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Buy your Christmas gifts Locally!

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As a designer maker/printmaker I always try to find gifts that have been made locally and are usually of superior quality than the stuff you find on the high street. It’s really important we help support small businesses, so here is a list of some of the fabulous Christmas gifts made right here in Yorkshire.

So to start with is Melanie Ellis who runs Spring Lark (I have several of Melanie’s pieces and she is fab!) Have a look at her Bob Bob Bobbing along cushion which you can find here.

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Photo Credit: Melanie Ellis

Leigh Shepherd is a fab upcycled jeweller and these domino brooches are a must have!

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Photo credit: Leigh Shepherd

I can very much vouch for the amazing products Rachael of Myroo creates (I am very fond of her Lemon butter!) Here however is the equally divine Geranium hand treatment.

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Photo Credit: Rachael Dunseath

Have a look at Laura’s ‘Made by Lolly’ gorgeous brooch: ‘The cute as a button Retro Felt Flower Pin Badge has had a Christmas make-over – and now features a Scandi Style hand stitched snowflake and a teeny tiny dark grey polka dot button…’

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Photo Credit: Laura Smith

Manda McGrory of Treefall Design creates beautiful children’s clothes, home accessories and toys.

Have a look at her Etsy shop here.

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Photo Credit: Manda McGrory

Having worked with Scamp before, I’m very excited for you all to see their stunning tree decorations. A beautiful personalised wooden christmas decoration, perfect for a special gift for a very special (or hard to buy for!) someone or ideal as a keepsake for a baby’s first Christmas gift.

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Photo Credit: Stacey Harrison

Kimberli of the Red Corvid is a brilliant Paper artist and she has created some gorgeous gift tags to add a special touch to any Christmas gift!

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Photo credit: Kimberli Werner

Next up is the brilliant Lynsey from Swirlyarts, who writes: ‘from pre-loved to re-loved – fun and funky gifts made from upcycled paper and fabric’ These fab Robin tags are all made by Lynsey who is the master of all things upcycled!

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Photo Credit: Lynsey Searle

Alison Young of Alison Young Jewellery makes some fab Robins as a side venture. These will be on sale on my stand at Country Living Glasgow and Harrogate but if you can’t make those fairs, then you can contact Alison via her Etsy page to purchase these amazing Christmas robins, which come with detachable Holly.

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Photo Credit: Alison Young

I absolutely love Rachel’s work, here is a gorgeous necklace and I love the star! Taken from Rachel’s site here is an extract of the necklace description:’A swarovski crystal star hand wire-wrapped with a freshwater pearl and Swarovski briolette bead. Choose either berry and ice or classic black and silver.’

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Photo Credit: Rachel Johns

Tracey from Ruby Spirit Designs makes beautiful jewellery and I’ve chosen these cufflinks because I’m biased towards fab typography! Have a look hereto buy these brilliant cufflinks.

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Vicky of AccidentalVix creates some of the loveliest dribble bibs and this one is perfect for the Christmas season!

You can you find this bib here at Etsy:

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Photo Credit: Vicky Morse

Corinne LaPierre is Queen of Felt! I love her kits and they make fab gifts too!

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Photo Credit: Corinne LaPierre

Helen Russell Creations are beautiful, have a look here at ‘Five Minutes peace’. 🙂

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Photo Credit: Helen Russell

I absolutely adore Karen’s work as she combines renaissance art styles into contemporary pieces to wear. You can find her fab shop here on Etsy.

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Photo Credit: Belarouci Designs

Kirsten of Quernus Crafts is a very talented lady, look at these gorgeous santa Sleighs!

You can purchase items from Kirsten at the Country Living Fairs or sign up to her mailing list for her up coming tours for 2014!

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Photo Credit: Kirsten Miller

Paula at Wychbury designs makes lovely pin cushion rings, I’m a bit partial to this one…

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Photo Credit: Paula Perrins

Liz Samways of Inkylinky makes beautiful jewellery and prints. Here is an gorgeous example of her work:

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Photo Credit: Liz Samways

Lucy of Use or Ornament: ‘Going green never looked so glam!Make your favourite shoes fabulous for the works do, parties and more with my upcycled shoe clips.Find them here at Etsy:

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Photo Credit: Lucy Sangster

Neil of Sciart Images creates stunning work, here he explains the process: A solution of citric acid was evaporated on a microscope slide to form crystals. By viewing these crystals using polarised light microscopy, amazing and interesting colours and patterns are seen. This is due to the crystals forming regular arrays and interfering with the light path to give the colours seen (no colours were changed using a computer).

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Photo Credit: Neil Taylor

I have a fascination for all things crowns and this is by far no exception. Made by the brilliant Urban Fox!

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Photo Credit: Urban Fox

Nina of Nina Made it has created a fab Christmas plaque and here they are via her website: 

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Photo Credit: Nina Made it

Helen Dyer from Silver and Stone Jewellery has the most gorgeous pair of earrings here on folksy.

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Photo Credit: Helen Drye

Nel, Nan and Noramake fab little elf Booties using some pretty impressive chunky wool!

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Photo Credit: Eleanor Thompson

Louby Kapow makes super awesome comic book jewellery, accessories, man things and furniture from upcycled vintage comic books so you can indulge your inner geek and I can decorate the world in comics! Kapow!

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Photo Credit: Louby Kapow

Daisy Florence Designmakers some of the most beautiful pieces of work, I think you’ll love them too!

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Photo Credit: Anne Crowther

Sue Whyte of Whyteglass has some cheeky Christmas puddings to hang for Christmas!

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Photo Credit: Sue Whyte

Check out Jennie’s JLW Illustrations for this stunning Wall Calendar!

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Photo Credit: JLW Illustrations

Order your santa sacks from the Brilliant Pink Pineapple! 

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Photo Credit: Pink Pineapple

The Demented Squirrel (What a fab name!) Makes lots of lovely gifts. I really love this Christmas Stocking!

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Photo Credit: Demented Squirrel

Chrissie Freeth is a brilliant Handloom weaver with some pretty impressive Looms! Have a look here at her website.

Now if you want to go to actual shops to buy locally created products that are totally unique then below are a selection of shops who are paving the way forward for alternative high street shopping.

Fabrication

Fabrication Crafts Ltd social enterprise in The Light, Leeds City Centre, selling work by over 50 local artists, designers & makers, everything from Jam to Homewares, jewellery, body products, clothing, kids stuff, furniture & art work. Many one off pieces, bespoke items & a wide range of prices & presents for all. Open 7 days a week

Created in Yorkshire

Created in Yorkshire is based in the Ridings Centre in Wakefield and houses an impressive collection of designer maker goods. With an emphasis on being produced in Yorkshire, Lynne the founder strives to curate a varied selection of high quality crafted goods. Visit the CIY page for opening times.

Our Handmade Collective

Positioned within the Handpicked Hall shop in Leeds, you can find a vast array of beautiful gifts and high quality craft, visit Claire’s facebook page for opening times.

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Country Living Harrogate and Glasgow

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Hello!

It’s been a long while since I’ve had a chance to update the blog as things have been incredibly busy here with preparations for the upcoming Country Living Fairs in Glasgow and Harrogate.

It’s an incredible event and also it’s the start of Christmas shopping, the fairy lights, gorgeous spicy smells, getting together with friends and family…I love the romanticism of  the season!

So if you want to find gifts that are unique and of exceptional high quality, then Country Living Fairs are for you.

I’m also incredibly grateful for being part of the PR drive that I was asked to be involved in for Harrogate Country Living, I had my photo taken with the amazing Manda McGrory of Treefall Design. So far we’ve been featured in several press releases, news paper articles and appearing in the Country Living Mail outs. So it’s all been brilliant and really I can’t wait to start the shows next week!

So if you wish to come and say hello, DYP will be on stand F63 at Glasgow Country Living at the SECC from Thursday 21st until Sunday 24th November.

Then we head home and start at Harrogate Country Living at the Harrogate Conference Centre from Thursday 28th November until Sunday 1st December and will be on Stand F32.

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Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year from Do You Punctuate?

These past few weeks have been an immense whirlwind of pulling together the Country Living fair at Harrogate, in a week!

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A quick catch up

Of course you should not start a post off apologising, however I do feel I need to do so. Having been utterly rushed off of my feet I have so much to say about the past month and a bit.

Since moving into the studio (which to reaffirm I am happy to now call my studio) I haven’t stopped working. I’ve pretty much been there everyday, had an open studio day for a Vintage fair and met a lot of lovely people and asked to do some workshops. Then there are the open days still to come before Christmas.

As much as I love being busy, I do feel I need some time to absorb the amazing experiences that have been happening. I’ve met some fantastic people, who equally love their craft and have been a huge inspiration and completely supportive of my venture. Otley has such a rich history of letterpress and at the fair I met many print engineers who came to check out my press! Suffice to say they gave me plenty of advice and lots of stories!

So, I have been very busy. I’ve been hand printing images that I had made into polymer blocks. A lot of my printing plates/letterpress blocks are very old (some circa.1870), so in order to protect them I had them recast and so the modern versions can be used quite frequently. They print up beautifully too, though the new blocks have to be hand printed rather than in the press. I still set the original blocks but they’ll eventually be used as limited edition print runs, just so I can preserve them from further damage.

Most of the items I have been working on include stationery and Christmas cards, wrapping paper, tags and some smaller prints. I’ve also started experimenting with writing paper and printed envelopes, which sold out at the last open day!

So that leads into the open day. I wanted to open up the studio and sell some of my work but also get people to look around. The Vintage fair was a roaring success and I was overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the people who visited. Quite a few folk wanted to be taught how to print and bookbind, so in the new year I am planning on putting together small groups for those who want to learn the basics of printing. if you are interested, drop me an email at: doyoupunctuate @ gmail.com(remove the spaces from the ‘@’)

I’ve also agreed to have two more open studio days before Christmas, the first is this Sunday, 27th November from 9.30am until 1.30pm. It’s a shorter time than before but coincides with the farmer’s market too. So if you happen to be near by, come and drop by for a cuppa! I’m at the Courthouse in Otley and the farmer’s market is in the main square.

Once Christmas is out of the way, I’m going to spend some time just experimenting like I used too. I love winter, I love drawing inspiration from silhouetted trees and frosty shapes and so I plan on concentrating or hibernating out ideas! I’m also starting to think of Valentines but also celebrations like Burn’s Night. Robert Burns wrote some beautiful Scottish poetry that could be interpreted into a card.

Finally, I am in the midst of putting together a shop, as usual with these things I’m having to consider the drawbacks of online shopping versus real life. Especially as my work is so tactile, it is hard I guess, to convey the quality of paper and print in an image. However, I shall endeavour to overcome issues like PayPal, web templates and postage. If you feel you have any bug bears about online shopping, please feel free to let me know. I have a list a mile long but it’s always great to get other insights into these things.

Anyway, apologies for the tardiness of this post and thank you always.

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