Sunday, 10 December 2017

Plaids Herringbones And Other Gifts


At this time of year I get many requests to make a special gift for someone. They vary from hats to bags and other accessories but each one is unique and just perfect for the recipient.
I made a very bright checked turban beret in the wool cloth above. It was a birthday gift from her friends who she plays viola with in a orchestra for a northern opera company. 
Beautiful cloth to work with from Avoca Ireland. In Ireland they have wonderful shops and their own cafes and cookbooks.I'm not sure if they have their own stores here in the U.K. but you can buy their garments in a few places.
The past week was very busy and I met some lovely people at the two events I went to. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported me by buying gifts and hats for themselves.
The teal silk headpiece in the box has just been to a wedding this weekend. Lovely colour ! 
The red leather bags in my images are just about the most perfect Christmas gift, made my hand by my friend Cathy Edwards. I have two variations of designs at the moment.
I expect they will soon be finding their way underneath someone's Christmas tree.
So two weeks left before Christmas. I have quite a few orders to catch up with this week and Sunday I will be at East Riddlesden Hall for their Festive Fair. Might see a few folks there it's a very nice place to visit.
Personally I am a little behind with my own purchases but I'll catch up!
Chrissie x


Saturday, 25 November 2017

December Dates & Shop Hours

Hello it's going to be a busy month and I expect everyone has a list as long as their arm.
My month of December kicks off with my birthday on the 1st and then on Sat 2nd I will have been open 12 years. [fanfare]
Can't quite believe that it will be 12 years but time flies when you are busy doesn't it.
I'd like to say thank you to all those who have supported me by buying hand made and spreading the word one way or another. Many clients have been visiting over this period and still continue to purchase from me so a huge thank you for that.
Also during December I shall be open on Sundays from 12 till 4 and there will be mulled wine and festive nibbles during the weekends while you browse. They say it's going to get really cold so a glass or two should warm you up. The shop is now dressed for the festive period as you can see and smells lovely with all the fresh greenery.
Saturday 2nd December the shop will be open from 10.30 till 5pm as usual but I will be at The Ripponden Christmas Fair from 11am till 6pm. Looks like it will be a lovely festive event with lots of artisan stalls to buy your gifts from.
Sunday while the shop is open I will be off to Altrincham to the very special Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.
Anyone who has been to the larger event in Manchester will know how good these gatherings are so expect only the best in a range of wears available from the selection of makers there.
Last but by no means least I will also be at the East Riddlesden Christmas fair on Sunday 17th December which will be held in their wonderful barn. It's a lovely spot if you've never been.
So hope to see some familiar faces over the next 4 weeks if you are visiting Hebden Bridge.
Chrissie x


Monday, 13 November 2017

Getting Ready For Christmas

Come the beginning of November for most retailers be it small or large there is always one thing to focus on and that is Christmas.
Some people like to shop early and get all their gifts bought and wrapped as soon as possible while others wait till the last couple of weeks to do theirs.
I hope that lots of people will be looking to buy hand made gifts for family and friends this year it doesn't need to be expensive so remember to have a look in your independent shops.
There is one thing for sure you need to be ready with a shop full of gorgeous items, dressed for Christmas with a few lovely decorations and full of festive cheer yourself !
I am busy with all of those jobs at the moment. I do love Christmas and enjoy the build up to Christmas day but there sure is plenty to do.
The shop will be open as normal throughout November but during December I shall also be open on Sunday from 11am till 4 pm.
The shop is filling up nicely as quick as I can make things including a few smart Christmas stockings to pop a few presents in. I also have the hand knitted items including a merino poncho back for winter this one is a rich navy blue but there will be other colours soon.
So I hope to see you sometime before Christmas if you happen to come to Hebden Bridge.
Chrissie x


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Bumper Blog Post Catch Up

Sorry for the lack of blogging this month, it has been a busy time and every time I sat down to blog something more urgent took my attention.
So here's a bumper edition.
The first images of the old hatters brush was a find on my local market just yesterday and what a find.
Greetland is a local spot about 30 mins away from Hebden Bridge so I must try to find out about the premises if I can. I think it could be from the 40's or 50's. It's very special.
This weekend we have The Great Pumpkin Festival in town with carving and other activities so look out for things going on if you are coming to Hebden.
The woods are spectacular at the moment with wonderful browns and greens. The soft turban style beret is a great little hat for keeping warm and suits a range of face shapes. This one is trimmed with a little vintage buckle. Soft slouchy and a great everyday hat.
It's also time to create many felt hats this cranberry red with a large aubergine felt twist trim sold very quickly in fact all the felts have been quick to sell this month maybe people know it's going to be a cold winter.

I've started making neck wraps and hoods from luxury faux fur again.So soft and brings out the inner tsarina in you for the chilly days or nights.
My poor plaster head is really showing all the signs of age with cracks here and there so I am hoping to get her replicated as the facial expression is so charming.
Ive been buying lots of fabric and picked up a lovely piece of navy jersey which I hope to make a soft slouchy hat with and some velvet ribbon which I can never have enough of.

I also found a moment to make green tom chutney from the last of our cherry toms that we grew inside this year. So tasty and I added a few raisins but no sugar. Smells just as lovely as it tastes.

I was given a vintage dress box which was the same as my hat box from Marshall and Snellgrove who had dept stores around the U.K. may moons ago. They look great as a display item and many people seem to remember seeing them as a child or know someone who owned one, bring back back many lovely memories.

Lastly the mother of pearl buttons which I also found on the market in town [only three] were in fantastic condition and just needed a clean. I've used one so far but am hanging on to the others as long as I can, however there will be a moment when they are just the most perfect thing to use and will find a new home.

Chrissie x

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