Spring is a wonderful time of year in the UK to shake off the layers and explore the great outdoors. Partly as a reminder to myself to make the most of my environment, and partly for you dear readers, I thought I would pull together my top 7 suggestions for how to enjoy being outside - even if you have some limitations. Join us in the comments section to share your favourite places to visit when you need some fresh air!Read More
New York gets under your skin - that feeling can be quite literal as you examine your grimey, black fingernails at the end of a frantic day. But its so much more than that. When I am in New York, I know I change more than a little - living in Brooklyn Heights a few years ago, I had a confident stride in my step that I haven’t felt elsewhere. i felt positive and enthusiastic. I keep my eyes open in New York - you need to look up at the menacing skyscrapers, to look down at the sidewalk graffiti (and the dog poo) and of course there is all the people-watching to do.
I have written a little mini guide to one of my favourite parts of Brooklyn - Williamsburg. Do let me know in the comment where I have missed.Read More
Rebecca at Ivy, Pip & Rose has created a beautiful autumn wreath that makes the most of the sensational colours, textures and scents available as the seasons shift.
In this guide, she teaches us the art of crafting our own.Read More
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
my mum is well-known for writing thank you notes. She keeps a stash of cards, postcards and pretty paper at the ready in a basket in the kitchen. she scribes adroitly with her left hand, never smudging the ink or letting her prose run away from her. the thank you letters and cards she has posted to me over the years are some of my most precious possessions, especially as a few months ago the family home burned down and my mum lost the hundreds of cards and letters that had been sent to her. But that’s a story for another time…Read More
This is a guest post from one of our lovely customers and friends, Imogen, who has all the bright lights of old London Town at her fingertips but who still chooses to support small business and buy handmade. She tells us why...
I love giving gifts. It's really a joy for me to find the perfect present for people I love.
My brother and I used to give my mum presents (mostly 'made in China' ceramics) from the local everything shop, and we were delighted when she always put them in prized place on the mantelpiece.
That feeling when a smile widens and you know you’ve hit on the right present or captured the ‘I was thinking about you when I bought this' emotion has never left me. Searching for the right gift has led me down all sorts of shopping routes: department stores, high streets, local boutiques and now the superhighway; as internet shopping has evolved, 9 out of 10 times I choose to shop at small independent sites.Read More
"Don't dig up in doubt what you planted in faith."
My mum helped me to style this photo. We had fun collecting foliage and flowers from around her garden. I knocked a nail into the log, hung the bag, stuck on some tape and a shop opening announcement was created! It was one of those bright end-of-summer days in the Highlands and we had to make the most of it.
Later this same day, just over 3 weeks ago now, my older brother died in a car crash. Everything stood totally still, just like people tell you it will. Suddenly, this shop seemed so irelevant, so irreverent. I fell behind on my arrangements to open it and I didn't really care.Read More
You have two ears and one mouth - just listen!
This week has been another interesting learning curve for me. I'm reaching out to a wide range of makers and creators and I've been impressed with the way many have carved out a unique place for their work in what could seem a saturated market. There are many ways to buy and sell and promote and share and to cheer each other on. Don't be fooled into thinking there is one way to ice a cake (or whatever...you know what I mean). It can seem like a mean world out there in social media!Read More