#NoFrillsFriday14 - Blog and Buy Sale Wish List: Kirsty picks

I welcome all gift guides at this time of year. The Blog and Buy Sale's wish lists always offer awesome independent designer suggestions for those gifts that require all your levels of thoughtfulness. As well as generally being the best gift the special people in your life will receive at a time when the gifts under the tree will be littered with gift sets.

Frilly Pick

We have a few items in the Christmas gift list. My favourite of our 3 is our 'Down the Rabbit Hole' Alice in Wonderland Brooch, layers of hand painted, laser etched wood create a psychedelic tunnel into wonderland as she chases the white rabbit. Its a great statement brooch for those with bold, illustrative or literary sensibilities. 

Alice Falling Brooch

Alice Falling Brooch

There is so much loveliness in the wish list this Christmas that both Adrienne and I have chosen 7 items we are coveting. Adrienne's list will be next week, she takes longer than I do in narrowing down her choices to only 7.

Pick Number 1 - 'HOT STUFF!' coasters by Jenny Haytch

We've had debates about who buys coasters and when, is it just for gifts and why do you only ever end up with generic tableware sets from big brand store. This year we seem to have spotted lots of coasters we love, from classy typographic land and sea sets to these risque, quirky numbers that are right up our street.

Celebrating chicken legs, bum fluff and apple bottoms.

Celebrating chicken legs, bum fluff and apple bottoms.

Pick 2 - Origami Cotton Table Napkins by Lollipop Designs

Our love for origami is pretty evident from our origami range but these napkins make it easy to have a fancy but fun looking table setting with only a few simple folds. Its better than wasting time watching tutorials to fold your napkins into standing fancy swans and fans.

What do you get if you fold a mouse, an owl and a watermelon? A good looking table setting that's what.

What do you get if you fold a mouse, an owl and a watermelon? A good looking table setting that's what.

Pick 3 - Brushed Wooden Vinyl Wrapped Chair by Kute

Sadly I don't have the room in my cluttered terraced home for this chair but if I did it would make the perfect accompaniment to my 50's G-Plan dresser, seat height pending of course. These bold brushstrokes make me think of Adrienne's tattoo and our board painting for our balls of wool range. 

Big and Bold

Big and Bold

Pick 4 - 'All The Friends' Tote Bag by Lola Polooza

As a vinyl head it was a hard choice between this fab bag and the matching badge but as a tote bag junkie this item won out. You have to keep the vinyl dry when you visit your local independent record store (mine's Ignite Records FYI). 

Pick your favourite colour

Pick your favourite colour

Pick Number 5 - Dilophosaurus Risograph Print by Maisie Platts

This print is adorably cute as the dino costume wearing human looks back furtively. I'm also a bit of a sucker for Risographs which is why it was so hard to choose between Maisie's dino prints, at only £8 each why not buy them all?

Caught in the act

Caught in the act

Pick 6 - 90s Toys Enamel Lapel Pin Badge Set by Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes

'Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes' has an array of fun pop culture jewellery items to melt your brains. I desperately want to be a part of their mix tape club but this set of 3 tipped the nostalgia scales for me. Roller Skates, tick, Super Soaker, tick, Tamagotchi, tick. Admittedly I was massively frustrated by my Tamagotchi but roller discos and whole street water fights initiated by my big brother sadly take me back to the 80s rather 90s. Daaamn just showed my age.

80s Toys - 2, 90s Toys - 1

80s Toys - 2, 90s Toys - 1

Pick 7 - 'A – Z of lesser known animals' by Hannah Broadway

I couldn't resist this print with it's air of the work of 50's illustrators Charley Harper and Gorden Cullen. There are lots of A-Z prints out there so why not go for the lesser known instead and stand out from the crowd.

How many do you know?

How many do you know?

There are lots of other shiny things in the Blog and Buy wish list by some awesome makers but our favourite pieces by them aren't in the list this time. I'm secretly hoping Santa brings me some paint by numbers Finest Imaginary

#nofrillsfriday 09 - Blog and Buy Sale: Wish List Picks

 [disclaimer: our #nofrillsfriday are normally awkward messy quick snapshots of our works in progress or what we've been up to - but this week we've been doing secret designs we can't yet share, and now Adrienne and Lee are en route to Newquay for a bank holiday wedding! (Not theirs, though!) so instead we thought we'd do a long overdue post instead!]

We've used Blog and Buy Sale in the past to seek out ways to spend money on awesomeness. When we were picked to feature in their Spring Wish List we did a little happy dance. 

For those of you that have no idea what this means we'll just let them explain it in their own words (way more succinctly than we ever could). 

The BlogAndBuySale Wish List is a curated list of the very best creative products available online.

Make sure you get what you really want this year by browsing the Wish List, sharing with friends and family the products you can’t live without.

There are so many brilliant things being sold by independent artists and designers, but the problem is the public doesn’t always stumble upon them. It is our job to point you in the right direction to find that perfect gift, while also making sure the artist / designer fully benefits from every sale! Prepare to have your knitted socks blown off by the amount of talent on show!
— http://wishlist.blogandbuysale.com/about/

We were lucky enough to get three of our jewellery designs featured in the list:

Baby Balls!

Seaman Sayings!

Medals of Modern Achievement: Adventurer!

But enough about us. We wanted to share with you our top picks from the other awesome independent designers and makers out there. We have to admit it was a bit of struggle to narrow it down to 5 and so we certainly don't envy the guest curators job in shortlisting the wish list each season, that's for sure.

In no particular order our picks are: 


This was an easy pick for us. Wes Anderson. Grand Budapest. Stitching. Need we say anymore?

A cat related item was always going to be in there and with a few to choose from it was tough for Kirsty to decide. However, with her ever growing and unnecessary collection of tote bags there will always be room for one more; especially with such an awesome, bright and minimalist kitty print.

From one Film Club to another 'The Goonies' is an awesome film and as we have a Sloth print on our walls it would have been rude not to promote the Sloth love. Rendered and captured so simply whilst still inherently Sloth - that takes control and editing that Kirsty in particular lacks -  she never knows when to say enough!  

We long to make our own Risograph prints (But alas, the tech is becoming more and more scarce!) and this print ticks so many boxes: bird lovers, batman fans, and perfect for the walls of anyone of any age. We are now hoping birds will visit our office wearing superhero costumes.

We love the prints of Sparrow and Wolf, origami (duh! check out our origami animals) but Adrienne is also a make-up fiend who loses her make-up bag all the time. This is one bag you would never want to lose with the cute pom pom pulley!

Now whilst that is our 5 picks we couldn't _not_ give shout outs to some of the other makers. Hunkdory Home has some beautifully printed homewares and whilst the wish list features a very tempting Dinosaur, their tiger print is too cute! As needle felting and animal fans the work of Karen Rao in her hat making is awesome! Finally Gaynor Trophies is a new shop getting up and running but uses the most incredible African prints for cushions and bags. 

Whatever your cuppa tea there will be something to entice you to spend on the Blog and Buy sale, whether it is from the Wish List or latest product spots, be sure to follow them for a regular dose of shiny - and support local makers.