January 6, 2012 in handmade goodness
These little items are my new pride and joy – small things to make a girl happy and add some new interest to my displays at home. My family and I visited Selvedge magazine‘s Christmas fair last month and my husband bought me these as Christmas gifts (I heavily hinted that I would love them). They were wrapped and hidden away until Christmas day and I thought I had to share them with you as they’re something I treasure.
These sweet fabric balls set in real, dried acorn cups (Oak nuts) were made by Susi Joel. I love the combination of natural and patterned, especially the Japanese print, which could look wrong but it looks so right. On the mantlepiece in my living room, it will add just a pop of colour and interest and give me joy every time I glance that way. I photographed them on pieces of vintage Japanese fabric that I had bought at the Hammersmith vintage textiles and fashion fair.
I also adore this hand-woven wire bird nest by Helen Thompson of Holy Smoke. I had seen it at the Selvedge fair the year before and had wished I had bought one then and luckily they had a stand again this year. I love the delicacy and the tiny off-shoots that look like buds. This too will take pride of place on my mantlepiece, a touch of organic amongst the rigidity of my ceramic vases.
Holy Smoke also make the most adorable wire-framed, fabric dogs oozing with character covered with linen that my son wanted to take home with him.
The Selvedge fairs are well worth a visit if you are in London and like unique, handmade products. I also bought lots of little gifts for family and friends; jewellery from Emma Cassi, rubber stamps from Noolibird, paper twine from Paperphine and soft toys from The Black Rabbit among others.
I may need a bigger mantlepiece for all my treasures!
Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.
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