Gifts from Fairies Blog
Here in Scotland we've had one 'summery' day this year (Tuesday 7th May 2013 to be exact) which came as a bit of a shock! Suddenly my habitual Scottish weather attire of jeans and jumper didn't seem appropriate but no way was I prepared for warmer weather. Summer dress? Help! That involves exfoliation, waxing, tanning and pedicure at the very least. Yup, it's amazing how a little bit of sun can quickly make you body conscious.
York - pure nostalgia
I am going to treat myself to a new teapot. I don't really need one (already have 2) and it's not my birthday but a revival of the 'tea jenny' in me has sparked off an interest in the whole tea-making ritual.
Online gift vouchers, electronic vouchers, e-vouchers......call them what you will they're a godsend when you need a gift in a hurry! And guess what? We now have Gifts from Fairies online gift vouchers!
This Sunday, 25th November 2012, is ‘Stir-Up Sunday’ - the last Sunday before Advent. The name apparently comes from the Book of Common Prayer. The prayer for this day included the line ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people’. In the olden days, knowing that Christmas cakes and puddings need a few weeks to mature and with thoughts of ‘stirring up’ in their heads, the ladies of the parish would return home after church and proceed to ‘stir up’ the Christmas pudding and cake mixtures.
If you're in or around Glasgow (or Edinburgh on 7th October), do pop in and see our lovely gorgeous things in real life - touch them, smell them, experience them in all their glory and benefit from the lower prices we usually offer at such events.
Unique felt products and the tale of 2 sisters
Our constant quest to find gifts we've never seen before (so that we can bring you gifts with a difference) often leads us to talented crafters and artisans. We have met glass makers, woodturners, felters, artists, soap makers, metal workers, candle makers, jewellery makers, quilters, beaders, knitters, photographers and more.........so many talented people.
As an expert in absolutely none of these but full of admiration for them all, I'm keen to do a little bit of research into the magical world of crafting. As we have recently taken delivery of some fab felt craft kits, the ancient art of felting has been subject to a fair bit of Googling so I'll start the ball rolling with that.
After a quick search on the Internet I discovered that 1952 sixpences are relatively rare as none were actually struck in the UK that year. However, all was not lost as over a million were issued in the West Indies and I was able to find one on eBay. This means that we can swap a 1953 sixpence with a 1952 one and grant our customer’s wish for a fabulous 60th birthday gift for her friend. Phew!
I have to confess that I wasn't really looking forward to the 2012 Olympics. I am the least sporty fairy I know. Torvill and Dean's Bolero routine in 1984 was probably my sporting highlight and although I was forced to played hockey at school they created a new position just for me - 'left behind'.
I've been having lots of fun on Twitter today promoting our fab Carddies Sports Set. Yes, I've broken a golden social media rule - I've completely disregarded that you should only post one 'buy me/promotional ' tweet to around 10 'other/social' ones, but hey it's Friday and ........it's the official start of the 2012 Olympics!!!
Fascinators - light, decorative headpieces, usually set on a comb, clasp or hair band and ideally a frothy cocktail of beads, ribbon and feathers. Love them or loathe them they are becoming a must-have accessory for weddings and special occasions.
Did you know the last bit about the sixpence? None of the Fairies had heard it before and as we like to bring you something a wee bit different we decided to do a bit of delving into wedding traditions! We'll include a couple of the better known ones but have found a few interesting snippets that are certainly new to us. And in true Fairies tradition we have few wedding related gifts with a difference for you too!