Wednesday, 7 December 2011

It's a Holiday Hullabaloo!

On Saturday 10th December I'll be donning my Made In The Shade cap (it's never been off, if truth be told) and selling at our Holiday Hullabaloo!

I'll be selling lots of new and one-off products as well as some old favourites...

Vintage lavender birdies

Lotta cushions

Vintage tea towel cushion

Vintage tea towel cushion
 We've got over 40 indie makers selling on the day, a pop-up cinema, an interactive indie fashion room, festive treats and of course, a festive shopping soundtrack. If you're in Glasgow this weekend, I hope you'll shop handmade with us!

Monday, 28 November 2011


I'm feeling very festive after the BUST Christmas Craftacular so it's time for a lil' discount in the online shop!

You can get 15% off everything, right up until 6pm on Sunday 4th December. Enter code HAPPYHOLIDAYS at checkout.

There have been some new additions to the family too! The Lotta bird cushions have landed. You can find them here.

As always, there's free shipping for all UK orders! Happy shopping!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Setting Up At The BUST London Craftacular!

Tomorrow I'll be taking a trip down to London on the old Megabus for the BUST London Craftacular. This Sunday you'll be able to buy some exclusive Clare Nicolson products like these..

Sangria tea towel cushion

Vintage crochet cushion

Vintage Del Monte tea towel cushion

Mexican oilcloth notebooks

As well as having my own stall, I'll also be helping out at the Made In The Shade Craft Library, and djing with The A-Maisonettes. Busy times! If you're in London on Sunday I hope you can make it along!

12pm - 6pm, York Hall, Bethnal Green, 5-15 Old Ford Road E2 9PJ.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Florida Fun

Ooh, I've been a bit quiet here lately! There's been so much going on recently. Holidays, new products, Christmas preparations and trade shows.

Last week I got back from a family holiday in Florida. In between stuffing my face with delicious seafood and trips to Disney World, I squeezed in some Florida style thrifting.

Vintage Bed Throw

Mustard & Ketchup Bottles

Vintage Embroidered Dress

Florida Souvenir Organiser

Key Holder

Juice Jug

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Bank Holiday Thrifting

This weekend, I took a trip with my family down to Carlisle to visit Aunt Flora. We prefer to say Auntie Flora Doll, because it's just better. I managed to squeeze in a few visits to some charity and vintage shops in Carlisle and Windermere. Look at what I found!

Lil' Cow Milk Jug
Melamine Plates
Sadler Pottery Mugs

70s Curtains

Friday, 26 August 2011

Bank Holiday Sale!

What are you up to this bank holiday weekend? We're waving goodbye to Summer with a very special sale! This weekend you can get yourself 40% of everything in the shop, starting today right up until midnight on Monday 29th August.

Simply enter the code FORTY at checkout to receive your discount. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Have a  L O O K  at my new  L O O K B O O K !

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Nana Things

In March, Nana Nicolson passed away. One of the hardest things we had to do was sell her house which was the Nicolson family home for over 50 years. We spent hours sorting out her things and remembering all the fun we had in the house.

My sister and I used to spend afternoons dressing up in her clothes and jewellery, pretending we were Zia from 'The Mysterious Cities Of Gold'. I think there were a few times we thought we were pretty convincing Ewoks too (I was Princess Kneesaa and Jennifer was Latara).

We used to love helping Nana cook in the kitchen too. She always had freshly baked scones and cakes ready for any visitors and the prettiest tea sets to serve them with.

Although she's not with us anymore and we don't have the house to visit, it's comforting to have some of our favourite Nana things in our home.

vintage pyrex

help yourself to cheese party plate

pretty towels

 carved jewellery box, handmade by Papa

onion and beetroot pots

vintage dresser with Nana's tea sets

ruby ring


Friday, 22 July 2011

Forgotten Finds

I used to spend many an afternoon searching through Etsy and making wishlists of my favourite vintage finds and pretty images. Now I spend many an afternoon on Pinterest doing the very same thing! I decided to take a trip back to Etsy to clear out my favourites, all of them now SOLD :(

1. Vintage ceramic roses
2. 70s wooden clogs
3. Vintage needlepoint
4. Doily clock
5. Vintage cat print
6. 'Gone Camping' sign
7. Vintage milk crate
8. Vintage Hamms beer advert

Thursday, 7 July 2011

H O L I D A Y !

Yippee! We'll be on holiday from 8th - 19th July. You can still buy from the store but orders won't be dispatched until 21st July. Hooray for Summer!

Friday, 1 July 2011

The Pull Shapes Photoshoot

Last week I had a shoot for the new range with photographer chum Garry Maclennan. After a lot of humming and hawing about locations I decided to have it in my flat. Easy! Lots of chairs, vintage props and walls that match the cushions perfectly!


Thursday, 16 June 2011

Pull Shapes! A New Collection

It's been a while, huh? The new collection is finally here! Wheeeeeeee! The cushions are inspired by shapes. Can you tell? All kinds of shapes! Triangles, circles, petals, rectangles, hexagons and of course I had to sneak a birdie in there too!

To celebrate the launch of the collection, there's 20% off everything! No foolin! Simply enter PULLSHAPES at checkout to receive your discount. I'd love to know what you think of the new collection so please get in touch!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Monday Thrift Shopping

Mondays are my day off from working at The Maisonette. But as you can imagine, they're not really days off. There's still work to be done elsewhere. Working on my own designs, Made In The Shade work, cleaning, shopping and loads more get squeezed into every Monday.

This morning, while running errands I couldn't resist popping into my favourite East End charity shops. I'm allowed to go shopping on my day off, right? Yes. I'm now the giddy owner of a new collection of souvenir tea towels.

Total spend: £4.50

Del Monte Tea Towel

Costa Blanca Tea Towel - To be made into a floor cushion

Benidorm Tea Towel - To be made into a floor cushion

Portugal Bag - Might use this to carry my lunch

Tenerife Tea Towel - I'm going to frame this one. It's my favourite!