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Ollie Collie Behind the Scenes 03

Ollie Collie Behind the Scenes 03

This week we are… ….Planning for summer Part of the reason that Ollie Collie the business was born was to enable us to fit work around our lifestyle and children. We love the flexibility it gives us to enjoy the important things but it does mean that school holidays require some major planning so that we can still run our business and have fun as a family. Usually, all the work gets done in our home office (otherwise as known as the spare room!) while the children are at school/nursery but in the holidays the kitchen table will become our...

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Ollie Collie Behind the Scenes 02

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Ollie Collie Behind the Scenes 02

This week we are….   ….Thinking about gratitude We all have crazy busy lives these days but here at Ollie Collie we think it’s so important to stay mentally healthy. An essential part of this is being able to recognise the good things in life. We have so much to be grateful for here where we are – the beautiful countryside we see every day, our fun loving Border Collie that inspired us to start our business, and the lovely feedback we get from our fabulous customers. Just like our ‘Wednesday wisdom’ post says, every day isn’t good, but there’s...

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Ollie Collie Behind the Scenes 01

Ollie Collie Behind the Scenes 01

There’s lots that goes on here ‘behind the brand’ so we thought we’d start sharing a little peek into what we’re up to each week. There’s a definite weather theme in our first edition. So without further ado, here’s our round up. This week we are…   ….Wearing That strange British combination of shorts, wellies and jumpers because you don’t quite know what the weather is going to throw at you! It’s been roasting hot, raining, windy, and that’s just in one day! ….Eating More ice cream than you can shake a stick at! Our favourite at the moment is...

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Childhood holidays, a painting, and a farm: What inspired my love for Border Collies

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Childhood holidays, a painting, and a farm: What inspired my love for Border Collies

As a child, one of the first holidays I remember was going to stay at a beautiful B&B on a working farm in Cornwall. Having grown up in the city, I’d never seen anything like it. Freedom to roam across fields, picking wild flowers, making corn dollies and charging around in hay barns with friends. But my favourite things on the farm were the animals. Especially, the amazingly obedient dog that helped the farmer round up the sheep and the cat they had to keep down the mouse population. Both inspired me to write many animal stories as a child....

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10 Creative Uses for the Humble Mug

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10 Creative Uses for the Humble Mug

We sell a lot of mugs here at Ollie Collie, and we don't think they get enough love for just how useful they can be. Here's our list of creative uses.  Pen pot – this is a great recycling idea if your favourite mug has been chipped or damaged in a way that means you can no longer drink from it. You still get to see it every day and you’re not adding to landfill! Why not brighten up your home with flowers? Your mug is the perfect vessel for the beautiful daffodils springing up just now. Who doesn’t love...

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