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It's A Family Affair!

In 2015 Sam and I had a vision. We wanted to create something that we could work around our young family- something we could create together, Sam could produce and I could market and sell. From The Oak Tree was born through a simple vision, some very hard work, long hours and real elbow grease.  

Our children were witnesses to this hard work and the whole process. Then 9,8,6 & 3 years old they accompanied us to meetings, slept in the truck at events, helped oil, stamp and handed out numerous leaflets! It became part of their normal life and our 5th baby.

A couple of years ago when Claudia was 11 I noticed she had made a video on her iPad....it shows me that our hardwork hasn't gone un-noticed. Our children really do believe in us and From the Oak Tree really is a family affair!!

Please take a minute to watch her hard wok and really appreciate how little and cute they were!!! LOL

Charlotte xxxx ( and Claudia xxx)

Recipe For Jamie Oliver's Veggie Chilli

 

Self Filling FireSelf Feeding FireOn 18th January 2019 I was featured on Channel 4, Jamie and Jimmies Friday Night Feast on the DIY build. The recipe for the vegetarian chilli was delicious and the feed back at CHARFEST was great- so I thought I'd Share....Divide the ingredients down as per the people you are feeding. This would be perfect in a hotpot or slow cooker if you don't fancy the self feeding fire build!

Veggie chilli – (serves 25)

3 onions
6 garlic cloves
2 leeks
3 red peppers
2 red chillies
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons ground coriander
3 tablespoons ground smoked paprika
3 tablespoons dried oregano
2 cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons tomato puree
350g dried red lentils
350g dried green lentils
3x 400g tins red kidney beans
3x 400g tins black beans
3x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
2 litres vegetable stock

Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic, then trim and finely chop the leek, red pepper and chilli and place into your largest, heavy-based pan over a medium heat with the oil. Fry for about 5 minutes, or until softened. 

Add the spices, dried herbs and tomato purée and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Stir in the lentils and the beans, followed by the chopped tomatoes and the stock. Bring it all to the boil, then reduce to a low heat and let it bubble away for at least 1 hour (or until thickened and reduced) stirring every 15 to 20 minutes, then season.

Serve scattered with coriander leaves, lime wedges, tortilla chips, guacamole and a dollop of soured cream on the side.

Self Feeding Fire

Valentine's Gifts For Him

Valentines Gifts for MenI just opened my emails this morning to an email from The Good Web Guide to say that we have been featured in their "Valentine's -Gifts For Him" Edit. Not only am I really happy to have been featured I think this is all too exciting as I love the Neon G&T Board that they picked as a perfect gift for your fella on the 14th February!

We have a whole range of other gifts for men if the Neon Board isn't quite his cup of tea. The Bits and Bobs Bowls are always appreciated by blokes as they are such a solid piece of oak, with the natural grain running through and offer the perfect solution to storing loose change, keys, T-Pegs screws and all his bits and bobs when he empties his pockets to save the washing machine ( that's if you have him well enough trained!)

If your MR is particularly fond of his devices he may like somewhere to stand them and charge them...it's a life saver for tangled up wires and looks the part on the side of a desk, next to the bed or on any side board- engraved with a favourite saying or his name it makes a useful device charger really personal.

Lots of men really love a glass of the grape so a wine rack is sure to impress them and show them they really are loved this Valentines day. Let us know if you need help with engraving ideas- we have had some really great ones over the years!

Thanks to The Good Web Guide for the feature. Its a great website so make sure you nip over and have look and in the meantime have a look through our valentines election for some more ideas.

Neon Chopping Board

Lots of Valentines Love Charlotte x

 

 

 

A Thankyou For Your Shooting Host

With the pheasant shooting season coming to the end on the 1st February you may be starting to think about purchasing a special gift for your host or perhaps you had such an amazing time this season and really want to show how much you appreciate all the hard work your game keeper does.

Our Shot Glass Trays and Shot Glass Peg Trays are such a fabulous addition to any shoot. The Shot Glass Peg Trays also have the added addition of the peg number discs underneath the glasses which offer and ingenious way to select your peg for the days shooting. Each person enjoys their shot and reveals their peg number on lifting the glass.

The Peg Boards look great engraved with the name of the shoot, farm or estate and will be a welcome addition to any shooting lunch or dinner.  What a delicious way, paired with slow gin, to start your day out in the great British countryside! Then re-use it again after your shooting lunch with a rich port to finish.

The shot to keep your barrels hot!! Shot Glass Peg Tray

Charlotte x

 

 

Three Reasons To Shop with Us!

I gave myself this as a blog title and found it hard to nail down just three reasons that set us apart from other online gift businesses...after all why on earth wouldn't you want to shop with us?  

So here are three reasons why you SHOULD shop with From The Oak Tree:

 

1 / SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

When you email, send a text, comment on our Insta feed, check us out on facebook you get real people! You get little old me; in my office, on dog walk, at a show or even on the school run and I will really try and help find out exactly what it is you need ( or really want!). When you contact us you become part of our extended family- I buy into your ideas and really try and understand the people you are buying for.

I personally write out each and every order and send it to the workshop where it is carefully made and looked after until it comes back to me for oiling and packing.  I look after each gift as if its's for my best friend and I get a little bit of happiness from each and every oak gift. If you want to make a slight change to an order, contact me, Il'l contact you as soon as I can and I will do my jolly best to oblige- if you want some ideas or some inspiration I may be able to help too. Real people make real ideas come true and because we are small we really do make all of our products with love!

Charlotte Clemons Charlotte Clemons Charlotte and Sam Clemons

 

2/ WE MAKE HEIRLOOMS

Our oak gifts are not just gifts for the now they are gifts for the future. Think about an oak tree- it stands proud, it holds its ground and it is admired for many, many years. That's exactly what our products do!

Imagine the Oak Swing that you want to buy your little one. When you get around to purchasing this beautiful swing with an inspirational quote, their name or even the name of the house, the children will be over the moon with their gift . You too will admire it most days and sometimes have a sneaky little swing (after all we are never too old).  Many a season is witnessed from this wonderful oak gift.  The years pass, it's still enjoyed and that little one is now a big one, now an adult and has children of their own....enjoying the beautiful oak swing the same way it had been used all those years ago.

Think Chopping Boards, Toast Racks, Welly Boot Racks...all everlasting gifts to be had! Heirlooms in the making!

 

3/ WE CAN SOLVE GIFT ISSUES

When you are looking for that really "special gift", something different, something unique and something that really says; "thank you", "I love you", "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Anniversary" or a whole list of other messages we have the answer! There really is something for everyone in our range and each gift can be made that little bit extra special using your own choice of words.

Our Chopping Boards look amazing perched on the top in every single kitchen on earth. They are a reminder that we are loved and have been thought about on each daily occasion it is used.  Our swings add life long fun to the lives of those you have gifted. The Welly Boot Racks add organisation to the homes of busy people who really will be over the moon with their new oak addition. If you require something a little smaller consider one of our kitchen or in the house products.  Paired together with your own choice of words, something useful becomes something really special and tells that hard to buy for person that they are "worth the extra effort".  

 

         

So there you have it, my three reasons why to shop with us.  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget if you have any questions at all get in touch- it really is me at the other end xxx

 Charlotte xxx

 

 

 

The Perfect Turkey Board

Christmas dinner is literally one of my favourite things of the year. I picture it in my head, just like the cheesy adverts and the Dickens novel; my angelic children sitting nicely, laughing over pulling crackers, while the biggest turkey ever grown sits juicy and golden in the middle of the table. Heaven. Never mind the desserts.....Read more

Christmas for Kids - From The Oak Tree

Fed up of the Argos and Smyths adverts yet? The plastic, breakable, loud annoying toys, whipping the children up into a cacophony of screeching about how they “need that” for Christmas?

Let’s take it down a notch. Let’s move back to environmentally friendly, sustainable, beautiful presents that will be loved and used for years.

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Christmas Gifts for the Girls - From the Oak Tree

As usual, I'm nowhere near ready for Christmas, despite my best plans. So, I’ve put together some gift guides to save all of you wonderful people, with great intentions from the drama that needn’t be! Let's start with the ladies in your life.Read more

A little late to the party...but 2018 lets be having you!!

Ok,  so I didn’t make it in time for the January blog, the one where I wish you a Happy new year, tell your of all my hopes and dreams, my resolutions, tell you how incredibly productive I am going to be in 2018 and how I will be skinny and wonderful in time for summer and my business will have taken to new shiny heights. Instead I am here to tell you its February, I barely sat at my desk in January in fact I achieved very little in terms of business production. I fell off  the “Dry Jan” wagon, never really got started with my clean eating and although sales were good I didn’t eally do much too generate them, which in turn will come and bite me in the backside I am sure…

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However do you know what?  I didn’t give up or throw the towel in just because January was passing me by;  I had good tidy up of the house and got on top of all my daily chores. I helped bring a litter of puppies into this world and spent many a moment just staring at them and my beautiful Labrador thinking how wonderful the circle of life is. I wrote numerous lists, got my head around slightly healthier eating patterns for the longevity and went to bed early. A Lot! I had some nights out with friends, some nights in with my hubby and played games with my children. And now and only now am I ready to take on the year ahead….So a little late to the party lets be having you 2018…or what’s left of you!!!

 

I'm sure I am not alone, please re-assure me I'm not and feel comforted in the fact that neither are you! You really will know when you are ready!!!..... Charlotte xxxx

 

 

 

 

Removal Of Stains and Tannins in Oak

From the Oak Tree is just in its infancy in comparison to Hortus Ligneous Ltd our oak framing, carpentry and joinery company. We deal with many renovation and restoration projects over at Hortus Ligneous and are often find ourselves making oak "good" again.

I just thought my friends at From The Oak Tree may be interested to know one of the only things apart from sanding that can improve the look and remove those unsightly stains often found in aged oak.  Once the tannins ( a combination of sap and chemicals in the timber that seeps out) and iron come into contact a reaction occurs and forms a blue-balk stain on the oak.

REMOVAL OF STAINS AND IRON STAINS:  

Water, tide marks and Iron stains can be removed by scrubbing the stained area with a solution of oxalic acid in water. Dissolve 1kg oxalic acid to 6Lt of warm water. Scrub stained area using a stiff-bristle brush. Thoroughly rinse with water after treatment. When completely dry, lightly sand the surface. Surface must be clean and completely dry (not just surface dry) before refinishing.

Use an oil or  wood stain for a perfect finish.

TO LIGHTEN OR RESTORE OAK:  

To restore the natural oak tones of the wood use 75-125g of oxalic acid per 5lt of hot water then apply by spray, brush or wipe on. 

NB: Oxalic acid is an ACID and therefore the correct protective equipment should be used- should your skin or eye come into attention SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION URGENTLY.

 

Get scrubbing...and don't forget your PPE!!

Oxalic Acid

 

 

Mothers Day Gift Inspiration

I have just been looking through last years magazine articles and I noticed that we were in the March issue of Rutland Living Magazine featuring some editors choices on mothers day gift ideas. I thought I would share those ideas with you here. The editor chose the small bits and bobs bowl which makes a lovely gift for any mum and is suitable for spare change, keys and jewellery and looks stylish on any side. The solid Oak bowl makes a great gift as it compliments any home decor.

The other recommended From the Oak Tree gift was the very popular Mini Oak Chopping Board that would make any keen Mother Cook or Mummy Chef happy smile when receiving this oak gift. If not such a keen master-chef then what would be more perfect to prepare and chop the lemons for the G&T she so rightfully deserves on this mothers day!

For further inspiration for mothers day gifts that can be personalised please have al ook around our online shop at From The Oak Tree.

Mothers Day From The Oak Tree in the Rutland Living Magazine

An Ode to My Mother!

Ode To My Mother
Beautiful words...a day late but it was International Woman's day yesterday and I would like to thank my Mother for being stronger, more driven and giving me much more than any precious stone ever could.