Adoring all things vintage, retro and downright quirky

Monthly Archives: November 2010

 

There’s nothing quite like a dollop of good ol’ fashioned Victoriana to get my eyes twinkling – and this wonderful little Etsy shop certainly does the trick for me. Let me introduce you to Mamas Little Babies – Santa Cruz based jewellery designer whose work is inspired by Victorian era images, particularly animals, gardening and textiles.  If you are after something a little bit unusual to adorn your lapel/neck/ears/bag, then look no further.

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The Polly brooch  (above)  really caught my eye – it’s a great price too at £12.99 as did the Soiree necklace (top image) – a very respectable £18.83 – but my favourite has to be the Victorian scissors brooch – just the right side of quirky and a snip (!) at £12.99. Free worldwide shipping too, donchaknow!


 

I LOVE letters and typography and all that jazz  – I think my penchant for the humble letter comes from never ever ever getting any gift with my name on when I was a child (Veritys can n’er be found on keyrings, pencil cases, badges, you name it (badum bum) they just don’t do Veritys!) Thankfully, now there are so many unique web shops out there selling all manner of letter-inspired stuff, I can find something to satisfy the addiction, so here is my pick:

Alphabet Bags (see main image) does what it says on the tin, good price and eye-catching…they cost around £9 and I reckon they look rather swish.

Kikki K – Aussie shop that sells exquisite stationary – like this set of alphabet stamps which costs AUD$ 24.95 and this super cute apple stamp (ok it’s not a letter but i can’t resist!) which is a tasty AUD $8.95.

 

Over on Etsy there is a whole feast of typographical treats to tantalise the design tastebuds – I love the witty designs of Alexandra Ferguson – check out her shop

Cushions are pricy at around US$90 but man, oh man, they are on my wish list!

 

One more…another Etsy find, these cute applique letter purses by Chirp and Bloom would look pretty in my handbag carrying my old bus tickets and loose change no doubt! They cost around £15 each.

 


I have been promising for ages to blog about some of the super-cute products for babies and children with a design slant for those mummies who prefer a bit of edge rather than the schmaltzy stuff that is on the highstreet. So first up is an excellent site I subscribe to called Project Nursery – it’s great for getting inspiration for your own little one’s rooms and I often find a new online boutique to check out.  The stunning nursery below was created by one of the PN members – now that’s how to do pink!

Another great site that has caught my magpie eye recently is ModGenes Designs – and Etsy store – this talented lady creates customisable prints for your little tinkers – there are some really funky designs.

The images above are totally my cup of tea, but if I was choosing one for my little Elsie Valentina, it would be these beauties…

ModGenes Designs are all fully customisable and cost around a tenner a print. Created by Lori, an art therapist who works primarily with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the company is based in the States but will ship over to the UK. I reckon it makes a change from all the pink fluff you usually get! Happy browsing!