When I was planning the Christmas shop, I had visions of me making my own crafts to display in there too, and since opening many customers have asked if I make any items myself. Unfortunatly I don't or (Or havn't yet...) and here is the rea... son why....I started this project way back in March and only just finshed him on Thursday..... His name is Boneparte he is knitted, and with his hand built coffin and silk pillow he is certainly the luckiest skeleton alive........HAPPY HALLOWEEN !
We have a lovely selection of tree decorations in the shop, may of which are hand made by Pauline Hayward www.Paulinescrafts.folksy.com. The artichoke crafts are my favourites, in particular these wonderful Christmas pudding tree decs. We also have in some of her lovely brooches in stock.
It seems that many ladies spend a good deal of time looking around the shop, so I added something for the Gents.....
My Friend Jo came to visit me in the shop the other week and whilst having agood look around she noticed one of the items that I really like too. They are necklaces with an Alice in Wonderland theme.. I explained that I thought they would m... ake lovely gifts for older girls who can be quite hard to buy for. Then we both giggled and agreed that actually, we both like one of them for ourselves !
So here they are, made by Amber from Locketz, based in Great Dunmow, and are very reasonably priced at arund £7. There is also a bracelet. Remember I can also post items out.
More items from local crafters are still arriving on a weekly basis and the shop is more full than ever. Today I had a delivery of beautiful hand made teddy bears from Ruth at BigFeetbears (See Etsy). I now feel like I have a new set of friends in the shop to keep me company through the quieter moments. Photos of the bears will follow over the coming weeks.
Its funny how things seem to sell in groups, today and last weekend the knitted items have proved very popular indeed, so to add to it here is a picture of one of my favourite knits. Knitted advent calender pockets, perfect for display over a mantle, on a garland or on a simple set of twiggy branches. You can fill the pockets with treats or small gifts. (Or, as in the case of my children they get raisins... poor dears..). Made in Essex by Lorraine, one of the most enthusiastic crafters ! They cost £17 for the whole set of 24 pockets.
Had a lovely weekend in the shop, seems word is really getting around now. Helped along by the fact that apparently East Anglian Daily Times gave us a mention in the newspaper sometime last week, for which I am extremely grateful to them. If anyone has a copy of the ad/article then I'd love to see it or even to find out on which day it came out.
So far things are going so well that I'm already making plans for expansion and improvements next year, and my "to do" list is now rapidly filling up.
Have a look at these handmade books by Miranda Campbell, all made from natural materials and handmade papers. They make lovely gifts for the hard to buy for or those who have everything. We also have Miranda's Book kits, where you can make you own origami book. They vary in price from £10 for the book kit to £28 for the medium leather notebook.
This gorgeous patchwork bag is handmade by Helen Jane Designs and I believe includes Cath Kidston "Rosali" fabric. Helen Jane crafts from her cottage in rural Wales. It's beautifully made, fully lined and has two internal pockets. It would make a lovely gift at only £22.50. As you know us Girls can never have too many Handbags !
It can be posted too if you like.
We have local artist, Michele Webber displaying a wonderful selection of Prints, Mosaics, Greetings cards and bookmarks. This print below is called "Gnarled tree" and its one of my favourites because it reminds me of a place I used to visit. Michelle also runs courses.
Well what a wonderfully positive first weekend. We got amazing comments and feedback from customers and the Facebook "Likes" have increased rapidly too. Some people had said that the signs were hard to read so Richard got straight to worked and made a very sturdy A-board and is going to make another later this week. It's suprsing that I've met more lovely neighbours this weekend than I have in the 7 years we have lived there. So many of the customers said they will help spread the word on the shop and come back with family and friends. The fact that we don't take cards payments
didn't seem to cause many issues but we have tried very hard to advertise this well.
More pics of my favourites to follow soon....
I've had my first complaint !.........From my daughter who said there were not enough toys in the shop, so I bit the bullet and placed an order for more toys and things for children, and just as I thought I was clearing away the boxes I no w have many more...
So anyway, as promised from now on a couple of times a week I will post some of my personal favourite pieces from our very talented crafters. They are in no particular order at all, just whatever photo I manage to take first that looks okay.
First are these wonderful footstools, they are made by lovely a lady who runs a smallholding and breeds her own sheep. Her wool is such high quality that it is highly sought after by Harrod's. She also makes her own pottery buttons which some of the footstools are embellished with. I also hear that when you rest your feet on them you can feel the warmth emanating from the stool.
They come in various sizes and range from £35 - 50.
Hello, I hope this blog will keep you up to date with what's happening at the Tannenbaum Christmas Barn.
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