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Christmas Comes Early - When You're the One Designing the Cards

As summer comes to an end we are busy working on our 2015 Christmas cards and would like your help.

Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales has the most wonderful and diverse collections and we like to take inspiration from them when producing our Christmas cards.

Our curators have been scoring the collections looking for objects, paintings, photographs and specimens that shout Christmas and we have selected some images as potential cards for this year.

Help Us Choose - Vote For Your Favourite

We’d like you to help us make our final choice of six by voting for your favourite three images.

Natural History Collage 1

Natural History Collage 2

Natural Sciences Collage 3

These images have been created by the Digital Imaging Officer in our Natural Science Department. Look closely and you’ll see that these snowflakes and tree are not what they seem.

Quilt 1 (Hexagons)

Quilt 2 (Triangles)

Red and white applique quilts from the textile collections at St Fagans National History Museum. The red used is usually referred to as Turkey red!

Pine Cone Illustration

This pine cone is botanical illustration from our Natural Sciences department at National Museum Cardiff.

Welsh Woman by John Thomas

This photography of a Welsh lady comes from our photographic archive at St Fagans National History Museum, and was taken by John Thomas, an early travelling photographer.

Calennig

This photograph shows children enjoying the Welsh tradition of Calennig, a celebration of New Year. It is from the photographic archive at St Fagans National History Museum.

Robin (Taxidermy)

This beautiful piece of taxidermy of a robin is from our Natural Science collections.

Turkeys

This illustration of turkeys by Pierre Belon comes from our Library at National Museum Cardiff.

History of British Birds 1

History of British Birds 2

These two beautiful illustrations from the History of British Birds 4th edition and was suggested by our Librarians at National Museum Cardiff.

Poinsettia

This striking poinsettia image is also from our Library at National Museum Cardiff.

Star Map from the 1500s

Another suggestion from our Library, this is an illustration from a C16th star map.

Christmas Wreath

A photograph of a Christmas wreath hung on the door of St Fagans Castle.

Hand-Knitted Socks

A row of hand knitted sock from the textile collections at St Fagans National History Museum.

Which one is your favourite? Don't forget to cast your vote!

We are celebrating our new exhibition Chalkie Davies the NME Years with some great new products.

Catalogue

A 54 page catalogue containing over 40 plates of photographs from Ziggy era Bowie through to the Two Tone movement and Punk and beyond. The book’s introduction is by acclaimed journalist Jon Savage.

Postcard Box

Chalkie Davies has chosen 24 of his photographs for this box of postcards. This set of portraits include subjects as diverse as The Ramones, Dolly Parton, the Sex Pistols and Elton John and span Chalkie’s work during the late 1970s and 1980s.

Design: Barney Bubble Estate

Poster

An A1 sized exhibition poster featuring a striking image of Lemmy from Motorhead.

Magnet Sets

Two sets of themed magnets featuring David Byrne and Julian Cope and The Specials and John Lydon.

Camera Jewellery

Whether you used a Kodak Instamatic or a Polaroid Supercolour you’ll love these fun pieces of jewellery from Ladybird Likes.

We’re getting excited about attending the upcoming gift buying shows in Birmingham and London in the next couple of weeks.  It feels crazy but we’ll be doing our order for Christmas 2015 decorations while we’re there!

The Spring shows are where our suppliers launch their new product ranges and are a great way to spot trends for the season. We try to find all of the Welsh companies at the show and make sure we visit their stands and find companies that we can work with to develop exclusive products for the Museum shops.

We found a great new company at last year’s shows. Here’s a sneak preview of an exclusive range that will be in the shops in the Spring. We love the dark denim and think it works so well with the super bright print.

Keep checking the shops and online shop to see the new product ranges coming through.

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, wrap up and stay toastie with our 5 favourite Welsh Winter warmers

1. We commissioned these lovely tapestry blankets from Welsh woollen mill Melin Teifi in Carmarthenshire, one of the few remaining working mills in Wales.  Using a traditional Caernarvon pattern we gave them a contemporary twist by using fresh tones and a bright pop of colour.

2. Treat yourself to a bit of luxury with a pair of cashmere socks. Carmarthen based Corgi Hoisery was established in 1892 to produce woollen stockings for local colliers. Today, every pair of socks is individually made on a hand knitting machine.

3. Just add hot milk to this luxury hot chocolate for a warming drink. Add a nip of Penderyn for an even more indulgent treat. This hot chocolate comes with a chunky earthenware mug.

4. These stylish pure new wool blankets from Tweedmill Textiles in Denbigh combine great design and value. Layer up a couple for an elegant style statement for the home.

5. Woven in Wales using a traditional pattern these 100% wool tweed flat caps are a stylish way to keep warm whether you’re out and about in the city or country this Winter.

Cardiff on a bag!

Bight and breezy hand printed bag showing some of the Welsh capital’s best loved buildings. Heavy weight, wipe clean cotton makes these bags long lasting. They come in two sizes, a roomy shopper and a mini tote, perfect as a lunch bag. Each bag comes with a button badge so that you show your love of Cardiff wherever you go.

A perfect present for romantics

This beautiful silver ring is inspired by a 15th-century gold posy ring found near Ewenny Priory. Inscribed with ‘ieme la belle’ on the outside there is a secret translation just for the eyes of your loved one on the inside that reads ‘love is beautiful’. 

Looking for a present for an art lover?

Internationally acclaimed for its eccentricity and lovelorn lyricism, Dylan Thomas’s 1954 ‘play for voices’ has long echoed in the imagination of the founding father of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake.  This beautiful book captures his obsession with works in pencil, watercolour and collage.

St Fagans Lovespoon Collection

This stunning collection of Welsh Lovespoons have been hand carved by Sion Llewellyn. Each one is based on a Lovespoon from the collection at St Fagans: National History Museum.

Knit one, purl one

Join the craft revolution with this lovely 100% pure new wool yarn made on the historic machinery at National Wool Museum near Carmarthen West Wales. Just a few balls will knit up a cozy snood or buy for a 500g cone for a cost effective way of making a larger project. Roll on winter…