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Mother’s Day hand-made gift ideas.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I’ve had a little look at some gift ideas – eco-friendly by either material, process or handmade here in the UK.   All of these items are hand-made by Folksy sellers.  I love the fact that the palette has turned out very spring like and filled with items of gorgeousness!

Mothers day gift ideas eco friendly Sarah Papworth

See the list below for the links to all these shops.

1. Print for Love of Wood.  A funky typography shop selling cards and prints which are printed in a traditional way on a range of printing presses.  It’s a small design and letterpress studio based in the Pennines, Lancashire.  The paper, maker and graphic designer, Jacqui Sharples, uses is recycled and even the ink is recycled from printers who have closed down due to the impact of digital on traditional methods.

2. Isla Clay.  Gorgeous geometric statement necklaces, so nice I think I’d buy to just hang on my wall!  Handmade by Martina Zalig.

3. BoodleBoutique.  This was a good find, Bethan Buss creates fun illustrations and uses organic material for her baby-grow prints (which are so cute by the way).  Other items include T-shirts, cards, mugs and prints.

4. Linen Prints.  Jacqui Watkins uses block printing to create her textiles and images.  I love the style of mark-making that block printing brings and the soft colours Jacqui uses.  She sells a small range of items such as cushions, mugs, coasters and greeting cards.

5. The Way to Blue.  Shop owner, Sarah Middleton is an artist based in North Wales.  Sarah mainly uses the old photographic process of cyanotype, where a light sensitive solution is applied to watercolour paper.  Objects or negatives are then layered on then exposed to sunlight.   Her prints are beautiful and I’m so glad I stumbled across her shop.  I love that she lives in a house nestled on a hillside (sigh).

6. Claudia Made This.  Claudia Thomas keeps herself busy making cute and fruity jewellery.  I love her colourful earrings which have a bit of a 1950’s feel to them.

7. Andrew Berwick Illustration.  Hand-printed and handmade products, which all have a country feel using illustrations of stags, hedgehogs, foxes and hummingbirds.  Printed onto cushions and lampshades.

8. Peris and Corr.  I love this shop!  It’s a boutique screen printing and design studio, located in the Snowdonia national park in North Wales.  They hand print everything with water based eco-friendly inks, the paper used is from recycled stock and the lampshades and cushions are made from 100% organic cotton.   Lots of Welsh inspired homewares to drool over – mostly cushions and lampshades – gorgeous!

9. Maybe Mabel Handmade.  Lauren Holloway loves to sew and has created a vast range of bags, make up bags and iPad cases.  She is passionate about recycling and uses bright and fun fabrics for her hand-made accessories.

10. Jessica Catherine.  All the ceramic items are handmade by Jessica in her home studio.  There are a few versions of the trinket dish (which I love), earrings, and ceramic hearts among other items.

11. Gill’s Handmade Jewels.   The maker, Gillian, uses artisan made components from all over the world.  All of her work has a bohemian style which is colourful and beautiful.

12 + 16. Louise Brainwood Textiles.   I love the textiles on Louise’s shop, all with simple form and shape within the fabric designs, and with lovely colour palettes.  The fabrics she uses are her own designs.

13. CasSam Jewellery.  Maker, Nicola Bretherton makes her stamped jewellery with 100% recycled fine silver.  Her designs are simple and cute and would make a lovely gift.

14. Elizabeth S Murray.  I really like the simplicity of Elizabeth’s birds, and they have a very elegant feel to them.  I particularly like the robin and sparrow (love little birdies).  Each item is made to order so make sure you get your order in on time!

15. Dyfal Donc.  I really like this shop, another one situated in North Wales!  The shop owners and designers, Morgan and Rebecca used recycled photos and scavenged bits and bobs to up-cycle, giving their designs a collage feel.  The shop mostly sells cards, pocket mirrors and mugs, in English and Welsh language.

And so ends the list!  I hope you and your Mummies have a lovely day.


Festive cheer

Wow, Christmas is coming up quickly!  The days are flying by, don’t you think?  We now have a tree in our home, waiting to be decorated and I finally have a little bit of time to think about how I’ll decorate the house and what food to make.  We have always been at our parents houses for Christmas so I’m excited that this year it will be in our own home.

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Christmas food and setting the table

When decorating the table, I’ll be looking to keep it simple, with natural fabrics and highlights of colour and sparkle!  I haven’t bought anything new, but I hope to make some napkins and create a look with what I already have.

I feel it’s important to have the table set and looking warm and inviting for the Christmas meal.  I love the fox plate, gold lettered mugs and tea towel from Anthropologie, (shown above) and the idea of including turquoise in my Christmas palette.  Garlands could be strung along the backs of chairs and including small fun details on napkins or place card holders for interest.  But obviously the food is the main event!

I also like to use Christmas as a time to create new home displays, I have my favourite objects grouped together, and they do change from time to time when I buy something new, or I’m inspired by something I see in a magazine or shop.  Grouping items together brings me so much joy, mixing surface textures with colours, creating little pockets of happiness around my home.

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Grouping much loved items for Christmas displays

Styling the home ready for Christmas using simple ideas to create a festive look can be very effective.  Twigs and collected bits of nature can be used to make a small grouped or hanging display.   Adding a few more candles, mirrors strategically place to reflect the tree lights or tea lights, using patterned fabrics as a table cloth, or napkins.

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Get making

Think about what you may have in your home that you can use, above are some ideas I will be putting into practise this week, tins cans and ribbons as tea light holders, make paper ornaments from old books (or even better, newspaper),  cover things in glitter – feathers, twigs, jam jars for tea light holders.  create paper chains from any spare paper you have, I have made mine from spare craft papers I get in Craftseller magazine every month, all the patterns look great together.

After all these fairs and Christmassy making for Beetroot Press my main priority is just to get our home looking tidy and welcoming.  I may go out gathering some bits and bobs in the woods tomorrow as I have a need to cover things in glitter!

If you like the above pages, there’s more inspiration on the Beetroot Press pinterest page, follow the link here: Beetroot Press boards

Brown paper packages tied up with string.

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Decorate your home in fabulous style this Christmas.  Festive decorating doesn’t need to be expensive, think about what you have in your home already and how you can make use of it, and is there a need for a massive tree?  A small tree is very cute stacked on a chair or table, or using tree branches can be just as pretty.  Lacking space?  Buy a Christmas tree poster to hang, or make a tree shape out of old wooden palettes for an effective and creative tree.

Sometimes adding candles to tea-cups and trays, layering on blankets, and incorporating red highlights can make a room feel cosy, warm and inviting; giving it a more Christmassy feel.  Or go one better and get making the decorations for your home, giving a homespun look, simple and stylish.

I don’t know about you but I’m already thinking about my packaging (yes before I have bought or made any gifts)!  So here’s some shared inspiration on fun ways to create amazing parcels to give to your loved ones.

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IDEAS:  1. Use brown paper as a base to print your own designs on with a bought stamp, or create your own from lino, or even a simple potato print!  Add glitter/sequins with glue for a more glitzy simple look.  2. How about using newspaper to wrap with for a black and white look, old book pages, or magazine tears can look good too and gives a bit of colour.  3. Do you have lots of small bits of wrap left from previous years?  Why not use them this year to make patchwork wrap or decorate the top of your parcel – glue to card and cut out festive shapes, hole punch to attach with twine – et voila!  4. Use layering of tags and cut out shapes along with paper strips, ribbon and string to wrap around the parcel all together.  5. Use inexpensive wooden clothes pegs to hold all the bits together and add a design feature.  6. Add; pom poms, felt shapes, string, bakers twine, lace ribbon, doilies, real foliage, washi tape (patterned Sellotape) for interesting ways to decorate your gifts. 7. Any good at drawing?  Sketch straight onto the paper, I love the chalk board look in the above images.  8.  Can the tag or decoration be a gift in itself?  Add a vintage bauble or heart tag made from wood, mouldable clay or slate with the persons name printed onto,  or create tags that are little pieces of art in themselves; something to keep and hang all year round. 9. Glitter – basically add glitter to anything and everything – PURE joy!

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Beetroot Press wrapping:  When you buy from BP for 2 or more people I will happily wrap them separately, saving you the trouble.  Sending gifts to loved ones you won’t see over Christmas?  For a little more penny wise I can add a hand-printed tag and why not buy a Christmas card too and I’ll write your chosen message, saving on postage costs by sending direct to friends and family.

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More fab Christmas ideas to follow on the blog, or if you can’t wait, there are lots of inspirational goodies on the Beetroot Press Pinterest Christmas decorating board.