Oxford is Heaven: Fun refashioned & vintage shoes & accessories for your closet! I always think it is unfair that little girls have amazingly fun little shoes, so grown-up girls need something pretty in their lives too.
While touring the aisles at the ABCkids show in Las Vegas last week, I came across these thoroughly modern, vintage style baby bonnets from Urban Baby Bonnet.
I love how these bonnets look, but I also love how they challenge my ability to classify and generalize as well. It’s like my penchant for Ikea got together with my love of Little House on the Prairie. Who knew? They are sweetly old fashioned, even as they are sleek and modern. Does this make them postmodern? Whatever you call them, you cannot deny that they are utterly adorable. The simple design is downright refreshing after seeing so much same old same old. We love new old!
Urban Baby Bonnets come in cotton, organic and fleece lined versions, for those in cold climates. Fabric choices are fun and funky and include masculine and feminine prints. Flip the brim forward for sun shade and back to change up the look.
Halloween is my sister Kate’s favourite holiday…after Christmas and her birthday (she’s a holiday fiend). Kate lives in Canada, where I am sure she has much more opportunity to celebrate Halloween than I do in the UK. You see, we just don’t ‘get’ Halloween here and our efforts are somewhat half-hearted compared with our friends across the Atlantic.
My childhood memories of Halloween involve dressing up in a black leotard and tights with a black headband, knocking on about three neighbours’ doors before I’d get bored. My eyes were opened to the potential of this glorious occasion when, at the age of 10 I visited Texas at the end of October. People went crazy over October 31, with children dressed in elaborate costumes (not a cat or witch in sight!) and specialist decorations, candies and other sweet treats on offer.
It’s still not catching on here, despite my family’s best efforts. I’m not to be deterred though, and this year I’ve rounded up the best of British-made Halloween-themed treats in a bid to inspire my fellow citizens!
Kate would approve of byanne‘s adorable resin heart necklace (above), which reminds me of the huge plastic beads filled with candy I would lust after as a child. Anne of byanne is a fellow Halloween lover who is drawn to bright, attention-grabbing hues. Her inspiration is vintage gumball and the necklace includes real candy pieces and shiny confetti to give it a real vintage Halloween feel.
Truss up your Jack O’Lantern with sneddonia‘s glow-in-the-dark decoration. The inspiration for this beautiful wire decoration came from some beads that Jen found while searching for Halloween supplies on Etsy. She thought that the cute beads would be the perfect focal point for a new design.
Continue your decorating with keitosan‘s little witch print (top), which features Millie and her cat Tofu. Kate at keitosan decided to go against drawing a traditional scary witch and black cat and do the complete opposite to create a fun feel, reflecting the fun that comes with Halloween festivities.
Kids will love FurWillFly‘s sweet vampire plushie, inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Claire loves the show and wanted to create some unusual plush creatures based on the dark side!
This lovely necklace from ichbin was inspired by Caroline’s neighbour’s little black and white cat, Tia, who sits on the conservatory roof and peers in her bedroom window every morning! It’s the perfect complement to a grown-up Halloween outfit – who says only children get to dress up?
What are your favourite Halloween traditions? Share them here!
You know, Dads are an amazing thing! They give hugs, they play rough, and they are always there to lend a hand and give their kids some encouragement. This year celebrate the Dads in your life with fabulous handmade gifts like these.
This great card from Puppy Love Creations is sure to show Dad how much you love him. The fun colors and cool design ensure that he’ll want to take this card to work to display on his desk.
Kiersten Essenpreis: I’m a freelance illustrator and gallery artist living/working in Brooklyn NY. I do work for various magazines, newspapers, and books as well as paintings for gallery shows around the world.
I decided to open my Etsy shop as an accessible alternative to the gallery scene.. a way to offer small, fun, and affordable pieces that anyone can own.