Sunday, 20 December 2009

A Winter Wonderland

There's a rather magical shop tucked away in Cheltenham. It's a textile lover's dream, but in the run up to Christmas something rather special happens...

Catherine Shinn specialises in decorative textiles, from antique quilts and samplers, to their own handmade textile decorations and keepsakes. It's a treat to visit at anytime of the year, but especially so at Christmas when the whole shop becomes a wonderfully festive wonderland, packed to the brim with gorgeous decorations.

The window displays are so enticing... fabulous would this cake be as a table centrepiece?! It looks good enough to eat.

These sparkly decorations in the window caught my eye.

It's impossible not to feel Christmassy when you're surrounded by so many beautiful decorations. The world rushes on outside in a frenzy, but inside the shop there's a wonderful feeling of relaxed cosiness and somehow time doesn't seem to matter.

I lost count of the number of Christmas trees there are! Each one's decorated in a different theme with all the things that you buy.

I love the lucky boot pin cushions (and couldn't resist buying one!)

Amongst the decorations are piles of vintage quilts.

There's so much to look's a real feast for the eyes.

Cushions, stockings, fabric hearts and birds.

Samplers and quilts sit happily amongst an array of Christmas trinkets.

A whole wall of hand blown glass decorations from Germany greets you at the top of the stairs to the second floor. The jolly santas were my favourite.

Seeing all of the decorations makes me want to have a vintage-inspired Christmas, with a huge tree dripping with glass baubles with beautifully wrapped presents underneath it!

I'm not sure I'd trust myself to have real candles on our tree, but I bet they'd look lovely flickering away on a winter's night!

This was my absolute favourite decoration. I don't know why, it just makes me smile!

Waiting for Santa to arrive...

This Vegas-inspired tree was brilliant, complete with dancing girls and casino-themed decorations!

A huge thank you to Catherine Shinn for letting me go wild with my camera so I could share this Christmassy treasure with you!

Do go and visit...

Catherine Shinn - Decorative textiles and gifts
5-6 Well Walk, Cheltenham, GL50 3JX
01242 574546
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

Have a very merry Christmas!


Hens Teeth said...

Such a treat to see. Thank you, I will have to make a visit to Cheltenham soon!
Wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year. x

BusyLizzie said...

I had heard about this shop, and what a treat to see it on your blog! Must try to get there one day.... Lizzie x

Kayla coo said...

Thank you for sharing.
I could go quite mad in a shop like that!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

I love shops like that, wonderful!
So many things to looks at. I don't remember seeing that shop last time I went to Cheltenham, I will look out for it next time.

Have a wonferful Christmas

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a fabulous shop - must get there!


Purrfect Haven said...

now, that is some shop - when can I move in?! H, Darcy and Bing (just imagine the boys in there - havoc!) xxx

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Katie
Hello! Thank you so much for your lovely letter, card and present - I'm keeping the present for that special day! I shall write soon!
And thank you for sharing your photos of this most lovely shop, it looks delightful and I feel I must visit in 2010! I'm amazed you came away with only a pin cushion!!!
Wishing you and Mr Treasure the happiest of Christmas Holidays and sending you lots of festive fun,
Denise x

Cowboys and Custard said...

What a wonderful festive display.. I particularly love the two little lasses with the twinkly boots!
Wishing you a very happy and fun filled Christmas Katie.. Look forward to seeing you next year.

Michele xx

Pomona said...

Amazing shop! Have a very happy Christmas!

Pomona x

gill said...

thanks for this - i regularly shop in cheltenham and i never knew this existed!! i'll be paying a visit very soon
gill x