Living for the weekend…. alternative Christmas shopping ideas

It’s getting rather close now! The tree is up, the mince meat has had its last feeding of brandy, and I am starting to panic about not being organised enough! It’s not like me at all to still have Christmas shopping to do so late…I always get so excited so early on that everything is bought by September! But because this year I’ve been so busy making Christmassy things to sell on my stall and in my Etsy and Folksy shops, I’m rather behind with the gifts I want to give!

Still, there’s plenty of opportunity to cram all those last minute things into a weekend….especially when you can buy all you need under one roof at a local craft market! I love the idea of buying special, hand-made, one-off gifts, and as a designer-maker myself I think it’s so important to support local businesses. So I thought I’d collate some ideas of where to go this weekend to stock up on those last few treasures…..

Hitchin Christmas Gala

Well I would say that, because I’m going to be there! Right in the historic market square, and along the pretty High Street will be lots of stalls selling local produce and hand-made treasures. There will also be music, carol singers and other entertainment to make your shopping experience all the more jolly! It starts at 9am this Sunday the 9th and runs until 5pm. Oh, and there is lots of free parking on Sundays!

Selby Abbey Christmas Festival

Accompanied by a concert by the Barlby Foot-Tappers, this festive fair will host a range of craft stalls inside the beautiful Abbey. Open from 9:30 to 3:30 it’s a stunning venue to find your last few Christmas gifts.

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The Crafty Fox

If I were still living in London I would most definitely be in attendance at this one. This two day market at the Dogstar in Brixton is just rammed with creativity, and as well as the opportunity to buy unique gifts you can also take part in workshops to make your own! There are also DJs and refreshments, and it’s free to get in!

Magpies & I Vintage and Handmade Christmas Market

I bally love a Spiegeltent. There are few things more stylishly glitzy in my opinion. And this market in Bristol is going to take place *inside* one! From 11am this Saturday you will find wonderful gift ideas from local crafters, illustrators, knitters, and vintage traders. And in addition to over 50 stalls, there will be a Spiegel Grotto, Christmas-themed craft workshops, a vintage hair salon, full bar and cafe, and live music acts!

Wood Green Animal Shelter Christmas Crafts, Cambridgeshire

This indoor market is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, and hosts a wide range of arts, craft and gift stalls featuring accessories, handicrafts, hand made cards, photography, candles, aromatherapy products, ceramics and wood turning. It’s £2.50 to get in, and can be found at the shelter’s Godmanchester Centre.

Kingly Court Craft Jam

This is a mini Christmas craft fair and market showcasing independent designer-makers, illustrators and artists at the lovely Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street. Things British are hosting a range of stalls, featuring quirky products and festive foods.

 

Happy shopping!

Ems x

 

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Christmas is coming…. And so are the Under A Glass Sky Christmas Cards!

I’ve been busy all week on a little festive project that’s had me singing Christmas songs and getting over-excited that it’s only 52 sleeps until the big day! I never need much encouragement to get excited about Christmas, but it’s even more exciting this year with a house big enough to have a tree and all my planned crafting projects!

I nearly always make our own Christmas cards to send to friends and family, and we’ve really enjoyed our finger-printing and stamping to get them ready to send! This year though I thought I could combine making our own cards with creating some to sell at my Christmassy craft stalls and on Etsy and Folksy. I’ve been mulling over design ideas for ages, but as it really is about the time people are starting to thinking about their Christmas shopping, I thought I’d best get on with it!

I knew I wanted to paint some pretty illustrations for the cards as that would make them easy to reproduce (much as I enjoy hand crafting cards, making a couple of hundred would take me until the new year at least!), and I had in mind that I wanted to paint some little woodland creatures, as I’m so nuts about foxes and deer at the moment!

So, after painstakingly painting about a gazillion leaves of holly….here they are!

I do hope you like them! And sorry to my friends who read this who have had the surprise of their Christmas card from us ruined!

They will be available on my Etsy and Folksy shops within a week all being well, and on my stall at the Riverside Craft and Farmers Market on 24th November, as well as at the Hitchin Christmas Gala on 9th December. They will be a standard 4″ x 6″ (A6) in size, printed onto good quality white card and provided with an envelope. They will be £2.50 each, or any four for £8 (plus P&P). The Under A Glass Sky logo will not appear on them as above, and they will be printed in a much higher resolution than you see here (that’s just me protecting the images!).

I am delighted to take pre-orders, and larger orders will attract a nice discount, so do get in touch!

Ems x

***UPDATE***
My cards are now listed on my Etsy and Folksy shops! I have also listed the original watercolour art and some full-size prints of the designs too! Go see!