Gift and Craft Shop, which started in the Yorkshire Dales in 2018, brings together beautiful gifts, hand picked for you and thoughtfully developed craft kits - to be handmade by you.
I'm Rachel and Gift and Craft Shop is my passion-project.
The gift side, which began as part of my cafe 'Riverbank' in the beautiful Yorkshire village of Burnsall,
was the first thing to take shape. I started off by selecting items that were not only beautiful, but useful,
colourful, contemporary, stylish and a little bit different. Often handmade, local, ethical and witty.
Nothing gives me more joy than listening to people laugh out loud at a card or gift I've chosen for my shop.
The craft side is a real leap of faith and it's emerged from a whole load of personal beliefs:
I believe that the traditional crafts I learned as a child, knitting, sewing, macrame, quilting, cross-stitch - even banging things together with a hammer and nails, are fading away.
I believe there is huge personal benefit in keeping them alive. That sitting down with a project, and creating something with care and love to either keep or give away is a process that is as soothing as it is rewarding.
I believe we all love to receive something that's been made for us.
And finally I hope, that like me, there are people out there who have a grasp of the basics and would love to pick up a kit containing everything they need to make something, simple - but something they would be proud to keep forever.