For our first blog post of 2015 we wanted to say a big thank you to all the lovely messages we’ve had you, our customers, over Christmas. Several of you even sent in photos, which we couldn’t wait to share.
Julie from Canada sent us this wonderful picture of her sister Lynne with her Hampstead Heath teapot.
Julie told us, “[Lynne] is a person who rarely asks for anything and always puts family first. I know for a fact that she will be thrilled to bits at Christmastime. She has mentioned to me several times that she loves the teapot from Sherlock.” We hope she continues to enjoy her present for many years to come!
Vera from Germany visited our studio back in August to pick up her Home Sweet Home tea set. Recently she sent us this lovely photo below, saying “I was sewing cushions and curtains for my new flat and “Home Sweet Home” was a brilliant inspiration for that.”
Thank you for sharing this with us, Vera!
Akiho lives in London and ordered one of our Home Sweet Home tea sets to take back to a friend in Japan. She and her friend discovered that they both have the same favourite coffee shop- and the owner is also a fan of our collection! She sent us some photos of them enjoying tea there with their Ali Miller London tea set.
Finally, Catherine in the USA is the winner of our Christmas competition! She sent us a lovely story about the Christmas Count-Down Calendar she made for her children.
“I collected all kinds of festive holiday fabric and cut them into squares and sewed them on as pockets on a big square of thick felt. On the pockets for Christmas Eve and Day, I added a few sparkly bits and bobs just to make them special and I sewed real jingle bells on all the corners… It looks like a crazy mix of candy canes, holly, snowmen and sweeties, and does make rather a lot of noise- but that is pretty much what our Christmases are like!”
She told us that every year the Christmas Elves make a Christmas challenge for the children-
“They draw and colour a Christmas picture on hard card-stock and then turn it over and write a riddle on the back. Then they cut it into puzzle pieces and mix them throughout the calendar pockets. Every morning in December, the kids pull the puzzle pieces for the day and try to put the picture together. By Christmas Eve they have a complete picture and then they turn it (carefully!) over and try to solve the riddle. If they can figure it out (yes, they invariably do!) it leads them to a treat the Elves have hidden somewhere in the Christmas tree.
The Elves love this festive family tradition, but it is a lot of work. I have it on very good authority that they often need a sit-down with a lovely cup of tea brewed our Ali Miller Home Sweet Home teapot!”
We loved this story so much and thought it definitely deserved to win! We even asked Kate to send us a picture of the calendar which she did- you can see it below.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you for making what we do so worthwhile. It means a lot that we get to create pieces that become such treasured parts of peoples lives and help make such special memories.
Thank you for being a part of Ali Miller London!