Donna Wilson is one busy lady and her homespun goodies just keep on a-comin’. Today I’ve been cooing over her new Spring 2012 collection and wanted to share with you a few highlights from her friendly ‘Woodland’ range.  Hand-made and printed in Stoke-on-Trent, Baby Burt is the newest addition to her egg cup family (joining the lovely Meg, Mog and Beardy Bob). Other bone china includes Fox and Grace the plates along with Bushy Tailed Squirrel and Grey Owl beakers. Too cute!

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Other items include this suitably named ‘Handy’ tea towel with bright red nails and bubbles!

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More lovely tea towel designs include ‘Acorn Leaves’ and ‘Use My Tail’ and there are gorgeous folksy flower cushions…

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And as if she wasn’t busy enough, another piece of exciting news is a little collaboration with Rococo Chocolates. (I know, not entirely home shopping but it’s chocolate….so I can’t ignore..) Donna has created a limited edition range of hand painted Easter eggs, including her own take on the matryoshka Russian Doll called ‘Food Chain’: One little solid chocolate egg with an illustration of a carrot inside another egg painted with a rabbit, all contained within a larger egg painted with a fox. LOVE IT! Beautifully presented in pretty packaging – far too pretty to throw away.

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For those that don’t know, this is SERIOUSLY good, ethically traded chocolate. Available this Easter from Rococo stores, donnawilson.com and other selected retailers. – Alice

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An Easter card

March 30, 2010

A little treat from the dear Lisa Stickley, who’s been busy cutting up fabric again…

…more Easter posts to follow, folks. – Ellie

Marmite was first created in 1902, when brewers in Staffordshire began to use the yeasty by-product of beer making to create a tasty spread for bread. The sticky brown stuff has divided opinions for over a hundred years now – as the recent advertising campaign admits, ‘you either love it or you hate it’ – but Marmite is no ordinary spread. It’s much more than that – it’s become a symbol of Britishness, a reassuring brand that has stood the test of time, and a design icon in its own right. And, with the recession in full swing, Marmite designs have never been cooler.

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Check out these stunning Pop Art style canvases from Bloomsbury Store – I particularly like the one on the left with the green background. You can get silver Marmite jar lids from Notonthehighstreet, a Marmite recipe book from Amazon, and Dualit has released a limited edition Marmite toaster.

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These pastel-coloured Pop Art Marmite accessories are stocked at Rockett St GeorgeRustic Angels and Gift to Go.

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Fact of the day: Marmite originally came in a small earthenware pot, similar to the kind of French casserole dish called a ‘Marmite‘, (pronounced MAR-MEET). This is where Marmite gets its name from, and there’s still a little picture of the earthenware pot on the label today. Yorkshire mail-order company Pheasant sells stunning handmade Marmite teapots, as well as other vintage food container creations…

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Marmite isn’t just a homes trend – it’s even popped up on the catwalk. Check out the Marmite T-shirt below right, designed by Vivienne Westwood, and sold in the official Marmite Shop.

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I am firmly in the LOVE IT camp myself, and have been known to eat the stuff straight from the jar! It’s not everybody’s cup of tea thought – my mum had an unfortunate French exchange partner in the 1960s who assumed it was chocolate spread so smothered a piece of toast with it, and got a nasty shock! – Ellie