Kingswood Christmas Trees – a Kentish hidden gem!

Every year I purchase my Christmas tree from Kingswood Christmas trees, situated in the Kentish countryside, a few minutes away from Leeds Castle. Rob, the Christmas tree farmer, kindly offered us one his trees for the Open Day we held in October. Not only did he bring it along and set it up, he also let me keep it and it’s currently sitting outside the back door just waiting to be brought inside. Rob gave me the top of the range ‘Nordman Fir’ and barely a needle has dropped, mainly due to it being keep cool, outside and watered. It did try and make escape during the strong winds of a few weeks ago, but I’m pleased to say it didn’t make it very far.

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I thought Kingswood Christmas Trees deserved a mentioned, because not only are they a fellow local business, they provide a magical hideaway and a beautiful selection of trees. Not only that, they’ve been known to host fashion photo shoots with the odd famous face too (you can see the gallery in their shop).

When you arrive, not only are you met with a beautiful Christmassy vision upon your approach to the main entrance, there is a grotto inside, which is free to go enter and hosts ‘THE’ Father Christmas who makes an appearance during the weekends in December. I took these photos last Christmas with the purpose of writing a blog post before they open again this year.

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So, if you’re looking for somewhere a little different (and very festive) to purchase your Christmas tree, you can visit the Kingswood Christmas Tree Farm website, or their Facebook page which is currently being re-jigged!

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Tara Tuesdays – Part 35 – Highgate Florist and Growers Christmas Market

Every year in November, my friend Kerrie organises a Christmas Market in our village hall and gets together local crafters and traders to sell their gorgeous wares. She works extremely hard to organise everything and advertises the event with beautiful leaflets that she has delivered in the village and surrounding areas to ensure as much publicity as possible. A charity of her choice attends and all proceeds from raffle tickets and refreshments are donated to them. This year was the Working Horse Trust that is a registered charity, which is devoted to safeguarding the future of our Heavy Working Horse breeds.

This I think was Kerrie’s 4th year and as in previous years was a huge success. There were lots of lovely stalls with local traders to include handmade cards, felted Christmas decorations, sock monkeys, jewellery, cupcakes, cake pops and Christmas cakes, chilli jams and chutneys and of course the handmade goodies on my stall that my girlfriends and I have been making for the last few months!

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Despite the horrendous rain, there was a constant flow of people and there was a cheery festive atmosphere amongst everyone. Although we are still a good few weeks away until the big day in December, I always look forward to this event as it is the first Christmas Fair of the year for me and it really gets me in the mood. I restrained myself by only having a small spending budget and came away with 3 beautiful felted Christmas decorations that I just couldn’t resist! Santa, a snowman and a little robin which will all look gorgeous on my tree when I get it next month! These came from two lovely ladies that needle felt Heidi at Smonkeys and Betty’s Bloomin’ Bazaar, both are on Facebook so please go and have a look at their pages.

Since January (I kid you not) I have been busy making my knitted reindeer and was delighted to have 14 ready for the Fair! I came away with only 5 so was quite pleased with how I got on! These little lovelies take 4 hours each to make and are a real labour of love.

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I also mentioned in my last blog that I had purchased some goodies from Emma’s Open Day. Well, I used some of her gorgeous fabrics and buttons to make these two Christmas stockings. I love the limeade assortment of buttons that I used for the Christmas Tree as they match the fabric perfectly! Essex Linen is fast becoming a real favourite of mine and I will definitely be purchasing more for future makes as it is so nice to work with.

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I am at the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair in two weeks time with Kerrie and am REALLY excited about this event! I went to the Summer one with her and we had a great time, however I think this year I may have to up my spending money allocation!!!! I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on!

Tara Tuesdays – Part 34 – AND WE’RE BACK IN THE ROOM!

After a little too long away, the blog is back! With a complete website re-build and an Open Day to plan, the blog took a back seat during the summer months. However, in her usual organised fashion, my good friend (and fellow fabric addict) Tara has furnished us with her review of the Open Day I held in October. I’ll write my own post about that (along with some thanks to the people who helped!) this month, but for now, here’s Tara’s review! Oh, and she has found a fabulous new blog called Winkie Flash in the Netherlands. I will follow it religiously, if only for the name.

Tara Tuesdays – Part 34 –¬†Emma’s Fabric Studio Open Day

I know I haven’t written for Emma for a very long time so please forgive me if I am a little rusty, but I thought now would be a good time for me to say hello again and share the lovely time I have had at Emma’s first ever Open Day!

My sewing friends Mary and Mags joined me and we made our way to Tithe Barn in Lenham where Emma was holding her Open Day. I am sure you will agree from my pictures that the location is just fantastic! The barn was stunning and was decorated beautifully with fairy lights, bunting, paper pompoms and an 8ft real Christmas tree! We were greeted by Her Majesty and she couldn’t wait to get in on our pictures!

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There were masses of gorgeous fabrics for us to rummage through along with cream teas, cakes and ploughman’s lunches and refreshments. I got to wear my own “Tara Tuesday” name badge and couldn’t resist a tache pic!

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There was also a crochet corner where some lovely ladies were teaching how to crochet. I loved how the yarn was hanging up and came away with some free patterns and can’t wait to start hooking up butterflies, flowers and square and round grannies! Rooster yarn was available to purchase and I was very envious of the gorgeous baskets this was displayed in!

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I was delighted to see a Harris 9H sewing machine there and met it’s owner Jan who talked me through how to use it, I now know where the bobbin is and will be able to use my Harris 1H sewing machine properly!

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Helen from Too Nice To Slice was at the event and was selling some cupcake decorating kits which are fabulous gift ideas! I was rather taken with the Christmas decorations (it’s never too early for Christmas) and took this lovely picture. Next on my to do list is to learn how to bake!

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Emma and her family and friends worked extremely hard to make the day such a success and I am sure you will agree that their hard work has paid off. Every little detail was just perfect, Mags, Mary and me came away feeling really proud of our friend that has done so well for herself. She needs to hold more of these events throughout the year and get to meet all of her lovely customers in person. It is also the perfect opportunity for me to have a spend up and buy some yummy fabrics that I just MUST have and can’t live without to add to my ever growing stash!