Month: May 2016

Etsy review – biscuits, beans and a couple of Mandrakes

Over the past couple of months I’ve been doing some serious online shopping (whoops!) and have returned again to my favourite online outlet- Etsy! I’ve purchased some really cool things lately so thought I’d blog about what/who I’ve been splurging on.

The Beast Peddler

You can find The Beast Peddler lurking HERE

This shop sells the most amazing handmade art dolls/plush all with a magical theme. It is stocked maybe once or twice a week, usually on Saturdays and stock can range from mandrakes, to teacup demons to little moths. My favourites are the adorable mandrakes and the mushroom folk. Unfortunately these guys are seriously hard to get. When the shop is restocked everything sells out in under a minute. Yep, beasts are apparently big business! I tried for months to get a mandrake without luck, then finally I managed to snag one! (He is called Enwulf and is the little guy on the right.) And my boyfriend managed to snag me one too! (Beowry) Ugh, they are beyond adorable and I am completely in love with them. These are definitely a collectors item though and they certainly don’t come cheap. They are very well made however, ship with an adoption certificate and just add a touch of magic to your home. I am besotted with my little mandrakes and can’t wait to get a mushroom folk to keep them company.

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You Make Me Design

You can find this shop HERE

A recent discovery for me, You Make Me Design has very quickly become a new obsession. There’s so much in the shop I want to buy it’s crazy. YMMD features loads of super cool and kitsch jewellery that’s really fun. I am a HUGE fan of all the retro beans items (and have my eye on the cushion) This time I went for the little beans pin which I think is a fun way to add a touch of playfulness to an outfit. It’s been firmly stuck to the lapel of my coat all week and I’ve had lots of comments on it!

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Nikki Mcwilliams

You can find this shop HERE

So, I’ve mentioned this shop and Nikki’s fabulous biscuits over on this blog on a few occasions. So much so I hardly feel it needs an introduction however if you’re just joining me, Nikki sells amazing homewares and jewellery all with a super fun biscuit theme! I have a pair of custard cream cushions that I love, as well as a mini custard cream necklace and statement jammy dodger necklace. The next step was obviously one of her awesome brooches. I didn’t actually buy this from her Etsy shop – I went to her website, however she also has a shop over at Etsy so I thought it was worth a mention!

The brooch itself is of amazing quality. Very well made, vibrant and fun. I’ve already worn it out and had some comments on it, it’s just very fun!

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Wooden Siberia

You can find this shop HERE

I really don’t know how I stumbled across this shop but I am SO glad that I did. This shop sells kitsch, fun, cute and quirky wooden brooches that have been hand-painted. The designs are really great and the attention to detail is spot on. Let it be known that you heard about Wooden Siberia here first! I think this girl is going to be really successful with her shop and she’s one to watch for sure. I purchased the wooden pretzel brooch and she sent me some extra goodies too! I got an adorable ice lolly brooch, sticker and thank you note. The packaging was also extremely cute. The little touches are what really make me love shopping Etsy – customers are valued so much more and it’s that personal feel that makes it so rewarding. I love my pretzel brooch and lolly pop brooch and can’t wait to wear them around a snack-themed ensemble!

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Have you bought anything neat from Etsy recently? Recommend me a shop to check out in the comments below!

Lucky Dip Club Box Review

I have been following Leona and her Lucky Dip Club journey over on the ‘gram for a couple of years now – always eagerly awaiting the hashtag to peruse what fun goodies everyone received in the post. I always wanted to get a box, but I was waiting for just the right one – plus I’ve not been very good at keeping track of the time/date and they sell out pretty quickly!

Anyway, when Leona announced the April box as being Breakfast themed I knew it was time I jumped on the wagon. Setting my alarm I finally snapped up a box! As I’ve mentioned, this is my first ever LDC box – I really couldn’t be happier with it!

For those not familiar with LDC, it is a subscription service that sends you a box set to a theme every month. You can also purchase a one off box like I did. Themes in the past have included Cats and Cocktails, Biscuits, Slumber party and so much more. In the box you can expect to receive a bunch of goodies (sometimes personalised) that have been collaborated on by some seriously cool illustrators, artists and creators. This is usually jewellery, pin badges, pieces of art, stationary etc and of course, a copy of the inspiring mag Girl Planet which has lots of tips and insight in to the worlds of various creatives.

Back to the April box. As I mentioned earlier the theme was ‘breakfast’ and the artists that collaborated on it were @belsartworld@tinytreatboutique and @themakearcade whom I urge you all to go and check out!

So, what did I receive in my box?

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Upon opening the box I could see everything was neatly packaged and wrapped – this element really makes the box feel like a gift which is super exciting. Yay for nice packaging!

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As you can see the box was pretty full! I’ll go in to detail about each individual piece.

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In terms of jewellery this box came with a cute Tiny Treat Boutique milk bottle necklace and an amazing cereal pin! This adorable bowl of Yay has been on my coat lapel all week, next to my trusty beans and goldfinch pins. Personally the pin is one of my favourite bits of the box!

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Another favourite in the box was this super-cute fried egg brooch kit from The Make Arcade! I was REALLY hoping that egg would feature, so I pretty much lost it when I discovered this friendly little guy inside. The kit comes with step-by-step instructions and everything you’ll need to create the brooch including felt, safety eyes, thread, a needle and  brooch pin. I haven’t made my egg yet but I’ll be giving it a go shortly and fingers crossed my sewing skills won’t let me down!

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Another thing I adored was this amazing tea towel complete with breakfast truck illustration – the stuff dreams are made of! I think this is FAR too nice to dry my dishes with though so I am thinking about framing it. It really is lovely and feels very good quality.

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And then of course a lovely little print of the breakfast truck for my wall and a copy of Girl Planet!

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As you can see the magazine is packed full of fun features – this will be especially interesting to you if like me you are a big fan of Etsy! This page shows Kim Lawler of Finest Imaginary – another to follow on the gram if you’re a fan of handmade and unique jewellery.

So as you can see, the box was definitely worth it! It cost £20 as a one off box with free P&P (I believe P&P is £5 internationally but don’t quote me on that!) I was so impressed with this box that I set my alarm to go off for seven o’clock this morning to grab the May ‘Flower Market’ box! I can’t wait to receive that as I’m a self-confessed cacti lady and lover  of all things floral! If you’re thinking about getting a box I urge you to go for it – you won’t regret it. It’s so fun to receive a monthly box of goodies through your door and in doing so you’re helping to support some really cool gals. What’s not to love about that?! Hoo-rah!

 

RSPB Rainham Marshes – a few shots

On Sunday we were blessed with lovely sunny weather so we decided to make the most of our RSPB memberships and head over to Rainham Marshes reserve. The marshes were absolutely fantastic and whilst I didn’t get the shots I wanted, I did get to see a lot of wildlife and my most favourite- goldfinches! For anyone wanting to visit Rainham Marshes for the purpose of bird-watching I cannot recommend it enough. It is a lovely area also so if you’re not interested in the birds you’d still get a lot of enjoyment out of the walk. When I return I will make sure to take photos of everything and review it properly but for now here are some quick shots of the kind of wildlife you can expect to find there!

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A lone goldfinch

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A dunnock feeding on the ground
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A great tit feeds whilst a blue tit looks on

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A lovely greenfinch with his grey cheeks
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Greenfinch, goldfinch and a sparrow

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