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Merry, British & Bright!

Merry, British & Bright!

With just 10 days before Christmas, we are shining a merry light on some locally-made brands, spreading love and joy to other makers, crafters, and businesses that all hail from these Fair Isles. More than ever, it's time to celebrate the small, the friendly and the brilliance that is made in Britain. 

With comfort and joy,

Justine x

*Paper Sam* Super stylist Sam Duffy knows how to turn the mundane into magic. Alongside prop making and styling for niche British brands, she now turns vintage finds, waste paper and charming ephemera into decorative gifts and paperware.

*Parasol Rose* I'm often asked how to layer up my dresses for the winter, and here we are! Having invested in some beautifully British-made silk slips from this like-minded 'slow fashion' brand, I can honestly say they are worth their weight in gold; adding warmth in the winter, and 'out' on their own in the summer, this is versatile luxury all year round.

*The English Stamp Company*  Now this may seem a little unusual, but having given rubber stamps on many occasions, I can tell you they are the perfect present! I once stole doodles scribbled by a friend and secretly had them made into perfectly formed rubber stamps, very quirky and personal. With a library of charming ready made designs, and a fast turn around bespoke service from their Dorset HQ, this could be the present for the one who has everything!

*Thornback and Peel* is a celebration of the quirkiness of British humour and design. From their London studio, Juliet and Delia create designs that play on artistic traditions, mixing modernist geometrics with 19th century wood engravings. Their screen printed kitchenwares are sure to raise a smile at any festive table.

*Helen Stephens* Author, illustrator, picture book maker of 'The How to Hide a Lion' series delights in every page. This classic Christmas tale now comes with matching wall prints at Helen's online shop. Now all I need is grandchildren!

*Celia Worster* makes delicious oils and creams. When asked, "What do I use on my face?", my answer is always Celia's 'lovely rose and frankincense face and neck cream'. What I love about Celia, trained aromatherapist and masseur, is that there are no claims to anti-aging or miracle effects, but on using these rich and luxurious creams I can honestly say I feel years younger! Contact Celia

*Wilder Botanics*  use only organic and wildcrafted herbs and their east London shop is bursting with fresh aromas. Founders Rachel and Charlie create herbal formulas for teas, infusions, oils and tinctures with a wealth of experience and a love of the wild. Hand-made with natural goodness, these carefully concocted formulas nourish inside and out.

*Bare Bones Chocolate* hails from Glasgow. Cameron and Lara batch make (just like us!) and produce delectable bean to bar chocolate wrapped up in the most stylish (red) wrappers around! We love their Christmas Special: a 70% Columbian bean dark chocolate with notes of mulled wine and cranberry. Vegan-friendly, organic, Scottish passion in a chocolate bar!

*Wallace Sewell* have been the original sustainable homeware brand before anyone used the word sustainable! Designed in the South, woven in the North, their designs are keepers for life, created with a love for colour and craft. Beautiful blankets, glorious throws, a kaleidoscope of colourful cushions with every tiny scrap of cloth repurposed into ribbons and gifts. Expect a rainbow in a box!

*FelinFach* Textiles is a small Welsh company based at a 200-year-old former flour mill in the mountains of Pembrokeshire. I fell in love with these purses and spectacle cases for their vintage charm, and love that this independent company is keeping the tradition of Welsh weaving alive. If you're a knitter do check out their beautiful choice of British yarns in natural dyes. Natural, traditional, handmade.

*And last but not least!*...please note that we are still sending out parcels for pre- Christmas posting. We still have a few of our Fair Isle jumpers and cardigans in selected sizes. All made in Scotland, in fresh bright hues, these jumpers will bring some sunshine into winter.

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