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For the last four years I have been taking my foraged finds back to my tiny south facing garden shed, (where I have no electricity) and turning them into a range of preserves. My shed has been bursting at the seams and spilling out the door, dripping jewel like jars of syrups, vinegars, jellies, cordials and salts down the garden path, into the house and taking over every corner of my life.  I have been hiding away in rural bliss for many, many years, working alone and becoming slightly feral. After much deliberation, I decided it may be time to rejoin society and In late Spring I took the plunge and signed a lease on a premises in Cardigan town with my dear friend, Carys Hedd. Carys is an incredible artisan maker who runs classes and  stitches beautiful bespoke pieces of upcycled clothing under her own label Wench.


Our first purchase was a beautiful red velvet sofa, from which we decided on the trading name Melfed, which is Welsh for Velvet.  sofa

The following few months were spent brainstorming,  scrubbing, painting, planning, hammering, sawing and planting. We hauled in the help of the carpentry skills of Misha, Benjamin Grey, and John Spikes.
spikes shelves
We built a kitchen for me to preserve in, bought retro units from a selection of wonderful Welsh junk shops and antiques centres. We trauled charity shops and boot fairs.  Benjamin built me a beautiful long bar top and Carys was given an incredible ‘sewing wardrobe’.

Carys stitched us beautiful dresses for the grand opening, I baked us wild treats and finally, in the middle of July we unveiled the doors of our studio Melfed, number 6 The Arcade, Cardigan High Street.

melfed press

Melfed is just off the High Street, at the bottom of a Lost Arcade, opposite Barclays bank & next to The Works

me & carys

A fusion of foraged food & fashion!
Gwledd a Gwisg Gwyllt

melfed blackboard

Since then I have been loving the new space!  Carys has started upcycled evening classes and I have been bottling the late Summer sunshine and Autumn bounty.


To help us acclimatise to urban life we have been taking morning dips in the sea, and of course returning each evening to our rural dwellings, me half way down a wooded valley in Ceredigion and Carys on top of a mountain above the Gwaun valley.
melfed garden

We are squirreling away in our studio most weekdays, so do pop by to say hello if you are passing Cardi town.

red velvet cake


5 responses

  1. How absolutely fabulousxxx

    October 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

  2. So glad to have found your blog Jade – and just love the foraged food and fashion, wish I was closer – good luck with your joint venture 🙂

    October 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    • Oh I’ve only just seen this, thank-you so much for your lovely comment! x

      February 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm

  3. This looks great, well done and much success…

    October 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    • Sorry for such a late response, but thank-you! x

      February 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

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