Sunday, 17 February 2013

A Very Merry Handmade Christmas!

It's a little late to be mentioning the 'C' word, especially with Valentine's day just past and Easter well on its way, however I was spoilt rotten this Christmas with beautiful handmade gifts and although the festive period is now over, they are gifts which keep on giving and having had some time to fully appreciate them I just had to share them all, along with a bit about their talented makers.

I have coveted the handmade knitted goods in &Made at the Manchester Craft Centre, for quite some time, in fact I couldn't resist her little cacti pin cushions as a gift for a friend, thinking they might make a good bedside earring holder for those that don't sew!

So you can imagine how delighted I was to receive this sumptuous custom made tea cosy to go with this elegant vintage patterned teapot from my lovely sister. The teal / blue-grey colours work together wonderfully and the teapot is perfect for these cold winter days in the office.

Wallpaper Rose, is a jewellery maker my mum found on twitter and absolutely raves about, so I was lucky to receive not one but two stunning pieces from her collection. This lovely lace necklace sits perfectly on my neck, resting delicately on my collar bone, a stunning neck piece creating a collar like appearance. Having had a bit more of an explore on her website I've discovered she also has a lovely collection of lace collars which I might just be very tempted by, and I'm loving this oversized sweatshirt with collar.

The compass on a chain is a lovely and also very practical piece of jewellery meaning I shall never be lost again! I've since found out the compass and lace necklace is part of the Baudelaire collection, a family name from the books by Lemony Snicket. It's a beautiful collection of objects and I just adore Violets telescope. Her other collections also have wonderful childhood story themes such as the Secret Garden and the Borrowers.

The concrete lady is a friend of a friend, who I also know from the architectural profession and has been creating fabulous objects out of concrete. I just love my bracelet I received as a surprise from my husband. The dark colour and texture is gorgeous and it's not at all heavy as you might be thinking! I'm looking forward to seeing more of her work very soon. 

My lovely friend was very prepared this year and bought me some beautiful pieces from a trip to Berlin in October. This gorgeous wooden object is by the German company E+M, who specialise in wooden writing instruments and desktop objects. It took me a while (and a bit of cheating on the Internet) to realise what the striking l object was actually for but I love it just as a very tactile and transformable object which has so many different qualities to it.

Last but not least, my gift to myself was this gorgeous yarn bowl by Little Wren Pottery. I discovered Victoria's beautiful ceramics after she had left some lovely comments on my blog. Being an amateur knitter I'd been thinking for a while how useful it would be to have something to hold my wool and stop it from getting tangled, so I was mega pleased to discover these, which do just the job! I also bought my mum (who is an amazing knitter) one for Christmas, which hopefully she loves just as much as I do.

I had a such a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and was spoilt rotten with these beautiful gifts, all of which hold lovely memories and I know will be well used over the years!

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