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This little fellow is too cute for words! Felty fox all curled up – from FeltCuriousShop on Etsy

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Lucky doll charms

Ever watchful for super-cute finds, I have come across some great French websites (thanks Shiv) that I thought were so lovely, they need to be shared…

Pop by Les Fleurs a blog that has since turned into a shop selling unbelievebly cute bits and bobs like the Lucky doll charms (above) which cost €11. And the amazingly detailed ‘bijouets’ brooches below are something else.

 

 

Paris XL

Oooh I love this little ‘Carte Postale Paris Retro’ by Camille Soulayrol

carte postale Paris

Next up is Yum Yum which makes some adorable jewellery, bags and accessories, really unique stuff that you just don’t find no matter how hard you search!

Yum Yum

I love the Cherry branch brooches below. There are lots more lovely things to see, so I suggest you get over there toute suite!

cerisier

 

 


I have been a bad, bad blog lady as I have been so busy decorating my house and working like the proverbial dog, so this is a mega quick post to highlight a super shop I love, love, love – BUDDUG.

 

buddug-shop-sign

First off , how cute is their shop sign? A pretty hanging dress embroidered with their names! I love it.

And now to the offerings…

letter-pendants

I like these letter pendants.

london-pin

And how about this cute London pin? Jazz up any old coat that would!
Ah go on, one more for you then…the tea pot collection throws up some really pretty creations. I quite fancy this here white pot brooch! I strongly urge you to visit this lovely little shop!

teapot-pin


Animalia tray

Just a quick post to flag up some really cute and unique gifts I have stumbled across whilst on my travels. If you are ever in Amsterdam and get the chance to visit Egg Merchantile on Lelie Straat, then you simply must drop in for a browse.

They sell some simply exquisite pieces of design, from trays and ceramic ornaments to wall hangings accessories. For example, how about some good old fashioned animalia? Check out these large serving trays from ibride (above) I particularly like the  Crow Conquistador – very ornithological-theatrical – and guaranteed to be a talking point at your cocktail party.

And this set of 4 cast porcelain flying birdies below are handmade in Denmark by Trine Weng and Susan Liebe, otherwise known as the Casalinga team. They cost €55 and provide an interesting and modern take on the three flying ducks.

Blue birdies

Or what about Élise Lefebvre’s “Wonderland” collection of woodland creature  immortalised in porcelain? I love the little fox pendant but the birdies and piggies are super cute too (€65)

Foxy pendant
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of surprises, and the clever and creative Lola Goldstein’s  sweet range of porcelin ‘creatures’ just makes me smile. I love, love, love the little nut fellow (below.)

Small Nut

Finally, I fallen for the charms of Lyndie Dourthe whose beautiful ‘Oiseaux’ brooches are inspired by the images taken from the 17th & 18th Century encyclopedia illustrations. The images are transferred onto coarse cotton canvas and then stuffed and stitched to within an inch of their little lives. They also have a little silver plated pin attached so you can wear them as a brooch and they come in their own painted boxes – exquisite – and only €26 each!

 smallldtreasurebirds

That’s your lot for now…happy shopping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Did you know…

That there are so many web pages on the internet that even if you had hundreds of people scanning the internet 24 hours a day for the rest of their lives, you would never read them all, you wouldn’t even read a squillionth of them? That is why today has been good. The search engines were creaking and rattling in my favour, lady luck was smiling and I managed to find some super little sites that I may not have otherwise ever have seen.

 

 As usual, this is a resource, so please go ahead and see for yourself how fab these little online stores are – and of course, if you do buy something, let me know how it goes!

 

Touchy-feely fabrics

 

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: all the best fabric sites are in the US! Ok so it’s massively bigger than the UK but c’mon people! Honestly, I see a site, bookmark it, then quickly check the contact details, and hey ho, it’s never in the UK. This is my call to arms! We need more fabric sites in Blighty!

 

Back to the good stuff:

 

I have located two new textile resources – and yes, they are in the US – but they are wonderful! Shipping costs aren’t too bad either (thank God for the weak dollar!)

 

Make me

 

This little site specialises in both modern and vintage textiles from the 50s, 60s and 70s. With Jetson-inspired fabrics, there is no mistaking their quality and authenticity. I am itching to get my hands on some the gorgeous salmon gingham below and I just adore this cute kids fabric

 

  

or the uber cool ‘cross town’ design (below) –  I can just see myself swinging a cute shoulder bag around town in this fabric. They also offer vintage lace trims too…

 

 

Melina Made

Melina’s vintage reproduction fabrics, bags, wallpaper and accessories are great. She also does a modern range but it’s her vintage designs that catch my eye.

 

 

 The best thing is she sells swatches with all 17 fabrics in for only $18 so if like me you use them for small projects it’s a steal!

 

Other sewing bits

 

I have also come across Glitter and Grunge which hosts profiles for a number of unique little artists, most of which have their own websites or etsy page. I particularly like Vallen Queen’s vintage-inspired tea cosies (above)

 

Creations with a vintage slant

 

and Tammy Gillet’s designs such as this beautiful vintage-inspired paper creation while Karen Vogel’s unusual vintage pendants are truly exquisite.

Likewise, Silly Boodilly’s designs are a unique combination of folk art and victoriana – a new favourite of mine!!

 

 

Silly Bodilly\'s unusual brooch designs

 

 

And finally….some vintage eye candy…

Janet Lauers\' original  mosaic creations

Janet Lauer is a mosaic artist and creates under the name of Grindstone Mountain – her work is amazing. Do have a look at her website if you want to see more these wonderful items.

Sleepy Hollow Crafts just makes me happy. I love this little vintage doll.

And lastly, we have feasted our eyes, so now, let’s see what our tummies say to the rather splendid offerings of a little Somerset farm shop called Godminster who sell a range of ‘vintage’ goodies for foodies. They are so fab, they have won an award…

 

 

Now, wouldn’t you like these to clutter up your pantry?

   


dsc02030.jpgBrown birdy

My new passion is birds – I am currently making lots of little bird brooches to pin onto your bag, blazer, trench coat, scarf, whatever. I am on the hunt for powder coated pins and haven’t had much luck yet.