In the last year or so, I have been fortunate enough to make some wonderful friends. Fellow bloggers and Instagrammers, who happen to be small businesses, selling beautiful things. I wanted to share the love a little bit as they are all so talented, so here is my first ever Christmas gift guide, for the vintage and handmade lover. There is a little quote that I see from time to time which I love, and I think it’s so important to remember: ‘When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance’. It’s so tough for small businesses in this world of mass produced tat, but I know it can also be hard to find online shops selling beautiful vintage homewares and gorgeous handmade things, if you don’t know where to look. I have bought things from all these lovely people who are also my friends, both on and offline. I hope you will love what they do as much as I do! So grab a cuppa, enjoy, and remember to try and ‘Shop Small’ this Christmas! (FYI, the link and info for each business is under the picture. Also, the cute laurel clip arts were a free download from Angie Makes, thank you so much for your generosity Angie!)
For The Vintage Lover…
I stumbled upon The Linen Garden last year some time, when I saw a picture on Pinterest of some amazing Sanderson fabric that was for sale. I managed to track the fabric down, and it now sits in my craft room (see it here). I love what Vicky does so much – she describes The Linen Garden as ‘A department store for creatives and gatherers’. A beautifully curated selection of textiles, vintage homewares and upcycled pieces.
I met Sonia a few years ago, when she opened The Old Haberdashery in Ticehurst, just down the road from my parents. The Old Haberdashery is an Aladdin’s Cave of pretty vintage homewares, textiles (and of course haberdashery!) and many other tiny treasures. I’m sorry that I don’t live closer, but my mum does pop in there to treasure hunt for me! Sonia is really active on Instagram, and it’s the best place to see her treasures and to get in touch with her.
Katie is my lovely friend who I do my vintage styling workshops with! I met her at Blogtacular last year (Blogtacular is a brilliant place to connect with other bloggers.) Katie puts together these gorgeous mini styling kits, which contain just enough to style a pretty shelfie or mantelpiece. See what the kits contain here.
I met Lisa from Heart Vintage last year at Blogtacular. I’m so excited that she has just collaborated with the lovely Rebecca from Ivy Cottage, to create a small collection of upcycled vintage plates, printed with some of Rebecca’s sweet bird embroideries. The perfect touch of whimsey to a gallery wall.
I have followed Kiki for many years, and it was lovely to finally meet her at our Norwich workshop at the beginning of this year!
Angel Stores brings together a unique collection of vintage, modern and handmade homewares, handpicked from artisan companies.
For The Handmade Lover…
Another friend I made at Blogtacular is Katie Robbins. Katie is a ceramicist who makes the most beautiful mini planters, bowls and vases in delicious pastel shades, all inspired by nature. I absolutely love my little collection of her bowls in the picture above, and they are an essential part of my prop box. You can find her over at Etsy, or a selection of her work is available at the very beautiful Lewes Map Store, another shop run by a lovely friend of mine, Dörte.
It was so lovely to finally meet Angeline at our vintage styling workshop in Eridge this year, having followed each other for a few years on Instagram. Angeline uses the prettiest faded floral fabrics to make her range of bags, cushions, and decorative flourishes, all completely unique.
I made friends with Emma years ago on Twitter! We then connected on Instagram, and I met her at a press show in London a couple of years ago. Emma now has a small business, growing her own flowers and foliage for A Bunch Of Wild. Emma has a pop-up Christmas stall in Ampthill on the 2nd December, and she will be selling these wild wreaths, potted floral gifts and foliage bundles for people to decorate their homes with and for wreath making. You can also collect these items from her home in Bedfordshire.
So there you have it folks, I really hope this gives you a bit of Christmas shopping inspiration! Please do go and give these talented, lovely folk some love, and let me know in the comments below what you think!
I’ll be back tomorrow, sharing photographs from Issue 20 of my Reclaim feature, Notes From A Stylist.