Monday, November 11, 2013

Tis the season to be busy...

...fa la la la la. Weekend three of seven is now history. Had a wonderful time at Blair Castle. But, as is always the case, part of the joy in taking part is meeting the other artists who take part. So, this blog is going to be about the beautiful people and beautiful things that are part of the events.

Bellwood Bears

I saw Karen and her adorable table of delightful bears on day one, but it wasn't until day three that I had the joy of being totally captivated by her lovely creations. In fact, one in particular gave me such a loving look that I had to bring him home. So, young Kalen now lives with me. Just so you understand how irresistible he was and is, here is a photograph of my new little friend.

What makes Karen's bears so wonderful is that each bear comes with his or her own life story. For instance, Kalen is a very shy bear who doesn't initially trust people, but once loved and adopted he is friend for life. Among his friends are Hector, who is the guardian of Bellwood. Or there's Bracken, who makes sure all the paths in the wood are cleared of broken branches and fallen leaves. The stories are as charming as the bears. So, if one of the people on your Christmas list needs a new little friend, I can highly recommend Bellwood Bears.

Rustic Simplicity

Anita and James sell lovely home decor pieces made from recycled whisky barrels. Their offerings run the gamut from peg holders to side cupboards. The time and effort that goes into making each piece can't be measured just with hours spent, but the passion. The 'rustic simplicity' of what they make and offer could fit into a room of any style. Look at this adorable wall cabinet. Who wouldn't want one of these hanging on their wall?

Anita and James are able to post pieces at reasonable rates, so it doesn't matter where in the UK you live, you can still have some beautiful, handmade and lovingly crafted rustic simplicity to call your own.

Rose Cottage Kitchen

My other 'neighbour' at the event was Katrina Ashford of Rose Cottage Kitchen. Katrina creates the most wonderful jams, jellies, chutneys and perserves. Where can I start? Her green tomato chutney is to die for. We always stock up every year. And for the upcoming feasts, we are enjoying her cranberry with port. We will be enjoying her homemade mincemeat and Christmas cake. Katrina also makes delicious fudge and shortbread (and I haven't begun to scratch the surface).

Katrina is able to provide the most wonderful hampers for Christmas. I can't recommend Katrina and her delicious wares enough. She is able to arrange delivery to addresses within the UK, so get your order in now before all her yummies are all gone!

More events to come...

I shall be enjoying the company of other artists in the weeks to come and will be happily sharing information about them. Stay tuned.  Oh, and don't forget, if you need some beautiful jewellery for your Christmas gift recipients, don't forget about Ailleas Designs!


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