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Valentine’s Day

Oh, who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? 

The flowers, the chocolate, and the dinner out.  Of course, having lived through forty-nine Valentine’s Days with my hubby, I am happy waiting until February 15th.  The very same chocolates are reduced fifty percent, the dinner out is not rushed, the waiters are not in a frenzy, and the flowers are still perky.

So, to make Valentine’s Day dinner easy breezy I defrost a delicious pot pie. Warm it up and serve with a nice salad.  And maybe cupid will do the dishes.  

And to make cupid’s job easier, our waffle weave towels are generously sized at 20”x30”.  In 100% cotton, these towels are super absorbent, and the waffle weave scoops up spills.  You can take advantage of this temporary great low price. Available in green or red.  

Or browse all things pink, red and lovely for a colorful Valentine’s Day or special occasion

And this is how to make any day feel like Valentine’s Day:

Make a linen lavender relaxation pillow.  I used a lacy handkerchief. You can embroider or embellish the hankie prior to sewing.   First, fold it into thirds.  Then, sew it on three sides, like the letter U.  Next, leave the top open and add in the lavender. Finish by sewing the top closed.  You can either use all lavender or a mixture of cotton and lavender.

Lavender Relaxation Pillow

Treat yourself to lavender’s relaxing scent.  Breath in, let the lavender aroma soothe you.  Lie down in a quiet place every day for a few minutes and give yourself the gift of relaxation.

Valentine's Day
Sew the final short side and you are finished.

View an assortment of lace handkerchiefs from our sister site at Flax & Thimble.

So, whether you get the biggest or smallest bouquet, or none at all, what matters is the size of your sweetie’s heart.

Cupid has got his arrow pointed at you.  You decide whether you want to duck or not.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of The Larmor Clan & the entire Ulster Linen staff

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‘Tis the holiday season to get your needle threaded & embroidery machine humming…

‘Tis the holiday season with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kawanza quickly approaching. Don’t waste your time looking online for something beautiful, or even more frustrating, going to the mall.

Choose linen.

Instead, this holiday season to create something lovely and lasting using fine linen products for the adults who are special to you. When embellishing linen, go straight to Ulster Linen.

Your handiwork deserves the best fabric for your best artistry, and Ulster Linen has sourced the finest European linen for over one hundred years.

Add a touch of elegance by monogramming handkerchiefs, napkins, cocktail napkins, or hand towels and make them exquisite. Choose the monogram font style that best fits the recipient’s personality. Do they like metro chic or bygone days glamour?

A few tips before you start…

Always prewash, prior to monogramming to prevent pulling or buckling of the monogram, which is caused by fabric shrinkage.

Use white or pale threads
When embellishing white on white, pale pinks, pale blues, pale greens and light yellows threads make for a subtle touch. This creates a more understated and elegant look.

Use strong, colored thread
Embellishing with red, blue, or green thread on white creates a bold look.
Remember your color wheel from art class? Opposite colors will jump out. Red will pop on something blue or green, and vice versa.

Classic black and white
Try white thread on a black backdrop. The results are stunning.

Looking for an easier project?

Try making towels from our toweling by the yard. Give two or three tied together with twine, and a few cinnamon sticks in the bow. We have made matching placemats and napkins and a runner for a cute country look. With a red, green, or blue band to choose from, why not make a runner, towels, napkins, or valance mixing and matching colors. I could just go on and on. Pre-sewn sides mean all that is left is to sew the top and bottom hems.

'tis the holiday season
Toweling by the yard

A funny poem for all who toil as elves and deliver like reindeer:

“Help Wanted”

Santa needs new reindeer.
The first bunch has grown old.
Dasher has arthritis;
Comet hates the cold.
Prancer’s sick of staring
at Dancer’s big behind.
Cupid married Blitzen
and Donder lost his mind.
Dancer’s mad at Vixen
for stepping on his toes.
Vixen’s being thrown out—
she laughed at Rudolph’s nose.
If you are a reindeer
we hope you will apply.
There is just one tricky part:
You must know how to fly.

-Timothy Tocher

Tie it up, put a bow on it and call it a wrap!

Have a Happy & Merry time getting creative,
The Larmor Clan & the entire Ulster Linen staff

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Thanksgiving Setting – Tips to make it Beautiful!

Whether you are feasting alone or feeding the entire clan this Thanksgiving make it a memorable day, do it in style! Our crease-resistant Monica or our crisply pressed Hemstitched tabletop linens are a beautiful prelude to a finely roasted turkey dinner.

Use your best everything…

Sure, it’s work, but let the young and old feel they are worth the very best: best dining ware, best silverware, and best tablecloth. Follow these Thanksgiving tabletop setting tips to enhance your time together. Almost everything will come out in the wash, except red wine. 

Consider these white wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner:

  • Chardonnay
  • Dry Riesling
  • Zinfandel
  • Champagne…make it truly a festive celebration

Delegate, delegate, delegate…

We are a huge family and everyone, young or old, pitches in. I send out a spread sheet with the usual Thanksgiving menu and what needs to be done, before Thanksgiving Day, during the meal and clean-up. This is the one time I get to be the commander-in-chief. The younger ones like making place cards, putting the silverware out and then counting the silverware before the garbage goes out. Each family brings their contribution in either an oven proof platter or plate ready to go on the table. It’s a big job so and the more people helping the easier it is, and everyone is happy.  No one likes a snappish and overly tired hostess.

Prepare the week before…

  • Iron the tablecloth and napkins.
  • Check, clean and count your silverware and dishes to make sure you have enough.
  • If you are baking pies or bread, these all freeze well if wrapped securely.
  • If you like making your own cranberry sauce, prepare it and freeze it in advance.

The week of Thanksgiving….

  • Check your recipes and make a list of everything you need, including spices.
  • Start making ice and remember to buy lemons and limes.

A day or two ahead and the night before…

  • Look for the ice bucket and platters you will be using.
  • Set the table Wednesday night.
  • Make hot apple cider
Recipe for Hot Apple Cider
  1. 8C. apple juice
  2. 3C. water
  3. ½ C honey
  4. 3 cinnamon sticks
  5. 6 whole allspice berries or ½ t. ground allspice
  6. ½ t. ground nutmeg
  7. 1C. lemon juice
  8. 1 orange sliced

Combine apple juice, water, honey, and spices; bring to a boil; simmer 30 minutes. Let stand overnight, strain.  Add citrus to spiced apple drink, reheat but don’t boil.  Makes about one gallon.

As a friend has said, “people who cook are just too lazy to order in.”

 Don’t just make it happen, do it beautifully.

Thanksgiving Poem

May your stuffing be tasty

And you turkey be plump.

May your potatoes and gravy be without a lump.

May your jams be delicious

And your pies take the prize.

May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!

Let us all come together this Thanksgiving may there be peace in your heart, under your roof, and in the world.

Andrea, Dever, Joe, Tricia, and all the Ulster Linen family