Friday, 28 November 2014

Wooden Decorations

Today I've uploaded a few of my hand-printed birch wood decorations onto my website.  There are only 15 of the birds and 10 of the hearts available.

Cambridge Christmas 2014

My favourite event of the year didn't disappoint.  The Unitarian Church Hall had people queuing at the gates at 12 noon and the hall was buzzing with visitors until we closed at 8:30pm.  Mulled cider warmed everyone up and home-made mince pies kick started the festive shopping experience.

My new Bike tea towels were a big hit and the Indigo Bird coasters were the best sellers.  I also sold out of my Pheonix Trading advent calendars, stocking garlands and paper-chains. I love being part of this event, together with the other 14 talented artists and makers.  Here's to 2015!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Photos from Ely Cathedral Fair

Well locations for a Christmas Food & Craft Fair can't get more spectacular than Ely Cathedral.  We spend a magical three days there, setting up on Thursday 13th November, with a preview that evening.  A full day on Friday, with a break for evensong from 4:30 - 6:30pm.  This gave us a chance to go out for dinner with some fellow stall holders.  The show continued on Saturday with huge numbers of visitors.

My best sellers were the new 'Cat in the Meadow coasters' and new Boats tea towels.  The Penguin cards also went down really well and I am busy making more Red Birdy decorations in time for Cambridge Christmas on Monday 24th November.

Our neighbouring stall was Slate & Nature run by the charming Jeanette and Gerard who'd come all the way from Northumberland for the show.  They sold wonderful reclaimed slate bird feeders, candle holders, garden ornaments and such like.  We swapped a few tea towels for a couple of bird feeders which are really beautifully designed.

Another favourite purchase was from the Ely Gin Company - a lovely selection of little bottles of flavoured gin.  Had to buy it for the packaging alone.

Saturday, 8 November 2014


For the last few years the Christmas advert from John Lewis always becomes a big talking point and this year is no exception.  It features a very cute penguin called Monty.  So I thought given the surge in interest of all things 'penguin' I would design some new hand-printed cards for my forthcoming Christmas shows.

Saturday, 1 November 2014


I'm not quite sure what to do with it, but I now have twitter @AlisonHullyer.  I'm sure it will be a great marketing tool as well as a huge time waster, so we shall see how it goes!