It is nearly festival time, and Hay is gearing up for the busiest ten days of the year. From this Thursday we'll have the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts as well as How the Light Gets In on our doorsteps. A very warm welcome to everyone planning a visit to Hay over the next fortnight.
We already have some big highlights to look forward to. In our diaries so far are Billy Bragg, Carrie Fisher, Ben Watt, Toumani Diabate, Gruff Rhys, Tracey Thorn, James Lovelock, Katherine Hamnett and many more!
We'll be running a fair trade pop up cafe next to our shop at Hay Castle - we hope you'll be able to join us at Coffee on the Cobbles for a fair trade cuppa during the festival.
We wish you all an entertaining, inspiring, thought provoking and fair trade Festival!
As we approach (whisper it) the summer, there's still time to enjoy the wonders of spring. We're thrilled to be stocking a new range of fair trade jewellery online which has already been a huge hit in the shop.
The "April Showers" range is playful, elegant and stylish. Made in Tamil Nadu in southern India, each item is hand crafted by the Flowering Desert project which provides training and fairly paid work for women from rural communities.
There may still be the odd shower here in the UK, but these products are helping to brighten the lives of families across the globe. For a limited time we are offering you the chance to win a set of this lovely jewellery - just like or share our post on Facebook or sign up to our mailing list. Competition ends 12th May - good luck!
We're currently enjoying Hay Bike Fest here in Hay on Wye, though to be fair I don't envy them the weather at the moment. It's a great chance for people to see the stunning scenery around the area, and also to meet other enthusiasts from up and down the country.
We've been getting in on the bike theme with a new delivery of our ever-popular accessories made from recycled inner tubes! These are made in Cambodia by our friends at Craftworks Cambodia, who also make our incredible Hope & Peace jewellery.
Online we have clasp wallets and laptop sleeves made from this versatile, hard wearing and eco friendly material. Whether your on two wheels or not, they make great gifts.
Now we know that you are all lovely people who think about your mums all year round... but as it's Mother's Day coming up on Sunday 30th March 2014 we thought we would highlight some of our favourite products which any mother would love. It will mean all the more to her knowing that you've been making the world a fairer place at the same time as thinking of her...!
These gorgeous scarves are made in Bali using a batik process. Available in four colours they are perfect for spring, made from 100% silk.
These slouchy bags have been really popular in the shop - great for shopping round town. Lovely colours with a modern, contemporary design.
Our Jali work pendants are one of our best-selling ranges, and they're now half price! £5, were £10. Perfect as a little extra something.
However you say thank you to your Mum, we hope you have a great day! Tell her to put her feet up :)
Fairtrade Fortnight is almost upon us. Tomorrow sees the start of two weeks of promotion around the benefits of fair trade. We'll be doing everything we can to help spread the word and get people thinking about how they spend their hard earned cash.
The Fairtrade logo we're all familiar with is applied mostly to commodities - things like coffee, cocoa, sugar and tea, and of course bananas! While we don't sell may of those things, we believe we can still play a big role in promoting fair trade by telling the stories of the talented and creative people who produce the beautiful items we sell.
We have some great new products which have arrived just in time for Fairtrade Fortnight and will be online very soon - including beautiful scarves, a great new range of bags and some fantastic cushions and picture frames.
However you celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, have fun and go bananas!