Since opening in early February, Nicola Gouldsmith, author, master -crafter and new occupant of the Dovecote barn, now 'Halfpenny Home' , has transformed the black barn into what must be one of the most gorgeous and atmospheric boutique haberdashery's in the county. Seriously, it's lovely!
Step inside (the shop is open between Tuesdays and Sundays, 10 am - 4pm) and it's bursting with colour: ribbons, wools and twine, fleece, buttons and more. Even if you don't have a crafty bone in your body (although with the popularity of programmes like the Great British Sewing Bee, now in its second series, it seems that craft is having 'a moment'), you can't fail to be inspired.
Nicola describes moving to the Farm as, 'a dream come true' and has already built up a loyal following of customers, not just because of the gorgeous things she sells, but also because of the workshops she runs.
Held between 11 am and 3pm most weekends, the workshops take place in the upstairs of her shop focussing on everything from crochet, needle felting, soap making, wet and dry felting and more. All weekend workshops cost £35 per person and bookings are essential, call (01449) 721123 to reserve your place.
There's also a regular slot on the first Friday of every month for the wonderfully titled, 'Jenny's Needle Felting Ninja's', held by Jenny Tidman. The sessions cost £10, and are held between 10am - 4pm, but booking is 'strongly recommended'. Tea, coffee and cake are provided, along with a whole heap of encouragement.
For more information, Nicola also has an equally delightful and inspirational website and blog. Visit
www.halfpennyhome.blogspot.com and enjoy!
On behalf of all of us at Alder Carr Farm, welcome, Nicola. We hope that you and your business will continue to thrive.