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    Our Top 5 'Little Extra's' For Christmas

    Every year we help choose, gift wrap, ribbon and give hundreds, probably thousands, of presents. And every year we try and hand pick the prettiest of fabrics, the most individual of jewellery, the most luxurious of toiletries in the hope that this Christmas will be the best ever. Of course! It's our favourite time of year!

    Which is why we've bought you our top 5 little extra touches that might just make this Christmas even more special than before.

    One:

    Buy Mulling Spices. 

    Sounds silly, but trust us, after a year in the cupboard that Cinnamon doesn't taste toasty anymore! And who wants to buy separate packets of cinnamon, cloves, anise, juniper, nutmeg and zesting an orange and a lemon just for one (or two) events? 

    We use the amazing Aspen Mulling spices, suitable for wine or cider, in store when we give out mulled wine to customers, but there are lots of alternatives. You could even ask your local greengrocer to do a mix for you, and just add a little sugar or juice when your mulling to add that sweetness.

     

     

    Two:

    Don't Get Tied Down By Crackers:

    Think table decorations, think crackers! But what if you're going for a more stylish alternative this year? Or maybe the kids have grown out of the 'loud bang' phase?

    Instead of big garish crackers, you could try some mini crackers, mini table lights or garlands, and although we all love a Christmas paper crown (that's one tradition that has to stay!) you could try some festive antlers, or mini glittered santa hats for a bit of a switch up.

     

    Three:

    Be Unique:

    If you have a themed Christmas, great! If not, also great! The most amazing thing about Christmas is that it touches everyone in a different way, some people go all out on decorations, and for other people it's about good food with good friends- whatever your favourite part, there are no set rules. 

    Last year we imported some beautifully made, hand painted decorations from the US. There were circus elephants and frogs in top hats, all sort that you rarely see in the highstreet in the UK. We loved watching everyone come and pick each one up and marvel at them. We loved knowing that they'd be cared for whoever they went home with. 

    This year we have a whole range of characters that sit right alongside our vintage range, and it's lovely seeing each unique person taking home a unique decoration.

     

     

     

    Four:

    Fake it (In Style):

    If you're prepping for a big family Christmas, the last thing you want is the wreath starting to droop or the garland on the bannister dropping pine needles. It might sound a little silly to those of us that are already converts, but honestly a little sprig of green here and there does wonders, and the needles wont get caught in the carpet!

    We use two or three companies for our arrangements who use top quality fabrics and techniques so that they look as realistic as possible. Floral Silk is known as the best in the biz, so do pop in and see for yourself. A berry or pine cone wreath looks just as fantastic, and there's no worry about it going limp on Christmas eve! 

     

    Five:

    Lighting:

    When we're worrying about whether or not there's enough room for all eleven of our aunts and uncles around the dinner table, and whether we could move it into the front room, we're probably not thinking about the lights!

    It's hard to create an ambience when there's a strip light over head, and the easiest way to make that warm and cosy feeling is to use candles. We recommend St.Eval simply because their pillar candles are dipped in gold and their gently, seasonally scented.

    If you're looking for a heavier scent for a party or Christmas Eve, try True Grace. Incomparable in their fragrances, they truly create a beautiful space and the scent lingers for days.

     

    Happy festive time :)

     

    The Great Pottery Throwdown (...or why we love Keith Brymer Jones)

    The Great Pottery Throwdown (...or why we love Keith Brymer Jones)

    Well...

    Did you see it? If you haven't yet, avert your eyes from the following post and go straight to iPlayer and watch it!

     

    For those of you that did- first of all can we just say that we now want to be potters? And secondly how hard does it look! Especially when they pulling handles (no rude comments please) and trying to center the clay. We're not really sure if Rekha should have gone, we liked her fine art approach, but all good things and that. At the moment we're definitely team Sally-Jo - her pots were b-e-autiful!

    Lastly, are you not all in love with Keith Brymer Jones now? We've been buying his pots for all of you lovely people since he was hand throwing every one himself (about 22 years and counting), and he's still as talented and as passionate about pottery now as he was then.

     

     

    And yes, we got just as emotional as he did when Joanna's post came out of the kiln and looked so lovely. You know how we feel about pottery ;)

    Anyway, as per usual, we will be getting fully involved with the programme each week- so you can get involved and chat to us on Twitter whilst it's airing! In the mean time have a little browse of some of KBJ's Welsh work and maybe see if there are any pottery classes starting in January... 

     

     

    Love, The Gallery.

    A Poem For The Gallery

    As some of you may already know, two of our long-term staff are having babies in the next two months! It's a very exciting and joyful time as our Golden Sheaf family swells, but tinged with a little sadness because we'll miss them so much whilst they're away on maternity.

    Our local author, Cliff Blundell (you can read about his book here), decided to pen this little poem about the Gallery and it's girls:

     

    This is the very best kind of shop,

    for items of taste, it sits at the top.

    If you choose golden Sheaf your judgement is sound,

    It simply outdoes all other around.

    With a staff so productive, everyone wins,

    though some have just one child, they often have twins!

     

    Is it the shop? or something profound?

    All this fertility, swirling around.

    Perhaps, on the door, there should be a sign,

    'If you don't want to be pregnant, don't cross this line!'

    If you've come for a gift, just by crossing the floor,

    You may be surprised that you leave with much more.

     

    P.S. As i understand it

    If you shop there online,

    There's no evidence of babies,

    So you should be just fine!

     

    Thanks Cliff for his lovely words, and huge congratulations to Nerys & Andrew and Carly & Gary on becoming new parents- we can't wait for newborn cuddles!


    About Narberth - Love Your Local Highstreet

    We've been nestled on Narberth High Street for over 25 years, well over 100 if you want to know the full story, so we know all of its comings and goings, quirks and idiosyncrasies.

     Narberth used to be the capital of Pembrokeshire, and is 20 minutes from the sea and the mountains, which makes it a perfect place to visit for the day, wherever you're based.


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