In honour of St David’s Day I have created a new board on my Pinterest page. It’s called ‘Welsh Love‘ & I will be adding to it over time. I come from Pembrokeshire & am hugely proud of my heritage. I am also proud of the products coming out of Wales. So many are local, using age old techniques & producing some beautiful items.
So far my board is mainly inspired by today’s Folksy homepage – what’s not to love! But I will be adding images from some of my favourite Welsh shops, like the much loved Melin Tregwynt & Wales at Home. The screen shot below should give you an idea of some the lush things to be had from Wales. Bore da!
If you’ve found any Welsh beauties then let me know! x
After much shopping around Narberth during our week in Wales, my sister & I decided to visit the Creative Cafe. I’ve always wanted to go to one of these places but always felt a bit silly going on my own. As it was we felt a bit daft not having any little ones with us. That didn’t last for long.
We picked the pieces that we wanted to paint – I chose a jug & my sister opted for a mug. We then set about picking our colours & whether to use stencils or go free hand! I wanted something to go in my study, which is mainly green so went for a lovley Cornishware-esque green stripes. My sister went for a lilac & turquoise mug with a flower, heart & star.
It was so much fun to do. I had mine posted to me & only had to wait a few days. It was a bit like Christmas getting it! And it totally looks great in my study. Don’t you agree?! x
I sometimes feel that I enjoy buying crafty bits & pieces more than making anything with them. When shopping for craft supplies there is the wonder, the dream, the flow of ideas, the possibilites of what might be made. Oh, and of course, all the pretty things! I love looking at all the pretty things, as my very patient OH knows only too well.
On the last day of our holiday in Wales we went to Narberth with my sister. It’s a lovely little town full of indenpendent shops like Damson and Slate, who sell Welsh handmade products and The Golden Sheaf Gallery, who sell lots & lots of lovely pretty things!
There were a couple of new places to explore this time so off we went. One of the first places we visited was Giddy Aunt Clothes. Here they make clothes from vintage fabrics, as well as selling remnants, buttons & other cool vintage & retro pieces. I bought a lush piece of fabric & some blue buttons. There were some really lovely clothes in the shop & I’ll definitely be going back.
We wanted to try out the cafe, PlumVanilla, where we had the most awesome brownies. They were so good that I couldn’t wait to eat it, hence the lack of photo here! They had an excellent range of veggie food on the menu so I know I’ll be going back to sample some of that!
On the way to the cafe we stumbled across Canvas & Cloth. Now with a name like that how could I not go in & buy something! I bought some lovely buttons & my OH bought his first Christmas present. There were loads of lovely materials, packs of things to make & other fab sewing bits, but I had to restrain myself as I’ve got plenty of things to be getting on with, like making new seats for some old chairs I’ve got. I’m going to use some of the remnants that I bought at Melin Tregwynt mill so that’ll keep me very busy! x
Following on from yesterday’s post about places from my holiday, today is going to be devoted to food. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll how much I love food. One thing that I was surprised by was the number of places that used local produce as much as possible. My OH & I have an agreement that we visit independent places & we weren’t let down in Pembrokeshire.
In my places post I mentioned a lovely tearoom in Lawrenny called Quayside. I am forever indebted to my sister for referring me here. It is an amazing little place with a fantastic atmosphere right on the water. We had a delicious lunch before embarking on our walk. I had an awesome jacket potato with cheese, homemade coleslaw & a delicious salad. I was pleased to discover salad dressing on the table, ready for me to use!
My OH had a crab sandwich & loved it. After our lengthy walk we returned for the cake! I’d seen two that I really wanted to try so we had half each. The banoffee pie was quite possibly the best I’ve ever eaten (& I’ve eaten a lot!). The chocolate torte came with cream, which was needed as it was quite rich. I don’t think I would’ve been able to finish it if I’d had the whole slice but half was just enough!
One day we visited Melin Tregwynt, a woolen mill that I’ve bought from before. When my OH told me that you could visit the mill & that they had a cafe, he knew that we’d have to go there. After a few wrong turns we finally found it. The mill is really old & it’s great to see the fabric being made. I spent most of the time in the shop & you’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out what I bought!
The cafe & the menu was quite small and the veggie options were limited. I opted for the cheese ploughmans & wasn’t disappointed. The plate came full of food, which is always a good thing! It was delicious. My OH ordered cawl. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a Welsh dish that is a cross between soup, casserole and broth. He really liked it as it contained some lovely Welsh beef & local veg. Perfect for those windy grey days that we had! x