Ho Ho Ho ….
It is getting very close to Christmas, and time to start thinking about the gifts you want to send to friends and loved ones this year!
I have decided to shop small and support as many good friends and small businesses this year.
I have made my very own gift guide and I have chosen to feature a few makers from The British craft House and some makers that I follow on instagram.
Please enjoy my Christmas gift guide 2021 and do think about shopping small this Christmas for all your unique handmade gifts.
I’m here… at last! Did you miss me? New paintings and things!
Time was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek; bound together all our home enjoyments affections, and hopes; grouped everything and everyone round the Christmas fire, and make the little picture shining in our bright young eyes, complete. Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
The Makers year is usually a few months out of synch with the real calendar. It takes time to accumulate materials and ideas. To make something totally desirable, either timeless or modern, requires research. Quality necessitates patience.
If you are looking for an ideal winter birthday gift that will be appreciated and worn every day – please look no further than my latest ready-to-wear collection! This autumn I launched a collection of winter berets, finished with handmade tartan flower trims and petersham bows, which I designed especially with TBCH customers in mind.
Just in case you want something that’s extra special, there’s also a custom finished version, including my favourite version that I have nicknamed my “Holly and Ivy” option, so you can design your own curated beret and commission me to make it for you from a selection of nine beret colourways and trims.
For A/W20 I have created a collection of decorated berets that combines my interests in fabric and design, regional textile history as well as the repurposing of fabrics. So for this blog post, I thought I would write a little about the design concept behind my new winter collection of wool felt berets that I finished with Lochcarron Scotland tartan handmade flowers and petersham bows.
Wax melts are small, scented pieces of wax designed to be gently heated to
release their stunning fragrance. They’re like candles but without the
wick, you simply melt the wax using either an electric burner or a tea light heated burner
I knew the blog would get away from me…
‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, I have always loved Carols around a tree, the pretty lights, the anticipation of piles of gifts on Christmas morning, the buzz of excitement in the air but I will confess as I have got older the magic is fading for me. I see adverts on the television of happy families sat playing games and enjoying themselves but in reality as I read the papers I see a different world one where many families are separated and the older generations are possibly spending the day alone as they don’t want to be burden on relatives, or those families who don’t have money to put food on a table let alone buy gifts, who then have to deal with the question why Santa leaves lots of gifts for some Children but not them.