I love Etsy. There are some beautiful, handmade treasures to be found. I found a gorgeous shop called BarkAndBirch, which sells bespoke, handmade and personalised wooden gifts and prints. Many of the sellers are a small business making ethical products by hand. I was delighted when I came across this beautiful chopping board.
I love knowing where the things I’m buying have come from and I think the story behind BarkAndBirch is lovely.
About The Lovely Lydia And BarkAndBirch:
Over the last ten years, I have bought a lot of wedding and new baby gifts! But always found it hard to give something really special, bespoke and personal without spending a fortune. My sister lives in the Alps in Austria and we visit a lot. It’s an inspiring place and I love all of the traditional wooden ornaments and wall hangings there. I bought a few for gifts, which my friends loved, but I really wanted something more bespoke and contemporary. I couldn’t find anything to buy, so I bought some lovely wood slices and a wood burning pen and started making my own. One of the first ones I did was for my goddaughter’s christening gift! Friend’s started to ask me if I could make ones for them so I set up my Etsy shop nearly a year ago. It’s doing really well and I love doing bespoke orders and hearing customer’s stories around them.
My little business allows me to work around family life with my two young girls. I gave up my job in children’s publishing after having my second child, so being able to work from home is brilliant.
The chopping boards are one of my favourite products as the olive wood they are made from is so naturally beautiful and smells amazing. Their sustainability is really important to me and I source the wood from old trees which are past their natural fruiting life.
All products are designed, burnt and packaged in my kitchen studio at my house in south-east London.
The quality of the BarkAndBirch products is stunning. I love the grain of the wood and the raw bark edge. Lydia will burn names or initials and dates into the wood, giving it a really personal touch.
One of these chopping boards would make a perfect Valentine’s gift for a loved one, particularly if you teem it with cheese and wine.
You can visit BarkAndBirch here. The turnaround time following an order is around 3 days so get your orders in!
Thanks for reading. Keep your eyes peeled for more gift ideas coming very soon.