Today is happy day!

Today is a good day!  We have been eating clean for the last two weeks, lost some of the excess christmas podge already and my skin is feeling good.  I'm getting up early for a little me time every day, time for exercise, a chance to plan the day and sort the house before I have to drag four little 'grumpy mumpy's' of bed ( Here at the Willows' we are definitely NOT morning people!)  
The children are on pretty good form, by limiting their sugar, in turn their behaviour has improved!  They are happy to help each other, they are desperate to play each others games and keen to talk about their days happenings. Happy children = Happy parents = Happy house!!!
What else is making me happy?  Well the house is clean and tidy, I'm not slaving away but things are generally in their places and we are all trying hard to clean up after ourselves.  The building work is coming along ( poor Sam, he does that whilst he is supposed to be sleeping!) The main business, Hortus Ligneous is ticking along nicely and all the staff seem happy too.  Products From the oak tree are being well received and we have positive comments daily about our oak gifts...who wouldn't be happy with that!!
Whilst pondering over my happy, positive feeling today I realise how incredibly lucky we are with our friends and family.  You can't choose family, but I would pick ours any-day and I think we have been extremly lucky to have picked up our friends along the way!! The oldest friends are like fine wine, they just get better with age. Time spent with them may be more sparse these days but the memories serve us for such a long time.  Even our university pals are becoming a little vintage and minutes spent together is better than therapy!!  
Then there are the local mates, made through having young children and work. Although the friendships are hot off the press, we all have so much in common and are lucky enough to spend special times and some of the most precious moments of our lives with them as and when they are happening.  
Our friends are awesome, too many to name.  Each, individual. Similar to snowflakes; all different and all beautiful, and we are just grateful that our paths have crossed.

What were our most popular personalised oak gifts?

So it's a Happy new year from him and a happy new year from me, to all of the friends of From The Oak Tree.  We thank you for all your support over the last few months as our little acorn of a business started on its journey to bring you hand crafted Oak gifts, From The Oak Tree. We had a fabulous festive season introducing to you our oak product ranges and collections. 

We found our oak Mince Pie and Dear Santa small oak boards popular as gifts to families and children and we were delighted to hear that Father Christmas loved the contents left on the personalised oak boards...showing his thanks and appreciation with sacks of gifts for many children. 


 The biggest most popular selling gift in the lead up to Christmas were our oak swings:specifically personalised with children's names, house names or simply with moto's such as: 'aim high' and reach for the stars.  All of our oak swings come with 6m rope but you can order extra rope should you need to, please contact us to create a more bespoke order.  Hopefully many children ( and adults)  are now swinging their way through our great British winter!


Gifts for men were made easier this year by From The Oak Tree. Our oak device chargers were a big hit with women buying for their husbands and partners and children buying gifts for their Dads. Many of these oak gifts were engraved with catch phrases suited to that individual person, cheeky slogans and mottos..."DAD iN CHARGE" was a good one but the oat popular was off the shelf 'iPad'   ( single oak charging unit) which surely made him feel good on Christmas Day when he received his very own charging unit!!


 We have already had a couple of lovely reviews about our gifts saying how they brought so much pleasure to those who received them offering many years of joy we hope!  We look forward to helping many more lovely people find that unique and special personalised oak gift in 2016! 

" Those gifts are ever more precious which the giver has made precious! "   


How To Look After Your Oak Chopping Board.

Once you have your beautiful, solid oak, personalised, engraved chopping board in your arms how should you look after it...I hear you ask?!  Here at From The Oak Tree we use mineral oil to treat our oak chopping boards as it is naturally nut free and food safe and it is also kind to our bodies too.  You can purchase mineral oil for the majority of hardware stores and many chemists too and it will keep your hands even softer than your oak board.  

There is an old saying about the how often you should treat your board:   "Oil it once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year and once a year, there after..."  

Basically, the more you oil your oak chopping board the longer it will look new and will handle food products.  A solid Oak board will of course be around for many generations; it will probably out live you and your grandchildren but through regular treatment and care your board will look more pristine and aesthetically pleasing.  Oiling your board will also help the oak board to keep naturally clean and help it to steer clear of picking up odours from a variety of foods.  As the oak chopping board is a natural product, it is likely to stain, depending on the foods that are put on it.  A light sand and coating of oil can improve its appearance and get it looking as good as new!!

Enjoy your Oak Chopping board and give it the care it deserves, after all it will be around to serve you for many many years to come!

From the Oak Tree sells a variety of sizes in hand made Oak chopping boards but we are happy to discuss your own individual requires should you wish a bespoke board to be made.  All products can be personalised and engraved with your own words and inscription.

What do you love about our Oak Gifts and Products?

Last week we ran a little competition on our Facebook page to see what people have got to say about our personalised Oak Gifts and chopping boards.  It seems that they think they are beautiful, gorgeous, classic, traditional and made with Love- we concur!!! Thanks peeps we think you are all winners although a special well done to the winner of the Mince Pie Chopping Board with your gorgeous appraisal of our personalised engraved oak pieces:

"Unique yet traditional,
Precise yet rustic,
The perfect 'anytime' gift"

The other reviews were as follows:
Totally original and gorgeous! Xx
Hand made with a beautiful finish x
Timeless gifts, lovingly made in England from one of natures finest treasures!
Top quality craftsmanship made by the best carpenter extraordinaire!  x
You can see the love in every product.
Beautiful, bespoke, handcrafted gifts x
A classic gift, made with one of the finest woods - crafted and finished to a high standard with a bespoke finish to collate memories made with loved ones - a gift that will stay in the family for years and years to come .. ?
Made with love x
No house should be without one
A sentimental heirloom which is given with love and will improve with love.
Oak trees beauty lives on x
Beautifully crafted, gorgeous pieces

Irnham Hall Winter Fair

So we have just recovered from a busy few days at Irnham Winter Fair last week.  After  a busy few months getting the website up and running and From The Oak Tree off the ground we threw ourselves in at the deep end in order to get everything ready for our little fledging business to stand at this show.  Hindsight is a wonderful hindsight we WOULD repeat the whole experience...what a launch!!!      

Irnham is seamlessly organised by Leila Benton-Jones in aid of The British Red cross.  Clothing, gift and food stalls all set up in the ground of Irnham Hall ( in a marquee) and people from Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Rutland and further afield come and enjoy christmas shopping all under one roof.  From The Oak Tree couldn't have asked for a better pitch- we were the first stall as people entered the fair and we managed to entice many people over with our really big oak bits and bobs bowl of chocolates ( personalised with the inscription "One for me, two for you"!)  Those not interested in the chocolates appeared to be attracted to our Oak garden swings, oak welly boot racks or perhaps it was just Ginny and Catherine's infectious smiles!!!

The Oak Garden Swings ( Ultimate Oak swing and the Standard Oak swing) prompted a lot of interest.  Many customers were inspired by the "Aim High" and "Reach For the Stars" inscriptions and they teamed these together top personalise their own gift with children names on the other side of their hand finished oak swing order.  What better way to get the children out and about in the garden over the cold winter months than on a personalised solid oak swing?! 

The personalised hand finished and engraved tablet chargers and personalised oak multi device chargers were really popular too- especially amongst ladies buying for their husbands and fathers- what better way to get them "#organised" or "in charge!!!"  

The highlight sale was a wonderful lady who spotted a "Nice Baps" Oak Bread board! She just couldn't resit as a little gift for her husband on christmas day!!

A perfect few days spent with fabulous company.  A great way to show off all of our oak wares and personalised oak products and a great way to raise our profile- not to mention our confidence that From The Oak Tree really does have something to offer everyone!!!  Please do have a look at our website and see if you think I am right!!!  


Our Debut Radio Interview

Irnham was such a fabulous, first event for From the Oak Tree and to top it off I was interviewed about our products by BBC radio Lincolnshire.  As you can tell I was jolly excited about telling the world ( well the whole of Lincolnshire) about our wonderful oak products from From The Oak Tree.  I couldn't keep it to myself that all the products are made by my darling husband the "Carpenter Extrodinaire".  Have a listen to see and see how proud I am of my clever husband and why he has a reason to be a little "smug" and rightly so!



New Logo!!!


So we have changed our logo...already!! After a little market research ( over coffee and cake of course!) we have decided to be a little more contemporary and use the grey tones.  We love what our clever designer has come up with, we think it reflects our new, 'with it" business and we are excited about sticking it here there and everywhere to promote our gorgeous, personalised oak wares!!!!