Wednesday Wants…. Totes Amazing

I’ve had a thing about bags for as long as I can remember. I recall as a child I’d blow any money I had on a new purse or bag at the first opportunity….and with all my money spent I’d have nothing to put into it! The ‘problem’ once got so bad that I had to limit myself to buying just one bag a month!

I’ve rather curbed the habit since then, favouring buying ‘investment’ bags to last me forever, and I’m currently in the process of streamlining my collection (I have a walk in wardrobe dedicated to accessories and it could do with a tidy up!). I do think though that you REALLY can’t have too many tote bags. They pack down flat, they’re inexpensive, last well, don’t mind being chucked in the washing machine and are infinitely useful to keep around. I have a big one filled with lots of others, and they’re just perfect for using for supermarket shops, throwing parcels and purse in when going to the post office, and for carrying lunches and documents to the office.

I also think tote bags are a rather wonderful way of buying into a new trend you like, your new favourite style, or just to show off your love for dogs or knitting or whatever. The nicest ones in my opinion are the pretty illustrated ones by independent designers, and I do love to carry a piece of artwork around with me!

Koala Screen Print Tote by Depeapa, £14.11 on Etsy, via Craft Gawker

How could you not feel cheered on a shopping trip with this fellow on your arm?! I love a Warly Bear (or Koala Bear if you prefer) and this chap is so charming with his smart yellow jumper!

Rob Ryan Canvas Shopper by Wild and Wolf, £7.50 on sale from £14.95 via Bloomsbury & Co

I actually have this one and I love it! I fell in love with the design when I visited the Ryantown shop on Columbia Road, and the bag itself makes me smile each time I look at it….I think it’s a rather apt saying for me! It’s a good size with a gusset bottom and a little zipped pocket inside, plus it’s a really sturdy, heavy canvas….a total bargain at the sale price!

Dachsund Tote Bag by Jeff Josephine Designs, £10 on Folksy

I adore this little guy! He reminds me a lot of my Digby hound, with his little Queen Anne legs! I am crazy about his striped scarf too!

‘Bad Mother Knitter’ Bag by Kelly Connor Designs, £13.75 via Not on the High Street

Hehehe! I love a pun, and a shiny gold print….. not to mention knitting! This one would be super cute to collect all your yarns and knitting pins together in!

Tipsy Badger Tote by Sophie Parker, £12 on Etsy, via Boys with Banjos

This badger knows how to live! Look at his shorts! I love this guy, and I have a certain badger-mad friend who will go crazy for this I’m sure…. especially as she’s partial to a glass of vino too!

‘Ignition’ Illustrated Rabbit tote by Gallons of Ink, £6 on Etsy

Pretty sure this one is my favourite….there’s something about the juxtaposition of these cutesy little bunnies and the innuendo-filled R&B lyrics of R Kelly’s ‘Ignition.’ So much fun!

How about you? Are you bag mad? Do you have a stash of totes for running errands with and cramming treasures in?

Ems x

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Wednesday Wants: Strangely Yours on Etsy

I’m always finding gorgeous things as I browse Etsy…..lovely new shops, unique gifts and clever products that capture my imagination. It’s not that often though that I find a shop FULL of very, very *me* things….

Strangely Yours though is very much my cup of tea. Wonderfully whimsical, imaginative and exciting, each darling piece of jewellery would sit happily amongst my collection. I adore the etched wood, the clever compartments and secrets….these designs remind me of my childhood when hidden messages and secret stashing places were the stuff of my daydreams. Not that they’re not still!

Here are six of my favourites from the charming Etsy shop…..

Polaroid Camera Locket, £22.56

“This retro little camera has a tiny film that slides in and out, making it look like your photos are really developing! If you are an avid Polaroid taker or instagrammer, this wooden camera makes an awesome accessory! Proudly display your best photo, or a special occasion in the space of the black square. Laser cut from wood, the “flim” is made from white & black acrylic, with a gold mirror for a lens.”

Personalised ‘Message in a tree’ Necklace, £16.70

“Like lovers scratching their names into the bark of unsuspecting trees with their keys, vandalize the poor trees no more! Now you can carve a special date, name or message into the hollow of your very own secret tree! A little slide up door shields your messages from prying eyes. Etch the date of your anniversary, or lover’s names. Maybe you have words of encouragement to give to someone, or perhaps a personal motto that keeps you going. Either way this little stump is your very own private hollow!”

How adorable would this be as a wedding gift?! (*Hints to her Groom*)

Bow and Arrow Layered Necklaces, £15.41

“A minimalistic bow and arrow pairing. Both arrow and bow are individual necklaces that look great layered together, or each on its own! Etched with geometric markings on wood, these lovelies are then hand painted. Gold rings accents are added for a tribal style with a single gold feather paired with the arrow.”

Having just completed my beginners archery course, I feel this would be a rather apt treat to myself!

‘The Collector’ Wooden Crate Locket, £16.70

“Little crate lockets you can really keep stuff in. If you’re the sort to pick up small bones & pebbles on long walks, or maybe some pretty glass found on the beach, this unique little locket is a cool way to hold your secret finds!Its also a great way to hide little surprises.. pop a small photo inside, or a meaningful note. If you are forgetful like we are, a folded grocery list, or just some change for bus fare. Whatever the reason, these little crates are are sure to be a conversation starter. Choose from a few phrases to fit your purpose. “Fragile/Caution/Radioactive/Top secret/Do not feed” or engrave your own custom text! These miniature crates are hand crafted in our home studio. Each piece is unique and will have its own variations in coloring and distress markings just like a real crate!”

I just adore these….and I am totally the kind of person who picks up bits and bobs on walks!

Personalised Vintage Sewing Machine Necklace, £22.56

“A beautiful rustic sewing machine modeled after a vintage Singer. Cut from solid cherry wood and engraved with detailed floral flourishes, it features a tiny spool that has been threaded with real thread, a wheel that really spins, and a tiny gold needle! Sew cute! And as added bonus, personalize “The Seamstress” with a name instead.”

What a gorgeous gift idea for a crafty sewer!

Woodlands Secret Locket Necklace, £22.56

“An adorable handcrafted piece, stash away your secret finds with this little locket! 2 squirrels holding an acorn stand atop the headpiece with a whimsically victorian motif. The little key works as the latch, pop the key and open the tiny doors! This miniature locket is fully functional and just like some closets, can hold a few skeletons!”

If I had to choose just one thing from this amazing collection, it would be this. So imaginative, charming and whimsical….love love love!!!

I want it allllll!!!!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….. for the pampered pooch

I think it’s pretty fair to say that our hound, Cooper, is a pretty pampered pooch. He gets LOTS of love and affection (maybe even too much if that’s possible!), lots of yummy treats (lucky for him he needs feeding up!) and no less than four very comfy beds all around the house (plus his favourite, the sofa!). As happy as he is though, I don’t really consider him spoiled, and as much as he probably doesn’t *need* anything else, that won’t stop me from wanting to splash out on some seriously luxurious creature comforts for him….

Coops has a lovely waterproof and padded coat, which is very necessary for such a skinny breed in this weather. It looks like he’s going to need to keep wearing it for a good while too, as the weather is set to continue in its vile frostiness….so perhaps it wouldn’t be *too* naughty to splurge on another coat?! And what could be more practical, and befitting of our little country gent, than these gorgeous dog coats from Barbour. I bought one myself last year (a ladies one, not a dogs one of course!) and it’s been one of my best investments ever, with this perpetual precipitation, and I can see it lasting forever. The doggy versions come in waxed, padded and tartan designs, in various sizes to suit your beloved pup, and start at just £29.95.

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I had my eye on these beautiful dog beds from Joules long before Cooper even arrived! They match beautifully all their homeware ranges, and so I’d just adore a complete matching set! There are mattress style beds in various patterns and sizes, but it’s the ‘snuggle beds’ I have my eye on for our hound, who loves to curl up all cosy! They start at just £24.95 for the smaller snuggle beds, going up to £69.95 for the biggest mattress bed.

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Coops doesn’t want for blankets, that’s for sure. He has a whole collection of nice fleecy ones, including one he just inherited (a lovely pale blue one which my Mum gave to him this weekend!). Still, his country gent look would really benefit from the rather luxurios Appleby Harris Tweed Dog Blanket by Lilly Shahravesh, from Love Your Dog. It’s £165 and made from finest Harris Tweed and Sherpa Fleece. There are even matching beds and carriers (not to mention their gorgeous greyhound coats!).

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Cooper already has two lovely collars (with matching leads, obvs)….his smart cherry red collar for weekedays, and his rather more rustic, chocolate brown rope style collar for weekends. But what he doesn’t have (yet) is a bow tie! How adorable is this Chevron Bow Tie Collar from PAWSH Accessories on Etsy?! The hound’s best colours are powder blue and bright red, so he’d look so dashing in this! It’s £18.87 and comes in different sizes to suit your very own pooch.

Chevron Bow Tie Dog Collar: Chevron in Aqua, Red, Gray, and Black... ZigZag, Bowtie, Pet Collar

My first job as a student was at the Wedgwood shop back up in Stoke. When I was there, they released the stunning black and white jasper ware range by Nick Munro, and I remember deciding way back then (long before I even had a dog!) that this beautiful dog bowl would be mine. Unfortunately, they no longer make them, so I’ll have to count on being lucky and finding one on a china matchings website….but it SHALL be mine!!!

Or rather, Cooper’s.

Ems x

The Hills Are Alive, With the Sound of Music!

After a little inspiration from the Austrian-themed hen do I went to last weekend, I’ve finally listed my new jam jar sculpture….. Inspired by the opening scene from The Sound of Music, this miniature scene features Maria atop a meadowy mountain, with her arms outstretched in song.

I love making these tiny pieces of art, and must get onto making a few more of the scenes I’ve been planning! If you have any ideas or requests, do let me know!

You can now buy this jam jar scene on my Etsy shop for just £35….. I hope you like it!

Unique, hand made Sound of Music scene in a jam jar "The hills are alive with the sound of music"

Unique, hand made Sound of Music scene in a jam jar "The hills are alive with the sound of music"

Unique, hand made Sound of Music scene in a jam jar "The hills are alive with the sound of music"

Wednesday Wants….. Washi washi washi

Right. Before you say ANYTHING, I am allowed to obsess over stationery and packaging, *for professional reasons*. And so what if I did spend an inordinate amount of time last week building a washi tape dispenser in my studio? It was *for professional reasons*.

I mean, I have to ensure the goodies I spend hours making are carefully wrapped up against those brutal Posties, and the goodies also have to be pretties don’t they? And washi tape is just so incredibly versatile too….I mean, what other tape could you make such pretty mini cupcake bunting from?!

Needless to say, I’ve become a little obsessed about washi tape lately, but all the cool people are, and any combination of Japanese kitsch, pretty packaging and super cute stationery is bound to get me over-excited, so I’m going with it. And now you are too….here are my favourites….

mt 2012 Autumn NEW- Japanese Washi Masking Tapes / 6mm Slim Twist Cord A set of 3

Twist Cord A set of 3, from Little Happy Things, £3.39

New-Sanrio My Melody Paper Deco Tape / 15mm (Pink)

Sanrio My Melody Paper Deco Tape, Little Happy Things, £3.73

MT ex 2012 Autumn NEW- Japanese Washi Masking Tape / Map


MT Map Japanese Washi Masking Tape, Little Happy Things, £4.75

Green and White Grids Washi Tape / Masking Tape - Classic, 15m, 1 Roll

Green and White Grids, GoodiMochi , £1.83

Pink Inch Scale Washi Tape / Masking Tape - 10m


Pink Inch Scale, GoodiMochi, £1.83

Fluorescent Color Washi Tape / Masking Tape // Your Choice of Color - Yellow, Pink, Orange, Green // 10m, 1 Roll


Fluorescent Color Washi Tape, GoodiMochi, £1.83

Black and White Chevron Washi Tape / Masking Tape - 10m


(*cough* Twin Peaks) Black and White Chevron, GoodiMochi, £1.83

Heart in the Clouds Washi Tape


Heart in the Clouds Washi Tape, Wishy Washi Tape, £2.03

Washi Tape: On the Road

On the Road, The Sewing Post, £2.03

NEW- Moomin Carriage and Umbrella Series Japanese Washi Masking Tape / Salmon Pink

Moomin Carriage and Umbrella Series in Salmon Pink and White, Little Happy Things, £5.93

Ems x

New on my Etsy shop….. Mother’s Day Cards

It was cutting it a bit fine, but I’ve just finished my designs for my Mother’s Day cards, and they’re now available to buy on my Etsy shop!

I have drawn and painted in watercolour a cute tattoo-inspired ‘Mum’ design, as well as a sweet bird and banner ‘Marvelous Mother’ design. I’ll be painting one saying ‘Mom’ instead of ‘Mum’ ready for US Mother’s Day in May too.

Each card is printed in high resolution on high quality, thick 350gsm art card from FSC credited paper stock. There is a light satin coating on the outside, whilst the inside is left un-coated, making it easier for you to write your own message. Each card measures 4.13″ x 5.82″ / 105mm x 148mm (A6) and includes a good quality matte white envelope.

I’m also selling A4 sized prints which will make lovely gifts for your marvelous Mums too!

Ems x

Mum or Mom, Mother’s Day Card, print from original water colour, £3

Marvelous Mother, Mother’s Day Card, print from original water colour, £3

Wednesday Wants…. I Am A Bird

I came across these stunning treasures on Etsy a few weeks ago, but was very happily reminded of them today when they featured in a daily ‘Etsy Finds’ email!

I Am A Bird is an enchanting Etsy shop hosted by the wonderfully talented Madeleine Belanger, a 21 year old artist and jewellery designer from British Columbia, Canada. Madeleine also has a darling blog that you can find here, but it’s really her stunning jewellery that has my attention.

Taking inspiration from her surrounding Canadian landscape, colors and animals, Madeleine hand paints each completely unique piece featuring owls, deer, evergreen trees, squirrels, racoons and birds.

You can even order a bespoke piece by Madeliene, and I think a pet portrait necklace would be an incredible gift!

fox necklace in wood necklace- framed fox necklace- hand painted unique fox necklae

Fox in wood necklace, £30

How adoringly crafty is this little fox?! This beautiful pendant was made from unique wood retrieved from wine vats, which has been cut, sanded and drilled by Madeleine’s Dad! The pendant has been painted and sanded, then filled with a crystal clear resin.

honey harvest bear- fall fashion wooden bear necklace- wheat field dark wood- iamabird black friday cyber monday sale

Honey harvest bear, £30

I love this sweet little grizzly bear who stands in front of a wheat field. Another original painting, every order is completely unique!

summer owl - turquoise teal summer fashion owl- hand painted wooden necklace black friday cyber monday sale


Summer owl, £27

I adore the teal backdrop to this owl necklace! It just looks stunning against the blonde wood and golden owl.

Framed Fox Necklace- Hand painted wood fox necklace- reclaimed wooden fox necklace

Framed fox necklace, £40

The oval shaped pieces rather remind me of cameos, and I find this little fox utterly enchanting! The wood, which is recycled from old bed posts and the like, has been hand stained.

honey bee spring fashion necklace- hand painted bee necklace- honey comb wooden necklace

Honey bee necklace, £30

I’m loving bees at the moment, so this one was bound to appeal to me. For this particular style, a hole is drilled into the wood and the bee is forever suspended in his quaint little home, safely behind a super glossy resin.

valentines bird wood slice necklace- hand painted wood slice necklace


Love bird necklace, £17

And the super-cute winner is this Love Bird necklace! The little loops are secured into each piece of wood, and from those the pendants hangs on a silver chain….you can even choose the length and colour!

Should funds allow, I’d go crazy and buy all of these….and probably lots more on the shop besides! And with an exceptionally reasonable £3 shipping cost, it’s all the more tempting!

Ems x

Launching my new online vintage shop…… Under A Glass Star

Well it’s been months in the making, but after weeks trawling car boots and rummage sales, days of photo shoots, and hours of listing, my new shop is now officially open!

I wanted to set up a new shop to sell some of the wonderful vintage and antique finds I’ve been making….mainly so that I still get to buy such lovely things without filling the house up to the brim! Now that I have more storage space, as well as lots of local treasure hunting haunts, I intend to keep buying up the things that take my fancy, so that I can share them with you (and still get the buzz of ‘the find’ without going bankrupt!).

So, I hereby declare Under A Glass Star officially open!

My new shop can be found on Etsy, like my other shop…although the latter is getting a bit of a face lift soon too! There will be a huge range of vintage treasures, and I have already listed a rather eclectic selection…..you’ll find cocktail accessories, home decor ideas, kitchenware and vintage craft supplies. I have more finds to list soon too, including some gorgeous tea sets, costume jewellery and collectables.

Below is a taster of some of my favourites, but do pop along to see the shop and please ‘favourite’ it too! I’m offering a discount to all Under A Glass Sky readers…just enter the code READERS10 to benefit from a 10% discount on check-out!

Ems x

Super cute and kitsch Vintage Deer ornament

Super cute and kitsch Vintage Deer ornament, £12

Cute retro vacuum flask, by The British Vaccum Flask Co. Ltd.

Cute retro vacuum flask, by The British Vaccum Flask Co. Ltd., £7

Beautiful Vintage Paddington Bear

Beautiful Vintage Paddington Bear, £16

Super cute and kitsch 'Little Forks' cocktail picks

Super cute and kitsch ‘Little Forks’ cocktail picks, £8

Vintage TWINCO Knitting Pin Box in Bright Orange

Vintage TWINCO Knitting Pin Box in Bright Orange, £6

Pretty Pastels Colclough Fine Bone China Tea Set

Pretty Pastels Colclough Fine Bone China Tea Set, £30

Wednesday Wants….a super quick round up of my latest Etsy favourites

Sorry! Can’t stop! Crazy week of adventures going on! Will tell you about it later!

To keep you busy in the mean time, here are some of my latest ‘wants’ taken from my recent Etsy favourites……

Make a wish upon a star... Tiny enamel gold star necklace - Delicate Jewelry -

Make a wish upon a star… Tiny enamel gold star necklace by Little Me’s, £8.63 each (although I’m gonna need one in each colour!)

Colorful in bed. Pajamas sleeping shorts (Clothing lingerie panties)

Colorful in bed…… Stripey sleeping shorts by Di’Soro, £16.19 (I’ll have to wait til it warms up a little though!)

Sweet Tooth…. Gold Bracelet by Jack and Hazel Store, £10.33

UNICORN and RAINBOW necklace, GEMMA Correll Illustration, eco-friendly silver. Handcrafted by Chocolate and Steel

Over the rainbow….. Unicorn pendant by Chocolate and Steel, £37.57 (I will never grow up!)

Large Butterfly Mobile, Paper, Art,  Hanging, 3D, Nursery Decor, Baby, Baby Shower, Girls Room

Take flight….. Paper butterfly mobile by Simply Chic Lilly, £48.58 (my home studio just won’t be complete without this)

SALE Japanese Washi Masking Tape -  Red hearts in Clouds 10m

Hearts in the clouds…. Washi tape by Cinderella, £1.94 for 10m (that’s 10m of joy!)

Women's Bird Top Handmade Grey Cotton Jersey Vest Tunic Tank Top

Someday I’ll fly away…. Hand made cotton vest by Baggy Fitted, £21 (is that little bow to die for or what?!)

GRACE. Leather ballet flats. Womens flat shoes. US 5-14 sizes.

Made for walking…..Grace leather flats by Elf Elf, £64.87 (I could make believe it was summer in these)

Happy browsing!

Ems x

Love is…..

Valentines Card 'Love Is....' Vintage Panini Sticker in various designs

Well, with Christmas over it’s time to think about Valentines already! I know that will fill lots of people with dread, and that the site of Easter eggs in the shops already feels like we’re wishing away the year, but what can you do?!

As such, I’ve been starting work on some Valentine’s Day gifts and cards to sell in my Etsy shop, and I’ve just listed the first of my card designs. I’ve loved the ‘Love Is…’ designs and drawings by Kim Grove for as long as I can remember…..I have a little figurine in my studio in fact, that used to sit in my childhood bedroom. So when I found this collection of PANINI collectable stickers devoted to the designs, I had to have them! And rather than them languish in one of my numerous treasure boxes at home, I thought I’d put them to good use by transforming them into super-cute greetings cards for Valentines!

Each original vintage sticker has been carefully attached to a high quality pale yellow A6 size card (148 x 105 mm / 5.8 x 4.1 in) using retro style brown paper photo corners. I have attached them in such a way that the sticker may be removed to reveal the reverse side, where you will find the title of the design (which appears in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian), as well as the design number and trademark.

The cards come complete with a matching envelope in the same primrose yellow. I have left the inside blank for your own message, and so they can be used for Valentines, Birthdays, Engagements, Weddings or just a Thank You card.

I have lots of different stickers from the collection, so you can choose which one best suits you and your Valentine! I personally love ‘Love is…..putting on the style for her’ (which is in the picture above), as well as ‘Love is…..dancing in the old-fashioned way,’ ‘Love is…..consoling her when her snowman melts’ and ‘Love is…..taking up cycling to get his weight down’!!!

I just think they’re adorable!

Valentines Card 'Love Is....' Vintage Panini Sticker in various designs

Valentines Card 'Love Is....' Vintage Panini Sticker in various designs

There is only ONE of each sticker so each card is completely unique! They are £3.20 ($5.00) each, and available to buy here now!