The House Beneath the Cliffs

My genius friend Sharon has written a new novel set on our beautiful North East coastline.
In the run up to the book’s release on 19th August she is publishing on her blog every day. Today’s blog is an excerpt from the book, and tomorrow’s is a giveaway!!!
If you follow the blog, she’ll be sharing all kinds of things including recipes, and you might spot a guest appearance from someone you know, ahem…

Now Featuring – Pretty Whyte Things

We are delighted to announce a new shop collaboration with the very talented Frances of Pretty Whyte Things.

Frances makes amazing handbags and other goodies from gorgeous fabrics such as tweed, as well as sumptuous knits. I’m wearing one of her lush snuggly shawls as I write this!


Local Shop for Local People

From today until midnight on the 20th December I’m offering 10% off all products in the shop if you collect from the studio in Hopeman.

Use code ‘Houpmin10’ at checkout and select ‘Local Pickup’ as your shipping offer and the discount will be applied automatically.

No minimum spend required!

New Facebook Shop

After a bit of time in Facebook jail (!) the new G H Arts & Crafts shop is open, and currently has Christmas products.

You are brought back to the website to purchase as usual, but I’m hoping you’ll all feel inclined to share the shop with your friends.

And the stockings are nearly ready I promise!!!


Christmas Shop is Now Open

Despite Facebook’s best efforts to shut me down, the Christmas Shop is now open! Woohoo

We have hand-finished cards…


…and painted wooden decorations.

…and cards with hand-painted wooden decorations, light enough for a first-class stamp!

New items will be added daily so keep checking in.

Tomorrow’s item will be these cute hand-painted stockings with tartan decoupage ‘cuff’…

Here they are being modelled by Stuart the stag. Well done Stuart, you are doing a great job!

Feeling Festive

Look who has come to visit!

And check out the lovely presents they brought!

Keep an eye on the page to see what happens next for the gnomes and their treasure…


Working in such pretty colours today…Culture Hustle Pinkest Pink, soft blue, and a pretty vintage-style decoupage paper…for a commission.

Did you know that if you don’t see what you’d like in the shop you can contact me for a commission piece.

In this case I was asked for a heart in this colour palette, so I’ve made 3 quite different ones to let the customer choose her favourite.

Might have to keep the other 2 for myself!!!

Double-sided wooden hearts and stars…and a fish!

The stars are for a bunting set for a wee boy, of which more later!

Father’s Day Gifts and more…

I must admit I kinda lose track of when Father’s Day is since I lost my Dad quite a lot of years ago, so it being this Sunday rather slapped me in the face.

I’ve made some wee gifts, now available in the shop, but I have to say plant tags are not something my Dad would have thanked me for!

He was not a gardener, although my Mum chased him out there every Saturday. He didn’t mind so much in football season as he could be listening to the match on his radio and not be nagged!!!

What my Dad did enjoy was a good book and a wee dram, and in his latter years I sent him a bottle of single malt (in the day when you could post that kind of thing) cushioned by a Booker Prize-winning novel and a couple of bags of mini Mars Bars. The staff in his nursing home were amazed the whisky arrived intact, and he got to treat everyone to a wee dram on Father’s Day!