Welcome to Once I was...


Based in the heart of Bedfordshire, we are a small family business passionate about handcrafting high quality, individual and affordable items from waste materials.


Our range of giftware, homeware, and Christmas decor reflects our love of Scandinavian and Alpine styles with simple designs, neutral colour palettes and natural finishes. 

We work with an assortment of timber including oak, teak and pine, which varies throughout the year depending on the materials we have to hand.


Each piece is individually handcrafted by us and labelled with a description of the form it once took (Once I was...)

Amongst many materials, we have previously crafted items from pine chest of drawers, window sills, coffee tables and even our old front door!


We hope you enjoy our products are much as we enjoy making them. If you have any queries please get in touch with us.


Ray & Dannii

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