WS Newsfeed http://www.whitestuff.com Weds, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.whitestuff.com en hourly 1 A guide to local lingo http://www.whitestuff.com/blog-local-lingo-guide/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog-local-lingo-guide/#comments Tues, 23 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog-local-lingo-guide/ <p style="text-align: justify;"> Alreet? Ay-up! &lsquo;Ow do? From Geordie to Cockney to Scouse our nation of islands is awash with a tongue twisting tide of local dialects. So we decided to dive in, exploring our eclectic and sometimes eccentric sayings and greetings by asking you to share your favourites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/locallingo collage.png" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> We had &lsquo;blinding&rsquo; entries from the south and &lsquo;dead good&rsquo; ones from the north, but reading through them we realised we didn&rsquo;t have a &lsquo;scooby doo&rsquo; what some of our country&rsquo;s popular sayings actually meant! So here&rsquo;s our handy guide for you to have a &lsquo;ganders&rsquo; at...</p> Ey up! &ndash; Hello<br /> <br /> Now then - Hello<br /> <br /> &lsquo;ow do - How are you, hello<br /> <br /> Ay up me duck &ndash; Hello<br /> <br /> Awrite me lover? &ndash; Alright my love, hello<br /> <br /> By&rsquo;eck -An exclamation of astonishment<br /> <br /> Ee by gum! - Oh my god<br /> <br /> Be reight - It&rsquo;ll be alright<br /> <br /> Near as makes n&rsquo;matter - Close enough<br /> <br /> Any road up then - How are you?<br /> <br /> Our kid - Close friend or sibling<br /> <br /> Ee are - Excuse me<br /> <br /> Mad fer it - I&rsquo;m eager for a night out<br /> <br /> My gaff - My house<br /> <br /> Wye ay man! &ndash; Yes (an enthusiastic one!)<br /> <br /> As&#39;t feckl&#39;t it? - Have you fixed it?<br /> <br /> Well jel &ndash; Very jealous<br /> <br /> Dancin&rsquo; bears &ndash; Stairs<br /> <br /> Hank marvin &ndash; Starving<br /> <br /> On Ilkley Moor <strong>bar tat</strong> &ndash; On Ilkley Moor <strong>without a hat</strong><br /> <br /> Canny &ndash; Good<br /> <br /> Gurt &ndash; Very<br /> <br /> Where&rsquo;s attoo? &ndash; Where is that?<br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> <p> Learn more about local dialects:<br /> |Cotswolds//Icotswolds_dialect|<br /> |Cornwall//Ihow_do_you_do_cornwall_dialect|<br /> |Scotland//Ihow_do_you_do_scotland_dialect|<br /> |Manchester//Imanchester_dialect|<br /> |Suffolk//Iw14_how_do_you_do_Suffork_dialect|</p> 0 In a pickle about your preserves? http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/top-of-the-pots-competition/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/top-of-the-pots-competition/#comments Fri, 12 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/top-of-the-pots-competition/ Have you been battling through the brambles for the juiciest berries this summer? Well, you&rsquo;re going to go potty for our new competition, Top of the Pots! We&rsquo;re going to be scouring the land in search of the most scrumptious jam, pickle, relish or preserve recipes you can concoct and it&rsquo;s all going to be in aid of the White Stuff Foundation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To help you start concocting a heavenly recipe, we thought you&rsquo;d probably like to know what type of condiment you&rsquo;re making.&nbsp; So before delighting us with your experimental gastronomic wonders (quite a mouthful!), take out your note pads and get the low down on potted treats&hellip;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Pickles.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 375px;" /></p> <br /> Getting in the <strong>Jam</strong>! A chunky preserve made by crushing or grinding whole fruits. Jams are a thick consistency due to high pectin content, with big chunks of yummy fruit inside.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Jellies</strong> are made using the juices of the fruit. Much firmer than jam, they aremade from the extracted juice of fruit and are clear with no chunky bits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The favourite choice of Paddington Bear,&nbsp;<strong>Marmalade</strong> is a very much like a jelly but with pieces of cut fruit inside. Often citrus fruit like oranges, grapefruit, lime, lemon, tangelo, navel, clementine and blood orange (to name a few) are the basis of a marmalade.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Preserves</strong> are pretty similar to jams, though it usually refers to a cooked and gelled whole fruit.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Conserves</strong> are a mad-bag mixture of fruit, fresh or dried, nuts and citrus fruits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Chutneys</strong> originate from the East Indian word <em>chatni</em>, which means &quot;strongly spiced&quot;. Chutneys are a savoury type of condiment that usually consists of chopped fruits, vinegar, spices and sugar cooked into a chunky spread.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Relishes</strong> are barely cooked at all and use little sugar, made from roughly chopped fruits and vegetables for a crunchy bite. A relish is both savoury, zesty and tangy &ndash; often the perfect sandwich filler or partner for cheese and crackers!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> So, now we&rsquo;ve cleared that up, start saving your old jars, root out your old, local or family recipes and get cooking!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ll be judging the top pots on 9<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;October, so make sure you bring your prized preserve into your local White Stuff shop. We&#39;ll donate &pound;10* to your shop&#39;s local charity for every entry!<br /> <br /> Click <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/top-of-the-pots/"><strong>here</strong></a> to get all the juicy details.<br /> 0 White Stuff's Bromley Charity is... http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuffs-bromley-charity-is/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuffs-bromley-charity-is/#comments Thurs, 11 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Susannah /blog/white-stuffs-bromley-charity-is/ This October we&rsquo;re opening a shop in Bromley and, like all our shops nationwide, it will have its own local charity. To help us decide who to support we asked you to choose between two very worthy local causes, Deaf Access who work with both adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing and Bromley Y, a children&#39;s charity which helps young people and their families who are experiencing mental health problems.<br /> <br /> Although we&rsquo;d love to support both causes there can only be one winner&hellip;congratulations to Bromley Y and thank you to everyone who helped us make this very tough decision!<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Susannah/Bromley.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 432px;" /></p> <br /> Deaf Access, we&rsquo;re going to send you &pound;250 to go towards the fantastic work you do with young people in Bromley.<br /> <br /> Keep an eye out for news about our upcoming store opening&hellip;<br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Wrap up, Pack up and Glam up http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/wrap-up-pack-up-and-glam-up/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/wrap-up-pack-up-and-glam-up/#comments Weds, 03 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/wrap-up-pack-up-and-glam-up/ <p style="text-align: center;"> Autumn is near but not to fear! We&rsquo;ve got a selection of new accessories that will give your outfit that extra autumnal touch. Wrap up with our new lightweight printed scarfs, pack up with our hearty leather bags and glam up with statement jewellery!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> Be sure you&rsquo;ve packed your essentials with our everyday cross-body bags.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/P4comp.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 352px;" /></a></div> <br /> <div align="center"> <table bg="" bgcolor="#99cac4" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="30" width="110"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;"><font color="white"><strong>shop now</strong></font></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;">Mix and match with your favourite |jeans//c1000013|, or check our latest |denim style guide//ahow_do_you_do_denim|.</a></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/P5comp.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 370px;" /></a></div> <br /> <div align="center"> <table bg="" bgcolor="#99cac4" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="30" width="110"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;"><font color="white"><strong>shop now</strong></font></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;">For added glitz wherever you go&hellip;</a></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/womens-accessories/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MAG-AUT_JEWELLARY3_RGB.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 441px;" /></a></div> <br /> <div align="center"> <table bg="" bgcolor="#99cac4" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="30" width="110"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wrap-up-pack-up-glam-up/" style="text-decoration: none;"><font color="white"><strong>shop now</strong></font></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Family Festival Fun http://www.whitestuff.com/family-festival-fun/ http://www.whitestuff.com/family-festival-fun/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /family-festival-fun/ <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Finding a festival that suits the whole family can be tricky, so we&rsquo;ve been having a look at what&rsquo;s on offer for 2014. We have found three top alternate fun family festivals for you to enjoy late this summer.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/london/"><u>The Cake and Bake Show</u></a></strong><br /> We think this festival looks good enough to eat. From 3<sup>rd</sup> - 5<sup>th</sup> October, the Cake and Bake show will be residing at Earls Court, London and features a variety of cake-related activities. Tickets are free, but you will need to book a place &ndash; you can buy other tickets to gain fast track access to VIP seats and Cake and Bake classes.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/london/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/logo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 196px;" /><br /> <br /> </span></span></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">The Cake and Bake show not only offers exclusive 30 minute classes where you can learn the experts tips and tricks, but it has an entire marketplace of scrumptious treats to satisfy your taste buds, and display tables of fantastic hand made cakes. There is also an exhibition of the latest gadgets in kitchenware, where you can catch up on the latest baking trends and watch the demonstrations to get the hang of your new equipment.</span></span></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/icing model.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/umbrella cupcake.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">There will be guest speakers every day on stage performing cake making and baking demonstrations, and we haven&rsquo;t even told you the most exciting part yet: there will be a Cooking Competition featuring your favourite &lsquo;Great British Bake Off&rsquo; Stars! If you have a sweet tooth, this is the show for you.</span></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/rainbor cake.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> <strong><a href="https://www.edfringe.com/"><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"> <u>The Edinburgh Fringe Festival</u><br /> </span></span></a></strong></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a month long festival (1<sup>st</sup> &ndash; 25<sup>th</sup> August) and without a doubt will have something for every member of the family. It is spread across in venues all over the city centre &ndash; including White Stuff&rsquo;s Edinburgh Emporium, venue 205! &ndash; And features just about any kind of entertainment you can think of. From comedy and drama to dance and exhibitions, there are plenty of shows to see.</span></span></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.edfringe.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/logo(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">A lot of these shows are free, and you can either visit the Box Office at Cowgate or take a relaxed stroll up the Royal Mile, where you will see a variety of street artists. By the end of your stroll you will most likely have accumulated a handful of event leaflets, so you can take your pick from there!</span></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/carried away.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/street performer(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 203px;" /></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Outdoor bars with quirky seating areas surrounded by outdoor space heaters (it is Scotland after all!) and fabulous decorations go without saying, the atmosphere at this festival is not to be missed.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/udderbelly.png" style="width: 300px; height: 199px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><a href="http://www.festivalnumber6.com/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><u>Festival Number 6</u></span></span></a></strong></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Set in the picturesque landscape of Portmeirion, Wales, Festival Number 6 is renowned for being &lsquo;a bespoke banquet of music and arts&rsquo;.&nbsp; Taking place over the 5<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> of September, the festival takes over the entire village, with entrance only permitted to ticketholders. &nbsp;It is reasonably priced at &pound;160 for an adult weekend ticket, with a young person&rsquo;s ticket coming in at &pound;85 and under 10&rsquo;s completely free (so long as all youngsters are accompanied by an adult).</span></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.festivalnumber6.com/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/logo.png" style="width: 300px; height: 128px;" /></span></span></a></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">With big names like the Pet Shop Boys headlining the music venue and DJ&rsquo;s on hand throughout the event, it&rsquo;s sure to attract attention. However, Festival Number 6 doesn&rsquo;t only offer music. Portmeirion plays hosts to the Festivals &lsquo;Arts and Culture&rsquo; section, where you can find the comedy tent and literature talks.</span></span></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/venue.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 160px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/stage.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">The whole family is catered for at this Festival; the children can be dropped off at the &lsquo;Secret Outlaws Camp&rsquo; whilst the parents sneak off for a dance. A variety of food is on offer throughout the Festival, from pulled pork burgers to the pop up champagne and oyster bar - local restaurants and cafes are on offer too.&nbsp; There certainly is something for everyone at Festival Number 6.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 White Stuff Manchester is now open! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-manchester/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-manchester/#comments Tues, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/white-stuff-manchester/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>White Stuff Manchester is now open!</strong><br /> <br /> We are very excited to announce that last Friday we opened our brand new shop on Kings Street, Manchester. Situated in the heart of the city, the shop has launched with our new autumn collection showcasing distinctive print dresses, embellished tops and textured knits as well as statement coats, accessories and footwear.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/10548978_676523075757908_946054546727270507_o.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Unique Interiors </strong><br /> <br /> As a company we take pride in our unique interiors and care is always taken to restore period features of our shops where possible. During the Manchester shop fit and renovation process our shop fit team&nbsp; discovered a number of original feaures and design elements including reclaimed wooden floors, vintage wall paper, glazed brick walls, metal bulkheads and fireplaces, some of which have not been seen since the turn of the 20<sup>th</sup> century hidden behind multiple layers of shop fits.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/IMG_2293.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 401px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/IMG_2302.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 401px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Here to help!</strong><br /> <br /> Each of our 90 shops supports a local charity and host regular fundraising throughout the year. Before the Manchester shop opened local residents were invited to help choose the shop&rsquo;s local charity. The chosen charity was Wood Street Mission, an organization dedicated to helping alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families through practical help.</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/IMG_2300.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 401px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Opening party </strong><br /> <br /> To celebrate the opening of our lovely new shop, we are holding an opening party on Thursday 14<sup>th</sup> August. Pop in for a glass of bubbly, the chance to win &pound;250 in our prize draw and pick up your free gift worth &pound;17.50 when you spend &pound;50 or over.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/man.png" style="width: 250px; height: 308px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Finds us at 16-18 Kings Street, Manchester, M2 6AG &nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/1AZOirw" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000ff;">http://bit.ly/1AZOirw</span></a><br /> <br /> Shop our new collections: <span style="color:#0000cd;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://bit.ly/wstuff"><span style="color:#0000cd;">http://bit.ly/wstuff</span></a><br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 Craft Scotland lauches at White Stuff Edinburgh http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/craft-scotland-lauches-at-white-stuff-edinburgh/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/craft-scotland-lauches-at-white-stuff-edinburgh/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/craft-scotland-lauches-at-white-stuff-edinburgh/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">For the second year in a row Craft Scotland will be running their Summer Show from the second floor of our Edinburgh Emporium. From 31st July to 23rd August, our Edinburgh shop will become an official Fringe venue 205!</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Craft photo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Craft Scotland is a registered charity, and prides themselves on supporting and nurtuting up and coming designers. They create opportunities for craft designers to practice their craft, as well as the chance to exhibit their products and sell them - like they will be doing with us in Edinburgh!<br /> <br /> With 32 designers taking part this year, there will be a wide range of scarves, mosaics, hand-made jewelry, home furnishings, tableware and more on offer for you to browse and - if you see something you fancy - buy.<br /> <br /> They will be up on our second floor, so once you&#39;ve finished your shopping you can pop on up! This is the second time Edinburgh White Stuff has had the pleasure to host Craft Scotland, and it&#39;s set to be just as successful as last year.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/craft ws.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">Meet Your Maker!<br /> <br /> Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition from 3 - 5pm, customers will have the chance to &quot;meet their maker&quot;. Artists and crafters featured in the show will be sat just outside the shop, ready and waiting to answer any questions you might have or for just a general chit-chat! Here are some of the makers you can expect to see outside our Edinburgh Store.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/867/christina-hirst-jewellery/"><u>Christina Hirst</u></a><br /> Christina designs a unique range of jewelry that was inspired by nature. She uses a complimentary combination of wood and precious metals to construct her beautifully crafted pieces. She also offers a line of bespoke jewelry, where she uses silver clay to create delicate neckpieces, earrings, bangles and broaches.</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/867/christina-hirst-jewellery/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Christina Hirst.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 210px;" /></a><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/867/christina-hirst-jewellery/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/tpss-bc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a><br /> <a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/867/christina-hirst-jewellery/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/mttb1plbc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/craft-news/craft-scotland-blog/news-article.html?summer-show-2014-behind-the-scenes-with-ursula-hunter&amp;document_id=1753"><u>Little Axe</u></a><br /> More commonly known as Ursula Hunter, Little Axe specializes in printmaking and produces intricate Linoprints which she then applies to any surface you like. It&rsquo;s not an easy task &ndash; the process involves carefully transferring a sketch onto lino blocks then cutting the design onto the blocks. The prints are then digitally printed after being coloured and hand sewn into fabric. But it&rsquo;s worth it! Little Axe produce beautiful cushions, curtains, tea towels and more that will spruce up any home.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/craft-news/craft-scotland-blog/news-article.html?summer-show-2014-behind-the-scenes-with-ursula-hunter&amp;document_id=1753"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ursula Hunter.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 143px;" /></a></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/2215/designed-with-pleasure-by-line-mortensen/"><u>Line Mortensen</u></a><br /> Line uses ceramics, glass and stone to create her one-of- a-kind mosaics. Her inspiration comes from the physical materials she uses, which helps to create a lovely, textured piece of art. Her contemporary pieces will be available to view and purchase during Craft Scotland&rsquo;s visit to George Street.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/2215/designed-with-pleasure-by-line-mortensen/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Line Mortensen.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/2215/designed-with-pleasure-by-line-mortensen/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/mosaic-subcat-1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/2215/designed-with-pleasure-by-line-mortensen/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/samrt-moss-i.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/1935/merlin-planterose/"><u>Merlin Planterose</u></a><br /> Merlin makes fine jewelry which prides itself on being inspired by history. Merlin learned of a story about a woman who was held prisoner on an island in Scotland, and the nature and interpretation of this story inspired his latest designs: The Lady Grange Collection. The centerpiece is a locket, which symbolises comfort and safety. Merlin used silver to create this piece, gently hammering it into shape and hand-making the delicate chain.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/1935/merlin-planterose/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MP-004-Jump-Ring-Chain-Final-Piece.jpg" style="width: 300px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">.<a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/profile/1935/merlin-planterose/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MP-003-Lady-Grange-Locket-Shannon-Tofts.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.craftscotland.org/about-us/our-work/summer-show/meet-your-maker.html"><span style="color:#0000cd;">Click here</span></a> to see the official timetable for when the Makers will be at our Edinburgh Emporium. </span></span></p> 0 Summer Crafting with Mollie Makes http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/summer-crafting-with-mollie-makes-/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/summer-crafting-with-mollie-makes-/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/summer-crafting-with-mollie-makes-/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Here at White Stuff we love all things arts and crafts. Our friends at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><span style="color:#0000ff;">Mollie Makes magazine</span></a>&nbsp;have shared with us two great summer crafting ideas. Give them a go and s<strong style="text-align: center;">hare your creations on our social channels using #followyourfeet&nbsp;</strong></strong></p> <br /> <strong>Flower Crowns&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.rougepony.etsy.com">Karin Kirsten&#39;s</a> flower crowns are perfect for creating your festival look, for a party or just to wear around the house!<br /> <br /> All you need to create your flower crown is:<br /> <ul> <li> a selection of artificial flowers</li> <li> florist tape and some thin florist wire</li> <li> rustic vine wire</li> <li> measuring tape</li> <li> glue gun and glue sticks</li> <li> scissors and pliers</li> </ul> The great thing about this design is you can customise it with your choice of artificial flowers and go as big as you like.<br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_main2.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 375px;" /></p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <strong>Steps:&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Step 1</strong> : Use your pliers to cut three equal pieces of rustic vine wire, each approx. 60cm (24&quot;) long. If you&rsquo;re using garden wire, be sure to wrap the wire with florist tape before moving on to Step 2.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://Step 1 : Use your pliers to cut three equal pieces of rustic vine wire, each approx. 60cm (24&quot;) long. If you’re using garden wire, be sure to wrap the wire with florist tape before moving on to Step 2."><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></p> <br /> <strong>Step 2</strong>: &nbsp;Gather the ends of the vine wire and secure by wrapping a piece of&nbsp;thin florist wire around them. Then fasten by wrapping florist tape over the top. Use the pliers as&nbsp;much as possible to wrap your wires, ensuring it&rsquo;s secure.<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 3</strong>: &nbsp;Braid the vine wire, starting with the secured end, all the way to the end and connect together the ends again as you did in Step 2.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step3.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 4</strong>: &nbsp;Now attach the ends of the wire to form a circle. Measure around your head to make sure you get the sizing right first &ndash; don&rsquo;t make your base too tight as it needs to sit comfortably on your head.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step5.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong>&nbsp;Step 5</strong>: Once your circle is the correct size, secure the ends of the loop structure with thin florist wire, then florist tape, using your pliers to secure. You now have the round base ready to attach your flowers.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 6:</strong> Now for the fun part. First, arrange your flowers in order so you can see what works best before attaching them. Once you&#39;ve decided on a design, start attaching them to the base one-by-one using the hot glue gun. The glue will dry very fast so use a small amount, attach the flower quickly and hold it in position until it dries. You can now fill your wire base all the way around with your artificial&nbsp;flowers.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step6.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></p> <p> <br /> <br /> <strong>Step 7</strong>: Once all of your flowers are securely attached to the base, tidy up your crown by attaching the silk green leaves on the inside so that no glue is visible. Glue them one-by-one all the way round on the inside of the flower crown.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step7.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 8:</strong> enjoy your finished flower crown!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_crown_step8.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px;" /></a></p> <p> <br /> <strong>Nail Art!&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.gingeredthings.blogspot.de">Daniela Fugger&rsquo;s</a> colourful pieces are an easy way to brighten up your home; simply choose a word and some colourful yarn and get crafting! All you need is a few basic materials:</p> <ul> <li> Piece of wood</li> <li> Text of your choice printed out on paper</li> <li> Around150 nails, 2.5mm thick</li> <li> Yarn or thread in varying colours</li> <li> Strong tape</li> <li> Hammer</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MMS41_create_Create1_1.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px;" /><br /> &nbsp;</p> This is a no fuss design and you will probably have very few items to go out and buy.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s so simple, you could make one for every occasion &ndash; a fun sign at the kids birthday party, wedding plaques or something for the home. Here&rsquo;s all you need to know to make yours:<br /> <br /> <br /> <p> <strong>Step 1: </strong>You can either use a<a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"> Mollie Makes</a><a href="http://media.molliemakes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2014/05/PDF_proj_template_issue41.pdf"> template</a> &nbsp;or draw out your own text onto paper. Secure this onto your wooden surface using strips of strong tape.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_01.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step 2</strong>: Prepare your wood by taking the hammer and a nail and punching little marks every 4&ndash;5mm along the outline of each letter. Make sure there&#39;s a mark at every bend.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_02.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 3</strong>:&nbsp; Remove the text, and then hammer your nails into the marks you created in the previous step. Leave about two thirds of each nail above the surface, and make sure&nbsp;they&#39;re all tight and sturdy.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_03.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 4</strong>: Take your first colour yarn and fix it at the end of one nail with&nbsp;a knot. Then wrap the yarn around the outlines of the &#39;C&#39; and the &#39;R&#39;, winding it around each nail. Be careful to keep the yarn taut at all&nbsp;times to keep it neat.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_04.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a></p> <p> <strong>Step 5</strong>: Now zigzag around the nails with the yarn, filling the space between the outlines. As we&#39;re creating a gradient, fill the &#39;C&#39; and half of &#39;R&#39; completely, then fill the second half and the &#39;E&#39; with less of the yarn so that you can wrap the next colour between it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_05.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Step 6</strong>: Lay the next colour over the one you worked with before so you get the effect of a gradient, working in the same way as steps 4 and 5. Then do the same with your third, final colour.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_step_06.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;Step 7</strong>: Finally, knot the yarn to a nail at the end. Don&#39;t worry if a few nails come loose, fix with a light hammer blow.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/MMS41_create_Create1_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <strong>If you want more fab design ideas,<span style="color:#0000ff;"> </span><a href="http://www.molliemakes.com"><span style="color:#0000ff;">click here Mollie Makes website</span>,</a> where you can<span style="color:#0000ff;"> </span><a href="http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/MMSW1R/"><span style="color:#0000ff;">subscribe</span></a> to their magazine and receive all the news on arts and craft.</strong><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 White Stuff Manchester's charity is... http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-manchesters-charity-is/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-manchesters-charity-is/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/white-stuff-manchesters-charity-is/ <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">White Stuff is coming to Manchester!&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"> This August, we&#39;re opening a shop in Manchester, and (like all our other shops) it will have its own&nbsp;local charity. Every year we commit to donating at least 1% of our annual profits to charity and shops regularly&nbsp;raise money with fundraising events throughout the year. In order to choose our Manchester charity we asked&nbsp;our customers and local community to vote.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The results were very close between our two finalists,&nbsp;Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) and&nbsp;Wood Street&nbsp;two very worthy causes working in&nbsp;the local area.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thanks to everyone who had their say, but there can only be one winner&hellip;<strong>.congratulations to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.woodstreetmission.org.uk/">Wood Street</a></strong>&nbsp;who won with 52% of the votes.&nbsp;</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Wood_Street_Logo.jpg" style="width: 283px; height: 283px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Commiserations to the<strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gmyn.co.uk/cm/">GMYN</a></strong>, thank you for taking part, we&rsquo;ll be sending you a donation of &pound;250 to put towards your very worthwhile work.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Look out for our new Manchester shop opening in August and join us for our opening party on Thursday 14th August. &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 Barking Mad for Mini Footballs! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/barking-mad-for-mini-footballs/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/barking-mad-for-mini-footballs/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/barking-mad-for-mini-footballs/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Over the past few weeks, we have been selling exclusive White Stuff mini footballs to raise money for the White Stuff Foundation. So far we have made&nbsp;&pound;4,075!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Not only have they gone down a treat with our customers, but also our doggy friends too!&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ben.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Ben the Labrador<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ted2.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 252px;" /><br /> <br /> This stylish dog is called Ted<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Buster.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Buster is the tough dog on the block, but even he can&#39;t help but love his White Stuff football<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Freddy.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Little Freddy is almost the same size as his football, but that doens&#39;t stop him joining in the games!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/New Image(1).JPG" style="width: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> Baxter can&#39;t help but smile at his new toy<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/bu7ster(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Buster the spaniel doesn&#39;t look impressed at the poaching pooch next to him<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Mishka.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 532px;" /><br /> <br /> Here&#39;s Mishka the Husky looking after her football - we dare anyone to try and take it from her!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ole Sunshine.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Ole Sunshine is a 4 year old spaniel, and he loves a little nibble of White Stuff<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Roxy.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Just to prove that our footballs aren&#39;t only for dogs: here&#39;s Roxy! She&#39;s not as slow as she looks, Roxy could put the dogs to shame with her footie skills! (That&#39;s a White Stuff blanket she&#39;s sitting on too!)<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Maisy.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Millie is one of our resident dogs here at White Stuff HQ and she can&#39;t take her eyes off our mini football - look at that concentration!<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;">There are still a number of exclusive White Stuff mini footballs left in shops. <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/storelocator.asp"><span style="color:#000080;">Pop into your local White Stuff to grab yours! </span></a></span></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 Treat Your Teacher http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/treat-your-teacher/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/treat-your-teacher/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/treat-your-teacher/ <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h4> With the end of the school year right around the corner, children are tired and so are their teachers! Our summer gifting range has the perfect items to help you say &#39;thank you&#39; to teachers for their months of hard work. It&#39;s a fool proof way to get on their good side before term even starts!</h4> <p> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Bird keyring.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/multi-betty-blue-bird-keyring/">BETTY BLUE BIRD KEYRING <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;4.95</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/leather keyring.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/blue-lost-and-found-keyring/">LOST AND FOUND KEYRING <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;6.00</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/407824_BLUE.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <br /> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/blue-owl-knitted-keyring/">OWL KNITTED KEYRING <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;4.50</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/406242_MULTI.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/multi-gin-tonic-lip-balm/">GIN &amp; TONIC LIP BALM <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;4.99</span></a></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="text-align: center;">With 5 star reviews all round, these lovely scarfs are the perfect treat for your teacher. Our classic &#39;Catch Me if You Can&#39; scarf never lets you down, and will look fabulous over an autumn jacket and brighten up any outfit.</span></p> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/catch me if you can scarf.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/sale/accessories-sale/scarves/magenta-catch-me-if-you-can-scarf/">CATCH ME IF YOU CAN SCARF <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;17.50</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Navy Scarf.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/womens-accessories/scarves/navy-herringbone-border-scarf/">HERRINGBONE BORDER SCARF <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;22.50</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Spotty Scarf.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/womens-accessories/scarves/white-spotty-dreaming-away-scarf/">SPOTTY DREAMING AWAY SCARF <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;25.00</span></a></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2(1).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://DITSY WELLIE CARD">DITSY WELLIE CARD <span class="prodPRICEnew"><span class="prodPRICESALE">&pound;2.00</span></span></a></span></h1> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/card.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/sale/gifts-sale/multi-great-dane-card/">GREAT DANE CARD <span class="prodPRICEnew"><span class="prodPRICESALE">&pound;2.00</span></span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/410667_BROWN.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/view-all-gifts/brown-bear-bottle-opener/">BEAR BOTTLE OPENER <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;16.00</span></a></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Tie.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/mens-accessories/brown-fulham-floral-tie/">FULHAM FLORAL TIE <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;17.50</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/410437_BLUE.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/mens-accessories/blue-baseball-cap/">BASEBALL CAP <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;15.00</span></a></span></h1> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><u>White Stuff Top Tip!</u><br /> <br /> A little birdy told us that there is a new trend for present giving about. Mums and Dads are getting together and buying one large gift from the whole class. Our Press Officer and mother of two Joanna is an expert on the subject and told us that this is definately the way to do it. </span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409921_MOONLIGHT.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories/womens-accessories/bags-purses/blue-printed-shopper/">PRINTED SHOPPER <span class="prodPRICEnew">&pound;39.95</span></a></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;">Joanna&#39;s top teacher treat is this gorgeous Printed Shopper for one lucky teacher!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409887_NEUTRAL.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 334px;" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/sale/accessories-sale/bags-purses/natural-camille-shopper/">CAMILLE SHOPPER <span class="prodPRICEnew" id="priceCopy"><span class="prodPRICESALE">&pound;25.00</span> </span></a></span></h1> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/gifts/">Click here </a>to shop gifts</span></strong></p> 0 Our Summer Scrapbook Collection! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/scrapbook-collection/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/scrapbook-collection/#comments Weds, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/scrapbook-collection/ <span style="font-size: 12px;">Our latest <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/scrapbook/">&lsquo;Scrapbook&rsquo; collection</a> has caused quite a storm!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The unique collection is inspired by scrapbooks and sketch books, each look allows you to express your creativity, to be experimental with outfits and play with bold colours, vibrant prints and eclectic patterns.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It&rsquo;s not always plain sailing when it comes to choosing the perfect summer outfit, and even when you know what you&rsquo;re looking for, sometimes it&rsquo;s just not available. For our &lsquo;Scrapbook&rsquo; collection we took note of what you were looking for and experimented with new forms to create exciting outfits made for summer!<br /> <br /> The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/tops-tees/blue-alana-tee/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fpage%2Ffind%2F%3Fname%3DAlana%2520tee%26page%3D1">Alana tee</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/blue-alar-mixed-print-dress/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fscrapbook%2F">Alar mixed print dress</a><span style="text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase;">&nbsp;both capture our use of contrasting patterns and layered designs.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/tops-tees/blue-alana-tee/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fpage%2Ffind%2F%3Fname%3DAlana%2520tee%26page%3D1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408338_MOONLIGHT_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Alana Tee&nbsp;&pound;&nbsp;35.00<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/blue-alar-mixed-print-dress/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fscrapbook%2F"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409763_dk_moonlig_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Alar Mised Print Dress &pound;55.00</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/blue-collage-dress/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fdresses%2Fblue-alar-mixed-print-dress%2F%3Fshowvid%3D1">Collage dress</a>&nbsp;is versatile with bold, lively prints&nbsp;team with our&nbsp;charming <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/knitwear/green-mambo-cardi/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fpage%2Ffind%2F%3Fname%3DMambo%2520cardi%26page%3D1">Mambo cardi</a>&nbsp;for a statement look. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/skirts/natural-clustered-leaves-reversible-skirt/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fdresses%2Fblue-collage-dress%2F%3Fshowvid%3D1">Clustered Leaves skirt </a>&nbsp;is reversable for day to night style or an easy solution for minimal holiday packing!</span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/blue-collage-dress/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fdresses%2Fblue-alar-mixed-print-dress%2F%3Fshowvid%3D1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409182_DK_MOONLIG_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Collage Dress &pound;49.95<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/skirts/natural-clustered-leaves-reversible-skirt/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fwomens%2Fdresses%2Fblue-collage-dress%2F%3Fshowvid%3D1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409567_ALMOND_3.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Cluster Leaves Skirt &pound;45.00<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/knitwear/green-mambo-cardi/?showvid=1&amp;utm_expid=4559877-4.gkbm-zRXR3GTysByVd15OA.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitestuff.com%2Fpage%2Ffind%2F%3Fname%3DMambo%2520cardi%26page%3D1"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/409544_pistachio_1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Mambo Cardi &pound;39.95</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">&lsquo;Scrapbook&rsquo; allows you to piece together your favourite parts of summer and create ideal, individual looks for the right occasion.<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/scrapbook/#page=all">Click here</a> to explore the full &lsquo;Scrapbook&rsquo; collection and start designing your perfect summer outfits.</strong></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Tips for Summer Gardening http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/garden-tips/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/garden-tips/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/garden-tips/ <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Summer Solstice has just passed, marking the longest day of the year. As we move into July, there&#39;s the promise of heaps of sunshine and warmer days (hopefully!).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Whether you&rsquo;re at home in the sunshine or heading away on holiday, its important put in the ground work in to your garden to prepare it for the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 115%;">height </span>&nbsp;of summer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/in-month/june">The Royal Horticultural Society</a> has put together a handy <strong>10-step-guide</strong> to help prepare plants for the summer heat. So get weeding, pruning and mowing to ensure your garden stays fresh throughout the summer&#39;s final months. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside<br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mow lawns at least once a week<br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Plant out summer bedding<br /> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stake tall or floppy plants<br /> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prune many spring-flowering shrubs<br /> 10. &nbsp; &nbsp; Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Have you entered our Show Us Your Blooms competition? You could win &pound;250 to spend at White Stuff! <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/show-us-your-blooms/"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">Click here</span></a> to find out more.<br /> <br /> Here are some of our latest entries-&nbsp;</strong></span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/f9uICn.png" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/wxK5St.png" style="width: 200px; height: 357px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/s1CEHf.png" style="width: 250px; height: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/DooTrr.png" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/3fUNcN.png" style="width: 200px; height: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/H60hk7.png" style="width: 250px; height: 446px;" /></p> You can view all the entires on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WhiteStuffUK/app_448952861833126"><span style="color:#000080;">Facebook page&nbsp;</span></a><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Top tips for holiday packing! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/top-tips-for-holiday-packing/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/top-tips-for-holiday-packing/#comments Tues, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/top-tips-for-holiday-packing/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>The holiday is booked, flights sorted and you have carefully decided on which clothes and accessories are coming with you. However, there is one last hurdle before you reach your destination&hellip;the dreaded packing.<br /> <br /> We have some great tips to help resolve all your packing issues and rid the pre-holiday stress!</strong></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><u><strong><em>*Lists are NOT for losers </em></strong></u><br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t underestimate the value of making a packing list. This will become clear when travelling with the less organised and they are begging for a plaster that you remembered to pack. If you can, a week before start making a list of everything you need to pack then you have a few days to add to it. Check the list before you pack, after you&rsquo;ve packed and just before you walk out the door.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/swimwear/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2014_4SUMMERHOL_STILL_PAGE 49.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 349px; text-align: center;" /></a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/swimwear/">Shop Women&#39;s Swimwear&nbsp;</a></strong></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">*</span><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><em>No neat folding</em></strong></u></p> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">When packing your clothes you don&rsquo;t want to neatly fold them individually as you would in your bedroom drawers, this causes creases when compressed. Here are some alternatives:<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Rollin&rsquo; Rollin&rsquo; Rollin&rsquo;</em></strong>: rolling up your clothes instead of folding has been proven to save space and leave fewer creases.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>The flat pack method:</em>&nbsp; </strong>place small items on the bottom of the suitcase to create a flat surface, then lay clothes out in one layer across the suitcase adding in curved items such as bras into corners and shoes along the sides. This method reduces wrinkles and saves on space!</span></span><br /> <br style="text-align: center;" /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/holiday-shop/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2014_4SUMMERHOL_STILL_PAGE 45.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 349px; font-family: georgia, serif;" /></a><br /> <br /> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/holiday-shop/">Shop Women&#39;s Holiday&nbsp;</a></span></span></strong></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">*</span><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><em>Be ruthless to travel light</em></strong></u></p> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Lay out everything on your bed that you are considering packing then you can get a real idea about how much you are taking. Remove anything that you don&rsquo;t really need! This will leave extra room in your suitcase for shopping and souvenirs when you are out there.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mens/mens-holiday-shop/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2014_4SUMMERHOL_STILL_PAGE 61a(1).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 349px; font-family: georgia, serif;" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mens/mens-holiday-shop/"><span style="background-color:#ffffff;">Shop Men&#39;s Holiday&nbsp;</span></a></strong></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><u><em>*<strong>Clever accessories</strong> </em></u><br /> <br /> As an alternative to taking an entire extra outfit a few carefully selected accessories will keep you prepared for any holiday occasion. Consider taking a pretty scarf, statement necklace and embellished sandals to add versatility to your looks. Some of our White Stuff scarves double as up as sarongs or glamorous evenings wraps and pack light in the suitcase.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories-1000289/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/2014_4SUMMERHOL_STILL_PAGE 51(2).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 349px; font-family: georgia, serif;" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories-1000289/"><span style="color:#000080;">Shop Women&#39;s Summer Accessorie</span></a><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/accessories-1000289/"><span style="color:#000080;">s&nbsp;</span></a></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="margin: 0px; text-align: center; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); text-transform: lowercase; padding-bottom: 10px; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 18pt; font-weight: normal;"> <span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><em>&ldquo;When you figure out your suitcase, you figure out your life,&rdquo; </em><br /> <em>- Diane von Furstenberg</em></span></strong></span></p> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Design a Dressing Room- Winner Announced! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/design-a-dressing-room-winner/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/design-a-dressing-room-winner/#comments Thurs, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/design-a-dressing-room-winner/ &nbsp;<br /> In March we launched our creative &lsquo;Design a Dressing Room&rsquo; competition. The lucky winner would win the chance to see their design be brought to life by our Edinburgh in-shop Design team. From hyperspace madness to a giant hamster cage, we had lots of lovely entries. However, there can only be one champion.<br /> <br /> This winner is....<br /> <br /> Millie Baxter from Edinburgh! <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/fish.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 300px; height: 208px;" /></p> Millie (12) &nbsp;designed her underwater-themed dressing room in the shop while her mum was busy shopping. She had been swimming the day before so was thinking how lovely it would be to be a mermaid. She paid special attention to the details of how to hang up clothes with mermaids tails and framed the design with yellow card to make it stand out. There&rsquo;s even an aquarium on the wall.&nbsp; Our Design team are very excited about working on the project and have already made a start on a giant jellyfish prop.<br /> <br /> The brand new dressing room will be revealed at the Edinburgh Emporium&rsquo;s open afternoon, Sunday 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;June. Come along for treats, activities and take in our brand new dressing room.<br /> <br /> Thanks to everyone who took part. Here are some of the other finalists:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Theatre of Dreams and Adventures.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 204px;" /><br /> <br /> Theatre of Dreams and Adventures&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/The Highland Belle.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> The Highland Belle&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Hyperspace.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 226px;" /><br /> <br /> Hyperspace&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Hamster Cage.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 226px;" /><br /> <br /> Hamster Cage<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Down on the Farm.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> Down on the Farm&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Alice in Wonderland.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Alice in Wonderland</strong></p> 0 Fashion Revolution Day http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/fashion-revolution-day/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/fashion-revolution-day/#comments Weds, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/fashion-revolution-day/ With the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh a few days away we want to show our support of Fashion Revolution Day, a campaign set up by an ethical-trade entrepreneur, Carry Somers. The campaign is asking consumers to challenge their favourite brands on their supply chain ethics and where their clothes are manufactured.<br /> <br /> In the year since the Rana Plaza collapse we&rsquo;ve been working hard to increase the transparency of our supply chain. Whilst we have not, and do not, use the factory and suppliers affected in the disaster we recognise that the issue is wider than this incident.&nbsp; We want to be clear with our customers about our current manufacturing ethics and provide an update on the work we are currently doing with our suppliers and extended supply chain.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>So, who makes our clothes?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Our clothes are made mainly in China, Turkey, India and Portugal but we do also manufacture in other Far East and European countries for some of our products. We have Ethical Auditors in each of these countries who work with us to ensure our suppliers are adhering to our Ethical Code of Conduct. The Code helps us deliver continuous improvements over time in areas such as safe working environments, compliance to legal minimum wages and work hour regulations. We check there is no child labour and that workers are treated fairly and not experiencing discrimination in the workplace. We also speak to workers directly to check they know their workplace rights, and should they want to, know they can organise to bargain collectively.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Do we manufacture in Bangladesh?</em></strong><br /> <br /> We have two factories in Bangladesh that manufacture White Stuff products. Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse we have looked closely at our business practices to see if improvements can be made. Here&rsquo;s what we have done in the past year: <ul> <li> We have added a buildings safety inspection clause to our auditing procedure</li> <li> Given our auditors guidance on this new clause through training</li> <li> Continued to audit our two factories with heightened focus on structural safety; both have been ethically audited with satisfactory results</li> </ul> Over the coming year we will be continuing to work closely with our suppliers and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to develop our supplier relationships and ongoing commitment to ethical trade. We are also continuing to sell our Made for Change bags in our shops and online; to date we have provided educational scholarships for over 330 of our factory workers&rsquo; children.<br /> <br /> More information about the work we do with the ETI and our Ethical Code can be found <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlabout_caring/">here</a>.<br /> 0 Julia's Mosaic Diary http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/julias-mosaic-diary/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/julias-mosaic-diary/#comments Tues, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/julias-mosaic-diary/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Julia from White Stuff Dorchester volunteered with the shop&rsquo;s local charity, Mosaic, supporting children who&rsquo;ve experienced bereavement. She joined them on a weekend away. Here&rsquo;s her account of a lively and emotional weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t really know what to expect when I turned up on the Friday evening at Leeson House - a big, old house in the middle of nowhere. I had my bag packed with wellies, a teddy bear, torch, tissues and a big smile. I felt ready for the weekend ahead!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Day one:<br /> &ldquo;The volunteers met and were put into groups. I was with the older children and was so excited to meet them. We were given an agenda and set to work straight away making beds for the 21 children and 15 helpers.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Day two:<br /> &ldquo;When the children arrived, we gave them a hoodie, name badge and handmade quilt (all provided by Mosaic) and a White Stuff bag from Casa del White Stuff. Every child brought a photograph of their lost one which was put onto a communal board. We had a tour of the house and did several team-building activities, including an obstacle course and craft session. Each group had a counsellor and these activities were designed to bring the children out of their shells and enable them to talk to us if they wanted to. As you can imagine, many tears were shed over the weekend.<br /> <br /> It was encouraged that we did everything in our groups which really helped us to get to know the children. After lunch, we had time to tell &lsquo;our story&rsquo;, identifying strong emotions, how to manage them and generate questions for the Doctor. When he arrived, everybody sat together on beanbags and cushions. I found this session very difficult as the younger children asked questions like &quot;Can you catch cancer?&quot; and &quot;Does it hurt to die?&quot; This was a very peaceful but emotional time. Afterwards we played games outside to let off some steam!<br /> <br /> The whole team came back into the hall after dinner where beanbags had been placed in a big circle. The lights were off and a big candle was lit in the middle. We each had an unlit candle and took turns to say who we were remembering. When we were done, we lit our candle from the person next to us. When we were ready, we blew out our candle and left the room very quietly. The children got to take their candle home.<br /> <br /> The wellies came out for a couple of hours of orienteering afterwards with the older children, which was great fun. A cup of hot chocolate and a well-deserved leap into bed after an eventful night.<br /> <br /> Day three:<br /> &ldquo;After breakfast, everyone was in the hall at 9am as an aerobics teacher arrived to get us energised for the day. We also did an anger workshop where we got to write or draw what made us angry. We explained our reasons before going outside to put the papers onto a big tarpaulin and threw clay at it until everybody&#39;s picture fell down. This was great fun, very therapeutic!<br /> <br /> When their parents arrived mid-afternoon, the children gave a presentation in their groups, in front of everybody, discussing what they had done over the weekend. Finally, we all went outside with labels about our loved ones and attached them to a helium balloon. We let these go altogether and watched as flew away. This gave a great sense of closure for the children.<br /> <br /> A few hours after everyone left I was tired, emotional, proud of myself and ready to see my own children. We were advised not to work the next day as the weekend would take its toll on us. Now I understand why!<br /> <br /> The experience was exhilarating, having seen first-hand what a massive impact Mosaic have on these children, I would like to thank White Stuff for their support in choosing this charity and hope there are many more years to come.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic1.JPG" style="width: 448px; height: 448px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic2.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 470px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic3.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 459px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic4.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Kay Sexton Book Readings and Signings http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">For our spring wrap theme, &lsquo;Sow Happy&rsquo;, we&rsquo;ve teamed up with author of gardening book, <em>Minding My Peas and Cucumbers</em>, Kay Sexton, for a series of book readings and signings in selected shops.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Minding my Peas and Cucumbers_CMYK_cropped.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 463px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Kay will be visiting our Cardiff shop Tuesday 8th April (5.30-7pm) and Kingston, Thursday 10<sup>th</sup> April (5.30-7pm).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Join Kay for a book reading and Q&amp;A. Signed books will be available to buy for &pound;9.95 on the night.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Creative team at Casa del White Stuff first noticed Kay&rsquo;s book <em>Minding my Peas and Cucumbers</em> when seeking gardening inspiration. Our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore/"><u>&lsquo;Sow Happy&rsquo;</u></a> theme celebrates the British allotment and getting outside so we loved Kay&rsquo;s book and approached her about working with us. Kay very kindly provided us with a <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore_kay_sexton_quiz/?icn=sow_happy_explore_allotment_quiz"><u>quiz </u></a>and <u><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore_kay_sexton_competition/?icn=sow_happy_explore_kay_compp">competition</a></u>&nbsp;on the &lsquo;Explore&rsquo; section on our website. Customers can win a signed copy of one of her books.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Kay Sexton&rsquo;s fiction appears in more than eighty anthologies. Her unpublished novel, <em>Gatekeeper</em>, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and she has been shortlisted, finalist or winner of many literary competitions. She has had two books on allotment gardening published: <em>Minding My Peas and Cucumbers</em> and <em>The Allotment Diaries</em>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In addition to putting words together as Kay Sexton, she also writes fiction under several pen names, grows her own food, teaches horticultural skills on her allotment and is in charge of a Cairn Terrier called Rebus, (although sometimes he&rsquo;s in charge of her).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here are a few snaps from when Kay visited White Stuff Nottingham a few weeks ago:&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog3.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog(3).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog2.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Hope to see you in our Cardiff and Kingston shops next week!</span></span> 0 Make Your Own Gardening Bag http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/make-your-own-gardening-bag/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/make-your-own-gardening-bag/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/make-your-own-gardening-bag/ <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mum.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 200px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">White Stuff customer Heather made this lovely gardening bag for her best friend Carol&rsquo;s birthday. Here, she shows us how to make it. It doubles as a shopper for any non-gardeners out there!<br /> <br /> If you&#39;ve got something crafty you&#39;d like to share, get in touch through social media! Just remember to include lots of lovely photos (of yourself and of your make).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gardening(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>You will need:</strong><br /> 1x piece of hessian 62cm x 140cm<br /> 1x piece fabric/thermal lining 62cm x 140cm<br /> Scraps of contrasting fabric to decorate the bag<br /> 1x piece of strong cotton tape, 1.50m (for the handles)<br /> A sewing machine<br /> Pins<br /> Cotton<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1. Fold the hessian in half (so it now measures 70 x 62) and stitch down the side and at the bottom, allowing a 2cm seam.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 2. Zigzag stitch around the edges to prevent fraying.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the lining.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 4. Take the hessian and fold each bottom corner 10cm to the middle and stitch. This makes the bottom of the bag.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5. Do the same for the lining and place it inside the hessian. Pin or tack the side seams together to hold it in place.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 6. Fold the top of your bag inwards by 6cm, tucking in the raw edges. Stitch it down.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 7. For the handles, cut the tape in half (so it&rsquo;s now 76cm long) and fold your bag in half widthways so you can find the centre.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 8. Pin the handles at an equal distance from the centre and stitch them 0.5cm inside the top of the bag. You could top-stitch the ends to make them extra strong.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 9. If you want to appliqu&eacute; a flower or initial on your bag, it&rsquo;s easiest to use an embroidery hoop. This decoration will also help to keep your lining in place; decorative and practical! Practice on a bit of scrap fabric first so you can get your machine stitching exactly how you want it.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 10. Wear your bag with pride or pack it full of gardening goodies and give it to a deserving green-fingered friend!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/garden_2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> Fill your bag with gardening goodies!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/garden_3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> The applique technique is easy and really brings the design to life.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> 0 How Green Fingered Are You? http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-green-fingered-are-you/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-green-fingered-are-you/#comments Weds, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/how-green-fingered-are-you/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/man(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Are you potty for potting? Find out here&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Do you think a &lsquo;Trellis&rsquo; is:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A tasty flan with apples and almonds<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Spanish equivalent of the name &lsquo;Doris&rsquo;<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; French for &lsquo;Lady Garden&rsquo;<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A framework of light wooden or metal bars to support fruit trees or creepers, typically fastened against a wall<br /> <br /> <strong>Do you think Titchmarsh is:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A male Blue Tit<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What happens when you encounter a small patch of mud<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A footballer who used to play for Man City<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A truly wonderful man, guru of all that is green and world-renowned water feature maestro<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>When you think &lsquo;soil&rsquo; do you think:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mmm chocolate<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eugh, dirty!<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I must hire a cleaner<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I need to get my hands in there<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What do you do in your shed?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Shed? I don&rsquo;t own one sweetie, I keep the Porsche in the garage<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A set of tools and an old washing machine<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Battle spiders<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; EVERYTHING!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Would you say you&rsquo;re self-sufficient?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I tend to buy the organic range in Waitrose<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fairly, I know how to read a map<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I can call the local takeaway with a single hand<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dinner tonight is all home-grown<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>How does your garden grow?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s completely paved, so it doesn&rsquo;t, technically<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I have no idea! Survival of the fittest I suppose<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There&rsquo;s a pot plant or two left from the last family that lived here<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Very nicely, thank you<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Do you own a pair of gardening gloves?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes! They were a joke present one Christmas; pink and frilly<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No, only red leather driving gloves<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No way Jos&eacute;<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes, they&rsquo;re old and muddy. I like to hang them up in my shed after a long day in the garden<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mostly A<br /> <strong>Er, no.<br /> </strong>If by &lsquo;gardening&rsquo; you mean &lsquo;received some flowers last month&rsquo;, then chances are you&rsquo;re not green-fingered. Are you bothered? Probably not. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Mostly B<br /> <strong>Don&rsquo;t think Monty Don&rsquo;s quaking in his mud-caked boots<br /> </strong>You cleared the leaves from the drive last year but that&rsquo;s about as far as it goes. Give potting a go &ndash; you might find you like it!<br /> <br /> Mostly C<br /> <strong>Not afraid of weeding<br /> </strong>When the time is right, you love getting down and dirty in the garden. Good for you!<br /> <br /> Mostly D<br /> <strong>Yes, you&rsquo;re green-fingered<br /> </strong>There&rsquo;s nothing you love more than being up to your elbows in mud. Your garden (or window box) must look blooming lovely.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 The Sir Isaac Newton Apple Tree http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree/#comments Tues, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/apple tree.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">In our spring magalogue, we featured an <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlsow_happy_behind_the_scenes/?icn=sow_happy_explore_behindscenes">interview with Thomas Broom</a></strong>, Chief Horticulturalist at Petersham Nurseries.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> One of the questions we asked him was &lsquo;what is the most exclusive plant you have ever handled?&rsquo; before featuring his reply, &lsquo;That would be the Sir Issac Newton apple tree- it&rsquo;s actually growing in my garden&rsquo;.&nbsp; We now realise that the way this was written could be misleading and want to let you know that Thomas&rsquo;s tree is grafted from a cutting of the original tree which is located in the historic orchard at Sir Isaac Newton&rsquo;s birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor. Thomas has a &lsquo;Flower of Kent&rsquo; apple tree which is the same variety as the one Newton saw apples falling from and which gave him the answers to his questions about gravity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cuttings of the Sir Isaac Newton apple tree are available all over the world, but there is only one original, and that&rsquo;s firmly rooted in <strong><a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor">Woolsthorpe Manor</a></strong>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;d like to buy an apple tree, we can recommend Petersham Nurseries, but if you want to visit the original, then Woolsthorpe Manor&rsquo;s the place to go:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor">www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Apologies if we caused confusion, we didn&rsquo;t mean to!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Conservation Manager at Woolsthorpe, Margaret Winn, gave us some more information about the tree. The photograph included was taken by Colin Russell.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <h1> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The Story of the Apple Tree</span></span></h1> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, is home to the Flower of Kent apple tree connected with the myth of Newton&rsquo;s discovery of the law of gravitation &ndash; a myth which Newton himself started.&nbsp; The story of the tree goes back a long way.&nbsp; For generations it had been carefully looked after by the locals who propped it up and built a fence around it.&nbsp; Finally it blew down in a gale in 1820.&nbsp; Some of the broken wood was made into snuff boxes, small trinkets and a chair that are now to be found various collections.&nbsp; Fortunately the tree remained rooted and re-grew strongly from the base into the tree we have now.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Flower of Kent is a very old type of English apple, which is best described as a tasteless cooker, but can be eaten and stores reasonably well.&nbsp; It is a large odd shaped apple, green and yellow, striped with red.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the orchard at Woolsthorpe there are several younger &lsquo;Flower of Kent&rsquo; apple trees taken from the original, so that when the tree comes to the end of its life, there will be &lsquo;descendants&rsquo; to carry on the story.&nbsp; A sketch of the tree in 1840 relates clearly to its unusual shape today.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> After Newton&rsquo;s death in 1727, many biographical materials were assembled, especially by John Conduitt, a Fellow of the Royal Society, amateur writer and natural philosopher, who was Newton&rsquo;s assistant at the Royal Mint, and later succeeded him as Master of the Mint.&nbsp; He was one of Newton&rsquo;s closest friends and also married to Newton&#39;s half-niece Catherine Barton (in 1717).&nbsp; Newton lived with Catherine and John in London.&nbsp; Although he never seems to have got very far with his biography, its early drafts are of unique value, including a number of anecdotes that Conduitt had heard from Newton himself.<br /> Conduitt described the apple tree event when he wrote about Newton&#39;s life:<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;he retired again from Cambridge on account of the plague to his mother in Lincolnshire &amp; whilst he was musing in a garden it came into his thought that the same power of gravity (which made an apple fall from the tree to the ground) was not limited to a certain distance from the earth but must extend much farther than was usually thought &ndash; Why not as high as the Moon said he to himself &amp; if so that must influence her motion &amp; perhaps retain her in her orbit, whereupon he fell a calculating what would be the effect of that supposition..&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> A fuller <a href="http://www.newtonproject.sussex.ac.uk/texts/viewtext.php?id=THEM00158&amp;mode=normalized" title="View normalized transcription">memoir of Newton</a> was composed for Conduitt by William Stukeley, an antiquarian and Fellow of the Royal Society who lived in Grantham.&nbsp; His account is based principally on interviews with people he met locally who had themselves known Newton in his childhood or youth.&nbsp; He recorded in his 1752 Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton&#39;s Life, a conversation with Newton in Kensington on 15 April 1726, in which he said:<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;after dinner, the weather being warm, we went into the garden, &amp; drank thea under the shade of some appletrees, only he, &amp; myself. amidst other discourse, he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. &quot;why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground,&quot; thought he to him self: occasion&#39;d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in a contemplative mood: &quot;why should it not go sideways, or upwards? but constantly to the earths centre? assuredly, the reason is, that the earth draws it. there must be a drawing power in matter. &amp; the sum of the drawing power in the matter of the earth must be in the earths center, not in any side of the earth. therefore dos this apple fall perpendicularly, or toward the center. if matter thus draws matter; it must be in proportion of its quantity. therefore the apple draws the earth, as well as the earth draws the apple.&quot;</em><br /> Some have disputed the location and veracity of the tree, but the Woolsthorpe Flower of Kent tree is recognised as one of the most important heritage trees of Britain.&nbsp; The Tree Council have researched the tree and confirmed that it is age-appropriate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In 1998, work led by Dr Richard Keesing of York University included studies of the tree, dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating, which concluded that there is &ldquo;considerable evidence to show that the apple tree presently growing at Woolsthorpe and known as &#39;Newton&#39;s apple tree&#39; is in fact the same specimen which was identified in the middle of the eighteenth century and which may now be 350 years old&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Many institutions claim to have descendents of the tree, but apple trees do not come true to variety from a pip &ndash; material has to be grafted to be genetically the same. It seems to be possible to prove the variety of a tree but not its direct descendants as all similar types of trees are genetically identical.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Newton never said he was hit on the head by a falling apple!&nbsp; One story suggests that Voltaire told it to insinuate that it took something like a blow on the head for an Englishman to have an original idea, but we have no source reference for this. We do know that Voltaire held Newton in very high regard and attended his funeral.</span></span><br /> 0 White Stuff Kendal's charity is... http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is/ <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">White Stuff is coming to Kendal!<br /> <br /> We recently asked you to vote on who our new Kendal shop charity should be. The vote was between The <a href="http://www.bendrigg.org.uk/">Bendrigg Trust</a> and th</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">e <a href="http://www.soul-trade.com/scuda/SCuDA/Home.html">South Cumbria Dyslexia Association</a>, two ve</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">ry worthy caus</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">es working in</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;the loca</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">l area</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">.</span></span><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Kendal_facebook.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; width: 300px; height: 235px;" /></p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Thanks to everyone who had their say, but there can only be one winner&hellip;.congratulations to The Bendrigg Trust who won with a whopping 86% of the vote.</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Bendrigg Trust logo.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 389px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Commiserations to the South Cumbria Dyslexia Association, thank you for taking part, we&rsquo;ll be sending you a donation of &pound;250 to put towards your very worthwhile work.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Every White Stuff shop has its own local charity and every year we donate at least 1% of our profits to charity. FInd out more <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlfoundation_home/">here</a>.<br /> <br /> Look out for our new Kendal shop opening in April and join us for our opening party on Thursday 10th April.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> 0 It Starts with a Pot! By the HTA http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/it-starts-with-a-pot-by-the-hta/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/it-starts-with-a-pot-by-the-hta/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/it-starts-with-a-pot-by-the-hta/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Celebrities have gone potty for The Horticultual Trade Association&#39;s lastest&nbsp;campaign, &#39;It Starts with a Pot&#39;.<br /> <br /> Here are some gardening star&#39;s top tips for potting success.</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;Following their simple advice, anyone can have a go and brighten up their garden, patio, path, driveway, balcony, windowsill...the possibilities are endless!</span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Christine Walkden</strong>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/Credit Christine Walkden.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 267px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&bull; Make sure there is enough room in the container for the plants and soil, taking into account the mature size of the plants and their growing habits. Upright growers will need a wide base for balance and sprawlers will need a pot deep enough to drape over.<br /> &bull; As the plants grow, the root systems will fill the pot and the soil will dry more quickly. It&#39;s fine to fill the diameter of the container with plants, but make sure there is plenty of room for the roots to move downward into soil.<br /> &bull; Use a big container; bigger is better. A larger pot or container holds moisture longer and also provides more space for the plants&rsquo; roots. The healthier the root system, the healthier your flowers will be.<br /> &bull; Mix a slow release fertilizer into your potting soil before planting, as plants need food to survive.<br /> &bull; You only need to change the planting material once a year in large pots. You could add food sticks or granules (something like Osmocote) every couple of months to keep plants growing well, or feed with Tomorite or comfrey juice every couple of weeks.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Peter Seabrook</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/One for the Pot - Peter Seabrook - Please credit The Sun.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 256px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&bull; Whatever container you use, a hole in the base for drainage is essential.<br /> &bull; Use Universal Potting Compost from a well-known brand, because this will be weed, pest and disease free.&nbsp; It should be moist when filling the container, test by squeezing a handful tightly, if water oozes from between your fingers it is moist enough.<br /> &bull; &nbsp;Dry compost is more easily wetted if you use warm water.<br /> &bull; When using new, dry clay pots soak them in water first, an easy way to soak is to put a cork in the bottom and then fill with water.&nbsp; Remember to pull the cork out before filling with compost!<br /> &bull; &nbsp;A larger volume of compost will not dry out so fast, so bigger containers are easier to look after in hot weather.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<strong>Frances Tophill</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/Frances Tophill (2).jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 325px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Frances says: &ldquo;There are so many uses for pots. The first is that it gives people a chance to grow something that they may not be able to normally. For example their soil type, amount of sunlight or winter temperatures may be prohibitive. You can move a pot around, bring it indoors for the winter and fill it with whatever you want. In short there are no limitations other than your own imagination! &nbsp;I always have potted plants around the house as they make everything feel more homely. They can come with you from house to house (and even room to room if you so desire) and become like friends. It&#39;s always worth putting a favourite plant in your pots around the house for that reason.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I tend to go for two kinds of plants. The first is very green plants. Foliage plants soften a room. My favourite is an asparagus fern (Asparagus setaceus) that is so delicate and catches the light like nothing else! Alternatively I like to grow edibles around the house. Strawberries work really well as they don&#39;t need too much root space, but really you can grow any edible plants that you like. Just make sure they get enough nutrients in the pot so they keep producing for you.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In terms of containers, the world is your oyster. I once made a really lovely herb pot out of an old chimney stack that I found in a skip. It looked really rustic and Mediterranean and the porous terracotta really lent itself to herbs, which often don&#39;t like being too damp. I also love making my own pots when I get my hands on some clay. But you really can use anything.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></span><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/James Wong 5.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> Botanist <strong>James Wong</strong> has gone further and created his own Pimms Pot. Below he shares his own unique recipe:<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <strong>It&#39;s Pimm&#39;s o&#39;Pot!</strong><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Been invited round to your mate&#39;s summer BBQ and have no idea what to bring? Ditch the boring bottle of wine or garage forecourt flowers for this uber-cute cocktail planter idea and they will be talking about it all summer long.<br /> <br /> Get your hands on a medium terracotta pot and plant a miniature calamondin orange tree in the centre. The bare soil beneath is a perfect place to pop a couple of wild strawberries plants and even a mini mint plant. Sinking the mint into the soil without even bothering to remove its pot is not only easier, but will keep its rampant roots from taking over.<br /> Nestle a bottle of Pimm&#39;s in the foliage or even an uber-kitsch plastic bulldog figurine (complete with painted-on Union Jack waistcoat of course) and you are done! A quirky, fun, super easy-to-make present for the mates who have everything, that will give months of pleasure for just under 10 minutes work. Boom!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>So it doesn&rsquo;t matter what you plant in, anything is possible, so why not give it a go?&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:10px;"><strong><a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/iswap">The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA</a>)&nbsp;</strong>is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span></span><br /> 0 Pantastic Competition and Recipes for Pancake Day! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day/ <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">This Pancake Day, we want to know h<span style="line-height: 18px;">ow &nbsp;you like your pancakes.&nbsp;</span>S<span style="line-height: 18px;">weet or savoury?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">Cast your vote <a href="http://bit.ly/1fvVSB">here</a>-</span>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 18px;">you could be in with a chance of winning a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">luxury Le Creuset&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">cr&ecirc;pe pan!</span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To excite those tastebuds, we have also found some&nbsp;flippin&#39; fabulous pancake recipes to try out at home!&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://juliasalbum.com/2013/06/apple-cinnamon-crepes-recipe/"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/8964684378_de7bd51594_c.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 448px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 40px;">Apple Cinnamon&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.foodrecipeshq.com/apple-and-greek-yogurt-pancakes/"><strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Spinach-Artichoke-and-Brie-Crepes-with-Sweet-Honey-Sauce-3.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></strong></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Spinach Artichoke and Brie with Sweet Honey Sauce</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.foodrecipeshq.com/apple-and-greek-yogurt-pancakes/"><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/appleyogurtpancakes-0142.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 1.2; text-align: center;">Apple and Greek Yogurt&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://bsinthekitchen.com/green-onion-parmesan-crepes-with-ricotta-spinach-bacon-mushroom-filling/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Green-Onion-Parmesan-Crepes-with-Ricotta-Spinach-Bacon-Mushroom-Filling-3-683x1024.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 24px;">Green Onion Parmesan with Ricotta, Spinach, Bacon &amp; Mushroom&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.preventionrd.com/2012/02/red-velvet-crepes-with-sweet-cream-cheese-filling/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/a981f6080641f80fbe75410633c705dc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 448px;" /></a></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Red Velvet with Seet Cream Cheese Filling</span></span></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/2014/02/savory-chickpea-pancakes-spiced-roasted-carrots-sweet-potatoes-feta.html"><span style="font-weight: lighter; line-height: 1.3em; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/savory-chickpea-pancakes-with-spicy-roasted-carrots-sweet-potatoes-and-feta.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></span></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Gluten Free C</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; font-weight: lighter; line-height: 1.3em; text-transform: lowercase;">hickpea pancakes with spicy roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and feta</span><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/chocolate-chip-pumpkin-pancakes/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/pbs-pancakes-2948-2-560x839.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 449px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/white-chocolate-macadamia-nut-pancakes/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/white-chocolate-macadamia-nut-pancakes-by-Minimalist-Baker_.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">White Chocolate and Macadamia nuts</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2012/04/crepes-crepes-crepes.html"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ham-Asparagus-Crepes-jpg.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 405px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 28.600000381469727px;">Ham, Swiss and Asparagus&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://divinecusine.com/?p=600"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Crepes-with-a-cottage-cheese_.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Cottage Cheese and Blueberry Sauce&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Chocolate-Swirl-Pancakes.aspx"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Chocolate Swirl Pancakes.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">A must-have in every kitchen, the<a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Toughened-Non-Stick-Crepe-Pans.aspx " style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"> Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick</a> Cr&ecirc;pe Pan,&nbsp;<span style="text-align: center;">(RRP &pound;75.00, 24cm / RRP &pound;95.00 28cm)&nbsp;</span>is the perfect shape for creating delicious pancakes that brown evenly and release from the pan effortlessly. Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick is a sleek range of versatile pans that are all perfect for everyday use. With a tough, reinforced and yet ultra-smooth surface inside and out that can withstand use of metal utensils, the Le Creuset ultimate non-stick coating releases food with ease and cleans effortlessly &ndash; perfect for making simple everyday suppers or something a little more special. For the full Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick range <a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Product/le-creuset-products/Material-/Toughened-Non-Stick/">click here.</a></span></span></p> 0 Flavoursome Vegetables by Fennel and Fern http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern/#comments Weds, 26 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>What&#39;s the point in growing veg that tastes the same as the stuff you can buy in the shops? You can do better, and grow prettier veg while you&#39;re at it. Here are Fennel and Fern&#39;s top five flavoursome vegetables - and they&#39;re good-looking too</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. &#39;Golden Sweet&#39; mangetout</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> These are purple-flowered, yellow-podded peas. You&#39;d grow them even if they didn&#39;t have such tender pods or sweet, juicy flesh. But fortunately, they have everything, and so the whole experience is a delight.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/mangetout.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. &#39;White Queen&#39; tomato</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Yes, you can get white tomatoes. And what a lovely big white tomato this is. It has a creamy blush around the stem, which betrays the sweet, slightly creamy taste of the juicy flesh.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/white queen.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 209px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. &#39;Egyptian&#39; tomato</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Like most plum tomatoes, these have a lot of thick flesh, which makes them ideal for cooking. And oh, how fantastic that flesh tastes. It&rsquo;s a rich, bitter, smoky flavour which becomes even better when roasted and make into passata or slow-roasted into sundried tomatoes.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/egytiam.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. &#39;Pink Banana&#39; squash</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> This is about as far from the typical Halloween-style squash or pumpkin as you can get. It&#39;s a pink zeppelin-shaped squash with a wonderfully nutty flavour and creamy, juicy flesh. Difficult to beat in terms of size or flavour.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/pink banna.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 434px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Parrot tulip petals</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> It&#39;s not very well-known but you can eat tulip petals. These parrot tulip ones look particularly lovely in a salad and have a superb pea-like flavour and a crunchy texture. Just make sure they&#39;re grown without any nasty sprays - and some people can be allergic to them, so try one petal carefully.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/parrot tulip.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 190px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">There are so many other wonderful rare and tasty veg out there: how about blue potatoes, purple carrots, or white beetroot, for instance?<br /> <br /> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 21px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Fennel and Fern</span></span></strong></span><span style="line-height: 21px;"><strong>&nbsp;is a blogging collective inspiring gardeners all over the world; a big happ</strong>y&nbsp;<strong>team of organic gardeners who love the soil under their fingernails and munching on thier own homegrown veg.&nbsp;</strong></span><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">For growing tips and advice on great gardening <a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk/">Click Here</a>.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><br /> <br /> 0 Crop of the Crew http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/crop-of-the-crew/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/crop-of-the-crew/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/crop-of-the-crew/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>In between shots, we asked our talented crew for their green-fingered tips.</strong></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Monica<br /> Role: Digital Assistant<br /> Gardening tip:&nbsp; Basil plants are really easy to look after. Keep one in your kitchen and you&rsquo;ll never have to buy another jar of pesto again!<br /> Favourite vegetable: Anything cooked with garlic</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/monica.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name: Tim<br /> Role: Lighting Assistant<br /> Gardening tip: Don&rsquo;t forget to water your plants!<br /> Favourite vegetable: Broccoli</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/tim.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name: Natasha<br /> Role:&nbsp; Hair and make up<br /> Gardening tip: Always wear gloves to protect your nails<br /> Favourite vegetable: Sweet potato</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/natatsha.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Name:&nbsp; Beth<br /> Role: Stylist<br /> Gardening tip: Always buy plants in odd numbers, it looks more natural in your garden<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Garlic<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/beth.png" style="width: 300px; height: 388px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Ian<br /> Role: Digital Assistant<br /> Gardening tip:&nbsp; Consult the Gardener&rsquo;s World blog for tips<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Sweetcorn<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/ian.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 399px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Andy<br /> Role: Lighting assistant<br /> Gardening tips: Put basil around your tomato plants- it fends off bugs!<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Butternut squash</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/andy.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 399px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Jonathan<br /> Role: photographer<br /> Gardening tip: When choosing an allotment plot, always go for an open spaced area rather than anywhere with shade or under trees<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Potato with butter and parsley</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/john.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 398px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Ryan<br /> Role: Set dresser<br /> Gardening tip: Get a scary scarecrow<br /> Favourite vegetable: Peas</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/ryan.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 398px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> 0 Kale, Butterbean and Orange Soup with Almonds http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds/ <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Our good friends at organic food delivery company <a href="http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/">Abel &amp; Cole</a> have come up with a tasty seasonal recipe for February; why not give it a try this weekend?</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Kale, Butterbean and Orange Soup with Almonds</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Kale.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Kale, Butterbean &amp; Orange Soup with Almonds </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Prep: </strong>15 minutes<br /> <strong>Cook: </strong>25 minutes<br /> <strong>Feeds: </strong>2-4 people<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Greens, beans and citrus: a knock-your-socks-off soup.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A few splashes of olive oil<br /> 1 large onion, finely chopped<br /> 1 potato, peeled and finely diced<br /> 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced<br /> 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped<br /> &frac12; red chilli, finely chopped (more or less, to taste)<br /> 1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped<br /> A pinch of ground cinnamon<br /> The juice and zest of 1 orange<br /> 1 litre vegetable stock, warmed<br /> 2 x 400g tins of butter beans, drained and rinsed<br /> 4 large handfuls of kale, leaves removed from woody stalks and finely chopped<br /> A large handful of almonds, chopped<br /> A pinch of chilli powder<br /> A drizzle of honey<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step by step </strong><br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <ol> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Heat a large saucepan. Add a splash of oil. Once hot, add the onion, potato and carrot.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Cook over a low heat until the onions are glossy and tender. Stir in the garlic, chilli, rosemary, cinnamon and orange juice and zest. Cook until the orange juice reduces to a sticky glaze. Add half the stock and the beans. Let it gently bubble until the potatoes and carrots are tender.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Add the kale. Mix. Cook for a moment, until it is a lush bright green.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Whizz the soup in a food processor or blender until smooth, or serve chunky, adding stock as needed to reach the desired consistency.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Season to taste. Add more orange or chilli if needed.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Fry the chopped nuts in a little olive oil over a medium heat until just golden. Add a pinch of salt, a hint of chilli powder and a trickle of honey, just enough to coat.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Once the honey has formed a sticky glaze, remove from the pan. Scatter nuts over each bowl of soup.</span></span></li> </ol> 0 Shooting Spring Part Two: Rosendale Allotments http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/shooting-spring-part-two-rosendale-allotments/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/shooting-spring-part-two-rosendale-allotments/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/shooting-spring-part-two-rosendale-allotments/ <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">One of the stories from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/magalogue/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"><strong>our spring magalogue</strong></a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;took part in blustery&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.rosendale-allotments.org.uk/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"><strong>Rosendale Allotments</strong></a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">; what an amazing place. There was a great sense of community, something that can sometimes find hard to come by in such a big city (London). We came away with very muddy boots and tired legs but it was allot-a fun and we think the results were worth it in the end. Number of mud slips: 6. Number of cups of tea consumed afterwards? Many! &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 122.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" />&nbsp;<br /> <br /> We were lucky to have such a lovely day - cool, crisp and dry.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 126.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Sturdy wellies were a must!</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 158.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> We were tempted by this tasty-looking rhubarb!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 174.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Our model was happy to get his hands dirty!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 5 Great Gardens http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/5-great-gardens/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/5-great-gardens/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/5-great-gardens/ <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;">Wondering what to do with the little ones this Half Term? You&rsquo;ll find plenty of fun and fresh air in a garden near you. These fab locations were chosen by Leigh Hunt, Principal Horticultural Advisor at the Royal Horticultural Society.<br /> </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.rhs.org.uk/Wisleybutterflies">RHS Garden Wisley, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://rhs.org.uk/Wisleybutterflies">Surrey</a></span></span></strong></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">: Leave the cold behind and join the tropical butterflies in the glasshouses until March 9th</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.edenproject.com">Eden Project, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.edenproject.com">Cornwall</a></span></span></strong></st1:place></st1:city><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>:</strong> Take your kids to make seed bombs and shoot seed catapults during the holiday period</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><strong><a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit">Bodnant Garden, Gwynedd</a>: </strong>Budding gardeners can learn alongside the best by helping the team plant snowdrops, February 22<sup>nd</sup> - March 2<sup>nd</sup></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><strong><a href="http://www.trentham.co.uk/whats-on">Trentham Estate, Staffordshire</a>:</strong> If running off energy around the beautiful gardens isn&rsquo;t enough, try the rope walk and ice skating</span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.kew.org">Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.kew.org">Surrey</a></span></span></strong></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><a href="http://www.kew.org">:</a></strong>&nbsp;Climbing trees has never been so fun. See </span></span><st1:place w:st="on"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Kew</span></span></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&rsquo;s trees from the 18m tall the Xstrata Treetop Walkway</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> 0 Micro Greens by Fennel & Fern http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/micro-greens-by-fennel-fern/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/micro-greens-by-fennel-fern/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/micro-greens-by-fennel-fern/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Our friends at stylish gardening blog <a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk/">Fennel &amp; Fern</a> teach us how to sow and grow in small spaces.&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> </span></span></p> <p> <strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;">Nowhere to grow? Try flavoursome micro greens.</strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">You really don&#39;t need a garden or even a windowbox to be able to grow your own veg. All you need is a windowsill or a sunny spot in a room, a handful of soil and a container, and you can grow micro greens. They are small, flavoursome herbs or salad leaves, grown for only a few days until a second pair of leaves emerge. The taste is much more concentrated and in just one little seedling you get all the punch of an entire plant. They make great salad fillings or garnishes for salad. Here are five of our favourite micro greens.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> <strong>1. Lavender</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_4401-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Few people eat adult lavender leaves, but when you try one of these seedlings, you&#39;ll be hooked. Great scattered over a tagine or on cheese on toast. Sow these seeds in compost in a warm place. If you have a propagator, that&#39;s great, or else put them in a seed tray, put the seed tray in a see-through plastic bag and put near to your cooker in your kitchen so they get all the warmth.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>2. Beetroot</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1900-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Picking beets when they are only at seedling stage (rather than waiting a week longer for their true leaves to appear) means you have a perfect garnish. You still have that sweet, earthy, beety flavour in the tiny plant, and the bright stems look fab as the crest of a salad, or sprinkled at the last minute over a dish of food.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>3. Shiso greens</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1673.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" />&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> Shiso has a really strong aniseed taste, with a gentle warmth to it as well. You can pack these seeds in and serve when the first pair of true leaves appear.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>4. Pea shoots<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</strong><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1759-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> These really are clever and cheap salads. You just need a bag of cheap dried peas from your local shop and some soil. Sow and wait until you&#39;ve got about three sets of leaves on the plant. They taste like peas, but better.<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 5. Mustard</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1709.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> These really are quick. Sow in a warm place and you&#39;ll get intense leaves within a week. they&#39;re great for giving early salads a flavoursome punch.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 21px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Fennel and Fern</span></span></strong></span><span style="line-height: 21px;"><strong>&nbsp;is a blogging collective inspiring gardeners all over the world; a big happ</strong>y <strong>team of organic gardeners who love the soil under their fingernails and munching on thier own homegrown veg.&nbsp;</strong></span><strong>For more urban growing tips and advice on great gardening <span style="color:#0000cd;"><u><a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk">click here</a>.</u></span></strong></span></span></p> 0 Love your Garden: Heather http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/love-your-garden-heather/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/love-your-garden-heather/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/love-your-garden-heather/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">February is the month of love so give your garden some tender loving care by brightening it up with heather &ndash; the <a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/">Horticultural Trades Association&rsquo;s </a>(HTA) Plant of the Month for February.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heather is a great plant for the garden in February, bringing some much needed colour in the dark winter months.&nbsp; Heather is part of the <em>Ericaceae</em> family and with over 4,000 varieties to choose from, there is a plant to suit everyone in every situation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heather is a fantastic plant that brings glorious pink and purples to a garden brightening up any bed, border or pot. It is such a versatile plant and the different varieties can bloom in both winter and summer. They provide an invaluable food source for wildlife throughout the year with bees attracted to their nectar and smaller creatures taking refuge in the dense close foliage.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Great for ground cover, Heathers are very hardy, evergreen and need little maintenance (perfect for gardening beginners).&nbsp; They are best planted in beds totally devoted to themselves with plenty of drainage, not under trees, and in a sunny, south facing position.&nbsp; They are also good as path liners, rockery plants and in pots.&nbsp; Apart from the flower colour, heathers have foliage which changes colour throughout the year and are also perfect for pollinators such as bees.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Erica heathers are lime tolerant, so will therefore grow in most soil types, acid or alkaline. They will also grow in full sun or partial shade. Varieties of <em>Erica Carnea</em> and <em>Erica Darleyensis</em> provide flower from November until May, a very long flowering period, with white, pink, purple and red flowers available as well as green, yellow, gold and terracotta foliage.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Popular varieties recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) include:<br /> <em>Erica Carnea Alba Golden Starlet</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Alba Isabell</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Challenger</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Rosalie</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Wintersonne</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis Albiflora White Perfection</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis J W Porter</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis Kramers Rote</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Celebrity wildlife expert David Lindo (AKA <a href="http://www.theurbanbirder.com/"><strong>The Urban Birder</strong></a>) is passionate about heather and getting urbanites to realise that there is a whole world of wildlife under their noses in the world&#39;s cities. Previously Head of Membership at the British Trust for Ornithology, David is the author of articles on urban birds and writes for many websites, publications and magazines including the membership publication for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/David_Lindo-7 - plant of month.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px;" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>David Lindo with some heather&nbsp;</em></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">On site for his photo shoot at W6 Garden Centre, London he said: &ldquo;<em>Heather is also an extremely important plant in Britain&rsquo;s moorlands and heaths with 46 species of birds depending on it for feeding and breeding. My favourite bird, the Ring Ouzel - a type of thrush, is very associated with heather as is the gorgeous Dartford Warbler. They, like I, cannot live without heather.&rdquo; </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>The <a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/">Horticultural Trades Association</a> (HTA)&nbsp;</strong>is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The HTA was founded in 1899. Its key roles include: provision of advice-based services such as business improvement schemes, briefings and help lines; training, conferences and events for members; market information and research; promotions such as the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme; and working closely with government and the media to influence policy and projects.<br /> <br /> You can follow the HTA on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/HTAnews">@HTAnews &nbsp;</a>or on Facebook: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/htanews">www.facebook.com/htanews</a><br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 'Potty About You' at Casa Del White Stuff http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff/#comments Weds, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff/ <p align="center" style="text-align:center"> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Casa del White Stuff goes potty for Valentine&rsquo;s Day!</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To launch our &lsquo;Potty About You&rsquo; competition we held our very own pot painting evening here at Casa del White Stuff. Attendees came from all departments and we decorated our pots using everything from foam hearts to glitter g</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">lue pe</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">ns.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/everyone(1).jpg" style="text-align: center; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To help get those creative juices flowing we served allotment-themed food and drink. The crudit</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px;">&eacute;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">s</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-weight: bold; line-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">and vegetable crisps went down a treat, along with a vodka and apple cocktail made especially for the evening. Yum!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="https://www.whitestuff.com:444http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4761.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; width: 300px; height: 300px;" /><br style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <br style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <em>Essential pot party supplies.</em><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4776.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <em style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Even Millie, our office dog, got involved!</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4789.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The finished pots. Don&#39;t they look lovely?</span></span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">We loved getting crafty and had lots of fun decorating our pots... w</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">hy not give it a go yourself? Simply pick up a free pot from your local White Stuff (or grab one from the garden). &nbsp;I</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;">f you&rsquo;re feeling really creative you could hold your own pot painting party too. </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">To enter the &#39;Potty About You&#39; competition all you have to do is to upload a picture of your decorated pot to our website </span><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/potty-about-you-artlpottyaboutyou/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">here.</a><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">The winning pot design will win a gourmet break for two with a four course meal at River Cottage (you&#39;ll be in the good books with this Valentine&#39;s present!)</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Stuck for ideas? The&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 115%;">masterpieces below should help inspire your perfect pot ;-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/10(1).JPG" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/11(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/2.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/3(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/4(2).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/5(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/6(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/7(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/photo.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> #<strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">pottyaboutyou</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;Competition closes Friday 14<sup style="font-family: georgia, serif;">th</sup>&nbsp;February 2014.</span></span></p> 0 Style Icons: Menswear http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/style-icons-menswear/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/style-icons-menswear/#comments Tues, 04 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/style-icons-menswear/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">For spring, our Menswear team has been inspired by the no-nonsense style of 1960&rsquo;s screen idols. Laundered coats, desert boots, khakis, shawl-collared cardigans and classic polo shirts are the perfect way to get this rugged, casual look.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here are some of our favourite picks from the new collection.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/encore-ls-tee-prod408618_blue/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408618_BLUE_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Encore Tee&nbsp;&pound;29.95</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/balham-jacket-prod408612_grey/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408612_GREY_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Balham Jacket &pound;55.00<br /> <br /> <span style="text-transform: lowercase; background-color: rgb(248, 245, 231); color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-weight: bold;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/thorson-check-shirt-prod408131_red/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408131_RED_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span><br /> <br /> Thorson Check Shirt&nbsp; &pound;45.00</span></span></p> <h1 style="margin: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18pt; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase; padding-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/randal-nep-shawl-knit-prod408127_blue/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408127_blue_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Randal Shawl Knit &pound;59.95</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="margin: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18pt; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase; padding-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/newfoundland-blt-chino-prod408621_green/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408621_GREEN_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Newfoundland Chino &pound;49.95</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/vienna-stripe-polo-prod408623_purple/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408623_PURPLE_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Vienna Stripe Polo &pound;35.00</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mens-suede-desert-boot-prod408863_sand/"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408863_SAND_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Men&rsquo;s Suede Desert Boot &pound;69.95 &nbsp;</span></span></p> <div> <div class="clear" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; clear: both; height: 0px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; background-color: rgb(248, 245, 231);"> &nbsp;</div> </div> 0 Hearty Gifts http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/hearty-gifts/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/hearty-gifts/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/hearty-gifts/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Love is in the air and it&#39;s not long until Valentine&#39;s Day. If you&rsquo;re looking to treat a loved one (or yourself &ndash; equally acceptable) then you can&rsquo;t go wrong with a heart-shaped gift. Here are some of our favourites:</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/heart-buckle-belt-prod404675_atlantic_b/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span></a><br /> <br /> Wear your heart on your waistline!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/heart-hoop-earring-prod409190_silver/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Heart hoops<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/love-heart-card-prod409797_multi/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> A sweetheart card&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/daydream-heart-shortie-prod408214_pink/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Love these pants<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/marshmallow-heart-shirt-prod408517_white/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> The Valentine&rsquo;s alternative to a ditsy floral print<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/hearts-hero-purse-prod273291_navy/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart6.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> For love <em>and</em> money<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/furry-heart-jumper-prod408499_hessian_gr/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart7.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> This fab jumper even has hearts on the elbows!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> 0 Keeping Chickens by Emma Stone http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone/ <p> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;">We&rsquo;ve enlisted the help of writer, blogger and hen lover Emma Stone to guide us through the process of raising happy and healthy chickens. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">In recent years keeping chickens has become quite popular. Many families want to become more self-sufficient and chickens provide both eggs and meat. Chickens aren&rsquo;t only used as livestock but also as domesticated pets. Some owners buy from poultry farms, re-home battery hens or even choose to hatch. There are many reasons and ways to get started. &nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">I own two small flocks and they provide my family with tasty fresh eggs every morning. A few years ago, I spoke to a lady who said there was never a day when she felt bored collecting eggs from the coop, and I couldn&rsquo;t agree more. Sometimes if I&rsquo;m outside early enough, the eggs are still warm. If I&rsquo;m even earlier, then I will hear the hens singing their <em style="font-family: georgia, serif;">egg song</em>. Chickens like to announce they&rsquo;ve laid an egg and sometimes the flock will join in, too.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">You definitely can&rsquo;t beat a fresh egg. My hens&rsquo; eggs have regular fans that now only buy fresh eggs since trying them. One couple insisted having our eggs the morning of their wedding which was wonderful. Imagine making your favourite homemade baked treats or your traditional cooked breakfast that bit more special &ndash; lovely!</span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;">One of the fantastic things about keeping chickens as pets is learning each hen&rsquo;s individual character. I think both of my flocks are mischievous, but one hen is curious whilst another is shy. I can pick up some of my chickens but most are flighty and it takes an extra effort such as bribery (mealworms work a treat!) to entice them.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s easy to spend hours watching their antics. The most entertaining and fun thing to watch in my opinion, is when a chicken takes a <em>dust bath</em>. When I first saw this at a poultry farm I was alarmed and thought perhaps the chicken was ill; the hen was on her side with one leg kicking wildly at the soil, with her head rubbing against the ground and a wing spread out wide. I now know that chickens do this for various reasons such as trying to keep cool, as well as helping control parasites. Definitely worth a quick YouTube search if you&rsquo;re curious!<br /> <br /> Fortunately for friends and family, an interest in chickens is a great subject when needing to shop for a gift. When I was browsing White Stuff&rsquo;s website, I saw a chicken print on a lovely jumper (the &#39;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/chicken-jumper-prod408028_samphire_g/">Chicken Jumper</a>&#39;) th</span><span style="font-size:14px;">at I instantly bought as a treat to myself. It was interesting to see a mature and quality chicken design on an item of clothing. Of course when I spotted a chicken print on the <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lanark-skirt-prod406468_dk_atlantc/">Lanark skirt</a>, I was more than happy to succumb to my passion for both chickens and the White Stuff brand.</span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Chickens.JPG" style="font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 450px;" /><br /> <br /> <em><span style="font-size:14px;">Emma in the &#39;Chicken Jumper&#39; and &#39;Lanark Skirt&#39;</span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">I&rsquo;d always recom</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">mend re</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">searching diffe</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">re</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">nt breeds if you&rsquo;re thinking of keeping chickens. Generally each breed has certain personal</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">ity traits. For example: the <em>Amber</em> is great around children because the breed is quite t</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">ame and (with enough attention) is great at being handled. My two young nephews love the chickens and one hen in particular is well behaved when the boys gently touch her feathers.</span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Keeping chickens comes with responsibilities such as ensuring that they each have enough space and access to shelter, food and water. It&rsquo;s also worth considering what would happen if a chicken needed medical attention (I</span><span style="font-size:14px;">&rsquo;ve found my local vet to be fantastic with chickens). I read many books to make sure I knew enough about what owning poultry entailed. However, I never appreciated how many questions I&rsquo;d have after the chickens settled in and I now understand the valu</span><span style="font-size:14px;">e of experience. It&rsquo;s now easier to search forums and groups online in order to ask questions, but it&rsquo;s also a fabulous way to meet new people and keep up-to-date with the latest information.<br /> <br /> One day I plan to merge my two flocks together and the dream is to include a cockerel. There&rsquo;s also the opportunity that I could even hatch my own birds from the flock. Keeping chickens has been very rewarding so far an</span><span style="font-size:14px;">d the future promises to be quite exciting!<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">Follow Emma on twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/thefusionseries" style="font-family: georgia, serif;">@thefusionseries</a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span> 0 Shooting Spring: Petersham Nurseries http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/shooting-spring-petersham-nurseries/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/shooting-spring-petersham-nurseries/#comments Tues, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/shooting-spring-petersham-nurseries/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We loved getting outdoors to shoot our new spring campaign &ndash; who knew London had so much greenery and open spaces to offer? There was no need to go further afield!<br /> <br /> The first shoot took us to Petersham Nurseries in Richmond - take a peek behind the scenes...<br /> <br /> <a href="http://petershamnurseries.com/"><strong>Shoot Location 1: Petersham Nurseries</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 011.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Love the Petersham Nurseries logo!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 015.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> What a wagon<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 029.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> Tasty<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 033.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Our model gets amongst the greenery<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 039.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Little Luna gets in on the action (she&#39;s famous for her neck ties)<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 047.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Lots of brushes and natural colours were used to create the make-up looks<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 058.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> The end result!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 055.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> A happy customer!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 070.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Petersham&#39;s Chief Horticulturalist, Thomas Broom, was lovely and helped out on our shoot. Read our interview with him<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlsow_happy_behind_the_scenes/?icn=sow_happy_explore_behindscenes"> here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 083.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> There&#39;s something very pleasing about piles of pots!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 100.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Beautiful bulbs<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 112.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Preparation is everything!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 109.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Gardening essentials<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 067.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> And as we all know: where there&#39;s a welly, there&#39;s a way!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> See how our Petersham shoot turned out <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/magalogue/">here</a>!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 We're Sow Happy! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/were-sow-happy/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/were-sow-happy/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/were-sow-happy/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/al.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Spring&rsquo;s here and it&rsquo;s promising to be shedloads of fun!<br /> <br /> The promise of better weather and luscious green leaves is making us feel happy and rejuvenated. We&rsquo;re come over all green fingered and are heading outside to nurture nature and celebrate the lovely allotment; a favourite place for Brits to come together and grow things since World War 1.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s nothing garden-variety about our new collections; spring offers a bright new colour palette with fresh prints and silhouettes. The perfect way to start 2014 in style.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/magalogue/"><strong>new spring magalogue</strong></a> is out and available to read online now.</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/cover(6).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 701px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The humble shed takes centre stage in our windows. The scene will develop across the season &ndash; see how it grows&hellip;<br /> <br /> Our <strong>&lsquo;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore/">Explore</a>&rsquo;</strong> section has had a make-over and there&rsquo;s an exciting new competition to enter &ndash; you could <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlcanada_comp/?icn=sow_happy_explore_canadacomp"><strong>win a trip to rural Canada</strong></a>!</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/comp.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 335px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Stay tuned to find out more about other exciting springtime happenings; we&rsquo;ve lined up some potty romance for Valentine&rsquo;s Day and there&rsquo;s a lovely competition coming up for Mother&rsquo;s Day too.<br /> <br /> It&#39;s going to be a busy one - let&rsquo;s get growing!</span></span><br /> 0 Lottie is Back! http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/lottie-is-back/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/lottie-is-back/#comments Thurs, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/lottie-is-back/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Our bestselling &lsquo;<strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-lace-up-trainer-prod405025_rhubarb_pk/ ">Lottie Lace-up Trainer</a></strong>&rsquo; (&pound;35.00) is back in three gorgeous new colours! You can&rsquo;t go wrong with these casual canvas trainers for spring &ndash; they&rsquo;re padded inside to make them extra comfy. We&rsquo;re wearing ours with jeans for now, soon to be swapped for crops when the weather improves.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-spot-lace-up-trainer-prod406329_river_blue/ "><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/lottie1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http:// http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-lace-up-trainer-prod405025_rhubarb_pk/ "><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/lottie 2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-lace-up-trainer-prod405025_rhubarb_pk/ "><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/lottie3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Owl always love you... http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/owl-always-love-you/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/owl-always-love-you/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/owl-always-love-you/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We know you love owls so we thought we&#39;d pull together a selection of our most</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;adorable and affordable owl printed pieces. The products below are certain to ruffle your feathers!</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"> Our owl slippers and slipper socks are especially comfy and will keep your tootsies nice and toasty.&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/406821_MULTI.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 534px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\beckyb\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.jpg" /><br /> <strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/owl-fairisle-slipper-sock-prod406821_multi/">Owl Fairisle Slipper Sock</a></strong>, &pound;12.00 (was &pound;22.50)<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/407228_MULTI.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/owl-pom-pom-ballerina-prod407228_multi/"><strong>Owl Pom Pom Ballerina</strong>,</a> &pound;10 (Was &pound;19.95).<br /> <br /> This cute (and half price!) knitted owl scarf if perfect for layering if you&#39;re heading out and about.</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_becky-b/407281_MULTI.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/knitted-owl-scarf-prod407281_multi/">Knitted Owl Scarf</a></strong>, &pound;14.00, was &pound;27.50.<br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: center;">This cute owl print jumper is perfect for the winter &ndash; spring transition. Slip on a pair of jeans and you&rsquo;re good to go!</span><br /> <img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\beckyb\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image004.jpg" /><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\beckyb\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image005.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/407324_DK_BLBERRY.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/night-owl-jumper-prod407324_dk_blberry/">Night Owl Jumper</a></strong>, &pound;22.00 (Was &pound;55.00)<br /> <br /> <img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\beckyb\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image006.jpg" />Last, but definitely not least, is this charming little guy. Perfect as a gift&hellip;but no one could blame you for wanting to just keep him just for yourself.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/407824_BLUE.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/owl-knitted-keyring-prod407824_blue/">Owl Knitted Keyring</a></strong>, &pound;4.50.</span></span><br /> <br clear="ALL" /> <br /> 0 A Big 'Thank You' http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/a-big-thank-you/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/a-big-thank-you/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/a-big-thank-you/ <p style="text-align: center"> <span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif">The children from our &lsquo;Made for Change&rsquo; campaign in Bangalore sent us a picture to say &lsquo;Thank you&rsquo; over Christmas! We wanted to share as their school scholarships are funded from sales of our &lsquo;Made for Change&rsquo; shopper bag &ndash; you&rsquo;ve been buying loads of them which is great news for the kids.<br /> <br /> After selling out fast, they are <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/made-for-change-bag-prod408552_multi/">back online now</a>&nbsp;</strong>so<strong>&nbsp;</strong>get one while you can! There are lots of different print combinations to choose from.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/made for change.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 282px" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif">A big &#39;thank you&#39; from the students in Bangalore</span></span><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/made-for-change-bag-prod408552_multi/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/bag.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px" /></a><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif">The bags are back!</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Healthy Body, Happy Mind; Our Activewear Range http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/healthy-body-happy-mind-our-activewear-range/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/healthy-body-happy-mind-our-activewear-range/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/healthy-body-happy-mind-our-activewear-range/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&lsquo;Healthy body, happy mind&rsquo; is our motto for 2014. A fresh pair of trainers and some new workout clothes always make you look and feel better; the perfect way to get (and hopefully stay) motivated for an energized year ahead.<br /> <br /> Whether you&rsquo;re looking to update your casual weekend wardrobe or you&rsquo;re going full steam ahead on a 2014 fitness mission, we&rsquo;ve developed a new range of activewear to see you through. Soft yoga jumpers and comfy, flattering leggings are perfect for the gym and sofa-lounging alike, while the New Year also sees the return of our popular White Stuff logo sweats in soft, breathable fabric. There are even some styles with secret support; ideal for disguising any post-Christmas bulge (that Stilton/After Eight sandwich seemed like such a good idea at the time!).<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve got no excuse now, the great outdoors beckons. Here&rsquo;s to a healthy, happy<br /> New Year.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">You can buy our activewear <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/activewear-dept1000393_pg1/">here</a>.</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/active.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 762px;" /><br /> <br /> The Padstow Sweat is comfortable, cosy and has hearts on the elbows!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/yoga1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Practice your Warrior position in our Yoga Time vest<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/yoga2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> The Louise Sweat will keep you cosy on the way to the gym (it works equally well for weekend snuggling)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/yoga3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> We love the Dolce Pant - what feels like the only flattering jogging trouser in January!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/yoga4.jpg" /><br /> <br /> The Saltash Sweat is the perfect way to introduce colour to your workout wardrobe<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 Keep in Touch http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/keep-in-touch/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/keep-in-touch/#comments Weds, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/keep-in-touch/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Made a resolution to be more sociable this year?<br /> <br /> We joined a few more social channels in 2013 so it&rsquo;s now even easier to keep in touch with us. You can find us here:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WhiteStuffUK">Facebook</a><br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiteStuffUK">Twitter</a><br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/whitestuff/">Pinterest</a><br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://instagram.com/whitestuffuk">Instagram</a><br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://plus.google.com/b/102830617526937248827/+WhiteStuff/posts">Google+</a><br /> <br /> We love social as it&rsquo;s a great way of keeping you informed, giving you exclusive offers and generally having a bit of fun. We promise we won&rsquo;t bombard you with sales messages and instead we&rsquo;ll do our best to bring a little happiness your way and make you smile!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you haven&rsquo;t already, it&rsquo;s worth signing up to our <a href="https://www.whitestuff.com/page/subscription/?">email newsletter</a> too. We send around two emails a week with all of our new product launches and details of competitions etc. We&rsquo;ll also let you know when and where our sales and offers are happening.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/milliemagalogue(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> And of course, you can always keep in touch with us in the traditional way; we love hearing what you think by reading a lovely letter or postcard. If you fancy, put pen to paper and send us a note via snail mail. We may even feature your letter here, on our blog.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our address:<br /> <br /> Casa del White Stuff<br /> Canterbury Court<br /> 1-3 Brixton Road<br /> London<br /> SW9 6DE<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 Our 2014 Style Resolutions http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/our-2014-style-resolutions/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/our-2014-style-resolutions/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/our-2014-style-resolutions/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We&rsquo;ve made five special &lsquo;Style Resolutions&rsquo; for 2014 &ndash; we think there&rsquo;s a good chance these will outlast some of our other good intentions (there&rsquo;s only so much celery a person can eat, after all!).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>1. Dress up every day!</strong><br /> Spending more time on yourself is a resolution you&rsquo;ll be thankful for all year. Take time to dress up in the morning and you&rsquo;ll feel great.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wheatfield-tunic-prod408106_dk_samphir/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res6.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Be bolder with colour<br /> </strong>Bright is beautiful, especially when it&rsquo;s grey outside! Don&rsquo;t be afraid to try something new.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/eames-vest-prod406993_chartreuse/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Get moving<br /> </strong>&lsquo;Healthy body, happy mind&rsquo; is our motto for 2014. Some new workout clothes will make you look and feel good; the perfect way to get motivated for a healthy year ahead!</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/louise-sweat-prod408807_navy/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Mix prints</strong><br /> We love our new prints and think they look best clashed with each other! Give it a try &ndash; the New Year is the perfect time to experiment.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/dorothy-cardi-prod408027_atlantic_b/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res 3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Tighten your belt</strong><br /> A new belt is an inexpensive way of updating an outfit and creating shape.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/belts-dept1000291_pg1/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> 0 ANGORA WOOL UPDATE http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/angora-wool-update/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/angora-wool-update/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/angora-wool-update/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>20<sup>th</sup> December 2013 </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>ANGORA WOOL UPDATE</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> White Stuff does not condone animal cruelty.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We currently use Angora wool in some of our accessories and clothing ranges and we are confident in our supplier certification and subsequent investigation which has assured us of their compliance with the ethical sourcing of the Angora wool we use.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> However, in response to recent customer concern, we have decided to cease all production using Angora, as we look to replace this with innovative, sustainable and ethically sourced alternatives.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> 0 Sprout-O-Meter: The Results http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/sproutometer-the-results/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/sproutometer-the-results/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/sproutometer-the-results/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/1426614_550193138390903_810218075_n.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px;" /></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We asked you to vote and say whether you thought sprouts were &lsquo;here to stay&rsquo; or &lsquo;gone with the wind&rsquo;.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sprout fever swept the nation and a whopping 75% of you voted sprouts &lsquo;Here to Stay&rsquo;! It seems the majority of White Stuff fans will be tucking into a plateful of green goodness on the 25<sup>th</sup>.<br /> <br /> Thanks to everyone who voted. The winner of our Brussels competition will be announced in the New Year so stay tuned!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the meantime, here are some more interesting facts from our Sprout-O-Meter poll:<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The passion for sprouts was shared equally between men and women</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Turns out only 70% of Londoners like sprouts (close quarters? Urban warming?)</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">88% of people living in the Channel Islands voted &lsquo;yes&rsquo; to sprouts.</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The further north you go in Britain, the more people like sprouts. &nbsp;Lymington is the exception to this with its passionate 81% in favour of our green heroes.</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Spare a thought for ladies from the capital heading north for Christmas.<br /> <br /> 28% of London lasses hate sprouts but 84% of North Eastern men voted for the veg. They might get blown away by the welcome up north!</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">80% of our international voters loved sprouts.</span></span></strong><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/sprout hidden.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></span></p> 0 The White Stuff Guide to Perfect Christmas Party Etiquette http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/the-white-stuff-guide-to-perfect-christmas-party-etiquette/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/the-white-stuff-guide-to-perfect-christmas-party-etiquette/#comments Thurs, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca /blog/the-white-stuff-guide-to-perfect-christmas-party-etiquette/ <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&lsquo;Tis the season for making merry and there are lots of parties on the horizon. Here&rsquo;s our seasoned White Stuff guide to enjoying Christmas occasions safely and behaving &lsquo;responsibly&rsquo;.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Never do a provocative dance &lsquo;at&rsquo; someone if their fancy dress costume hides their face - it may turn out to be your boss.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Keep your pets in a safe quiet place (there&rsquo;s a fine line between &lsquo;lovingly stroking&rsquo; and &lsquo;drunkenly mauling&rsquo;).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> No &lsquo;twerking&rsquo;. Bit of &lsquo;Gangnam Style&rsquo; is fine; it&rsquo;s actually required if you&rsquo;re a Director.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The &lsquo;<strong><u><a href="http://tribesports.com/challenges/cereal-box-challenge">cereal box challenge</a>&rsquo;</u></strong> always helps a party along. You&rsquo;ll be amazed at the flexibility of even the most seemingly unfit.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Know a hula-hooping expert? We do: Ketishia in Customer Care. If a guest has a unique skill, get them to teach the rest of the guests! Bonus points if it&rsquo;s something really hard and physical like hula-hooping.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Stuck for something to do? Impromptu karaoke and apple bobbing are always good activities.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Avoid the glare of the camera phone and the blinking red lights of video cameras (the photos may be shown to a wider audience!).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Wear fancy dress or something sparkly.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Wear a mask to avoid embarrassment.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Don&rsquo;t mix your drinks.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> But if you do, have some hangover relief ready for when you invent a wine, vodka and orange juice cocktail.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/party1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Avoid stealing the &#39;Welcome Hound&#39;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/party2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Have fun!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/party3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Source an amazing DJ (thanks Web Team Jamie!)</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 The Perfect Christmas Cake http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/the-perfect-christmas-cake/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/the-perfect-christmas-cake/#comments Tues, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/the-perfect-christmas-cake/ <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Don&#39;t panic if you haven&#39;t made your Christmas cake weeks ahead &ndash; &nbsp;our very own Toni from Finance has the perfect recipe for a luscious Christmas cake which can be made as late as you like.</strong></span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the cake:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fat for greasing<br /> 200g plain flour<br /> &frac14; tsp salt<br /> 1-2 tsp mixed spice</span></span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> 200g butter<br /> 200g caster sugar<br /> 6 eggs<br /> 2-4 tbsp brandy or sherry<br /> 100g glace cherries, chopped<br /> 50g walnuts, chopped<br /> 200g currants<br /> 200g sultanas<br /> 150g seedless raisins<br /> 75g cut mixed peel<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the icing:</span></span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> &nbsp;<br /> Apricot jam<br /> Marzipan<br /> Royal icing (use food colouring to get it to the colour you want)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> -Line and grease a 20cm round cake tin. Use double greaseproof paper. Set the oven to 60&deg;C gas 3<br /> -Stir the flour, salt and spice into a bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy<br /> -Gradually beat in the egg and the brandy or sherry, adding a little flour if the mixture starts to curdle. Add the cherries, ginger and walnuts<br /> -Stir in the dried fruit, peel and flour mixture. Spoon into the prepared tin and make a light hollow in the centre<br /> -Bake for 45 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 150&deg;C / gas 2 and bake for a further hour<br /> -Reduce the temperature still further to 140&deg;C /gas 1 and continue cooking for 45-60 minutes until cooked through and firm to touch. Cool in the tin.<br /> -Prepare you icing with the food colouring.<br /> -Cover your cake with lightly heated apricot jam and m</span></span><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">arzipan before adding the Royal icing and smooth it over.<br /> -Decorate with stars and anything else you fancy!</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Toni&rsquo;s Handy Hints-</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> -Soak the fruit in your favorite spirit such as brandy for at least 24 hours before baking<br /> -Next year, start making your Christmas cake in October. Every week, turn the cake and prick holes then carefully poor small amounts of spirit and leave out for an hour or so to soak in</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: georgia, serif; text-align: center;">-Remember the Christmas cake is a centerpiece and decoration in itself. Personalize your cake design with different coloured icing and festive shapes</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/cake2.JPG" style="text-align: center; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></p> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Remember to share an image of your creation on o</span></span></strong><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">ur <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WhiteStuffUK">Facebook page</a> or #whitestuffchristmas on Instagram. Happy baking!</span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></span></strong></p> 0 My Happy Christmas Pinterest Competition http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/my-happy-christmas-pinterest-competition/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/my-happy-christmas-pinterest-competition/#comments Weds, 11 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/my-happy-christmas-pinterest-competition/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Do you use Pinterest? If so, you&rsquo;re in for a treat!<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;re running a Pinterest competition called &lsquo;My Happy Christmas&rsquo; and we want to see what Christmas means to you - is it time spent with family and friends, a few festive tipples or maybe even the sprouts? (You know we&rsquo;re partial to one or two). Perhaps you have a silly family tradition or a present you always get in your stocking?<br /> <br /> To enter, simply create a &lsquo;My Happy Christmas&rsquo; Pinterest board and include images that represent your Happy Christmas. Follow the guidelines on our competition pin (below and on our &lsquo;My Happy Christmas&rsquo; board) and once you&#39;re done make sure you copy and paste the URL onto the comments section of our board. The board we like the most will win a White Stuff Gift Hamper worth &pound;250!<br /> <br /> Check out our board <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/whitestuff/my-happy-christmas-competition/">here</a> for some inspiration.<br /> <br /> Happy Christmas (and pinning!)<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/My Happy Christmas.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 701px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> 0 How to Make a Smiley Sprout http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-to-make-a-smiley-sprout/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/how-to-make-a-smiley-sprout/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer /blog/how-to-make-a-smiley-sprout/ <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Get creative this Christmas! These cute vegetable friends make a fun activity for the Christmas holidays, a crafty gift or even a funky table decoration. Follow the instructions below to make your very own White Stuff Smiley Sprout! &nbsp;</span></p> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>You will need-</strong><br /> <br /> Green felt, a polystyrene ball, googly eyes, craft wire, scissors, PVA glue</span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 1&nbsp;</strong>- Cut a large circle out of the green felt<br /> <br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/8.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 2&nbsp;</strong>- Cover the polystyrene ball with the felt, twist the excess and secure with wire<br /> <br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/7.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 3 -&nbsp;</strong>Cut the extra material off, make sure you leave enough for the sprout to stand upright<br /> <br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/6.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 4 -&nbsp;</strong>Cut out some felt leaves- they can be various sizes<br /> <br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/9.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 5&nbsp;</strong>- Glue the leaves to the side of the sprout. Add some googly eyes and a cheeky smile.&nbsp;To make a lady Sprout, add paper eyelashes and a Christmas bow!&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/12.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="line-height: 115%;">Once you&#39;ve made your Smiley Sprout, share with on our social channels using #whitestuffchristmas</span></span></span></p> 0 Christmas at White Stuff http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/christmas-at-white-stuff-111/ http://www.whitestuff.com/blog/christmas-at-white-stuff-111/#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky /blog/christmas-at-white-stuff-111/ <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/hohoho.bmp" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> We are well and truly into the festive sprit here at White Stuff! From now until Christmas, our shops will be celebrating with some exciting Christmas activities. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>What&rsquo;s on in our shops:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Evenings</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/fcf6980767e086aa4311d1723b649a52[1].jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Drop into your local shop every Thursday evening from 4pm to browse our gorgeous gift collection and enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies on us.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sprout Hunt&nbsp;</strong><strong>and&nbsp;</strong><strong>Kids Fancy Dress</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Picture1.png" style="width: 300px; height: 124px;" /><br /> <br /> We have some smiley sprouts hidden around our shops. Pick up an entry form from our shopkeepers for the chance to win a &pound;20 gift voucher. We also have some festive fancy dress to keep the kids entertained!<br /> <br /> <strong>Sprout-O-Meter</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/1426614_550193138390903_810218075_n.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px;" /><br /> <br /> Sprouts or no Sprouts? From Thursday 28<sup>th</sup>December we are doing a nationwide poll to find out if the nation loves or hates the mighty Sprout. &nbsp;To cast your vote, drop a slip into our in-shop balloting box or vote online <a href="http://bit.ly/1eCsCpA.">here</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Christmas Grottos</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/FB_SQ_Grottos.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px;" /><br /> <br /> We have some very special guests visiting selected White Stuff shops over the Christmas period.<br /> <br /> Every weekend from 7<sup>th </sup>December from 12-4pm Santa will be visiting Battersea, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Kingston, Nottingham and Southampton. He will have treats for all well behaved children.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Santas Grotto.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px;" /><br /> <br /> On Saturday 14<sup>th</sup>, our Battersea and Edinburgh shops will be joined by one of Santa&rsquo;s reindeer. Pop down to say hello, (we&rsquo;ve heard they like a carrot or two!)<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/FB_SQ_Santareindeer.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px;" /><br /> <br /> Our Christmas grottos are free for all to visit but we welcome donations towards the White Stuff Foundation. Please give generously as all money will go towards helping disadvantaged children and young people in your local area.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s lots going on in your local White Stuff this Christmas so make sure you pay us a visit and join in with the fun festivities!</span></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0