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Friday, 3 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017

Back in September I took Fairfield Gardens to Hampton Court to take part in Kirstie Allsop's Handmade Fair.  As a keen crafter myself, I was super excited to be part of it all.  

It was a pleasure to meet customers old and new, but another great thing about doing events is meeting your fellow exhibitors.  I was lucky enough to be surrounded by an extremely talented lot who were also really lovely people, so I thought it would be great to share their work with you and give you some excellent ideas for lovely Mother's Day gifts at the same time.

Cloth and Candy sell beautiful fabrics hand-picked by the owner Fuz.  I couldn't leave the Fair without getting some for myself. This one was my favourite.

Image courtesy of clothandcandy.co.uk

If your mum is a sewist then she'll really appreciate a bundle of beautiful fat quarters.

Image courtesy of clothandcandy.co.uk

Or maybe you could make something special for her if you are skilled with needle and thread, and if you're not, there are a whole host of no-sew fabric projects that give beautiful results, like these simple fabric-covered notebooks, or this folded cushion cover.

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Artist Jill Ann Harper paints custom portraits (both human and animal) and beautiful landscapes.  It does take several weeks to create a commission, so it might be a bit tight for Mother's Day, but she also sells prints and original paintings.  Head over to her shop and take a look.  This portrait of "Bessie" really caught my eye at the show:

"Bessie" by Jill Ann Harper
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Emma of Illustration by ELC creates beautifully detailed pen and ink illustrations.  Her subjects include flowers, nature and famous buildings in a range of formats from coasters to tote bags to prints.
Floral coasters by Illustration by ELC

Rose Illustration print by Illustration by ELC

She also creates bespoke illustrations of wedding venues, homes and memorable places.  If there is a place that has a lot of meaning to your mum - like a memorable holiday spot or a first home - a bespoke illustration would be a fabulous gift.

Liberty of London art print by Illsutration by ELC
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Kate of Kate Rowe Design makes embroidered "gifts and accessories for your craft room and for you."  She also uses her own fabric designs in some of her creations so you know that you are getting something fairly unique.

Charcoal Grey glasses case with bird applique by Kate Rowe Design

Mustard and grey makeup bag with cat applique by Kate Rowe Design
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Laura of Hashtag House creates laser cut and laser engraved wood and paper art.  The effect is contemporary yet classic and highly original.
Lighthouse - laser "print" by Hashtag House

Personalised Love Birds Heart - Laser cut/engraved wood, by Hashtag House
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And finally, I couldn't end without mentioning Fairfield Gardens Create-Your-Own Lip Balm Trio Gift Set.  This cute little gift set comes in a very pretty pillow box and you can choose any three lip balms out of our five flavours to go in it.  It's perfect as a standalone gift or as part of a pamper hamper.

Create Your Own Lip Balm Trio Gift Set - Choose any combination of three lip balms by Fairfield Gardens

Until next time...

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