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.

UK handmade spotlight – Parsnip and bramble

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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 – 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.

UK handmade spotlight – Little woodlanders

Little woodlanders is an etsy shop selling handmade wooden toys. Their wooden toys can be used in multiple ways and are designed to encourage children to use their imagination. Each toy is beautifully hand crafted from wood. Some are left natural and other are painted using non-toxic paints. Although these toys look more like pieces of art we are sure they will engage children in hours of creative play.

UK handmade spotlight – Cupcakes for Clara

Clara is a cheeky, often grumpy little red head who likes to be the center of attention. She is the first whimsical creation from illustrator (and puppet maker) Laura Clempson. Following the success of Clara, Laura has gone on to create Clara’s Twin Macy and their next door neighbour Colin (much to Clara’s dislike!). Laura produces a range of paper dolls, stationary, sewing kits and toys based around these characters. They are available to buy on etsy and not on the high street as well as in a few select stores. Find out more on her website Cupcakes for Clara.

We love Laura’s illustration style and all the current characters. The paper dolls are sure to inspire your little ones and result in hours of creative play. The sewing kits are very cute too and would make a great gift for a creative child. Laura has big plans to build up her business including to create a children’s book based on Clara & Macy. We wish you all the best with this Laura and would love to see a Clara and Macy book!

UK handmade spotlight – Seamingly possible

Seamingly possible sell handmade baby booties, burp clothes, changing mats, women’s slippers and other gifts. We love the modern fabrics that they use and the simple designs of the booties and shoes. We have included a selection of our favorite designs that are currently available on etsy or folksy but be sure to visit their shop again as they are constantly adding new fabrics.

How cute are those ballet shoes? There are a wide range of baby shoes/booties that come in three sizes, 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 18-24 months available to order. The toddler size 18-24 months are intended as slippers and have a non-slip sole perfect for when your little one is learning to walk. You can find the exact measurements of each size in the listing on etsy or folksy.There are other items available as well as baby shoes that would make great gifts for new mums and babies. Gift packs of burp cloths are sold in set of two, in complementary fabrics. They are lined with soft white towelling so they are perfect for moping up baby messes as well as protecting clothes. There are also coin purses, nappy pouches, changing mats and slippers for mums in matching fabrics.

London 2012 – Handmade

This summer has seen a lot of focus on London and as such there are a lot of london/Union Jack/olympic themed items available for all the family. Ahead of the opening ceromony of the olympics on friday, today we are sharing with you some of our favorites London themed items that have been handmade in the UK and are available for you to buy.

Clockwise from top left:

London skyline jug, Cecily Vessey via Folksy (Small £14, Large £28)

London town knitted cushion, £30, Her indoors via folksy

Handmade London print lampshade, £25, Clementine & Bloom via folksy

Organic London Baby Blanket, £28, RWScissors2010 via Etsy

Clockwise from top left:

Union Jack print children’s oil cloth apron, £10 Dagenais designs via etsy

London plush dolls, £14 each, Fat Hen and Flo via Folksy (policeman, London guardsman)

Union Jack, Team GB sock monsters £4.99 each, Artdp, via etsy (female, male)

Clockwise from top left:

Children’s t-shirt, ‘hero bugs’ ….. the next Victoria Pendleton, British gold medalist cycling, £8.99, Illustration garden via etsy (available in various sizes and colours and can by changed to Chris Hoy for a boy)

London calling Bunting, £6.50, Oscar black cat via Folksy

Union Jack and London Cushion, £15, Your country home via Folksy

London map print, £15, Love on the hill via etsy

Vintage London red bus Iphone 4/4s cover, £10, Mad moo creations via folksy