Archive for December 2013

Get Creative With Paper Chains

Who doesn’t love festive paper chains?

Whether you just love crafting or are looking for ideas to keep the children entertained over the Christmas season, you’ll love these suggestions. Our team of Phoenix Traders weren’t happy to just form a garland out of their paper chain packs. They started to experiment with more creative options and this is what they have come up with.

Creating with Paper Chains : 

Absolutely love this Christmas wreath by Nichola Hannaford.

christmas wreath paper chain

Stunning Paper Chain Wreath – courtesy of trader Nichola Hannaford

These hanging hearts from trader Su Pierce are super easy to make and using different paper would be great for Valentines Day too.

heart hanging paper chains

Heart Hanging Decoration – courtesy of trader Su Pierce


If you live in or around Verwood, I have a large selection of Christmas paper chains for you to choose from. They come in packs of 144 links for £4. When made up this equates to 12 metres of paper chain.
If you’d like to pop in to buy some, please e-mail me at stating which of the two items above you plan to make. I will include instructions for making your chosen item with each pack.

Phoenix Trading supplies Buckingham Palace

amanda loverseed advent calendar


Imagine my delight when, during a recent visit to Phoenix Trading’s Head Office, I was given this very special advent calendar. As the advent calendar was commissioned by the Buckingham Palace shop, Phoenix Trading were not allowed to put their logo on the back. There is no doubting, however, where it came from.

A member of the buying team from Buckingham Palace apparently saw some of artist Amanda Loverseed’s advent calendars on a Phoenix Trading stall at one of the large London fairs and the rest is history… .

amanda loverseed advent calendar

There may not be a Royal Warrant in it for the company this time around but, if the Queen loves it, you never know…

I’ll be scanning the Queen’s sideboard during her Christmas Day speech!

To view more of the fabulous designs that Amanda Loverseed has produced for Phoenix Trading visit Sarah Loves Cards.