We have spent the last few days in Berlin – it was very cold (brrr), but we managed to get a surprising amount of sightseeing done. I hope to go back in a few years time. I’m excited to look through our photographs (and to share a few of course). Just before we went I was lucky enough to attend The Country Living Fair in Harrogate, after winning a pair of tickets – hooray! I’m no longer one of those people that never wins anything. In fact, I’ve been rather lucky recently.
My Mum and I had a lovely time perusing everything and I always feel overwhelmed with sheer talent people possess. There are so many skillful people out there, doing, drawing, making and selling exceptionally wonderful things.
I bought some wrapping paper with owls on (from Dear Prudence) and a few other bits. We looked at every stall and here are a few of my favourites:
Made by Martha – Sweet clothing for little girls. All handmade in York.
Dear Emma Designs – Handmade Textile Art – purses, bags, lampshades. All gorgeous.
Treefall Design – Treefall Design grew from my need to create children’s clothing, toys and accessories that allow parents to express a love for design and individuality, without sacrificing comfort, practicality or fun.
Blue Dot Pottery – Blue Dot Pottery is the only London based supplier of the Artistic Ceramics Polish stoneware.
Marna Lunt – Marna’s work is hand stitched and painted in her home studio. She uses stunning vintage threads and an eclectic combination of materials in each creation. She will want to give you something to treasure, something that you will want to keep forever. A modern day heirloom. Marna works from a photograph or image.
The Caurnie Soaperie – Herb soaps, organic shampoo, shower gel, body butters and skin lotions. A family company, passed down through generations. What a fabulous business to inherit, and they were so lovely.
Dear Prudence – She has a naturalistic yet whimsical drawing style and enjoys observing animals, patterns, textiles and nature. Laura gains inspiration from her travels and growing collection of books. She runs her small business from her home studio in the City of York.
Agnes + cat – Handmade soy candles that smell absolutely divine. All handmade in a house.
Whinberry & Antler – Whinberry & Antler design and print textiles by hand to create soft furnishings and homeware for the modern country home. They had the sweetest hedgehog cushion, that I was very tempted to buy.
The Braided Rug – Washable rugs, place mats and baskets.
The Cambridge Imprint – Cambridge Imprint make a stylish range of artisan products in pattern paper and ceramics, with a lively hand-blocked feel, joyful illustration and typography, printed in beautiful colours.
Rustique – I can’t really describe what Carey does to chairs but it is incredible!
It was very busy! and very difficult to take pictures.