Under a week to go until Emily Quinton hits the Hambledon, running her famous Instagram workshops and signing copies of her new book, Maker Spaces, in both our Winchester and Cowley Manor stores (there are still a few places left if you're keen - email us).
In readiness for the events, Emily's picked her favourite Hambledon props, and to get us in the Insta mood we thought we'd give a bunch of them away. For a chance to win, simply take a photo of your favourite Hambledon thing in a beauteous way and tag it #ourhambledon #makerspaces #emilyquinton. If you’re struggling for inspiration, our Winchester project space is all set up with a dedicated photography area and shelves lined with Emily's favourite props.
See you over on Instagram!
Our new love. All the way from the coast of Sweden where the sun shines bright and the wind blows strong. No, we're not talking about some rugged blonde. This is skin care, people, very scrummy skin care designed for the likes of fishermen, surfers and sunworshippers... and sorts like us who know a good body lotion and salt scrub when they see one.
In this case, all 'low-tech' and mostly organic, crafted from high quaity, beautifully scented botanics, waxes and oils. We've got liquid soaps and lip balms through to shampoos and scrubs in coriander and black pepper, sage, rosemary and lavendar, lemongrass, and cucumber and mint. No need to try and pronounce the name, just follow your nose.
This sure doesn't help our summer diet plans. The arrival of Creighton's - a seriously lovely little company from Bedfordshire who make the most irresistable chocolate.
The team is headed up by mother and daughter, Lucy and Andrea Huntington, who started out in 2010 with just the knowledge of an Italian confectioner, a marble slab and a handful of moustache-shaped chocolate moulds. Soon after they opened their first chocolaterie in the small town of Leighton Buzzard, named after their Great Granny Creighton. The moustache lollies flew off the shelves, they opened a second store and more quirky lollipops and edible gifts were added to the range.
And that's what we like the most - in the serious, artisan world of chocolate, Creighton's know how to have fun. So this summer we're scoffing chocolate ice lollies and fish and chips, pulling pranks with a set of Granny's gnahsers and gifting their beautiful bars flavoured with sea salt, peanuts and ginger - all made in the traditional way with the best Belgian chocolate.
We're all about fine, un-fussy living this spring/summer. A bit French country, a bit lovely. It's about getting domestic in the best possible way; no upstairs starch or downstairs drudge, just green and beautiful household cleaners from Commmon Good, Redecker brushes and utensils, vintage willow pattern platters, pudding moulds from Bitossi, Variopointe table linen, cushions and throws. It's simple, soft and (mainly!) easy. Yes pleasey.