Considering how regularly I find myself traipsing through Cheltenham I’ve left it far too long to visit one of it’s newest additions, the gorgeous little boutique craft shop that is The Willow Tree. In the Brewery end of town and almost opposite one of my favourite restaurants, Bar and Wok, it’s a real hidden gem that everyone needs to know about.
I popped in and had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Amber on a mission to take a look at the venue as an option for some of my workshops. Well it’s perfectly suited to some of my workshops and I’m pleased to report I’ll be using it in September but whilst I was there I couldn’t resist checking out some of the amazing items for sale in the shop and of course I ended up taking some home with me.
There is a whole section for kids and I picked out a couple of these super cute dinnerware sets for the Bébé as a little gift to celebrate the fact that (for now at least) she has stopped finding it hilarious to pick up whatever receptacle her meal is in and hurl it across the kitchen. (Oh the japes of motherhood eh?)
I couldn’t decide between the woodland creatures set and the min veg but at £12 I opted for both – after all they will get a lot of use and now she can a pal over for tea and everything will match (important!) BPA free (this matters to me…. do you understand what it means? if not look here!) and dishwasher friendlyThe sets are manufactured by Sass and Belle, one of many quirky British brands stocked in the shop and online (take a look at their website here) a lot of whom are local. The Willow Tree also regularly supports our really local makers (some of whom are part of the MumBoss club) with regular pop ups for crafters in store.
They also have a fantastic offering of unusual greetings cards – with a flurry of birthdays ahead and a friend having just had a new baby I had plenty of occasions to buy for …. I love card shopping, could spend hours browsing the offerings (obviously only if the small person is enjoying some quality time with her father.)
Whilst chatting to Amber I also picked up a flyer for handmade craft and vintage fair which The Willow Tree are hosting at Pittville Pump Rooms on the 23rd July, 11am – 4pm so put that in your diary as a must visit to support our local makers!
I’m also really pleased that The Willow Tree will have a retail stand at the next Maman Goes Pop! which will be taking place again on the Mezzanine level at The Wilson Cafe for the week commencing the 30th October.
Word of warning…. even such beautiful tableware doesn’t seem to be the answer to table manners…. or a lack of. Oh… Bébé – what will I do with you?
Happy Shopping Mamans!
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