Tuesday, 5 April 2011

SHOPPING: Lovely items & ideas in April 2011...

As I'm sure you can imagine, England is really now starting to go royal wedding crazy as the count down is on to the big day. I'm not usually a royalist but am definitely both sentimental and traditional... so some of these items do appeal... but they need to have something quirky to grab my interest.

These mugs from notonthehighstreet.com are just so funny I really think I may invest....

The blurb on the website literally sums up how I feel about the whole thing too:

"Whether you're a Royalist excited by the upcoming wedding of the decade or merely chuffed with the extra day off work, celebrate in style with our alternative Kate & William mugs.  The perfect mugs to serve up a brew whilst watching the celebrations on the big day.
Choose from "Harry's Hotter", "Don't be a mug, Kate", "I was Fergie's Plus One", "If only I'd gone to St Andrew's", "It should have been me" or "I was saving myself for Harry, anyway".
All feature our exquisite Union Jack bunting and the wording "Kate & William, 29 April 2011, London on the reverse.
Our ceramic mugs are glazed, fired, hand decorated and designed by us in our Greenwich studio.
Dishwasher and microwave safe.
Dimensions: Width 8.5cm, Height 9cm."

@ £14 a mug I think I have found my souvenir of choice

Only thing is I'm torn between the "Harry's Hotter" and the "If only I'd gone to St. Andrew's" one - might just have to go for both (hehe)

I do also like the range which Cath Kidston has brought out though, their vintage timeless style really works with the theme:

... They are doing a Royal wedding gift set (of a keyring, a tea towel, a reusable bag & a mug) for £30 or selling them all seperately too. Personally this tea towel (above) appeals to me the most and I think @ £10 I may just go for this on its own.

Another lovely Royal Wedding tea towel but this time from Notonthehighstreet @ £12.00
And I love these invites for if you are having a street party or just a party:

... again from Notonthehighstreet @ £10.00 for set of 5
Or these lovely crafting stamps if you fancy making your own....

...again from Notonthehighstreet @ £8.00
And last but not least this lovely biscuit cutter set from Notonthehighstreet @ £39.50 (if you really fancy going to town) - though out of everything I think these are very much reusable for different occasions after the event.
Now this real tea towel was just too funny not to post! It's available on Etsy from a shop, appropriately named Who Did This?  for £10.00 - bargain I think - especially as I would struggle not to chuckle every time I looked at it.


I've broken the page here as I also wanted to show non royal wedding ideas this month too and think it need its own catagory.

I have found yet another inspiring idea on notonthehighstreet.com which really caught my eye and I think I may well try at home.

Framed art made out of buttons!

So pretty and now I have sorted out my grandma's and great grandma's button collection this might well be the perfect opportunity to make wonderful use of it. Of course as and when I do give it a go I will blog my progress. But if you want to just get the finished artical straight away this beautiful Framed Butterfly Button Artwork by Hello Geronimo can be found at on notonthehighstreet.com for £265

Past Times have brought out the cutest retro story book:

The Paddington Treasury for the very young @ £11.99 would be the perfect gift for any child (or child-at-heart) in the month of April.

Paddington Bear has been delighting adults and children alike with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures for over fifty years. To celebrate his enduring popularity, six best-loved classic picture books are brought together in one lavish volume, a gift truly to be treasured.

One of my friends has just introduced me to a new homeware and vintage online store: Sass & Belle seems to be a lovely website of all things homely and lovely.

I have been eyeing up these owl cushions for a while now and they are definitely one of my favourites. I would really like to find a kit for making one, but these ones by Sass & Belle are really cute and come in @ £14.95
These mouse pin cushions are super cute too @ just £2.95 each

 Cute wool Felt Easter Bunny @ £8.99 from Folksy

Another gorgeous shop suggested by my friend, of very good taste, Nadine  - The Interior Co.
Here are my favourites from their online store:

Woof Dog Lead Rack @ £12.99


Falling Feathers Canvas Original by Kerrie Griffin @ £499.00


 When I was in New York a couple of years ago I walked into a little shop called Athropology & fell in love! About a year after that they came to the UK. I had actually forgotten about them until just recently and I started looking at their new items in... get ready for a long list of delights now.... (nb. I really do love their stuff!)...

Nibbles Cheese Platter 
@ £38

Ikat Rose Curtain @ From £128.00 - £168.00
Partial Wing Soap Dish @ £6.00
Gray Gardens Apron @ £28.00
On Safari Cup & Saucer @ £14.00
Aparche Tea Pot @ £32.00

Sunflower Medallion Knob @ £6.00

Under The Lily Pad Dish @ £24.00
Bright Tortoise Knob @ £8.00

Watercolour Petals Cup & Saucer @ £14.00

Le Versha Chair, Orange @ £168.00 - okay - so doesn't look like the most comfy chair in the world but really is just so pretty

Glasswing Bedding from £48.00 - £138.00

Elephant Medallion Pot @ £68.00

Another new favourite store is Zara Home. Here are my favourites from there this month:

Limbert Weight (Pack of 4) (for tablecloths) @ £15.99

Tiger Tablecloth and Napkins @ £39.99 for the table cloth and £9.99 for the napkins

Empire Tablecloth and Napkins @ £25.99 for the table cloth & £9.99 for the napkins

Yorkshire Tea Set @ £79.97

Crimea Tea Set @ £79.97

This Bump Chair from John Lewis is vastly over budget (@£1,400.00) but was so gorgeous that I just had to post it.
Also love this seaside cushion (@ £28.00)

This fishing village cushion (@ £30.00)

and this union jack cushion (@£35.00)

I honestly can't believe how many lovely things I have found this month, but they just keep on coming! Just found a fabulous new shop through Making it Lovely called the Keep Calm Gallery!

Tons of gorgeous prints to put up in your home, this is the kind of shop which I could really have a field day in! Here are some of my favourite:

This one is the one featured on Making it Lovely and she has up in her Bathroom which I really like the idea of to give you a bit of a boost in the morning. You Look Lovely today (unframed @ £14)
You are my sunshine (unframed @ £14.00)
This would be great in a play room I think. Aardvark Manifesto 2011 (unframed @ £25)

Thank you for being you - so gorgeous (unframed @ £12.50)

Brew up! (unframed @ £25)

Make Lemonade - what a wonderful moto for life (unframed @ £32)
Lovely art seller whom I haven't found before on Etsy called The Wheatfield here are my favourite pieces:

At some point I'm sure this posting will not let me add any more, but until then I shall carry on....

Another gorgeous couple of shops on Etsy: Pamwares & Eurphorian Chic Art & Design

and then, would you believe there are Cake makers on Notonthehighstreet - well I tell you there are and here is a gorgeous one: Cakes by Robin 

I must got to bed now so I will list my favourite items on each tomorrow....

.... I will add more of this months pretty things as I find them.....

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