UK handmade spotlight – Minnie’s Macaroon, Mrs Mouse hat review

Disclosure – I was kindly sent this Mrs Mouse, baby crochet hat to review by Minnie’s Macaroon. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. For further details see my disclosure policy.

Today I have a special UK handmade spotlight post for you. Regular readers will know how much I love handmade items and how much I enjoy showcasing the talented makers we have here in the UK. You may also remember that I have made a few crochet items for my baby. So it will come as no surprise that when I saw a message on twitter asking for bloggers to review handmade crochet children’s hats I added my name to the list. The following day I discovered that I had been chosen by Minnie’s Macaroon to review one of their hats. I picked their Mrs Mouse crochet beanie hat in baby size. It was a difficult decision to make since they have so many other gorgeous designs (you can find them all here).

IMG_6667Minnie’s Macaroon is based in West Yorkshire and they have been making and selling hand made items for babies, children and adults since 2009. As well as hats (available in adult, child and baby sizes) they also hand make and sell toys, such as this adorable gingerbread man rattle. All items are made using lovely soft Icelandic yarn.

I received my babies hat on Wednesday morning and I was really pleased with it. I love the design and the yarn is indeed very soft and it also looks like it will be warm and snuggly. I have had many compliments already from other mums and my own mum over how cute the hat is and I couldn’t agree more. The hat is £11 and available in baby (0-24 months) and child (2-9 years) sizes. There is also a Mr Mouse design available in the same sizes. My little girl is almost 7 months and at present the hat is a little too big for her but I have found this with many 6-12 month hats. The only thing missing is perhaps some washing instructions. Minnie’s Macaroons aim to supply high quality, unique and fun gifts not available on the high street at affordable prices. After reviewing this hat I would say that they definitely do just that.

Thank you Minnie’s Macaroon for sending me and my daughter this beautiful hat for review.


Winter essentials – kids wellies

It rained all day yesterday which means it’s the perfect weather for wellies. There is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing. What child doesn’t love jumping in puddles? Obviously at 5 months my little one doesn’t need wellies just yet but here are my favorites that I have seen on the internet for older children.

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John Lewis girls floral wellington boot , £12-£14

Woodland hike, blue synthetic, Clarks, £16

Printed wellies, Muddy puddles, £16. Available in four designs

Little bird by Jools rainbow stripe wellies, Mothercare, £12

Hunter red boots, £35, other colours available

Crocs kids’ handle it rain boots, £19.99, other colours available

Rain splats, £38. Other colours available

JNR seafarer unisex kids plain wellie yellow, Joules £29.95. Also available in red and blue

Poco Nido wellies, £20. Two designs available

UK handmade spotlight – Nell Smith

hand printed babywear 2Nell Smith is an award winning surface designer. She produces beautiful, modern prints by hand, using traditional techniques. Her designs are influenced by Scandinavian textiles and Japanese cartoons. I love the simplicity and cuteness of all her designs which are available as art prints and on organic cotton baby wear including t-shirts, bibs and hats. Many items can also be personalised and because they are hand printed each one is unique.

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Nell’s beautiful products are available to buy through etsy, her website and a bricks and mortar store in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

UK handmade spotlight – León + Coco

León + Coco are two children, inspiring their parents to create items for children that are not gender specific or slaves to mass market characters. We love the simplicity of the items but also that they design items to inspire children to use their imaginations. Below are some of our favorite items from their range and you can find the full range available to purchase on etsy.

UK handmade spotlight – Camilla Reynolds

Today we have some beautiful and unique handmade items to share with you. Camilla Reynolds sells the most adorable and girly dresses, unique handmade dolls, accessories and more. The attention detail in all her items is fantastic, just look at the detail on the dolls and headband below to see what we mean. Camilla uses the most beautiful and girly fabrics and there is a whimsical vintage feel to her items. All images below are Camilla’s, we love how she styles her photos as well. So if you love vintage and girly head to Camilla’s facebook page or etsy shop to see what items are currently available and remember she does custom orders too.

Belle and Boo

Do you remember the wall stickers we featured last week? in particular there were a couple from Belle and Boo. Well Belle and Boo not only design wall stickers but much, much more. Belle and Boo are a British company selling gift items, books, framed artworks, stationery, home wares and a beautiful collection of girls’ clothing, all based on nostalgic, whimiscal story book children’s illustrations. The artist behind Belle and Boo is Mandy Sutcliffe who after studing illustartion a t Leeds Metroploitan university, fell in love with illustrating children whilst in Paris. Belle and Boo appeals to parents with a love of old fashion storey telling and children will love the sense of adeventure in all the illustrations. Belle and Boo products are available to buy through etsy, their website and over 500 stockists worldwide.

H&M kids collection – Autumn/winter 2012

It might be only early August but the shops are starting to fill with Autumn/Winter 2012 fashion already. Today we are sharing with you our favorite items from high street store H&Ms kids collections. They offer something for everyone from newborn to 14+ years. We’ve not included anything from the newborn section as there was not much to choose from at present. From 4 months though you will be spoilt for choice for affordable outfits for your little ones whatever their age.

H&M have also just launched their first children’s interiors collection and if you scroll down to the bottom of this post you will see a few of our favorites from this range.

Girls 4 months to 2 years

Boys 4 months to 2 years

Girls 18 months to 8 years

Boys 18 months to 8 years

Girls 8 -14 years +

Boys 8-14 years +