Announcement   July 2016 update: All lantern-making materials have been packed away for the foreseeable future, while my house is being sold. (My intention is to build a strawbale home ...) Normal service will be resumed as soon as poss!

Welcome to my shop! I make colourful fairy light lanterns and (coming soon) Goddess Butterfly wall hangings.

How I started ...

Craft work has always been something I've loved to do. In November 2012 I saw some beautiful, funky fairy light lanterns in a local arts centre and decided to make some for my daughter for Christmas. I already had some lovely batik material left over from a quilt I'd made her as a wedding present, so used this and bought some fairtrade Indian Lokta and other wrapping paper.

I was hooked! I made a neighbour some lanterns in teal and red as a Thank You for gardening work she'd done for me, and I have some in my living room, but just can't stop!

I was brought up in Uganda, hence the African themed lanterns, then – for a change – a string of vibrantly colourful and very 'bling' Indian-style lights. A calming seascape theme is my current project.

The proceeds from selling the 'Uganda' lanterns will go to the Ganda Foundation who are doing wonderful work in that country, presently raising funds to provide a borehole for a school there.

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Last updated on Jul 2, 2016

July 2016 update: All lantern-making materials have been packed away for the foreseeable future, while my house is being sold. (My intention is to build a strawbale home ...) Normal service will be resumed as soon as poss!

Welcome to my shop! I make colourful fairy light lanterns and (coming soon) Goddess Butterfly wall hangings.

How I started ...

Craft work has always been something I've loved to do. In November 2012 I saw some beautiful, funky fairy light lanterns in a local arts centre and decided to make some for my daughter for Christmas. I already had some lovely batik material left over from a quilt I'd made her as a wedding present, so used this and bought some fairtrade Indian Lokta and other wrapping paper.

I was hooked! I made a neighbour some lanterns in teal and red as a Thank You for gardening work she'd done for me, and I have some in my living room, but just can't stop!

I was brought up in Uganda, hence the African themed lanterns, then – for a change – a string of vibrantly colourful and very 'bling' Indian-style lights. A calming seascape theme is my current project.

The proceeds from selling the 'Uganda' lanterns will go to the Ganda Foundation who are doing wonderful work in that country, presently raising funds to provide a borehole for a school there.

Lindsay

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Once I'd started making lanterns, I just couldn't stop!

Craft work has always been something I've loved to do. In November 2012 some beautiful, funky fairy light lanterns in a local arts centre inspired me to make my own version for my daughter for Christmas. I already had some lovely batik material left over from a quilt I'd made her as a wedding gift and bought some fairtrade Indian Lokta wrapping paper to go with it. The four different shapes you see now are much improved from that first experimental set!

I was hooked. A neighbour came and helped me sort out my overgrown garden and I made her some lanterns in her favourite colours, teal and red, as a Thank You. She worked in a local arts cafe and encouraged me to feature some of my lights there. They sold within a few weeks and I now sell regularly from there as well as here on Etsy. It was my daughter who introduced me to Etsy. I love the ethos.

It takes about three weeks to make a string of 20 lanterns if I make one a day. Each lantern takes a couple of hours to form, from fashioning the wire frame to fixing the last bit of trim. Even when a theme is repeated, no two sets are exactly alike as material and trim become unavailable and alternatives need to be found. It keeps me on my toes and the process of creating ever fresh!

The name of my shop, 'Taa nzuri', means 'pretty lights' in Swahili. I was brought up in Uganda, hence my African-themed lights. A percentage of the sale of these goes to to the Ganda Foundation, run by a musician friend and two Ugandan singers who make up the group the Ganda Boys (brilliant music!). The Foundation is doing some fantastic work, especially in Ugandan schools and hospitals.

Thank you for reading this and for visiting my shop :)

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Last updated on January 13, 2014
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Returns and exchanges
I’d like you to be over-the-moon delighted with your lanterns :) Photos are available of each and every lantern in a set so please ask and I’ll send you these before you make your purchase as a refund for the whole string of lights will not be available.

Lanterns are wrapped snuggly in copious amounts of bubble wrap and the box tailored to fit around them with no room for bouncing around inside. However, I would be glad to replace individual lanterns in the (unlikely) event that one or more gets squashed in transit, if you let me know within 14 days of receipt of your order and return it/them at your own expense within 30 days of taking delivery. (If you just plain don’t like a particular lantern, this will not be replaced!) I will cover the cost of posting the item(s) back to you once I’ve made it/them. Please note an exact replacement will depend on availability of materials and what I still have in stock .
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CANCELLATION POLICY
If you wish to cancel after your order has been dispatched to you, please take delivery of it, then post it back to me, unopened, via Royal Mail Special Delivery in the UK, or from USA and Europe via Airsure or equivalent track and trace service. You will be liable for the cost of return postage. Cost of shipping out to you will not be refunded. The price of the item will be refunded to you in full once I receive said item back and it is unopened and undamaged.
Shipping
UK ORDERS via Royal Mail Special Delivery for string of 10, Parcel Force for 20 lanterns – tracked and traced, and a signature required on delivery. Delivery time : approx. 2-3 working days, before 1pm for Special Delivery.

OVERSEAS ORDERS shipped via Royal Mail AirSure – tracked and traced, and a signature required on delivery.
Delivery times :
to USA - 6 working days after posting.
to western Europe - 2 working days after posting
to eastern Europe and postal subsidiaries (islands and principalities) - 4 working days after posting

Please note: all taxes, duties and customs fees associated with international shipping are the responsibility of the buyer. Please contact your local customs office for more information.