happy holidays

O+L will be closed Christmas and New Year’s day –pretty much the only time of year Karen and I (Andy) get a proper break. We’ll also be taking it easy over the holiday period, but you can still call or email (preferred). Have a warm and wonderful holiday season.


happy holidays

Happy Holidays from O+L! We will close Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Other than that, business as usual. We wish you and your family a warm and magical holiday season.


pantone christmas

It seems there’s a PANTONE product for every occasion these days, so why should Christmas be any different? Here are some festive favorites we’ve pinned recently, kicking-off with the ultimate Christmas bauble.

They look gorgeous and come in lots of great colors but, at $15 a pop, dressing an entire tree would be expensive. These snowflake cards are pretty cool too, available in four festive shades.

If you’re obsessively coordinated (like us) you could get a gift bag and tag to match…though, for the record, we haven’t. Anyhow, silver would be our choice for the card, bag and tag.

The spelling of these “Christmas by Colour” cards suggests they are UK-only. All colors have a festive connection, reflected in words on the front. Looks they are ‘inspired’ by PANTONE, not licensed.

You can also get genuine PANTONE solid color gift tags and wrapping paper. Honestly, we haven’t bought any of these…maybe we’re suffering from over-exposure?! More on our happy holidays! Pinterest board.

year-end sale

To celebrate 12/12/12, we’re launching our 2012 year-end sale! Get 20% off everything at olliandlime.com, from last-minute gifts – blankets, bib & burp sets and hooded towels – to crib bedding sets…

Just pick what you like from our shop, enter “20twelve” at checkout, and we’ll take 20% off your total. Discount cannot be applied to previous orders, and excludes clearance, Jellycats, wall graphics and mobiles.

gingerbread modern

A quick festive diversion. I recently spied a modern gingerbread house. Immediately smitten, I created cake study houses, a dedicated Pinterest board. Here are some highlights, starting with the first I spotted…

Next up, a chocolate replica of Case Study House #8, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1949. This version was created by chocolatier Thomas Haas, commissioned by Canadian magazine, The Block.

And here’s an even more famous house, Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1935 modern masterpiece. I’m not sure who created this replica – I found it in a post on the deedee914 blog.

I love the attention to detail inside this butterfly-roofed house. You can make out an Eames lounge chair, Nelson ball clock and Noguchi coffee table. I found this on the Sethica blog, and I think they made it.

Next, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, “in fondant, poured sugar and sugar paste”, via Apartment Therapy. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this one is the pricetag: $4,320. And that’s not a typo.

Though not a house, I had to share this Barcelona day bed (also by Mies van der Rohe). Compare this chocolatey replica, slightly smaller than life size, to the black-colored original above it. Impressive work.

We’d love to emulate some of these, but I’m not sure our cake-making skills are up to it. If you enjoyed these sweet creations, check out more on our cake study houses Pinterest board.

holiday message

With the holiday weekend upon us, I’d like to offer seasonal best wishes from all at Olli & Lime! We do hope you have a very enjoyable and relaxing time with family and friends.

By the way, we’re staying open right through the holidays. All olliandlime.com orders will be processed same day, with items shipped out next available carrier collection date.

christmas wishes

The Olli & Lime Christmas elves have distributed all our parcels to arrive in time for the day. Now, all that remains is to wish our customers and friends a very merry Christmas!

The O&L warehouse is now closed until the 6th of January, when we’ll tackle any orders received during the holidays. So, please be patient…and have a fab, fun, relaxing time!

snow joke

We’re going to Boston for Christmas and New Year. Fun, with some business thrown in, as we plan to set up an office and warehousing there in early 2011. Very exciting times.

I took this shot back in March 2007, when we first visited. The only time in seven trips we’ve seen snow there. All about timing though, as it snows in Boston every year. A lot.

Anyway, we thought it’d be a great time to visit, sample the atmosphere, maybe even get a white Christmas. Statistically, there’s a 23% chance. Pretty decent odds…you’d think.

There’s about a 10% chance of a white Christmas where we live, though I can’t recall one. Now though, with the UK’s recent snowfall and cold snap, it looks quite possible here.

In fact, Boston temperatures are currently several degrees higher than our town. Oh the irony. Wouldn’t it be just typical if Cheltenham got a white Christmas and Boston didn’t?

Still, a couple of weeks to go yet. We’ll keep an eye on the weather and hope for at least a sugar-coated covering come the day. Hmmm, really should be careful what I wish for.

happy holidays

Having created a cool ‘Christmassy’ pattern for our sale the other week, Karen decided it would also make a rather nice greeting card. A few minutes later, it magically appeared.

If you like it, you can print off your own. Just click here, pop some decent A4 card in the printer and you’re all set! The pattern will also feature in our blog header all December.

christmas comes early

Anyone who’s ever dealt with the media, particularly long-lead magazines, will know that they start thinking about Christmas early. VERY early. Like summer early.

I have sympathy for these guys, having worked in PR 10+ years. Writing Christmas releases six months in advance means that by the time it arrives, you’re sick of it!

Anyway, we took some Christmas-themed shots, to send in to journalists for gift guides, that kind of thing. I think they’re pretty cool so thought I’d share one…

Christmassy yet tasteful I thought. Karen shot this and some others outside in the beautiful sunshine which, she assures me, felt a bit weird! Right, back to summer.