Sunshine at last! A beautiful day as we arrived at the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood, for their Annual Craft Fair and Open Day.
We set up our stall after a muddy start, against a backdrop of emerald fields with rescued ponies grazing and enjoying life once again.
Our stall looked inviting with everything sparkling in the sunlight. The Guins were very excited!
Every now and again though, the wind blew in gusts,mixing up our products randomly, and creating chaos on the table!!
It was fun though, and we met so many lovely people who had come along to support the event and to raise money for the animals.
We are now stocking fabulous Poppy Treffry handmade products, which certainly add colour splashes and absolute style to our site!
Poppy Treffry founded her company in 2003 with just one old Singer sewing machine, and since then her range of products has grown and grown.
Many of the textile items are handmade, and still stitched on vintage singers, "lovingly designed" in Penzance, Cornwall.
The funky designs by Poppy Treffry smile with her sense of humour.
The collection is all of a very high quality, quite unique, with delightful designs, incorporating drawings and freehand embroidery too.
If you want something a little...
Last Saturday we set off to Old Spitalfields Market, just outside the City of London, to display our products and hopefully sell some too!!
It was a beautiful sunny day and when we arrived there was a massive buzz of activity, and a feeling of excitement. It felt really vibrant and special as there has been a market on this site since the 1600's, and the Victorian Market Hall we were in was built in 1876.
We managed to unload and set up our stall amongst a variety of all kinds of interesting and trendy stalls. (I have to say that our stall looked quite impressive with its sparkly table and variety of products!!)
The day whizzed...
We always try to find the unusual or unique!
One such artist is Sarah Jane Brown, who makes the most exquisite hand-knitted wire sculptures.
We have some of her work on our site, including hounds and horses, and a wonderful cat with a long wavy tail.
Sarah Jane Brown also has a collection of tiny scenes of houses and trees, standing on carefully selected driftwood. Each piece is individually distinct. Some of the trees are made using old newspaper, some are made of metal and have minute details of leaves, birds and fruit. The little houses are handmade from recycled tin.
Inspiration for the artwork has come from Sarah...
We are so excited to announce that we now stock some of the Herdy range. All their products are inspired by the breed of Herdwick Sheep. These sheep are native to the Lake District in Cumbria, in North West England.
Herdwick Sheep date back to the 12th century, their ancestors were possibly introduced by early Norse settlers during the Viking invasions. However the breed was first recognised in the 1790's, and has recently been awarded protected status.
Herdwick sheep have coarse grey wool which is an excellent insulator from the harsh winter weather. They are extremely hardy and spend most of the winter months in...
A very Happy New Year to all our customers, and to all visitors to our website too.
It has certainly started out as a very wet year with so many floods around the country. Rivers have burst their banks and the landscape has transformed into a kind of water world! Some people are having a dreadful time, evacuating their homes and travelling to safety by boat. Let's hope it dries up very soon and normality can resume.
On a more cheerful note, the time has come to introduce some new stock. And appropriately it is a batch of well- prepared ducklings as they are all wearing their own special, colourful welly boots, to keep their feet...
Get involved in Small Business Saturday UK!
On Saturday 7th December the UK is promoting its first ever SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!
It already takes place in the US and is a well established commercial holiday there. It is usually held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Small Business Saturday is to encourage people in the UK to try and support small businesses on 7th December and to continue their support into the future.
This special day is endorsed by all the major political parties to get the UK moving. Government departments are working with the campaign to help make it a...
Although our Guins are happy, I'm afraid the Northern Rockhopper penguins are not quite so cheerful.
Between 1955 and 2006 there has been an awful loss of these cute, charismatic birds. In fact, 2 million pairs were lost from Tristan da Cunha and Gough in the South Atlantic Ocean.
And now, since 2012, they are still sliding towards the edge of extinction. It is so sad to think that we are losing 100 Rockhoppers every day.
Their decline could be due to climate change, or maybe over-fishing for squid and octopus by humans. Rockhoppers not only feed on krill but are also partial to a bit of squid.
Let's hope something can be...