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est. 2007
  1. Wee trend: Customised vintage plates

    Large deco black bug
    I’ve noticed this little trend emerging after spotting Lou Rota’s bug-and-bird infested vintage plates at one of my favourite London shops, Caravan, last year (a full Caravan shop tour is on the to-do list!). The plates are customised using homemade and vintage decals. I particularly love the beetles scurrying across this chintz tea plate:

    Blue Rose and Rose ChaferJackdaw dinner

    They’re mainly used for decorative purposes (they look amazing grouped on a wall) but can be used ‘lightly’, say for serving up cake for afternoon tea. Lou’s vintage plates can be found at Caravan and Liberty in London, and you can buy them online from Not on the High Street.

    DSC_0004Vintage Green Scarab x 3


    Ninainvorm is one of my favourite bloggers – and her Netherlands home is probably one of my most-visited ‘destinations’ on Flickr.  (I love her patchworked wall of vintage wallpapers.) She also makes ceramics (a combination of slipcasting and hand-shaping), and she screen-prints her own designs (like Scandi-style birdies) on to her work.




    She also uses vintage items to screen-print as well, like these vintage plates with bunting and birds:

    You can purchase Nina’s ceramics from her Etsy shop.


    Le petit oiseau is another gorgeous blog I follow, this time closer to home in the UK. As well as being a real bower bird for lovely vintage finds, she uses decal paper to re-design vintage plates with Tangram-style collages.


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    Check out her Etsy shop at Le petit boutique.

    • http://www.matouenpeluche.typepad.com Sam

      Very snazzy! I’ve not seen this trend yet in Sydney!!

    • http://www.hiccupings.blogspot.com Natalie

      Great finds – I’m sure the design on the top plate was part of my Nana’s plate collection – I would love to see a piece of her sponge cake served on one of these customised beauties!

    • http://louloulovesbooks.blogspot.com/ Louise Naomi Best

      Lovely post!

    • http://kickcanandconkers.blogspot.com Deb

      Lovely selection (pleased to see nath’s plates :). A definite trend, haven’t seen anything like it in France yet.

    • http://likklegirl.blogspot.com the likkle girl who wurves pwetty things

      Very very cute! Cheeky and clever too. Inspired to make my own now! xx

    • http://makedostyle.blogspot.com Make Do Style

      I’ll go to Caravan with you am overdue a visit!

    • http://www.weebirdy.com Top Bird @ Wee Birdy

      Make Do – sounds good!

    • http://www.spudballoo.com spudballoo

      Oh these are super, really unusual too. Lovely find as ever x

    • http://www.dudecraft.com Paul Overton

      Oh man! These are awesome. I especially like the raven plate. Cool!

    • http://le-petit-oiseau.blogspot.com/ nath

      wow, thanks dear, i’m very thrilled to be included, especially amongst such illustrious talents! *blush*

    • http://porcelainblonde1.blogspot.com/ Porcelain Blonde

      Oh my gosh, those plates are just beautiful! I especially love the floral/beetle ones, sweet but a little dark too 🙂
      I collect cute china, I’m tempted! <3 xxx

    • http://www.thatsnotmyage.blogspot.com That’s Not My Age

      Love these vintage plates – can I mention them on my blog please?

    • extremecraftivist

      I am sorry, but I have to point out that Lou Rota’s plates are using computer printed decals that are not fired on. They are not really permenant and scratch off. As someone who has study ceramics for many years I am pissed off at seeing so many people now using the same ideas but not the skill. This dumbing down of basic ceramic skills – ie. the printing of real ceramic transfers is just going to lead to more of our valueable skills being lost.