Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Etsy Pet Shop

Last week I came up with a flimsy excuse to put a cute picture of my little boy on the blog, but I know not everyone likes children, so for those of you who prefer dogs here's a cute picture of a dog.  Sadly she's not mine.  She's staying with my mum for a few months and then she's going to Japan to be a guide dog.  So not only is she completely adorable she's also very special too.  Guide Dogs for the Blind always need volunteers to look after the puppies, so if you have the time and love to give to a puppy and think you can cope with giving it back - you can find out more here.
There's is a point to all this dog talk - today's blog post is a look at the handmade pet products available on Etsy.  The majority of items on Etsy are for cats and dogs and there's a few for guinea pigs but not much for other animals so apologies if your pet is not represented here.

Amour the Catnip Mouse by KraftyKatsUK
£3 (+ £1 p&p)
This is Amour the catnip mouse.  She is about 5 inches long from nose to her bottom. She is made from 100% cotton fabric with little felt ears, and an embroidered nose and eyes. She has a little catnip sachet in her tummy along with polyester stuffing.

Aran Green Ribbed Dog Jumper by CrotchetyCraft
£16 (+ £3 p&p)
This coat is so soft and warm with a lovely ribbed stitch which adds texture and stretch. No seams so lovely and strong!  All items will be custom made to your dogs specifications.

Check Linen Beagle Neckerchief by EdwynUK
£12 (+ £1 p&p)
Handmade in a lovely brown check linen fabric, and fully lined with a beige linen-cotton, this lovely unique neckerchief is hand block printed using an original EdwynUK lino cut of a Beagle face!  It is worn by threading the dogs collar through the top.  This holds it firmly in place and means it won't come off in the blackberry bushes!

Custon Cat ID Tags by dinkydodger
£2.55 (+ £2 p&p)
Is your cat a wanderer? Here's a solution to those over-priced metal engraved ID tags that everyone has- a customised tag, unique to your pet. The colour of the cat can be changed to match your cat.  Personalised to include their name, and your phone number or 1st line of address. An added piece of mind if you worry about your little friend straying. Handmade from plastic, they will be a cute addition to your pets collar.

5 Piece Guinea Pig Cage Set by KellysCavyCreations
£36.35 (+ £3.30 p&p)
This 5 piece set includes a corner hut, 2 bed pads/pillows, one waterproof lap blanket and a snuggle cave. The fabric is an oriental-style design with multi-coloured flowers and pandas on a soft yellow fleece. 

Check Italian Greyhound Fleece Coat by bleakhounds
£21.15 (+ £3.97 p&p)
BleakHounds Design offers for sale a check italian greyhound fleece coat with collar which can be worn up for added protection or folded back. The coat comes with a black fleece lining.  Available in sizes 11", 13" and 15" (based on a shoulder to base of tail measurement). 
Hand Knitted Dog or Cat Coat by Lillyloudesigns
£9.50 (+ £2.50 p&p)
A lovely hand knitted coat/jumper with a double polo collar to keep your little one warm. Plenty of room for the legs with no restriction of movement. Tummy panel to keep the belly warm and dry when out walking. Can also be made up in a 4" 6" 8" 10".  A hat can be made to match this coat and is available separately

Small Pac Man Dog Collar by WoofandMeow
£10.95 (+ £2 p&p)
The dog collar is 3/4" wide and available in 1 size.
♥ Small - 10 to 15 inches
Dog Collar Features:
♥ Adjustable
♥ D-Ring for leash attachment and ID tag attachment
♥ Durable Nylon webbing base
♥ Woven ribbon
♥ Curved dog collar buckle for your dogs comfort

Red and White Star Poop Bag Holder by zukiestyle
£6 (+ £1 p&p)
This holder is made out of 100% red and white cotton.  It has elastic around the bottom to keep you bags safe. There is a carabiner attached to the ribbon for you to fasten onto your dog's lead or belt loop.  There is also a small open front treat pocket.  Size measures approx 13.5cm x 8cm (not including ribbon) 

Set of 2 Matching Summer Weight Guinea Pig Cosy Sacks by piggiesandmore
£9 (+ £2.30 p&p)
This item is a set of 2 matching guinea pig or other small animal cosy sacks, £1 donation from this sale will go straight to Honeybunnies rabbit and guinea pig rescue. The cosy sacks are made from black and white zebra print fleece outer and plain orange fleece inner, there is boning stitched in around the entrance to keep it open and stop it getting squashed, there is no wadding inside these cosy sacks making them a little cooler for the summer. They each measure 10 1/2 inches (27cms) approx in width and 11 inches (28cms) approx in length.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A Sweet Treat

Morning all!  I hope today finds you happy and well.  I'm celebrating another landmark today (they're coming thick and fast now...) - I now have 50 followers on this very blog!  Woo!!!  Thank you to everyone who's pressed the 'follow' button, and to everyone else who keeps coming back to read my blog.  I really appreciate it.

Today's blog comes with a warning - it's not good if you're on a diet.  I'm in the middle of week 2 of my pre-holiday diet and now I want to give up and eat everything on this blog.  It all looks soooooooo good.  Good job Etsy's online, I don't think I could've resisted if I was in a real shop!

Selection of Handmade Chocolate Truffles by deepdelights
£10 (+ £2.75 p&p)
A box of 12 handmade chocolate truffles. These truffles are made from the finest quality Belgian chocolate and are available in a variety delicious fruit or liqueur flavours.  Choose any 4 of: Coffee and Tia Maria, Raspberry, Coconut and Rum, Passion fruit and Kirsch, Lemon, Hint of Orange, Praline and White chocolate flowers.

A Dozen Macaron by allminepatisserie
£14 (+ £8 p&p)
These Macaron are made by hand to order.
Shell flavours : Plain almond, chocolate, coffee, pistachio, hazelnut, rose.
Fillings : Butter creams- vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, coffee, hazelnut
Ganaches – dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate chilli, chocolate baileys, chocolate ginger, pistachio, berry,
Creams – lemon, coffee, pistachio
Caramels – salted, nut.

Marshmallow Bundle by ZukrBoutique
£6.50 (+ £3.39 p&p)
Includes two flavours of marshmallows which you can choose or get a surprise.
- butterscotch
- passion fruit
- rose lychee
- espresso
- matcha tea
- apricot saffron
- elderflower
- carrot cake
- raspberry, hazelnut, chocolate swirl
- beetroot

Personalised Belgian Chocolate Lollipops by michaelasimova
£2.95 (+ £3.95 p&p)
Belgian chocolate lollipops personalised with names and images.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Flapjacks by JazzedUpJacks
£9 (+ £3.95 p&p)
A hand made traditional soft chewy base made with orgainic oats, butter, muscovado sugar, condensed milk and golden syrup. Smothered with Barry Callebaut white Belgian chocolate and a thick layer of gooey seedless raspberry jam sandwiched through the middle.  When the chocolate has almost but not quite set, the flapjack is cut into individual slices approximately 3.5" x 2" x 1" and wrapped immediately to preserve freshness. 

Raw Chocolate Bundle of 5 Bars by RawChocolate
£14 (+ £2 p&p)
When cacao is cooked, almost all of the nutrients, minerals and antioxidants are lost in the process. Cacao in its raw state is actually considered a superfood – it contains over 300 nutritional compounds, it is one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants and is full of essential minerals – especially rich in iron, zinc and magnesium. It even contains the natural “love” molecule PEA.  Raw Chocolate by Ailey Mae has only pure, high quality ingredients and absolutely nothing artificial. It is suitable for vegans, diabetics and anyone on a weight loss diet.  Not only is it amazingly delicious, it is actually good for you!

Salted Smoky Caramels by sweettreatsbakery
£5.59 (+ £1.97 p&p)
Deep, smoky, not too sweet but not too salty either! To make these deliciously smooth & creamy caramels we take the sugar to near burning to create the deep smoky flavour. The Welsh Halen Môn sea salt adds to the depth and intensity of the caramel flavour and is a combination that just seems to work!

Scottish Tablet Hearts by PhilRao
£1 (+ £1 p&p)
Scottish tablet hearts made to a 3 generation old recipe. With personalised tag these would make a great Valentines gift or wrapped and ribboned to your requirements for beautiful wedding favours. Also available loose to package yourself or to serve as part of a candy buffet, dessert table or as a little after dinner treat. Price shown is for 5 loose small hearts.  Other size options and personalisation available on request.

Vanilla Fudge by Marmalady
£3.75 (+ £3 p&p)
Approx 300 gm (approx 10 oz) of vanilla flavour fudge cut into 1 inch squares.  Made the traditional way by boiling together sugar, cream, milk, butter & flavoured with vanilla essence.  Your fudge comes neatly wrapped in a cellophane bag in an attractive window box -- ready to give as a gift or to treat yourself.

Vintage Tea Party Chocolate or Vanilla Cupcakes by LucysCakeBoutique
£25 (+ £3.90 p&p)
Nine chocolate or vanilla cupcakes made with the most delicious recipe, topped with buttercream frosting, covered in vintage coloured sugarpaste and finished with individually crafted sugar roses and leaves in blue, green and pink pastel colours. Muffin cake cases are used so the cakes themselves are a generous size. 

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012


Good morning all!  Is everybody happy today?  I got my 10,000th view yesterday so I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who's ever read my blog, and especially to those of you who read it regularly.  I realised last night that I forgot to tell you the answer to last week's 'Guess the Theme' - it was Shrek.  All the items were clues to things in first Shrek film - Robin Hood, dragon, castle, gingerbread man, Donkey, Magic Mirror, ogre, Pinocchio, princess and three little pigs.

Now back to today...  It's the Jubilee this weekend so it's your last chance to stock up on all your patriotic goodies, and what better way to celebrate the Jubilee than with something handmade here in Britain.

Jubilee Bird Decoration by SewSweetViolet
£7.50 (+ £2.90 p&p)
This little baby bird is made from a brown corduroy fabric and a gorgeous red and white gingham fabric. She is adorned with patriotic, union jack button and she wears a royal crown on her tummy.  This little bird measures 8cm (3.1") tall and measures 11cm (4.3") from the tip of each wing (approx).  She has a velvet hanging loop which measures 6cm (2.4") long (approx)

Corgi Diamond Jubilee Tote Bag by 2DScrumptious
£6 (+ £2 p&p)
A gorgeous little Corgi wearing the Queens Crown to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee!  Designed by illustrator Steven Lenton.  The design is printed on a good quality cotton tote bag. 

Jubilee Paper Figures PDF by happythought
£3.93 (sent by email)
Print and create your own Diamond Jubilee celebration!  The set includes:
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II in formal wear
The Duke of Edinburgh, in uniform
Police Man
Royal Guard
3 corgi dogs
2 Routemaster double decker buses
2 London taxis
Buckingham Palace
Mini bunting garland

Dog Street Party Cushion by senorpicklesworth
£7.20 (+ £1.96 p&p)
This mini cushion features Senor Picklesworth the Chihuahua, Cyril the Boston Terrier, Coco the Pug & Mycroft the French Bulldog having a street party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond jubilee.  The street party features Union Jack bunting, party hats, cupcakes, macaroons & tea cups.  Cushion image is printed onto white cotton sateen using a professional quality transfer & is stuffed using premium fiberfill. Back of cushion is a pastel lemon cotton sateen fabric.  Cushion measures: H - 14 cm (5.5 inches) x W - 21 cm (8 inches) 

Jubilee Tea Cozy by jarg0n
£65 (+ £5 p&p)
Celebrate in style and make a statement with this beautiful matching set comprising of a jubilee teapot cozy with matching teapot stand.  The teapot cozy is hand knitted in white aran with an i-cord loop at the top and is adorned with alternate rows of hand crocheted roses in red and blue.
Size: to fit a 4-6 pot teapot
Measures: height laid flat including i-cord 9inches/23cm
Width across bottom unstretched: 9.5inches/24cm

Made in Great Britain Babygrow by SamMillerUK
£14 (+ £1 p&p)
Baby Jubilee babygrow can be personalised on request.  The transfer is printed on a soft white 100% cotton babygro or tshirt. It can be machine washed on a maximum of 40 degrees.

Union Jack Fabric Memo Board by AnnettesAllsorts
£15 (+ free delivery)
This beautiful memo/notice board will look perfect in your home or office. Made from a cotton fabric with a beautiful contrasting ribbon finished with cream studs. Measures approximately 30cm x 40cm.  Handmade in England 

Red, White and Blue Bunting with Queen's Silhouette by craftycakescdf
£14 (+ £2 p&p)
3.75 meters of Jubilee Bunting. 14 flags - 5 Red with white polka dots, 5 Blue with white polka dots, 5 white with appliquéd Queen's silhouette in dark blue. Perfect for Jubilee parties.

Queen of Stamps Lamp Shade by brightshininglight
£30 (+ £5 p&p)
Celebrate the Jubilee with this lamp shade that feature used stamps from throughout the Queen's reign. The brightly coloured stamps cover a range of prices and portraits.
All lampshades are hand made with safety tested PVC backing and can be customised to a ceiling or lamp fitting. The shade is 20cm in diameter and approximately 21cm deep. 

'God Save The Queen' Union Jack Wall Sticker by Vinylimpression
£29.99 (+ £3.99 p&p)
This Wall Sticker of a Union Jack with God Save The Queen, comes in any two colours of your choice, and is a fantastic way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. Can be personalised with the name or phrase of your choice.
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Monday, 28 May 2012

New Shops for May

Good morning all!  Hope you enjoyed the weekend.  I seem to be hitting lots of landmarks at the moment - I got my 100th twitter follower over the weekend!  Woo!!!!  So huge thanks to everyone who's following me on twitter @cutekidsclocks.  I try to follow all my crafty followers but sometimes I miss people so if you're following me and I'm not following you, let me know.

It's nearly the end of the month, so it must be time for a look at the Etsy shop which opened this month.  Some months it seems to be all jewellery shops but we have a good selection this month and some really nice items.  So pop along to the shops, have a look and show your support to these Etsy newbies.

Large Original Acrylic Cityscape by darianadasan
£105.83 (+ £4.59 p&p)
24'' x 30'' Stretched canvas acrylic painting -ORIGINAL
It wasn't meant to be a spring painting. On that day I was going to visit the Virginia Water Park , to see the exquisite Rhododendrons, but the weather decided otherwise.  So I found myself creating those beautiful petals over my whole painting, making Toulouse my secondary subject. I am certain it will be able to bring the same feeling into your home...
This painting doesn't need framing as the sides are painted as well and it is also signed on the back.

Butterfly Crystal Fascinator by mydarlinggwennie
£39.31 (+ free delivery)
This is a beautiful sparkling crystal fascinator, formed from loose coils of twisted wire, tipped with crystal butterflies.Made with crystal butterflies with an AB - Aurora Borealis - finish, so they appear irridescent.Also has faceted bicone crystals, so the piece sparkles under natural or artificial light. The coils are mounted on a silver plated band.

Fantasy Landscape A2 Digital Print by shimski
£19.99 (+ £5.30 p&p)
A fantasy landscape drawn by hand, scanned in, redrawn in illustrator,coloured and finally printed.  This a digital print A2(23.4 x 16.5 in) size printed on a high quality gloss paper.

Lets Go Outside Men's T-Shirt by CarrotShop
£10.99 (+ £2.20 p&p)
Carrot Shop is proud to present this custom designed T-shirt. Please note that the print might slightly vary due to the details being transferred separately.   T-shirt Information: Guildan T-shirt, SoftStyle 100% cotton, Preshrunk. Machine washable, 30C. Please wash it inside out.

Mixed Bead Memory Bracelet by xCallistox
£8 (+ £2.50 p&p)
This bracelet is made with memory wire and a mixture of beads. The beads are mainly wooden, but accompanied by plastic and glass beads. The bracelet also has a cute little silver metal heart charm. This bracelet is totally unique and one of a kind. 

Porcelain Pixie Shoes by alisongray49
£65 (+ £5.50 p&p)
These pixie shoes have been created from pure white Porcelain clay which has been high fired to provide strength. They have been textured and the leaves are porcelain, stained with oxides to give the appearance of slate. These shoes have been left unglazed but a sheen applied which gives a luster appearance to this sculpture.They are embellished with glass beads and wire. These shoes are ideally displayed on a flat surface although could be placed in a frame. A hanging loop could also be attached for hanging on a wall. The size of each shoe is 30cms long, 9cms wide and 6cms tall.

Scottish Gaelic Birthday Card by LittleHouseofCards
£2.75 (+ free delivery)
Scottish Gaelic Greeting Cards ~ Top Quality. Picture shows Black Watch Tartan ~ La Brieth Sona = Happy Birthday. Words can be changed.

Snag Rolled Sleeve T-Shirt by ClaireMaley
£25 (+ £3.69 p&p)
Linen and metal mix sheer t shirt.  Handwash only.  Limited fabric made to order in either s/m or m/l 

Watercolour Male Portrait by apostolkardamov
£16.39 (+ £3.28 p&p)
A simplistic and stylish watercolour painting .
Signed by the artist
Not framed on watercolour paper
9.4" x 12.6" (24cm x 32cm)
Due to the nature of digital images, colors may vary on your monitor. 

YES - Double Exposure Project Photography Print by icefloestore
£9.50 (+ £1 p&p)
Hackney City Farm vs Yes Way Festival.
The Double Exposure Project
Bringing together 2 different photography styles on one roll of film, an ongoing project.
Roll 01 // Shot by Sarah Carr & Dianne Tanner
Shot on Kodak Ektar (35mm)
7 x 5 inches

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Friday, 25 May 2012

Guess the Theme 5

This is my 100th blog post.  Woo!  I was hoping I'd my 10,000th view this week too but everyone's out enjoying the sun instead of reading blogs this week.  So that's a celebration for next week...

It's Friday so it must be "Guess the Theme."  No one wants to think too hard when the weather's this nice so I've made it nice and easy.  I'll even give you a clue - the answer is not "fairytales" - you need to be more specific.  Enjoy your weekend!

Ballad of Robin Hood T-Shirt by thehangingbadger
£20 (+ £3 p&p)
This t-shirt is decorated with a beautiful illustration of the English folk hero Robin Hood. It includes a verse from the traditional English ballad 'Robin Hood's Chase'.  Created the image using vinyl-cut relief printing.  The image has been professionally printed onto a high quality 'Fruit of the Loom US Heavy Cotton Tee' using DTG (direct to garment) printing.  The t-shirt is 100% Cotton.  Weight: 185-195gsm

Brass Dragon Pendant by SquareHare
£40 (+ free delivery)
This dragon is in profile, made in brass, hand cut and decorated with a spiral, SquareHare's makers mark and also the symbol of the goddess and eternity.  At the tip of its tail hangs your choice of gemstone bead, its treasure.  This little Dragon will fly to you on a 45cm/18" silver chain, packed in a lovely gauze purse.  Approx 6 1/2cm x 2 1/2cm

Personalised Fairytale Castle Blackboard by HandmadeBlackboards
£19.95 (+ free delivery)
Personalise your child's room with this castle shaped blackboard nameplate, max 23 characters
Width - 195 mm
Height - 210 mm
Painted black on reverse
Hand made to order

Gingerbread Man Earring Studs by flyingcheesetoastie
£15 (+ £1.50 p&p)
These stud earrings are hand made from coloured glass powder which is fused in a kiln before being painted with a touch of enamel to bring out the detail. This pair have been painted with red bowties, but you can order any colour you would like.  They are mounted on Sterling Silver stud posts with a butterfly back and come in a gift box.
Height- 9mm / 6/16inch
Width- 7mm / 5/16inch
Depth- 13mm / 8/16inch (including stud post)

Knitted Horse/Donkey by timrava
£35 (+ £3.85 p&p)
Colourful hand knitted horse (or is it a donkey).  Made from cotton yarn and stuffed with hi-loft polyester. Approximately 35cm tall.

Magic Mirror Choker by NokturnalInk
£5.23 (+ £2.38 p&p)
Inspired by Disney's Snow White, the evil queens Magic Mirror featured on a black velvet and lace choker, the velvet has been doubled over to provide comfort whilst wearing it.  The velvet ribbon is approx 33mm in legnth with a 9mm extender chain, bronze coloured fastening to match.

Ogre Latex Mask by DragonArmoury
£19.59 (+ £1.96 p&p)
High quality latex Ogre mask. Sculpted and hand painted by artist Jamie Cooling. 

Pinocchio Shoes by Graceylou3
£25 (+ £7 p&p)
Disney Pinocchio Custom Hand Drawn Shoes
UK 4 / US 6 / EU 37
Water Resistant
Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Blue Fairy, Figaro, Clio, Geppetto, Foul fellow and Gideon. 

Handmade 31" Russian Princess Ragdoll by MrsHensleighsDolls
£43 (+ £10 p&p)
This rag doll has been made to be cherished forever, she is a unique creation and is the only one of its kind. She is a classic rag doll with beautiful wool hair and has been lovingly hand-made from recycled fabrics, clothes and jewellery.  This Russian Princess has a beautiful fur trimmed coat and matching hat. She is around 31 inches in height and is not suitable for children under 4 due to small parts.

Three Little Pigs Felt Book by caterpillar3
£70 (+ £2 p&p)
Toddlers and babies will adore this Soft Quiet Book. Kids really like to look at the bright colors, look at the pictures, touch different materials and play.  This beautiful book tells fairy tale "Three Little Pigs" and develop children imaginative and pretend play.  Soft Book features 8 colorful soft pages. Perfect for your little ones to touch and love.  Size 22cm x 21cm

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