Review: Treating myself with Dartington Crystal!

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I was contacted recently to ask if I’d like to collaborate with Dartington Crystal. As part of this collaboration I was given the opportunity to select anything I liked (to a certain value!) from their website.

I’m sure a brand like Dartington Crystal needs no introduction but just in case let me tell you a little bit more about them.

Dartington Crystal started out life when in 1967 a group of Swedish glassmakers brought their hand-making skills to rural North Devon and with that, started a very different glass company. Today, they continue to provide elegant, simple designs in crystal and glass and much of their range continues to be handcrafted in Devon. Did you know that Dartington is now the only crystal brand still producing in the UK? I didn’t!

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Now the problem is when you’re given SO much choice it can be really hard to make a decision but I decided rather than choose something I needed why not choose something totally frivolous and beautiful – so that’s what I did! It’s not often we mums get to splash the cash on ourselves so it was a nice treat to be able to select something just for the fun of it!

So once I decided that was the way forward, I decided what I needed was a vase. In my opinion, you can never have too many vases, even if your husband should be the type that absolutely never ever ever (ever) buys you flowers. Actually, scratch that, he did send me flowers on our wedding day but honestly outside of that I am hard-pushed to recall another occasion! Never mind, I don’t hold it against me, he treats me in other ways (thanks for the Apple TV Mr M!) and I just settle on buying my own flowers. At least that way I get what I want and they are colour coordinated.

I opted for one of their flower bottle vases – which are a distinctive Dartington design with a choice of colours and shapes. I plumped for the Daisy Flower Bottle which is made with a gorgeous cool turquoise glass and finished with a beautiful daisy illustration.

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It really is a gorgeous piece and as the Dartington Crystal website states, it is just as eye-catching without flowers (which is lucky really, huh!) and it really brightens up my kitchen. It’s currently residing on my bookshelves in the kitchen just waiting to fulfil it’s flower-filled destiny. I’d normally always choose a clear glass for a vase but I am totally in love with the colour and shape of this vase, which retails at £47. If you’re buying it as a gift you can also have it engraved and it comes neatly boxed.

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I was really impressed with this product, everyone who has come round and seen it in my kitchen has asked me about it – and I think that’s in part down to the gorgeous colour. The only issue I have now is that I want more! There’s a very special purple anemone bottle calling my name…

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