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It’s that time of year again, when we wrack our brains for ideas of what gifts we would like to find nestled under the Christmas tree…
So I’m going to be awfully helpful to you ladies, and infuse your day with some divine inspiration in the form of these elegant, beautifully designed, British made items of lingerie. I guarantee, they will not only make you feel like a bonefide Hollywood screen siren, but if you have one, they will most likely go down pretty well with your other halves. Drop those hints, ladies!

Channel your inner Garbo and immerse yourself in pure Hollywood glamour with this 1930’s lounging robe in peach, £85 from What Katie Did.
What Katie Did creates such pretty colourful seamed stockings from just £10 a pair! I love the baby blue hues.
Satin french knickers, £31 from Pandora’s Choice – coupled with the bullet bra for a totally authentic shape and style (and comfort too!)
Be seen to be chic collecting the milk from the doorstep in the Shelly Midnight blue three piece pyjama set – £79 from Kiss Me Deadly. It includes a pretty cami top, satin bottoms and a gorgeous wrap around robe!
How sweet is this Bettie Page long line over wired emerald bra, £50, by Playful Promises, available from Kiss Me Deadly Lingerie?
Cinch that waist with the Cupcake waspie suspenders, £138 from Buttress and Snatch.
A pretty pink cotton poplin waspie boned suspender belt which is beautifully trimmed with a sweet broiderie anglaise and oodles of frills, lace and satin.

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!


I have been baking a fair bit recently particularly lovely healthy little cakes, muffins and biscuits that I can feed to Elsie – no sugar and lots of good wholewheat and fruit inside. But when I do bake, I get out my old apron and the other day I thought I might fancy getting a new one. Here’s my pick of the best ones out there!

First stop is Ulster Weavers – a great online shop for really reasonably-priced home-ware (mugs, aprons, tea towels etc) This Doris Apron is only £16! I also love the Teatime apron below.

Luscious, luscious Anthropologie sells so many pretty things. These gorgeous aprons are just too pretty to only wear in the kitchen. They cost £28 each.


And there are more aprons than you can shake a stick at over on Etsy but I like this Curvy Chole vintage apron by Dianne Designer Aprons ($29.95)

Ok, well this isn’t an apron but I thought it was great! These quirky oven mitts are something, aren’t they!They cost £25 from Hunkydory Home.

And lastly, here’s some dapper napkins to finish off the look! These come from Stitch Design Works – £14.95 for four. Happy baking and cake eating!


I’m rather fancying this smart new range of home accessories by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams. It’s got pigeons, doubledecker buses, clapperboards and other such fumbly Britishness. I totally have my eye on the typewriter cushion below and love the phone cushion too, but it’s the achingly retro-with-a-modern-twist telephone lamp that I am hankering for – at only £35 I might have to get this for my new home office…

They are both available from Debenhams.com and costs £18 each.