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Music Festival Survival Guide

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Summer is here, which means that once again it’s time for crowds of people to gather in fields for a weekend of camping and incredible live music.  Festivals can be a great experience and a lot of fun, particularly because they’re the perfect place to experiment with bolder make up and fashion.

Festivals can also have their challenges, however, as accessing washing facilities can be difficult, and it’s not unusual to be feeling less than fresh by day two.  Thankfully Liquorice Tree Gifts are here to help.  We’ve hand picked our list of essential festival products to help you not just survive the weekend, but to have the best time ever!

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Jet, Set, Go: Our Travel Essentials Guide

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Summer is finally here and holidays are just around the corner!  To make sure that everything goes smoothly, it’s best to ensure that you’re totally prepared.  We’ve put together this handy 3 step guide to help you plan for your best holiday ever!  Whether you’re jetting off to a beach resort or heading off for a city break, it’s always best done in style.

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Gift Ideas

Wedding Season Is Here!

While weddings are a time of great excitement, they also take a lot of careful and sometimes stressful planning in order to create the perfect day.  Even for guests, it can take time to choose a new outfit and find the right gift for the happy couple.

Fortunately, we’re here to help!  When it comes to picking out the perfect gift, we believe that finding something truly special doesn’t need to be a headache.  At Liquorice Tree Gifts, we have an extensive range of wedding and engagement gifts on offer, from the traditional to the unique and the minimalist to the quirky.  Whether you’re looking for cards, jewellery or a little good luck charm for the bride, there’s something to suit every couple.

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New In Rose Gold Watches

Yesterday something very exciting happened.

Apple unveiled the new rose gold iPhone at their eagerly anticipated event in San Francisco.

Here in Glasgow we have literally spent every minute since the presentation falling even more in love with what overnight has become this seasons it colour.

Gold and silver jewellery pieces have dominated the catwalks and high street trends for what feels like forever and it’s finally feels like there’s change in the air.

Waiting patiently in the background over the last few seasons it certainly looks like it’s time for rose gold to take centre stage.

A beautiful tone, the rose gold colour adds a stylish edge to the new Autumn/Winter season.

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Elie Beaumont London Rose Gold Ladies Watch £41.99

You might have saw on the Glasgow Liquorice tree Instagram and Facebook this week that a new collection of rose gold watches have arrived at our west end of Glasgow gift shop.

Those who follow their style bloggers and fashion editors will know that rose gold watches are HUGE right now.

Already popular with our Glasgow customers these trendy oversized watches feature beautiful statement dials on classic leather straps.

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Elie Beaumont London Ladies Watch £41.99

Designed by Elie Beaumont London, these leather watches retail between £24.99 and £41.99, leaving plenty of pennies left over to save up for the release of that new super sleek iPhone 6s.

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Audley Rose Gold Watch £24.99

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Rose Gold Leather Ladies Watch £24.99

All watch styles are available in our lovely gift shop on Great Western Road Glasgow or for those who like to do it all online you can shop the Elie Beaumont collection and other new arrivals at www.liquoricetree.com

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Meet the Maker – Rachel West from Beauelle

This week we caught up with the lovely Rachel from the award-winning Beauelle.

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Knitted Clay Powder Blue Pendant

Established in January 2010, Rachel creates wonderful intricate knitted jewellery designs using advanced clay techniques.

An inspiration to aspiring creative entrepreneurs, Rachel’s passion shines through as she takes time out of her busy schedule to tell us about her design process, inspirations and plans for the future.

Where did it all begin for Beauelle?

I started making jewellery as a hobby when I was off work recovering from getting my tonsils removed, still the two best things I’ve ever done, no more tonsillitis and I have a brilliant Jewellery business 6 years later!!

Were you always a creative person?

I have been described as a ‘creative’ person for as long as I can remember.  As a child I loved a ‘craft day’.  Everything from painting, hama beads, making dolls beds, paper mache, sewing…the lot!!  There is no better feeling than someone saying they like your necklace and asking where you bought it, and for you to reply ‘Actually, I made it’

Describe a normal day.

Up very early to lovingly make my other half his lunch and wave him goodbye, then start the day with a coffee and toast with peanut butter of course!  Check emails, and edit yesterday’s TO-DO list.  I am list daft, every day I make a list, I used to make beautiful lists with different coloured pens and little doodles…now they are scribbled on the back of envelopes or scraps of paper, but never the less they are a list and I love the satisfaction of crossing things off.  In a normal day, I make customer orders, pack up trade orders, make new designs, photograph different pieces and get very messy with clay.  I also have to do the not so fun parts of running a business, invoicing, filing, paperwork (yawn) and filling out show forms.

Who or what inspires you?

A block of plain white clay could be described as very uninspiring but I look at it and see a huge amount of different designs, textures, colours and collections.  Over the years I have tried everything from Silver, wire, gemstones, even electroforming.  I have stuck with clay because it’s so versatile and I love that each design starts of the same but can look completely different in the end.

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Knitted Clay Turquoise Pendant

What is your design process?

It took me months to get the colours perfect.  The clay starts off as a white block and I have to add a little colour in at a time before it’s the right shade.  I have 9 colours at the moment, 4 original and 5 pastel.  Our tag line ‘All you knit is love’  Would make you think we knit the clay, but unfortunately I can’t knit with wool let alone with clay.  I hand-roll out every stand and weave them together to get the knitted effect, they are cut and shaped into the gun-metal backings.  They are then baked and glazed twice.  The process is completely handmade and I adore seeing the different steps coming together.

What is your favourite piece from the Knitted Clay collection?

I have a soft spot for the Burgundy colour in the knitted clay, I adore the colour and haven’t found an outfit that doesn’t go with it.

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Burgundy Knitted Earrings

Describe your workspace.

A very organised mess that does my head in!!!  We are buying a house at the end of the year, so in the back of my mind I keep telling myself there is no point in having a clear out yet!!  I know exactly what I would like my office/workshop to look like and I can’t wait to get started on it, it’s going to be so beautiful I won’t want to leave!

If you could give advice to someone who is just starting out what would it be?

Don’t rush the name of your business or your logo.  I described it like ‘naming a child’  It’s so important, and you don’t want to choose a name and build a good following then decide to change it after a few years.  With jewellery making, I started 6 years ago and spent a lot of money on all the fancy tools and equipment, some I do use today but a lot of my tools are household items that cost nothing.

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Lovely Lilac Knitted Earrings

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Lilac Knitted Pendant

What is your favourite and least favourite part about your job?

Favourite – Making jewellery of course and seeing strangers walking down the street with one of my pieces on, it really does makes my day.

Least Favourite – Unpacking the car after a big show…Kris is brilliant at helping even if he puts things back in the wrong place (Don’t tell him I said that!)

And finally

What’s next for Beauelle?

In the last 9 months I have increased my stockists by over 500%, I hope to continue this and stock lots more lovely shops all over the UK, maybe even overseas…..

We have also launched our new Tartan Clay collection which has been very popular, I can’t wait to take this to Trade in September.

Thank you so much to Rachel for taking part in this weeks Meet the Maker feature. We love the passion and creative drive behind the designs and cannot wait to see the new Tartan Clay collection launching this September.

For those who love the Knitted Collection you can shop Beauelle in store at our Glasgow West End store next to Kelvinbridge Subway or Shop online at http://www.liquoricetree.com/?searchStr=knitted

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Harris Tweed

As huge as the pastel trend is this season, sometimes you just have to go back to basics. 

Back to black. 

This week at Liquorice Tree saw the arrival of a new Harris Tweed collection that we just LOVE. 

Made in Scotland, this beautiful range features a trendy Houndstooth tweed used across purses, bags and even wallets for the boys! Handwoven in the Outer Hebrides, every item features the iconic Orb Mark to signify genuine Harris Tweed.

Our top picks from this collection are featured below and are available to buy in store and online! 

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Harris Tweed

The Story of Harris Tweed

Along the rugged north west coast of Scotland, the Outer Hebrides stretch for 130 miles.

‘Nah Eileanan Siar’ in the local Gaelic, these remote islands, now officially called the Western Isles, are home to some 29,000 folk.

The climate can be relentless with wind and rain, chilling you to the bone. Wool is not only warm but because of its lanolin content it’s also waterproof, providing comfort against the elements. In Gaelic, tweed is known as Clò Mór, “the big cloth”, but it is the Isle of Harris for which the worlds’ most famous tweed is named.

The population of Harris is around 2,000, nearly identical with that of the 1750s shortly after The Highland Clearances began. Glaciers left only a thin layer of soil across the Western Isles so even with a sparse population, crofting and tenant farming has always been a test of patience and endurance. As a result, tweed has always played an important economic, cultural as well as a social role for the inhabitants of these islands. From at least the 15th century rents were paid with bales of fabric and groups of women gathered to perform the task of waulking new tweed. Ancient implements for combing wool have been found in early settlements dating date back 2000 years.

There are a vast number of differences separating Harris and the endless variety of tweeds woven throughout Scotland; the subtle colouring is the first. 180 different shade mixtures are used, and there may be as many as ten colours in a single shade, four different colours in the warp and weft and as many as 40 colours might be used in a length The finished fabric nearly vibrates with the intensity of the colours. It is rumoured that the colour was the first thing Lady Dunmore – Catherine Herbert, widow of the then owner of the Isle of Harris the Earl of Dunmore, noticed about the local cloth. Lady Dunmore exploited her society connections in order to promote Harris Tweed for garments for hunting and other outdoor sports given its impervious qualities. As a result, by the end of nineteenth century her efforts had created the largest cottage industry in Great Britain and the Harris Tweed was firmly established as a status symbol.

The familiar Orb and Maltese Cross logo is taken from the Dunmore coat of arms. The Certification Mark, the oldest British trademark still in use, was originally granted in 1909, registered in 1910 and stamping of the rolls of tweed began in 1911.

To sustain the cloth’s authenticity, the Harris Tweed Act (HTA) mandates three points covering production; it must be woven in the Hebrides, (the islands of Lewis, Harris, Uist Barra and their “several purtenances”), in the home of the weaver and without the aid of any power. Additionally, the HTA mandates a maximum of two looms in a shed; three looms and the tweed would no longer be eligible to be called ‘Harris Tweed’.

Finally, the yarns are woven unaltered (left tousled and then given a random twist) to form Harris Tweed’s characteristic quality. Finished rolls of cloth are submitted to an independent examiner, who certifies that the cloth conforms to the legal definitions as established by the HTA. Before the HTA stamps a bolt with the famous Orb, inspectors go over every yard of a length of cloth (usually 65 metres). A swatch of cloth is then registered along with the weaver’s signed declaration:

“I solemnly declare that the Tweed coloured (blank) of which a specimen piece is attached hereto, presented by me to be stamped with the Harris Tweed Trade Mark, is made entirely from PURE VIRGIN WOOL… that the wool was dyed by (blank) and spun by (blank) and that the Tweed has been hand-woven by (blank) at (blank).”

Preserved against all odds, with a unique status in a world of high-tech fabrics, Harris Tweed is virtually the only clothing material in the industrialized world that is still hand woven but dramatic changes threaten the continuation and the very existence of the weavers and their communities. At one time some 5000 homes in the Hebrides had at least one loom, today (2007) less than 100 weavers still weave this astonishing cloth. Just as we choose to eat non-genetically modified food, and Fair Trade coffee, and embrace more environmentally-friendly ways of living, everyday we make choices about the clothing we wear. What our clothes are made of, and where it comes from, has never been more important to ensure this preservation of this uniquely Scottish icon.

“Mayest thou enjoy it. Mayest thou wear it. Mayest thou finish it. Until thou find it, In shreds, In rags, In tatters!”

Old Gaelic song “blessing” of new tweed

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