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As some of you may have noticed I’ve done away with the giant banner ads for totally random things and replaced with some tasteful dinky sidebar ads for brands and creatives that I genuinely want to support. Today I’m going to tell you a little bit more about these beauties and why you should check them out.

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Jayne Kitsch – The Etsy Shop!

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Shamless self promotion in one respect but also the realisation of a dream too. When I was growing up I used to love doing arts and crafty projects it was the main thing I did when I wasn’t at school, it wasn’t until after Uni that I didn’t have the time or the energy to do anything and it all fizzled out. My only source of creativity until recently was blogging and writing. When we moved to Brighton and made the big changes to life it freed up time to be able to start being creative again.

I’ve been dabbling in various arts and crafts, mainly various jewellery making things as I’ve always wanted to have my own brand or shop. A couple of months ago I had a very industrious day photographing and listing stuff on Etsy. Both stuff that I’d made myself and some awesome stuff that my Mum made to my brief, she’s more talented than me so it only made sense to get her involved.

I’ve got some other new bits to list soon, but right now I’d love for you guys to check out what I’ve been working on so far and let me know what you think. It’s entirely a work in progress still, so anything you have to share would definitely help out. The main thing I’ve learnt so far is that it takes LOADS more time than you think, even more time than it takes to maintain a blog!

If you haven’t shopped Etsy before, you can get £5 off your first order if you shop via this special link. Otherwise head straight to my shop and let me know what you think!

Here’s some of my favourite pieces that I’ve listed so far…

This one was made by my Mum, it features glass beads and gorgeous chunky heart beads, reminds me of Alice in Wonderland or Snow White. It was entirely hand beaded by my Mum and there’s only a couple in existence.

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Admittedly not the most original idea, but I wanted one for myself so I’ve mounted these little cakes onto ceramic plates for these kawaii rings.

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Mermaid inspired of course, Mum sourced these gorgeous glass shell beads to create this pretty necklace.

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What do you think? Do you have any suggestions for new stuff?

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Introducing Peppermint Puff Jewellery

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One of the things that I love about the internet is the way that you can easily find the niche community that suits your fancy, it’s through one of these communities (Black Milk Clothing) that I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Cassia, who recently launched her own jewellery brand, Peppermint Puff. The minute I saw her original website I was impressed, she’s done a super job of creating something slick and professional without much resource.

So, here’s a little something that Cassia gave to me that I wanted to share. First off, check out how adorable the gift wrapping is!

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Here’s the super cute chunky, beaded necklace that Cassia made for me. I love it so much, nice bright colours and simple shapes look awesome with everything. The quality is superb and the presentation is just lovely. I’m seriously impressed. This girl has a bright future with her crafting I’m sure of it!

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The rest of the Peppermint Puff collection is heavily inspired by Fairy Kei and Kawaii styles inspired by Japanese fashion. There’s tons of pastel shades and fruit, very cute and pretty. With each item being handmade you know you’re getting something unique each time. Here’s one of my fave things from her site at the moment…

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So, if you’re looking for a new indie brand to support, check out the Peppermint Puff website and enjoy!

What do you think of Cassia’s brand? 

What’s your favourite indie brand find lately? 

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#IndieLove: Birchwood Lolly Pops from Little Papa

Independent designers and makers were one of my core focuses when I started blogging in 2009 and although I’m still a massive fan of discovering new brands, ingenious designs and adorable crafts online it’s not often that I share them, so I thought I’d start a series of them, introducing the first one of my Indie Love series.

Yes, the high street is cheap and convienient, but isn’t is far more satisfying finding something unique, made with love and created by a true artist? Let’s make more of an effort to support those awesome little businesses that are hiding around the interwebs and filling Folksy and Etsy up with so much awesome.

Today, I want to share with you this Brighton based find, Little Papa. They’ve got a whole range of cute laser cut wooden items and printed tees, mainly aimed at children, but it’s these adorable ice cream items that I have caught my eye and at just £8 for a necklace or ring and only £4 for a brooch, it’s not only more awesome than the high street, it’s also more budget friendly too.

If these creations made you smile too, give Little Papa a follow on Twitter or check out their website here. And from me, Little Papa I salute you for being awesome, creating beauties that put a smile on my face and things that look good enough to lick. Good job and keep at it!

Have you spotted a indie brand that deserves some love? 

What crafty finds have made you smile? 

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Renegade Craft Fair at Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

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This weekend was an awesome one, crammed so much into my Saturday, I can’t quite believe it. Anyway, more that to come. First off, me and Gemma from Flutter and Sparkle (blogger bestie) headed to the Old Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch to check out the epic  Renegade Craft Fair. This fair originates from the States and is crammed with all the best bits from Folksy, Etsy and the like. I love being able to see some of the crafters I love in real life and am always tempted into purchasing, or am too overwhelmed to make any decisions.

Anyway, here’s some snaps of my favourite bits, enjoy!

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The awesome Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes make super intricate, colourful and fun acrylic jewellery. I’ve got a couple of pieces from these guys and absolutely love them.

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Lucie Ellen is one that I’ve been following for ages, and I finally met her this time! Lucie makes bold and cute jewellery out of wood. I purchased the Watermelon necklace, which I’ll feature in an outfit post very soon. 2013-11-09 13.33.45

Kayleigh O’Mara was a new find for me. She’s a designer and illustrator and I love her acrylic jewellery. I should have purchased the scissors, aren’t they cute?

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I often see I Am Acrylic on the Old Spitalfields Market on a regular basis, more cute acrylic jewellery. This time their Wallery caught my eye, jewellery for your wall!

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Bonnie Bling was my favourite new find this time (hence the three photos!). A Scottish crafter who started out making acrylic jewellery using Scottish slang words and now has branched out to make all sorts, from cute penguins to glitzy gothic inspired designs. The gold and red heart necklace is firmly on my wishlist.

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Another old favourite, DesignosaurYEAH, starring their Chameleon necklace which I adore. 2013-11-09 13.12.04

Asking for Trouble is another old fave, one that I’ve been following for a long time because of her focus on Kawaii characters. I adore the little wooden food brooches. 
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I NEED the David Meowie on a t-shirt or a print, isn’t it cool? This is Mister Peebles, another new find for me.

Anyway, I went away feeling inspired for gift buying and with a very long wishlist of things for myself. I’m going to buy all my Christmas presents from independent brands this year, how about you?

Do you visit craft fairs?

Who are your favourite indie brands? 

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