thifty chic

There was a lovely article in this week’s Stylist magazine (the commute home on a Tuesday night is now a pleasure thanks to this little gem) about the rise in women “crafting their own businesses”, and making a living from the homemade, such as cupcakes, ceramics and soft furnishings. It’s incredibly inspiring that so many of these entrepreneurs have taken a leap of faith in order to change their lives by using old-fashioned skills to start a business, many of them becoming hugely successful (cases in point: Cath Kidston and Emma Bridgewater who have yearly turnovers of millions).

{Cotton Reels print by Lola’s Room via Folksy}
There are a number of websites that showcase such items, full of unique creations and a far cry from the mass-produced high street market… and on which I can happily trawl for hours. Reading the Stylist article prompted me to revisit them (*sound of arm being twisted*); here are some of the arts and crafts on offer at three of these websites, all clearly handcrafted with love:

All Things Original:
1. Spring Garden Gigi Purse by Bagatelles & Co – £28
2. Twiggy Cushion by Clare Nicolson – £45
3. Knot Flower Shoe Clips by Sun Studio – £15.50
4. Lollypop Soap by Little Green Caravan – £1 each
5. Circus Thrills Chair by Kelly Swallow – £650
6. Camembert Dish by Caractacus Pots – £16.99
From Britain With Love:
7. Shetland Blanket by the Atlantic Blanket Company – £187.50
8. Eden Glass Jugs by Maggie Williams – from £35
9. Couture Cupcakes by Ella’s Bakery – £2.75 each
Do any of these inspire you to ‘make do and mend’?

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