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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

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Super cute handmade bag from miss ella on etsy

Super cute handmade bag from miss ella on etsy

I’m back working on fab craft mag, Craftseller after an eight month maternity break and I’m being super-inspired by just about everything in the forthcoming issue! They have just had a new redesign and I love the new look! Check out the Craftseller blog for lots of tips, inspiration and more! Better still, buy the mag 🙂

This cat and bear ears bag by the supremely talented Ella Goodwin is on my must-have list – what a cute idea! See her fab store on Etsy

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Ye Gads! Are you ready for a style and colour overload? I am aghast with the loveliness I have stumbled upon today whilst researching for a feature for Craftseller magazine. I write the best buys pages and was looking for summer essentials for crafters when I spotted Marie Perkin’s City Centre fabric – Oh how pretty! *see image above.

Further prodding about revealed Print and Pattern blog’s latest post on Brighton-based Sukie’s bloomin lovely postcard designs (below). As I am currently doing up the nursery for baby number two (due in August!) I think this would make a splendid addition!

Oh go on, one more….this foxy treat is by another home-grown talent called Scion – they are fabric desginers and I really like this little fellow!


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!


 

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!


Well apologies again for my lapse in postings – having a baby really does take up your time 😉

Elsie Valentina came into the world on August 23 at 12.58pm weighing 8lb 13 and is a real little beauty. I have since been obsessed with cute baby clothes and will post on this shortly, but for now, here are a few things I have spotted recently inbetween burping, feeding and nappy-changing…

H&M has now got a funky home range and while they don’t do a massive load of stuff, i really like what they do – I have already snappped up the cushion and table runner and am in the process of customising these gorgeous bags as Christmas presents for my sisters…

First up: Sel de Mer cushion – £7.99 (image above)

Or how about these linen bags – only £6.99

I have also bought the table runner – I’m really loving the old English rustic vibe. This is only £12.99 too.

While on the hunt for Christmas goodies (I know, I know, it’s early but when you have to be creative with your pennies, it’s worth shopping shrewdly!) I have fallen in love with this beautiful little paper store called Papermash. I have ordered the lace tape from there and also the bird stamp and typewriter tape. So cute – my present wrapping is going to be the bomb!

Lace tape – £5.95

Bird stamp – £12

Here’s one for the kids – how cute is this tooth fairy kit? When Elsie is old enough, she’s having one!

I’ll be back soon with more lusious finds for Christmas…



Oh how darling! These lovely little paper flowers by Dutch stationery designer, Jurianne Matter are beautiful – and cheap! Her kits come with a variety of different flowers in various colour combinations and have all sorts of uses: You can thread Blom flowers on a string to create cute floral bunting or jazz up your fairy cakes as well as making a bouquet by pressing the flowers out of the A5 card and threading them onto traditional florist wire.

These packs can be bought in lots of places but check out Berry Red. Each contain 3 cards printed with 5 mixed flowers (15 easy pop out flowers in total) + 4.50 m florist wire. Diameter of each flower is approx. 6 cm. Kits cost £8.50.