Only Ever Just a Temporary Measure…

I’m going to let you into a little secret, one of my favourite places to browse on the net and somewhere I love ordering stuff from. Described as ‘photographic canvases and stories and commissions and cards and accessories and a lovely cup of tea…’ Temporary Measure is a small tearoom and shop in Keswick, Cumbria and is well worth a visit either in person (oh how I’d kill to visit in person) or online at their rather fabulous boutique.

My gorgeous sister in law ‘The Middle Wife’ brought this slice of home interiors heaven into my life about seven years ago and since then whenever I’ve needed a special gift for a loved one they’ve instantly come to mind. Their mainstay used to be their printed canvases, both set pieces like the one below and some mindblowingly lovely commissions – they really have a way with words.

The lovely Emma is head honcho and an all round bundle of joy who has expanded Temp Measure over the years so that it now offers all sorts of goodies for the home from textiles (including knitted bunting!), to fine china, clothes, cards, and most recently they’ve started branching out into books. It really is a treasure trove of lusciousness and I for one would absolutely love to get a gift from here. And because it is a small family run business they even sometimes let you get away with phoning them up to commission two very special canvases with four days notice until you need them. Ahem.

Such is the perfection of Temporary Measure and their little home in Keswick that a lady who had been on a coach trip through Keswick sent a letter addressed to ‘Main Post Office, Keswick, Yorkshire Dales?’ describing a rather lovely knitted purse that she’d seen in a shop somewhere but couldn’t remember where abouts. The lovely postman in lovely Keswick just knew that it had to be a Temp Measure purse. Lo and behold it was and now Betty has a new purse and a great story to tell her friends. It really is magical and with Christmas approaching at a rate of knots, I bet you can find something perfect there for someone perfect.

  • Temporary Measure are online at or if you’re so inclined you can chat with Emma over on Twitter @onlyeverjusta although don’t distract her for too long, she has amazing things to make.

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