Spanish equivalent of the name &lsquo;Doris&rsquo;<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; French for &lsquo;Lady Garden&rsquo;<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A framework of light wooden or metal bars to support fruit trees or creepers, typically fastened against a wall<br /> <br /> <strong>Do you think Titchmarsh is:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A male Blue Tit<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What happens when you encounter a small patch of mud<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A footballer who used to play for Man City<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A truly wonderful man, guru of all that is green and world-renowned water feature maestro<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>When you think &lsquo;soil&rsquo; do you think:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mmm chocolate<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eugh, dirty!<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I must hire a cleaner<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I need to get my hands in there<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What do you do in your shed?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Shed? I don&rsquo;t own one sweetie, I keep the Porsche in the garage<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A set of tools and an old washing machine<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Battle spiders<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; EVERYTHING!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Would you say you&rsquo;re self-sufficient?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I tend to buy the organic range in Waitrose<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fairly, I know how to read a map<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I can call the local takeaway with a single hand<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dinner tonight is all home-grown<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>How does your garden grow?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s completely paved, so it doesn&rsquo;t, technically<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I have no idea! Survival of the fittest I suppose<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There&rsquo;s a pot plant or two left from the last family that lived here<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Very nicely, thank you<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Do you own a pair of gardening gloves?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes! They were a joke present one Christmas; pink and frilly<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No, only red leather driving gloves<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No way Jos&eacute;<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes, they&rsquo;re old and muddy. I like to hang them up in my shed after a long day in the garden<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mostly A<br /> <strong>Er, no.<br /> </strong>If by &lsquo;gardening&rsquo; you mean &lsquo;received some flowers last month&rsquo;, then chances are you&rsquo;re not green-fingered. Are you bothered? Probably not. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Mostly B<br /> <strong>Don&rsquo;t think Monty Don&rsquo;s quaking in his mud-caked boots<br /> </strong>You cleared the leaves from the drive last year but that&rsquo;s about as far as it goes. Give potting a go &ndash; you might find you like it!<br /> <br /> Mostly C<br /> <strong>Not afraid of weeding<br /> </strong>When the time is right, you love getting down and dirty in the garden. Good for you!<br /> <br /> Mostly D<br /> <strong>Yes, you&rsquo;re green-fingered<br /> </strong>There&rsquo;s nothing you love more than being up to your elbows in mud. Your garden (or window box) must look blooming lovely.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 The Sir Isaac Newton Apple Tree http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree/#comments Tues, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/apple tree.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">In our spring magalogue, we featured an <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlsow_happy_behind_the_scenes/?icn=sow_happy_explore_behindscenes">interview with Thomas Broom</a></strong>, Chief Horticulturalist at Petersham Nurseries.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> One of the questions we asked him was &lsquo;what is the most exclusive plant you have ever handled?&rsquo; before featuring his reply, &lsquo;That would be the Sir Issac Newton apple tree- it&rsquo;s actually growing in my garden&rsquo;.&nbsp; We now realise that the way this was written could be misleading and want to let you know that Thomas&rsquo;s tree is grafted from a cutting of the original tree which is located in the historic orchard at Sir Isaac Newton&rsquo;s birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor. Thomas has a &lsquo;Flower of Kent&rsquo; apple tree which is the same variety as the one Newton saw apples falling from and which gave him the answers to his questions about gravity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cuttings of the Sir Isaac Newton apple tree are available all over the world, but there is only one original, and that&rsquo;s firmly rooted in <strong><a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor">Woolsthorpe Manor</a></strong>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;d like to buy an apple tree, we can recommend Petersham Nurseries, but if you want to visit the original, then Woolsthorpe Manor&rsquo;s the place to go:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor">www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Apologies if we caused confusion, we didn&rsquo;t mean to!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Conservation Manager at Woolsthorpe, Margaret Winn, gave us some more information about the tree. The photograph included was taken by Colin Russell.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <h1> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The Story of the Apple Tree</span></span></h1> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, is home to the Flower of Kent apple tree connected with the myth of Newton&rsquo;s discovery of the law of gravitation &ndash; a myth which Newton himself started.&nbsp; The story of the tree goes back a long way.&nbsp; For generations it had been carefully looked after by the locals who propped it up and built a fence around it.&nbsp; Finally it blew down in a gale in 1820.&nbsp; Some of the broken wood was made into snuff boxes, small trinkets and a chair that are now to be found various collections.&nbsp; Fortunately the tree remained rooted and re-grew strongly from the base into the tree we have now.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Flower of Kent is a very old type of English apple, which is best described as a tasteless cooker, but can be eaten and stores reasonably well.&nbsp; It is a large odd shaped apple, green and yellow, striped with red.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the orchard at Woolsthorpe there are several younger &lsquo;Flower of Kent&rsquo; apple trees taken from the original, so that when the tree comes to the end of its life, there will be &lsquo;descendants&rsquo; to carry on the story.&nbsp; A sketch of the tree in 1840 relates clearly to its unusual shape today.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> After Newton&rsquo;s death in 1727, many biographical materials were assembled, especially by John Conduitt, a Fellow of the Royal Society, amateur writer and natural philosopher, who was Newton&rsquo;s assistant at the Royal Mint, and later succeeded him as Master of the Mint.&nbsp; He was one of Newton&rsquo;s closest friends and also married to Newton&#39;s half-niece Catherine Barton (in 1717).&nbsp; Newton lived with Catherine and John in London.&nbsp; Although he never seems to have got very far with his biography, its early drafts are of unique value, including a number of anecdotes that Conduitt had heard from Newton himself.<br /> Conduitt described the apple tree event when he wrote about Newton&#39;s life:<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;he retired again from Cambridge on account of the plague to his mother in Lincolnshire &amp; whilst he was musing in a garden it came into his thought that the same power of gravity (which made an apple fall from the tree to the ground) was not limited to a certain distance from the earth but must extend much farther than was usually thought &ndash; Why not as high as the Moon said he to himself &amp; if so that must influence her motion &amp; perhaps retain her in her orbit, whereupon he fell a calculating what would be the effect of that supposition..&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> A fuller <a href="http://www.newtonproject.sussex.ac.uk/texts/viewtext.php?id=THEM00158&amp;mode=normalized" title="View normalized transcription">memoir of Newton</a> was composed for Conduitt by William Stukeley, an antiquarian and Fellow of the Royal Society who lived in Grantham.&nbsp; His account is based principally on interviews with people he met locally who had themselves known Newton in his childhood or youth.&nbsp; He recorded in his 1752 Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton&#39;s Life, a conversation with Newton in Kensington on 15 April 1726, in which he said:<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;after dinner, the weather being warm, we went into the garden, &amp; drank thea under the shade of some appletrees, only he, &amp; myself. amidst other discourse, he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. &quot;why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground,&quot; thought he to him self: occasion&#39;d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in a contemplative mood: &quot;why should it not go sideways, or upwards? but constantly to the earths centre? assuredly, the reason is, that the earth draws it. there must be a drawing power in matter. &amp; the sum of the drawing power in the matter of the earth must be in the earths center, not in any side of the earth. therefore dos this apple fall perpendicularly, or toward the center. if matter thus draws matter; it must be in proportion of its quantity. therefore the apple draws the earth, as well as the earth draws the apple.&quot;</em><br /> Some have disputed the location and veracity of the tree, but the Woolsthorpe Flower of Kent tree is recognised as one of the most important heritage trees of Britain.&nbsp; The Tree Council have researched the tree and confirmed that it is age-appropriate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In 1998, work led by Dr Richard Keesing of York University included studies of the tree, dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating, which concluded that there is &ldquo;considerable evidence to show that the apple tree presently growing at Woolsthorpe and known as &#39;Newton&#39;s apple tree&#39; is in fact the same specimen which was identified in the middle of the eighteenth century and which may now be 350 years old&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Many institutions claim to have descendents of the tree, but apple trees do not come true to variety from a pip &ndash; material has to be grafted to be genetically the same. It seems to be possible to prove the variety of a tree but not its direct descendants as all similar types of trees are genetically identical.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Newton never said he was hit on the head by a falling apple!&nbsp; One story suggests that Voltaire told it to insinuate that it took something like a blow on the head for an Englishman to have an original idea, but we have no source reference for this. We do know that Voltaire held Newton in very high regard and attended his funeral.</span></span><br /> 0 White Stuff Kendal's charity is... http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is/ <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">White Stuff is coming to Kendal!<br /> <br /> We recently asked you to vote on who our new Kendal shop charity should be. The vote was between The <a href="http://www.bendrigg.org.uk/">Bendrigg Trust</a> and th</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">e <a href="http://www.soul-trade.com/scuda/SCuDA/Home.html">South Cumbria Dyslexia Association</a>, two ve</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">ry worthy caus</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">es working in</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;the loca</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">l area</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">.</span></span><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Kendal_facebook.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; width: 300px; height: 235px;" /></p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Thanks to everyone who had their say, but there can only be one winner&hellip;.congratulations to The Bendrigg Trust who won with a whopping 86% of the vote.</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Bendrigg Trust logo.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 389px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Commiserations to the South Cumbria Dyslexia Association, thank you for taking part, we&rsquo;ll be sending you a donation of &pound;250 to put towards your very worthwhile work.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Every White Stuff shop has its own local charity and every year we donate at least 1% of our profits to charity. FInd out more <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlfoundation_home/">here</a>.<br /> <br /> Look out for our new Kendal shop opening in April and join us for our opening party on Thursday 10th April.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> 0 It Starts with a Pot! By the HTA http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/it-starts-with-a-pot-by-the-hta/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/it-starts-with-a-pot-by-the-hta/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/it-starts-with-a-pot-by-the-hta/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Celebrities have gone potty for The Horticultual Trade Association&#39;s lastest&nbsp;campaign, &#39;It Starts with a Pot&#39;.<br /> <br /> Here are some gardening star&#39;s top tips for potting success.</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;Following their simple advice, anyone can have a go and brighten up their garden, patio, path, driveway, balcony, windowsill...the possibilities are endless!</span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Christine Walkden</strong>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/Credit Christine Walkden.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 267px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&bull; Make sure there is enough room in the container for the plants and soil, taking into account the mature size of the plants and their growing habits. Upright growers will need a wide base for balance and sprawlers will need a pot deep enough to drape over.<br /> &bull; As the plants grow, the root systems will fill the pot and the soil will dry more quickly. It&#39;s fine to fill the diameter of the container with plants, but make sure there is plenty of room for the roots to move downward into soil.<br /> &bull; Use a big container; bigger is better. A larger pot or container holds moisture longer and also provides more space for the plants&rsquo; roots. The healthier the root system, the healthier your flowers will be.<br /> &bull; Mix a slow release fertilizer into your potting soil before planting, as plants need food to survive.<br /> &bull; You only need to change the planting material once a year in large pots. You could add food sticks or granules (something like Osmocote) every couple of months to keep plants growing well, or feed with Tomorite or comfrey juice every couple of weeks.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Peter Seabrook</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/One for the Pot - Peter Seabrook - Please credit The Sun.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 256px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&bull; Whatever container you use, a hole in the base for drainage is essential.<br /> &bull; Use Universal Potting Compost from a well-known brand, because this will be weed, pest and disease free.&nbsp; It should be moist when filling the container, test by squeezing a handful tightly, if water oozes from between your fingers it is moist enough.<br /> &bull; &nbsp;Dry compost is more easily wetted if you use warm water.<br /> &bull; When using new, dry clay pots soak them in water first, an easy way to soak is to put a cork in the bottom and then fill with water.&nbsp; Remember to pull the cork out before filling with compost!<br /> &bull; &nbsp;A larger volume of compost will not dry out so fast, so bigger containers are easier to look after in hot weather.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<strong>Frances Tophill</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/Frances Tophill (2).jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 325px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Frances says: &ldquo;There are so many uses for pots. The first is that it gives people a chance to grow something that they may not be able to normally. For example their soil type, amount of sunlight or winter temperatures may be prohibitive. You can move a pot around, bring it indoors for the winter and fill it with whatever you want. In short there are no limitations other than your own imagination! &nbsp;I always have potted plants around the house as they make everything feel more homely. They can come with you from house to house (and even room to room if you so desire) and become like friends. It&#39;s always worth putting a favourite plant in your pots around the house for that reason.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I tend to go for two kinds of plants. The first is very green plants. Foliage plants soften a room. My favourite is an asparagus fern (Asparagus setaceus) that is so delicate and catches the light like nothing else! Alternatively I like to grow edibles around the house. Strawberries work really well as they don&#39;t need too much root space, but really you can grow any edible plants that you like. Just make sure they get enough nutrients in the pot so they keep producing for you.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In terms of containers, the world is your oyster. I once made a really lovely herb pot out of an old chimney stack that I found in a skip. It looked really rustic and Mediterranean and the porous terracotta really lent itself to herbs, which often don&#39;t like being too damp. I also love making my own pots when I get my hands on some clay. But you really can use anything.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></span><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/James Wong 5.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> Botanist <strong>James Wong</strong> has gone further and created his own Pimms Pot. Below he shares his own unique recipe:<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <strong>It&#39;s Pimm&#39;s o&#39;Pot!</strong><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Been invited round to your mate&#39;s summer BBQ and have no idea what to bring? Ditch the boring bottle of wine or garage forecourt flowers for this uber-cute cocktail planter idea and they will be talking about it all summer long.<br /> <br /> Get your hands on a medium terracotta pot and plant a miniature calamondin orange tree in the centre. The bare soil beneath is a perfect place to pop a couple of wild strawberries plants and even a mini mint plant. Sinking the mint into the soil without even bothering to remove its pot is not only easier, but will keep its rampant roots from taking over.<br /> Nestle a bottle of Pimm&#39;s in the foliage or even an uber-kitsch plastic bulldog figurine (complete with painted-on Union Jack waistcoat of course) and you are done! A quirky, fun, super easy-to-make present for the mates who have everything, that will give months of pleasure for just under 10 minutes work. Boom!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>So it doesn&rsquo;t matter what you plant in, anything is possible, so why not give it a go?&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:10px;"><strong><a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/iswap">The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA</a>)&nbsp;</strong>is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span></span><br /> 0 Pantastic Competition and Recipes for Pancake Day! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day/ <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">This Pancake Day, we want to know h<span style="line-height: 18px;">ow &nbsp;you like your pancakes.&nbsp;</span>S<span style="line-height: 18px;">weet or savoury?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">Cast your vote <a href="http://bit.ly/1fvVSB">here</a>-</span>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 18px;">you could be in with a chance of winning a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">luxury Le Creuset&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">cr&ecirc;pe pan!</span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To excite those tastebuds, we have also found some&nbsp;flippin&#39; fabulous pancake recipes to try out at home!&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://juliasalbum.com/2013/06/apple-cinnamon-crepes-recipe/"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/8964684378_de7bd51594_c.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 448px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 40px;">Apple Cinnamon&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.foodrecipeshq.com/apple-and-greek-yogurt-pancakes/"><strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Spinach-Artichoke-and-Brie-Crepes-with-Sweet-Honey-Sauce-3.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></strong></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Spinach Artichoke and Brie with Sweet Honey Sauce</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.foodrecipeshq.com/apple-and-greek-yogurt-pancakes/"><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/appleyogurtpancakes-0142.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 1.2; text-align: center;">Apple and Greek Yogurt&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://bsinthekitchen.com/green-onion-parmesan-crepes-with-ricotta-spinach-bacon-mushroom-filling/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Green-Onion-Parmesan-Crepes-with-Ricotta-Spinach-Bacon-Mushroom-Filling-3-683x1024.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 24px;">Green Onion Parmesan with Ricotta, Spinach, Bacon &amp; Mushroom&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.preventionrd.com/2012/02/red-velvet-crepes-with-sweet-cream-cheese-filling/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/a981f6080641f80fbe75410633c705dc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 448px;" /></a></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Red Velvet with Seet Cream Cheese Filling</span></span></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/2014/02/savory-chickpea-pancakes-spiced-roasted-carrots-sweet-potatoes-feta.html"><span style="font-weight: lighter; line-height: 1.3em; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/savory-chickpea-pancakes-with-spicy-roasted-carrots-sweet-potatoes-and-feta.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></span></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Gluten Free C</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; font-weight: lighter; line-height: 1.3em; text-transform: lowercase;">hickpea pancakes with spicy roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and feta</span><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/chocolate-chip-pumpkin-pancakes/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/pbs-pancakes-2948-2-560x839.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 449px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/white-chocolate-macadamia-nut-pancakes/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/white-chocolate-macadamia-nut-pancakes-by-Minimalist-Baker_.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">White Chocolate and Macadamia nuts</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2012/04/crepes-crepes-crepes.html"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ham-Asparagus-Crepes-jpg.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 405px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 28.600000381469727px;">Ham, Swiss and Asparagus&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://divinecusine.com/?p=600"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Crepes-with-a-cottage-cheese_.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Cottage Cheese and Blueberry Sauce&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Chocolate-Swirl-Pancakes.aspx"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Chocolate Swirl Pancakes.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">A must-have in every kitchen, the<a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Toughened-Non-Stick-Crepe-Pans.aspx " style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"> Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick</a> Cr&ecirc;pe Pan,&nbsp;<span style="text-align: center;">(RRP &pound;75.00, 24cm / RRP &pound;95.00 28cm)&nbsp;</span>is the perfect shape for creating delicious pancakes that brown evenly and release from the pan effortlessly. Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick is a sleek range of versatile pans that are all perfect for everyday use. With a tough, reinforced and yet ultra-smooth surface inside and out that can withstand use of metal utensils, the Le Creuset ultimate non-stick coating releases food with ease and cleans effortlessly &ndash; perfect for making simple everyday suppers or something a little more special. For the full Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick range <a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Product/le-creuset-products/Material-/Toughened-Non-Stick/">click here.</a></span></span></p> 0 Flavoursome Vegetables by Fennel and Fern http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern/#comments Weds, 26 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>What&#39;s the point in growing veg that tastes the same as the stuff you can buy in the shops? You can do better, and grow prettier veg while you&#39;re at it. Here are Fennel and Fern&#39;s top five flavoursome vegetables - and they&#39;re good-looking too</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. &#39;Golden Sweet&#39; mangetout</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> These are purple-flowered, yellow-podded peas. You&#39;d grow them even if they didn&#39;t have such tender pods or sweet, juicy flesh. But fortunately, they have everything, and so the whole experience is a delight.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/mangetout.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. &#39;White Queen&#39; tomato</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Yes, you can get white tomatoes. And what a lovely big white tomato this is. It has a creamy blush around the stem, which betrays the sweet, slightly creamy taste of the juicy flesh.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/white queen.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 209px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. &#39;Egyptian&#39; tomato</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Like most plum tomatoes, these have a lot of thick flesh, which makes them ideal for cooking. And oh, how fantastic that flesh tastes. It&rsquo;s a rich, bitter, smoky flavour which becomes even better when roasted and make into passata or slow-roasted into sundried tomatoes.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/egytiam.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. &#39;Pink Banana&#39; squash</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> This is about as far from the typical Halloween-style squash or pumpkin as you can get. It&#39;s a pink zeppelin-shaped squash with a wonderfully nutty flavour and creamy, juicy flesh. Difficult to beat in terms of size or flavour.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/pink banna.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 434px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Parrot tulip petals</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> It&#39;s not very well-known but you can eat tulip petals. These parrot tulip ones look particularly lovely in a salad and have a superb pea-like flavour and a crunchy texture. Just make sure they&#39;re grown without any nasty sprays - and some people can be allergic to them, so try one petal carefully.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/parrot tulip.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 190px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">There are so many other wonderful rare and tasty veg out there: how about blue potatoes, purple carrots, or white beetroot, for instance?<br /> <br /> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 21px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Fennel and Fern</span></span></strong></span><span style="line-height: 21px;"><strong>&nbsp;is a blogging collective inspiring gardeners all over the world; a big happ</strong>y&nbsp;<strong>team of organic gardeners who love the soil under their fingernails and munching on thier own homegrown veg.&nbsp;</strong></span><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">For growing tips and advice on great gardening <a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk/">Click Here</a>.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><br /> <br /> 0 Crop of the Crew http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/crop-of-the-crew/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/crop-of-the-crew/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/crop-of-the-crew/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>In between shots, we asked our talented crew for their green-fingered tips.</strong></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Monica<br /> Role: Digital Assistant<br /> Gardening tip:&nbsp; Basil plants are really easy to look after. Keep one in your kitchen and you&rsquo;ll never have to buy another jar of pesto again!<br /> Favourite vegetable: Anything cooked with garlic</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/monica.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name: Tim<br /> Role: Lighting Assistant<br /> Gardening tip: Don&rsquo;t forget to water your plants!<br /> Favourite vegetable: Broccoli</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/tim.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name: Natasha<br /> Role:&nbsp; Hair and make up<br /> Gardening tip: Always wear gloves to protect your nails<br /> Favourite vegetable: Sweet potato</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/natatsha.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Name:&nbsp; Beth<br /> Role: Stylist<br /> Gardening tip: Always buy plants in odd numbers, it looks more natural in your garden<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Garlic<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/beth.png" style="width: 300px; height: 388px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Ian<br /> Role: Digital Assistant<br /> Gardening tip:&nbsp; Consult the Gardener&rsquo;s World blog for tips<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Sweetcorn<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/ian.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 399px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Andy<br /> Role: Lighting assistant<br /> Gardening tips: Put basil around your tomato plants- it fends off bugs!<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Butternut squash</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/andy.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 399px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Jonathan<br /> Role: photographer<br /> Gardening tip: When choosing an allotment plot, always go for an open spaced area rather than anywhere with shade or under trees<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Potato with butter and parsley</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/john.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 398px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Ryan<br /> Role: Set dresser<br /> Gardening tip: Get a scary scarecrow<br /> Favourite vegetable: Peas</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/ryan.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 398px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> 0 Kale, Butterbean and Orange Soup with Almonds http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds/ <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Our good friends at organic food delivery company <a href="http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/">Abel &amp; Cole</a> have come up with a tasty seasonal recipe for February; why not give it a try this weekend?</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Kale, Butterbean and Orange Soup with Almonds</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Kale.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Kale, Butterbean &amp; Orange Soup with Almonds </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Prep: </strong>15 minutes<br /> <strong>Cook: </strong>25 minutes<br /> <strong>Feeds: </strong>2-4 people<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Greens, beans and citrus: a knock-your-socks-off soup.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A few splashes of olive oil<br /> 1 large onion, finely chopped<br /> 1 potato, peeled and finely diced<br /> 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced<br /> 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped<br /> &frac12; red chilli, finely chopped (more or less, to taste)<br /> 1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped<br /> A pinch of ground cinnamon<br /> The juice and zest of 1 orange<br /> 1 litre vegetable stock, warmed<br /> 2 x 400g tins of butter beans, drained and rinsed<br /> 4 large handfuls of kale, leaves removed from woody stalks and finely chopped<br /> A large handful of almonds, chopped<br /> A pinch of chilli powder<br /> A drizzle of honey<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step by step </strong><br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <ol> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Heat a large saucepan. Add a splash of oil. Once hot, add the onion, potato and carrot.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Cook over a low heat until the onions are glossy and tender. Stir in the garlic, chilli, rosemary, cinnamon and orange juice and zest. Cook until the orange juice reduces to a sticky glaze. Add half the stock and the beans. Let it gently bubble until the potatoes and carrots are tender.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Add the kale. Mix. Cook for a moment, until it is a lush bright green.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Whizz the soup in a food processor or blender until smooth, or serve chunky, adding stock as needed to reach the desired consistency.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Season to taste. Add more orange or chilli if needed.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Fry the chopped nuts in a little olive oil over a medium heat until just golden. Add a pinch of salt, a hint of chilli powder and a trickle of honey, just enough to coat.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Once the honey has formed a sticky glaze, remove from the pan. Scatter nuts over each bowl of soup.</span></span></li> </ol> 0 Shooting Spring Part Two: Rosendale Allotments http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/shooting-spring-part-two-rosendale-allotments/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/shooting-spring-part-two-rosendale-allotments/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/shooting-spring-part-two-rosendale-allotments/ <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">One of the stories from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/magalogue/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"><strong>our spring magalogue</strong></a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;took part in blustery&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.rosendale-allotments.org.uk/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"><strong>Rosendale Allotments</strong></a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">; what an amazing place. There was a great sense of community, something that can sometimes find hard to come by in such a big city (London). We came away with very muddy boots and tired legs but it was allot-a fun and we think the results were worth it in the end. Number of mud slips: 6. Number of cups of tea consumed afterwards? Many! &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 122.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" />&nbsp;<br /> <br /> We were lucky to have such a lovely day - cool, crisp and dry.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 126.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Sturdy wellies were a must!</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 158.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> We were tempted by this tasty-looking rhubarb!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 174.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Our model was happy to get his hands dirty!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 5 Great Gardens http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/5-great-gardens/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/5-great-gardens/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/5-great-gardens/ <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;">Wondering what to do with the little ones this Half Term? You&rsquo;ll find plenty of fun and fresh air in a garden near you. These fab locations were chosen by Leigh Hunt, Principal Horticultural Advisor at the Royal Horticultural Society.<br /> </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.rhs.org.uk/Wisleybutterflies">RHS Garden Wisley, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://rhs.org.uk/Wisleybutterflies">Surrey</a></span></span></strong></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">: Leave the cold behind and join the tropical butterflies in the glasshouses until March 9th</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.edenproject.com">Eden Project, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.edenproject.com">Cornwall</a></span></span></strong></st1:place></st1:city><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>:</strong> Take your kids to make seed bombs and shoot seed catapults during the holiday period</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><strong><a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit">Bodnant Garden, Gwynedd</a>: </strong>Budding gardeners can learn alongside the best by helping the team plant snowdrops, February 22<sup>nd</sup> - March 2<sup>nd</sup></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><strong><a href="http://www.trentham.co.uk/whats-on">Trentham Estate, Staffordshire</a>:</strong> If running off energy around the beautiful gardens isn&rsquo;t enough, try the rope walk and ice skating</span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.kew.org">Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.kew.org">Surrey</a></span></span></strong></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><a href="http://www.kew.org">:</a></strong>&nbsp;Climbing trees has never been so fun. See </span></span><st1:place w:st="on"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Kew</span></span></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&rsquo;s trees from the 18m tall the Xstrata Treetop Walkway</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> 0 Micro Greens by Fennel & Fern http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/micro-greens-by-fennel-fern/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/micro-greens-by-fennel-fern/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/micro-greens-by-fennel-fern/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Our friends at stylish gardening blog <a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk/">Fennel &amp; Fern</a> teach us how to sow and grow in small spaces.&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> </span></span></p> <p> <strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;">Nowhere to grow? Try flavoursome micro greens.</strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">You really don&#39;t need a garden or even a windowbox to be able to grow your own veg. All you need is a windowsill or a sunny spot in a room, a handful of soil and a container, and you can grow micro greens. They are small, flavoursome herbs or salad leaves, grown for only a few days until a second pair of leaves emerge. The taste is much more concentrated and in just one little seedling you get all the punch of an entire plant. They make great salad fillings or garnishes for salad. Here are five of our favourite micro greens.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> <strong>1. Lavender</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_4401-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Few people eat adult lavender leaves, but when you try one of these seedlings, you&#39;ll be hooked. Great scattered over a tagine or on cheese on toast. Sow these seeds in compost in a warm place. If you have a propagator, that&#39;s great, or else put them in a seed tray, put the seed tray in a see-through plastic bag and put near to your cooker in your kitchen so they get all the warmth.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>2. Beetroot</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1900-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Picking beets when they are only at seedling stage (rather than waiting a week longer for their true leaves to appear) means you have a perfect garnish. You still have that sweet, earthy, beety flavour in the tiny plant, and the bright stems look fab as the crest of a salad, or sprinkled at the last minute over a dish of food.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>3. Shiso greens</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1673.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" />&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> Shiso has a really strong aniseed taste, with a gentle warmth to it as well. You can pack these seeds in and serve when the first pair of true leaves appear.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>4. Pea shoots<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</strong><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1759-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> These really are clever and cheap salads. You just need a bag of cheap dried peas from your local shop and some soil. Sow and wait until you&#39;ve got about three sets of leaves on the plant. They taste like peas, but better.<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 5. Mustard</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1709.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> These really are quick. Sow in a warm place and you&#39;ll get intense leaves within a week. they&#39;re great for giving early salads a flavoursome punch.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 21px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Fennel and Fern</span></span></strong></span><span style="line-height: 21px;"><strong>&nbsp;is a blogging collective inspiring gardeners all over the world; a big happ</strong>y <strong>team of organic gardeners who love the soil under their fingernails and munching on thier own homegrown veg.&nbsp;</strong></span><strong>For more urban growing tips and advice on great gardening <span style="color:#0000cd;"><u><a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk">click here</a>.</u></span></strong></span></span></p> 0 Love your Garden: Heather http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/love-your-garden-heather/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/love-your-garden-heather/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/love-your-garden-heather/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">February is the month of love so give your garden some tender loving care by brightening it up with heather &ndash; the <a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/">Horticultural Trades Association&rsquo;s </a>(HTA) Plant of the Month for February.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heather is a great plant for the garden in February, bringing some much needed colour in the dark winter months.&nbsp; Heather is part of the <em>Ericaceae</em> family and with over 4,000 varieties to choose from, there is a plant to suit everyone in every situation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heather is a fantastic plant that brings glorious pink and purples to a garden brightening up any bed, border or pot. It is such a versatile plant and the different varieties can bloom in both winter and summer. They provide an invaluable food source for wildlife throughout the year with bees attracted to their nectar and smaller creatures taking refuge in the dense close foliage.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Great for ground cover, Heathers are very hardy, evergreen and need little maintenance (perfect for gardening beginners).&nbsp; They are best planted in beds totally devoted to themselves with plenty of drainage, not under trees, and in a sunny, south facing position.&nbsp; They are also good as path liners, rockery plants and in pots.&nbsp; Apart from the flower colour, heathers have foliage which changes colour throughout the year and are also perfect for pollinators such as bees.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Erica heathers are lime tolerant, so will therefore grow in most soil types, acid or alkaline. They will also grow in full sun or partial shade. Varieties of <em>Erica Carnea</em> and <em>Erica Darleyensis</em> provide flower from November until May, a very long flowering period, with white, pink, purple and red flowers available as well as green, yellow, gold and terracotta foliage.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Popular varieties recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) include:<br /> <em>Erica Carnea Alba Golden Starlet</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Alba Isabell</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Challenger</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Rosalie</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Wintersonne</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis Albiflora White Perfection</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis J W Porter</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis Kramers Rote</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Celebrity wildlife expert David Lindo (AKA <a href="http://www.theurbanbirder.com/"><strong>The Urban Birder</strong></a>) is passionate about heather and getting urbanites to realise that there is a whole world of wildlife under their noses in the world&#39;s cities. Previously Head of Membership at the British Trust for Ornithology, David is the author of articles on urban birds and writes for many websites, publications and magazines including the membership publication for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/David_Lindo-7 - plant of month.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px;" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>David Lindo with some heather&nbsp;</em></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">On site for his photo shoot at W6 Garden Centre, London he said: &ldquo;<em>Heather is also an extremely important plant in Britain&rsquo;s moorlands and heaths with 46 species of birds depending on it for feeding and breeding. My favourite bird, the Ring Ouzel - a type of thrush, is very associated with heather as is the gorgeous Dartford Warbler. They, like I, cannot live without heather.&rdquo; </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>The <a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/">Horticultural Trades Association</a> (HTA)&nbsp;</strong>is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The HTA was founded in 1899. Its key roles include: provision of advice-based services such as business improvement schemes, briefings and help lines; training, conferences and events for members; market information and research; promotions such as the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme; and working closely with government and the media to influence policy and projects.<br /> <br /> You can follow the HTA on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/HTAnews">@HTAnews &nbsp;</a>or on Facebook: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/htanews">www.facebook.com/htanews</a><br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 'Potty About You' at Casa Del White Stuff http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff/#comments Weds, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff/ <p align="center" style="text-align:center"> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Casa del White Stuff goes potty for Valentine&rsquo;s Day!</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To launch our &lsquo;Potty About You&rsquo; competition we held our very own pot painting evening here at Casa del White Stuff. Attendees came from all departments and we decorated our pots using everything from foam hearts to glitter g</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">lue pe</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">ns.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/everyone(1).jpg" style="text-align: center; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To help get those creative juices flowing we served allotment-themed food and drink. The crudit</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px;">&eacute;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">s</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-weight: bold; line-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">and vegetable crisps went down a treat, along with a vodka and apple cocktail made especially for the evening. Yum!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="https://www.whitestuff.com:444http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4761.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; width: 300px; height: 300px;" /><br style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <br style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <em>Essential pot party supplies.</em><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4776.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <em style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Even Millie, our office dog, got involved!</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4789.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The finished pots. Don&#39;t they look lovely?</span></span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">We loved getting crafty and had lots of fun decorating our pots... w</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">hy not give it a go yourself? Simply pick up a free pot from your local White Stuff (or grab one from the garden). &nbsp;I</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;">f you&rsquo;re feeling really creative you could hold your own pot painting party too. </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">To enter the &#39;Potty About You&#39; competition all you have to do is to upload a picture of your decorated pot to our website </span><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/potty-about-you-artlpottyaboutyou/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">here.</a><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">The winning pot design will win a gourmet break for two with a four course meal at River Cottage (you&#39;ll be in the good books with this Valentine&#39;s present!)</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Stuck for ideas? The&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 115%;">masterpieces below should help inspire your perfect pot ;-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/10(1).JPG" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/11(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/2.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/3(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/4(2).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/5(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/6(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/7(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/photo.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> #<strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">pottyaboutyou</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;Competition closes Friday 14<sup style="font-family: georgia, serif;">th</sup>&nbsp;February 2014.</span></span></p> 0 Style Icons: Menswear http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/style-icons-menswear/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/style-icons-menswear/#comments Tues, 04 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/style-icons-menswear/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">For spring, our Menswear team has been inspired by the no-nonsense style of 1960&rsquo;s screen idols. Laundered coats, desert boots, khakis, shawl-collared cardigans and classic polo shirts are the perfect way to get this rugged, casual look.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here are some of our favourite picks from the new collection.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/encore-ls-tee-prod408618_blue/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408618_BLUE_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Encore Tee&nbsp;&pound;29.95</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/balham-jacket-prod408612_grey/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408612_GREY_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Balham Jacket &pound;55.00<br /> <br /> <span style="text-transform: lowercase; background-color: rgb(248, 245, 231); color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-weight: bold;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/thorson-check-shirt-prod408131_red/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408131_RED_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span><br /> <br /> Thorson Check Shirt&nbsp; &pound;45.00</span></span></p> <h1 style="margin: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18pt; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase; padding-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/randal-nep-shawl-knit-prod408127_blue/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408127_blue_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Randal Shawl Knit &pound;59.95</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="margin: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18pt; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase; padding-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/newfoundland-blt-chino-prod408621_green/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408621_GREEN_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Newfoundland Chino &pound;49.95</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/vienna-stripe-polo-prod408623_purple/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408623_PURPLE_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Vienna Stripe Polo &pound;35.00</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mens-suede-desert-boot-prod408863_sand/"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408863_SAND_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Men&rsquo;s Suede Desert Boot &pound;69.95 &nbsp;</span></span></p> <div> <div class="clear" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; clear: both; height: 0px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; background-color: rgb(248, 245, 231);"> &nbsp;</div> </div> 0 Hearty Gifts http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/hearty-gifts/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/hearty-gifts/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/hearty-gifts/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Love is in the air and it&#39;s not long until Valentine&#39;s Day. If you&rsquo;re looking to treat a loved one (or yourself &ndash; equally acceptable) then you can&rsquo;t go wrong with a heart-shaped gift. Here are some of our favourites:</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/heart-buckle-belt-prod404675_atlantic_b/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span></a><br /> <br /> Wear your heart on your waistline!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/heart-hoop-earring-prod409190_silver/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Heart hoops<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/love-heart-card-prod409797_multi/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> A sweetheart card&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/daydream-heart-shortie-prod408214_pink/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Love these pants<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/marshmallow-heart-shirt-prod408517_white/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> The Valentine&rsquo;s alternative to a ditsy floral print<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/hearts-hero-purse-prod273291_navy/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart6.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> For love <em>and</em> money<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/furry-heart-jumper-prod408499_hessian_gr/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart7.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> This fab jumper even has hearts on the elbows!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> 0 Keeping Chickens by Emma Stone http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone/ <p> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;">We&rsquo;ve enlisted the help of writer, blogger and hen lover Emma Stone to guide us through the process of raising happy and healthy chickens. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">In recent years keeping chickens has become quite popular. Many families want to become more self-sufficient and chickens provide both eggs and meat. Chickens aren&rsquo;t only used as livestock but also as domesticated pets. Some owners buy from poultry farms, re-home battery hens or even choose to hatch. There are many reasons and ways to get started. &nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">I own two small flocks and they provide my family with tasty fresh eggs every morning. A few years ago, I spoke to a lady who said there was never a day when she felt bored collecting eggs from the coop, and I couldn&rsquo;t agree more. Sometimes if I&rsquo;m outside early enough, the eggs are still warm. If I&rsquo;m even earlier, then I will hear the hens singing their <em style="font-family: georgia, serif;">egg song</em>. Chickens like to announce they&rsquo;ve laid an egg and sometimes the flock will join in, too.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">You definitely can&rsquo;t beat a fresh egg. My hens&rsquo; eggs have regular fans that now only buy fresh eggs since trying them. One couple insisted having our eggs the morning of their wedding which was wonderful. Imagine making your favourite homemade baked treats or your traditional cooked breakfast that bit more special &ndash; lovely!</span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;">One of the fantastic things about keeping chickens as pets is learning each hen&rsquo;s individual character. I think both of my flocks are mischievous, but one hen is curious whilst another is shy. I can pick up some of my chickens but most are flighty and it takes an extra effort such as bribery (mealworms work a treat!) to entice them.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s easy to spend hours watching their antics. The most entertaining and fun thing to watch in my opinion, is when a chicken takes a <em>dust bath</em>. When I first saw this at a poultry farm I was alarmed and thought perhaps the chicken was ill; the hen was on her side with one leg kicking wildly at the soil, with her head rubbing against the ground and a wing spread out wide. I now know that chickens do this for various reasons such as trying to keep cool, as well as helping control parasites. Definitely worth a quick YouTube search if you&rsquo;re curious!<br /> <br /> Fortunately for friends and family, an interest in chickens is a great subject when needing to shop for a gift. When I was browsing White Stuff&rsquo;s website, I saw a chicken print on a lovely jumper (the &#39;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/chicken-jumper-prod408028_samphire_g/">Chicken Jumper</a>&#39;) th</span><span style="font-size:14px;">at I instantly bought as a treat to myself. It was interesting to see a mature and quality chicken design on an item of clothing. Of course when I spotted a chicken print on the <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lanark-skirt-prod406468_dk_atlantc/">Lanark skirt</a>, I was more than happy to succumb to my passion for both chickens and the White Stuff brand.</span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Chickens.JPG" style="font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 450px;" /><br /> <br /> <em><span style="font-size:14px;">Emma in the &#39;Chicken Jumper&#39; and &#39;Lanark Skirt&#39;</span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">I&rsquo;d always recom</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">mend re</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">searching diffe</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">re</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">nt breeds if you&rsquo;re thinking of keeping chickens. Generally each breed has certain personal</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">ity traits. For example: the <em>Amber</em> is great around children because the breed is quite t</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">ame and (with enough attention) is great at being handled. My two young nephews love the chickens and one hen in particular is well behaved when the boys gently touch her feathers.</span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Keeping chickens comes with responsibilities such as ensuring that they each have enough space and access to shelter, food and water. It&rsquo;s also worth considering what would happen if a chicken needed medical attention (I</span><span style="font-size:14px;">&rsquo;ve found my local vet to be fantastic with chickens). I read many books to make sure I knew enough about what owning poultry entailed. However, I never appreciated how many questions I&rsquo;d have after the chickens settled in and I now understand the valu</span><span style="font-size:14px;">e of experience. It&rsquo;s now easier to search forums and groups online in order to ask questions, but it&rsquo;s also a fabulous way to meet new people and keep up-to-date with the latest information.<br /> <br /> One day I plan to merge my two flocks together and the dream is to include a cockerel. There&rsquo;s also the opportunity that I could even hatch my own birds from the flock. Keeping chickens has been very rewarding so far an</span><span style="font-size:14px;">d the future promises to be quite exciting!<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">Follow Emma on twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/thefusionseries" style="font-family: georgia, serif;">@thefusionseries</a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span> 0