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.

UK handmade spotlight – The crafty button

The crafty button sells handmade felt booties, plushies, cushions, play food and more for the little ones in your life. The designer is Marci Hunter based in Northern Ireland. She designs and hand makes all her items and is frequently adding new designs. Baby booties are mostly priced at £10 and are available in 6 sizes (from premature to 18-24 months). A small selection of some of our favorites are shown below but please visit her etsy shop and or facebook page to see many more beautiful and colourful goodies.

UK handmade spotlight – Wild thing funky little dresses

Welcome to Great British family, the blog showcasing what Great Britain has to offer families. Today we are pleased to start one of our regular features showcasing the beautiful items for families made here in the UK. Let us introduce you to one of our favorite handmade ranges made in the UK  – Wild thing funky little dresses.

Designed and handmade in the UK by Kirsty Hartley, a mother herself. These stunning dresses have been featured on blogs around the world, were babble’s number 6 in their list of the top 50 etsy baby shops of 2012 and are now available, not only through etsy but several online retailers such as not on the high street.

We can see why they are so popular. There are the fun, whimsical, animal inspired play dresses and also the brightly coloured dresses and rompers with their subtle retro influences.  The range takes inspiration from elements of childhood nostalgia, the simplicity of Scandinavian design,60’s & 70’s styling. Most items are available from age 0-7. As well as dresses and rompers, there are a small selection of hats, bags and aprons available on etsy. Prices for the dresses range from £25-£44.

Here at Great British family we love these dresses and are proud that they are designed and handmade here in Great Britain (scroll down for a selection of our favorites). You can find them on etsy and facebook. If you are looking for adorable clothes for little boys, we are pleased to announce that Kirsty is working on a boys range due to be released late August. We can’t wait to see it.