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I am very difficult to buy for. I will admit it. Like many of you, I suspect, I am quite particular when it comes to presents. I know what I like and I know what I don’t and sometimes its very hard to pin down exactly what the difference is between the two. Coming up to my 7th Christmas selling season I am finally putting into action an idea I had about 5 years ago.

This year, for the very first time, you will be able to make use of my bespoke Christmas wishlist. And it works like this. When you see me at a craft fair and spot a little something that takes your fancy you can take a complementary ‘suggestion card’. On it you note down which particular piece has caught your eye and you also leave a note with me with any other details on – size, colour, text etc. You then slip the note card into your gift givers pocket, wallet, breakfast cereal or just hand it straight over, hopefully ensuring you get what you really want for Christmas and not the afore mentioned well meaning but misjudged set of kitchen spoons (and an uncomfortable silence around the birthday breakfast table). If you are browsing online there is a wishlist contact page here which works in a similar way.

On a more serious note – every Christmas I am bowled over by the focus given to giving and it really is so heart warming. Most of the ladies I speak to – and yes, it is usually ladies who do most of the Christmas present shopping –  are so focussed on the task at hand that even when they see something they adore they put it back with a sigh and return to the present list. So I am hoping this is a way for them to ensure that their generosity is rewarded and to remove the anxiety of gift buying from their significant others  – partners, parents, sibling, children… and I know that here,  at Power Towers, a well placed December email with links to relevant online gifts, annotated with size and colour preferences always makes the pre-Christmas mania just that little bit less fraught and results in smiles all round on Christmas morning.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Christmas starts very early when you make gifts and jewellery does always make a lovely gift. So I have spent my weekend preparing work  for the six Christmas exhibitions I will be taking part in this year.

The parcels are now ready to fly off to Devon, Dorset, Carmarthenshire, Derbyshire, Aberdeenshire and Shetland over the next couple of weeks.  And my work will still be available in all my year round stockists too.

Christmas Exhibitions 2012:

1st November – 31st January:  Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

3rd November – 31st December: Inspire, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimbourne, Dorset

10th November – 24th December: I Give You This… Brewhouse Art Centre, Burton-On-Trent, Derbyshire

9th November 2012- 1st March 2013: Winter Exhibition, Touched By Scotland, Ryehill, Aberdeenshire

16th November – 23rd December:  Christmas Exhibition, Bonhoga Gallery,Weisland, Shetland

17th November – 31st December: Make – Contemparary Crafts For Christmas, Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey

All these exhibitions are group shows so if one is close to you do go along and support all the makers taking part and the galleries that look after them – you never know, you might find something to add to your own Christmas list.

With only one fair left to go and a few orders left to finish I am starting my wind down for Christmas. It has been a fantastic autumn/winter and so I will say a big big thank you to all the wonderful people who put on events, exhibitions and of course to all my lovely customers who make this such a fantastic and fun job.

It’s such a pleasure and a privilege to help people find the perfect presents for the people they love and as I sit in the studio working my thoughts often turn to all the people who will be opening their little packets of jewellery on Christmas morning.

I will be taking commissions right up until Christmas and my next tasks are to get some more things onto the online shop (it is looking a little bit sparse at the minute) and then start preparing for some the exciting things that are happening next year – starting with a New Year showcase at Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton followed by exhibitions at The Harley Gallery, The Beetroot Tree and Unit Twelve. And today I have been accepted into my very first event of 2012 – the brilliant SOCK craft market in Loughborough in March.

Thank you for being part of a fantastic 2011 and here’s to 2012 being even better. Merry Christmas. xx

Hello and welcome to the design blog for Alys Power Design. I am a jewellery designer/maker specialising in original and unique pieces hand crafted from vintage and precious materials. My work explores the challenges of forgotten and discarded articles into objects of beauty and value. I work from my home studio in Nottingham, England and sell work through local and national shops and galleries and at regional craft fairs and arts market. More info and online shop can be found on my website www.alyspower.co.uk. xx

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