My wonderful Christmas wish list

December 8, 2012

Among all the wonderful things about Britain there is one thing in particular I absolutely love: the idea to buy local. This is something both my countries have in common and it just makes so much sense on so many fronts, don’t you think?

Here in Britain there are so many wonderful artists and crafts people that you don’t ever need to look over seas.

I found a small handful of the most wonderful artists recently and it all started with this little owl on Facebook:

Well of course the minute I saw this I wanted to know all about the artist responsible: Kaitlyn Pearson (Kate) of Cornish Bird in the Sticks. I took a peek at her site, liked her page on Facebook and guess what happened?

Yup, one for me and one for C’s phone. I’m afraid so, am totally addicted to her lovely, friendly graphics.

I think you would all do really well to like her FB page because Kate has a knack for finding more lovely artists to like.

Now look at this lovely:

This is the work of artist Jane Ryan (who Kate posted about).

Jane makes the loveliest movable toys for adults from bits and pieces and beautiful reclaimed wood.

Stop by her site and her FB page to see dozens more beautiful moveable sculptures. I love, LOVE the ones with poetry and, since I love gardening, those quirky ladies watering their flowers make me laugh.

Now here’s something:

Helen Bottrill works these simple and stunning appliqué designs. I first heard about Helen thru Kate and then found a feature about her and her cozy, charming studio in my Dec issue of Country Living magazine.

Come check out her site Kindred Rose and her FB page to see so much more. Helen’s happy, little robin appliqués are my absolute favorite.

When I came across my new friend Charlotte Trimm the first image that caught my attention was this one:

Well, it’s easy to see how that can happen when you see her beautiful work:

Charlie says that all one needs is “a desk with a scalpel, lots of patience, endless cups of tea, a pinch of love, a smidge of imagination, an epic coloured paper collection and a little bit of OCD.” I think her incredible talent also helps. Check out Charlie’s FB page here. Charlie makes wonderful family trees. I’m already planning my commission.

Special note for this post!

All but one of these images here are the property of the artists who have kindly given me permission to show you. Please be kind and respect the copyright, but go ahead to any other of my posts and borrow to your heart’s content.

What my children are up to while I'm in England
Having some fun

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  • Reply Frank Gasch December 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Wonderful idea Veronica!! May you and your family have a great Christmas!!

    • Reply Veronica December 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Hi Frank. Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for the lovely Christmas wish. I hope your season is wonderful too. 🙂

  • Reply Naturally Carol December 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hi have found some amazing artisans creating some exquisite work here. I am Australian and love Australian creativity but would also happily buy some of the work featured here by these artists!

    • Reply Veronica December 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Hi Carol, thank you so much for your visit. I had a peek at your lovely blog; I love your bags, so colourful and they look like just the right size. Aren’t you having a lovely Christmas season in Australia. I have several pen pals there and a friend visiting family in NZ and they are all raving about the lovely weather. Am going back to your blog to check out more. 🙂 (I just know we’ll be friends.)

  • Reply Penny December 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    There is wonderful creativity out there and so lovely to see these fabulous artists. Off to check out more! x

    • Reply Veronica December 10, 2012 at 1:07 am

      Oh good Penny. These artists are so lovely, I’m sure you’ll love them too.

  • Reply Sara v December 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Veronica, those are so, so wonderful!! I love finding artists, especially whimsical ones 🙂 Definitely going to check them out. Thank you for the Blessed Turkey project topic too–very fun and continuing into Christmas–love it! Also, thank you so much for your comment on my poem–every time I think of it, I start laughing again–that was perfect!! Glad that no one was injured…;-)

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