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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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Deep Listening

One of the many things I adore about Tanglefrost is listening carefully to the wonderful creative ideas of my clients. The process of working through commissions is always exciting. This is when a client asks me to support them in designing a unique piece for a gift or special event. Rather than taking the lead and presenting my own proposals, I regard this as a partnership; so together, we plan and refine ideas, exchanging sketches and photographs, sometimes even poetry or a painting. Such mutual cooperation provides a fantastic opportunity to explore a much wider range of possibilities than we would ever have discovered on our own. Sometimes clients combine elements from contrasting Tanglefrost designs or simply request that an...

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Gifts for the teacher

The end of the academic year was always a roller-coaster of emotions when I was teaching.  It was a time for reflection, celebration and thanksgiving, of hope and joys for the future.   There was the frantic busyness of sorting and clearing the classroom, giving out artwork and used exercise books.  A wealth of items and photographs, generously donated for displays and sharing times, were gratefully returned to their owners.  So much laughter-filled reminiscing as we recounted all our adventures together. There were the final plays and concerts, sports days and end of year reports, preparations for moving up year groups, classroom or progressing onto the next school.  All shared with tender smiles, familiarity and the rich beauty of reciprocal remembering....

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Sparkling Greetings!

Peeping through the trees, I welcome you most warmly to the magical world of Tanglefrost: a world of joy, beauty and hope... but especially the bliss-full freedom of dancing with flowers in our hair! I am very much looking forward to sharing my sculpted leather creations and all that inspires them. Together we will explore the ancient wooded river valleys and wild moorland of the Peak District where I live: feeling the warmth of the sun on our faces, the tingle of rain on our skin, and to gasp with breathless wonderment at the fragile intricacy of leaf and flower!  I hope that you too will fling your arms wide and be enraptured by the incredibleness of each shimmering moment: a...

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