UK handmade spotlight – Cwtch bugs

cwytchbugs1 My baby has just got to that age where she is constantly dribbling and putting everything in sight in her mouth. Cwtch bugs might just have the products I need. Cwtch (Welsh for hugs) bugs are based in Cardiff, where they produce and sell handmade baby accessories. They have a wide range of dribble bibs and natural teething rings as well as comforters and blankets. New for autumn/winter 2013 they are selling super cute baby harem pants (in a range of fabrics). I love the fabrics they have chosen and there is plenty of choice of designs. They use 100& cotton where they can and they offer organic fabric options as well. Their products would make perfect gifts for newborns and they are available to buy through their etsy shop.

All photos taken by Cwtch bugs, used with permission.

All photos taken by Cwtch bugs, used with permission.


UK handmade spotlight – Parsnip and bramble


All photos taken by parsnip and bramble, used with permission.

Parsnip and bramble produce beautiful handmade baby wear which would make the perfect gift for any newborn. They design and sell a range of original designs, that they cut and sew on to plain baby wear. The plain baby wear items they add their designs to are all made in the UK so you can be assured you are purchasing an entirely British made product. As well as the range of bib, vest and sleepsuit sets available on their etsy site they welcome custom orders. Please visit their facebook page to see photos of happy customers in their fantastic custom designs.

UK handmade spotlight – The Fox in the Attic

foxintheattic1 The fox in the attic sells beautiful hand embroidered soft toys and cushions, as well as a few hand printed items. All items are handmade my Michelle in her home, close to the River Thames. Michelle gets her inspiration from many places such as her travels, history and art. The main items for sale are hand stitched animals. The range is always expanding but at present it includes owls, foxes, bunnies, dogs, monkeys, chickens and cats. All items can be personalised for example with a child’s name. You can find out more about the range on Michelle’s blog and the range is available to buy from her etsy shop.foxintheattic2

Lost my name book – what we’re reading

IMG_5512Lost my name is a personalised children’s book created by three dads and an uncle. Their aim was to create a personalised book and do it better than ever before and in my opinion they have. Even more amazing than the book itself is that they have created over 150 illustrations so that any name can be used and the project is entirely self-funded and self-published.

Lost my name is available for girls (as the little girl who lost her name) and boys (as the little boy who lost his name) and is the story of  how the little boy or girl gets up one morning to discover their name is missing from their bedroom door. The child does not know his or her name and sets off on an adventure to find it. Along the way the child meets various creatures who give him/her a letter for their name. At the end of the story the child realise that all the letters spell out their name.

IMG_5513I have to say I adore this book. Although my 3 month old, little girl is too young to appreciate this book now, I can imagine reading it to her when she is older and learning to spell her own name. It truly is a magical book. A perfect present for any child.


Words by: David Cadji-Newby

Illustrations by: Pedro Serapicos

The book is A4, printed in the UK on environmentally friendly, thick, uncoated paper (it really is great quality, more card like than paper and with a smooth texture).

Available to buy via their website, for £16.99 (free UK post and packaging) and they ship worldwide.

If your still unsure, visit their website, input your child’s name, select boy or girl and preview your childs book.

Maggie StoneDisclosure: Shortly after my baby was born, I won a personalised lost my name book via a twitter competition. I was not asked to review the book on the blog but I wanted to share it since it is such a beautiful book.

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.

Unisex newborn clothes

Not every one wants to find out the sex of their baby before he or she is born but you will need a few items of clothing to see you through those first few days. That’s why we love these unisex newborn items from the new autumn/winter 2012 next range. Whats more, the range is affordable too with a 3 pack of bodysuits costing just £12. We especially love the yellow day dreamer design. 

UK handmade spotlight – Littlenestbox

We have completely fallen in love with these modern nursery garlands, cloud pillows, mobiles and prints from UK based handmade company Littlenestbox. The mobiles and garlands are made from wool felt in every colour you can imagine. For the mobiles, either pick from the wide range available including rainbow, 1, 2 or 3 colour or choose your own colour/combination from a choice of 23 colours. All the items are sure to add a pop of colour to a modern nursery and would make the perfect gift for a newborn baby. For the full range head to their etsy shop.