So you have bought a Bolga Basket from the wondrous Ghana weavers. For ease of postage they arrive flattened, so you need to reshape them. Do not fear they are very easy to reshape and take minutes.
1. Take your basket and push it out through the bottom. Place the basket in a large container of water (sink, large bucket) ensure that the whole of the rim of the basket is under the water. Try not to let the leather handle get wet. Soak in the water for a count of 30.
2. Pull your basket out of the water letting all the water drain out from the bottom. Rest on the side.
3. Firstly reshape the rim of the basket, shaping it into a circle.
4. Now reshape the sides of the basket, pushing it out to remove any dents rotating it as you go.
5. Leave your basket to dry fully...and enjoy
We have been very blessed with some glorious late September weather here in West Wales. The weekend just gone was spent in a special little town for the 17th annual Narberth Food Festival. Potch had a lovely time in the main marquee with our kitchenware, kitchen accessories and organic kitchen utensils on display.
We loved the feedback we received, especially for our round Bolga baskets and our Tweedmill Throws & Blankets. Thanks to all that came to see us, brought from us and offered kind words of support and words of wisdom.
Potch have been out and about in the sunshine foraging for Sloes, Blackberries and Elderberries to produce some fine Sloe Gin, Blackberry Vodka and possible Elderberry Wine!
Preparation for Christmas is starting with orders for Christmas Decorations and Christmas Gifts that are Fairtrade, Ethically produced and sustainably sourced and further orders for our beautiful handmade Kantha quilts are going in so you can add extra warmth (and colour) to your beds this Autumn.
Here are some of our photos from our recent exploits. Don't forget to visit us at Potch.co.uk.
So. We launched nearly 2 weeks ago. Who are we I hear you say ? We are Imogen and Stewart and we live in West Wales with our girls and the infamous Hattie the dog.
We all love where we are, beautiful countryside and beaches around us, and Hattie gives us the opportunity to get out and about to enjoy the outdoors.
Stewart and I have for years been working with some very vulnerable people and whilst we have really enjoyed this work we recently reached saturation point. Starting up Potch is our attempt to change the way we live and give us a better work life balance. We both like working together and particularly love working from home. We have two girls and those changes are already making a massive difference to how our family works.
Potch came about, as it does, after some chats, looking for an alternative way to be. Neither of us wanted to be part of mainstream retail sector, nor believed that this was a sustainable model. We wanted to create a business that not only made a difference to us but also made a difference to the producers and artisans. We both agreed we loved fair-trade, we believed that ethical choices could be a real part of making shopping choices and we love all things recycled, reusable, organic and sustainable products. Whilst we have bought many of these types of products before personally, they were often were too expensive for our average pockets, or unfortunately didn't have european design at their centre. We started thinking that with some thought and research that we could find products that broke these rules. That we could find beautiful kitchenware, gifts and decorative homeware products that could offer a real alternative to the mainstream market, where things are mass produced, that employ people on really bad terms. We started thinking that this fast fashion trend that had been going on for too long needed to be challenged.
We are happy to report that we have found some amazing suppliers to help us bring you a wide range of products for the home. We have recycled glass, fair-trade ceramics and sustainable mango wood. Organic bamboo utensils and bowls and recycled silver and brass jewellery. We have also been keen to celebrate traditional crafts, with blankets still woven on traditional looms and recycled, repurposed sari's into throws.
We have spent weeks and weeks getting this idea together, we have trawled through many places to find the right types of products that can sit alongside modern furniture and interior design. We have looked around the world and locally. We have worked hard to ensure that each artisan /suppliers ethical / fair-trade credentials are robust. We have built the site and are now online; we have a lot of work to do, to get ourselves out there and in peoples consciousness. We sincerely hope you like this, our Potch, our blend of ideas of all things ethical, fair-trade or locally produced. We will continue to develop these ideas and hope you will enjoy browsing.
'Received my order this morning and am very impressed with the quick delivery and excellent packaging. I'm over the moon with my bamboo spoons (perfect for anyone who cooks and/or bakes). The recycled gift wrapping paper is beautiful and unusual and a perfect way of telling the recipient of any gift that they are special. I will be ordering again very soon.'