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A Handmade Christmas with our Guest Pinner Emily Quinton

by Lou Archell

Over the next few weeks our Pinterest feed will be taken over by some of our favourite bloggers. Starting us off was the fabulous Emily Quinton. Emily is an author, photographer, blogger, maker and editor of the brilliant blog, Makelight. That’s not all… Emily has just finished writing a book called Makers Spaces (which is out in April 2015). We just knew Emily was the perfect person to compile a festive wishlist of Folksy finds and sprinkle it with some festive makes. We caught up with Emily to find out more about her pins and her exciting new book…

Can you talk us through your top 5 picks from Folksy. What do you love about them and why, and who would you buy these for?

1.  Mini Tipi by Boobearbean – I would buy this for my children. It’s perfect for adding to their mini people land and adventures!
2.  Pouring Bowl by Jude Allman –  I would buy one of these beautiful pouring bowls for my mum for her French kitchen. She loves to cook.
3.  Cow parsley enamelled necklace by Maggie Jones Enamels – I would buy this for my sister. It reminds me of the calm of the countryside, which I know she appreciates.
4.  Gold makers necklace by Max’s World – I would buy this for all the makers in my book!
5.  Statement lampshade by Lampara –  I would buy this as a family present for our home.

You’ve recently written a book about Makers, can you tell us about that?
My book is called Maker Spaces and will be published by Ryland Peters and Small in April 2015. It’s a celebration of the Maker Movement and features the homes and workspaces of 12 makers (plus my family!) from the UK, the USA and the Netherlands. It’s packed with gorgeous interior shots as well as details of the beautiful products the markers create.

What’s your favourite family Christmas tradition?
I think my favourite family tradition is ice-skating at Somerset House on the first Sunday of Advent. It really kick starts the festive season for us all and gets me so excited for the month ahead. After we’ve done that I feel that I can really get stuck in to Christmas crafting, decorating cooking and present wrapping!

What do you love to make at Christmas? 
I love to make as much as I possibly can at Christmas and always have far more ideas than time. I love making cards, decorations and gifts on my own in the evenings as well as during the day with my children. I spend the whole month of December covered in glitter! I always start things off by making an advent calendar for my children and one to pop in the post for my dear Great Aunt who lives on her own.

Thank you Emily!  We have totally fallen in love with your board, such a fantastic collection of makes and great Folksy inspiration for a Handmade Christmas!


Take a look at Emily’s board over here >>


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Our next fabulous blogger is the wonderful Jeska Hearne of Lobster and Swan. We can’t wait to see what she discovers from the pages of Folksy! You can keep up with all Jeska’s festive pins and makes here >>

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