Wednesday 12 December 2018

Dear Ewe

It's a clever name, isn't it?

Rebecca and Heather

I was obviously thrilled when Heather and Rebecca from Dear Ewe offered a giveaway prize for our Christmas edition of CrochetZine*

I was even MORE thrilled when they asked if I would like to be sent some of their goodies for a blog review. 'Errrrrrrrrr, yes please!' was my rather-instant reply. You see, I'd been eyeing up several of their products for a while.

Heather is the fabulous crochet designer behind the blog, Keep Calm and Crochet On and her designs feature regularly in the UK's top crochet magazines. Rebecca is the talented graphic designer of Keepsakes by Rebecca and together, they are the creative team behind their new brand, Dear Ewe.

Their concept is sound - creating high quality, contemporary and functional gifts for crafters and their ethos is resonant with modern, small business consumers. Rebecca and Heather say:

We're proud to live in Stoke-on-Trent (affectionately known as The Potteries) - officially recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics, so felt strongly about using locally produced fine bone china, that is hand decorated by skilled lithographers. Our textiles are all hand-finished locally too - sourcing our products close to home and supporting local business owners and our local community was something we were both very keen to do.

What a good thing to hear.

So now, on to the goodies!!!! First out of my box was THIS tote bag:

This is a pic from their website - I wanted to show it without my creases!

I LOVE the sentiment. I LOVE the size (perfect for shopping - am thinking Yarndale-type-festival-binge - it will hold a tonne of purchases - see top pic). OR it will be great as a very ample-sized project bag - jumpers, blankets, cushions etc. AND it's very good quality: I have plenty of project bags which are a bit on the flimsy side - this one is nice, thick cotton and will stand up on its own. All good in my book.

Next are the prop cards:

For anyone who hasn't seen these before, they are used by us Instagrammers and Bloggers as a photo prop beside a project - they can provide a little humour to a picture and help engage the reader. 
What I really like is obviously the design - black and white work with every colour scheme and the text is easy to read and clear in photos. The phrases themselves are cute and relevant to modern makers. Lastly, the quality is perfect - good, thick card (so will last me a while) and EVEN better - double-sided!! What a great idea - twice the fun.

Then there are the cards:

Simple, sweet and very, very cute. I am already planning who to give these to, and then changing my mind because I don't want to give them away!!! Again - sweet sentiments, great design and good quality. They made me smile as soon as I opened them.

Lastly, the one I have been VERY excited about;

It's a Granny Square Chart on a MUG!

The crochet chart mug!!!!! Isn't is FAB????!!!! I seriously have no words. Design and quality are superb. There are 4 different crochet chart mugs, 4 character mugs and 4 crafter mugs to choose from.

So what would be my verdict? I'm hoping you've already got the general idea - I am seriously impressed. Great quality, superb design and original ideas make the Dear Ewe products something I will be buying for my crafty friends.

AAAAAAND, 'cos they're super-nice and lovely, Rebecca and Heather have offered you, my lovely readers an exclusive 10% discount code to use on your order up until 24th December 2018: just use ANNABOOANDEWE at checkout! If you order before Dec 20th 2018, they'll also guarantee UK Christmas delivery, too!!

Happy Christmas to you all,

Sarah xx

*Instagram's first crochet magazine; 12 squares of crochet loveliness delivered every month to your IG screen.

These items were received as a gift in return for an honest review on my blog. All views and opinions are my own.