Hello 2016

I can’t believe it’s 2016 already!

I’ve been MIA for a while and thought I would give you all a little update.  You may have noticed that my shop inventory has shrunk.  This is due to having had a very successful Christmas, plus I’m currently working on a large order of knitted ice hockey hats which probably won’t be finished until the end of February.  I’ve therefore deactivated all of my made to order listings – so everything currently listed in my Etsy and Folksy shops is ready to post right away.2016-01-07 20.40.43

It’s great having such a large order to fulfil but I’m starting to feel a little guilty about turning down other custom requests (I’ve been receiving A LOT of these recently!)

Hope everyone is enjoying 2016 so far – I’ll be back with another update when I’m ready to take on new custom orders!

Summer Colour Pop

I’ve been experimenting with something new over the last few months and I’m happy to say I think I’ve cracked it!YellowKnittedEarrings

If you’re in the UK, you will have had a pretty disappointing summer so far.  We had a few days of heat and sunshine but that now feels like a distant memory – did it actually happen??  Anyway, it looks as if we will have to inject our own fun and brightness into our days and that’s what my new range of knitted cotton jewellery is all about.

KnittedBracelets3The range is made with funky vibrant colours of cotton yarn and silver plated findings to create knitted earrings and bangles.  It’s colourful and light to wear and easy on the purse strings – allowing you to mix and match different colours.  The chunky knitted bangles are particularly suited to this – I think three bangles in contrasting colours creates the perfect laid back summer look!

For the duration of the summer, you can get 10% off my new knitted jewellery (and indeed anything in my Etsy shop) with coupon code SUMMER2015.  Simply use the code at checkout before 31 August 2015.

Here’s hoping for a brighter summer!

Friday Finds – Winter Holiday

Winter Holiday

I’m heading off on a forest cabin holiday next week and these gorgeous wintery items are getting me in the mood for cosying up by the fire!

Open Edition Surreal Photography Kitchen Chic Rustic Kitchen Decor Nature Living Wall Art Dead Tree Pink And Blue Decor Winter Forest Sun

Mountain illustration art print - Night - Trees - Forest - Mountains illustration - Mountain art - Mountain scene - Office art - Home decor

Embroidered Winter Lodge Christmas Cushion

Winter Forest of Bare Trees Original Landscape Mixed Media Painting Art

Original acrylic painting silver birch aspen forest in the snow landscape winter shadows

Extra Large Chunky knit Beanie Hat in Forest Green/ Beanie Hat/ Winter Hat/ Warm Hat

Tree Art Christmas Decor silk window ornament blue watercolor tree art winter forest small painting nature christmas decor zen snowy forest

Landscape Watercolour Artwork Cards Four Winter Sun in Forest Blank Notecards

Blue Forest Acrylic Pendant Necklace, Enchanted Woodland Pendant

Winter Forest / mountains phone case / iPhone 6 / iPhone 5/5s / iPhone 4/4s / iPhone 5C / iPhone / Samsung Galaxy / illustration / casemate

Reindeer // A4 art print

Winter Photography,  Holiday Decor, Christmas Tree Photo, Snow Forest, Pine Tree, Emerald Green - Where the Snow Falls

Christmas Animal Washi Tape 'Winter Forest' by Masté

Rustic Wooden Ornament: Tree Cluster

Holly - Romantic Gift Christmas Forest Green Pearl Glitter Shimmer Sateen Jewel Elegant Vintage Style Winter Wedding Dangle Long Earrings

Long tree necklace - snowy tree pendant - winter tree necklace - long necklace - winter jewellery


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Friday Finds – Purples in January

‘Purples in January’ by Emma Dickie Design

It’s winter, it’s January, and it’s freezing. Let’s cosy in with some comforting purples and gorgeous finds!

Ava – Delicate Pale Lilac P…


Purple and black knitted nec…


Valentine gift , Purple infi…


500 Doves Lilac Wedding Conf…


Woman winter accessory. Hand…


winter photograph, fog photo…


Baby berry hat – purple blac…


Button Bothy Snowflake Earri…


Winter Mix – Wool Felt mini …


British Blueface Leicester L…


Bohemian flower crown headba…


Winter Jingle Ball Collectio…


winter photograph, river pho…


Purple Wool Felted Scarf Sha…


Winter Snow Landscape Art Pr…


Original Watercolour Paintin…


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Friday Finds – Cast in Bronze

‘Cast in Bronze’ by Emma Dickie Design

I absolutely love anything bronze at this time of year. It’s the perfect colour for coming into Autumn. Enjoy these bronze delights!

Opaque Rose Bronze Lustre 6m…


Bone and Bronze beads bracel…


Bronze pearl earrings, champ…


Shimmering Black Bronze Gold…


Vintage bronze and gold clip…


Steampunk inspired metallic …


Leaf Beads Czech glass leaf …


Clear Quartz Gemstone Wire W…


Bronze triangle handmade rin…


Ancient Bronze Resin Stud Ea…


1 Small Bronze Figurine – Et…


Antique Bronze Vintage Sheet…


Original 1970s Bronze Loafer…


Etched Bronze Cuff Bracelet…


Distressed/Edgy Bronze Digit…


Set of 25 Honey Gold & Bronz…


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Thursday Feature – Design & Belle

It’s been a while since my last Thursday Feature – I just don’t seem to have as much time as I used to for sharing the love!   However I’m determined to get back into more regular posting.   This week I am delighted to introduce you to Belle from Design & Belle, an Etsy shop dedicated to invitation designs.  Belle’s shop has an eclectic mix of beautiful colours and designs – and even if you don’t find what you’re looking for, also offers custom designs!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. il_fullxfull.630359483_997a

I’m a freelance creative from Winnipeg in Canada! I have always designed invitations for my own personal occasions and wanted to see if people were interested in my designs, which grew from there. I am working on new print designs and will be introducing stationery soon!

2. Do you have a favourite design? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

Right now, I’m really favoring my “Home Sweet Kitchen” chalkboard prints. I love the chalkboard trend and was inspired to mix it up with something different.

il_570xN.632031732_qjpt3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

I love to design with textures, colors and patterns you normally wouldn’t see together.

4. What are your goals for the next year?il_570xN.629583969_smzw

My goal is to keep designing what I love! Taking new art classes. Working on having my prints carried by independent brick and mortar shops.

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/designandbelle
Twitter: https://twitter.com/designandbelle
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/designandbelle
Website: http://www.designandbelle.com

Thanks for sharing your shop with us, Belle.  I can’t wait to see your new stationery and good luck with getting your work into the shops!