Tuesday, 3 March 2015

10 of my favourite Mother’s Day cards created by Independent Designers

Every year I buy my Mum a card created by an independent designer. There are loads to choose from, many raise a smile and all sing the praises of Mums, Grandmas, Nannas and Grannies. We’re all busy people & sometimes it can seem easier to bung a card in the trolley when we’re doing the weekly shop. But I urge you to either visit a local gallery or independent shop in your area or get online & purchase a card from someone who designs & creates in the UK.

We have such a wealth of talent in this country. Independently designed cards can often be personalised, many are hand drawn and lots of designers use techniques such as screen printing, mixed media and papercut skills.

By choosing a card that hasn’t been mass produced by a large card manufacturer you are helping to support home grown talent. You may also like to read about the “Just a Card” campaign started by Sarah Hamilton and supported by Mollie Makes and The Design Trust. The campaign aims to encourage people to appreciate just how valuable every purchase from artists, designer/makers and independent shops are. Take a look at their website to find out more about the “Just a Card” campaign

Alongside lots of cuddles and a cup of tea in bed, I'd be happy to have any of these cards handed to me on March 15th. The following is a list of 10 of my favourite cards created by independent designers from the United Kingdom.

First up is 'Tea Rrific' Mother's Day Card from Tee and Toast

Custom Illustrated Portrait for Mother's Day Character Card by Calico Skies

Mother's day card - elephants - handmade card by Sally & the Freckles

My Fingers May Be Small But… Cute Mummy Card by Cloud 9 Design

Happy Penguin Mothers Day by IvoryMint

Funny Mummy Poetry Card by DogAsPony

Mums things mothers day card by mrs L cards

Thank you for being so lovely - handcut custom papercut card by House Of Alphonse

Personalised 'Best Mum' Family Tree Card by Peardrop Avenue

Personalised 'Loveliest Grandma' Certificate by Eskimo Kiss Designs

“It is more important than ever to support our local independent shops. To keep our High Streets peppered with interesting galleries and indie shops we need to be mindful of our buying choices. So whether it’s just a card, a print or a piece of jewellery, support your favourite makers, and show us your purchases using the hashtag #justacard.”

This blog claims no credit for any images posted on this site unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog are copyright to its respectful owners. I have asked permission from each of the designers featured here to use their images on my blog.

Linking up with Brilliant Blog Posts,My Best Post of the Week #MBPW over on Britmums and The List link-up on youbabymemummy.com

Friday, 20 February 2015

Mother's Day discount offer on vintage fabric handmade gifts

Mother's Day is just around the corner.

Here in the United Kingdom, it's Mother's Day on the 15th March.

Rather than picking up something on the high street or in the supermarket, why not give your Mum a unique, handmade gift?

I'm currently offering a 25% discount on all my vintage fabric lavender rabbits and owls.

Filled with soothing lavender, they make the perfect gift to help any hard-working Mum relax.

Vintage fabric rabbits have 25% off the original price - so they are reduced from £12.50 to £9.50

Vintage fabric owls also have 25% off the original price - so they are reduced from £9.00 to £6.75

Sunday, 15 February 2015

A Year on the Allotment: February

This month on the allotment it's all about the digging. And the weeding.

The plot has been a bit neglected recently with illness in the family and my Mum breaking her arm.

It doesn't take long for weeds and grass to make inroads into the allotment.

There's only one way to prepare a plot and that's to dig it.

Luckily Mr. M is on a health drive and sees digging as part of his keep fit regime...which is lucky as there's tons of it to do.

We all pitched in, Magoo weeded the raised bed & I dug the flower section.

We went prepared with sandwiches, chocolate and crisps and ate a picnic in the sunshine.

There aren't many things that can top a hot cuppa from a flask. Simple pleasures.

We listened to the birds singing and waved at the people sitting on the trains passing by.

We peered at "massive" worms.

Magoo's use of the word "massive" has to be taken with a pinch of salt.

We also went to have a nose at the chickens on a neighbour's plot.

He kindly gave us three fresh eggs, which Magoo carried back to our home as if they were the crown jewels.

When we downed tools, we were dirty and tired, but we'd made some progress with preparing the plot.

I think three sets of muddy gloves and muddy boots are a sign of a day well spent...

I'm linking up with these lovely blogs Country Kids, #ordinarymoments over on www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk, The Outdoor Play party over on http://mudmudmarvellousmud.com, #magicmoments on theoliversmadhouse.co.uk, Image of the Week #iotw www.trulymadlykids.co.uk, How Does Your Garden Grow over on www.mammasaurus.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Vintage Love: Jobrey turquoise maxi skirt

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair rocked up at the Passenger Shed in Bristol over the weekend. Their fairs are always a red-letter day in my house. They are well-organised, chock-full of amazing stalls and there's plenty of tea and cake...what's not to love? Plus you get to people-watch and gaze in envy at other people's beautiful vintage outfits.

I went along with two friends. One was due to go to a wedding in the Summer and vintage fairs are the perfect place to pick up a unique piece of clothing. My friend eventually settled on a stunning silk 1950s gown. It fitted her like a glove. You know when you've picked up a vintage gem when everyone around you is paying compliments whilst giving you the 'darn it, wish I'd seen that first' look.

My other friend made a bee-line for the Frilly Chantilly stall. They make gorgeous reproduction dresses and their stand is always very popular at Lou Lou's.

I picked up this beautiful maxi skirt almost as soon as I walked through the door. It just leapt out at me. I love the colours, a mixture of turquoise, bottle green, cobalt blue and deeper shades of purple. Incredibly hard to capture just how amazing the colours are on this skirt. It was clearly made for someone who was about 8ft tall, so I'm going to shorten it for me. There's so much fabric that I will probably make a tunic top out of the rest. I wont waste any of it...

I really love the label "Jobrey: Fashioned for Loveliness". Well, that's certainly true. I can't find much out about Jobrey, so I will do a bit more digging on the internet.

If you ever get a chance to go to fair organised by Lour Lou's, then please go along. They hold them all over the country and you can see why they keep winning awards. Take a peek at their diary to see if there's one rolling into a town near you...



Monday, 9 February 2015

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Every Sunday the Tobacco Factory hold a market. They often have over 40 food & craft stalls. It is a thriving market promoting local produce.

On the day we went, it was absolutely freezing. But despite the cold, the market was full of people. It was lovely to see a market being fully supported by the local community.

There was a diverse selection of food stalls and craft sellers at the market. It was nice to see a mix of food & craft. Many of the craft fairs I have been to in the past have not been well attended. I think food stalls attract people into the market and then people are more inclined to browse the handmade stalls whilst they are there.

My Mum bought a handmade coat hook from Clark and Robinson. It is well made and has great detail on the coat hooks. An individual piece that you wont find anywhere else.

I bought a lovely selection of fresh veg. It was really nice to see huge muddy parsnips, rather than the sanitised supermarket versions. Incidentally, Huge Muddy Parsnips is quite a good name for a band...

I bought the other half a huge, handmade chocolate heart from Zara's Chocolates. My niece also bought two bars of chocolate from her. we demolished a whole bar of salted praline between us. It was cold, we needed the calories. I can confirm that it was some of the nicest chocolate I have ever eaten.

I also bought some spicy chutneys. The carrot chutney is incredibly fiery...we all need a bit of heat in the Winter though don't we?

We will definitely be going back and I'm considering having a stall there myself selling my vintage wares, watch this space...

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Gingerbread

The theme for this term at Magoo's school is 'Fairytales'.

Last week they made & ate porridge just like the three bears.

This week they made & decorated gingerbread men. Or should that be Gingerbread people?

I can confirm that shortly after these pictures were taken Mr Gingerbread lost his head...then his legs...his arms...and finally his buttons.

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