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60 Minute Makeover lighting feature Posted on 15 Jul 16:43

We were very pleased when interior designer Leah Hughes asked if we would like to showcase our Made in Uk lighting on ITV 60 Minute Makeover - and of course we jumped at the chance!


Leah was born and brought up in Wales, so she was especially keen to promote a range of products which are handmade right here on the Isle of Anglesey.

The episode in which we feature was first shown late last year and was repeated this week - and it is such a lovely family which has their makeover that we are really pleased that they will have our lighting to keep in three rooms in their home. 


Wooden Books - how they're made Posted on 03 Jun 12:29

We make our wooden books at our premises here on the Isle of Anglesey, and there are several processes to go through until the finished product is ready for despatch. 

We start by selecting high quality wood, either Sepele (a type of mahogany) or European Oak from which to make the front and back covers and the hinges.

The book  covers are first cut out with a circular saw and then hand finished using a belt Linisher, and finally hand finished to obtain a smooth surface. The wood is then treated with Danish Oil and Beeswax. 

The wooden hinge plates are then hand cut, drilled and finished in matching wood - then the brass hinge pins are turned on our lathe and assembled. 

The end bindings are created by plaiting three shades of lokta twine together which are then threaded through pre drilled holes - thus ensuring the book will open flat, and is totally secure.

The 96 page lokta block is inserted into black lokta holding pouches - meaning the journal is refillable. 

Finally, this unique journal is placed into a handmade lidded lokta presentation box. 

We are able to personalise your wooden book too, whether it's for a Wedding Guest Book, or Hotel/Guest House visitor book, or perhaps a special memory journal - they are completely versatile ~ please contact us for a quotation


New paper colour launch for our lighting range Posted on 19 May 15:49

One of our most popular light shade papers is our Batik Tread plate pattern, which we supply in several colours. As a result of many customer requests we are pleased to launch this particular design in Jet Black - so stunning!

The paper is created by applying wax to the natural lokta paper and then its dried in the shade. Once its dry it is then dyed black (without any chemicals being used) and then dried in the shade once again.

Its a lengthy process - but so worth it - especially once made into one of our light shades. The light shines through the wax patterns when lit, and is also an attractive feature in any room when unlit.

We have an oval shade (30 cm wide x 20cm tall) and a tall cylindrical (15cm diameter x 30cm tall) are stock items - but please give us a call if you would like our new Black Tread plate paper making into a different shade shape or size. 

We show images of the shade unlit and lit, and we would love to hear your comments below on how they looks!


IDEAL HOME SHOW - Manchester Stand S616 Posted on 19 May 15:39


Come along and see us on Stand: S616

We were really pleased when we heared that the Ideal Home show was coming north to Manchester. It has been a successful show for many years in London, and when it was confirmed that a three day show was to be held in the Event City Arena (adjacent to the Trafford Centre) we knew we wanted to be involved!

Our stand is S616 in the Shopping area. 

We will have a good quantity of our Made in UK table lamps and light shades on display which you can buy on the day or place an order for delivery after the show.  We can also take your orders for bespoke lighting requirements - we will have our swatch books with us so that you can get creative!

In addition to our lighting, we will of course have a healthy selection of our gift stationery ranges on offer including our notelets, gift wrap packs, journals, and a comprehensive choice of photo albums and much more. 

We hope to meet you on our stand on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th June, or Sunday 8th June and if there is anything specific you have seen on our website that you would like to see in person in Manchester - then please contact us beforehand and we will try our best for you. 


Buffalo leather - how it's made Posted on 15 May 21:03

Ever wondered how the buffalo leather hides are processed ready for covering our buffalo leather journals? - then here goes!

All of the leather used in our journals is a By-Product. i.e. the animal has been primarily used for food production. Modern tanning processes of mass produced leather is not ideal, however our buffalo leather is made by rural villagers in Nepal, where traditional tanning methods are still used. 

The skins are soaked for 2 - 3 days and then given an initial cleaning. Then it is soaked for a further 20 days in salted water until totally clean. 

Dhairo plants are then added to further soaking solution for up to one month - as this is a natural tanning component. 

After this lengthy process, the leather is left in the sun to dry, where it is kneaded and stretched regularly. 

Finally, natural oils are rubbed into the hide to soften and preserve it - then it's ready to be made into our stunning leather notebooks and journals!

 

 


Origami packs in new sizes Posted on 13 May 15:23

After positive feedback from happyfolding.com we have extended our range of origami paper pack in lokta to four offers.

Two of the packs are 20cm x 20cm and the other two are 30cm x 30cm - both in a choice of Bold or Pastel colours.

This allows you the flexibility to tailor which pack you choose dependent on your forthcoming projects - or perhaps our paper colours will actually inspire your next origami creation!