We are a hands-on family business and everything that we produce comes through a rigorous panel of judges – us. By the time these few words appear on a blog or Instagram posting they will have been tweaked, edited and punctuated… quite possibly several times.
The same process will take place for Cheese Boards, Candle Blocks, Spatula’s etc.
From the start to the finish of an item, the product made by us and now available to buy has had the input of the whole family; it has been been designed and then crafted within our own workshops. We don’t think of an idea then ship it off somewhere else for somebody else to mass produce, what we do we literally do in-house and we wanted to incorporate this into our labelling, hence our new range of handmade labels.
This winter has been a time of stripping things back to the bones.
Just as we see in the landscape around us, the Winds of Winter strip the trees back to the structure or the framework that lies hidden beneath their leafy canopy. But out of this process comes a particular clarity of light that is only present during the winter months. Removal of the tree’s old leaves allows the light to reveal and highlight what had been hidden beneath all along.
We have been going through this process this winter. Stripping back, casting off and taking a close look at what is basically the bones of not only our work – our business – but that which we have within our hearts to do.
One thing you will have noticed is that we have closed the doors on our high-street shop in Dumfries. We will not be trading in this way in the foreseeable future.
We are a creative family and most of what we do is carried out in our workshops at home.
Just as in the above picture (a family day out to Derwentwater) we stand silhouetted out against the light of the sun as it sets behind the fells around the lake. Things for us at this time – our way forward – are still in silhouette, but are becoming clearer with every step forward we take.
Winter has passed and is followed by spring – a time for new growth to burst forth and reveal itself. This winter has been hard but I am excited about all the new things we have planned for The Handmade Crafthouse this year. All of which will be revealed in the days ahead, through our website, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.
We will be closing our Dumfries shop on Academy Street on Saturday the 22nd of December 2018, this will be our last day of trading at our Academy Street premises.
We would like to thank all of the customers and friends who have visited our shop and supported us in the time we have been in Dumfries.
Although our shop in the town will no longer be open, the Handmade Craft House will still be online, and you will still be able to find our handmade gifts, crafts and artwork on our website at www.handmadecrafthouse.co.uk. You can also keep up to date with our latest news and handcrafted items by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest as well as our blog.
We’d like to wish every one a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Blessed New Year!
Christmas is a wonderful time for enjoying family and friends, for sharing gifts and showing them how much you love them. It’s also a time rich with sounds, tastes, sights and smells that are uniquely “Christmassy” and special.
One of our favourite scents is “Inspiritus” from St Eval Candles – a gorgeous blend of seasonal spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. The fragrance is warming and uplifting, but not too strong that it overpowers the smell of the feast that’s being enjoyed!
We have a variety of shapes and sizes in stock – including lovely terrocotta pots in two sizes, dipped in gold that would make a perfect stocking-filler or “Secret-Santa” gift.
If you want something to bring a special touch to the Christmas table then the large pillar candle is just for you! Dipped in gold leaf, this candle looks and smells beautiful.
We’ve also got some “hedgerow” candles featuring the sweet “Wild Gorse” fragrance. It’s lovely coconutty scent is sweet but not sickly and looks beautiful on the hearth or coffee-table whilst everyone is relaxing after their feast!
Finally, the black and gold “Embers” fragranced pillar candle is a wonderful way to enjoy the scent of a real log fire at any time, even if you don’t have a fireplace! It smells just like a real log fire and is an absolute treat to snuggle down with.
Prices (clockwise from top) – Wild Gorse candle pot £12.50 Embers pillar candle £14 Inspiritus dipped pillar candle £14.50 Inspiritus large terracotta candle pot £11.99 Inspiritus small terracotta candle pot £4.50 Inspiritus small pillar candle £5.50
We will be holding an exhibition of the photographic work of The Handmade Crafthouse this Autumn. Preparations are well under way as the pictures begin to come together. There are still lots more frames to make, glue, pin, sand and oil. Photos to print, mount, glaze and then finally, display.
Some new Beech cheese boards have arrived in store. Like all of our cheese boards and serving platters, these are handmade by Mike Dixon using locally grown timber from the borderlands of Scotland.
These boards feature some truly beautiful grain and have a lovely, delicate milkiness to the colouring. As with all our boards, they are suitable for preparing and serving food or just to bring a touch of rustic charm to your kitchen!
The boards featured here start at £18 for the small, handled platters, ranging to £39 for the table runner.