Surrey dwellers! Have you ever visited Eden Florists in Leatherhead?
Eden Florists opened in 2016 and is run by Joanna and her ‘head of security’ in the form of a West Highland Terrier. (Yes, I do seem to be drawn to places with a dog)
Located in Leatherhead High Street, it stocks a range of gifts and homewares in addition to all your floristry needs.
The shop sells work from local makers including prints, candles, jewellery and greetings cards and Shutter Jewellery joined them earlier this Summer. Naturally my floral range is available here, as well as a selection of butterfly pieces. Prices from £15
Not content with being a florist and gift shop, the first floor has recently opened as a tea room specialising in catering for vegan and coeliac diets, Tea at 43. (Follow them here for info, opening times and mouth watering cake photos)
If the smell of the floral displays and the scented candles doesn’t draw you in as you wander along the high street, then the window displays are sure to catch your eye. When I visited last week, there was a giant skull under construction. Hopefully, for the Halloween display…
Please do visit next time your in Leatherhead and more information on their floristry displays and services can be found at www.edenflorists.net
I’ve been busy organising and delivering work to a flurry of new amazing and quirky shops and galleries recently. One with a very special story is The Craft Gallery in Merton Abbey Mills, SW19, which I visited last week.
Abbey Mills is somewhere that naturally attracts creative types, having formerly been a textile works used by William Morris and Liberty & Co. The gallery itself is situated in the building that was the old Apprentice Shop, used by Liberty to train their apprentices. Each of the buildings in the complex had it’s own job when the mills was making beautiful textiles. While it’s very easy to get distracted by the occupants now (restaurants, shops, galleries, coffee shops, theatre) it’s worth stopping to read what each part was originally used for. Even wandering around completely oblivious to all this, however, the mills is still enjoyable for just being incredibly pretty, right on the river wandle.
The Craft Gallery is home to a diverse selection of locally made items such as cards, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and, of course, textiles plus craft making items, especially ones for those good with a needle and thread. (Sadly, I am not one of them) While I wanted to buy one of everything, as I often do with places like this, I managed to deliver more items than I left with. (Very proud!) I wasn’t, however, able to resist an adorable little pottery dog bowl by Margaret Haslam, handpainted with ‘for a very fine dog’ – a must for Socks!
A selection of Shutter Jewellery is now on show and for sale at The Craft Gallery including sterling silver drop earrings, stud earrings and necklaces as well as a selection of rhodium plated cufflink sets.