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If you are ever after something unique to brighten up your work clothes or simply want to add a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe, then do pop over to Etsy to see the handiwork of the very talented Emma Morgenthaler of Fairytale Collars. I just adore her creations. From mermaids, to pizzas, she does quirky perfectly! I’ve picked a couple of her gorge collars and a funky little pin that I really should be sporting as a bonefide red lipstick wearer.

Pompom cherry peter pan collar £13.50
Dragon Fruit peter pan collar, £15
Pastel felt heart collar, £15
Red glitter ‘Red Lipstick Club’ pin, £6
Felt donut peter pan collar, £12
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Stop press! If you are looking for a beautiful scrummy cake then look no further! I have to shout out to the wonderful and talented Anne Paulette whose fabulous cakes are something to behold. This Bristol-based cupcake genius has just launched a new website and there are some absolutely stunning cakes available.

Annie is inspired by vintage glamour and this is evident in her super cute Tiffany Butterfly cupcakes  (below) and the Button cupcakes (bottom).

But my absolute favourite cake has to be the Victorian wedding cake! I love that Annie has an eye on the past to create something gorgeous for people’s futures!


I know we’re not meant to like bugs, and I’ll be the first to swipe at a wasp after my sandwiches at a picnic, but these insect-inspired designs by UK based Warbeck & Cox are the bee’s knees! I stumbled across them while browsing the excellent Poppytalk monthly online street market. The Grasshopper cushion above costs £40.

How about offering your dinner guests these beetle napkins. £20 for a set of four. They don’t just go mad for bugs, either. I rather fancy this Key mug (£10) and the fab irons teatowel (£8.50)!

Who said domesticity had to be boring??


If you want some cute vintage-inspired jewellery, look no further than Elsie Belle. I came across this little lovely at a craft fair last Christmas and meant to blog about it then, but never got around to it.  From lockets to rings, I love the cute attention to detail, the delicate woodland-creature-adorned necklaces, a nod to the current obsession in interiors for animalia.

I have picked out a couple that caught my eye – and they are really well priced to boot! At the top is the Florence pendant –  a 1950s Japanese pearlised porcelain cabochon mounted onto a raw brass floral locket. Fill with keepsakes or photos of your loved ones. £16.95

The Littlest Things locket is also uber-sweet. You can choose a vintage enamelled bird or butterfly cabochon. £13.95.


 

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!


A great new find, courtesy of my ever watchful sister Siobhan, an avid crafter and seamstress extraordinaire. This little online boutique is jam-packed full of goodies, and all at a great price.

Enter: Re-Found Objects! This little site is ace, I love the paper stuff (see top image) and also these mexican paper designs.

Or what about these cute ‘Rusty Shapes’ from £2.50 each.

For textile fanciers, these lovely vintage Parisian ‘Memento’ cushions are just darling and for £35 each, a fair price for a slice of silky vintage history.

I could go on…oh ok, just one more…

I love these recycled metal picture frames – very salt-weathered and sea-sidey and a snip at £9. Fab! I urge you to favourite it (then you can buy lots of new and interesting stuff and wow your friends!)


Elsie Riley in Venue!

Well, our little shoot has been making the headlines – this time in Venue magazine. It’s great to see the images in print even though our other feature has not yet been published – Elsie Riley’s owner, Katie was so pleased with the pix that she is using then as her own promotional images now – praise indeed!