Close to My Heart

It’s been a while, but what better way to come back from a few months off-line than to share something very close to my heart…

As a vegan family we are passionate about spreading the message of kindness to all animals but sometimes it’s hard to know how best to do this. After some thought I realised that my voice is through my writing and so, I decided to write a short collection of poems that reflect my own journey from meat eater, to vegetarian, to vegan.

Each of the five poems reflect the questions I have pondered myself on my own journey and I hope they will resonate with anyone pondering their own eating habits with regards to animals. With a cover illustration by my daughter, you can download the collection right here for just £1.00, with all proceeds currently going to the wonderful Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk. I can also send out an audio recording of me reading the poems for free/sharing, just email me!

You can listen to me reading one of my poems ‘It Started with an Ant’ on the VIVA! August 2017 podcast right here. I was thrilled to be featured and you will hear me 16 minutes in, but of course I’d rather you listen to the whole show 😉

VIVA! or Vegetarians’ International Voice for Animals, is a British animal rights group, which focuses on promoting veganism. They do amazing and very important work that highlights the truth behind what really goes on in the animal farming industry.

“The most powerful action you can take to end animal suffering, protect the environment and improve your health is to go vegan. Support us and help Viva! campaign for a better world.”  ~ Juliet Gellatley, VIVA! Founder.

Thank you, Spring!

Spring has finally arrived in England and my oh my, it is GLORIOUS! We’ve been criss-crossing the country in our campervan, Olive; from Norfolk to Shropshire and next week, North Yorkshire, making and photographing as we go.

We’ve been busy working on a few custom orders, which is always special, and you can expect lots more painted plant/herb/flower pendants in the shop soon, but for now… there are a few new bits appearing here and there with gloriously springy backdrops 🙂

Visit us online:

Little Loquat Shop

And you can still catch us in person at Forest & Folk in Milton Keynes on a Thursday and Saturday until the middle of May so do drop in and see what we’re up to – we’re always happy to take custom orders and create something special for you!

Plants are Magic!

Little Loquat HQ are thrilled to see one of our hand-carved wooden spoons appear on the front of new magazine, Plants are Magic.

This spoon was hand-carved with love from a piece of driftwood found in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It’s so nice to find people who equally appreciate the beauty of items with a magical story 🙂

Find out more about the wonderful work of Rebecca Desnos; botanical dyer, designer, maker, writer and publisher, right here:

www.rebeccadesnos.com

 

 

 

Come Visit us in Person!

I’m excited to announce that Little Loquat will be sharing studio/shop space with the lovely Alissa of Forest & Folk Botanicals for the next couple of months at the beautiful and inspirational Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Parklands, Milton Keynes.

If you are local we invite you to stop by on Thursdays/Saturdays to see what we’re making as well as pick up all things plant-based from Alissa, including all your shampoo, conditioner, washing-up and washing liquid eco refills in support of Zero Waste.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! Here’s hoping it brings lovely things, and for anything that isn’t lovely, that we have the strength to deal with those things positively 🙂

It’s been a crazy couple of months for us… we felt unbelievably blessed to receive some great orders for our natural wooden jewellery and we sent pieces all over the world, which felt pretty special. We also handcrafted quite a few Miniature Tipi Play sets that we now make by custom order only, and wrapped them up with love for nature’s boys and girls. It felt good! particularly the toy-making as we are so passionate about children being encouraged to spend time in nature and nurture their imagination so the fact that other people are drawn to these little wooden gnome sets really makes us happy. Our own daughter received a set herself for Christmas… she had been complaining about the fact that ever since we made her prototype back early last year, they had improved somewhat and that therefore, an upgrade was necessary 😉

Making our daughter’s set gave us an opportunity to trial a few new items and I’m excited to say that this year Little Loquat will be creating a ‘Wedding Gnome Party Play Set’ (purely for prettiness!) and also an ‘Off-grid in the Forest’ set, which we hope will encourage children to consider water and electricity usage and how we can learn to live a little more lightly on this earth. We also have some beautiful fabrics found in remnant boxes ready to be made into sets so if, for instance, anyone would like a wild pony tipi set, just let us know!

There are also plans for new jewellery items, particularly painted pendants and earrings, with a focus on flower and plants as the inspiration and as, after eight years of being a vegetarian family, last year we made the decision to become 100% vegan we will be slowly moving over to ensuring that all of our creations are vegan-friendly in 2017 (vegan glue, no wool, no beeswax finishes and so on).

Being busy creating in the run up to Christmas really did feel magical, particularly as we were making toys by candlelight and head-torch in our simple off-grid home in Portugal… we felt like little elves! Right now we’re back in the UK for a short while and preparing to share a little piece of land with some alpacas and ponies – we always manage to find a corner of peace amidst the madness and once we’re settled we’ll be able to share more about our new bits and pieces.

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