Exciting news from Buck Beck Bees in spring 2022.
Everything you could ever want to know about me and my business, except for my favourite food (pumpkin soup), most-listened-to band (Florence & The Machine), and personal hero (Terry Pratchett).
How are you? It is one very windy day here in Wiltshire as I write this, so I am turning my mind to Spring.
I love it when I see the first snowdrops arrive … Spring is on its way and although the weather may be wet and windy (or even snowing), these valiant little flowers push their way into the light, year after year, and so many of the roadsides and hedgerows around here have scatterings of these pretty white flowers.
So, with my thoughts on Spring, I’m in the process of creating and listing in my new Collection of journals in my British Craft House
These are part of my Spring Collection of journals, which are all 8” by 10” in size … this is such a wonderful size for a journal … as wide as A4, but not quite so tall. I’m using this size of journal myself at the moment, and I really like it.
The covers that I’ve made so far for the Collection feature snowdrops. I gathered these wildflowers from the hedgerows around my
lovely Wiltshire home.
(I’m planning to make a few more using the tiny ‘Tête-à-tête’ daffodils that have just opened in my garden … if they survive the storm!)
The first journal that I’ve just listed this afternoon is …
Hi my name is Andrew, I am a cabinet maker and my love of wood started many years ago !!
My wooden storage boxes come in lots of sizes and are wonderfully versatile and make amazing gifts for loved ones.
Some of the tools I use that cost very little … or nothing at all!
A lovely message popped in via WhatsApp, from a lady called Clare from Wales providing me with her name and address telling me she had won the Advent Competition, so I immediately gave her the option of planter in the competition or if she would prefer an alternative to perhaps match a colour scheme. Do I have a blue one?, she asked, instead of feeling happy this single comment made me sad, as it confirmed what I was seeing, that not one person had visited my shop, as per the stats on the dashboard, not even the winner of the competition.
Anyway, today, I made a planter just for her in Ocean Blue. I really do hope she likes it now it has arrived.
On a positive note, the herbs on my kitchen window sill are positively blooming. There is nothing like picking fresh herbs, the Mint is thriving, the parsley lovely and full, sadly the Basil is dying off slowly but gives off such an amazing aroma in the kitchen I am so pleased I picked it up.
I am still in love with my fence display of planters, the twinkling lights bounce the light off the plain metal ones, and the colours one just look so pretty with the lights, am pleased my brackets have worked as well.
What is Hallmarking? Well it’s not the 925 or 999 stamp you often see on a piece of silver jewellery. It’s a full makers mark that has been stamped or laser marked by one of 4 assay offices in the UK. I am registered with the London Assay Office. You can tell which assay office has stamped the piece by the symbol in the mark, for London it is the lions head.
Anyone that sells precious metal (silver, gold platinum) must display the hallmark notice, either online or on their shop or stall otherwise they are breaking the law. If trading standards catch them they can be fined and have all their stock confiscated! A very scary idea!