It's taken a long time to get everything together:
cardstock, envelopes, recyclable/biodegrable cello bags and recycled mailing envelopes, but I did it!
Woohoo! And I'm super proud :)
Hardest job in the world and so hard not to beat yourself up for the little things you didn't get 'right' - but it's the big things that matter, are they safe and warm, do they have a clean comfy bed, do they have a lovingly made meal, are they bathed, is their hair and teeth brushed, do you hug them and tell them you love them? If you can yes to these things then you're winning at Mum life! If you're doing extras like taking them swimming, playing lego for the umpteenth time that day and making special voices whilst reading the bedtime story then you deserve a medal! Go you! And let's not even start with the teenagers.....
We never need an excuse to tell someone we love them - but, if we did,
Valentine's is perfect!
Here's 5 really affordable ways to show you care.
1. Love notes
A handwritten note is incurably romantic, leave them on pillows, next to the kettle, slipped into briefcases or stuck to the bathroom mirror. They can be silly, reminiscent, sentimental or saucy, on post-its, napkins, or fancy paper - just make sure the message will lift the recipient, making their heart warm and bringing a smile to their face.
(p.s. notes don't have to be for your significant other, a personal favourite of mine is to write messages of self care: you are loved, you're beautiful, you matter.. and pop them into books at the library or book shop.)
Nothing says I love you like a home cooked meal! It doesn't have to be fancy or cooked from scratch, just prepared with a focus on what your guest enjoys. Choose something simple that you can prepare with little stress - even a fab hot chocolate, served with care - in a favourite cup, will be a welcome, loving gesture. (It wouldn't hurt to cut a few strawberries into little heart shapes too.)
Listening is a REALLY BIG DEAL. We forget to listen. Oftentimes we're so excited to share, or we're so keen to put our view across, that we don't truly listen. Making time to sit and talk - and listen! - is a vital ingredient in any healthy relationship, be that with your spouse, your children or your colleagues. Pop the kettle on and sit down for a chat. Paying attention to the other person, giving them space, and listening deeply is such a loving gift.
4. Movie night
What's nicer than a cosy night in, cuddled on the sofa, lights low, popcorn (and wine?) in hand watching your fave film? Cinema tickets can be expensive, so make your own cinema experience. Turn your phones off, have the kids sleepover elsewhere and get the hankies ready - any film worth it's salt makes you cry right?! Do whatever it takes to make a few hours about just the two of you, enjoy holding hands, delight in your shared warmth and comfort, switch off from the World and just be you two.
5. Give a beautiful card
Sometimes words are really hard to find, here's where are cute cards come in! I've always loved stationary and have kept special cards from special people for years. Seeing love right there, written in black and white, is a treasure to keep and re-read over again, long after the flowers have wilted.
A thoughtful card is a lovely way to say I love you.
Wow, just wow! Bowled over by your wonderful reviews - they mean so much, thank you for taking the time to do this, every one is really appreciated :)
Here are a few from December 2018 - seriously, you're all amazing x
Hello, this is a quick one as we're still in full swing for Christmas, it's been wild and wooly and we're sooooo very grateful for all your orders! Just wanted to share with you some unedited snaps from the last show at Wisley and to show you a few of our new listings :)
Have a lovely week friends, keep warm, and keep smiling x
We're in full swing of the Christmas dec making here at HD HQ! There's glitter everywhere :)
Here's a little peek at some of the new loveliness finished. We've definitely fallen in love with some of our new makes, some vintage inspired, some sparkly, some classic - what do you think? To hear how we make it and about our studio shenanigans follow us on your fave social media x
Find us at the following shows!
We have 'Bring a friend for free' tickets to the Wisley show, please message us if you'd like one!
Please click on the images to find out more about the shows, hope to see some of you there!
Just to let you know that from 16th September all orders will be processed through our nuMONDAY and Etsy shops. We will be keeping this website active as a blog and maybe to showcase new products so please pop back periodically!
Thanks for supporting our tiny independent business, you're fab!
fSometimes you just need a simple, classy card - enough with the Fairisle jumpers and gold balls, twee gardening pics and beer references. Sometimes less is more..
EEK! For the first time we will be offering workshops in our home studio!
During Dorset Art Weeks so many people asked us about 'how-tos' that it made sense to run classes and we're so looking forward to sharing tips, tricks and techniques with you, things that have taken us years to learn.
Classes are limited to 4 people - so there'll be plenty of one-to-one time with tailored and individual support.
All materials will be provided - just bring an apron.
Gentle encouragement and generous sharing guaranteed. Tea and coffee and cake supplied too!
We look forward to playing with you. Find out more by clicking the button!
Ah, at the end of day two I can honestly say it's been a pleasure! We've met so many lovely people and had some wonderful feedback - thank you to all our visitors and customers. Another 14 days to go.
Here's a few snaps from our little venue, we have the studio and the conservatory exhibiting art and craft, and we even have a fairy ring in the garden! Folks have been standing inside it making wishes - some real magic has been happening too!
Wowzers, how about that hot weather? We were sweltering inside a marquee, trying to be professional and barefoot at the same time!
It was great to see some familiar faces and meet lots of new folks too, thanks for visiting and chatting with us! We did several Facebook lives at the show with walk-throughs and mini interviews with other artists, be sure to have a look! Here's some photo's of our stand and a couple from the beautiful surroundings. We're sure you'll notice some new products fresh off the work bench, we hope to list them soon but if there's anything you fancy please message us, we'd be happy to give you the details with no obligations. Until next time friends :)
So excited that there are 7 other artists exhibiting in our tiny village this year, with 2 others very close by! We will be showing our Handmade Dorset work as well as original paintings, sculptures and prints, it's going to be lovely, visit if you can.
No matter the weather (pouring with rain here for nearly 48 hours!), or your religion or none, we hope you have a really beautiful Easter weekend - full of family, friends and fun, however that looks for you.
We've had such a lovely response to the Spring Collection - thank you so much - we're so glad you like it as much as we do!
And, it really is starting to feel spring like now isn't it? Here in Dorset the sun has been shining today and the garden is starting to come to life. We're so blessed, it's so beautiful here - over on Facebook I did a little live video of a recent dog walk if you'd like to see our stunning countryside views.
Please let us know which is your fave Spring Collection piece - we love them all and have delayed packing them away for a bit so we can gaze at them a little longer :)
Take care friends, happy Spring x
Can you believe we are half way through March already?! As a young person I remember adults saying time goes by so fast, but I never really sensed it until now. Maybe it's an age thing - I turned 50 last year - do you feel it too?
Can't say I mind hurtling into Spring though! Our new Spring Collection release will be happening soon- hurrah. Naturally being Spring we have gone for birds and babies with a mix of vintage styled home accents and fresh and fun nursery decor, we can't wait to share it with you!
In the meantime, here's a cute LLama I couldn't resist making just for fun to whet your appetite. Have a beautiful day x
Motherhood is one of life's mysteries isn't it? The most wonderful, and at the same time, the most difficult job on Earth - all wrapped up in a little bundle of magic, joy, tears and miracles. And, of course, it comes in all sorts of guises. For some of us motherhood does indeed involve nappies, sleepless nights, grazed knees and giggles. For others it will be more about the furry snuggles and vets bills, and for others the tender care of planting seeds and re-potting young courageous stems.
Mother's Day is on the 11th of March in the UK, not long now. Whether you are Mum to a mini human, a pet or a houseplant - we salute you. This Mother's day give yourself a pat on the back, taking care of another is a beautiful life skill and on behalf of everyone we would like to say thank you. Have a lovely Mother's Day, you deserve it x
Here at Handmade Dorset we're all about sharing the love, whenever and wherever we can so this Valentine's day we want to offer you the opportunity to do the same by giving you free postage on all your cards!
Simply use the code 'Freepost' at checkout.
Go on, let someone know how much you appreciate them!
I'm feeling like we are into the new year good and proper now, are you? We've been booking the year's shows and business training days and have a vague map of what 2018 looks like on paper.
Have to say we are excited and feeling blessed that we get to do what we love - bringing creative energy to our World - and we love that it's so often not only beautiful but healing too!
Here's a little round up of our Valentine's products thus far, go on peeps, spread the love - it's not just for lovers you know x
Wow, what a year 2017 has been for our little company!
Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement - every little sale truly has had us happy dancing around the workshop - we are so delighted you love our handcrafted treasures as much as we do!
So whether you're jigging the night away with a G&T or cosying up on the sofa with a hot chocolate, we hope you have a lovely evening welcoming in the New Year and we wish you health, happiness and a whole lot of love for 2018.
Hello, how are your preparations for the special day going friends?
If you're anything like us there is still a lot to do - I haven't sent a single card yet! But I'm busy making some special things for some special people.. top secret so can't share here :)
It's so exciting knowing that so many people will be opening gifts we have carefully handcrafted - thank you to all our fabulous customers!
Phew, what a wonderful show! Thank you to all our fabulous customers - so many great conversations and giggles and such lovely comments about our work, we really appreciated all of it. Thank you!
A snap of our stand, and below are some pics of our friendly neighbours, what a fab week :)
Wow, we are so excited to be exhibiting at this prestigious fair again! It's been a few years but we're sure the atmosphere will be just as festive and the standard of work be just as brilliant as before. We're also looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces - the craft fair crowd are such a lovely lot. Maybe we'll see you there too? Please be sure to say hello!
For more information please go to the Craft in Focus website.