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A Visit To Local Flower Farm, Blooming Green

Do you have a local flower farm or cutting patch? A beautiful place where you can visit and gather yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers to take home? I was delighted to discover Blooming Green, a flower farm where you can pick your own seasonal, organically grown flowers.

I wanted to share you with you some pictures of my visit there last summer. These were taken last June, but better late than never!

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Beautiful cottage garden flowers, freshly picked!

 

 

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Blooming green gardeners hard at work keeping the cutting patch looking fabulous

 

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Beautiful candy colours!

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There’s always time for being silly!

 

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I even roped my husband in to help 🙂
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So much choice! Enjoying a peaceful moment gathering my bunch of flowers
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Pretty pickings!
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I love the dolly mixture colours of these cornflowers!

I bought my gorgeous bunch of flowers back home, where they filled 3 large vases and enamel jugs and amazingly lasted for well over a week!

Blooming Green are open every Friday April to October, 10-4pm for PYO flowers

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Shop Local and Independent in Staplehurst with Made by Kent

This Spring, some exciting news came to Staplehurst, the village where I live. An opportunity arose for our seasonal pop up shop, known as Kentish Made and run by Katie Higgins, to become a permanent fixture in the high street!

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Katie, of Marmaduke Scarlet and her team of hard working helpers soon had the shop (formerly the old bakers), looking great and ready to fill with lots of handmade goodies.

There’s a great community of independent designers, makers and businesses in Staplehurst and it’s so exciting to see them all under one roof, all year round!

Local baker Claire’s Bread supplies freshly baked bread daily and weekly sausage rolls too! Made by Kent gift shop Kentish Honey Staplehurst Kent 3

As well as delicious brownies and biscuits, every Friday there’s a cake of the week, all baked by Rebecca of Vallance and sons from her home bakery. Rebecca also makes gluten and diary free bakes, which is great for me, having to be gluten free. A lovely treat for the weekend to look forward to!

 

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Rebecca’s fabulous cakes!

There’s something for everyone, with a wealth of handmade goodies to choose from!

 

I’m thrilled to have a selection of my handmade jewellery available to buy at Made by Kent and I’m so pleased with the support I’ve received so far!

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My Silver and copper handmade jewellery AND my jewellery bust Maud, looking very happy in her new home!

So if you’re local or passing through this part of Kent, do pop in and have a browse, you won’t be disappointed!

To find out what’s new in the shop and for more information on the makers, please take a look at the Made by Kent Facebook page!

Craft Fairs · Out & About in Kent

Whitefriars – New Food and Craft Market in Canterbury

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I’m so pleased to be stocking a range of my handmade jewellery in the new Whitefriars Food and Craft Market in the beautiful city of Canterbury!

This vibrant pop up shop in the retail centre of Canterbury, is packed full of gorgeous handmade goods, gifts and produce, all from Kentish Makers and local businesses.

Whitefriars Food and Craft Market was launched during the ‘Whitefriars in Bloom’ festival in the city of Canterbury and the lovely floral themed window display reflected this.

I love visiting Canterbury, as it’s such a beautiful vibrant city and I’m so pleased with how my jewellery has been received.

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I really recommend a visit to the Whitefriars Food and Craft Market, if you’re visiting Kent. I guarantee you won’t come away empty handed!

Take a look at the Whitefriars facebook page, for more information about the shop, designers and their products.

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Bluebell Magic in The Woods

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It’s that time of year again. Each spring I have to go to the woods and visit the bluebells.  As I was driving through the country lanes one afternoon, I spied a few bluebells nodding their heads by the edge of the hedgerow and it reminded me that it must be bluebell time again. We’re so lucky to be living in rural Kent where there are many ancient woodlands carpeted with bluebells. I took a short detour home through the lanes to my favourite bluebell woodland and I wasn’t disappointed!

Each year the mass of blue flowers seems even more vibrant than the last.  This year the wild garlic was in abundance, its pungent but not unpleasant scent, mingling in with the perfumed bluebells.

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All was quiet in the lane. I had parked my car and switched off the engine. I couldn’t resist jumping out and taking some photos to share with you here, then stayed a moment longer to breathe in the beauty of the woodland bluebells until next year.

Craft Fairs · Out & About in Kent

Kentish Made – Celebrating Local and Handmade

Last November, I was lucky enough to be involved in an exciting pop- up shop held in the village where I live. Katie, the owner of luxury handmade accessories brand Marmaduke Scarlet lives in a beautiful beamed house situated right at the top of the hill. This lovely old house used to be a grocery shop decades ago ( I still remember it from my childhood!) So once again, for a few weeks in November, Katie’s front room was converted back into a shop, albeit this time the groceries were exchanged for gorgeous handmade goodies!

I was excited to be showcasing my handmade jewellery, alongside a selection of talented local makers, including Polly had a Dolly; Ginkgo Floristry; tatty tess and Ddesignmakebake. The shop and Starlight shopping evening event were a runaway success and lots of fun was had and friendships made as a result.

When I heard that Katie was opening Kentish Made this winter for a special Starlight Shopping event, I was thrilled to be invited along! I will be selling a lovely selection of handmade silver and copper jewellery which will make perfect Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.

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This year the Starlight Shopping event will feature some familiar faces and new people too, including local home-roasted coffee company StApple Hurst Roast and gorgeous handmade candle company The Hazel Tree. I’m really looking forward to buying some Christmas gifts myself!

If you’re local to Staplehurst, please do pop in and enjoy Kentish Made’s Starlight Shopping event, this Thursday 1st December,  7pm-10pm or if you can’t make the evening, why not drop into our open morning the following day Friday 9.30am -2.30pm

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Why not check out the Kentish Made Facebook page for updates on the event and lots of information about the makers, and their lovely products!

Craft Fairs · Out & About in Kent

A Wedding Fayre in Staplehurst

Last Saturday I attended a Wedding Fayre in my home village of Staplehurst. The fayre was organised by Donna from Bombalicious who makes gorgeous bath bombs and soaps that make perfect wedding favours!

Staplehurst has a beautiful Norman church and it was a lovely idea for the wedding fayre to be held there.

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All Saints Church, Staplehurst

 

It was really inspiring to be in such a beautiful setting (which also happens to be the church we got married in!)

I make a range of freshwater pearl, Swarovski crystal and Sterling silver jewellery, all of which are suitable for bridal wear. I made sure to have available images of my previous commissions, as many of these pieces were personalised bridesmaid pendants. Please take a look at the commissions photo album on my Facebook page for ideas.

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A selection of commissioned pieces of jewellery

As well as my handmade silver and copper jewellery, there were a good variety of stalls, all selling different items and services essential to prospective brides (and grooms!) Most were local business too.

Bombalicious and Dippydesign, both based in Staplehurst.

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Pre-loved wedding dresses for sale-one careful owner!
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Lorna Green’s beautiful handmade tiaras
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Eco silver pendants, earrings and silver stacking rings from The Little Red Hen Jewellery
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Freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal drop earrings, perfect for brides!
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Adjustable hand – knitted  wire bracelets with pearls and Swarovski crystals
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Me and my stall; photograph courtesy of Stephen Barker Photography
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Sterling silver personalised bridesmaid’s pendants by The Little Red Hen

It was a really good day and I met lots of lovely new people too! Thank you to Donna for arranging the Fayre.

If you’re interested in ordering a bespoke item of jewellery for your wedding, please feel free to email me: redhenjewellery@gmail.com

 

 

Craft Fairs · Out & About in Kent

A Visit to The Wealden Times Midsummer Fair

A fortnight ago, I paid a visit to the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair. This annual summer fair showcases lots of lovely businesses, many of them local.  All exhibitors are hand-picked for their high quality, craftmanship and design.

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The Midsummer fair was held at the beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent. This rural Kent village is just a stone’s throw from where I live, so it’s an ideal trip out for me while The Little Chick is at playgroup.

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I arrived fairly early and before it got busy, enjoyed a stroll around the beautiful gardens, which were open during the fair to ticket holders.

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Then it was time for tea…

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Of course I couldn’t resist a cake from Cocolicious‘ beautiful cake stall. Luckily, they always have a range of delicious gluten-free cakes on offer!

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Cocolicious – always a beautiful stall!
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Cream teas and pink fizz…what more could you want!

Then it was time for a look around the marquees.

Here’s a selection of my favourite stalls.

Tatty Tess  unique, handmade, lovely clothes for little girls. It’s always lovely to see Tessa and her gorgeous vintage inspired creations. As usual, her stall looked lovely! I’m particularly fond of her miniature sewing machine and till (which she always explains are definitely not for sale!)

I really love the colourful, original jewellery of  Victorious Bee   Their stall looked really striking to compliment their bold jewellery. (I’m a big fan of the bee logo too!)

Champions of British made goodies Happy and Glorious  had some lovely new products for sale. Ceramic button earrings and brooches in shades of blue were one of my favourite items.

Other stalls which caught my eye were The Indoor Botanist with their original mini-terrariums and bottle gardens.

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Salt and Pamper’s stall looked good too, with modern styling and simple packaging.

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The Wealden Times Midsummer Fair is truly a feast for the eyes! I can definitely recommend visiting next year; I’m looking forward to it already.

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