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Summer things for little ones

It’s hard to believe we are nearly at the last half term of this academic school year. We know everyone says it but where has the year gone?! It has flown by these past few weeks especially since reopening the shop and we appreciate every single one of you who has popped in, even just to say hello. It fills us with delight to see the beautiful town of Kendal thriving again and full of people.

With summer around the corner (and this weather at the moment, so gorgeous) we thought it would be nice to chat about all the lovely summer things for littles ones. Not just in the shop but also to share a few summer activities we enjoy year in year out.

We have some really great things to help little ones to get out in the garden and start to explore. As children we spent many a happy summer out in the garden building dens and having picnics and have carried this tradition on with our own children. Yes, all your blankets and pillows end up out in the garden but, hey, who cares? We have the most brilliant den building kit in the shop (and on the website) at the moment, and what is extra great about it is that it really does promote creativity. There’s no wrong way to build a den and sometimes the more creative you get the better!

Another thing we love for summer days is getting muddy and we couldn’t help but smile when we saw this ‘make a pizza for bird’s kit’ it’s so inventive and also a bit messy so a win all around for children. It comes with all the seeds a bird could possibly want upon their ‘pizza’ and also has the most delightfully illustrated bird identification cards.

Of course bug hunting has always been high on our priority list during sunny days, and containers full of woodlice and beetles have often adorned our windowsills at home for a few hours. This little entomology kit is great bit of kit for inquisitive youngsters and even has an insect spotter card included so you can identify what you’ve found. Handy if like us you don’t know your millipede from your centipede.

If the weather does stay fine this summer, we like to fling out blankets on the grass and have a good old picnic with friends. Children running around all pink cheeked and full of the joys of sunshine, while we eat copious amounts of food and doze off in the sun.

The shop is looking really lovely at the moment, and we have new arrivals in our children’s clothing department. We really love the retro style sweatshirts and think they are perfect for pairing with a pair of cotton shorts and wellingtons for a day of exploring. For wetter summer days we, of course, have a huge selection of wooden toys, which are not only of great quality but also help to keep plastic toy consumption down.

Let us know in the comments below what your go to summer activities are, and what you will be getting up to with the children during the holidays. We’re going to plan in a fair few walks and exploring of the local area, living so close to the beautiful Lake District makes us feel so lucky. Exploring on our doorstep and supporting the other small businesses in our local area is important to us.

As always you can follow along with our daily inspirations and life over on our social channels, and here’s to hoping for some warmer weather very soon.

Spring in our step: now lead stockist for John Sankey Furniture

Wow, just wow.
The support from you all this past few weeks has been overwhelming, it has brought us great joy to see our shop brimming with life again. Thank you to you all. We had butterflies in our tummies when we were finally able to open our doors after all that time spent closed. You have all given us hope for the future and we really hope that things are looking brighter for you also.

Spring is most definitely here now and we couldn’t help but smile on our walk along the river bank these past few mornings, daffodils, bluebells, blossom. It certainly is a time for new beginnings and the delight of spring colours. Speaking of new beginnings, we have new collections from our wonderful brands and artisan makers right across the store; from toys to furniture. Bringing a breath of fresh air into your home, and a touch of spring seems even more important this year.

We have long been fans of John Sankey furniture and have worked with this heritage brand for over 15 years, and are delighted to have been recently appointed as lead regional stockist. This wonderful brand is testament to British craftsmanship, with each piece of furniture not only a feast for the eyes but of a quality that is made to last. Contemporary or classic, each piece will stand the test of time, and are fully customizable, so colour and style can be unique to you. With a new season brings new shapes and lighter and brighter prints and we have recently been working with a customer styling the stunning art deco inspired ‘Albert’ chairs in a luxurious blush pink. Such inspiration on our doorstep.

John Sankey furniture also have a commitment to sustainability, which really sits well within our values here at Armstrong Ward. This is not ‘throwaway furniture’ these are legacy pieces, not trend pieces, that can be passed down to Grandchildren…if you ever want to part with them that is!
We get a real buzz about what we do, and shopping small means we can provide you with a personal bespoke service and you will always get to deal directly with us. As you may have realised we really love what we do, and feel so happy to be back chatting to customers in real life. Whilst we love our online shop, which is here for you 24/7, we just love the inspiration and learning that meeting our customers brings.

As always we are here to help, and can always pop the kettle on and discuss the endless options when it comes to fabric and finishing touches for furniture. We don’t talk about this often but we also offer an interior design service, and we just love a good project.

We hope you all have a wonderful week and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily inspirations and general musings direct from the shop.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at home … our decks are up including this tree that my daughter had named the “family” tree… filled with lots of vintage and handmade decorations that are full of memories…. including this pasta Angel ? (now minus her wings) who was made by our niece almost twenty years ago. She gets married in the New Year… how time flies! 

Independent businesses

We a passionate about working with other independent businesses… quite by accident all of the goodies on these shelves are lovingly made in England

A little moment of calm

A little moment of calm, just me in the shop enjoying our Christmas lights before we open.
Dare I say it, it’s just 3 Shopping Saturdays to go before ?!

Easy Peasy Pink Lemonade

Take 300g Caster Sugar, 3 Lemons (Sliced), 250g of Raspberries

Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and pour over 350ml cold water. Bring to the boil, stirring often, then leave to cool. Pour through a sieve, pressing down with a spoon to extract all the juices. The syrup can now be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. To serve, pour a little into a glass and top up with sparkling or still water, ice and maybe some mint.