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I love pom poms at the best of times but these ones come with the coolest packaging!  These sweet tissue paper versions are from Engel and they come in soft muted pastels as well as poppy brights but its the box it comes in that makes it super pretty – what a cute gift for a papercrafting friend! Each box contains three pom poms in coordinating colours (45, 47 or 50cm diameter) Buy from Life’s A Party for £17.50 paper tissue pom pastel 72dpi(2) ENGEL_ pom pom large copy


Cup cake box printable

I just had to blog these super sweet cup cake / party favour boxes which come as downloadable printables from Claudine Hellmuth – she sells them over on her Etsy shop. Reminiscent of old dolls houses with a good dash of 1950s retro chic, I simply love them. What a sweet idea! They even have a removable cupcake tray!

You get five oven colours in the kit (no need for fancy software either!) as well as little flags and cute oven-mitt gift tags to embellish your boxes with. Totally perfect gift idea!


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You gotta love old Lichtenstein – and he’s all over the place at the mo as a mini pop art revival is underway. I have my eye on this fab ‘Hopeless’ cushion cover available for £15 from the Tate online shop. Visit shop.tate.org.uk to see all their other goodies!


String me up and colour me pink! I just have to get me these quirky party banners! Forget the old bunting, text banners are where it’s at. Inject a little Joie de Vivre into your get together – or, like, simply hang them in the kitchen to remind yourself to smile over the dishes. Available from PaperMash for £10!


Oh God! Don’t you just LOVE these oversized clutch bags by Nigerian designer, Dolapo James- who also goes under the name of Urban Knit. They cost £79 and the vibrant mix of Englishness and African textiles just works. I am coveting one of these – badly!

I spotted them on The Shop Project (theshopproject.com) but I warn you – you will get addicted – it is my fab find of the moment.


 

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.