It seems incredible but it is only just over three weeks until Christmas. I am usually very organised with gifts, but this year I have been so busy that I am only just getting around to it now. We have a lot coming up in December and the single most important event is that my daughter is turning into a teenager – although arguably I think she has been one for the past few years. We are looking forward to this month when we shall be going out a great deal to a variety of events, along with spending time with family and friends. Oh, and not forgetting of course, the unadulterated joy of a teenage girls’ sleepover – yes, I must be mad!
As I have not had much time to devote to my blog in the past couple of months, I have decided to do Blogmas to compensate. I have some really great blog posts coming up including; an interview with one of my writing heroes – if you love Royal History and / or The Crown, then you will not want to miss this, – many gift ideas, reviews, a look at literature, some music and a special experiment in an alternate menopause. I’m really enjoying returning to my blog. Blogmas is so beneficial for writers, as it ensures a daily discipline.
#HonestReview The Crow Emporium
Today’s feature is on a small business which sells wonderful gift ideas for literary lovers: The Crow Emporium. I have featured them before on the blog regarding gifts for Bronte lovers. However, they have a much wider collection than Bronte items. The Crow Emporium is a small business and at Christmas time, I always like to support such businesses, particularly those that work harder by coming up with unique gift ideas. This is an #Honestreview. I do not receive any money or gifted items from this post and so you can be certain of an #Honestreview. The Crow Emporium sell a wide range of gift ideas from literary jewellery, prints, posters, literary pins, books, stationery, cross-stich and diamond painting, homewares and ornaments, and what is undoubtedly their finest selling point – literary figures exclusive to the The Crow Emporium
The Crow Emporium Literary Figurines are handmade in Yorkshire. Inspired by the great authors, characters and landmarks of classic literature, each one is a limited edition piece, individually handmade, and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. This figurine is of Emily Brontë’s character, Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights. Wind swept from standing on the Moors, Cathy is waiting for Heathcliff to come home. There is a limited Edition of 250 figurines. There are also figurines of the Brontë sisters and this rather charming Alice in Wonderland. The figurines retail from £55. They are expensive, but I possess one and the workmanship is exceptional. A real one of a kind gift.
The Crow Emporium sell a wide range of classic novels in sumptuous new editions. A new film of Little Women is about to be released and this beautiful illustrated edition presents three novels from Louisa May Alcott including Little Women as well as its sequels, Little Men and Jo’s Boys. It is priced at £30 and will last a lifetime. You can also purchase such classics as The Jungle Book, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and classic tales from Edgar Allan Poe. Perfect family storytelling material for dark, cosy nights around the fire.
The Crow Emporium have a beautiful craft idea for book lovers; something called Diamond Painting. Based on the same concept as cross stitching, but using tiny diamond-like facets to create colourful designs and patterns that sparkle. No sewing is required. The diamonds are placed on the special canvas to make the picture come to life. These Diamond Painting kits capture wonderful literary moments straight from the pages of your favourite books! The Kits come with everything you need, Diamonds, tools and the canvas. This Hogwarts kit , illustrated below, is priced at a very reasonable £12.
Yet, who doesn’t love a really beautiful notebook at Christmas to write down lists, shopping, planning or just like me, to record your blog ideas? The Crow Emporium have many for you to choose from. I really love this hardback journal notebook designed by Kirsty Maclennan. It has ninety-six pages and is finished with square corners, suffragette purple backing and purple ribbon marker. In an exclusive Women in Literature series, artist Kirsty Maclennan was commissioned by the Crow Emporium to capture the great literary heroines of our time. In addition they sell a notebook of Women Who Rule the World . This is equally inspiring and a perfect stocking filler at £8.
If you are searching for gift ideas for someone who loves jewellery and literature then there are a range of gifts to suit all budgets. These beautiful ruby slippers on a 20 cm link chain necklace are £10.50. Other jewellery items include charm bracelets based on a literary theme, miniature books and quotation pendants.
Undoubtedly my favourite item is this beautiful Jane Eyre Christmas bauble. Each glass bauble contains sprigs of heather from the Haworth moors and dried flowers of daisy, pansy, cornflower, heather and white roses. Currently selling at £14 but I am sure they will soon sell-out.
I also love this Charlotte Brontë Writer’s Block at £12.50. Each 2″ x 2″ x 2″ solid wood block features the portrait, signature, and famous works of a particular author. They make perfect decorations for any literary bookshelf, desk, dresser, or table.
You can follow The Crow Emporium on Facebook and Instagram.
Last Guaranteed Delivery Dates for Christmas:
UK – 18th December
Western Europe: 14th December
Other International: 9th December
See you tomorrow for more Blogmas!
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