Turn up the style …

Do my kids think this? Hmmm. Illustration © Evergreen Wrap


… turn down the heat.

Inspired by darker nights, cosy fires and much talk of festivities, we’re having a burst of energy here at Frugal Cool and yeah, we’ll be saying hello weekly from now until the big day.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the opening party at ReMade last week, where a few old friendships were renewed and just a little wine drunk. La tienda has certainly been busier in recent days, although I’m not entirely sure that everyone has really started shopping for Christmas yet … or is that really only me?

Top seller this week has been Liz Neilson’s amazing knitted tea-cosies … sold out! We have a little gallery from the shop on Facebook. You don’t need to be signed up to visit.

Our Christmas charity event embraces much of Frugal Cool’s ethic – design, remade, environment and social responsibility. I’ve asked our designers to revamp a plain, good quality but discarded jumper to create a unique designer item. I’m hoping to have at least 10 jumpers for sale at ReMade from Wednesday 1st December. Just £15, 100% of sales will go to our charity, Mae Sot CDC School. Of course, I’m looking forward to seeing the jumpers – what a great and inspiring project – but I also want to send more money to our Burmese friends.

You are invited to a preview of Jumpers ReMade … and yes, another excuse for gossip and a glass of Christmas cheer. ReMade will be open late on Thursday 25th November, from 6pm to 8pm. No discounts this time, sorry. That’s because we want to give 5% of any sales to CDC School. Things have got more difficult for the children in the last few days.

Following Sunday’s election in Burma, there was fighting on the Burmese side of the border, close to the school. Thais were killed in the crossfire and local police ordered the boarding houses (where the children stay) to be closed for safety reasons. As I write, they are living inside the school. For children already displaced and not particulary welcome in Thailand, it must be terrifying. Please support our tiny efforts to give them food and essential supplies.

New designers at ReMade include Tara McIntosh of Twiggd. Tara trained at the Chippendale School in Gifford, and designs beautiful furniture and other lovely things, mostly using wood offcuts. I love her owl brooches, and the wooden chopping/cheese boards are truly sublime. A lovely, tactile object to use everyday and treasure.

And I’m looking forward to receiving tea-cup wine glasses from Jane Sales of Funky Frilly. What fun! I hear that I’m also getting jumper hot-wat-bot covers from Claire at Cabin Jack Designs (and a new supply of toadstool doorstops are on their way too).

Earthy Food Market aims to titillate our tastebuds this Thursday in anticipation for Christmas, with mulled wine, mince pies and even an organic, roasted bird with all the trimmings to try. An Earthy Taste of Christmas starts at 7pm.

There’s a Craft Market at the Eric Liddell Centre in Bruntsfield on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. There’s another Magpie Market on Sunday at The Lot in the Grassmarket, 12noon to 5pm.

If you’d like to exhibit at a great market before Christmas, get your application in quick to Out of the Blue. They’ve just announced their Christmas fairs on 11 and 18 December.

I’m thinking of investing in Shared Interest, an ethical investment co-operative who lends money to fair trade businesses in the developing world. £100 gets you started. I’m going to get our girls involved, they’ll learn so much following the progress of our investment. Closer to home, why not invest in Dunbar Community Bakery. It’d make an interesting Christmas present for any aspiring bakers in your life.

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