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Just Makers made my day

September 15, 2016

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A little bird, aka artist Ailsa Read, told me about a little shop that she was sure I would love.

I filed it away in my overcrowded brain and forgot about it until I made a pitstop to buy a sandwich at the village shop in Ripley.  The cheese must’ve done the trick because I recalled the name “Just Makers” and the directions.

It’s past the church and on the right in the Ripley Castle courtyard and lucky for me it was open. More of a gallery/shop packed to the rafters with treasures made by artists and makers, it is my idea of retail heaven. It’s also very warm and friendly thanks to the owner and staff who are understandly enthusiastic about what they sell – well, who wouldn’t be?

I bought couple of these cards as gifts. They cost £9.50 each and are by Life and Soul Designs

I bought a couple of these cards as gifts. They cost £9.50 each and are by Life and Soul Designs

A quick chat revealed that Just Makers also has an outlet at Harlow Carr Gardens and they like to stock items made in Yorkshire, which, as we know, is brimful of artistic and design talent. It was a working day so it was a whistlestop visit, though I did have time to buy a couple of presents for my Christmas drawer and to snap a few of my favourite things with my phone.

Hand knitted bobble hats - perfect for the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Hand-knitted bobble hats – perfect for the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

These handmade mugs by Wold Pottery look and feel fantastic and they are a bargain at £10 each

These handmade mugs by Wold Pottery look and feel fantastic and they are a bargain at £10 each

Decorative ceramics by Penny Cooper...on my wish list

Decorative ceramics by Penny Cooper…on my wish list

This chair is a work of art and is made by a textile artist. She doesn't do many of them so it is also a rarity. It costs £375 - just think of all the work that went into this.

This chair is a work of art and is made by a textile artist. She doesn’t do many of them so it is also a rarity. It costs £375 – just think of all the work that went into this.

I love hares so this range by Marmalade Rose appealed. Cushions are £55

I love hares so this range by Marmalade Rose appealed. Cushions are £55

A truly beautiful seascape by Yorkshire artist Ailsa Read, who tipped me off about this brilliant little shop

A truly beautiful seascape by Yorkshire artist Ailsa Read, who tipped me off about this brilliant little shop

 

 

 

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