Yesterday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend the day at The Arter, run by the lovely Paula and Rachel. This is a beautiful shop filled with the produce of local artists and craftspeople. Everything is handmade and everything is absolutely gorgeous- I've not yet managed to visit without coming away with a few goodies!
The shop is part of Hall's Croft which was the home of Shakespeare's daughter and granddaughter. It's a fantastic setting and I thoroughly enjoyed eating my lunch in the beautiful gardens. I was also given an excellent tour of the house by the lovely Rory. For my fellow foodies, there is even a café on-site. I was in heaven.
I am very proud that my prints, greeting cards and notebooks are stocked in the shop amongst such talent. The Arter also has a special place in the collective Smith family heart because Paula and Rachel also stock lots of Mum's ceramics.
It was such a treat to spend the day surrounded by so many beautiful things.
|Jenny Knight's super colourful ceramics|
|More Jenny Knight- we have a few of her pieces at home|
|Jacqui Law's quirky copper and enamel jewellery|
|Vicki Lafford-Garside's delicate embroidered jewellery. Again, I have one of these at home! |
See if youcan spot the Lit Smith necklaces here too!
|One of my prints behind the till sitting proudly next to the Best Independent Shop Award!|
|My lunch time walk through the garden|
|Perfect picnic spot|
Unfortunately, I can't show you my shopping haul from yesterday as it was for a very special friend's birthday present later this week!
Thank you so much to Paula and Rory for a wonderful day and I look forward to seeing you soon!