Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Spotlight on Wonderwall

Wonderwall is a bespoke hand-painted wall-art business set up and run by Beverly Cort. Beverly trained as a fine art illustrator and after over 20 years as a graphic designer, she decided to concentrate on the wall-art business.
Beverly can paint any kind of mural, from children's bedrooms and baby's nurseries to commercial commissions such as restaurants, hospitals and schools. She can design and produce bespoke mural wall-art to the highest standard.

Passionate about what she does and where customer satisfaction is key. At Wonderwall, your imagination is the only limitation. Be sure to check out Beverly's website, Wonderwall Art.


Spotlight on Lingua Fanatics

Today we meet Kate, a Harpenden based mother of three young children whose enthusiasm for learning new languages inspired her to set up a language class for them and their friends.

Following the success of this venture, she quickly moved on to teaching in local schools and at church halls and now offers fifteen different classes a week. Her aim is to provide children with a fantastic opportunity to learn a language whilst having a great deal of fun!

Prior to becoming a fully trained La Jolie Ronde licensee, Kate was a graduate in French and Spanish and had spent time living and working in both France and Spain, followed by a career in global marketing communications with a major international professional services firm.

Kate’s language classes offer:-
French and Spanish language learning
Excellent accent for the children to copy
Fun activities to encourage learning

Structured, tried and tested programmes
Expert knowledge of the country and the language they are learning
The highest quality teaching resources and methodology
Lots of energy and enthusiasm

Language learning develops immediate and long term benefits and gives your child a skill for life. La Jolie Ronde has been successfully offering language learning to primary and nursery aged children throughout the UK for over 25 years – with fantastic results!

Research has shown this is the best time to learn as young children are more relaxed and better at imitating sounds and pronunciation. The more they enjoy learning a language when they are young, the more likely they are going to find it a positive experience when they are older.

Kate Speirs runs Lingua Fanatics, a licensee for La Jolie Ronde in Harpenden, teaching both French and Spanish. For further information please contact: Kate Speirs 01582 712177 or 07968 277113 or email Kate at Linguafanatics@gmail.com



Monday, September 28, 2009

The Spotlight continues.....

The Harpenden Fayre may have been and gone but we haven't stopped talking about it and all the fantastic sellers we had there. So, today, lets talk about dolly blake.

Harpenden mum of 3, Caroline Jones, 41, soon tired of the corporate game so followed her passion and launched her online gift and homeware store in 2007. Quickly gaining a following, it appears to have struck a chord and has been featured in publications such as The Telegraph Magazine, Country Living, Easy Living and the Daily Mail.

Caroline’s eye for stylish, sometimes quirky, but always beautiful homeware, gifts and outdoor accessories has seen her grow a strong and loyal customer base.

Caroline says, “I have always been inspired by clever design whether it’s the use of colour, texture or simply something that makes me smile. I love the idea of working with local designers and showcasing their work through my website. Now, just got to sort out the car seats, tea, doctor’s appointment, homework………..!”.

We hope you had a chance to visit Caroline's stall at the Harpenden Fayre, but if not, be sure to visit her website, dolly blake, and pick up something special.



Friday, September 25, 2009

The Harpenden Bumps, Babes & Beyond Fayre

Was it only yesterday that we keen stall holders were knocking on the doors of Harpenden Public Hall at 7.45am?. With all our wares boxed and bagged up lining along the pavement, we were raring to get in to set up our tables for the lovely folk of Harpenden and the surrounding villages on this lovely sunny day.

A HUGE thank you to our stall holders, helpers and everyone who took the time to visit us at our first Harpenden Bumps, Babes & Beyond Fayre. If you missed it this time, here's a taster of some of the stalls you missed - make sure you don't miss the next one on Friday 20th November at Berkhamsted Town Hall.

Lingua Fanatics

Pure Silver

dolly blake

Waste Not Want Not

Mother Nurture

Pete's Poppies

Coup de Chocolat
People will always need plates

Heartfelt Handmade




VIE at home consultant - Sharon Herholdt

Darrell Waite - Bespoke Joinery Garden Architecture

Katy Leigh


We will have some new stalls and a few old favourites too at our next fayre on Nov 20th at Berkhamsted Town Hall from 09.30-13.00 hours. A great chance to do some Christmas shopping, but if you prefer to do your shopping child-free instead, then don't forget our Christmas Surprises Fayre on Wed 9th Dec from 7.30pm, it promises to be a very festive event so make it part of your night out and come along for some fun, food and shopping!

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