Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

Email me: theseagarden@btinternet.com

Wednesday 28 November 2012

What I'd Love!

Vintage charm safety pin brooch

Now that I'm not devoted to running the shop any more, I have finally got round to addressing the issue of improving my presence on the 'What I'd Love' shopping website, which The Sea Garden has been part of for some years now. I will be the first to admit I have been woefully inept at keeping my online pages up-to-date and interesting, but I am determined from now on to include a lot more of my own hand-made items, so here are a few pics of new things currently for sale on the site - 

Lariat style necklace with vintage charms

Stitched heart cards

Glass chandelier drop decorations

Details from two hand-embroidered lavender pouches

Vintage Fabric Pack

Lovely 'Savon de Marseille' French soap

I haven't made these boxes myself but they and the little heart tags are both hand-made in Cornwall.

Victorian Silver Scrollwork Pendant on Silk Ribbon

I would really appreciate some feedback from you my friends, and I would be honoured if you would visit my web pages and take a look. Constructive criticism welcome! Are there any items that you have seen me make in the past that you would really like to see available for sale? Are the pictures / is the wording detailed and clear enough? What about my prices; too high/low/about right? As a reward I am giving away one of my Charm safety pin Brooches! 

The winner will be chosen at random from anyone who leaves me a comment.
I would also like to pick your brains about any lovely Vintage Fairs that either you personally organise or that you have visited/heard about that I might be able to participate in next year. At the moment I don't have a single Fair booked, and I need to start finding out where the good ones are. I have a camper van so am willing to travel, although I think I would restrict myself to the south of England, say south of Stratford-upon-Avon. So let me know which Fairs you love, please!!!! Anyone leaving me a message regarding Vintage Fairs will also be entered into the draw for the Brooch. I'll throw in a few more goodies as well as I'm asking a lot from you!
Thank you so much! x x x

Sunday 1st December: As an update to this post I firstly wish to say a huge thank you to everyone who has left a comment! I am finding them very constructive. In answer to one issue that several of you have mentioned about not being able to click to enlarge to view, and that the image size is a bit small, unfortunately because the website is not my own (I am just one of numerous shops listed on the "What I'd Love' website) I cannot do much about it and have to work with what has been provided. But I am going to get in touch with the WIL website designers to see if something can be done to improve things. Perhaps I should take the plunge and start my own personal website, but initially I would like to gauge what response I receive from this one. 

Thursday 8 November 2012

Balmy November Day

Oh it's been a lovely day; I walked from Perranuthnoe on the coast path towards Marazion, and lay on a beach in the hot sun, yes HOT, and the sound of the gently lapping waves sent me into a daydreamy sleep. 

Sparkling, glistening, shimmering ocean

St. Michael's Mount was beautifully lit by the sun and looked very fairytale indeed.

Later on at dusk, the tide had gone out far enough to walk over to this magical isle

Looking back at Marazion from The Mount, a car crosses the causeway.

Then home to light the wood burner and get the place all cosy!

A risotto bubbling away for tea - king prawns with courgette, onion, red pepper and samphire

Such a comfort food for these colder, darker nights.

I am busy preparing for a Christmas Fair which will take place next week at The Cowslip Workshops in Launceston, on the 16th, 17th and 18th November. I will be selling lots of my hand made decorations:

 alongside some stitched textile pieces and a selection of antique items. I do hope some of you will be able to make it. In Portscatho on the 18th November is also our annual 'Homespun Fair', which sadly I will not be able to attend because of the clashing dates. Patsy will be opening 'The Sea Garden' on the day; I know that Gertie will be filling the shop with lots of new Christmas goodies!

Thank you all so much for your continuing support, and I do so appreciate your comments every one; I'm sorry I haven't been 'getting out there' in the blogging community so much lately....... I feel a little Christmas giveaway is in order soon.....so watch this space!