Sunday, 16 December 2018

Hedgehog Boxes

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We have slate roofed hedgehog boxes for sale, have you thought about giving a hedgehog a home?

Hedgehogs are environmentally friendly and will eat those nasty slugs!  The wildlife trust and the RHS have teamed up and have this website - a lovely booklet on there to download and read:
http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/

The booklet

Here is some advice on where to site and what to do:

BBC hedgehog home

www.arkwildlife.co.uk



We also have a selection of bird boxes.....



Friday, 14 December 2018

Chris Williamson

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We are lucky enough to have some Chris Williamson paintings, aren't they stunning?  Why not treat yourself.  Or what about a unique Christmas present.




Thursday, 13 December 2018

CPS Nepal

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We have some lovely items that are made in Nepal and the proceeds go to CPS orphanage

The items are handfelted, making them into unique, purses, tablet cases, placemats, Christmas decorations, donkeys, cats, bunting and gingerbread men.

The trustees visit the orphanage on a regular basis and bring along the items to sell.







Monday, 10 December 2018

Re-use or Re-purpose


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We have many items in the shop that can help you make something like new, or of use again, as well as items for sale that are already preloved ready to start a new life.  We throw so much away when there is a lot of life still remaining it just needs a new owner.

There is a selection of craft and haberdashery items, mainly new, to start you on your way, and also there are some small pieces of furniture dotted around, just check to see if there is a price ticket.

We currently have a basket of these, maybe they can be repurposed.....




There are a few TV programs that might inspire you to get creative, some may not be available but keep checking.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/find-it-fix-it-flog-it

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077nzdc

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/french-collection/episode-guide

Here are a 2 websites you can source items that people are giving away,
https://www.freecycle.org/

https://www.ilovefreegle.org/

If you have some lovely items to share please comment.  There are many websites out there with loads of ideas, and of course numerous books.  Try your local library
Here is one that I stumbled across
https://www.seasonedhomemaker.com/15-cute-ways-to-repurpose-vintage-linens/



Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Restocking Thursdays


Country Matters at Hexton is open from Thursday through to Sunday every week (except we are closed first Sunday of the month).  So Thursday is our day for stocking the fresh produce.  All our produce is locally sourced, and therefore will be what is in season.

We like to buy from Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire if possible, such as tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, lettuce, cauliflower and cabbages at the moment.  To ensure that we get more variety we do have to source further afield, still as local as possible and always within the UK.  Our produce is loose and we serve them in brown paper bags if the customer has not brought their own. 

We are always open to ideas on how we can improve our service.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Our collective

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Country Matters Hexton is supported by 120 producer/suppliers, which makes our range diverse and quirky and hopefully interesting.

We have (list is not exhaustive)

  • Beautiful handmade items, knitted, crocheted, sewn and hand crafted
  • Preloved items that have been sourced and presented in collections
  • Local fresh produce
  • Other local produce such as oils, flour, jams, pickles and chutneys
  • Speciality teas
  • Store cupboard essential groceries
  • Craft materials including yarn, books
  • Greetings cards
  • Scarves
  • Jewellery
  • Plants
  • Garden planters and wooden items
  • Gemstones
  • Pictures - some are hand painted originals
Some our stock is one off or limited to small numbers so is perfect for that unique gift, perfect to start your Christmas shopping, here are a few pictures - and just a small portion of what we sell, check out the facebook page for many more photos







Dolls clothes


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So do girls still play with dolls?  Or are we now all electronic?  Years ago we used to have some barbie/sindy outfits and was reminiscing about them this week.

When I was a probably around the age of 10 to 13 I loved having a go at making clothes for my "teenage doll", she was not a Sindy or a Barbie...I think they were quite a price in those days!  I was proud as punch to be bought a set of clothes from the WI shop in our town, that had been beautifully hand knitted by someone.

We have a lot of knitted items in stock, and these include some dolls clothes,  and also have some sewing patterns for larger dolls.

Here are a few that were around years ago, just because they were cute.....