Lovely Greens in this week’s Courier
A few weeks ago a writer for the Isle of Man Newspapers, Julie Blackburn, visited me to talk about my background, handmade Christmas gifts. and the soap making class I offer. Her piece was published last Friday and I’m delighted at the coverage I received but even more so that ideas for creating handmade gifts ran side by side with holiday advertisers. Read the full article here.
As a producer of handmade bath and beauty products I receive a lot of holiday gift set orders. Customers love my products, the packaging, and the ethos I have – local, handmade, and natural. It’s a fantastic thing to support small producers and artisans at the holidays and I’m grateful for every order and positive review I receive. Still, there are many gifts, decorations, and cards that you can make yourself that save money, add personal meaning, and inspire creative projects at home.
This year I’m aiming to make most of the gifts I give including handmade cards, preserves, honey from my bees, and classy handmade crafts inspired by recycling and nature. I’ll be publishing ideas throughout November and December but here are some ideas that are already on Lovely Greens:
Recycle wine bottles into Christmas Candles
How to create a Succulent Terrarium
How to make a Sea Glass Candle
Recipe for handmade chocolate coated Turkish Delight
Seaglass Stepping Stone for the Garden
Handmade Lavender & Rosemary Hand Soap
For the soap recipe I offer a four-part soapmaking series for the DIYer but if you’d like to learn how to make soap from me directly I also offer soap making lessons. In the class you make two batches (12 bars) of soap that can be then given as gifts but you also have the experience of learning how to make it under my watchful eye and with a wide selection of ingredients and fragrances. I’ll make sure you succeed the first time round!
Many thanks to the Isle of Man Newspapers for giving me such a great write up and best of luck to everyone who decides to go for handmade this Christmas. And if you’ve already had a successful DIY holiday I’d love to hear your experiences and ideas too! Please leave me a comment and any tutorial instructions (and/or links) below.