5 October 2012

Welcome to October at Present Perfect. Despite the fact that celebrations like Halloween and Bonfire Night have yet to take place, this time of year inevitably begins to bring thoughts of Christmas too. And it's good to have the time to enjoy a leisurely build up to the festive season as more things begin to appear in the shops and we can spread the load a little.

September gave us the chance to visit Scotland's Trade Fair in Glasgow and it's always a pleasure to see new people and products as well as meeting up with old friends. In the former category, we were thrilled to become a new stockist of Borders Aromatics candles and reed diffusers.

Based right here in the Scottish Borders, these soy wax candles, handmade by Catherine and Mark Bauer, combine the best in quality, sustainability and environmental friendliness with good value. The stock arrival is imminent!
 Under the category of 'old friend' is Carrie Paxton, the Edinburgh-based glass artist. Her pieces were very popular at this time last year and we're looking forward to receiving some of her new designs as soon as they're out of the kiln!

If we take a moment to blow our own trumpet(!), we have been very pleased by the success of our Borders mugs. A new supply has just arrived and it includes a reverse colour, yellow and black version of the Melrose design - but the original is still available. Still great value at only £8.99.

The warm bronze colour finish of these resin figures from Gleneagles Studio seems particularly appropriate for Autumn while the animals reflect life in the countryside. In addition to these three we have a preening duck and a larger, sitting hare.

An innovation from WoodWick are these attractive mosaic glass, wax melt burners. As an alternative to a scented candle these make use of a tea light to warm and melt tablets of wax which then release their fragrance into the air.  The burners are £14.99 each and the wax tablets only £1.69 per pack. Not only does this represent great value but by mixing the wax tablets you can create your very own fragrance combinations!

Back on the topic of Christmas, we have several ranges with seasonal fragrances now available. Photographed is a new selection of seven scents from Trapp candles, all beautifully packaged. With the tag line "a bottle of perfume in every candle" they are sure to fill your home with festive fragrance. In addition, are the first arrivals from WoodWick which feature their 'dancing glass' designs, each pattern brought to life by the flickering flame and, of course, combined with the crackling wick. Ideal for autumn and winter nights!

Christmas cards have begun to arrive too! We will have a selection of cards in singles, packs of five or 10 and boxes of 20, with humorous, modern, traditional and Christmas Story themes so, hopefully, there will be something for everyone.

Finally, we'd like to let you know about a fun and interesting initiative that will begin on 12 November - the Melrose Christmas Shopping Trail. A selection of local businesses will be participating and as you follow the Trail you'll receive a confirmation of your visit to each one on your entry form (no purchase necessary). Complete the Trail and you will be entered into a Prize Draw for some great gift vouchers to spend in the new year. So please bear in mind that you will be able to do all your Christmas shopping in some of Melrose's super independent shops, take a break for coffee and a snack or even treat yourself and family or friends to a meal out, all the time completing your Trail entry form for a chance to win! Full details will appear in our next newsletter.

In the meantime, as ever, we hope you will call in to say hello.