It’s so easy to give throw-away gifts at Christmas. You know what I mean, the type you get because you don’t know what else to get or because they were on 3 for 2 at Boots. So why not be a bit inventive & find something a little more eco-friendly and a little bit different? (Because how many No 7 make-up cases can a girl really receive?!)
Top Row: Bee Hotel. Book Brooch.
Middle Row: Dog Jumper.
Bottom Row: Lavender Bunny. Beano Paper Chain.
All these gifts are available from Folksy, as are many other sustainable and nature friendly products. Buying them would also support British makers too. Very ethical all round! I think they’re all really inventive ideas and love the Bee Hotel. We have a similar one in the garden and currently have about 12 Mason bees hibernating in it! How cool is that?!
I love it when a plan comes together. I have been searching for a few final pieces to complete my study. One thing that was proving quite difficult was a lamp stand to go with this beautiful shade from Melin Tregwynt that I received as a Christmas gift from my Mum. This is an amazing company based in Wales, near where I’m from. So, naturally, anything that I can do to support my home peeps, then I’m gonna! Especially if it means I can have something that most people I know don’t. However, finding a stand for it to go on has proved to be very difficult. Until I went for (another) mooch about Yarnton Antiques Centre today. This is a gem of a place & if you haven’t been, it is well worth a visit. There’s a real mix of stuff here. Some bargains. Some expensive pieces. But there is so much here & the staff are always really helpful. This stand was a real bargain. £20 & I got to keep the light bulb! Best if all it’s plain so I can style it up so that it really will be unique. For the moment, I’m just glad of some extra light.
I also bought a little book so that I can use the paper. I’ve been really inspired by all the people out there recycling old paper & making some really beautiful things with it. I am going to experiment with the paper from this book & see if I can make something that will go around the edge of my very cheap notice board. Will keep you posted.
And finally my new chair. This is one of my best buys ever and been bought with my ‘Nana money‘. It really adds something to my study & is so comfortable. Plus, like most bits & pieces in my study, it won’t be in homes up and down the length of the country. This is what I like the most about it. It is old & was a bit tired. Now it is having a new lease of life – with me in my lovely home. I feel really blessed to have it & feel really lucky to be able to buy it. Thanks Nana x
Over the last week we’ve been having our boiler replaced. Dull. It also meant my sanctuary was out of bounds due to pressure/pipe issues *yawns*. Anyhoo before all of this happened, I managed to get in a few cheeky on-line orders. Having recently discovered Etsy (& even got my OH shopping on there) I have a whole new place to get overdrawn!
My first order was with Gemma Correll. My OH & I are obsessed with pugs. I can’t explain it but we love them. Not that we have one but this bag was our third pug-related purchase in as many months! I hadn’t heard of Gemma’s work until I received a ‘Pugs not Drugs’ anniversary card recently from my OH. As soon as I could I visited her Etsy page & spotted this. It arrived super quick & with a few little postcards & a badge. This is what I love about Etsy & Folksy. The attention to detail. It makes you feel unique & that your custom is appreciated.
It is already full of eBay parcels ready to take to the Post Office on Monday. I know for sure that this is one bag my OH won’t winge about carrying. Who could? It’s the cutest & funniest bag in the world. Ever. Fact.
My second purchase of the week was from the lovely ‘The Green Gables‘. I have been looking for an excuse to buy something from here & when I saw the offer of a £5 discount via Daisy Green Magazine I knew I had to use it. (Love a good discount!) So I went for the red heart recycled paper bunting with jute string. There are so many colours to choose from & the option of it being joined together with satin ribbon I was umming & ahhing for ages. But this is what I’ve got. The picture shows it in a bundle as I’ve yet to decide where to put it. Draped over my notice board? Above my new mirror? Over my bookcase? No idea yet. But as soon as it’s up, I’ll let you know. For the moment, it is on my desk in this elegant bundle. Thank you Green Gal.