Thursday, 12 December 2013

christmas fayre.....

Swing Gate School are holding their annual Christmas fayre with local crafts-people and designer-makers selling their wares....this saturday 14th December 10-1...pop in and say never know, you might just find the perfect christmas present!

I'll be selling knitted childrenswear...ponchos, scarves, wristwarmers...all individually designed and no two the same........
neck-warmer upcycled from a jumper with crochet detail and a vintage button
arm-warmers with crochet edging

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

mulled wine and mince pies......

......on Saturday 14th December @ the Upstairs Gallery
.....gorgeous gifts by local artists and crafters
#snowglobes #snowflakes #christmas #trees #vintage #paper #handmade #handcraft #millsandbloom #upstairsgallery #berkhamsted

Monday, 25 November 2013

Friday, 22 November 2013

christmas wreaths......

#snow #snowflakes #christmas #wreaths #vintage #music #paper and #christmasdecorations #relive #revive #handcraft #handmade #millsandbloom #upstairsgallery #berkhamsted

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

christmas exhibition.....

....starts Thursday 14th November at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted until the gallery closes for Christmas. There will be a coffee and mince pies Open Day on Saturday 23rd November...we hope you can come along and support the local artists and crafty designer-maker!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


Too early for Christmas? Been busy up-cycling glass jars with vintage christmas decorations into snow-globes for the Christmas exhibition 'Reflections' at Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted (14th Nov-24th Dec, above the post office). Lots of local talented artists and designer-makers helping you solve all your christmas present dilemmas!!

Sunday, 3 November 2013


Happy Diwali
fresh flower rangoli in my lovely (but huge) Indian vintage bakers tray with divas made by chicklets every year at school (and religiously collected by their mum!)

Thursday, 24 October 2013

piles of ponchos......

......and other knitted goodies for Ladies and Childrens.

Just a quick reminder about this new fair in Amersham this Saturday and some words from one of the organisers to give you some idea of who will be showing their wonderful stuff.....
I just wanted to let you know about some new designer makers that are taking part in our AMERSHAM ARTISANS event this SATURDAY.

We have Nick Swain, a Blacksmith joining us! Dhrooti Mills is bringing her gorgeous knitwear along, which I understand includes childrens wear. Silke Stahl is a leather artist who produces all sorts of things from bags to cuffs,books to belts!
Not to mention our all ready fabulous line up of Carol Read(Ceramicist),Mark Newson (Furniture), Nadege Honey (Fantastic Polymer Clay jewellery), Liz Waumsley (Painter), Sunnie Kanani (Modern and Encaustic Art), RubySharp (Ceramicist), Laura Gibbs (Oilskin Bags,Bunting,Aprons), Marjorie Waye (Weaving), Carole Mencel (Paintings and Encaustic work), Bob Marshall (Wonderful Photography), Ann Marshall (Exquisite Beaded Jewellery), Suzanne Raffellini (Glass Artist), Marjolein Trewavas (Vintage styled up-cycled products), Juliette Orton (Paper and embroidered wall art), and myself..........Alison Berthelsen (Silver and gold jewellery).
We will also be having Advertising pieces from other different local artists to show you their wares and skills.

The coffee shop will be run by Fiona Taylor(Truly Scrumptious).
'Truly Scrumptious' will be providing Teas,coffees,cakes,and  Fiona's wonderful Jams and Chutneys will be for sale.
Truly scrumptious is positioned inside the church in the Nave, so should the weather prove difficult (!!) there will be somewhere to hide,eat and rest,all while enjoying the delights of local artists in our lovely Church of St Michaels.

Amersham Artisans
St Michael and All Angels Church
Sycamore Road
Amersham on the Hill
10am - 4pm THIS SATURDAY 26 October!!

It should be a lovely high quality community event of which I am already proud.
Best Wishes
Alison Berthelsen”

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

new knitwear

New hand-knitted range of ponchos, scarves, wrist-warmers and customised clothing for ladies and kids, using rescued yarns and vintage buttons going on sale this Saturday 26th October at the Amersham Artisans two the stock....once they're gone, they're gone!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

amersham artisans fair

Get a head start on that Christmas shopping by coming along to this new fair in Amersham-on-the-Hill......some wonderful goodies made by local designers. Hope you can support us and pop in!

Monday, 14 October 2013

bonkers for conkers

youngest chicklet's conker collection - over 120 at last count - absolutely crazy!!

Monday, 7 October 2013


Thankyou to everyone who made it to the MacMillan/Hospice coffee morning @HERE....we raised a brilliant £464 so far. Fabulous cakes, lovely tea and coffee and a healthy dose of gossip! A great way to spend a friday morning with friends!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Fundraiser @HERE

Please pop along to this fundraiser for two very worthwhile causes at HERE in Berkhamsted.....the cakes alone will be worth it!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


once-loved books remade into 'treasure/keepsake' boxes
"spring-blossom" - paper flowers made from pre-loved books
decorative pictures made with cuttings from old books, with embroidery and vintage paper doilies

The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted has a new exhibition called 'Context'......from 7th - 28th March.
I've got some things in there, using old books and re-making them into something else.
Please pop along and take a look at some of the wonderful things made by some very talented local artists. There's a coffee morning on Thursday 14th March to celebrate its launch.

Monday, 11 February 2013

imagine...children's festival....

This brilliant festival has started today at The Southbank Centre....11th - 24th Feb. Lots of stuff for kids of all ages, brilliant authors and poets including David Walliams, Cressida Cowell,Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, and some things are free....go, go, go!!!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

..a little love token....

These are white ceramic hearts with a message of love, hand-stamped onto handmade paper - a little token of love. Only 4 available at Horsfall & Wright....

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Valentine's cards...

Here's some cards I've been working on using old books on love poems and Mills&Boon....(I knew my old collection would come in handy some day!).....each one is different, all are handmade/handstamped and very limited edition...there's more to follow, but in the meantime, this lot is going into Horsfall & Wright, Berkhamsted if you wish to purchase for your loved ones.

Monday, 4 February 2013

last chance....... buy some minimills children's knitwear at this lovely shop in Berkhamsted, Horsfall & Wright..couple of ponchos, baby blankets and scarves are left......once they're gone, they're gone!!

Thursday, 31 January 2013


A big thank you to those came to my Mulled Wine and Mince Pie fundraiser at home before Christmas....we raised a brilliant £121.19 for The Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted.
I hope we can do this again - it was a great way to catch up on a bit of gossip as well as shop, eat and drink!! 
Thank you.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Valentine's sneaky peek....

I've started making things for Valentine's Day (which I'd not done before)....but when I came across some second-hand books on love poems and mills&boon! got me thinking and so I started making these paper gifts....'message in a bottle'...flower hearts...'apple of my eye'...I'll update with more photos as and when!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Sleepover Party

Well it's that time of year again when eldest chick has turned 9 and all she wanted was a sleepover party with pizza and movies, and of course, the obligatory hot chocolate!
We had great fun with this one and really went to town.....
Totally edible (except the candles!) 'hot chocolate' birthday cake complete with 'whipped' cream and marshmallows...

 .......Invites in the shape of sleeping masks........
...the Hot Chocolate Bar for the movie interval...........and the Breakfast Bar for the morning after!
..the 'Bedtime' Party Bags...slipper socks, lavender bag, milk&cookies, hot chocolate on a stick..
...and a 'cup' of 'hot chocolate' cake to take away!
All eventually asleep under a canopy of balloons and 'stars'