Our Exclusive Aga Covers Are Back in Stock

After our first batch of Heart to Home exclusive Aga Covers sold out, we are now working with a new sewing team and they have recently delivered their first batch of Heart to Home linens. We’re thrilled to say that the results are better than we could ever have hoped. There are some brand new designs, which will be revealed very soon, but in the meantime we have stock of Chickens, Hares and Pheasants Aga/hob covers.

Chickens Aga Cover - brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Chickens Aga Cover – brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

 

Hares Aga Cover - brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Hares Aga Cover – brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Pheasants Aga Cover - brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Pheasants Aga Cover – brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Heart to Home Has Never Been Such Good Value

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There are a whole clutch of money-saving special offers at Heart to Home at the moment – and not just for one day or one week only.

First is our 20% off Sophie Allport offer.

Currently you can take 20% off anything and everything in our selection of Sophie Allport kitchen and dining room linens and fine bone china – that’s tea towels, oven gloves, mugs, jugs, Aga hob covers and a lot more.

Second, there’s good news about postage.

You can now get free UK delivery on any order over £25. That’s down from £35. And we’ve scrapped the surcharge for mugs, jugs and other china, so an order for a single mug now just costs the standard £2.80 for UK delivery.

Finally – for the moment – there’s a hidden page on our website with leftovers from our Autumn Clearance Sale so get over there quick because when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Take a Look at This Lovely Converted Barn – Cotswolds Holiday Accommodation

Ashwell Barn Cotswolds Accommodation - Stairs / Dining

Climb the stairs to nestle in the cosy luxury of the bedroom under the rafters of this lovely renovated English barn in the Cotswold countryside near Chedworth

Some friends of mine have been undertaking the renovation of a lovely barn in the Cotswolds, which is now a holiday let. Heart to Home supplied some of their fabrics. It is self-catering accommodation on a private estate in the heart of the Cotswolds – an area of beautiful countryside close to the villages of Chedworth and Calmsden.

Ashwell Barn is available for nights, weekends and week-long lets and the website has an Availability Calendar to help you plan your stay online.

Take a look at the photographs below and you’ll agree that it’s a lovely place to spend some time in the peaceful English countryside.

Tel. 01285 720137

Website ashwellbarn.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/ashwellbarn

First Look – New Hob Covers Exclusive to Heart to Home

Hares Aga Cover - brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

We’re very proud to announce that we have been hard at work throughout 2015 on our very own range of high quality kitchen and dining room linens. And here’s your first sneak preview. The images below are the very first public look at our first three Aga/hob covers in hares, pheasants and chickens designs.

After years of selling other people’s kitchen linens, we’ve learned a thing or two about what keeps our customers happy and unhappy and we’ve set out to make our new products the best of the best. To begin with, we looked for timeless designs with an unmistakeable flavour of the Great British countryside. And we used tough, hard-wearing fabric that won’t shrink, pucker or fade in the wash. And we don’t skimp on the quality of the stitching, so your linens won’t start unravelling after a few weeks of kitchen duty. And the result, in this case, is a hob cover that will give you many years of service, both to protect your Aga lids from scratches as well as doubling as a pot mitt.

The exact date these Aga covers will go on sale is still a closely-guarded secret, so keep a close eye on the Heart to Home website or just drop us a line and we’ll let you know when they’re ready to make a an appearance in your kitchen. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your first impressions, so do share your views or get in touch.

Something for Nothing

Heart to Home Free Gifts

You can’t get something for nothing in this world can you? Really? Really…?

Maybe you can.

Sometimes a growing business like ours has to give away a little something to earn the trust of new customers. As much as we might bend over backwards to source quality products, deliver them on time and offer prompt and friendly customer service, we recognise that there’s always an element of risk when it comes to making a purchase from a company you’ve never tried before. So it’s up to us to make that a risk worth taking.

We recognise the need to overcome the consumer’s healthy scepticism. So why should people buy from Heart to Home rather than from a company they already know and trust? This summer our answer to that question has been to offer a range of free gifts. Of course, “free” is not without some strings attached – we haven’t just been sending out free tea towels to anyone who asks for one. But we have invested in extra stock for some of our best-selling kitchen linens and china  to give customers – both new and returning – an extra reason to buy something from Heart to Home.

We promoted our free gifts with some really eye-catching banner artwork and we’ve collected some examples of it on this page for posterity. You’ve missed all of these promotions (sorry!), but there will be more coming soon, so keep an eye on the Heart to Home website for much more of the same in the coming weeks.

 

Change a Life This Summer with a Charity Baking Party

 

At the end of June, Marie Curie supporters hosted “Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Parties” all around the UK to raise money to provide free care to people living with a terminal illness in their own homes and in the Marie Curie Hospice.

Cake sales have always been the backbone of the British charity fundraising scene – there was a Bake For Heroes event in the Spring and a Bake for Bliss in the Winter amongst many others.

Wherever you’re from, there is doubtless no shortage of schools, hospitals, Scout groups, churches and local community action groups that could do with a cash injection and your cakes could help them raise vital funds to help them do what they do. Here are some other upcoming baking-based events from charities large and small. many of which provide invaluable supporting materials, including customisable flyers, posters, press releases, bunting, invitations, hand-outs and, most importantly, donation forms.

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The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

The Children’s Society: Bake and Brew
Your Bake and Brew event can be anything from a coffee morning in your community to a cocktail and cupcake party with friends. You can even get your kids involved by holding an icing party.
Resources available to download include recipes supplied by Nigella Lawson, Levi Roots, Annabel Karmel and  Derek Quelch of the Goring Hotel, Claridges and the Savoy.

Breast Cancer Care Strawberry Tea
Gather your friends this summer for a Strawberry Tea and help support women facing breast cancer. The charity’s website features a range of downloadable resources for fundraisers that is second to none.

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Whether it’s a cup of tea and cake, champagne and strawberries with the girls, cake-off at work, a BBQ with your friends or a Bake it Bigger event at your school, the theme, venue and who you invite are all up to you.

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Cake Off (September)
Whether you’re a budding baker of kitchen rookie, show off your culinary talents and join our brand new Duchess of Kent Cake Off fundraising event this autumn.

Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) bakeit!
A year-round campaign to get bakers baking in support of the national charity for MND care, research and campaigning.

Dream Tea
The official “Dream Tea Week” promoted by children’s charity Dreams Come True took place in June, but unsurprisingly they’re keen for bakers to continue raising funds throughout the summer.

Free Cakes for Kids UK
If organising a sale is a bit high-profile for you but you love the karmic concept of a random act of baking-related kindness, find (or start) your local branch of Free cakes for Kids, a charitable organisation that quite simply bakes cakes for families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child.

 

 

 

£68 million worth of electricity is wasted each year by boiling your kettle

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If you’re like us, then there’s a fair bet that there’s a cup of tea within arm’s reach right now or soon will be. We’re English and tea is part of our staple diet, not to mention coffee.

But at what a cost? It’s easy to sneer at the article by Susannah Butter in the Evening Standard this week praising some “smart kitchen gadgets”. When has there ever been a respite from the torrent of short-lived new kitchen devices that promise to solve a problem you never knew you had?

And at first glance, this one seems much the same – Miito is a “sleek silver stick” that you dip in a cup of water “and it will heat it to boiling in 60 seconds”. It may have already attracted 500,000 worth of pledges on Kickstarter, but as any English tea drinker will tell you, that’s no way to brew a cuppa. There’s more to making good tea than boiling the water and to be honest, if a tea pot isn’t involved in the process, many of us wouldn’t get out of bed for it.

And yet… it’s hard not to blanche when you look at the statistics. The inventors of Miito, Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase, were apparently inspired by this TED talk by Leyla Acaroglu – self-styled “sustainability provocateur, designer and sociologist” – early last year, in which she reports that “£68 million worth of electricity [is] being wasted each year by boiling more water than is required”…

Of course, Miito isn’t all that radical a concept. For some time, companies like Quooker have been touting their boiling water taps and the Quooker website claims that with their product “it only costs 3 pence a day to have boiling water at hand, exactly when you want it”. Which sounds impressive, but have you actually calculated how much it costs to make tea the old-fashioned way? well, there’s no need, because, according to The Daily Telegraph, someone already has.

Andy Smale, technical director at Expert Energy, a group of independent energy consultants, calculated that “it would take to make six 250ml cups of tea or coffee on six separate occasions with a kettle (typical minimum kettle fill of 500ml) would cost 5.46p per 24 hours”.

In other words, there’s very little in it for one individual household and so, from the point of view of your personal tea drinking, it’s not going to save the planet. But what if we all stopped boiling our kettles? That’s a very different prospect. And it seems highly unlikely that British culture will shift in that direction.

But there is something we can do – a Quooker spokesman quoted in The Telegraph says that one of the big reasons for energy wastage from kettles is re-boiling. You know how it is – you stick the kettle on, leave the room, let the water boil and busy yourself with something else until the power cuts off, only to flick the switch again five minutes later when you come back.

So perhaps we can make a dent in that £68million by thinking twice before letting the kettle go off the boil and switching it back on to boil again. Remember, don’t drift out of the kitchen while the water boils – if you love your tea, stand by your kettle.