As I mentioned earlier this week when I shared a new freebie with you all, I was recently in London for the Blogtacular conference, a get-together for bloggers and small businesses. Being an event that brings together so many creatives, the goodie bags are known to be rather epic. Well, after getting mine, I can certainly see why!
So for this week’s Friday Faves, I thought I’d take the time to show you the contents of my goodie bag. Everything here is by a small British creative business; so please give each and every one of the makers your love and add them onto your list of go-to places for when you need something a little special.
Noisemakers is a birthday card subscription box that supports independent illustrators and designers. Why would you buy a boring supermarket greeting card when this subscription makes it easy to support indie businesses? This "Birthday Fuss" card has been designed by illustrator Becki Clark.
Lollipop Designs is an award winning studio creating homewares and stationery. Lollipop combine organization, playfulness and style in products like their brightly animated origami notelets and best-selling line-up of planners. A range of bone china mugs and platters is the most recent addition to the Lollipop Designs collection.
Claireabellemakes creates bicycle and scrabble-inspired gifts, cards and prints, as well as stationery goodies! Each item is designed in Cambridge.
4. Made by Molu
Made by Molu is a London-based graphic designer, letterer and event stylist. This "Let's Instagram the Shit Out of This" print went down espeically well with the Blogtacular crowd.
Harriet Gray is the illustrator behind Hello Harriet. Her work focuses on incredibly cute drawings of cats, bunnies, sloths and other adorable critters, which adorn anything from nail transfers and tote bags to stationery and fabric.
Not exactly part of the goodie pack as Rachel gave me one while we were chatting, but I thought I'd include her here anyway! I've bought a couple of her items before, and now this lovely little notebook has been added to the collection.
Too Cute to Quit hasn't launched quite yet, but once August comes along, I'm looking forward to seeing what this creative business gets up to. Until then, you can follow along on their Instagram.
The Old English Company create an array of stylish personalised typography prints, greeting cards, gifts and homeware. By collaborating traditional and contemporary illustration and typography, their mission is to create beautiful products that people will love and share.
Tilly and the Buttons design gorgeous step-by-step guides to sewing your own clothes for the new wave of DIY dressmakers, using jargon-busting instructions and photos showing each step. I've had a hard time finding patterns that match my fashion style, but I think this site is now my go-to place for sewing tutorials and patterns!
We Make Collective is a monthly DIY subscription kit that is NOT designed to make a single item, but rather to learn a technique and use your individuality to create something unique.
11. Sun Jellies
Inspired by plastic shoppers of the 50s and 60s, Sun Jellies create totes that are a spacious and stylish way to carry all your essentials and come in warm pastel shades reminiscent of the era. Loving my little blue bag.
These two wonderful design companies came together to design the wonderful ice cream and lollipop-themed tote bags that contained all of our lovely goodies. Ali and Jam of hello DODO are playful printmakers who create bright and fun screen print designs full of animals, typography and clever puns, perfect for all kids and big kids. And designosaurYEAH is a jewellery company that creates striking and unique necklaces, rings and brooches from a range of acrylic and cherry wood. The products both these companies create are incredibly unique and a joy to see.
13. The Make Arcade
The Make Arcade is passionate about sewing, crafting and making. They want to make life more creative by passing on the practical skills needed to make things by hand and provide inspiration to make and create. In the Blogtacular goodie bag, The Make Arcade provided the supplies needed for all attendees to make their own Blogtacular-themed blue glittery lightning badge.
14. Happy Scatter
Happy Scatter create fun embellishments and stencils for scrapbooking, cardmaking and crafts! The items are all designed by Jennifer Grace and made in Dorset. Unfortunately I don't have my cute pineapple stencil any longer as my eight-year-old niece stole it!
What I’ve created from the We Make Collective DIY package. Not too bad if I say so myself. I love the fact that this DIY subscription boxes let you play about with the supplies and create your own design.
Another look at my attempt at We Make Collective’s DIY project.
I adore llustrator Harriet Gray’s fun and super cute products, and these rabbit temporay tattoos are no exception.
My little go at Lollipop Designs’s origami notes. Each design is even cuter than the last.