Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Saturday 20 November 2010

Apologies for rather sporadic posting of late, I have been busy making stuff for the Vintage and Handmade Fair on the 28th (hope you're coming!). Some 'Jars of Inspiration', full of fabric, lace, ribbon, buttons and thread, everything you need to create something unique!

Also wreaths made out of lichen-covered twigs that I collected from the coastal path at St. Anthony Head. Lucky for me the hedges had just been trimmed so there were lots of nice twiggy bits to collect. The pine cones I've been picking up throughout the year whilst out on country walks.

'Twas a bit blustery at the seaside today! An easterly wind and lots of white horses. I have no running water and therefore no facilities at the shop, so a call of nature has to be answered with a quick nip round the corner, to the public conveniences. Dressing up warm and holding on to your hat is often the order of the day, but with a view like this who can complain!

This week I've been re-arranging the shop to make it feel more Christmassy, though I'm not going the whole hog just yet.

Pure lambswool scarves (£29) by Hannah Housham are new for this Autumn; she came into the shop in the summer whilst on holiday and asked whether I'd be interested in selling her range, as she was just starting out in business and looking for a few outlets in Cornwall. After seeing some samples I had no hesitation in placing an order; I love the ripple wavy edges and the beautiful shades of pink, lilac, jade, soft grey and pale blue.

These wonderful hot water bottle covers (£30) and tea cosies (£21) are designed, knitted and felted by Stephanie Wooster, again in the most pretty (and sometimes striking!) colour combinations.

Gertie has sourced some wonderful old traditional sewing boxes from her native Germany; if you go to her website here you can view more.

I quite like it when I'm in the shop after dark with all the lights and lamps on, it feels very cosy!

Keep yourselves warm my blogger friends, till next time x


  1. Thank you for showing us your lovely shop full of treasures! How I wish I lived closer so I could visit in person.

  2. What a beautiful shop....I wish I lived nearer!
    Julie x

  3. Hi Christine
    Oh the shop and your new creations look so lovely and I'd happily curl up on that chair for the afternoon, dozing.
    I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful wares at the V&H on Sunday - woop de dooo! I hope there will be a wreath or two left when I arrive at the fair - we are huge fans of Roseland and to have a wreath made from wild gatherings at St Anthony Head would be totally magical !
    Happy days to you,
    Denise x

  4. Love the photos of your shop - so interesting and welcoming - I'll certainly come to visit if I make it to Cornwall next summer

  5. Love your twiggy wreath! There's loads of licheny twigs about down my lane. I will get collecting ASAP!
    Your shop looks amazing!

  6. I love your shop! Totally delicious displays. And I lurrrvvvve the twiggy wreath.

    Was a bit worried you might have been flood-hit last week (despite going to Cornwall loads as a kid, my geography is appalling) so glad to see all is well!

  7. Your shop is looking so wonderful Christine - I just wish I wasn't hundreds of miles away in Sussex as I would love to buy some Christmas presents from you. I do visit whenever I am on holiday in Cornwall. Hopefully next year that will be more than once. I am so glad I discovered you have a blog. Karen X

  8. Your shop looks so pretty especially love the hot water bottle covers. Have a lovely week.

  9. The new knit things are wonderful, the neck scarves too. What a special place.

  10. I wish I wasn't so far away your shop looks enchanting.

    What a lovely idea for a wreath too.


  11. What a lovely shop, i think i would like to just come and sit in there for a while!!!!!! so cosy x x x

  12. I could spend hours in there, so beautiful and cozy at the same time. I could also spend a lot of money in there. Good thing for my pocketbook that I am way, way, far away.

  13. The shop looks wonderful! Thank you for your comment on my blog, I absolutely agree with what you say. Safe journey tomorrow! Lizzie x

  14. Oh my gosh how pretty everything is! I came to say congratulations on winning the adorable cups from Julie, isn't she completely amazing?, but now that i'm here i would love to have a look around, it's nice to meet you Christine!

  15. Love the Hannah Housham scarves, divine and I almost fancy wearing one with a Stephanie Wooster tea cosy they look so good together in the shop!
    Hope the V&H was a huge success, you must be cream crackered!

    Sarah x