Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens!

'The Tall Book of Christmas' book cover illustrated by Gertrude E. Espenscheid

We hope everyone out there had a lovely Christmas.

Now that the festivities are over, we can concentrate on the website launch.

We’ve spent the last few weeks tying up loose ends – we’re very happy with the site design and the database bit functions so smoothly even Justin can operate it! Thanks again to our web builder Mike and design company Sputnik.

The short delay in launching has given our army of knitters (all one of her!) some extra time to produce some great stuff for the shop.

We’re always very excited on our frequent trips to see Shirley, our amazing craft knitter and very own Granny Glittens. We share tea, home-made cakes and a natter. Anyone who’s not familiar with Granny Glittens, she’s to be found in The Tall Book of Christmas available at Amazon, a charming 1950s collection of children’s stories, one of which is entitled Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens.

The Tall Book of Christmas Granny Glittens

Shirley’s always got a box of treats waiting for us to collect. We supply the wool, old buttons & vintage fabric sourced from charity shops, markets etc; she supplies the skill, time & love that go into making these wonderful goodies.

She hand knits, crochets & sews all kinds of things – from pan grabs to cushions – they combine beauty with functionality. Below we’ve got a sneak preview of some of the most recent things Granny Glittens has conjured up!

The website’s coming soon (promise!!)
Adelle & Justin

knitted collage
this week’s haul!

pan grabs
pan grabs- no more burnt fingers!

hot water bottles
hot water bottle covers

teapots galore!
collective noun for teapots?

Countdown to going live!

It’s been our long-held dream to have our own shop selling the kind of stuff we love. We’re both really into interior design and decoration- especially things that are vintage, quirky, unusual, handmade, one off…

We finally got round to doing something about it and it’s called H is for Home.

The last 12 months have been a combination of excitement and sheer hard work.

Nearly a decade of collecting meant there was the job of photographing and cataloguing of over a thousand items of stock, their safe storage and the movement of packed crates to all corners of our house. Tasks not made any easier with a large (and very nosy) Weimaraner under our feet.

We used to have 4 bedrooms, now we’re down to one. Any overnight guest now has to jostle for space with the boxes, brown paper & bubble wrap.

Finally there was the small matter of building a website. Thanks to Mike for his patience…we’re nearly there now… just a few more tweaks.

Our aim was to be ready sometime before Christmas – so we’d better get a move on!

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Here’s a taste of things to come!

tea and biscuit with book

antique spindle back chair and vintage West German vases

vintage salad bowl with servers

vintage German coffee set

vintage thermos flask

vintage 1950s apron