Monday, 30 July 2012

Jubilympics! Part 2

I'm back from my brief travels North with photographic proof I was really there.  On the top we have a photo taken on my phone to show how good my seats were for the football.  I bought the cheapest tickets available and I thought we'd be at the back of the third tier, so being sat on the fourth row was a very pleasant surprise.  This match is Uruguay V UAE, but we also saw GB V Senegal.  The second photo is the puppies (obviously) and aren't they adorable.
How did you do on Guess The Theme?  They are all members of Team GB!  To be precise Aaron Cook (Taekwondo), Daniel Fox (Hockey), Chantelle Handy (Basketball), Andrew Hunter (Swimming), Danielle King (Swimming), Annie Lush (Sailing), Alex Partridge (Rowing),  Daniel Money, Brett Morse (Athletics) and Dale Garland (Athletics).  All taken from

Way back in May, if you can remember that far, I did a Jubilympics post celebrating the Jubilee.  So now it's time for another one to celebrate the Olympics.  I was a bit worried there wouldn't be much Olympic memorabilia on Etsy because of all the stupid rules to protect the purity of the brand.  But the British crafters came through for me - hurray!!!

Cheeky Urban Olympics 2012 T-Shirt
£16 (+ £1 p&p)
"I'm an illustrator and drew this a few weeks ago and it made me smile and think... I decided to use my t-shirt press to make and share it."

Olympic Diver Tote by sugarushuk
£5.88 (+ 98p p&p)
On your marks..... Celebrating the London 2012 Olympics with this gorgeous retro swimmer tote bag.  100% natural unbleached long handle cotton tote bag that is printed on one side and measures 38cm (w) by 43cm (h), the handles measure 64cm.  This lovely illustration is taken from our collection of vintage printed ephemera from the 1950s and 60s.  A great practical bag, strong enough to carry the heaviest of items but lightweight enough to fold up and put in your pocket or handbag, perfect for holidays.

London 2012 Illustrated Canvas Bag by lucyirving
£10 (+ £2.20 p&p)
A canvas bag depicting an original illustration by Lucy Irving to celebrate the London Olympics 2012. The bag measures 40cm by 40cm. 
Olympic Belle Print by belleandboo
£80 (+ £5 p&p)
This beautiful print is in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics.  This six colour silk screen print is printed onto Sommerset Satin Soft White 300gsm conservation grade stock and is signed by artist, Mandy Sutcliffe.  The edition is limited to just 250 of each print.  Mount: soft white mount to fit in a 40cm x 40cm Frame 

London 2012 Cake Topper by bakingbling
£5.22 (+ free delivery)
The high quality image is printed in full colour on an edible white icing disc, using quality edible ink.  This Icing Cake Topper is 7.5 inch. This is a pre-cut disc and very easy to apply - just peel off the backing sheet and place onto your cake. Printing on icing discs produces a high quality, vibrant image.

Percy's Olympic Hula Print by ShopMissElla
£9.79 (+ £1.31 p&p)
Olympics 2012 Cat Art Print of original illustration "Percy's Olympic Hula" to celebrate this years Olympics in London.  Percy's not one for sporting endeavor but any excuse for a hula party!  There are many other Percy illustrations as well as cat inspired jewellery and purses, please see the rest of the shop for more!  Printed professionally on Premium Fine Art Paper
A Classification of Cyclists of Note and Notoriety by TheHandmadeCyclist
£19 (+ £2 p&p)
A unique illustration categorizing a selection of noteworthy cyclists through the history of the sport.  Professionals, amateurs, heroes, cheats. Hard men, climbers, pioneers, legends. Road racers, track cyclists, cyclocrossers and mountain bikers - they're all here.  This is a unique piece of design, the result of a passion for the sport combined with hours of painstaking research. A labour of love.  A wonderful gift for cycling-mad friends and relatives, I guarantee that even the most knowledgeable rider will learn something new from this illustration - or have an opinion! Size 30cm x 43cm.  Giclee printed using archival inks on professional grade 300gsm art paper.

London 2012 Graffiti by LondonPhotography
£12 (+ £3.99 p&p)
This image was taken in the East End of London near Brick Lane. Quality A4 print, Mounted In a high quality computer cut 16.5x11.5 mount with strong backing board in a clear plastic sleeve.
Funny London 2012 Onesie by tees2takeaway
£12.40 (+ £3.26 p&p)
Realistic yet adorable to celebrate the London Olympics this summer. Face it......these are the TRUE newsworthy events.  Available for American (diaper) and English (nappy) babies in blue, pink, or white.  Your baby does not have to be in London to get this award!

Synchronised Swimmers by katesmalleyellis
£35 (+ £5 p&p)
This is a two colour hand pulled screen print, from a drawing of synchronised swimmers from above.  The print measures 29cm x 29cm. 
 Don't forget - there's won't be a new post tomorrow but I'll be back on Wednesday!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Guess the Theme 13

Unlucky for some...  Normal I'd make some comment about it being Friday (hurray!) but I'm actually writing this on Wednesday so it doesn't seem quite right to celebrate the weekend just yet.  As you read this I am in Rochdale visiting my family.  One of the reasons for the visit is yesterday's Olympic Football at Old Trafford, so you will know the results now but for me it's not on until tomorrow.  Ooooooh, this could get confusing!  In honour of the Olympics I've done a sport-based Guess the Theme for you today.  And you can't just say "sport" or "olympics," you need to be more specific.  Once you have your answer comment here, on facebook or on twitter (@cutekidsclocks) and we'll see if anyone can figure it out.

Captain Cook Smurf Painting by MandiiPopeArt
£35.96 (+ 86p p&p)
Kiwiana Pocket paintings are iconic New Zealand images from the 70’s and 80’s individually hand painted onto a 10cm x 10cm a mini canvas with a freestanding easel. These patriotic pocket paintings are perfect as stocking fillers or gifts. Each comes with a £50 discount voucher off any new or existing painting over A3, certificate of authenticity, and 10% of the sale price will be donated to Hospice of Hope, a Charity providing palliative care in Romania.

Feather Fox Glass Sculpture by flyingcheesetoastie
£45 (+ £3.50 p&p)
This little fox is made from from one piece of chunky 10mm thick clear float glass that has been cut to shape using a water jet cutting machine.  It has then been screen-printed by hand in white enamel, which is fired into place making it waterproof and resistant to sunlight. All my kiln-fired pieces are carefully digitally annealed and cooled for strength and safety. It measures -
Height - 80mm / 3 inches
Width - 175mm / 7 inches
Depth - 20mm / 3/4 inch
Weight - 200g / 7 oz

Handy Pouch by EgsyCraft
£12.50 (+ £1.99 p&p)
Two versions of this handy pouch available: 'Outlander' Donegal Tweed or 'Beach' heavy cotton - hand crafted pouch to protect phone, ipod, or carry keys and small essentials when popping out.  A long strap can be added (approx 1 metre) for an additional £2.00. Suitable for men and women.

Hunter - Original Painting by Sulaluna
£56.24 (+ £3.31 p&p)
Original painting on canvas, appx 12 x 12 in, signed and ready to hang

King George by alicegabb
£32 (+ free delivery)
This is George. He is a King.
He likes the finer things in life; bourbon biscuits, smooth jazz, high tea.
He is totally unique, made from vintage brown herringbone tweed, and cream wool blanket. His little face is hand embroidered onto vintage linen, and he has a grey felt crown.
Size: approx. 16" 

Lush Peridot Tree Earrings by seaweedandstarfish
£21.84 (+ £1.65 p&p)
These earrings are a beautiful and eye-catching addition to your (casual or dressed up) look. Made up of around 40 little peridot gemstones, each tree hangs from a gold-filled wire hook that is also nickel-free. The earrings are 7.1 cm long (up to the tip of the hook) - the hoop itself (with the tree) is about 5cm long.

Metal Stamped Dangle Partridge Earrings by MauveMagpie
£6 (+ £1.50 p&p)
This pair of earrings consists of 2 cm aluminium disc that is stamped with the design shown. The discs are attatched to an earwire which is silver plated.

Vintage Monopoly Money Mirror by suzieattaway
£13.23 (+ £3.64 p&p)
I love the soft colours and cool style of vintage British Monopoly money and thought they would look fab on a mirror frame. Both front and back of the mirror is decorated with notes. The frame measures 25.5cm x 25.5cm, and the mirror is 9.5 x 9.5cm. Ready to hang. 

Choose Your Own Morse Code Secret Message by BearAndRobot
£7.94 (+ £2.98 p&p)
Send secret messages using morse code declare your love or just own up for taking the last cookie.  This is a 8 x 10** inch print of an original digital image, printed professionally with ink on fine art heavyweight matte / matte-silk paper.

Shabby Chic Heart Garland by Welsheggdesigns
£8 (+ £2.50 p&p)
A string of 3 shabby chic handmade hearts made from shabby chic Vintage fabric with brown corduroy backing, and handstitched with khaki green thread. The fabrics themselves have been especially chosen to complement each other, 2 florals and one gingham.  The hearts are handsewn and filled with hollowfibre filling (which complies with the furniture and furnishings (fire safety) regulations 1988). Each heart is adorned with embroidered scrim which in sequence spell out ‘Home Sweet Home’, and which are securely fastened to the heart via felt and UHU. Attached to plaited natural garden twine, the garland itself measures approx. 19 inches/48 cms in length and is ready to hang.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

When I was a Child, Running in the Night....

Oooo-oooo-oooo-oooo-ooh the hounds of love are calling...

It took a stupid amount of time and half a cup of coffee to come up with 'The Hounds of Love' as a title for a dog post.  I clearly need to listen to more music.  This is another one of those weird posts where I'm not actually writing this now.  I actually wrote it yesterday but by the magic of Blogger it's being brought to you now.  Right now I am (fingers crossed...) on the way up to Rochdale to visit my family.  I say fingers crossed because we're a bit rubbish at getting out of the house on time, especially in a morning, I think it's just one of those things that happens when you have a child.  Anyway, while we're up we get to see my mum's golden retriever and her new litter of puppies.  I can't wait!  I always had a dog growing up and find life without one a bit odd.  Even though it's been 7 years since I finished uni and officially moved out I never really adapted to life without a dog.  I even trained our guinea pigs to wander free-range around the livingroom and come when they're called!  But nowadays they prefer to stay in the safety of their cage and hide from the scary toddler.  So when I see these puppies I will fall in love with them all but there'll be one I love a bit more than the others, there always is.  Expect cute puppy pictures next week.  

But you don't have to wait until next week to see lots of adorable dogs, they're right here.

Dig The Dog Soap by Essexsoapbox
£3.75 (+ £2.70 p&p)
A super cute spicy citrus dog shaped soap. Comes in wrapped in a tin bucket as a fabulous gift. 
Drawstring with Cath Kidston Applique Dog by alftextiles
£12 (+ £2.70 p&p)
Drawstring bag made out of blue cotton chambray and appliquéd on a dog in cath kidston star fabric in stone. The dog is in silhouette. This drawstring bag is large enough and perfect for shoes or keeping small items together when you go away on holiday or for the weekend. The drawstring bag measures approximately 15.5" x 11.5" (40cm x 29cm)

Fused Glass Tibetan Terrier by dancingdogglass
£59.55 (+ free delivery)
Handmade personalised Tibetan Terrier. Choose one of your own photos, or be inspired by our collection.  Designed to be displayed in sunlight or in a lighted cabinet, this piece measures 24cm x 24cm. Each design is made to order so please allow 1-2 weeks especially during the holiday season.  Own an original work of art based upon your own best friend! Perfect gift for any time of year

Half Pint Bone China Dalmatian Jug by gittegibbons
£10.50 (+ £4 p&p)
Half pint bone china dalmatian design jug with running, sitting and standing dalmatian on three sides and a red painted handle. The jug is 10cms tall and has the designers name underneath. 
Cute Jack Russell Terrier Bookmark by Terrierzs
£1.32 (+ 66p p&p)
Hand finished one-off Jack Russell Terrier bookmark on recycled manila coloured 280gsm card. Featuring a reproduction of an original sketch and hand finished using eco friendly black felt pen and white Posca pen, making each unique. This print has been printed in an antique blue before being hand finished. It will be carefully wrapped in recycled brown paper and packed in a recycled board backed mailer.

Walking The Dog Purse by Ellseybellsey
£8 (+ £2.75 p&p)
Taupe cord purse with black felt appliqué dog on a lead.  Large polka dot lining and handy D-ring for keys etc.  Measures 15cm x 13cm.
Terrier Print Patchwork Cushion by EdwynUK
£30 (+ £6 p&p)
These feather filled patchwork pillows are made by putting together a combination of fabrics, along with a unique EdwynUK linocut Terrier portrait appliquéd centre stage. The patchwork panel is lined and the back of the cushion is made in a co-ordinating blue fabric with an envelope button fastening.  These make great gifts for the dog lover and look great in the corner of an armchair, on the sofa or on the bed grouped with lots of comfy cushions.  The cover dimensions are 30cm x 30cm - approx 12” x 12”

Stanley Sausage Dog Colour in Toy by 2LittleFlowers
£10 (+ £3 p&p)
Stanley is carefully screen printed on to 100% cotton fabric ….all ready to be coloured in by a lucky little person. The sausage has outlines on both the front and back – for maximum colouring pleasure - with a stripy doggy jersey to colour in as funky or plain as you like!  He makes a great cuddly toy or soft, squidgy cushion.  The “Ready to Colour” doll is already sewn and stuffed and is just waiting for your own artistic interpretation.  Print size: 15cm tall x 25cm wide (6" x 10") approx

Hand Knitted Toy Bumpy Dog by DillyDallyDolls
£19.99 (+ £3.50 p&p)
This is Bumpy Dog from Noddy. He is Tessie Bear's dog, whose bumping and jumping causes trouble for all the toys. He is approx 10.5 inches (27 cms) tall

Wood Animal Toys Hound Dog by nobatteriesrequired
£7 (+ £3 p&p)
Wooden toy animal hound dog it is hand cut on a scroll saw.  It is made from beech and has been sanded and then a child safe finishing oil has been put on to keep him looking like new.  The size is 170mm wide tail to head, 100mm tall tail to feet, 20 mm thick.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


With the lovely hot weather we've been having, I thought it was time for an ode to the wonder of chiffon.  But before we start I have some shock news - from next week the Buy Handmade British blog will be published 3 times a week - on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I'm finding it difficult to think up new 5 new themes every week, so hopefully by cutting down the number of post I can keep this going longer.  Plus it'll free up a bit more time to work on the Buy Handmade British website and all my other projects.
A5 Keepsake Presentation Gift Box by BindingTies
£17 (+ £3.95 p&p)
The gold lid has been edged with Beresford ivory satin braid and finished off with a handmade chiffon flower. The interior of the box base has been padded and then covered with a ivory lace fabric, embroidered with a delicate tracery pattern. The outer edge of the lined section is decorated with the same braid as the lid. Measures 23.5cm x 17cm x 5cm exterior, and 22cm x 16cm x 4cm interior (approx large A5 size)

Folio in Red by gillesgilles
£5.29 (+ £8.27 p&p)
Flocked two tone paper, folded and tied with a generous bow of chiffon ribbon.  31x47cm.  Ideal for presenting prints as a gift.

Doll Cloth Art Rag Doll 'Valentina' by CutiePettuti
£43.01 (+ £4.96 p&p)
She is 10.5" tall, with a cream lace and red chiffon dress, a Clear AB Swarovski Crystal heart decorates the outfit. A miniature engagement ring hangs on the stem of the red rose, whilst her hair sparkles with the red Swarovski Crystal Hearts and Clear AB crystals that adorn it. On her feet are red ballet pumps with red crystals.  She is slightly weighted to help her sit up.

Handpainted Batik Art Silk Scarf - Butterfly and Burdock by SkyFenSilk
£80 (+ £2.70 p&p)
This summer gossamer scarf in silk chiffon was created using a hot wax batik method to draw the outline of the design and hand-painted with fibre reactive permanent dyes.This chiffon scarf is utterly heavenly to wear: draped over your shoulders to show off the startling beauty of the butterflies or around your neck in abstract folds, both making a statement of elegance and freedom.  The scarf may be hand-washed and ironed dry on a cool setting. The scarf is 100% lightweight silk chiffon and the approximate size is 44cm x176cm or 17 ½ " x 69" and has been finished with hand rolled hems. 

Shabby Upcycled Lace And Pastel Mint Green Chiffon - Tattered Rosa
£13 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Rosa is a shabby, tattered corsage brooch comprised of layers of a pastel mint green chiffon type fabric interspersed with a gorgeous mint green embroidered tulle and upcycled off white lace. Cut into petals with edges singed - lightly - to give the petals a shabby, tattered, but chic look. At the centre are white/ivory swarovski crystal pearls, a couple of gorgeous shimmery aurora borealis chinese crystal beads in sahara green and 2 tiny peridot green swarovski crystal beads. At the back is sewn a silver tone brooch pin.  Measures 3.75" (95cm) diameter approx. 

Marigold Silk and Charm Bracelet by TravelsinTextiles
£10.26 (+ £3.24 p&p)
Chiffon silk dyed with dried marigold whilst in Ahmedabad, India to create a sumptuous, rich yellow colour.  The silk is the stitched with a few Indian charms and metal rings for decoration, and finished with a metal clasp to make a unique, charming bracelet.  Size: Medium. Hangs quite low down the wrist.  Length: 24 cm / 9.5 inches 

Peach Flower Lace and Chiffon Baby Headband by Blossomshandmade
£5.95 (+ £2.65 p&p)
Here we have a cute, ruffled flower headband in peach chiffon and ivory lace with a pearl center.  We've set it on a lovely powder pink headband for a pretty combination!  Choose from 2 sizes available - Newborn to 12 months and 12 months to adult (yes...they're THAT stretchy!).

Pistachio Green Pom Pom Necklace by dotyourteas
£25 (+ £2 p&p)
Multi curb chain, two silk chiffon pom poms attached on to a chain. Wear with an outfit to brighten up a plain t-shirt or dress. This sits mid waist adjustable chain length to suit. 

Scout Grey Chiffon Clutch by EmmaGordonLondon
£48.96 (+ free delivery)
This clutch is like the Mary Poppins bag - perfectly sized to hold your essentials and more! The gathered detail adds a touch of playful glamour making it the perfect companion on an evening out!
Main body: Black canvas covered in gathered grey chiffon
Trims: - Black satin flap fastens with two mag-dots at either side.
- Black satin piping
- Black sparkly button
Lining: Black and cream stripy cotton
Dimensions: Width: 30cm, Height: 20cm

Lavender Shabby Chic Silk & Lace Lampshade by PHIPPSLoverofLight
£190 (+ £15 p&p)
This "Victorian Beauty" shade is graduated and tonal with hand-dyed silk chiffon fabric; lavender rosettes. There is a complimentary ivory lace fabric in each other panel. The beading is a mix of clear and frosted creating prism colours. Lots of fringe adding glamour to the boudoir!  Size is 14 inches wide and 17 inches tall with fringe

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

New Shops for July

After forgetting the new shops review last month, I'm getting in bright and early this month.  And bright's the right word - everything's lovely and colourful this month.  Must be something to do with summer.  I'm particularly impressed by MidnightHammocks' use of Ikea rats in their photographs.  My little boy has a whole family of them - the black one is called Rutger and he lives in the car, and the white one is called Ratty.  He once got left in Poldino's Restaurant in Aberdeen and they posted him back to us in a jiffy bag.  Lovely people.  Really nice food too, I'd recommend it if you ever find yourself in Aberdeen.

Alleviate Cleaning and Disinfecting Spray by gerlindenaturals
£9 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Alleviate is a highly Antibacterial and Antiviral Essential Oil solution whose applications in daily life are almost endless – cleaning and disinfecting around the home including wiping down door handles and mobile phones, purifying the air by using it like an air freshener. It kills a multitude of germs, viruses and bacteria and thus helps to maintain your family’s health. The smell of Alleviate is very pleasant and reminds you mainly of Clove and Cinnamon.

Blossom Yarn Wreath by Embellishanevent
£23.82 (+ £3.97 p&p)
Uses handmade mulberry paper roses to interpret blossom flowers with individual petals to show the falling of blossom on the ground.  The yarn on the wreath is in a nice easter yellow and I also embelished it with a copper wire birds nest with needle felted eggs and bird to complete the string theme.  The wreath measures 10 inches

Brilliant Children's Chairs by MuchosMexicos
£32 (+ £8 p&p)
Red Legs and Blue Legs are all set to etch themselves onto child-size memories, star in family photos, and play a supporting role as bus driver seats, spaceship components and thrones in a kaleidoscope of fantasy games. They will be adored and never forgotten. Just add children.  Solid birch, hand-painted and durably varnished.  H 57cm—W 26cm—D 28.5cm

Contrasting Button Tote Bag by NAttic
£19.95 (+ £2.75 p&p)
The bag is made from quality furnishing fabric contrasted with buttercup yellow cograine. The two handles are lined and are very strongly sewn on to the bag and a set of four contrasting buttons are attached. The bottom of the bag is gathered on to the header. The bag is lined in cream satin cotton and holds one useful pocket 7.5 x 5 to hold purse, mobile phone etc.  A one off design. This bag is washable.  Width 18.5 inches wide 
Daisy Cuggle Monster by CuggleMonsters
£8 (+ £2.80 p&p)
Daisy loves nothing more than sunning herself in the garden, she really is the perfect summer companion.  Get 10% off with discount code OPEN1

Leather, Felt and Feathered Bluebird Brooch by reddeerart
£8 (+ £2 p&p)
Oh what fun n kitschy joy these delightful leather and felt creatures are to make...each one drawing its own personality through choice accessories and a cheeky n wicked glint of the eye ;-)  Made with recycled leather, felt, feathers and a vintage button for an eye.  Approx. 4'' long + 3'' more of feathers :-) by 2'' height.  Ready to wear on your lapel, or as a new friend on your canvas tote!

Multi-Exit Rat Tunnel Hammock by MidnightHammocks
£7.50 (+ £2.50 p&p)
The flat top of the hammock measures approximately 17inches by 11inches. This hammock is made from a lovely layer of soft navy blue sherpa fleece with red pawprints. Backed with a thick red polar fleece. It is stitched all over to discourage chewing and burrowing. Unlike similar multi-exit hammocks on the market this is rectangular as opposed to square, making it more suited to stretch the width of cages and is more versatile to position. 

Tractor Keyring/Bag Charm by HandmadebyMandyk
£4 (+ £1.50 p&p)
This bright and cheerful Tractor keyring will make an unusual gift to brighten up any bunch keys or bag. Filled with quality stuffing. Tractor approx 6cm by 5cm. (comes mounted on re-cycled card & clear wrapped for a perfect gift.) 

Wasp and Flowers Cake Plate by HollyBlanche
£25 (+ £6 p&p)
This beautiful hand illustrated cake plate, has two different designs on but keeping to the same colour ways to make it flow. This will be great for summer parties.  Hand wash only.

White Ceramic Vase with Henna Design by CraftyHenna
£30 (+ free delivery)
Presenting a beautifully glazed, white vase...
-45cm all round, 15cm across, 12cm height, base 29cm all round and 9cm across
-Clear glazed black designs with a 3D texture all the way round vase
-Henna designs with Arabic theme
-finished with deep purple gems
- not suitable for dishwasher