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Treat Time

I’ve been working pretty hard of late, and I’ll let you know what on when everything is ready. But I thought that I needed a bit of a treat. So when I saw that the lovely Gabrielle was giving away a free gift with every purchase from her shop The Green Gables to celebrate the first anniversary of working for herself, I knew where to go.

I’ve bought a few things from The Green Gables in the past. I really like what Gabrielle does and the colours that she uses so this was the pefect opportunity.

Green Gal Stationery

I bought some of the decorative sticky tape because it looks so nice on parcels. Whether I’m posting something to my mum or a customer, I’m going to use this! I also wanted a set of the cards. I love these images so much. I already have the typewriter on a notebook but wanted some of the others too. I’m going to put some up in my study but some I’ll use to send to friends.

My free gift was the lovely flowers notebook. As a stationary geek, I know you can never have too many notebooks. And I needed a new lighter one to carry around with me all the time – You never know when inspiration might strike!

Congratulations Gabrielle on producing such lovely products & thank you so much for my free gift! You know I’ll be back – already have my eye on iPhone cover! x

Easter Shopping

Mason Ball Jar

What else can you do on a long bank holiday weekend but shop? I wanted to go to Witney as I’ve never been there before, it’s local and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.

Aston Pottery Teapot

On the way we stopped off at Aston Pottery. I follow them on Twitter & I love pottery so we headed there. They have plenty of pottery for you to choose from, as well as other little gifts. We didn’t venture to the cafe this time as we’d not long had brunch but I will be going back soon to try out their tea!

We then headed to Witney & after a mooch about the high street, we found the knitting shop. Unfortunately it was closed but next to it was The Old Pill Factory & they weren’t closed! I think I’ve found my new favourite shop! I really like antique/vintage shops and this one didn’t disappoint. I could have spent all day here. They had loads of vintage bits & pieces for your home and tons of vintage fabrics. I couldn’t leave without a Mason jar & some lovely vintage green buttons. I’d never seen one of the blue Mason jars before, except on Pinterest! I’m so chuffed to have my own. It’s currently on my windowsill until I can find a better home for it.

Mason Ball Jar

It was the perfect start to the weekend. The only downside was my lunch at Hacketts. It was a very bland and tasteless mushroom risotto. None of my party was overwhelmed by theirs either. Easter Sunday lunch at The Flowing Well more than made up for this, however, as it was amazing!

How did you spend your long weekend? Hope you dodged the rain and ate plenty of chocolate! x

A Week in Wales: Crafty

Crafty Bits in Wales

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

Crafty Bits in Wales