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3 days to Christmas

22 Dec

Alternative wrapping

Following on from yesterday’s Countdown to Christmas of 4 days to Christmas, I thought I would let you know about an alternative method of wrapping presents – furoshiki.  Furoshiki originates from Japan, and uses beautiful neck scarfs and knots to wrap a gift, instead of using paper, boxes, bags, and sticky tape.

I first came across the concept of furoshiki at a Lush shop (national chain of handmade cosmetics shops).

But after a browse on Folksy, I have found myfuroshiki‘s shop where they print and make some of their own fabrics for furoshiki wrapping and giving.

Myfuroshiki Purple reindeer wrap scarf

Photo from Myfuroshiki Folksy shop - Purple Reindeer Wrap

One of the best things about furoshiki is that you are giving two presents instead of just one, as the wrap can be used afterwards too as a little scarf, or used as a bag tie, or wall hanging… very eco friendly.

You can find out more about Myfuroshiki and ideas on how to use furoshiki by having a peek at their blog.


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6 days to Christmas

19 Dec

As you know, I love Afternoon Tea and all the trimmings and pretty vintage crockery that comes with it.  (See what I did for my Afternoon Tea inspired degree show here.)

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Scented Vintage Teacup Candles by Home Sweet Home

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Scented Vintage Teacup Candles by Home Sweet Home

That’s why when I saw these handmade scented candles made by Home Sweet Home, at the Belton House Christmas Market last month, I couldn’t resist them!  They were even ready wrapped up as you can see in the photo, so I will be spreading the love and giving most of them away as gifts, but I may have to keep onto one myself as they are too pretty.
You can find similar handmade candles in teacups by various UK makers on Folksy.com, just use the keyword search.

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8 days to Christmas

17 Dec

Yum yum!

What is better than Chocolate? Answer: handmade quality chocolate.

What I found handmade at Belton House Xmas Market 2010 - Handmade Chocolates by Belgian Heaven Chocolate Co

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Handmade Chocolates by Belgian Heaven Chocolate Co

I found these handmade chocs by Belgian Heaven Chocolate Co. at the Belton House Christmas Market I attended last month, and couldn’t resist when I was offered a sample taster.  It was a great weekend at Belton, feeling very festive with live music, plus I found loads of handmade Christmas pressies to tick off the list.

Talking of Chocolate…

I must say if you are a chocolate fan, a trip to Hansen’s Chocolate House in the little village of Folkingham, Lincolnshire is a great visit!  With years of experience, they have the most stunning handcrafted chocolates, as well as a chocolate cafe (!), and you can even peek through a window into the handmade factory and see the artisans at work!

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10 days to Christmas

15 Dec

How gorgeous do these look?  But stop, you can’t eat them – amazingly they are actually sweetie soaps, and cupcake bath bombs!

Buy Handmade for Christmas 2010 - Sweet soaps by Bits N Bobs

Buy Handmade for Christmas 2010 - Sweet soaps by Bits N Bobs

 

Handmade by Bits N Bobs, even though you can’t eat them they are still suitable for Veggies, and the soaps are Vegan friendly too, as they don’t contain any animal products.

Great little stocking fillers – for young and old, just don’t let them take a bite!

 

For more stocking fillers handmade in the UK, take a look at Folksy.com.  (Even though everything available on Folksy is handmade in the UK, many shops sell worldwide so don’t miss out!)


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12 days to Christmas

13 Dec

How beautiful are these little angels?  What a stunning colour!

Buy Handmade for Christmas 2010 Stained Glass Angels by Dormouse Studio

Buy Handmade for Christmas 2010 - Stained Glass Angels by Dormouse Studio

I found these little gems in the Folksy Shop of Dormouse Studio, who has been working with stained glass for several years.

They were bought as gifts, but I may have to hold on to one of them for the tree!

Find more quality hand crafted stained glass, and Christmas gift ideas handmade by UK crafters/artists on Folksy.com.


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15 days to Christmas

10 Dec

How cute and festive are these?  Some more handmade gifts I found at Belton House Christmas Market last month, made by Heart and Country.

 

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Decorations by Heart and Country

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Decorations by Heart and Country

Their new website is due to be up and running any day now, so if you are quick you may be able to order in time for Christmas…

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17 days to Christmas

8 Dec

I told you that at the Belton House Christmas Market I attended last month, I was buying handmade Christmas gifts, as well as selling some.

Well, I thought I would show you a few of my favourites over the next few days…

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market printed tea towels by The Colegrave Printworks

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Printed tea towels by The Colegrave Printworks

 

I thought these printed textiles by The Colegrave Printworks were lovely, and they had cute printed tshirts and fabric bags too.  All the prints beginning as original illustrations.

At the moment they don’t have a website, but as soon as they do, I will add a link.