Finishing your Christmas shopping this weekend? Here’s my edit of the best presents for all the lovely ladies in your life, starting at £8.96. If you spot something you fancy for yourself, just share it on Facebook or Twitter prefaced with a big ‘Hint, hint’!
1. ‘Dash Dot’ pointy mittens by Donna Wilson, available in three colours
£32.50, from Soma Gallery.
2. Aesop Reverence hand wash, £27 from Cult Beauty.
3. Postie leather envelope, AU$190 from Follow Store.
4. Dinosaur Designs set of three bangles, AU$215 from Dinosaur Designs.
5. Polli woven peacock pendant, AU$79.95 from Polli.
6. India Knight Mutton (hardcover), £8.96 from Amazon.
7. Paul & Joe Kitty Blusher Stick in Minou, £19 from Rose Apothecary.
8. Paris Wakefield Additions Bliss cotton satin cushion, £59.50 from Paris Wakefield Additions.
9. Melinda Young hand cut acrylic flamenco pendant, AU$95 from Collect.
10. Cadiz serving bowl, £34 from Anthropologie.
11. Ceramic band bowl XXL, €70 from Foldoys.
12. Paul and Joe colour powder (081), £19.50 from Rose Apothecary.
13. Eiffel Tower ring dish, £10 from Anthropologie.
Want more lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.
Prefer to buy handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.
And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!
I don’t wish to alarm you, but it’s now less than a month ’til Christmas Day. Stuck for ideas? Here are some awesome handmade presents to get you started:
1. Christopher Raeburn limited edition Giclee print, £25 from Lesley Barnes.
2. Simple macrame plant hanger with pom poms, AU$20 from Kitiya Palaskas.
3. Design your own custom bracelet, US$24 from Orange is the Sun.
4. Herds pillow in deep red, US$38 from Skinny LaMinx.
5. Mouse Party teacup and saucer, US$26 from Yvonne Ellen.
Don’t miss out on that perfect Christmas present! Click here for my entire series of posts for my 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.
Seen anything you’d like for yourself? Why not forward this post to your nearest and dearest as a bit of a hint?
I love the idea of giving something handmade for Christmas. Chances are, giftee won’t have anything like it, and you can sometimes get things personalised just for them. Win, win!
1. Nose ring holder pre-order, US$35 from Tuesday Bassen Illustration.
2. Handmade women mittens, US$45 from Rainbow Mittens.
3. Geometric brass circle necklace, US$30 from Son of a Sailor.
4. Khaki waxed canvas mini backpack, US$69 from Otto Bags.
5. Herb drying rack, US$39 from Less and More.
6. Porcelain and tan leather hanging planter, US445 from Farrah Sit.
Don’t miss out on that perfect Christmas present! Click here for my entire series of posts for the Wee Birdy 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.
Do you think you’re going to order something from Etsy right now? Tell me about it in the comments below!
Here is part two of my Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for 2012.
1. Mr & Mrs hand-illustrated vintage teacups, US$48 from Yvonne Ellen.
2. Knitted collar in coral beige red pink cotton, EUR29.90 from The Knit Kid.
3. Hawthorn necklace £28 from Anna Wiscombe.
4. Modern ceramic Poligon Cup in green, EUR15.50 from Studio Lorier.
5. Embroidered geometric bib necklace in mint green purple black gray and pink, US$65 from An Astrid Endeavour.
6.Hand printed ‘hello’ cushion, AU$32 from Hello Milky.
Don’t miss a post! Click here for all of my Etsy picks for Christmas presents this year.
Spy something you like? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Here’s something I’ve been working on for a little while: the Wee Birdy buyer’s guide to the 20 best tea pots. The value of a good tea pot should never be underrated, especially if they pack in as much charm and good looks as these little beauties. From chintzy rose buds and polka dots to a modern interpretation of the classic Willow pattern, these little pots do more than brew a good cuppa – they add a splash of personality, colour and good design to the diurnal grind. Essential qualities, really.
1. Oranges and Lemons hand-painted tea pot, £75 from Tobyboo’s Etsy shop.
2. Camellia tea pot, £35 from Pierrot et Coco.
3. White lace hand-painted tea pot, US$58 from Clayful Impressions’ Etsy shop.
4. Mr Jones tea pot by Polly George, AU$84 from Everything Begins.
5. Lace tea pot by We Love Kaoru, AU$105 from Everything Begins.
6. Vintage enamel mid-century tea pot, US$85 from Hindsvik’s Etsy shop.
7. Salt and Pepper green tea pot with infuser by Salt and Pepper. Click here for your nearest stockist.
8. My Teapot’ in yellow with an anthracite lid by Anouk Jansen, £45 from Howkapow.
9. The New English x TNE Studios Benday cobalt tea pot, £122 from Culture Label.
10. London Willow tea pot by We Love Kaoru (features Big Ben, London Eye and the BT Tower), AU$96 from Everything Begins and £60 from Culture Label.
11. Gordon Ramsay Maze by Royal Doulton blue tea pot, AU$39.95 from Royal Doulton.
12. Provence rose tea pot, £18 from Cath Kidston.
13. Blossom tea pot by Swedish designer Camilla Engdahl, £30 from Howkapow.
14. Cupcakes tea pot by Poppy Treffry, made from fine bone china in Stoke on Trent, £24 from The Green Apple.
15. Blodwen white enamel Caernarfon tea pot, £35 from Liberty.
16. Wedgwood Polka Dots teaware tea pot, AU$89.95 from Wedgwood.
17. Royal Albert Polka Rose Vintage tea pot, AU$199 from Royal Albert.
18. Miss Etoile Gold polka dot ceramic tea pot, US$63.04 from Oliver Bonas.
19. Limogues pink tea pot, price on enquiry from The Bay Tree.
20. Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom Teaware tea pot, AU$125 from Wedgwood.
It’s A Week of Tea on Wee Birdy. WIN a stunning Twinings wooden tea chest packed with Twinings tea – click here to enter now!
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I’m curious. Which tea pot is your favourite? Tell me in the comments below.
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With just days until the London 2012 Olympics begin, I’ve decided to take Wee Birdy back to its origins and bring you the Best of British (and London) for the next few weeks. It’s no secret that I miss London terribly and it’s taken over two years to be able to blog about London without dissolving into fits of despair and homesickness, despite the fact that Australia is my native country. I have an embarrassing amount of London-based material (wee gems! souvenirs! must-eat dishes! favourite shops!) that has never seen the light of day, so I’m really excited about revisiting the place that inspired me to start blogging in the first place.
I was hoping that I’d be back in London to cover all the excitement during the Olympics (in terms of culture, style and shops, naturally) but I’ll just have to blog my little London-loving heart out from Sydney instead. Having said that, if any fabulous British company would like to sponsor a Wee Birdy for the Most Awesome Tour of Britain, you know who to call.
To kick off the Festival of British Awesomeness, this week’s birdy pick comes from West-Londoner Melanie Roseveare, who is the Canadian-born designer behind Melody Rose. Melanie takes long-forgotten vintage tea sets and gives them her signature make-over, using her own ceramic decal designs and re-firing them in the kiln. The pieces naturally lend themselves to decoration, but they are also functional and are hardy enough to be used every day.
The ‘Bird and Nest’ design is part of the Urban Nature collection and features a surprise nest on the inside of each cup. The cup and saucer sets are available in pink, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and amber.
Upcycled Bird Design vintage teacup and saucer, £28 from Melody Rose.