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New Shop!

 On Friday 11 November 2016,  Tanglefrost celebrated the opening of our gorgeous NEW shop in the wondrously atmospheric Getliffe's Yard in Leek.   The simple, elegance of the styling perfectly compliments the countryside charm of our vintage-inspired floral adornments. Our palette will gently evolve through the seasons: soft spring-like hues, bright summery shades, burnished autumn richness, and frosty winter sparkle.  We will also be extending our ranges to include fascinators, hats and jewellery, embracing a range of millinery and embroidery skills and also natural fabrics: leather, silk and linen. We have felt so warmly welcomed by the Leek community and it feels such a privilege to be part of such a creative and thriving hub of small businesses too.  ...

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Tangles of Ivy

Currently displayed in the window of my new gallery/shop is 'A Tangle of Ivy'.   I painted it several years ago when the first fragile shoots of Tanglefrost were beginning to push through the fertile soil of my mind.  So, as I make the final preparations for the shop opening and begin the next 'chapter' of my journey, it seems highly appropriate to be hanging there. "What is behind the tangle?" the painting seems to whisper. "What mysteries will be revealed?"   It feels like fresh nutritious sap is coursing through my veins right now: bountiful possibility and opportunity, nourishing and invigorating. New stems coil and stretch towards the light, wild and free, buds swell, bursting with unfurling leaves and...

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Dreams into Reality

How exciting it is preparing for the opening of my 'bricks and mortar' Tanglefrost gallery and shop: the colours and styling, signage and packaging, fixtures and fittings. To a certain extent colours and styling were decided ages ago, when my website was redesigned.  Yet actually physically recreating the 'look', in a real-life setting, feels especially magical.  For the very first time I am beginning to see the cohesiveness of my designs and the opportunity to really establish the Tanglefrost brand. My remit has always been: pure, simple and elegant.  Slowly I am beginning to see this emerging.   The official opening has now been set:  Saturday 12 November 2016.  A week later, we have the Christmas Lights switch-on in Leek......

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Coming soon!

We can all dream.  But often we never even imagine that those dreams will actually become a reality.   At the beginning of every year, as I review my biz plan and begin scheduling targets for the months ahead, I always take time to ponder my hopes and dreams for Tanglefrost.  This time last year I was keen to establish a new website that would enable customers to purchase items direct from me, rather than through an external provider.  I also wanted to explore the possibility of moving my studio out of my home and into alternative premises; I felt this would give me a healthier work/life balance and make it easier for clients to visit me too.   I...

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Floral Adornments

" No sorrow on your drooping leaves be seen; Let all be proud of such a queen, So fit the floral crown to wear, To glorify the day, and grace the youthful year."     ~ John Hughes It is with much joy that we welcome the return of our enchanting blossom wreaths for sale.   Although these have, in recent years, only been offered on a commission basis, our floral crowns have always been popular.  They can be created in a variety of sizes, colours, density and leaf/flower combinations giving immense flexibility. The blooms look delicate, but they are in fact incredibly durable, able to withstand the challenges of our British weather (!) and retaining that freshly-picked vibrancy that...

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