Losing a Pet

Farewell Penny ….. to love is to live About a year and a half ago we were blessed as a family to home 2 beautiful Beagles, 12 month old sisters from the same litter. We were besides ourselves with excitement as we had wanted for a long time to have a dog and suddenly had two. We whole heartedly welcomed Coco and Penny into our family and our home.  They settled so well and we were all happy together. Immediately we noticed their different personalities. Penny the smaller of the two, was little miss independent and always up to mischief! Coco the bigger one and a softie, loved to be cuddled, sensitive and anxious...

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6 Top Tips When Goal Setting

Get motivated and stay motivated in the new year ahead! Be happy and get the life you want, it’s your birthright and know you are worthy! I love to reflect and set goals each New Year, here are my top tips to share with YOU! 1. Set the scene ~ relax in a comfortable space, positive changes always happen when we are focussed and relaxed. Get ready to take a fresh look at your life. Aim high, know there is plenty out there for everyone, if you can see it, you can have it! You deserve to be happy! 2. Ask yourself ~ What makes my heart sing? When do I feel alive? Transform...

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Back to natire ...

Spring is nature’s way of saying ~ I’m ready to ROCK!

Spring kicks off deliciously at The Olive Tree! I love this time of year, life is in full bloom at The Olive Tree with plenty of colour, pattern, glitz and glamour. We believe life is for living fully, peacefully and effortlessly therefore the best kind of therapy is back to nature and that’s exactly where we are taking you this season. Artisans eat your heart out …  blues and greens from the oceans, seashore and minerals, warm and soft palettes of sorbets and pastels- fresh and girly! We have fantastic neck candy from our amazing One Button range and adorable scarves from our brand new range Hot Tomato, the name says it all! The...

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Ta da ... the master piece!

Summer Lovin with Autentico Outdoor Paint …

  My love for Autentico Chalk Paint has deepened this weekend. The Autentico outdoor paint is another amazing addition to the wonderful world of Autentico. This weekend I transformed my very old wooden garden furniture table and chairs. I found it easy peasy to apply, no preparation was required. I just opened the tin and painted. I totally love it when a project goes well and I had no hiccups along the way. This product as with other Autentico products just glides on and I felt with the new Autentcio brush it was perfection personified! The brush allows for beautiful even strokes, allowing you to manoeuvre easily around the furniture leaving no brush strokes...

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A Life full of Zing with The Olive Tree …

Feed the soul with the spirit of The Olive Tree Spring is in the air, the daffodils are out and the birds are singing in the trees! Bring the lovely essence of The Olive Tree into your home this Spring with our must have Spring guide bringing to you a life full of loveliness. Top 5 must haves to really feel the light and zest of Spring! Let it rain … AVOCA mac time, enjoy the April showers with a gorgeous colourful mac, elegant and waterproof – perfect all year round especially for an Irish Summer. This month we are giving you a free scarf with every mac purchase!   2. Easter trees … Go...

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We made it Legenderry …. hello 2014

2014 Goals! What a year it has been for Derry- Londonderry City of Culture 2013. we really did sparkle and shine … Highlights of the year for me – The clipper – transforming our ‘riviera’   Dalai Lama visit, great images of his holiness on the Peace Bridge, Fleadh Cheoil, … Waterloo Street was just wonderful and Phil Coulter’s visit to The Olive Tree’s pop up coffee shop was a real treat! Totally loved the fire and light of Lumiere at St Columb’s Park. Let’s all keep it lit and bubbling for 2014 … 2014 at The Olive Tree will bring you inspiration, creativity and our products will always have that edge because we love to spoil you. Prepare...

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autumn daze and marmalade …

Autumn daze and marmalade …. between the ‘bleep bleep’ of the reset alarm clock and ‘honk honk’ of the impatient rally drivers on the school run, these autumn days I find myself in a tired daze – homework, early morning get ups and dark evenings drawing in. Making the most of the season! on the bright side …. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year and the perfect opportunity to get snug and be kind to oneself. It really is the season to enjoy the falling leaves, wonderful rainbows and cosy evenings and a wee dab of marmalade on your toast. time to make Autumn magical with the olive tree …. stayin in...

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the creative child is a happy child

I’ll be me Inspired by a wonderfully creative workshop this weekend I’ve been reflecting on children’s creativity, my teaching days in Wales of informal teaching and my Master’s degree in Education with a focus on child centred learning. Over the last 2 years we’ve watched our daughter battle against the hardworking system of education in Northern Ireland that encourages very traditional teaching methods, masses of homework  but produces excellent academic results! Our creative airy fairy daughter has become stifled with rigid learning and is forced daily to think inside the box when really all she wants to do is throw the box away  but this is the system she’ll be measured against so creativity follows homework. We’re all...

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the power of gratitude

  The Olive Tree Team grows from strength to strength….. There’s no greater gift or better energy to be around than that of sincere gratitude. Lately I’ve been very grateful to be steadily building The Olive Tree Team. I am fortunate to have a group of grateful positive individuals learning and sharing their creative talents in our lovely little boutique. We offer a positive, funky and fun place to hang out and they offer open and honest personalities with a thirst to learn and keenness to do what is best for the business. This means so much to me and my business venture grows successfully as I do my utmost to offer training and...

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Happy holidays …..

now back to school ~ Yippee (did I say that out loud?) Kids who’d have ’em! We have had a lovely Easter break together and the glorious weather has made it just perfect. Trips to the beach, walks along the shores of Donegal and Portstewart ….. chocolate eggs, ice creams and the occassional glass of wine of course. Daily treats served in funky RICE melamine. All good things must come to an end but we’re ready for it …. We have a son who is 5 and daughter aged 6 and over the holidays the sharing of games on the laptap, tablet and mobile phone has created a massive battleground. It is challenging to encourage children...

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the art and act of loveliness ….

As a mother of 2 young children, working full time and driving and steering a new business, that wonderful word balance appears at the forefront of my mind every day of my life, followed by the word guilt! This last week has been a positive journey for me with the mastery of deep meditation. After years of dipping in and out of yoga and meditation, I’ve managed to reach a meditative state (without a glass of wine) and join the cosmic giggle ….. many thanks to the wonderful course I’m attending at Shipquay Natural Health Clinic. http://www.facebook.com/theolive.tree.3#!/pages/Shipquay-Natural-Health-Clinic/161351000614491?fref=ts It’s tricky to relax and silent the chatter after a hectic day but the sound and scent of my woodwick crackling candle wins...

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this is where you can retreat …

The Olive Tree Workshop So far so good ….. everyone that has stepped through the door of the workshop have commented on what a wonderful space it is. The rustic ambience is appealing and artful, with the original Derry wall standing formidably at the rear of the unit offering the most splendid and attractive feature, indeed reminding me that this new creative venture has been a solid choice. Having recently discovered the world of Autentico Chalk Paints probably the best paints in the world, we have merely scratched the surface of the creative world of upcycling and reloving old furniture …. with this easy to use, easy to finish recipe. Autentico Vintage  chalk paint was especially developed  -using old recipies and...

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