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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Ah, Beryl. What a name. Perfect for an iconic British tableware range. Wood’s Ware ‘Beryl’ china has become a designer classic. Mostly green (are we calling it mint?), it still fills dusty kitchen cupboards in village halls, Scout huts and churches up and down the country. It’s become a symbol of 1940s, utilitarian, chic. I once bought a whole set of Beryl Wood’s Ware in the rarer primrose yellow colour (officially, it’s called ‘Jasmine’ I think) for next to nothing at a car boot. It reminds me of having tea with my grandparents…

Lovely photos here from vintage shop, Patchwork Harmony

…anyway, this is all very lovely, but what’s the actual POINT?! The point IS, Paperchase has just released it’s AW11 collection and I was chuffed to see some rather splendid Wood’s Ware cake stands and clocks, made from ‘upcycled’ Beryl plates. How very exciting. The clocks are made from tea cups and plates, and I spent an unhealthy amount of time admiring them at the press show. They’re going to start at around £35 and will be in store around September time. Of course, I would never suggest that you learn how to safely drill a hole in a vintage plate, buy some clock hands cheaply from HobbyCraft or Clas Ohlson, then make your own for £3. That would be very cheeky indeed. – Ellie

HOT SHOP: Vandalized Vintage

September 6, 2010

Trixie Delicious (possibly not her real name…) of Auckland, New Zealand, likes to ‘up-cycle’ vintage china in her own, very special way. If you like Lou Rota’s beetles and birds, or you’re a fan of RE’s macabRE plates which are plastered with skulls, scorpions and other spooky oddities, then the chances are, you’re going to like this. Note that ENVY is green and GLUTTONY is the biggest!

Trixie’s ‘naughty’ china (there’s a warning on her Etsy shop that some items might offend – you have been warned!) is cheeky and charming and never, EVER twee. Forget ‘LOVE’ and ‘PEACE’…here are some of her classics:

Imagine the bun fight at tea time as you argue about who gets to use which cake plate!

This one’s the perfect gift for that friend you have who thinks raiding a World of Warcraft dungeon counts as socialising.

Yum, yum, yum. These plates look fab arranged on a wall in holders. If I had to choose a favourite, I like the ‘Poison’ trio below. The words ‘Cyanide’, ‘Arsenic’ and ‘Belladonna’ clash so wonderfully with the pretty pink rose plates they’re splashed across! Just pray that your scones are safe to nibble…  – Ellie

PLEASING paper

April 15, 2010

Just spotted this homeware-themed wrapping paper by Emma Davis for Soul UK, which is stocked in Oliver Bonas. Clearly, despite promising myself I wouldn’t buy any more wrapping paper sheets to cover books, line drawers, put into boxes under the bed, I couldn’t resist these two little monkeys…

Vintage plates paper. DING DONG! And vintage teacups and teapots…yummy…

Difficult to convey with a sub-standard scanner, but the teaspoons are metallic. Which makes this paper even more PLEASING. – Ellie