Planning a camping trip in Wales this summer? You’d fit right in with this enamelware from Blodwen. I got a bit excited when I saw this! The classic navy and white has been given a wonderful Welsh twist, featuring the iconic ‘Caernarfon’ pattern that you normally see used in traditional tapestry blankets…

Blodwen has lots of lovely stuff. The founder, Denise Lewis, is passionate about supporting handmade Welsh craft. She designed this ‘Gwalia’ (Welsh for ‘homeland’) enamelware herself  and, although the enamel is sourced in Europe, the design and firing of the decals is all done in Wales.

1. Enamel jug, £35; 2. Mug set, £28 for 2; 3. bowl, £15.

Based in Cardigan Bay, you’ll also find woven baskets, wooden bowls, pottery, tapestry floor mats and homemade jam! Have a browse online at their delightful wares and the Gwalia is also available through Liberty. – Alice

Tesco spring/summer range

February 6, 2009

I know it’s icy outside, but I’m feeling summery – we’ve just been to the Tesco spring/summer press show at trendy Covent Garden venue The Hospital, to get a sneak preview of the new collections before they hit the shops.


There was a great range of picnicware, and I particularly liked the plum and green striped set, which will be priced at £2 for a plate and a bowl. I also loved the wicker picnic hamper from Tesco Direct. It looks like an expensive set, with leather-style straps and stylish plastic wine glasses, but it’s just £25 for the whole lot!


There were some gorgeous glass hurricane lamps too, which were equally bargainous – they look like vintage pieces, but start at just £4 each. All these lovely things are due to hit Tesco shops later this year around April…so roll on the summer!