Christmas is Coming!
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Christmas is Coming!

Suddenly it’s mid November and Winter is approaching fast. The nights are drawing in, the heating is on, I’m lighting scented candles and Strictly is back on TV. All the ingredients for cosy nights in and some comforting normality during the second lockdown.  

Usually I’d be busy preparing for my Christmas Fairs but sadly I don’t think they will be happening this year. So instead I’m making sure my Etsy shop is well stocked and I’ve added a Christmas section where you can find festive decorations, gifts and my charity Christmas card. I was thrilled this year to be asked by the Sara Lee Trust to provide a drawing for one of their Christmas card designs. They are a local charity who provide free specialist counselling and complimentary therapies to people with cancer and life threatening illnesses. My “Roguish Robin” cards are available in packs of 10 for £4.99 with all proceeds going to the Trust. 

To purchase some cards via my Etsy shop just click on the image below:

I have started my Christmas shopping too. Under the current circumstances a lot of it has to be on-line. This should be less stressful than battling the crowds in town and queueing to pay but I’ve discovered once you place an item in your basket (unlike in-store shopping) it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s yours to purchase. Having “browsed” the entire online chosen site and carefully selected gifts for all the family making sure I have made the most of all offers available and finally achieved a total purchase value to qualify for free shipping I click on checkout to find that several items are now sold out and it will cost me £5.99 delivery for the £4.50 bubble bath set remaining in my basket! 

I will definitely miss not being able to visit Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley for gift inspiration this year. Two design icons that we have now lost from the high street. Although they both have plans to continue on-line it is just not the same as being able to feel the fabrics and see the sparkling embellishments in real life!  

I believe It is very important that we try to support small businesses too. A lot of these are now starting up an on-line service as they try to adapt to survive. The Made By Kent shop in Staplehurst is doing just that. They are a wonderful local shop stocking makes by over 30 different Kentish crafters. You can find my dog accessories there! I will add a link to their website as soon as it is up and running. 

Meanwhile happy shopping & stay safe!