Monday, November 24, 2008

The candles have arrived at last!

You may remember some time ago that I mentioned we were doing a trial run with our own range of scented candles. Well, at last I have them made up and ready to sell, which had been planned for the Country Living Fair, but never mind, now is as good a time as any.
The candle pots are hand thrown with our heart motif hand painted on the front, each one being slightly different as no two pots are ever the same! Filled with Elderflower & Wild Nettle scented soy candle, they have a burn time of approx. 30 hours and then the pot can obviously be used after, I think it would make a lovely little sugar bowl. They are £20 plus £4 P&P.
I have only had a limited number made up and will be selling them at the fairs we're attending over the next couple of weeks and in the shop. If you would like one please e-mail me at
I'm just home from a great evening at the CRUK Christmas Fair in Perth. It was reasonably busy (good sales, needle cases seemed to be the thing of this evening!) so lets hope tomorrow brings a good day.
L x

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Christmas door wreaths

I'm getting there with the gearing up for Christmas in the Studio, it has certainly cheered me up as it's a time of year that I absolutely love. Nicola, my trusty little elf, delivered me a couple of door wreaths this week, one for on the Studio door and one for inside. Given that she was a florist in her previous life, she has taken over the task of making our door wreaths this year! And they are just gorgeous, made traditionally with a mossed ring, they are made up with lots of hedgerow finds and other natural bits and bobs. Just perfect for any discerning front door, and what better way to welcome friends in to your home over the festive period.

In previous years I have done the whole running around like a blue ar**d flee delivering everyones wreaths, this year we are asking that you come and pick them up from the studio, you will be welcomed with mince pies and maybe even some mulled wine, who could refuse an offer like that! Obviously we're only expecting locals to order them...........

They can be made up with a natural hessian ribbon or a red satin ribbon, the choice is yours, and all for just £20. Bit of a bargain really.

L x

P.S. I'm off to a Sarah Raven Christmas Flower arranging day next week so no doubt I'll be helping out with the wreath making over the next couple of weeks!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Back into things.

We are back home and trying to get back to normal, back into the routine of things. Friday was a really hard day, my first on my own with no one to look after, just me, myself and I. And a very messy studio with a huge backlog of orders to be made, put together, and posted out. I'm getting there, slowly. The shop is also back open now and is dressed for Christmas with twinkly lights and lots of festive loveliness.
Thank you to everyone for their thoughful comments, cards and phone calls, it's at times like this that you realise just how important good friends are.
Taking things slowly this week, but missing the buzz of the Country Living Fair, never mind there's always next year. I'm sharing a stall with Katie this weekend at a local Winter Festival so that shall keep me busy.
L x

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sadly Dad passed away last week, we were all with him and he went very peacefully, which is a blessing given what he's been through over the last 6 years. He died in Strathcarron Hospice, an amazing place where the doctors and nurses are like angels. The funeral is on Tuesday so I hope to return home by the end of the week. The Studio will re-open on Saturday 15th November, apologies to anyone who has visited over the last 2 weeks when we have been closed. Some orders will go out today, the rest will be dealt with on my return. I have also had to cancel our stand at the Country Living Christmas Fair Scotland. I've learnt over the last 5 years that sometimes you just know that you can't do everything, and right now being there for my family is more important to me. We will attend some fairs, just not as many as usual.

Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and words, they really meant a lot during a rather tough week for us all.

Normal blogging shall hopefully resume a week today.

See you all then.

L x

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Unfortunately things have taken a turn for the worse with my Dad, he's not going to be with us for much longer so we are spending as much time as possible with him. I have been at home with my family since Wednesday evening and shall stay for as long as I am needed. Being the oldest of four children is very hard, having to be brave for them is the hardest. My youngest sister is only 16.

With regards to the studio it is closed for the time being and I am unsure as to what fairs we will be attending over the next few weeks. This has made me realise that as much as my business is my baby, my family are so much more important to me, life has totally been put into perspective and I now realise just how precious it really is.

All orders will be dealt with as soon as I get home, whenever that may be.

L x