Friday, 6 November 2009

Christmas Emporium!



Forgive me if it is a little too early for you to be thinking of Christmas - I do understand; after all, Hallowe'en and Bonfire night are barely behind us, but in the world of the small business and retail in particular I am really running late. Still, not to worry. If it is all too much just click away to a more autumnal blog and return another day, but if you are ready to think of all things festive...well, here we go. ( Grab a coffee - it's a long one!).



A suitably Christmassy picture to start us off at the top followed by a Holly & the Ivy Christmas Stocking. This is big enough to hold plenty of goodies and made from a soft linen/cotton fabric. Fennie, please note Lucy's Babbit modelling for me - He gets in on everything!



a little close up of the hand embroidered detailing - holly leaves, berries and silver starts.



I have focussed on holly leaves and scarlet berries for much of my range this year as I love the simplicity of this most traditional of motifs. Some items, the stocking being one such, also have delicate silver thread tracing through the sprigs and silvery stars scattered throughout to catch the light and bring a little something extra to the whole. The theme continues with the Noel and Merry Christmas Hearts



The Noel Heart



and Merry Christmas, both featuring my hand embroidery.



Something a little different? What about a Noel Tea Cosy? I drink a lot of tea and seem to make endless cups over the festive season, what with older children home for the holidays and a steady stream of visitors. This cosy is inter-lined with a layer of wadding and lined in cheery ticking to keep your cuppa snug till the last drop.



I have scattered clusters of scarlet berries throughout this cosy as I love the cheeriness of them which is so in keeping with Christmas.



and finally, for now anyway, Dove and mistletoe Hearts



Elegant and simple



A touch more colour



Phew, well done all of you who are still here and thank you for looking through my Christmas emporium. I will be adding more no doubt as there are still some things in progress - some more gifts including something for little boys who I have sadly neglected thus far, and possibly a decoration or two to come.



Hope you enjoyed it and should the need grasp you to pop over to my website then any of the links will take you there as will the actual website link at the top of this page on the right hand side - or click here if it's easier. Lord, she does waffle on doesn't she?



Have a wonderful weekend. I'm off for a cuppa and a lie down! x

P.S. Hurrah for the end of the postal strike!

26 comments:

  1. Oooh I do like the dove and mistletoe hearts, just beautiful, they remind me of New England, and the Shakers. Pipany, the things you make are beautiful, and the simplicity is so elegant. Simplicity is actually quite hard to achieve, many people don't realise that. Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

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  2. Lovely goodies you've made there, Pip, worthy of gracing the finest of homes, indeed. I am starting to feel a tiny bit festive actually and have made a few xmassy bits for the Fair. I'm sure you will do brilliantly with your xmas range. (Lovely photos too.)
    Hen x

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  3. Lovely post. I adore your simplicity and the white backgrounds make everything look so fresh. The mistletoe hearts remind me of our time in France where mistletoe was everywhere in all the trees. Does the mistletoe embroidery feature any of the berries - difficult to tell from a photo?

    Hope you do well with your range and I might be tempted to order myself - will certainly pop over to your website for a peek.


    Jane

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  4. Beautiful things, Pipany - you are very talented. I especially like the peace dove.

    Pomona x

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  5. Even I am charmed Pipany with your Christmas range and you know how I feel about Autumn?!

    I love the green and red theme and you have given me a little flutter inside - well Bonfire Night has long gone now.

    Well best go and make another cuppa as this ones gone cold!

    Have a lovely weekend Pip,

    Ninaxxxxx

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  6. Even I am charmed Pipany with your Christmas range and you know how I feel about Autumn?!

    I love the green and red theme and you have given me a little flutter inside - well Bonfire Night has long gone now.

    Well best go and make another cuppa as this ones gone cold!

    Have a lovely weekend Pip,

    Ninaxxxxx

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  7. I stayed with it even though I am allergic to Christmas.
    All is beautiful Pip and worth staying for.

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  8. Such a beautiful collection of goodies. I particularly like your stockings (you know what I mean!) but what a shame these things only come out for such a short time.

    Kate x

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  9. So much gorgeousness in one post. Your embroidered items are lovely.

    Sue xx

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  10. They are all so beautiful in their simplicity, belying the delicate work that has undoubtedly gone into them. Lovely work Pipany!
    I will definitely be over at your Emporium for Christmas!

    Jeanne x

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  11. Every one of these is a winner, Pipany! You've really caught the true spirit of Christmas.

    xo

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  12. I love the teacosy and the stockings - such delicate, delightful embroidery - and I like how you can see the sea in the background of one picture! Makes the stocking look all the more cosy looking! xxx

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  13. Your work is exquisite as always, Pip! I especially like the holly embroidery x

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  14. Your work is very fresh and pretty Pipany. I do like the photo at the top of the post too - very Christmassy.

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  15. I love that tea cosy Pip, I shall have to go and check it out on your website!

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  16. Such exquisite things! They make me feel very festive. I may have to go and wander around your website for a while.

    PS: A friend of mine was so envious of my Lauren bag, she's ordered one for her birthday. All I have to do is carry it about and people fall in love with it because it's so gorgeous.

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  17. Hi pipany,
    I love the stocking & were you took its picture. i wish i could hang my christmas stocking somewhere like that with a sea view!!
    The hearts are delightful as always. xx

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  18. They are very lovely, but I am frightened that you will get them dirty if you keep putting them on fences! x

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  19. Ooh, the dove heart is gorgeous! I love Christmas. Lovely items x

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  20. These are so beautiful. Your embroidery is so delicate.

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  21. Beautiful post and beautiful work as always. Simple sells and this is perfect. Love traditional christmas motifs and themes and limited colour palettes. V elegant ;0

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  22. love them all ! And let's hope it really is the end of the postal strike. Why can't some industrious entrepreneurs apply for a licence from postcomm and start to makea difference ? It's not as though there aren't enough unemployed people who need jobs....

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  23. Those are truly lovely but I still want to curl up in a ball and cry at the thought of Christmas! I really loathe it!!

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  24. Beautiful things.
    Alfazema

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