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Product ideas for your home and/or gift ideas

Tea-towels: Little pieces of art for your home

I’ve added a link to a blog post about my fav –  the humble tea-towel!  (it includes one of my designs, plus other UK artists).  How gorgeous is this Curious green Cacti print by Melanie Chadwick.  Shop her tea-towels here.


And here’s the link to Melanie’s lovely blog post:

I’m so very happy to be amongst my fav artists such as Jane Foster, Lucie Sheridan, Butterscotch and Beesting, Particle Press, Stephanie Cole, Stormy Knight, Sianuska and Mellybee (Melanie Chadwick herself)  Happy days!


Mother’s Day hand-made gift ideas.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I’ve had a little look at some gift ideas – eco-friendly by either material, process or handmade here in the UK.   All of these items are hand-made by Folksy sellers.  I love the fact that the palette has turned out very spring like and filled with items of gorgeousness!

Mothers day gift ideas eco friendly Sarah Papworth

See the list below for the links to all these shops.

1. Print for Love of Wood.  A funky typography shop selling cards and prints which are printed in a traditional way on a range of printing presses.  It’s a small design and letterpress studio based in the Pennines, Lancashire.  The paper, maker and graphic designer, Jacqui Sharples, uses is recycled and even the ink is recycled from printers who have closed down due to the impact of digital on traditional methods.

2. Isla Clay.  Gorgeous geometric statement necklaces, so nice I think I’d buy to just hang on my wall!  Handmade by Martina Zalig.

3. BoodleBoutique.  This was a good find, Bethan Buss creates fun illustrations and uses organic material for her baby-grow prints (which are so cute by the way).  Other items include T-shirts, cards, mugs and prints.

4. Linen Prints.  Jacqui Watkins uses block printing to create her textiles and images.  I love the style of mark-making that block printing brings and the soft colours Jacqui uses.  She sells a small range of items such as cushions, mugs, coasters and greeting cards.

5. The Way to Blue.  Shop owner, Sarah Middleton is an artist based in North Wales.  Sarah mainly uses the old photographic process of cyanotype, where a light sensitive solution is applied to watercolour paper.  Objects or negatives are then layered on then exposed to sunlight.   Her prints are beautiful and I’m so glad I stumbled across her shop.  I love that she lives in a house nestled on a hillside (sigh).

6. Claudia Made This.  Claudia Thomas keeps herself busy making cute and fruity jewellery.  I love her colourful earrings which have a bit of a 1950’s feel to them.

7. Andrew Berwick Illustration.  Hand-printed and handmade products, which all have a country feel using illustrations of stags, hedgehogs, foxes and hummingbirds.  Printed onto cushions and lampshades.

8. Peris and Corr.  I love this shop!  It’s a boutique screen printing and design studio, located in the Snowdonia national park in North Wales.  They hand print everything with water based eco-friendly inks, the paper used is from recycled stock and the lampshades and cushions are made from 100% organic cotton.   Lots of Welsh inspired homewares to drool over – mostly cushions and lampshades – gorgeous!

9. Maybe Mabel Handmade.  Lauren Holloway loves to sew and has created a vast range of bags, make up bags and iPad cases.  She is passionate about recycling and uses bright and fun fabrics for her hand-made accessories.

10. Jessica Catherine.  All the ceramic items are handmade by Jessica in her home studio.  There are a few versions of the trinket dish (which I love), earrings, and ceramic hearts among other items.

11. Gill’s Handmade Jewels.   The maker, Gillian, uses artisan made components from all over the world.  All of her work has a bohemian style which is colourful and beautiful.

12 + 16. Louise Brainwood Textiles.   I love the textiles on Louise’s shop, all with simple form and shape within the fabric designs, and with lovely colour palettes.  The fabrics she uses are her own designs.

13. CasSam Jewellery.  Maker, Nicola Bretherton makes her stamped jewellery with 100% recycled fine silver.  Her designs are simple and cute and would make a lovely gift.

14. Elizabeth S Murray.  I really like the simplicity of Elizabeth’s birds, and they have a very elegant feel to them.  I particularly like the robin and sparrow (love little birdies).  Each item is made to order so make sure you get your order in on time!

15. Dyfal Donc.  I really like this shop, another one situated in North Wales!  The shop owners and designers, Morgan and Rebecca used recycled photos and scavenged bits and bobs to up-cycle, giving their designs a collage feel.  The shop mostly sells cards, pocket mirrors and mugs, in English and Welsh language.

And so ends the list!  I hope you and your Mummies have a lovely day.

Chipping Campden Christmas market

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Hello again, the Upton House Christmas market went well last weekend.  I took a few snaps before the visitors started arriving.  They had Santa’s grotto and carol singers, and their own little shop was full of nice things to buy.

upton house christmas market stall holders

christmas fairs in cotswolds beetroot press stall

This coming Saturday 7th December 2013 we will be in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden selling at the Christmas market there.

chippingcampden old photos

I found this old postcard of Chipping Campden, and have to say it looks pretty much the same still!   The market will be open on Friday 6th at 3pm till 8pm, then again on Saturday 10am until 5pm (we will only be there on the Saturday).

Deer illustration by Beetroot Press

I hope the weather is better on saturday as it’s very blustery out there today, all my prints and cards will blow away!  The Deer print above is a new addition and will be making his debut at the fair on Saturday – (he’s a bit scared so please be nice to him).  Pop along if you are near by and say hello.

christmas markets in cotswolds

Christmas at Upton House

Upton house christmas

Beetroot Press will be at the Upton house Christmas market tomorrow, 30th November, selling lots of giftie goodies!  I’m super excited about this Christmas market as I’m hoping to get a glimpse of the house interior which has been decked out for Christmas in 1930’s period style.

upton house visits

Along with the Christmas market, there will be carols singers, mince pies and mulled wine and Santa’s grotto!

Upton house

The house is known to date back to the reign of Richard 1 when it belonged to the Arden family.  Apparently it’s heyday was in the 1930’s when the owner, Lord and Lady Bearsted held many house parties, and the interior style of the house reflects the 1930’s period in millionaire style!

Upton house period homes

Can’t wait!  The house is near Banbury, in Oxfordshire, (post code: OX15 6HT), come and say hello.  The fair is on for both Saturday and Sunday, but we will only be there on the Saturday.

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Here’s a peek at a few of our items that will be on sale…

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Designer/Makers pop-up shop: Columbia Road

The Designer/Makers Columbia Road pop up shop in London is now open!  This is the first pop-up shop that the Beetroot Press products have been involved in, so I’m super excited.

F+F poster

Designer/Makers are an agency for contemporary design within the UK, based in London supporting British designer makers.

They hold regular pop-up shops and collaborate with other creative organisations such as The Design Trust, Southbank centre, Cockpit arts and the Geffrye Museum.

Their online shop is a place in which their members can sell their work as  part of a community and a place where they can offer customers unique, limited edition work by UK Designers.

Here’s the link to their online store Designers/Makers and the link to the Flora & Fauna event on the website.  If you can’t make it to the shop, you can buy online.

Below are the items Beetroot Press has in the Columbia Road, Flora and Fauna shop, which is on throughout September, as part of the London design festival.

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Garden birds turquoise tea-towel (but most use as a wall hanging)!


Then we have the very fitting Columbia Road hand printed linen cushion

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And the Market flowers canvas print (40 x 40 cms).  Both inspired by trips to The columbia road flower market

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Our minimal nursery prints: Owl

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…and Squirrel, both A4 size.

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There are also some brand new prints which are not on the Folksy or Etsy shops yet

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White horses A3 print

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An Apple a Day A3 print


and greeting cards

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Each designer will have 10 products, and there are 40 designers involved in the Flora & Fauna exhibition.  I’ll be going to have a look next week!

Gifts for teachers

Gifts for teachers_FolksyHappy day today when I went onto Folksy and saw the Beetroot Press ‘Apple for the Teacher’ tea-towel on their front page!  It got me thinking about what other things teachers would love to get at the end of the school year….I have a lot of friends that are teachers, most of them are stationary freaks, and very organised indeed.

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These pencil cases are so cute, I would def get one for myself (even though for kids)!  I found them online, in a Belgium shop called The little Zebra who sell items for trendy kids.  They have some really cute stuff on there.

February Design stamp on etsy

I found this super cool stamp for teachers!  The Etsy shop, called February Designs has created a few fabulous stamps for teachers, plus more, and is based in Texas, USA.

ink and thread recycled notebooks

These recycled notebooks are beautiful and the perfect present for that stationary loving teacher.  They are designed and made in Britain available from Ink and Thread who sell products only made within the UK.

glasses cases sarah waterhouse

These hand-printed glasses cases, in a range of colours are sold on Etsy by Sarah Waterhouse within the UK.  Made from a cotton and hemp mix and lined with a matching gingham, they’re a perfect fun sustainable gift.  Could be used in school for reading glasses or on their summer hols for a cute sunglasses case!

tomato plant beetroot press

What about giving them something to look after in the holidays?  A tomato plant is a good idea as you can grow them in pots if they dont have much space, they just need watering and maybe a cane to support, then you have all these lovely tomatoes to eat throughout the summer.  Try Sutton’s seeds for a vegetable plant, or for a seed packet that you and your little ones can grow together as a gift for your teacher that loves to potter in the garden (and keep some yourselves).

gifts for teachers Beetroot Press wall art

Here’s ‘An Apple a day’ wall art print, soon to be in the Beetroot Press Etsy shop (sneek peek)!  They are ready to print, onto white archival paper, so if you wanted one as a gift for that special teacher, just send me a message and I’ll happily sort one out for you.

And not to forget Owl, he comes in a choice of colours from the Beetroot Press Etsy and Folksy shops.

If you have any other ideas about what would make good teachers gifts, (or if you are a teacher and have a preference), add your comments below.