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  • Why encouraging your tribe to bring their passions to work is critial to your brand success

    “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs

    People connect with people

    Ever wondered where our unique designs come from.....? At Ulster Weavers we are proud to have a hub of super talented designers who produce creations which fit perfectly with our brand values.

    We understand that our people, and in particular our design team, are the face of our brand. We want their designs to reflect our brand promise but equally to reflect their own unique style. That is the very reason why we have cultivated a culture that encourages our designers to bring their own ideas and passions with them to work every day and transpire them into their designs.

    Creativity breeds success

    In 2012 LoveOlli was established by Ulster Weavers designer Olive (Olli) McCaughan. Olive had a passion for found objects and pretty patterns and her entrepreneurial spirit encouraged her to pursue this further and develop her own brand.  LoveOlli creates inspiring and unique gifts using a select group of trusted British and Irish suppliers and fits perfectly with the Ulster Weavers parent brand. Olive has created a range of candles, home fragrance and bath and body products inspired by all the things she loves.

     

     

    According to research conducted by Harvard Business Review, by allowing people to pursue their passions you are 'fanning the flames of motivation' and motivating people to perform at their peak is especially vital in creative work.

    Ulster Weavers thrive on a culture that is built on diversity and encourages collaboration. These strong foundations have allowed us to create traditional ranges such as our highly acclaimed Royal Wedding & Royal Baby collections to our more contemporary designs such as Bee Keeper and Bountiful Floral.

    Never underestimate the value of emotional connection 

    We ensure that the human touch is evident throughout the product journey. From taking the time to understand our customer needs; to our designers taking the concept and putting their individual mark on their artwork; which transpires into a beautiful hand-drawn design, to the process of transferring this onto a textile in our factory. Each item is then elegantly wrapped and packaged by hand.

    Show up every day as the best version of yourself

    One of the most disappointing traits in the world is wasted talent. Do not let that be you and do not let that be the people that you are leading.  Live up to your potential and encourage others to do the same. Love what you do and do what you love. That is when the magic happens.





  • Add a touch of style to laundry day…

    Add a touch of style to laundry day…

    ‘Tis the season to line-dry washing! When the sun comes out, but the chores still need to be done, the perfect excuse to get out in the garden is to hang out the washing. Freshly sun-dried washing always smells and feels luxurious – infinitely more pleasurable than the machine-dried variety - plus it’s ecologically friendly, so your conscience can enjoy it too!

    To add a touch of style to your laundry day, Ulster Weavers’ range of gorgeous laundry bags look good around the house and help you to keep things nice and tidy. Part of the Designers Guild range, the Chinoiserie design features stunning watercolour blossom branches in vibrant inky tones, while Couture Rose depicts large-scale rose blooms reminiscent of Parisian haute couture in rich shades of pink and yellow.  https://www.ulsterweavers.com/couture-rose-laundry-bag.

    Practically speaking the bags have two strong handles, so they are easy to manoeuvre, and a PVC-lined inner and can easily be kept wiped clean with a damp cloth. Both of these Designers Guild fabrics come in a co-ordinating ironing board and peg bag. https://www.ulsterweavers.com/chinoiserie-ironing-board-cover

    As well as these beautiful prints, we like to bring a touch of fun to our homeware ranges and nothing shows this off more perfectly than our cute and quirky peg-bags. If you’re an animal-lover then there’s bound to be a character to suit whether you prefer cats or chickens, bumble bees or bears. These useful peg-bags are sure to bring a smile to wash days and have plenty of space to store your pegs, plus a handy hook so that it’s suspended within reach on the washing line when you most need it. https://www.ulsterweavers.com/laundry-cleaning/peg-bags  

    Once you’re equipped with the latest laundry accessories, you can get your wash on in style and take heed of our top tips for tip-top laundry:

    - It’s always frustrating to lose a favourite item of clothing to a stubborn stain, so make sure you tackle any likely lingering marks as soon as possible. Make sure you put it into soak with a stain remover straight away before washing.

    - Don’t overfill the machine! It may sound obvious, but it’s so important if you want to avoid excessive creasing and make sure everything is thoroughly washed.

    - Be environmentally friendly! Sometimes we wash things after a single wear or as a refresh if it’s been confined to a cupboard for too long. In this situation, choose a cool wash as it will still work perfectly well.

    - Clean your machine! It’s worth running a washing machine cleaning solution through it every few months to clear out excess dirt and soap residue. Do you really want to put your clothes in a dirty washer?

    - Wash and dry dark items inside out to avoid fading.

    For more inspiration on bringing a little sunshine into your home and garden this summer see our full range of products and gift ideas https://www.ulsterweavers.com/seasonal/summer.

  • Honey to the Bee

    Honey to the Bee

    Honey has a deserved reputation as a bit of a wonder-food, having been used not only for sustenance, but also for medicinal purposes over the years. In fact, it’s one of the many reasons we treasure our beautiful native bee population and why we are celebrating it through our gorgeous new Bee Keeper range.

    While honey is renowned for its health benefits, most of us don’t really know why it’s good for us, so we thought we’d spread the word with some fascinating facts about why honey makes life sweeter!

    Healing

    The ancient Egyptians put honey to work healing wounds and burns, and this is still a popular use today. This could be due to the fact that all honey is naturally anti-bacterial; in fact Manuka honey treats over 250 clinical strains of bacteria and has even been found to stimulate the production of immune cells.

    Coughs and sore throats

    Honey and lemon is a popular cough and cold remedy and evidence shows that honey is extremely effective at reducing symptoms by coating the throat, even rivalling popular medicinal remedies in effectiveness.

    Allergies

    The use of locally-made honey can be a fantastic natural antidote to hay fever, as it will contain elements of the local pollen that triggers your allergy. Eating local honey will help your body to build up an immunity to these particular pollens, even as little as a teaspoon a day. For the best results you need to start this regime around 2-3 months before your hay fever kicks in.

    Antioxidants

    High quality honey contains lots of antioxidants, which have been linked with reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and even some types of cancer. Some studies have also shown that honey can help to reduce bad cholesterol, while raising your ‘good’ cholesterol levels!

    Skincare

    Honey’s anti-bacterial qualities are especially good for your skin, which makes it a common ingredient in skin treatments and a must-have if you like to prepare homemade facemasks. For a soothing and refreshing facemask that’s easy to whip up at home, visit https://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-honey-facial-mask/

    Which honey?

    Raw honey is generally considered the best for health benefits as it contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes not present in refined honey. However, honey is not recommended for children under the age of 12 months.

    In the kitchen

    All of this is almost just a bonus when you consider how tasty honey is and how many ways it can be put to delicious use in the kitchen. Drizzled on cereal or pancakes, used as a glaze for meat or veg, or simply added to cakes or desserts as a sweetener, honey has countless culinary applications.

    In fact Delicious magazine has taken the time to collate a tantalising selection of some of the best recipes, which you can read here http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/collections/honey-recipes/

    Honey is clearly a household staple, whether in the medicine cabinet or the kitchen cupboard, it’s an item that we just can’t do without!

    To read more about the health benefits of honey click here https://www.well-beingsecrets.com/health-benefits-of-honey-ultimate-guide/

    or to celebrate the busy, buzzy makers of honey in your kitchen, take a look at our BeeKeeper range by clicking here!

     

  • Your Top 10 Ulster Weavers favourites of 2017

    Everyone loves a top 10 at Christmas don’t they? Whether it’s movies, music or sports stars, the end of the year wouldn’t be quite the same without a listicle about favourites from the year gone by.

    We’re no different here! We’ve been looking at some of your most popular Ulster Weavers items from 2017.

    Now. Onto the top 10!

    10. Dotty Sheep Side Plate

    Kicking off the top 10 is the ever-popular Dotty Sheep range. Namely, our bone china side plate. Perfect for bringing a bit of colour to your table.

    Like what you see? Join the flock by checking out the Dotty Sheep range here.

    9. Dotty Sheep Tea Towel

    Two Dotty Sheep entries in the top 10? Clearly the range has fans! (Spoiler alert: more sheep show up on this list…)

    And why wouldn’t it have fans? How could you not love the mustard yellow and grey contrast? It’s perfect for brightening up any kitchen.

    Check them out here!

    8. Dotty Sheep Placemats

    Like the release of a new Ed Sheeran album, the top 10 is being overtaken by one artist! Protecting a table has never been so much fun. These bright, colourful cork placemats are easy to clean, and loved by adults and kids alike.

    Check them out here!

    7. Dotty Sheep Cup and Saucer

    So what goes well with your tea towels, placemats and plates? We wouldn’t be British if we didn’t offer perfectly styled cups and saucers, to make your tea look as good as it tastes!

    As with all our products, we’ve designed this cup and saucer to withstand everyday use, while remaining delicate to hold. As it should be.

    6. Royal Wedding Anniversary Tea Towel

    As a British company and bearers of the Royal Standard, we were very excited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones as well!

    If you’re a fan of the royalty looking for something to commemorate historic dates and occasions, we’re here to help! You can order this one here:

    Rumour has it, there is a special event happening for the royal family next year, watch this space to see what we have planned…

    5. Dotty Sheep Straight Sided Mug

    Did you think we’d finished with Dotty Sheep on this list? Clearly you all love it very much, and the mug proves to be the best seller from the whole range!

    A perfect gift for yourself or a friend, this mug will serve you well, it’ll survive trips through the dishwasher, and everything you can throw at it (not literally).

    Find them here!

    4. Christmas Dove Tea Towel

    We all love Christmas, don’t we? It’s plain to see all of you do, because you’ve taken this beautifully simple dove design into your homes and embraced it. Thank you so much for that.

    If you’re planning ahead for Christmas next year, why not look to see what other special seasonal products we do? We’ve got a lot to offer!

    3. Penguin Doorstop

    Claiming the bronze medal is our wonderful Antarctic friend. He’s perfect for keeping your kitchen door open, entertaining your children and befriending your dog.

    He’s so proud to help, he’s even dressed in his finest, and who doesn’t love a good bow tie?

    Order your new home assistant bird here!

    2. RHS Traditional Rose Calendar Tea Towel 2018

    As for the silver medal? A timelessly designed tea towel, for those who like to keep track of the time! It’s nice to see our fans like to plan ahead, however you use this tea towel next year, we hope it brings you luck and happiness for 2018!

    There’s still time to order yours here.

    1. Elephant Parade Doorstop

    Ladies and gentlemen, your gold medallist for 2018 is our beautiful elephant doorstop! Filled with love (and sand), we even donate money to protect elephants every time we sell one of these little guys. So by brightening up your house with one of these little guys, you help to protect their big brothers and sisters around the world.

    Join the elephant parade here:

    So that’s that! Another year wrapped up, with exciting new ranges and products arriving next year, what will take the top spot in our 2018 top 10? Only you can decide!

  • Top tips for a family Halloween

    There’s no denying that in recent years, Halloween has become something of a highlight on a family’s social calendar. It’s a great chance to have some fun, show your creativity, and potentially spook your children, and who doesn’t want to do that occasionally!

    To help with your Halloween inspiration, we’ve put together a few ideas on how to decorate your home, as well as interesting Halloween party food ideas to serve up for trick or treaters, or at a spooky get-together.

    Decorate your house.

    You can’t have a Halloween party without making your home spooky, it just wouldn’t be right. However, this doesn’t mean you need to spend lots of money on special decorations that, let’s be honest, are likely to end up in the bin on November 1st.

    We’d suggest using your creative skills, as well as your kids’, to make something a bit different, reflecting your own style and sense of humour, while also saving yourself a bit of money. It also increases the Halloween fun for your kids! Some of our favourite ideas on how to make Halloween decorations include:

    • Another simple Halloween idea is to cut eyes into toilet roll holders and place a small torch or a glow stick inside them. Hide the holders in dark corners or hedgerows. The resulting sinister glowing eyes will spook your family, friends and neighbours! For the ultimate effect, try to use red or green lights.
    • Follow this step-by-step guide on YouTube.For trick-or-treaters in your neighbourhood, you can ‘monsterise’ your front door, turning it into a character all of its own. This can be done in many different ways, but if you treat the letterbox as the ‘mouth’ of the character, you can add teeth by using paper cut to shape, as well as eyes further up the door.
    • If you’re skilled with photo editing software, you could put your head in a jar… Don’t worry, it’s completely painless. It requires you to take 3 photos of your face, from both sides and straight on, blend the photos together, laminate the image, and place it in a large glass jar filled with water and food colouring. Find out how to do this here.

    Make something delicious.

    Halloween wouldn’t be the same without treats for everyone. It’s a big part of the whole experience, and probably our favourite part! If you’re a keen baker, you can produce some fantastic sweeties for the spooky occasion. From literal finger food to spider cookies, it isn’t too difficult to make scary, delicious food with our helpful Halloween tips. Just make sure to grab your special Ulster Weavers Halloween tea towels and oven mitt!

    • For a simple, yet effective, Halloween treat, try making your own spider chip cookies. We’ve got our own favourite cookie recipe as a basis, but any recipe where the chocolate chunks are clearly visible will suffice. To turn chocolate chip cookies into spider cookies, remove the baked cookies from the oven, and immediately take a toothpick or cocktail stick, and streak out the chocolate to look like legs. That’s it!
    • Create creepy ‘finger’ food for a delicious, yet unnerving treat. Simply combine porridge oats, dates, dark chocolate and peanut butter in a food processor and pulse until you have a rubbly consistency. Shape the mixture into fingers, and press a toasted almond flake in to the mixture to represent the fingernail. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them!
    • You can create delicious mummies by coating chipolata sausages in honey, mustard and ketchup, and wrapping in croissant pastry (home-made or pre-rolled). For that added effect, use the mustard to create creepy eyes through a slit in the pastry, perfect for a party!

    Do you have any other special recipes or ideas for Halloween, or have you tried any of ours? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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