These robins have proved to be a great seller this Christmas - I'm not surprised, I first bought one for myself because I loved them so much and then decided to stock them in our polka dot spot shop.
Hand made in Cornwall by artist Kirsty Elson, each robin is unique, made from fabric and perches jauntily on a cinnamon stick. A robin is not just for Christmas and my birds have now found permanent perches in my home.
The robins are just one of the many beautiful things that Kirsty designs and creates. Why not hop over to her blog "sixty one A" to see some of her other work - you wont be disappointed!
Keep an eye out - in the New Year we hope to be stocking more of Kirsty's wonderful designs.
I don't (yet) produce my own wrapping paper - its an idea I keep returning to though, I'd love to produce my own wrapping paper. 2 problems to solve: one storage and the other cost - being able to produce it at a price that you'd be happy to buy it from me! Anyway, who knows, maybe next year ...?!
But I do love wrapping presents - you spend time choosing that perfect gift, the perfect gift that demands equal attention and care in its presentation.
So here are my five top tips for wrapping presents:
Space - clear the table, gather your tools: paper, scissors and tape.
Paper - choose a good selection of papers, but always, always include a red and white spotty paper. Christmas is red and white.
Boxes - gather together a collection of boxes for those odd shaped presents. So much easier to wrap this way.
Each year I make the family Christmas card with my children and each year I like to look back over the cards we've made together over the years, seeing not only how the designs have developed over the years, but also how the children's writing inside the cards has matured with the passing of time.
For the fourth year, and ever since, I have had the cards professionally printed - by the printers who now produce all the dots and spots printed goods - and I included a picture of my two children on the back of the card, an action shot of the two of them creating the artwork for the card. (Here's a little tip for you if you decide to do this yourself: having this picture printed on the back of the card adds nothing to the printing costs as all the printing is still only on one side - it only appears on the back because the card is folded in half.)
Below is a collection of the children's cards, beginning with the first ever - a potato print robin - through to this years pair of snowmen.
Bringing back so many memories, I love them all - which is your favourite?
The internet is a wonderful thing - it provides the opportunity for small, but talented, businesses and individuals to reach a wide audience and it allows you, the surfer, to find those special, uniqe and personal items that mean so much. No longer do we need to be at the mercy of the big multi-nationals, churning out mass produced goods - never has it been easier to find those items that define your style and proclaim your taste.
Not on The High Street was amongst the first to bring us those personal and unique products - under their strap line of "One basket, hundreds of unique shops" and it remains a one stop store showcasing talent and creativity. I first discovered Not on the High Street as a shopper, long before joining as a partner to sell my dots and spots range with them, and I still enjoy browsing through their many wonderful items.
Another, new, similar website that I think you'd enjoy visiting is Lasso the Moon - a collection of "fabulous gift ideas all made with heart and soul by our favourite designers and makers." The clean lines and simple, effective navigation make this website a joy to browse and you're sure to find many gorgeous products on its pages. It does not have as many lines as Not on the High Street - but this can be an advantage, one is almost spoilt for choice on NOTHS, Lasso the Moon have definitely gone for quality over quantity. Why not visit it and see what you think!
Now, I must confess an interest, as I have just recently teamed up with Lasso the Moon and you can find the dots and spots range there too. But just like with NOTHS, I was a customer first and was so delighted with the service and other items on offer, I was happy to join "Lasso" - I'm sure you'll enjoy shopping there too!