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Your Shopping Small Christmas Gift Guide

1 Bonita Boutique · 2 Luxe Lettering · 3 Rosa & Bo · 4 Inscripture · 5 The Paper Press Ireland

Welcome to our handpicked selection of unique Christmas gift ideas from small businesses

Shopping small for Christmas 2020 is sure to get a BIG reaction when the gifts are opened! Going for bespoke or personalised items shows you really have thought about your gift choices. Plus supporting small businesses in these uncertain times is more important than ever. Not only that but by shopping small you’ll get something creative and unique from a company who really cares about their customers. So this year, step away from the big brands and get to know the people behind the carefully designed Christmas gifts that they put their heart and soul into…

Rosa & Bo

Safety (and cuteness) come first at Rosa & Bo. The company was started by, Laura, a former A&E nurse and senior midwife to create award-winning toys that are packed with character and crafted with care.

We love the super cute Russian doll design of their Nesting Babies with Chiming Bo Bunny. They not only look gorgeous but encourage hand-to-eye co-ordination through interactive play. The toys are safe for beach play or splashing around in the tub and are suitable from birth, but children aged 12 months or over will get the most out of them.

Shop Rosa and Bo

Bonita Boutique

Mum and daughter team, Debs and Bonita, turned their passion for travel into a range of beautiful accessories that are sure to transport you to luxury resorts (at least in your mind’s eye!).  Their wool Fedora hats are perfect for winter – the stylish hats come in a range of colours and can be personalised.

We are also coveting their chic Leather Pouch, the perfect size for your all your daily essentials or for slipping into a bigger bag, so you can easily grab what you need. Oh, and did we mention that they are monogrammed with up to three characters?

Shop Bonita Boutique

The Paper Press Ireland

Started by Geri and her husband Mark on their kitchen table, The Paper Press Ireland has a range of empowering and tongue-in-cheek slogan tees and comfy sweats. Offering style with substance, the loungewear is perfect for getting your message across!

With slogans like ‘Tired & Needy’ (our current state), ‘Queen of Overthinking’ and ‘Woman Up’ you’re sure to find one that is perfect for the badass woman in your life.

Shop The Paper Press Ireland

Luxe Lettering

Luxe Lettering creates beautiful, bespoke, handmade wire words for your home. They can make any phrase you like, so the only limit is your imagination! Your design will be lovingly created by hand so orders can take up to eight weeks.

We’re gifting their beautifully presented Masterclass Kit this Christmas (no wait on this one!). The kit includes everything you need to make your own ‘love’ wire words and a step-by-step guide. You can either gift the kit to a fabulously creative friend or use it to make you own handmade wall hangings. There is enough wire to create up to 22 decorations, so perfect for giving to friends and family – something they will treasure handmade by you!

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Crystalised Essex

Do you love to sparkle? Well, you’ll love the range of bespoke Swarovski crystalised products that Danielle creates. She lovingly customises each item by hand so they are unique to you. Her range of accessories includes footwear brands like Converse and Nike Air that have been given the crystalised treatment.

Her popular phone cases make perfect Christmas gifts and come in a range of colours, all personalised and decorated with sparkly goodness!  As well as accessories, she sells a range of canvases that can be created to celebrate all sorts of occasions from Christmas to weddings.

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Stationery By Hazel

Fellow mumpreneur, Hazel, launched her business just before the birth of her first child. Her stylish stationery range includes beautiful cards, notebooks and pens packed with positive messages to brighten your day!

Her glitter pens are perfect stocking fillers and do check out her Christmas range. We love the Winter Wonderland Reindeer Gift Tags and we’ll be using her foiled festive stickers to give our Christmas gift wrapping the edge this year.

Shop Stationery by Hazel

Fabaclay

Jen creates hand-built pottery from her studio in Hertfordshire. She has all sorts of creations for every room in your home. Our current favourites are her super cute nursery range and her stylish, but practical spoon rests (hello clean workbench).

She has created a beautiful handmade ceramic Christmas decoration that is personalised with a gold or platinum initial. The gorgeous decoration arrives on a velvet ribbon in a luxe gift box. We’re popping one on our Christmas list his year!

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Sarah’s Creative Kitchen

Sarah left a career in the city to follow her passion for creating healthy food.  After struggling with weight loss, she decided to change her approach to food and started her mission to eat herself thin! She trained as a chocolatier and now creates sweet treats that are lower in sugar and calories, without compromising on taste

Her delicious, chocolately offerings include options that are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free so there’s something for everyone. Her Christmas range is perfect for (healthier) stocking fillers and includes super cute Santas and reindeer as well as stylish truffle boxes for the grown-ups! Everything is made fresh to order, so make sure you get in early with your Christmas requests!

Shop Sarah’s Creative Kitchen

Inscripture

We couldn’t leave ourselves off the list and we’re excited to be sitting amongst such good company! For those of you who don’t know, Inscripture is our family run business started in 2016 by Hayley, while she was on maternity leave. The business was born out of Hayley’s passion for creating and designing meaningful jewellery that helps you remember those special moments forever. Our jewellery can be engraved with handwriting, drawings and hand, foot or paw prints to create a gift they will treasure.

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Handwriting Styles & What Your Writing Reveals About You

There are so many different writing styles from decorative cursive script to a brief WhatsApp message filled with LOLs and YOLOs. We take a quick look at the history of handwriting and tell you what your handwritten words reveal about you!

A Brief History Of Handwriting

Early handwriting was based on pictures like the Egyptian system of hieroglyphics, but the first known alphabet came from the Phoenicians, around the eleventh century BC. This alphabet was eventually used by the ancient Greeks to develop a script. Then the Romans modified the Greek alphabet to develop the Latin writing, that our alphabet is based on today.

In the 17th and 18th centuries handwriting was a status symbol. People received penmanship training and Master Penmen were employed to copy official documents.

As computers became more common in the 1980s and 1990s penmanship became less important and not such a focus of education in schools.

Types of Handwriting

Cursive Handwriting

Cursive handwriting is ‘joined-up’ writing where letters are connected, making it faster to write as you needed to take your pen off the page less.  Cursive handwriting was first developed in the 17th Century. Before the invention of the typewriter, cursive handwriting was the preferred style of writing for professionals like lawyers and doctors.

Print Handwriting

Print handwriting, also known as block letters is when the pen lifts off the page after each letter. It is considered clearer and easier to read and often requested when you are filling in forms.

Modern Cursive

There have been lots of variations to cursive writing over the years to make it easier for children to learn. It has developed to minimise unnecessary strokes so it is less tiring to write. Nowadays there are fewer loops and flourishes than in older styles, and the look is simpler and uncluttered.

As adults, we normally write in a combination of cursive and print writing that we have developed over our lives.

 

What does your handwriting say about you?

We all have our own writing style and little quirks when we form our letters. Did you know that, according to research from the National Pen Company, they are associated with different personality traits?

Letter Shapes

If your writing is curvy with rounded letters you are arty and creative. Sharp and pointy letters indicate you are intelligent and curious about your surroundings.

Letter Size

Confident, outgoing people tend to write with big letters, whereas smaller writing is thought to indicate you are shy and introverted. What if your writing is somewhere in the middle? This shows you are adaptable and well adjusted!

Letter Spacing

People who leave lots of room around each word are said to enjoy freedom and independence, but dislike feeling crowded. Those who squeeze their words together tend to like the company of others and fear being alone.

Letter Angle

If your writing slants to the right you look forwards to meeting new people and having new experiences, whereas a slant to the left means you prefer to keep to yourself and like things the way they are. If your writing doesn’t slant you are logical and practical.

 

The future

These days we rarely pick up a pen as typing on keyboards and screens has become the norm. Will handwriting become a lost art form? We hope not. Handwriting still has lots of benefits, it boosts fine motor skills in your hands and fingers; if you write things down you are more likely to remember them and there is nothing more touching than receiving a handwritten note or card.

At Inscripture we can engrave handwritten words onto a piece of jewellery or gift. Click here to see our range of handwriting products.

 

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Why Are Cards So Meaningful?

We look at the benefits of sending and receiving handwritten cards and why buying cards is having a renaissance.

Today we have so many ways to communicate instantly that sending a greetings card by snail mail is often forgotten about. A card takes longer to write and involves more care and thought from the writer, which makes it much more personal and meaningful than a text or email. 

Card sales have been booming

During lockdown sales of stationery were reported to be up by 300% by Papier. With a surge in the purchase of cards, it seems that lots of people returned to more traditional methods to connect with friends and family they were unable to see.

We can see why – receiving a card is a special experience. You hear some post landing on your doormat. The surprise of seeing a coloured envelope in amongst the pizza delivery menus and bills instantly makes you feel happy. We bet it will be the first thing you open.

Cards Are Sensory

The act of receiving a card involves many of your senses. You look at the address and try to guess who sent it by the handwriting. You hear the tear as you rip open the envelope. You smile as you see the picture on the front and run your hands over it. You turn the card over in your hands as you open it to read the message.

Cards Take Time

In the days of digital communication, the fact that someone has taken the time to visit a shop, select a card they think you’ll like, compose a message, buy a stamp and post it makes you feel extra special. They’ve invested that time, money and thought into you. The effort involved shows how much they care.

Cards Celebrate Life Events

Cards are used to mark the most significant events of our lives whether it’s a birthday, wedding, anniversary, bereavement or declaration of love. Receiving a card gives you something tangible to display, keep and look at whenever you need a reminder of those kind words and that special moment or day.

Cards make Memories

As we mentioned, cards are often kept and looked back on. Sending an email or text just doesn’t have the same impact. You rarely go back through email messages from several years ago – they are forgotten too quickly, without the physical reminder of the sentiment. A card can be treasured for years and be read again and again.

Cards help you get your message across

You can express things that might be hard to say face-to-face in a card. This could be an apology or a message of sympathy, where you need to carefully consider your words. A card gives you a chance to plan what you want to say and a way to explain your feelings. Often email and text messages can be reactionary and sent in haste. Writing a card gives you time to think about your response and word it carefully.

Cards make you happier

There are even emotional benefits for the sender of the card – studies have found that writing a thoughtful message to someone can make you both feel considerably happier.

Do you have a meaningful card that you would like to cherish forever? At Inscripture we can engrave those special handwritten words onto a piece of jewellery or gift. Click here to see our range of handwriting products.

 

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How to create the perfect layered look

Layering is THE necklace trend that has been building over the last few years. We can see why – it lets you add your personality to an outfit, it’s an easy way to upgrade a plain top into this seasons hottest look and who doesn’t love a trend that means you can wear all your favourite jewellery at once?

But how do you perfect the look? Read our style guide and you’ll be layering like a pro in no time!

Which styles of necklaces should I put together?

This look is all about having fun, and thankfully there aren’t too many rules. Mixing vintage and modern, gold and silver, chunky and dainty all works, if you get it right!

In fact, the trend works best if you blend styles, lengths, colours, textures and metals. The main rule to follow is to make sure the necklace chains are different lengths so the necklaces sit gracefully at a variety of points around your neck.

Our top tips for layering success

  • Start with a base necklace to act as a point of focus. Pick a piece you love, probably with a pendant and work from there.
  • Coin necklaces have been the on-trend base choice his season. Shop our Coin Necklace here
  • Now start building your layers with a range of necklace lengths
  • Contrast chunkier chains with dainty pendants
  • Use personalised and sentimental items so the combination represents you
  • Make your look unique, so as well as updating with a few of this season key trends, get some of your older pieces out of retirement and add them into the mix
  • Have fun with it – mix metals, styles and old pieces with new.

Great lengths

Our necklaces come in a range of chain lengths, so you can get the desired cascade look. Here is our guide to where each chain length should sit.

What should you wear with your layered necklaces?

You don’t want the neckline of your top to clash with your necklaces, so we recommend either going for a round neck sweater – the prefect look for chilly Autumn days. Or a low cut dress, or deep v-neck for a glamorous evening look.

Insta Inspo

Need some more inspiration? Here’s how our favourite influencers are layering their necklaces…

Ready to Wear

If all this sounds like hard work, check out our layering range – we’ve launched double chain pendants for 2020 to save you shopping and styling time! ⁠

Shop our range of Inscripture Necklaces, available in a range of lengths.

How To Write A Journal

 

People have many reasons for keeping a journal. It could be a way of documenting their life to leave a lasting legacy. A vehicle to process their thoughts or feeling. Or a creative outlet. Whatever your reason, follow our guide and get writing today! 

Getting Started

A blank white notebook can feel a bit daunting, so how do you start writing?

  • Find a quiet space where you can focus and feel comfortable
  • Introduce yourself on the first page
  • Don’t overthink it, just look back over your day and start to write whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to make sense, just let your thoughts and feelings flow
  • Don’t fret about spelling, grammar or sentence structure. You’re not creating a literary masterpiece and it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else
  • Practice makes perfect – the more you write, the more naturally your words will come
  • Think of it as a private space where you can be honest, don’t self-edit as you write. Instead, at the end of each session, go back over your writing and add any additional thoughts and notes
  • Add the date to each entry, then you can look back on how you were feeling at different points in your life
  • Include pictures, doodles and items that trigger memories like tickets.

How Much Time Should I Spend Writing My Journal?

You don’t need to write for hours, but it’s best to try and write something every day. Stick to between five to twenty mins per session.

When Is The Best Time To Write a Journal?

There’s no right time to journal. Some people feel more creative or productive in the morning, while others find getting all their thoughts and ideas down before bed helps them sleep better. Try to build it into your routine though, so you journal at a similar time each day.

How To Make Journaling a Habit

Once you start doing something regularly, the theory is it’s easier to keep doing it than it is to stop! So how do you form a habit? The key is to stick to writing your journal once a day for 21 days. You can commit to the bare minimum, for example, one sentence every day and try to keep it up for three weeks. Hopefully, you will naturally write a bit more as you get into journaling and fingers crossed, after 21 days, it will have become a habit that is hard to break!

How Should I Keep My Journal?

As well as the traditional pen and paper there are many digital options for journaling

We are huge stationery geeks Inscripture, so would opt for choosing a beautiful notebook or journal that you can’t wait to open. You can shop our Handwriting Notebooks here. We think putting pen to paper allows your brain to slow down and focus on the words

If you’d prefer a digital option, try

  • Day One Journal The app lets you create multiple journals and colour code them. You can include photos, locations and even weather data
  • Five Minute Journal This app is perfect if you’re time poor – it has writing prompts and questions that you can answer quickly as well as daily quotes to help inspire you.

Prompts to Help You Overcome Writer’s Block:

Don’t worry if you are struggling to put pen to paper, use one of these ideas to get you started

  • Think about the Future What would you like to do at the weekend? What do you hope to achieve by the end of the year?
  • Describe a past event Think about a happy day, an early childhood memory or your first kiss and write down everything you can remember
  • Take Five Write a list of five things. For example, places you’d like to visit, strange things you’ve eaten or things you can see
  • Use a sentence starter I think…, I feel…, I hope…, I am grateful for…
  • Write from someone else point of view Your parent’s, your child’s, your partner’s or even your cat’s!
  • Doodle You don’t have to write, you could draw or include brainstorms, charts or graphs

Benefits of writing a journal

Keeping a journal can help you:

  • Destress Getting all those ideas out of your head and onto the page is a way of processing them. Many people find this enables them to relax
  • Reduce Anxiety People who write down all their worries tend to feel less anxious afterwards
  • Spark Ideas Writing all those random thoughts down on paper can help bring together cohesive ideas
  • Get To Know Yourself Journaling about your feelings in a very honest way can help you look at how you react and deal with different situations
  • Communicate Better Putting all your ideas down on paper makes you better at explaining them to other people
  • Improve Your Memory The act of writing down events can make you more likely to remember them. If you don’t, you have your journal to look back on!
  • Feel Gratitude Include at least one positive thing each day, so you feel thankful
  • Resolve Arguments Writing down both sides of a disagreement can help you see another person’s perspective

As you can see keeping a journal has many practical and emotional benefits, so why not try starting one today?

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What Is Wanderlust?

Wanderlust is a strong desire to wander or travel and explore the world. Most of us experience the wish to visit faraway places once in a while, especially recently with lots of overseas trips being cancelled and replaced with staycations! This feeling is so familiar that we have a special word for it, Wanderlust, sometimes spelt Wunderlust. It represents that urge to break from everyday life and experience something new and unknown.

Origins Of The Word Wanderlust

The term originates from the German words Wandern (‘to hike’) and Lust (‘desire’). It translates as the enjoyment of hiking, but in modern times it has come to be the ‘enjoyment of roaming about, or wandering’.  According to Merriam-webster the first known use of the word wanderlust was in 1875.

Why Do Some People Feel Wanderlust And Others Don’t?

Wanderlust is a common desire, but not everyone experiences it. What makes some of us want to explore every corner of the world while others are happiest at home?

Scientists have come up with a theory that there could be a Wanderlust gene. They’ve identified a variant in a particular gene (DDRD4) that affects our sensitivity to dopamine, the neurotransmitter that helps us feel pleasure. People with this variant tend to be thrill-seekers and can act impulsively, so are more inclined to travel and seek out adventure.

The Advantages of Wanderlust

Travel has many benefits for your wellbeing:

  • It’s a chance to destress: Modern life tends to be busy and pressured with little time for yourself. Breaking from this routine helps you reset and relax
  • It makes you creative: Getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing new things means you have to adapt and be resourceful. This can improve your problem-solving skills and make you a creative thinker
  • It opens your mind: Experiencing different ways of life, cultures and views makes you more likely to show understanding and embrace new perspectives
  • It boosts your confidence: Going to a new place with an unfamiliar language improves your ability to communicate with strangers and pushes you to become more outgoing.

Wonderlust

Wanderlust is not to be confused with Wonderlust – the stage in a relationship when you are not sure if you are lusting after or actually in love with someone!

So there you have it, our mini-guide to wanderlust. If you have the gene and have been dreaming our your next trip check out our unique personalised travel accessories here

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What Are Healing Crystals?

Chrystal therapy is an alternative therapy that uses crystals and other stones for emotional and physical healing. People believe that different types of crystals have their own properties for improving mental wellbeing, curing ailments and protecting against diseases. They are thought to promote the flow of good energy through the body.

The History Of Crystal Healing

Crystal healing is said to have been around for thousands of years and can be traced back as far as the Ancient Egyptians. Modern crystal healing tends to be based on ideas borrowed from Asian cultures and the concept of life energy flowing through the body.

How Are Crystals Used To Heal The Body?

If you visit a crystal healer they will probably place certain stones on you chakra points to try and fix imbalances of energy. You can also choose to wear crystals and stones to protect you against negative energy and absorb positive energy.

Which Crystals And Stones Possess Which Qualities?

Here is a rundown of some of our favourite crystals and stones with the emotional and physical benefits they are said to possess

Rose Quartz
  • Emotional benefits: This pretty pink stone is all about bringing more love into your life. It is said to restore trust and harmony in relationships and can help you feel more confident by encouraging you to feel self-love and forgiveness. It’s also claimed to help comfort and calm during times of grief
  • Health benefits: Rose Quartz is believed to strengthen the circulatory system and kidneys, reduce high blood pressure, help with breathing problems and alleviate vertigo.
Turquoise
  • Emotional benefits: This blue gemstone is said to have a balancing and ground affect. It might help keep your mood more even if you find you go through emotional highs and lows. It’s also associated with good luck, something we could all do with a bit more of!
  • Health Benefits: Turquoise is said to help the respiratory, skeletal, and immune system.
Amethyst
  • Emotional benefits: This purple stone is said to promote serenity and calm. It is thought to break the cycle of negative thoughts, so could help with those 3 am anxiety attacks. It is also associated with power and wisdom
  • Health Benefits: It is said to help with insomnia, boost hormones and relieve pain.
Sapphire
  • Emotional benefits: This beautiful stone said to attract happiness and release depression. It could promote feelings of peace and joy and help you concentrate
  • Health Benefits: This stone is claimed to help with eye issues and blood disorders as well as easing depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Ruby
  • Emotional benefits: The red stone is said to improve concentration and motivation as well as stimulating your mind to be more positive and self-confident.  It is said to encourage sexual energy, so could help fire things up in the bedroom!
  • Health Benefits: Rubies are said to stimulate the heart and improve circulation as well as helping you recharge your energy levels.
Opal
  • Emotional benefits: The milky white stones are thought to release anger, strengthen memory and encourage feelings of hope and optimism. They are also associated with creativity and insight
  • Health Benefits: The opal is said to benefit your eyes, kidneys and skin. White opals are thought to strengthen hair and fingernails.

 

At Inscripture we stock a range of gemstone and crystal jewellery. See our range here

 

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Sterling Silver Vs Stainless Steel

Both metals can be used for jewellery, but which is better stainless steel or sterling silver? We investigate the pros and cons of each metal, so you can decide which is right for you.

Stainless steel and sterling silver can look the same and are hard to tell apart once they are polished so, aside from the price difference, what makes one material a better choice for certain items than the other?

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is an alloy made of 92.5% silver, with the remainder 7.5% made up of another metal, usually copper. This combination makes the metal much stronger and more durable than pure silver and the jewellery created with it will be harder wearing and more scratch-resistant. Sterling silver has the appearance of solid silver and is often stamped with 925 or .925 to represent the percentage of real silver used. Please see our Guide to Sterling Silver to find out more.

Pros of Sterling Silver Jewellery
  • It is a precious metal
  • It is soft and malleable so can be used to create lots of beautifully intricate designs
  • Over time silver wears to develop a beautiful finish with tiny imperfections that make it unique and gives the piece of jewellery character
  • It can be easily repaired or resized
  • Silver can have different finishes for example high shine or matte finish.

 

Cons of Sterling Silver Jewellery
  • It can tarnish over time but can be cleaned to restore its lustre. See our Sterling Silver Care Guide to find out more
  • Silver can get scratched
  • If fine, it may bend with repetitive daily wear or knocks.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a metal compound of iron, carbon and chromium. It is highly durable and can withstand the wear and tear of most everyday activities. This makes it a popular choice for things like rings that experience a lot of contact and perhaps the occasional knock.

Pros of Stainless Steel Jewellery
  • The hard metal doesn’t tarnish and resists scratches
  • It has a high lustre and, when polished, can be mistaken for sterling silver
  • It is relatively inexpensive
  • Stainless steel is hypoallergenic so a good choice for people with skin allergies
  • It is an environmentally friendly option – creating stainless steel uses less energy and waste than precious metals and it’s fully recyclable
  • It is easily cleaned with gentle soap and water.
Cons of Stainless Steel Jewellery
  • It is difficult to repair or resize
  • It needs to be polished once in a while to maintain its shine
  • Stainless steel is durable, but one of the things it doesn’t like is chlorine. Make sure you remove stainless steel jewellery before hitting the pool.

Surgical Steel

Surgical steel is a type of stainless steel that has a higher corrosive resistance. This makes it perfect for use in piercings and for other medical purposes.

At Inscripture HQ we mainly use .925 Sterling silver for our jewellery as it gives us the ability to create delicate and detailed designs.

We choose to create some items in stainless steel as they can be worn by people who are sensitive to precious metal. We also feel it’s the best options for most of our Ashes Range, our Keyrings and Stretch Bracelets so they are hard-wearing, scratch-resistant and affordable.

 

Please see our full range here.

Your Guide to Planting a Memorial Tree

Planting a memorial tree is a beautiful way to treasure the memory of a loved one. It will be a reminder for generations to come and is an environmentally friendly way to celebrate your loved one’s life and let their legacy live on.

Where can I plant a memorial tree?

There are many places you could consider for your memorial from your own garden to dedicating a grove in a National Forrest. Here are the three main options for planting a memorial tree:

  • Planting it on your own land, for example in your garden
  • On private land owned by someone else, you must always gain permission from the landowner
  • Donating money to an organisation who will plant a memorial tree on your behalf in a special area.

1. Planting a tree in your own garden

Find a suitable spot for the tree and seek advice on which tree that would suit the soil, space and the amount of sunlight the area will receive. Think about how big the tree will grow and make sure the area is suitable. You might want to consider a small tree and plant it in a large pot, so should you ever move, the tree can come with you. To commemorate the life of a pet, you could consider planting the tree in their favourite spot in the garden as a daily reminder of your four-legged friend.

What type of memorial tree should I plant?

Choose a tree that is unique to the person you are celebrating. You may choose to plant a tree that your loved one enjoyed or a one that symbolises their characteristics. Most trees have a special meaning, some popular choices for memorial trees are:

  • Oak  strength and knowledge
  • Silver Birch new beginnings, regeneration and hope
  • Cherry tree good fortune and happiness
  • Rowan protection and inspiration, also known as the tree of life
  • Hazel wisdom and learning
  • Fig Tree wisdom and success.

The Present Tree has a wide range of young trees which arrive beautifully wrapped with detailed information on planting and care. Visit their site here

Sprinkling ashes around the tree

You might choose to scatter your loved one’s ashes around the base of the tree, as the tree grows the ashes nourish the tree as a living legacy. Be aware that ashes can change the soil chemistry, so seek advice on whether this will affect your tree. Some people recommend mixing the ashes with particular soil or compost first to make them more balanced with the chemistry of the ground.

2. Planting a tree on private land

You may decide to plant a tree in a spot that had a special meaning to your loved one – perhaps a local park, garden, school or in the grounds of a special building. You must get the landowners permission to do this. If you are thinking of scattering your loved one’s ashes around the tree, let the landowners know this as well, there may be restrictions in place.

Also keep in mind that, if the tree is on private land, the area could get sold or changed and you may no longer be able to access your memorial tree.

3. Using an organisation to plant a tree

You can support nature across the UK, by dedicating either a tree or a section of woodland or forest to the memory of your loved one. They will plant the trees on your behalf and you will be helping to grow an area and support wildlife. This provides a peaceful place to reflect in a natural environment.

1. The Woodland Trust have woods all over The UK and an option for you to add a plaque or a marker for an extra fee. To thank you for your donation you receive a certificate, map and woodland information sheet.

2. The Earth Trust has planting locations in Little Wittenham Wood, between Oxford and Reading. You, along with a small group of family and friends, (please check current COVID restrictions) will be able to plant the tree on a particular date.

3. The National Forrest can plant a tree for you or you can join them at one of their planting events. They also offer the option for you to dedicate a grove to your loved one and be a part of helping them create a long term future.

Please note, most organisations don’t allow you to scatter ashes as it changes the soil chemistry and can affect wildlife. Please check with each organisation directly for their policies.

 

At Inscripture we offer a range of memorial jewellery and gifts to help you treasure the memory of a loved one. See our range here

We also stock a range of Ashes Jewellery so you can keep them close to you. See our range here

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How Colour Can Boost Your Mood & Wellbeing

Research has shown that colour can affect how you feel, how others perceive you and even your health.

The Psychology of colour

Colours have associations with different moods, feelings, and emotions. Being exposed to certain colours can affect peoples perceptions and behaviour. Wearing certain colours or choosing the right shades for your home can help you feel more relaxed, confident and happier.

What is colour Therapy?

Colour therapists believe that the seven colours of the rainbow relate to the body’s seven energy centres. These energy centres, or chakras, can be rebalanced by exposing them to the right colours.

Find your colour

Which colours are associate with which emotional benefits?

❤️  Red, is a powerful and strong colour. If you’re flagging and in need of an energy boost, red should be your colour of choice. It is also thought to make you feel hungry, so is often seen in restaurants! Wearing red can make people think you are ambitious, determined and passionate.

🧡  Orange, is seen as a joyful, warm and comforting colour – perfect for giving you a lift on dreary days. It’s also associated with wisdom so could give you a boost if you have a test or presentation to do. If you wear orange, people might perceive you as being confident, warm and brave.

💛  Yellow, the colour of the sun, is seen as optimistic and happy. If you need a confidence boost, it should be your go-to colour. If you wear yellow, people might think you are creative, content and fun. It’s also associated with new ideas and problem-solving skills.

💚  Green, the colour of nature, is seen as grounding. It can help you restore balance in your life and bring you feelings of calm in a busy world. The peaceful nature of the colour can help you deal with anxiety and make you feel more resilient. If you wear green, people may see you as a good listener, generous and moral.

💙 Blue, the colour of the sky and sea, is considered calming and can help you slow down a busy mind and get focussed. It is also said to help with mental clarity and creative expression. If you wear blue, others could see you as trustworthy, loyal and relaxed.

💜 Purple, is a vibrant colour associated with energy and imagination. It can help you feel motivated, so perfect if you are struggling with a project. It’s also seen as a spiritual colour representing enlightenment and emotional balance. People who wear purple can be perceived as harmonious and peaceful, but also daydreamers.

💖 Pink, the colour of romantic love, is seen as nurturing, compassionate and caring. Pink environments are thought to be relaxing and the colour has been used in prisons to calm inmates. If you wear pink, you could be perceived as kind, intuitive and insightful.

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