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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 ūüôā

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





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’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 and costs £18 each.

You can always rely on¬†a pair of pretty red shoes to lift the spirits on a Wednesday morning – and aren’t these just peachy? These Chia Mihara Osmo sandals (yes, really!) cost ¬£225 and I found them on a rather nifty little online vintage-inspired boutique called Ruby Plum. Choc full with gorgeous dresses, knits and bags, the only problem is deciding what to keep in my basket!

I have had my eye on this Marianne bag (£130) for some time and may have to start dropping some p-r-e-t-t-y heavy hints soon to the other half. Surely I deserve it?!?!!

Gasp! I saw these Dollybird storage jars by The Big Tomato Company and swooned! Choose from the Chinese, red head, blonde, brunette, African and Indian Dolly Birds. Each jar costs £59.95 but honestly, they are going to be a design classic Рa real gem that the grankids are going to pester you to leave them in your Will. I have my eye on the China Dollybird. They also do lots of other super funky homewares such as the winking bowl and whistling teapot! Cute!

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 ( 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.


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!