WS Newsfeed http://www.whitestuff.com Tues, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.whitestuff.com en hourly 1 Nepal Earthquake http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/nepal-earthquake/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/nepal-earthquake/#comments Tues, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/nepal-earthquake/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> We&rsquo;re sure you will have been watching the events following last Saturday&rsquo;s earthquake in Nepal, that left an estimated 6,000 dead and many communities devastated.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> We felt compelled to do our bit in supporting Nepal&rsquo;s recovery, especially since we work with a number of suppliers in this region, and so we have donated &pound;5,000 from The White Stuff Foundation to the Bulldog Trust&#39;s Nepal Earthquake Recovery Appeal 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/foundation_logo.png" style="width: 270px; height: 70px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> Although none of our factory workers or their families have been injured, some have been left without homes or possessions. The images below were sent from <em>Felt So Good,</em> who supply us with felt Christmas decorations.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/nepal_1.jpg" style="width: 260px; height: 195px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/nepal_2.jpg" style="width: 260px; height: 195px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> We&rsquo;ve selected the Bulldog Trust&#39;s appeal as it is directing donations towards small, grassroots NGOs working directly on the ground in Nepal. The Head of Bulldog&rsquo;s Philanthropy and Giving, Alison Marston, was born and raised in Nepal and is on hand to help oversee management of the funds, so it gets to the people who need it most. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> If you&rsquo;d also like to show your support please click <a href="http://www.everyclick.com/nepalearthquakerecoveryappeal2015"><strong>here</strong></a> to make a donation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 Fashion Revolution Day http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/fashion-revolution-day-info/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/fashion-revolution-day-info/#comments Weds, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/fashion-revolution-day-info/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/home-top-logo.png" style="width: 500px; height: 297px;" /></p> <br /> Today is the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh and we want to show our support of Fashion Revolution Day, a campaign set up by 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 two years 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 /> <em>So, who makes our clothes?</em><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, wage and work hour regulations. We also 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 /> <em>Do we manufacture in Bangladesh?</em><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:<br /> <br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We have added a buildings safety inspection clause to our auditing procedure<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Given our auditors guidance on this new clause through training<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Continued to audit our two factories with heightened focus on structural safety; both have been ethically audited with satisfactory results<br /> <br /> We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to develop our supplier relationships and ongoing commitment to ethical trade. We also sell Made for Change bags in our shops and online; to date we have provided educational scholarships for over 600 of our factory workers&rsquo; children.<br /> <br /> More information can be found <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/caring-white-stuff/">here</a><br /> 0 Moving into Meadowhall http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/moving-into-meadowhall/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/moving-into-meadowhall/#comments Weds, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/moving-into-meadowhall/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> In May the big move will be complete and we&rsquo;ll be opening are doors for the very first time at <a href="https://www.meadowhall.co.uk/">Meadowhall</a>. Our new home will be 2,852 square foot of White Stuff wonderfulness. There&rsquo;ll be chandeliers made from vintage standard lamps, and bottles from local Kelham Island Brewery, a bespoke kids den made to resemble a local steelworks factory, and even a sweet shop behind the cashpoint, all proceeds from which will go to the shop&rsquo;s local charity.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/hoarding_2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 373px;" /></p> <strong>Work In Progress</strong><br /> <br /> Want to follow our progress? Take a look at the before snaps...<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/before_1.jpg" style="width: 155px; height: 201px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/before_2.jpg" style="width: 155px; height: 201px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/before_3.jpg" style="width: 155px; height: 201px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Meadow hall 18_03_15 017(1).JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 188px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/image4.jpeg" style="width: 236px; height: 187px;" /></p> <strong>Partner Charity</strong><br /> <br /> Every White Stuff shop supports a local charity and commits to donating at least 1% of its annual profits to its partner charity each year, as well as raising money through regular fundraising events.In the run up to our lovely new shop opening we&rsquo;ve asked the local community to help us select our partner charity for Meadowhall, from two very deserving causes, <a href="http://www.safeatlast.org.uk/">Safe@Last</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.emmaus-sheffield.org.uk/">Emmaus Sheffield</a>.<br /> <br /> Emmaus Sheffield offers a place where people, who were formerly homeless, will find somewhere safe to live and work through social enterprise. Safe@Last is a charity providing services and support for children and young people who are at risk of harm before, during and after running away.<br /> <br /> Thank you to everyone who had their say, we&rsquo;re delighted to announce that (drumroll) Safe@Last you are our new Meadowhall partner charity!<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/sf.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;" /></p> The vote was incredibly close and we&rsquo;ll be making a donation to our runners up, Emmaus Sheffield to help them continue their fantastic work.<br /> <br /> <strong>Opening event </strong><br /> <br /> Want to see what&rsquo;s behind the hoardings? Come and explore at our opening event on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14<sup>th</sup> May. We&rsquo;ll be celebrating with (free) bubbly and a free gift when&nbsp;you spend &pound;75 or over, not to mention the chance to win &pound;250 in our prize draw. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Where to find us</strong><br /> <br /> You&rsquo;ll find us on Park Lane, Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield S9 1EP<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Meadowhall_floorplan.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 270px;" /></p> <br /> We can&#39;t wait to see you there!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 What the White Stuff Family Wanted to BEE http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/what-we-wanted-to-bee/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/what-we-wanted-to-bee/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/what-we-wanted-to-bee/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> To celebrate our spring theme we&rsquo;ve been asking the mini White Stuffers of the world what they&rsquo;d like to BEE when they grow up! We&rsquo;ve had some brilliant entries from a giant to a vet, but there have been a couple which are a little closer to home. It seems the kids that are playing in our shop dens might one day be sat here writing the latest Casa del White Stuff updates&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/WS_1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 180px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/ws_2.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/ws_3.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 180px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> This got us thinking, although it&rsquo;s (obviously) always been our dreams to work in marketing, finance, creative, for White Stuff, what was it that we wanted to BEE when they were children? I&rsquo;ve caught up with the White Stuff family to find out&hellip;</p> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/jo_m.png" style="width: 200px; height: 148px;" /><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &lsquo;When I was a little girl, up to the age of about 11, I desperately wanted to be an archaeologist.&nbsp; I was <em>really</em> into Egyptology and dreamed of travelling to Giza and unearthing a hidden tomb, changing history and potentially winning a prize of some description (a Nobel perhaps?).&nbsp; I loved visiting the British Museum with my father, and would spend hours looking at all the artefacts and mummies, daydreaming how one day it would be me sifting through the hot sands of the Sahara looking for clues from the past!&rsquo; Jo- PR Manager</p> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/jamie.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 191px;" /><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &lsquo;After a primary school trip to the local milk plant on the isle of wight. I came home buzzing that when I grew up I wanted to be the person who checked to make sure the milk bottle tops were put on properly.&rsquo; Jamie- Content Manager</p> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/jo.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 150px;" /><br /> <br /> &lsquo;A Teacher!&rsquo; Jo- Graphic Designer<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/jen.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 149px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &lsquo;When I was little for years I desperately wanted to be a riding instructor. Had a few riding lesson, wasn&rsquo;t really that bothered and changed my mind to a shopkeeper!&rsquo; Jen- Marketing Executive</p> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/ricia.jpeg" style="width: 200px; height: 178px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &lsquo;When I was little I really wanted to be a singer! I would learn lyrics to all my favourite songs and would even perform songs to my Mum and Dad by plugging a Microphone into the CD player (they loved a bit if Abba back in the day!) When I was 18 I was even in a band as lead singer but couldn&#39;t commit to it due to my management job in makeup. I still love singing even now and my parents still go on at me to go on The Voice! Maybe one day...&rsquo; Ricia- Deputy Manager, Lewes</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What did you want to BEE? Tell us on Twitter using #BeeSocial!&nbsp;</strong><br /> 0 It's spring makeover time! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/stamford-spring-makeover/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/stamford-spring-makeover/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/stamford-spring-makeover/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> The sun is starting to shine, snowdrops have shot up and the blossom is coming into bud, which can mean one thing; it&rsquo;s time for a spring makeover! Top of our list of shops in need of some TLC were Stamford and Harrogate.&nbsp; Armed with vintage wallpaper, retro furniture, kids den and even a sweetie shop we got to work&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/paint.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></p> &nbsp;<br /> Here&rsquo;s the Stamford before shots&hellip;<br /> &nbsp; <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/stamford_2.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/stamford_3.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/stamford_4.jpg" style="width: 251px; height: 188px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/stamford_5.jpg" style="width: 251px; height: 188px;" /></p> And after the transformation...<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/stamford.JPG" style="width: 205px; height: 188px;" />&nbsp; <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/dog.JPG" style="width: 251px; height: 188px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/till.JPG" style="width: 251px; height: 188px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/den.JPG" style="width: 169px; height: 188px;" /></p> If you want to take a closer look at our shiny &lsquo;new-look&rsquo; shops&nbsp;then pop in &hellip;we&rsquo;ll have the kettle on!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fancy something with a little more bubbles than tea? Come and join our opening party celebrations on Thursday 2nd April. There&rsquo;ll be an extra 15% off all purchases not to mention some top notch nibbles.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Find our Stamford shop here:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5 Highstreet,<br /> Stamford,<br /> Lincs,<br /> PE9 2AL<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Find our Harrogate shop here:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 8a Princes Street,<br /> Harrogate,<br /> Yorks<br /> HG1 1NH<br /> <br /> See you there!<br /> 0 (S)hopping mad! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/easter-shop-activity/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/easter-shop-activity/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/easter-shop-activity/ Who&rsquo;s looking forward to the Easter holidays? At White Stuff we can&rsquo;t wait to put our best bunny ears on and celebrate, partly by scoffing a whole lot of chocolate, but also with some egg-cellent Easter shop activities!<br /> <br /> So hop along to your local White Stuff from Sunday 22nd March until Sunday 5th April for&hellip;<br /> <br /> <strong>Easter Egg hunt</strong><br /> <br /> As you rummage through the rails looking for your next White Stuff gem, keep your eyes peeled for some colorful eggs. The Easter bunny has been a busy bee hiding them around all of our shops, and we hear that if you find them there could be a chocolaty reward!<br /> <br /> <strong>Fancy dress</strong><br /> <br /> Found something you like but feel you&rsquo;re missing the perfect accessory? How about a bunny tail? We&rsquo;ll have an Easter themed dressing up box for the kids (including the big ones) to play with whilst you shop away.<br /> <br /> <strong>Kids activity pack</strong><br /> <br /> Whilst you&rsquo;re scouring the shop for scrummy eggs don&rsquo;t forget to pick up one of our kids&rsquo; activity packs. Inside, you&rsquo;ll see our competition to win &pound;250 to spend at <a href="http://www.hamleys.com/">Hamleys</a>, and all your little one has to do is draw what they want to BEE when they grow up! Looks like Frances is already in the Easter spirit&hellip;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/bunny.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 491px;" /></p> <br /> <strong>Easter Crafternoon!</strong><br /> <br /> On Thursday 2<sup>nd</sup> April we&rsquo;ll be running an exclusive kids&rsquo; Easter &lsquo;crafternoon&rsquo; at selected shops. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll be helping your little one create a beautiful Easter bonnet that they&rsquo;ll be proud to parade around any playground in!<br /> <br /> Our selected shops are&hellip;<br /> <br /> Hitchin, Ipswich, Bishops Stortford, Salisbury, Taunton and Manchester, Edinburgh, Bluewater, Nottingham, Cambridge, Belfast, Cardiff, Norwich, Stratford, Kingston, Cheltenham, Bristol.<br /> <br /> At Bluewaterwe&rsquo;re also getting involved in our friend&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cocobachocolate.com/">Cocoba&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;Bluewater Easter egg hunt, for the chance to win a giant chocolate egg.<br /> <br /> <br /> With all the cracking activities going on you&rsquo;d have to be hopping mad to miss it!&nbsp;<br /> 0 Ben Garrodbehind the binoculars! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/ben-garrod-behind-the-binoculars/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/ben-garrod-behind-the-binoculars/#comments Thurs, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT 100% Cotton /blog/ben-garrod-behind-the-binoculars/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> This spring we&#39;ve swooped into the social world of our winged friends, the birds and the bees! We&#39;ve explored their habitats and habits and it&#39;s left us wondering what it would like to switch office life for binoculars and the great outdoors! To get an idea, we caught up with Evolutionary Biologist, broadcaster and friend of White Stuff, Ben Garrod&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/ben.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 279px;" /></p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1. When did your fascination with wildlife begin?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, apparently. I grew up on the Norfolk coast and spent a lot of time with one of my granddads. We used to walk along the beach of hours and found everything from shells to dead sharks. On top of that, he was also a mole-catcher and he gave me a tiny mole paw when I was about four years old. I kept it in a matchbox until mum finally found it. Things like this caught my attention at a very young age and led me to fall in love with the natural world.</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>2. What inspired you to become a wildlife presenter?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> I never actually planned to become a wildlife presenter. I&#39;m actually a primate biologist and usually study monkey evolution. I got into presenting because I love science communication. Through a series of fortunate connections, I ended up as a guest on Spring Watch talking about skeletons. After this, I was lucky enough to work on a couple of smaller BBC projects before being offered my own series. What inspires me now to carry on presenting are the people that inspired me when I was growing up. Obviously, it goes without saying that Sir David (Attenborough) is a huge inspiration. He&#39;s at the very heart of wildlife presenting but still never upstages the animals or plants within his programmes. He also manages to bring the same level excitement and drama to something like a bees nest in the English countryside as he does with a pack of hunting wolves in the High Arctic. He shows us that there is wonder in nature, wherever you look. Another inspiration of mine is Dr Jane Goodall. She has worked with chimpanzee research and conservation for over 50 years and talks with such passion and humour. I&#39;ve seen her bring a packed room to tears. Again, it&#39;s that inspirational connection with the natural world which inspires me in my work. To pass on that love, wonder and curiosity to others.</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>3. Can you describe a day in the life of the wildlife presenter?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> There is no &#39;day in the life&#39; of a presenter . . . on any one day I could be dissolving skulls and acid, using cameras which shoot 2000 frames per second, or trying to get a horse on a treadmill. That&#39;s the beauty of it . . . you never really know what&#39;s next. A typical day is often 12 hours of filming (at least), with a small team of producers, directors, camera operators, sound recordists and researchers. It&#39;s fun, but tiring. Recently, I&#39;ve looked at the bones of a &#39;ghost dog&#39; and tried to see whether we can prove there are big cats roaming around the UK.</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>4. What skills and experience are most valuable when starting out?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> When starting out, the most important skills are patience and a smile. It takes a lot of effort to turn an idea into a programme and most ideas die very early on. There&#39;s no point in being impatient or disheartened. Even when you do get into presenting, being patient becomes even more important. There&#39;s a lot of waiting around, setting up sequences; whether that&#39;s sorting the cameras out, waiting until the &#39;soundie&#39; has stopped having a meltdown because you&#39;re trying to film between the M25 and Heathrow and want quiet (ha ha) or because the emus have run-off and refuse to be filmed. Take it all in your stride; it&#39;s all part of the job. Being sociable is important too. You meet a lot of interesting people and being able to engage with them is crucial.</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>5. What&#39;s your favourite thing about what you do?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The best thing about my work is the impact it has. I&#39;ve had letters from schoolchildren saying &#39;I want to be an evolutionary biologist when I grow up&#39;. I smiled four days after I saw that the first time. I genuinely think that people who don&#39;t get out and connect with nature are missing something in their lives . . . if I can help inspire even one person in some small way to fall in love with the natural world, then I&#39;ll be happy. I&#39;ve also had a few kids (and their parents) come up to me and say that I&#39;ve help them overcome bullying by accepting that it okay to be different. I&#39;ve always said the massive science geek and am proud of it. Being the same as everyone else is boring. Presenting has allowed me to inspire people and without doubt, that&#39;s the best bit of my work.</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6. What&#39;s the funniest thing that&#39;s happened on shoot?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The funniest experience so far was up in the International Centre for Birds of Prey. We were looking at the weird ear bone anatomy found in some owls and were using the great grey owl to show their amazing hunting abilities. Sulisker was a young owl had only been trained for a couple of months to shoot out of a tree and pounce on one of three buzzers hidden in leaf litter. We got there and watched him do it perfectly every time. We set up the cameras and . . . he refused to leave the tree. Then he flew to the wrong buzzer. Then he flew off to sit on the fence. Then he flew straight to me. Then to his handler. We were in stitches. He had such a great character. After his diva moments and mini-adventures, we got an amazing sequence with this amazing bird at this amazing centre. It&#39;s probably my favourite shoot so far.</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>7. What advice would you give budding presenters?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Just be yourself. There&#39;s no use being someone or something you&#39;re not. Relax, take it easy and just let the natural &#39;you&#39; shine through. I&#39;d also say to try and bring something different to the role. Maybe you film pine martens using camera traps, or you paint sea life. Maybe you dive or have dedicated 20 years to research. It can help make you a more rounded and interesting presenter and gives you an extra skill, that you can bring to a programme.</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>8. How can people get involved in local conservation projects?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Getting involved in local conservation is something we should all do. I&#39;m lucky enough to be the Ambassador for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. There are Wildlife Trusts right across the UK and they all do great work. You can get involved with courses, events and by supporting them. There are also specific &#39;local&#39; charities for invertebrates, bats, sharks, lichens, the list goes on. For young conservationists, getting involved with their local Roots and Shoots project is a great place to start. There are already over one million young people involved in Roots and Shoots projects within the UK. That&#39;s amazing!</p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>9. What have you learned about the ways that animals socialise?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> As a primate, being sociable is deeply ingrained in us as a species. It&#39;s not just something that&#39;s &#39;quite nice&#39; but has in fact influenced our genes, behaviour and anatomy. I&#39;ve lived in African forests for several years and spent a lot of time with wild chimpanzees. Being sociable allowed them to hunt better, to keep each other clean and to find particular trees for particular food at specific times of the year. I saw mothers teach their young and even when they were ill, certain members of the group led the rest to plants which could be used as medicine. Being sociable allows us to learn more and to exist more successfully in the world around us.&nbsp;Thinking how nice it is to be social with our friends and family, wouldn&#39;t it be nice if we could be sociable with our neighbours in the animal kingdom. That spider in the hallway doesn&#39;t really need to be whacked with a newspaper, does it; those birds in winter would probably appreciate some grain and seeds. We are social species, so let&#39;s practice a little bit of wildlife sociality.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <strong>10. What can animals teach us?</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Animals can teach us so much. There are very few species which cause widespread destruction to their habitats and those that do usually suffer for it. Instead, most animals live in a way within their environments rather than at loggerheads with them. Let&#39;s do that; looking after our habitats (whether it&#39;s our gardens or the Amazon) will ultimately benefit us more. Also, animals don&#39;t seem to get bogged down with all the issues we do . . . sometimes it&#39;s important to forget about that annoying colleague or the need for the newest phone, and just relax a bit. More than anything, animals teach us to be humble. I watched a solitary bee last year, toiling away to build a tiny nest in a garden to ensure her eggs were safe. With the whole of humanity &#39;happening&#39; around her, this little mother was still doing a job equally as important.</p> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> 0 Rathbone Library Makeover http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/rathbone-makeover/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/rathbone-makeover/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/rathbone-makeover/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> Last week our Marketing team took some time out from typing, threw on their scruffs and swapped their keyboards for paint brushes to give Rathbone&rsquo;s library a makeover.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="http://rathbonesociety.org.uk/">Rathbone</a> </strong>provides individual support and group activities for young people and adults with learning disabilities in the Lambeth area. The charity encourages and supports service users to become more independent, to make their own choices, to live a safe and healthy life, to make and maintain positive social relationships and to try new and interesting experiences! Rathbone&rsquo;s youth club provides stimulating, structured group activities for young people with learning disabilities between the ages of 11 and 25, including those with autism, challenging behaviour, physical disabilities and mental illness.<br /> They&rsquo;ve been the partner charity of Casa del White Stuff since 2013, during which time funding from White Stuff has enabled Rathbone to run extra youth services and activities from the OLC, develop a range of youth services for &lsquo;mainstream&rsquo; young people, and create a safe and stimulating space for young people to learn, play, improve self-esteem and confidence, build safe relationships and develop citizenship skills.<br /> <br /> Here&rsquo;s how the team got on on makeover day&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 17.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 18.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 19.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Brushes in hand the team cracked open the paint tins and started slapping on the zesty green! They weren&rsquo;t alone though, the young people Rathbone helped to design their new chill out area and were at hand to help on the day. To add some edgy design we turned to <strong><a href="http://www.alicebowsher.co.uk/">Alice Bowsher,</a></strong> who created a fantastically social scene&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 11.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 12.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 13.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" /></p> With a little help from our friends we managed to makeover Rathbone&rsquo;s social space in, well, just a little longer than 60 minutes! Here&rsquo;s what the young people made of the transformation...<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;It was great, I ACTUALLY did painting all by myself&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I loved the experience, I never knew it would be so much fun&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to do it again&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The staff were also thrilled with the new look&hellip;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;It was much better than a 60 minute makeover&rdquo; &ndash; Old Library Youth Staff<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was great to finally have a room that the young people can claim as their own, White Staff worked hard with us on our brief and we are over the moon with the outcome. We are always amazed by the effort that everyone puts in at White Stuff you always go beyond your means&rdquo; - Andrea<br /> <br /> Charline the Youth Manager was away on Holiday whilst the makeover happened and was very excited about coming in on Monday and actually cried when she saw the transformation<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It exceeded my expectations, it&rsquo;s great to have a space that has a strong youth identity and I am sure that the young people will never want to leave that room!&rdquo; &ndash; Charline<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 1(2).JPG" style="width: 270px; height: 203px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/photo 8.JPG" style="width: 270px; height: 203px;" /></p> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> 0 Christine's Charity Honey Treats http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/christines-honey-recipes/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/christines-honey-recipes/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/christines-honey-recipes/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> There&rsquo;s been quite a buzz about our delicious <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/natural-white-stuff-honey/">charity honey </a></strong>at Casa del White Stuff! We&rsquo;ve had it on our porridge, in our tea and even on the odd butty. If you&rsquo;ve treated yourself to a jar or two then, like us, you&rsquo;re probably wondering what delicious creations you can cook up next. We caught up with the lovely Christine from the third series of The Great British Bake Off, to get some sweet treat inspiration! Here are her recipes for honey granola and a honey and ginger tray bake&hellip; &nbsp;</p> <strong>Really tasty honey granola </strong><br /> <br /> A fantastically fruity breakfast granola &ndash; it&rsquo;s a bee-rilliant start to any day.<br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/1.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 253px;" /></strong><br /> <br /> What you&rsquo;ll need&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 2 tblsp vegetable oil<br /> 120mls maple syrup<br /> 7 tblsp <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/natural-white-stuff-honey/">White Stuff charity honey&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> 1 tsp vanilla extract<br /> 350g wholegrain rolled oats<br /> 60g sunflower seeds<br /> 60g pumpkin seeds<br /> 55g sesame seeds<br /> 65g desiccated coconut<br /> 100g flaked almonds<br /> 185g dried mixed red berries<br /> 50g light soft brown sugar<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Get baking!<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Granola_1.JPG" style="width: 150px; height: 160px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Granola_2.JPG" style="width: 120px; height: 160px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Granola_3.JPG" style="width: 113px; height: 160px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Granola_4.JPG" style="width: 152px; height: 160px;" /></p> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Heat the oven to 140&deg;C Fan<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In a large bowl mix together the oil, maple syrup, your White Stuff honey and vanilla<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tip in all the rest of the ingredients except the dried fruit<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mix everything together until it is &#39;clumpy&#39; and spread out on to 2 baking trays<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bake in the oven for 45 minutes turning the mix over and mixing every 10 minutes<br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Add in the red berry dried fruit and bake for a further 10 minutes<br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leave to cool then store in an airtight container - will keep for about a month<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Top tip&hellip;all ovens vary, so if your granola seems to be passing that perfect &lsquo;golden brown&rsquo; point, cook for slightly less time and add the fruit accordingly.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Honey and ginger tray bake</strong><br /> <br /> A little slice of indulgence, perfect with a cup of tea.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/tray_bake.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 253px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> What you&rsquo;ll need&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 250g <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/natural-white-stuff-honey/">White Stuff charity honey</a></strong><br /> 85g unsalted butter<br /> 115g vegetable oil<br /> 125gm golden caster sugar<br /> 3 large eggs - beaten<br /> 300g plain flour<br /> 2&frac12; tsp baking powder<br /> 4 rounds of stem ginger cut into small slivers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the icing:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 175gm unsalted butter<br /> 300gm icing sugar<br /> 2 tblsp honey<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the decoration:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &frac12; tub of glace ginger<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Get baking!<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Tray_bake_1.JPG" style="width: 130px; height: 169px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Tray_bake_2.JPG" style="width: 130px; height: 169px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Tray_bake_3.JPG" style="width: 130px; height: 169px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Tray_bake_4.JPG" style="width: 130px; height: 169px;" /></p> &nbsp;<br /> 1. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Set the oven to 180&deg;C fan<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lightly grease and parchment line a 12 x 8 inch tray bake tin.<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Place the honey, oil, butter, sugar and 3 teaspoons water in a medium saucepan.<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stir continuously until the butter has melted then remove from the heat.<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Add the beaten eggs, flour and baking powder and beat until you have a smooth batter.<br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stir in the ginger pieces.<br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pour into the tin ensuring the mixture is level.<br /> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, the cake should be golden brown and firm to the touch.<br /> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leave in the tin to cool for approx 30 minutes and then remove and place on a wire rack.<br /> 10.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To make the topping, cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy then stir in the honey.<br /> 11.&nbsp;&nbsp; When the cake is thoroughly cold spread the butter cream over the top and create a swirl pattern.<br /> 12.&nbsp;&nbsp; Cut into your required portions and place a little glace ginger in the centre of each one.<br /> 13.&nbsp;&nbsp; Tuck in!<br /> 0 A Perfect Day for Tea http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/ws-teaparty/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/ws-teaparty/#comments Thurs, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/ws-teaparty/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> Last night we laid out our best china, stacked the cake stand with little bits of deliciousness (yes, those are mini red velvet cupcakes!) and welcomed the lovely Brighton bloggers to join us for tea.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0377.JPG" style="width: 246px; height: 280px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0378.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 280px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> They browsed our beautiful new Tea Ceremony collection, with a glass of bubbly in hand. Taking inspiration from 1920s Japan, the collection brings together print, pattern and embroidery in a pretty, eclectic clash.&nbsp;The dusty pinks, pea greens, lilacs and cornflower blues sprinkled throughout the collection may not be as bright as the macaroons, but they definitely caught the bloggers&rsquo; attention.<br /> <br /> And because we love getting crafty, the lovely Kate from <strong><a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/">Mollie Makes </a></strong>joined us to help the Brighton bloggers stitch a monogram-style initial &#39;tattoo&#39; in embroidery hoops.&nbsp; A rainbow of threads were sewn into signature circles, which will no doubt be hanging from the walls of our Brighton bloggers&rsquo; homes very soon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0367.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 220px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0412.JPG" style="width: 220px; height: 220px;" /></p> Once the tea had trickled out and there was nothing left of the mini custard tarts but crumbs, we said cheerio to our guests&hellip;bags in hand! &nbsp;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0416.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 438px;" /></p> Who would you invite to your dream tea party?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 Honey, I'm Home! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-to-make-a-bird-box/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-to-make-a-bird-box/#comments Weds, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/how-to-make-a-bird-box/ Do you and your family want all things feathery to flock to your garden this summer? Then you&rsquo;re going to need somewhere for them to call home!&nbsp; Follow our guide on how to make a beautiful up-cycled bird box from the basic materials you have lying around the house&hellip;.and you&rsquo;ll be reaching for your binoculars in no time.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/bird_box.jpg" style="width: 440px; height: 392px;" /></p> <br /> You&rsquo;ll need&hellip;<br /> <br /> <ul> <li> An empty juice carton</li> <li> Acrylic paint</li> <li> Scissors</li> <li> Glue</li> <li> Stickers, glitter and buttons to make your bird box stand out&hellip;the magpies will love it!</li> </ul> <br /> Get crafting&hellip;<br /> <br /> <br /> 1. Wash and dry the carton<br /> <br /> 2. Cut one or two holes in the front<br /> <br /> 3. Decorate your bird house! (Be as creative as you can &ndash; we painted ours in bright colours, and added a balcony to the front with wooden skewers!)<br /> <br /> 4. Hang with fishing line to the nearest tree and watch as birds build their nests<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;d love to see who&rsquo;s calling your carton home this spring, remember to share it with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #BeeSocial!<br /> 0 Because we'll always love biscuits! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/valentines-day-cutters/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/valentines-day-cutters/#comments Weds, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/valentines-day-cutters/ Valentine &rsquo;s Day is on its way and, whether you believe the true way to that special someone&rsquo;s heart is through their stomach, or just want to share the love with friends, we have the perfect thing&hellip;<strong>Valentine&rsquo;s Day biscuit cutters</strong>! Seeing as we love baking (almost as much as eating), we thought we&rsquo;d give them a trial run&hellip;<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0172.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0198.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/IMG_0237.JPG" style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" /></p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> For a tinful, you&rsquo;ll need:<br /> <br /> 250g butter<br /> 320g plain flour<br /> 150g Caster sugar<br /> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or a different flavor if you&rsquo;re feeling adventurous)<br /> <br /> To decorate:<br /> 300g icing sugar<br /> A few drops food dye<br /> Pretty sprinkles (go mad!)<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Method:<br /> <br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Preheat your oven to 170&deg;C/gas mark 3, and lightly grease a baking tray.<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sieve the dry ingredients into the mix and fold in the remaining ingredients.<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Knead until velvety.<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With a light scattering of flour on the surface, roll the dough to about 6mm thickness.<br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cut out with your White Stuff cutters and bake for 12 minutes.<br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Biscuits will be almost white when cooked.<br /> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Transfer onto a wire rack and while cooling you can prepare your icing.<br /> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mix the icing sugar with a small amount of water.&nbsp;<br /> 10.&nbsp;&nbsp; Transfer into several small bowls and add in the food dye. (A little dye will go a long way!)<br /> 11.&nbsp;&nbsp; Decorate your cooled biscuits however you like &ndash; just have fun with it!<br /> <br /> Cupid&rsquo;s arrow really has landed in the biscuit tin at Casa del White Stuff!<br /> 0 Love Birds http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/love-birds/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/love-birds/#comments Thurs, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/love-birds/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near? In the run up to Valentine&rsquo;s Day, we&rsquo;re sharing the love by handing out free origami &lsquo;love birds&rsquo; with every purchase in our shops. This pretty pair will make the perfect little gift to set your sweetheart&rsquo;s heart a flutter, so fold away!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/bird.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 413px;" /></p> Here&#39;s how to...<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://b89c7f9e34ad537f4fba-2725e0ab8fbab4b69b5489123fb3e2a6.r90.cf3.rackcdn.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/images/cloud/BLOG_Lovebirds_Instructions.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/BLOG_Lovebirds_Instructions_Post.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 622px;" /></a></p> Struggling to make your love birds? Don&rsquo;t get in a flap, watch our &lsquo;how-to&rsquo; video&hellip;<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="500" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/118466136" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> We&rsquo;d love to see your creations, so make sure to share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @WhiteStuffUK and #lovebirds!<br /> <br /> Psst can&rsquo;t make it into your local White Stuff? Don&rsquo;t worry, you can download your love birds by clicking below.<br /> <br /> <table align="center" bg="" bgcolor="#99cac4" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="30" width="220"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <a href="http://b89c7f9e34ad537f4fba-2725e0ab8fbab4b69b5489123fb3e2a6.r90.cf3.rackcdn.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/images/cloud/BLOG_Lovebirds_Instructions.jpg" style="text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><font color="white"><strong>download your love birds kit ></strong></font></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Our Tell A Tale Winners http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/tel-a-tale-winning-stories/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/tel-a-tale-winning-stories/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/tel-a-tale-winning-stories/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> A long time ago (well just before Christmas), we asked you to pick up a pen, dive into your imagination, and scribe your very own story for our Tell a Tale competition.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/tale.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 357px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> We&rsquo;re delighted to say that we had hundreds of fantastic entries; from robin redbreasts and robots, to an elephant-riding Father Christmas. Gerry the snowflake even made an appearance! There were so many page turners that we asked our friends at Penguin books to help us choose the winning winter tales.<br /> <br /> There can only be one winner per category, and those winners are (drumroll please)&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u>The Longest Journey</u></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> Many tales are told of the Three Wise Men and the cold coming they had.&nbsp; People still recall how they came from the east following a star, but no-one remembers the one wise woman who set off alone to pay tribute.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Her kingdom was famed the world over for its weaving.&nbsp; She ruled because she could weave earth into air and fire into water.&nbsp; And she wove for the Messiah a small white tunic that was three parts silk and one part light; that was as cool as the evening, as warm as noon, and which shone like the sun on the sea.<br /> <br /> She journeyed many days and many nights across mountains and deserts until her food was eaten and her savings spent; and she had no choice but to sell the beautiful white tunic.&nbsp; With the money she raised she bought food and thread, and hired a loom.&nbsp; This time, into the canvas of pure white, she wove the silver of the mountains and the gold of the desert, and again she set off.<br /> <br /> Weeks became months, months became years.&nbsp; She sold many tunics and wove many more.&nbsp; To mountains and deserts she added emerald forests, sapphire seas, china blue dawns and terracotta sunsets.<br /> <br /> Eventually she came to Bethlehem.&nbsp; Her journey&#39;s end was near: her burdens became lighter and her step more vigorous.&nbsp; Until she asked at an inn where she might find the child she sought.&nbsp;<br /> &quot;He&#39;s gone&quot; she was told. &quot;Many years ago they went into Egypt.&quot;<br /> <br /> With great sadness she shouldered her burdens once again and began the long walk to Egypt.&nbsp; There she learned that the child had gone to Nazareth.<br /> <br /> The woman was now old.&nbsp; Years of travel had taken their toll.&nbsp; She began to weave what she knew would be her final tunic.&nbsp; To all the colours of her journey she added the amber of fading hope and the jet black of despair.<br /> <br /> The weight of many disappointments was upon her when she finally arrived at Nazareth and walked to the home of a carpenter.&nbsp; There she was met by a woman and a boy.<br /> <br /> &quot;Tell me&quot;, asked the wise woman, &quot;is this the home of the child who will be Messiah?&quot;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The mother smiled.&nbsp; &quot;Here is my son&quot; she said.<br /> <br /> The old weaver looked at the boy.&nbsp; &quot;I have something for you&quot; she said.&nbsp; The mother took the tunic that was offered.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &quot;This is magnificent&quot; she said, with a gasp.&nbsp; &quot;You brought this for my son?&quot;<br /> <br /> The woman nodded.<br /> <br /> The mother held the tiny tunic up beside her large and healthy child.&nbsp; &quot;This gift, I think, tells a tale.&quot;<br /> The woman said nothing.&nbsp; The mother continued to gaze at the tunic and at her son.&nbsp; &ldquo;All lives have suffering&rdquo;, she said, &ldquo;but few people can turn suffering into something so beautiful&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> She looked at the old weaver, her eyes bright with joy and tears.&nbsp; &ldquo;Thank you for giving my son your story.&nbsp; One day he will grow into it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>By Andrew Madden (over 18&rsquo;s)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u>The Tempest</u></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Some tales have been unspoken for centuries. Some with good reason. These are the tales which no one remembers nor dares to tell. They have lain undisturbed since the dawn of humanity, untouched by the minds of the people.<br /> <br /> This is one of them.<br /> <br /> It was on a cold winter&rsquo;s night, a breeze rattled through the woods, disturbing every leaf, every tree. It chilled the air, giving the atmosphere an icy blade. It was the harshest winter in fifty years, people gathered inside houses, clinging to what warmth they had. None dared to brave the howling storm.<br /> Lena hugged her thin shawl around her. She was alone, just her, battling the bitter beast of winter.<br /> <br /> Her face was numb, her fingers clenched tightly around the delicate hem of her mother&rsquo;s cloak.<br /> Tears gathered at the corners of her grey eyes where the gusts had pushed them. Her raven hair thrashed in her wake, beating her face. She had only one target.<br /> <br /> In the distance, an almighty mound of earth rose up out of the bracken, blocking the weak rays the moon cast down on the scene. It was calling her towards it, beckoning her.<br /> <br /> Lena broke into a run, the wind now even more foreboding. Yet, she did not cease. The foot of the hill came up to meet her as she hit the sodden ground, exhausted, but not exasperated. She dragged herself up to the summit, and spoke.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;I am not afraid!!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The tempest stopped. The howling desisted. Silence descended on the land. Then, nothing.<br /> Lena remained defiant, standing there upon the hill. Her nostrils flared menacingly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I know you are there. I know you can hear me, so show yourself, you coward!&rdquo; Her voice resonated against the barren branches surrounding her. Still, nothing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> But there was something, somewhere on the horizon, a distant sound. All around, the trees bent and strained to catch the faint voice on the breeze. She could hear it, yes, there was definitely something. Finally, he was coming.<br /> <br /> At first it was a whisper, growing louder, louder into a deafening scream. Then the sky erupted in thunder and flashes of electricity burned the clouds. Lena stood, rooted to the spot, and embraced the storm.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;A new found anger welled up inside her, filling her veins with a stinging venom. At last, she could bear the load no longer. She glared into the night sky, lifting her head, and screamed. Her lungs throbbed, her throat was raw, her eyes shed bitter tears. Once more she yelled into the night.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;How dare you! This is my territory, not yours, you fiend!! Be gone, leave us at peace! This is not your country, you cannot win! Be gone!!!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The storm raged, the wind became more intense. Lena&rsquo;s head was pounding, fit to burst. The cacophony brought her to her knees. She would not give in.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> &ldquo;I said BE GONE!!!!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The whirlwind stopped abruptly. Flowers blossomed on the nearby trees. Winter had ended.<br /> Lena smiled, and was gone.</p> <p> <strong>By Rosie Day (under 18&rsquo;s)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> If you&rsquo;d like to read more of our fantastic Tell A Tale entries then keep an eye on our blog!&nbsp;</p> 0 It's the little things! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/blue-monday/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/blue-monday/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/blue-monday/ So you&rsquo;ve put the Christmas tree away, the sky&rsquo;s turned grey and it feels like years until payday&hellip; must be Blue Monday! Apparently the combination of bad weather, failed New Year&rsquo;s resolutions, not to mention relationships, make today officially the most depressing day of the year. But at White Stuff we prefer to look on the brighter side of life! So here are the little things that make us smile, as well as some top tips for enjoying the simple pleasures right under your nose&hellip;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/the_little_things.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></p> <br /> A cup of tea from your favourite mug<br /> <br /> <em>That</em> song coming on the radio<br /> <br /> A walk in the park, with one of the office dogs (to blow away the cobwebs)<br /> <br /> Dance like no one&rsquo;s watching and sing like no one&rsquo;s listening<br /> &nbsp;<br /> A beautiful sunset at the end of a long day<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Being cosy inside whilst it&rsquo;s raining outside<br /> <br /> An unexpected complement<br /> <br /> Having a good doodle<br /> <br /> Do what you love and love what you do<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Waking up early and realising you&rsquo;ve still got hours to sleep<br /> &nbsp;<br /> A view that makes you stop and stare<br /> <br /> Singing in the shower<br /> <br /> Writing in a beautiful notepad<br /> <br /> A scrummy biscuit to dunk<br /> <br /> Sharing the day with a great team<br /> <br /> And my personal favourite&hellip;<br /> <br /> &lsquo;The &quot;little things&quot; that make me happy are literally &quot;little&quot; but very much a huge part of my life....<br /> My two rescue Chihuahuas, Monty and Nacho! I love coming home to their wagging bottoms at the end of the day, and seeing the excited looks on their faces when I come in with a treat for them!&rsquo;- Ricia Person, Lewes Deputy Manager<br /> <br /> <table align="left" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="16"> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td> &nbsp;</td> <td> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/dogs.jpeg" style="width: 500px; height: 339px;" /></p> We&rsquo;d love to hear what little things have made you smile today, make sure to share it with us on Twitter and Instagram using @WhiteStuffUK!<br /> 0 New Year's Resolutions 2015 http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/new-years-resolutions/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/new-years-resolutions/#comments Weds, 31 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/new-years-resolutions/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> Well hello there 2015, how lovely to meet you! The start of a new year is like a blank page of a book, waiting for us to pen a brand new story&hellip;so why not plan out your happy ending?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To make sure we don&rsquo;t lose the plot we&rsquo;re breaking the &lsquo;lose the bulge&rsquo;, &lsquo;drink less&rsquo; record and are instead opting to set ourselves some exciting goals. From taking up a new hobby or reaching for a sporting goal, to spending more time volunteering in our local community- 2015 is going to be a good year.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Think positive</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Karen_Eardly.JPG" style="width: 450px; height: 450px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;To make everyone as happy and cheery as I am! And to purchase some more funky tights with animals on them!&rdquo; - Karen Eardly, Product Advisor<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Learn something new</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Adreine.JPG" style="width: 445px; height: 445px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;After learning to ride my bike this year I am now going to learn to ride a unicycle&rdquo;- Adriene Gouldie, Product Advisor<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Set a sporting goal</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/emma.jpg" style="width: 390px; height: 449px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>&ldquo;</strong>Last year was a huge running year for me taking part in&nbsp;two obstacle races,fourhalf marathons and my first ever ultra marathon (running over 50miles in one day!)-along with raising &pound;800 for the White Stuff Foundation. This year I aim to get even more competitive and take on threeobstacle races, fourhalf marathons, onemarathon, one ultra marathon (ok maybe twoultras) and 12 10km races.&rdquo;- Emma<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Take on a new project</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Marie.JPG" style="width: 451px; height: 451px;" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;Buy a new house with my partner Jeremy&rdquo;- Marie-Rosalie David, Product Advisor<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/shonas_cake.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Spend time building my cup cake portfolio. As I currently make cup cakes for a hobby,Iwould like to focus on starting up my own business in the future.&nbsp; I am fully supported by all my friends and family and my White Stuff team in Kendal. Hopefully it will be a very exciting year with&nbsp;lots of cup cake projects.&rdquo;- Shona Lee, Product Advisor<br /> &nbsp;<br /> What will 2015 hold for you?<br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 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