Tuesday, 22 February 2011

New Artist this week - Susan Bonnar of Dottie Designs

The new artist to join www.cherrypickedforyou.co.uk this week is Susan Bonnar of Dottie Designs. We are really pleased Susan has come on board as she makes the most stunning Wedding and Occasion Books and Keepsake Boxes. All of Susan's products can be personalised with a choice of name, date or message which make her books and boxes ideal for that very special occasion.

Designer led handmade items are what our website is all about and Dottie Designs will fit in with our ethos very nicely. So, to take a look for yourself, click on the artists link at the top of the page and then view all her work or alternatively click under Cards, Stationery and then click under Books and Boxes. If you know you have a special occasion coming up this would be a great time to log on. Also, if your special occasion is only a short time away and you have forgotten all about a book to record photos and signatures of those special friends then Susan will rise to the challenge and make you a book at very short notice. Susan tells us that she often has months to fulfil and order, particularly for a big event like a wedding, but equally, a customer often realises at the last moment that they haven't organised an Occasion Book and she is contacted at very short notice.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Necklaces and Matching Earrings from Lesley Alexandra

First of all, I know I promised a new artist every week and those keen eyed and alert among you will know that my last post was a couple of weeks ago. Well...my excuse is that my web designer has been sorting out the host on my website and I was unable to upload pictures during this time. The good news is that the website should run alot faster from now on. Fingers crossed.

I haven't been idle over the past fortnight though. As I couldn't get as much work done on the website as I usually do, I went up to my workroom! (which is becoming more and more rare now that I am running this wonderful website) and started playing with my fabrics. I came up with some quirky textile card/presents for Mother's Day. Card/presents sounds odd, I know, you have to check them out to know what I've been up to. Basically, the card is made from felted wool and looks like a jacket and sewn onto the jacket is a label (like a washing instruction label) but in this case it has the words: "XX HappyMother's Day XX" on the first line. Followed by, "100% Super Human" on the next line. Underneath that are the words, "Hand wash only. Do not press" and the last line reads, "No bleach except on hair." The brooch on the jacket comes off and is the present part of the gift to be worn by the recipient. I hope this would make a very special, humorous and unique gift for the mother in your life to show your appreciation and love for her. She certainly wouldn't throw the felted wool jacket away and so it could become a keepsake.

Also, over the past fortnight I managed to find a gem (excuse the pun) and so I am delighted to welcome Lesley Alexandra to our illustrious group of artists. Lesley makes beautiful necklaces and matching earrings at really affordable prices. Hope you like them as much as we do.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Cufflink, Desk and Jewellery Boxes by David Baker

The new artist to join our website this week is David Baker. He is also our first artist who works in wood. David is a designer/maker of fine wooden boxes. David works from a rural workshop near Glyndebourn in East Sussex and he uses mostly local timber with small quantities of more unusual and exotic figured wood. He makes a range of boxes: cufflink boxes with a wooden grid inside to house individual pairs, desk boxes, jewellery boxes with two drawers and lined with velvet. He also makes wooden containers for specialised purposes such as Memory Boxes and Display Cases for precious objects and medals. All David's work can be made to suit individual requirements as it is all handmade and therefore unique.