Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Whinberry & Antler - at Country Living Christmas Fair

I've just taken a peek at Whinberry & Antler's blog and I discovered these beautiful creatures: fox, owl, field mouse and red squirrel, which will adorn Whinberry & Antler's products at the Country Living Christmas Fair this year (have a look at the hedgehog, badger, deer and hare blogged about here). Designs are by Jacinta Ingham, the talent behind Whinberry & Antler - her blog tells more about the processes she uses, starting with sketches, then an etching on a copper plate, and then silk screen printing the products with her designs.

If you can't make it to the Fair, W&A's homewares, cushions and fabrics can be bought on their website.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Best of Britannia, Farmiloe Building: these are a few of my favourite things

A few of my favourite things from the Best of Britannia event at the Farmiloe Building earlier in October: Doris & Co creamware - the cup has a very pleasing shape, slightly tapered towards the bottom, vintage inspired illustrations and well-thought out words and phrases. I like the PATIENCE mug - I need this.

Satchelle - up against the mighty Zatchels and Cambridge Satchel Company - these satchels by Satchelle are made from nice quality leather and available in a range of colours - particularly liked the cherry pink colour (bottom right in the pic)
Blodwen - modern and traditional Welsh-made products: wool blankets, cushions, wooden love spoons...
slippers, lanolin handcream and soap, and woollen blankets from Romney Marsh Wools - looking forward to seeing them next at Country Living Fair and Spirit of Christmas

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Bread & Jam dresses, Little Dye House cardigans, Saltwater sandal

Bread and Jam dresses for girls aged 2 to 10.
Two things are clear: Firstly, Bread and Jam make amazing dresses
Secondly, I'm not destined to be a photographer of children's fashions

Many months ago I was searching for some dresses that my girls could wear to a summer wedding, and then could be worn on everyday Summer days. I chose a pretty blue and white print and the bold watermelon print which my girls loved. Here they are wearing their Bread and Jam dresses with Little Dye House cardigans and Saltwater sandals.

Alice Pattullo ABC prints: S is for scissors

An alphabet print from Alice Pattullo, last blogged about here, bought at the Shop Floor Project in Ulverston.
S is for scissors

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Vintage finds: time for tea, green and spotty

Another find from my favourite vintage homewares shop
1960s Tams Ltd tableware: green cups and spotty saucers and plates

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Best of Britannia, Farmiloe Building: Archie Foal knitwear

You know how it is, when you find a piece of clothing that is perfect in so many ways? This heavy weight cardigan by Archie Foal is the one for me this autumn; and because of its classic shape and amazing quality, its something I'll wear for years to come. Knitted in Scotland from superfine merino wool with a shawl collar, it is warm enough to wear instead of a coat.

The quality is superb - the merino wool does not go bobbly ('pill' in wool-speak) and bounces back to keep its shape. Mr Archie Foal was sporting one at the Best of Britannia show yesterday at the Farmiloe building in Clerkenwell (hurry along now to catch the last few hours) - he told me he's been wearing it a lot this autumn instead of a coat, while moving boxes of stock around, and it looked like new: it has retained its shape and remained bobble-free.

close up of the Noah cardigan, available in navy, sage green, brown, and grey marl- with some fantastic red socks to wear with boots while huntin' and shootin'
I covet these too - merino knit Oskar jumpers

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Family Tree shop: Hilary Grant knitwear, Kate Sherridan and other good things

Family Tree shop on Exmouth Market, home of the perspex feather brooches I love so much (designed by Takako, the shop owner), also stocks some other great designer-makers.

I particularly like this Hilary Grant knitwear - designed, knitted and finished in Scotland, using wool from North East England. Her contemporary designs draw on the tradition of Scottish knitwear, and this season's colours are delicious coral and piccalilli, as well as more neutral brown-greys and blues. I follow Hilary on Instagram - her pictures from Orkney, where she lives, are a breath of fresh air in my London life.

Kate Sheridan iPad cases

love these Ally Capellino satchels and Veja bags (these are from France)
Veja tote bag - lovely bright red

Age of Reason scarves at Best of Britannia

Age of Reason scarves. These, I love.
Punk owls, British bulldogs, roller skates, pirate queens.
No more words are needed (last blogged about here).

Best of Britannia at the Farmiloe Building, Clerkenwell

Best of Britannia at the Farmiloe Building, Clerkenwell - it's on until Sunday, go and check out some fabulous British designer-makers (£5 entry fee)
A few pictures to set the scene - favourite finds coming up next

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