May 3rd, 2013 | | permalink
Crabtree & Evelyn will revisit the classic British herb garden for a new generation this spring, temporarily transforming Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza into a tranquil urban oasis to celebrate the 2013 Chelsea Fringe Festival.
Designed by garden designer and rising star Emma Coleman, ‘The Avant Garden’, a signature project for the Chelsea Fringe, will blossom on Covent Garden’s West Piazza from 14th May to 9th June and marks over 15 years of the Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Collection and their 40 years of pioneering botanical formulations. The Gardeners Collection will be celebrated through the choice of planting, inspired by the fragrance notes of the range including: rosemary, thyme and sage.
Commenting on the project Jacqui Gale, from Crabtree & Evelyn said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project and to be working with the Chelsea Fringe. Emma’s design brings alive the ideals and history of our brand, highlighting the natural ingredients of our products. It is a fantastic way to celebrate over 15 years of our Gardeners Collection.”
For the duration of the installation, you can pop down to Covent Garden to enjoy some special treats courtesy of Crabtree & Evelyn.
Hand Therapy Time: Get a complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn hand treatment, FREE sample or voucher. Every Mon – Sun 12pm -4pm
Afternoon Tea: Treat yourself to a complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn afternoon teatime treat. Every Mon – Fri 4:30pm – 6:30 pm
Meet some of the events partners, including members from The Herb Society, Waterwise, Carbon Gold and GrowUp Gardening and pick up water conservation and gardening tips.
The full event lisiting will be coming soon!
Sponsor: Crabtree & Evelyn
Garden Designer: Emma Coleman
Project Director: Anna Paganelli, GrowUp Gardening
Contractor: Hendzel + Hunt
Sub Contractor: Physical Pixels
The Herb Society, www.herbsociety.org.uk
Carbon Gold, www.carbongold.com
Hendzel + Hunt, www.hendzelandhunt.com
Physical Pixels, www.physicalpixels.com
March 25th, 2013 | | permalink
The tradition for decorating eggs during springtime is thought to go back thousands of years, with the egg being a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids – you can’t go far wrong with an egg decorating session.
The old school way of embellishing an eggs is to prepare them first by make a small hole in the top and bottom of the egg, and then gently blowing through one end to release the yolk and the white. This delicate task can be time consuming and unpleasant (particularly if you have an aversion to raw egg). Therefore, we got our mitts on a bag of plastic eggs, which are far more robust for little hands. They also open up – so you could hide prizes, handwritten wishes for spring, or clues for an Easter egg hunt inside them. If you can’t find these eggs on your high street, it’s worth seeking them out on eBay.
Here’s how to decorate your eggs for a real Easter ‘wow’ factor…
Plenty of eggs to decorate
Paint in your choice of colour
A small tree on willow branches to hang the eggs on
1. Decorate your eggs. Let your imaginations run wild! Think cowboys, fairies, monsters, mermaids, pirates, popstars, cartoon characters, animals, witches and wizards. Or stick to a more classic look with pastel colours
2. Use the double sided sticky tape to attach a loop of ribbon to your eggs
3. Simply hang the eggs on your tree. For an extra treat hide mini Crabtree & Evelyn gifts inside – a perfect indulgence for Easter time dinner party guests.
4. The decorated eggs can be also be used for imaginative play, an Easter egg hunt, or special table decorations.
Easter Egg Hunt
We’ve hidden an egg somewhere on our website www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk. If you find it you could win a delicious fine food hamper worth £50.
Find out how the enter on our Facebook page.
May 1st, 2012 | | permalink
Want to turn your trash into cash and have a fun day out? Then get yourself to a local car boot sale this summer.
Search on the website Car Boot Junction or check local press to find a car boot sale near you.
But before you do, take note of these Top 10 trading tips…
1. Clearing out
Be ruthless! If you haven’t used or worn an item in months, or even years, get rid. Make sure your goods are clean and clothes have been washed and aired. Always check purses, bags and pockets in case you’ve left money or personal details in them.
2. Be an early bird
Car boot sales are very popular, and if you’re late you could miss out on a pitch, so arrive early. Plus, this means people are less likely root through your boot before you’ve set things out. Yes, this does happen.
3. Setting up
You’ll need ground sheets and a table – and a hanging rail is handy if you’re selling clothes. It’s also worth taking clear plastic sheeting to cover your stall if it rains. Make sure you have a good supply of plastic bags for your customers and a box of petty cash so you can change notes. People like to know prices, so mark up goods with sticky labels.
4. Make yourself comfortable
Take a flask and a packed lunch with you to save money on buying burgers and builders’ tea while you’re there. You’ll be exposed to the elements, so layer up and remember to take waterproofs and an umbrella, just in case. Most car boot sites have portable loos, so you won’t have to cross your legs!
5. Be open to offers
People love to haggle, so let them. It’s worth reducing items towards the end of the day or doing special offers, like buy one get one free, or reducing everything to £1.
6. Cash in with cakes
Homemade cakes always go down well at car boot sales and are a great way to make extra cash. Make simple cakes that don’t take too much time or money to make.
7. Get the kids to help
Car boot sales are a great place for kids to learn about money. Get them to sort out their old toys, price them up and sell them. Then they can add the cash they’ve made to their pocket money.
8. Watch out for thieves
Unfortunately, car boot sales are a popular thieving ground, so be vigilant. Watch your stall like a hawk and never take your eye off your valuables.
9. Don’t buy more junk!
However alluring other stalls may be, avoid going on a shopping spree as it defeats the object of having a clear-out, and you could waste money. But if you see a bargainous antique, go for it!
10. Ways to get rid of unsold items
Take your unsold goods to a charity shop, jumble sale or recycling bank. If items are in good nick, then try selling them on eBay.
Just think, with all the money you make you could go on a shopping spree at Crabtree & Evelyn!