Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sending Christmas to Scotland

This weekend we have been busy in the workshop making up the first order for
Christmas Wreaths and Swags in progress

Country House Interiors, in Castle Douglas, Scotland. We have been collaborating with Mhairi McPhee who owns two fabulous shops in this lovely town in Dumfries and Galloways. We have been making a collection of wreaths and swags to decorate the shops and grace the doors and fireplaces of the good folk of Castle Douglas.  

We have designed a lovely themed set - fragrant with apple and cinnamon and lovely tartan ribbons.  We are really very pleased with them and hope they will be too.

Swags and wreaths for Country House Interiors
They are now all boxed up ready for the courier to collect them.  The trickiest bit was finding boxes big and strong enough to take them all.  It really would have been nice to have loaded up the car and driven them there, but that, I guess is for another day.

Christmas wreaths and swags for Mhairi
Well that, and the fact that I don't seem to be able to take any photos with the iPad without photographing my thumb or my foot.  Never mind.  Off to Scotland.  Let me know when they arrive, Mhairi.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Garlands on English handmade rope

staircase garland 
We are now gearing up big time for the season.  All the images for the gift cards and product tags have been selected and are now on order, hopefully to arrive in a few days.  I also received my order this week from Neil at the Traditional Rope Company, so we have all the rope and jute we need to get us through the season.

Handmade English Manila rope

There are boxes and boxes of different types of cones around the place drying including these lovely spruce cones that we will be using at the Creating Christmas Garlands workshop on the Saturday 15th December at Bristol Zoo Gardens, when we will be hosted by the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project.    Booking is through Mandy Leivers, the Education Officer.   This is a great day with the workshop in the morning when we will make long fireplace and staircase swags, a wander around the Zoo at lunchtime, and a lovely walk on the Downs in the afternoon to discover the history and folklore of Christmas foliage.  Mandy gets the tea urn out and brings the cakes.   We ran this for the first time last year and a good time was had by all.    

Spuce cones 
We are really looking forward to this event.  Come join us.