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Chocolate free Easter for the littlies

Not all little people are old enough or enjoy chocolate so family and friends are often stumped at Easter about what to give instead.

Here is my round up on the web’s best chocolate free gifts to give this easter to make any child happy, regardless of age.

CuteHeads is a line of adorable, comfy clothing that both parents and children will love. It can sometimes be a challenge, getting your little one dressed in the morning. We aim to make it as simple as possible by giving your child options he or she can easily ask for. When you hear your little one say, ‘Mom, I want to wear the lion today,’ then we know we’ve done our job. We aim to help you give your child the independence to dress him or herself while looking as cute as can be.

Here is my top 2 gifts from Cuteheads,

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Gorgeous organic cotton dog paw top knot head band, $12

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Gorgeous rabbit print organic nappy covers, $20

Born on Bowery, Inc. was established in 2013 with a simple mission of handcrafting beautiful clothing and accessories for children. We debuted with a collection for girls, ages 2 – 6, and plan to offer infant apparel in the near future.
Each piece is handmade in New York City, with special attention paid to garment construction. We employ couture finishes, where possible, to ensure the highest quality and longevity, since we hope each piece will be worn many times, shared with siblings, and become a treasured part in your child’s wardrobe.
Beautiful fabrics, prints and trims inspire us, and we do our best to make each collection special. We produce garments in limited editions, so you are guaranteed to always find new and fresh designs. Many pieces we make are one-of-a-kind, because we like the idea that your child, and your child alone, will be wearing it.
Here is my top 2 from this gorgeous little boutique,
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These gorgeous little jewelled barrettes are adorable, $12
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I love their little skirts with their funky fabrics and pom pom trim, $86
For beautiful British made clothing and accessories check out Millimanu , all of the garments in this season’s collection are designed and made here in the UK using only the finest natural fabrics. It also allows us to use the skills of talented craftsman and specialist manufacturers here in the UK, while reducing the environmental footprint of each product. With this in mind, we try to source responsibly and are working hard towards ensuring all of the materials we use are produced, fairly, ethically, sustainably and close to home so they positively benefit local economies as well as the environment.
My top 2 are just to die for!
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These beautiful customised friendship bracelets, £29
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The gorgeous Buster Bunny, £19 with proceeds going to children’s charity Kids Company to support vulnerable and hungry children in Britain.
The home of beautiful British gifts, Two Ducks.Many of the gifts we offer are not widely found on the high street and are lovingly handmade by talented artisans working from small studios and workshops.

All our products offer the same high quality and exceptional design that demonstrate the huge range of creative talent that exists in this country.

We believe that a good gift should say something about the giver as well as the receiver and that your home, family and friends deserve nothing less than the best of British.

Here is my top 2 gifts,

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This gorgeous handmade oak pull along duck, £18
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I love these adorable little egg cups made from sustainable solid oak, £12.50
I hope you love my Easter egg free round up. Which will you choose for the little people in your life this Easter?

 

Chocolate Free Easter

A few years ago I was asked to write a post about alternatives to chocolate eggs for children, we as a family haven’t received or given chocolate eggs for many years now and I can’t help but wonder if this is more wide spread than I thought so I thought I’d create a showcase of some of the wonderful alternatives to chocolate eggs to give this easter and they aren’t just for kids!

First up is The Calm Gallery selling beautiful prints, postcards and tea towels. My personal favourites are;

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You’re a Good Egg print by Laura Seaby £25

This super print from Laura Seaby has been letterpressed in two colours in a limited edition of 100 signed and numbered prints.

Packed full of intricate and pretty patterns this little print would make a lovely gift for anyone who is a good egg.

Limited edition of 100, Signed & numbered by the artist, Two colour letterpress print, Heavy white textured paper and measures  297mm by 210mm (11¾ by 8¼ in).

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You are the Brightest Star Tea Towel by Hazel Nicholls £10

‘You are the brightest star’, an absolutely adorable tea towel designed by Hazel Nicholls.

This gorgeous design has been screen printed in midnight blue ink onto a natural cotton tea towel.

The perfect treat for your shining star!

Natural cotton,  Screen printed in midnight blue,  With hanging loop,  and measures 760mm by 480mm (30 by 19 in).

Next up is Atlas and I.  A beautiful and unique gift company that specialises in using antique maps in unsual and exciting ways.

My picks from here are;

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This stunning Sail boat over the Isle of Wight or personalised with any other location. Available in a black or white frame size 12 x 14 inches.  prices start at £75.

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This gorgeous genuine leather iPhone 5 case with closing tab and personalised to any location in Great Britain. Handmade at £90.

Next we have some funky jewellery,

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This awesome Fish and chips Necklace is by AMuse Fashions and is £25. Something for the young at heart perhaps.

If you are looking for something a little more ‘traditional’ but with a cute twist try this gorgeous Sea Glass Bracelet, also £25.

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Clea Silk are another place to stop if your shopping for that jewellery lover, their collections are beautiful and I specifically love their tassel collection, its fun and easy to wear and goes with anything.

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These cute bracelets are just £25 and there are matching items available.

Now something for the fashion lover, FSL Clothing.

These gorgeous jumpers come in at £120 but are stunning,

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Perfect for that fussy teenager in your life that is clearly far to old for chocolate eggs!

Or how about nail wraps,

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These floral beauties are a mere £6.65, cheaper than a trip to the nail bar! AND look beautiful on something for young or old alike.

Fancy a chilled glass of Rosé, a fresh aromatic Riesling or a smooth Chardonnay but want to cut back on the alcoholic units?

Simply switch your usual bottle of wine for Eisberg non alcoholic wine and experience the real taste of wine, without the alcohol and with only a third of the calories.

New Eisberg range

 Eisberg alcohol-free wine is made in exactly the same way as your favourite wine, but with one difference.  At the end of the process the alcohol is gently removed using one of the world’s most advanced processes, leaving all of the flavours of the wine, but none of the alcohol.

 There are four varietals in the range: A refreshingly aromatic Riesling, a crisp Chardonnay, a juicy succulent Rosé and a fruity red Cabernet Sauvignon.

 Suitable as an accompaniment dining with friends, or enjoying on its own, Eisberg contains 0.05% alcohol and only 34 calories per 125 ml glass, making it a great alternative to calorie laden booze.

 Eisberg’s alcohol-free range of wine can help combat the cravings, so if you fancy the real taste sensation of your favourite wine, you don’t have to go without.

 The full range is available in Morrisons and selected varieties in Asda, Waitrose, RRP £3.50. 

Perfect for the none drinkers or calories conscious, a product review for the wine will be coming soon.

I hope this has inspired some of you to step out their comfort zone and buy something unique and long lasting this Easter.

 

Adam The Doddles Man and his trusty pooch Rover

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I’ve always been fascinated by drawing forms, they aren’t just an artists tool but are art all by themselves, Adam The Doodles Man and his very lovely dog Rover are no exception! I couldn’t wait to free them from their very modest packaging and if I’m honest, have a little play with them!
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They soon found their pride of place upon my fire place, they have already welcomed in two birthdays and the beginning of Christmas and never look out of place.
I will often catch the girls playing and chatting with them and we have a lesson planned in the new year for our community group on Famous Artists so these will be coming along for a drawing workshop with some very lovely children.

Adam the Doodles Man is the perfect companion to help you with your figure drawing. Made of stainless steel wire connected at the joints with aluminium rivets, his fully adjustable joints and limbs will hold any pose for as long as you need. He never rusts, never rests, never eats and never sleeps, so will always be on hand whenever you need him!

The Doodles range also includes Rover the Doodles Dog, together the pair make an ideal gift for any budding artist!

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If men and dogs aren’t really your drawing thing then fear not, Homerama have robins and reindeers in their online store, who doesn’t want little moveable, metal animals dotted all over their house whether they are artists or not?!

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After browsing the web I also found some snowmen, SNOWMEN!!!
These have to be the coolest gift for artists, lovers of finer things and general weirdos like myself!

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I can’t wait to build a collection of my own, and i plan to create some gorgeous line drawn images for gifts next year, Thanks Adam The Doodle’s Man for inspiring me to create something new!

Multi Pearl Bracelets

As some of you may have noticed, i have deleted the Chic Unique only blog, i just don’t have enough time to split myself that may times over so everything will be here, in one place for you all to see 🙂
So to replace the pearl bracelet post some photos of past commissions are viewable here.

All bracelets are one off and customised to your specification. Prices start at £10. contact me via twitter @chicuniqueuk or email chic_uniqueuk@yahoo.co.uk to order

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A/W 11 sneak peak

I have been a bit “off” this last week so been doing less “stressful” creating and I’ve created a brand new line for the A/W 11 collection that I’m totally in love with!
To go with this collection will also be some scarves and possibly some wrist warmers.

First off is this cute grey wool wrapped bangle. This is available in brass, gold and silver tones and with or without detailing on the bangle, This is the brass version that is a round edged smooth brass bangle. Also available in a choice of wool colour upon request. These will be £6 each

Next up is a grey finger knitted twisted bracelet. The wool is available in any colour as are the findings. Brass, gold and silver plated and sterling silver and 9ct gold is available. Chain options are also available.
These will be from £10 each.

Next is a grey finger knitted slouch ribbon tie necklace. A choice of wool colour is available on request as is the ribbon colour choice, chain of any colour and length is also available. These will be from £20.

and finally for todays sneaky peak is these gorgeous mint green and cream resin flower rings set onto a brass heart filagree ring base which is fully size adjustable. Other flower colours available on request. These will be £7

Thanks for looking and as always items are available for pre order via twitter @chicuniqueuk or email lizipants@yahoo.co.uk

L xx

Braided Bracelets

So made a start on some cute braided bracelets, just like the ones we all made as kids in a field with a group of friends!
They are made from embroidery thread and come in any colour or colour combination you can think of. Small charms can be added for a small additional fee.
These are suitable for any ages and would be great from children’s party bag gifts, suitable for boys and girls and can be a lasting reminder of a great party and token of friendship. Just £1 each and 50p for any additional charms or beads for children and £1.50 for adults bracelets and 50p for any additional charms.
A clasp can be added for an additional fee of 20p and names can be added with letter beads for £1 per name.

Also these larger braided bracelets have a slip knot fastening and can be adorned with glass chips like in the photo of pearls or beads. A cute summer accessory with a more grown up, glamourous feel, thats comfy and easy to wear with summer fashion. Only available for a short time and not available on the store so contact me direct to place an order. The beaded bracelets are just £4 each while stocks last.

Thanks for reading!!

L x

New Accessories

So as we crack on with the new store, as you know I’ve been designing accessories to add to my collection to fuel the other sides of my craft passion.
Our compacts are proving popular so i figured lets expand a little!.
I have ideas stacked up ready to try, including cotton faux spats for the little to cover short boots or shoes for a bit of funk!
Some lightweight cotton scarves, i have a few different designs i want to try so will be back with photos at some point.
Im considering some paris themed coin purses too
And finally these cute embellished head phones. They come in a variety of colours and choice of cabochon. These will retail for appox £6 per pair including postage.

Thanks for reading and sorry its short… I’m seriously multi tasking right now!!

L xx

Handbag Compacts

With progress on my shiny new shop coming along nicely ive been “trying” to make good head way with my stock and the gift range.
And looky what arrived yesterday… our shiny new customisable acrylic handbag mirrors. I am working on a little pouch for them, thinking one that can also be used as a coin purse too with a parisian feel, i think though with the cost it would be a good idea to offer these as an additional cost instead of adding it on to the mirror price. They wont break and shouldnt scratch much either so not essential to the care of your mirror.
anywho take a look see and let me know what you think! these are available for pre-order if you just have to have one now!!! POA lizipants@yahoo.co.uk