Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

Hanne Rysgaard cow design ceramic milk jug

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Contemporary handmade ceramic milk jug

Cow design milk jug

Get that ugly plastic milk carton off the table – it’s time to do things properly and decant your fresh milk into a proper milk jug.

These contemporary style ceramic milk jugs are handmade in Bristol by Hanne Rysgaard. The slipcast jugs are made from glazed porcelain and decorated with a cow design – cows on grass, to be precise.

They’re  fun and funky, available in two sizes (medium and large) and are safe to be popped in the dishwasher or microwave.

The cows on grass milk jugs are available to buy from Hanne Rysgaard Ceramics on Not On The High Street.

HAM bouncing rabbit and scooting pig tea towels

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
British design animal tea towels

Animal tea towels

Add a bit of fun into doing the dishes, with these animal inspired tea towels!

Choose from a springtime bouncing rabbit or a scooting pig – both of these fun designs are created by HAM. The 100% cotton tea towels are handmade in Britain and the designs are screenprinted on in a bold black on white.

The animal tea towels are both made by HAM and cost £9 each.

3 of the best egg cups

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Easter is fast approaching and we’ve got eggs on our minds…both chocolate and boiled!

Here are three egg cups to help you serve them in style.

1. Double Porcelain Egg Cup

Easter egg cups

Double egg cup

Why have one egg, when you can have two?

Treat yourself to two boiled eggs – or share one with a partner – with his white porcelain double egg cup.

It’s only £6.50 from Whisk Hampers and comes with a food quotation postcard.

2. Egg Cup and Soldiers Breakfast Train

Novelty quirky egg cups

All aboard the Breakfast Express

If you’re going to have a boiled egg, it’s essential to have soldiers too – and here’s a rather novel way of serving it in style, with the help of the egg and soldiers breakfast train.

On board the Breakfast Express are three carriages, linked together by hidden magnets, and housing your egg, toast and salt and pepper.

The egg and soldiers breakfast train in handmade in England from fine bone china, with birch wood wheels, and can be wheeled around the table.

It’s not cheap at £65 from MyHaus, but it’s got heaps of personality and style.

3. Wooden Bunny Ears Egg Cup

Quirky and fun Easter egg cup ideas

Bunny ears egg cup

Serve a boiled egg in this bunny ears egg cup and you could raise a smile or two.

The egg cup is handmade in solid oak and comes in a cotton drawstring bag. It’s £14 from Hop and Peck.

Oak leaf Devon pewter bowl by Glover and Smith

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Unique handmade British gift ideas

Oak leaf bowl and acorn spoon

This is the most exquisite handmade oak leaf themed bowl!

The pewter hammered bowl has two decorative oak leaves on each side and comes with a coordinating pewter spoon, with a decorative acorn on the handle.

The bowl is handmade in the UK, in Wiltshire by Glover & Smith, using lead free pewter. It’s safe to use with food and would make a very unusual bowl for serving olives, chutney or jam in, or you could simply have it out on a shelf as a decorative accessory.

The oak leaf Devon bowl is priced at £48.50 (with free p&p) from Glover & Smith – it comes boxed, so would be make a lovely gift or a treat for yourself.

Glover & Smith make a range of other equally nice items too, including tableware, spoons, bowls and jewellery, and all of their items are inspired by nature.

You can find out more details about their work by visiting their store on Not On The High Street.

Pink flamingo cushion by Lucy Gilchrist

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Contemporary textile designer Handmade contemporary flamingo cushion

British contemporary designer, Lucy Gilchrist, has captured the charm of pink flamingos in this handmade cushion.

The cushion features a hand printed design on the front and a high quality coordinated fabric on the back (the backing fabrics vary, as do the finishing touches, which are either a bow or buttons) and the inside is filled with a duck feather pad.

It’s a great design and a lovely cushion to own. You can buy the flamingo cushion direct from Lucy for £30, or from Retro Roost.

The same flamingo design is also available as a jaunty print.

If you’ve got a soft spot for pink flamingos, then check out the table we featured previously!

Blaue Blume large cake plate

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Tina Tsang designer ceramics

Lace effect cake plate

There are still lots of January sales going on, offering juicy bargains for your home, like this Blaue Blume cake plate.

Designed by Tina Tsang, and handmade in London, the large white cake plate is nicely shaped and is decorated with a lace effect.

It’s finished off with the word, “Heavenly…” at the bottom – very apt once a delicious cake is in situ on the plate!

Originally priced at £24.50, the cake plate is now only £12.95 at Lifestyle Bazaar.

Six Fabulous Christmas Book Trees

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Still undecided about what sort of Christmas tree to choose this year? If you’ve got a supply of books at home, then why not try creating your very own Christmas book tree!

It’s funky, unique and eco-friendly and you can design it to fit your room.

Here are six fabulous examples of Christmas book trees to inspire you!

1. Large Christmas Book Tree

Funky and unique christmas book trees

Christmas tree made from books

(Via Instagram)

Isn’t this fab? Who needs an actual tree, when you can create your own from books!

The whole of this huge Christmas tree is entirely made from books, then decorated with Christmas lights. It was created in a New York Anthropologie store (we also love the teapot lamp to the right!).

2. Mini Christmas Book Tree

Christmas xmas crafty handmade tree decorations

Mini book tree decoration

(Via Twig and Thistle)

Book trees needn’t be huge – why not try stacking your books to create a mini Christmas book tree like this one?

3. Funky Christmas Book Tree

Funky Christmas xmas book trees

Ingenious Christmas book tree

(Via Emmas DesignBlogg and IJM)

Or, if you’ve got shelf space free, get creative with your stacking skills and arrange your books to create a funky book tree like this!

4. Handmade Recycled Christmas Book Tree

Recycled Christmas book tree decoration

Handmade Christmas book tree

(Tree by Linda Koutsky, via RozWoundUp)

As well as clever stacking, Christmas book trees can be handmade out of old books too – these books were originally heading for the recycling bin, but isn’t the tree so much better?

5. Make Your Own Christmas Book Tree

Turn a hardback book into an Xmas tree

Make your own book Christmas tree

If you’re feeling inspired by these creations and have an old hardback book going spare that has seen better days, than why not get creative and turn it into this?

Over at Instructables, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to making your own unique book Christmas tree.

6. Create a Picture Book Christmas Tree

Finally, if you’ve got lots of children’s picture books to hand, then take a look at David Maybury’s video, as he shows you how to build a Christmas tree with picture books.

The video is also useful to see for general book tree construction techniques!

Handmade scooter cushion

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Home accessories handmade cushion

Scooter cushion

Forget florals and fancy patterns, here’s a cushion that’s a bit more masculine in style and design.

The scooter cushion is handmade from soft cotton with a cream scooter image on a blue background. It’s finished off with cream piping around the edges.

The handmade scooter cushion costs £38.50 from Chapel Cards.

Block print lampshade by Helen Rawlinson

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Designer handmade lampshades by Helen Rawlinson

Screen printed lampshade

New from designer, Helen Rawlinson, is this block design screen printed white lampshade.

The design is inspired by tower blocks, ladders and shelving systems and the end result provides a modern design with a hint of retro.

The lampshade on its own can be purchased for £39, but the tall, wenge lamp base shown, or the same base in a natural colour, is available too for an extra fee.

All items, along with some other lovely products, can be purchased from Helen Rawlinson’s shop on Not On The High Street.

LSA International Ciro salad or serving bowl

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
LSA ciro salad serving bowl

Stylish Ciro bowl design

These Ciro bowls by LSA International are handmade in Poland and each feature two oval holes as part of the design, making them distinctive and stylish.

The Ciro serving or salad bowl, which is a really useful size to have, is currently reduced in the sale at DotMaison, and is now priced at £20.

The rest of the sale section is well worth a look too, especially if you’re after designer bedding, such as products by Orla Kiely, Conran or KAS.

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