Thank you so much everyone for going off & donating your bit on my justgiving page for the Philippines, I’m delighted to say the total is now at £1,181.94 which just goes to show what you can do if you pull together, its still going to run for a few days just in case but this total is pretty good as it is!! http://www.justgiving.com/Lou-Tonkin?utm_source=emailvision&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fundraisingpage-donation-alert-email
Now for that proper blog post as promised. It’s been frankly completely nuts with activity here, I have been working hard to finish orders some as treats & some from organised people as Christmas presents & also doing LOTS of workshops which is brilliant- some lovely things have been made over the last few weeks & it’s so nice to get to meet different people all the time.
But I am constantly reminded whilst doing this workshoping that we are coming up to a festive time of year & that perhaps it is time to think about getting organised?? I traditionally start making things for my family around the beginning of December & I do try to make a lot of it & then any bits I need to buy I wait for the last few weeks & make the most of events like late night shopping evenings- in my opinion (though I do envy those people who buy everything in the January sales for their cunning) it’s the most enjoyable bit- shopping with all the Christmas lights on, carols, the Victorian markets in Truro, chestnuts, the atmosphere in general! I love it all!!
I’m going to do it differently this year though. As a maker I understand how long it takes to make something, the work involved, the devotion to every neat little mark or stitch, but we have become all to used to going out & finding an ‘offer’ something cheap to fill the presents out, it doesn’t feel good & often whatever it was breaks within an hour of using it 😦 THIS year I am making a little pledge to myself, I am only going to make, buy handmade, buy locally made, buy sustainably. We might have a little less but hopefully everything bought will actually be worth it’s hard earned pennies & will do it’s bit to support our local trades. It’s actually quite easy to do this if as I do you spend a good amount of your time in the day seeing the work of handmakers online or going to fairs (I have already bought the most beautiful hand woven willow bike basket for Rosie with perfect little handmade leather straps which I know she will love & always remember for the exchange of £24 of my hard earned pounds, a delightful exchange) but for those of you who don’t I’ve saved a few of my favourite pages for you for inspiration & also some great workshops which you could go & make your own presents.
Workshops: I have been doing gazillions but I have 3 more booked- this Friday at Heligan, a morning workshop & lunch in their lovely tearooms, The 5th December at the Duchy in Lostwithiel again a morning workshop followed by lunch & then on the 14th December I have my last workshop, a whole day so we can relax & really enjoy it in the village hall in my own Gorran Haven to make your own super special Christmas stocking, email me to book, any age/ability welcome £40 each to include all of the materials email@example.com .
Copper foiling starter course-‘Who fancies making a copperfoiled tealight or two for a christmas present? taking bookings tonight onwards for a class at St Austell Old Press Gallery a Saturday in December suit? tea and cake on tap and all the materials you need to make one of these fully inclusive at only £45 each its easy when you know how walk away with a little work of art to give to someone special this Christmas-or why not buy them the class as a very special present. All the skills you need to go on to make lampshades etc otherwise known as Tiffany work December 7th yet to be confirmed.
The Lost Gardens of heligan have been doing lots of great workshops this year & have more on before christmas- me included for our last felt workshop this Friday http://www.heligan.com/news-and-events/events
Online but UK makers I love;
Chloe at Woollysoup, impossible not to want everything she makes https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/woollysoup
Sarah Drew for some lovely jewellery http://sarahdrew.com/
Viv at Hensteeth. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/hensteeth?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Jane foster for the more colourful in your life http://janefoster.co.uk/
Funny & talented artist Angela Smyth http://www.angelasmythart.co.uk/Home.html
Pipany for hand sewn gifts http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/pipany?gclid=COrfvff68roCFS_KtAod_1EApA
Children’s clothing & gifts http://www.picaloulou.com/
Claire Gent https://beta.folksy.com/shops/clairegentdesign jewellery
Skin care http://www.chenoaskincare.co.uk/
There are so many! & so many more enjoy looking.
Here is some of what I’ve been making recently.
See you soon!