Archive: July 2013

Fantastic Reasons to Love Northumberland’s Sorella

Lifestyle Boutique Sorella Waves the Flag for the Indie Shops of Northumberland.

Sorella is a gorgeous lifestyle boutique based in Hexham, Northumberland.

Launched in 2006, the “bricks and mortar” shop and its online store is co-owned and run by sisters Liz and Moira.

Since its first days the boutique has gone from strength to strength, winning awards for its unique mix of homeware and gifts.

Here are a few reasons why here at Piccadilly Lane HQ we LOVE Sorella.

Abahna Make Up Bags

1. Hand-Picked Products from Small Companies

Liz and Moira believe that knowing the provenance and stories behind each of their home and gift products enables them to choose items that are extra special and unique; making them the perfect gifts for loved ones. With this in mind they carefully source every item in the Sorella collection:

“We are passionate about what we do and personally hand-pick our collections from small companies, many not found on the high street”.

The current Sorella range includes a fabulous array of quality gifts and home accessories from companies including: Posh Graffiti, The Just Slate Company, Dr Vranjes, Catherine Colebrook, Samantha Holmes and Abahna. With such variety Sorella always has a great gift idea in place, no matter what the occasion.

Set of 3 Scented Candles

2. Great Customer Service

The Sorella philosophy is to ‘inspire you, tempt you and delight you’ and once their home and gift collection has done its thing, it’s all about the shopping experience. Liz and Moira take great pride in offering friendly, personal customer service, and are always on hand should you need any help choosing the perfect gift. The Sorella boutique also offers complimentary gift wrapping in tissue and ribbon. Should you need a little assistance making your gifts look beautiful all you have to do is ask!

Forget Me Not Magnetic Notice Board

3. Great Offers

Liz and Moira are always looking to give little bonuses and extras to their loyal customer base. From free delivery to great discounts on some of their most popular items, the home and gift collection is a brilliant place for savvy shoppers who like top quality at low prices. Keep your eyes peeled for the next offer.


Don’t miss out! It is a great time to stock up on presents or simply treat yourself. Visit their website now.

Posted by Charlotte 15:49 22/07/13

Fantastic Reasons Why We Love Peel and Sardine

Here’s Why You Should Love Peel and Sardine Gifts.

Behind the Peel and Sardine gifts collection is the creative force of Julia and Ed Chester. A husband and wife team that have built a modern, creative greetings card and gift design studio, constantly evolving to create new and exciting gift ideas.

I should get a quick disclaimer out of the way and point out that I’ve know Julia and Ed for a long time, I even worked for Peel Cards for 6 years so I might be a little biased! I also think however that my specialist insider knowledge gives me a unique perspective; I know how hard they work, how much time goes into developing their collection, and how much they care about creating new exciting designs and high quality products.


Original Illustrations

Each of the Peel and Sardine gifts range is based on Julia’s original illustrations. Since graduating from university with a degree in Graphic Design and Printmaking in 1996, Julia has been designing her own collection of products. Starting with greetings cards and social stationery via Peel Cards, and expanding into gifts with the addition of sister company Sardine in 2003. Signature elements of Julia’s designs include: bright colours, cute characters and fresh, contemporary patterns.


Gifts To Treasure

The first items added to their Piccadilly Lane showcase are a hand-picked selection of the best-selling Keepsake Tins. Since their introduction to the Peel and Sardine gifts collection in 2003 these tins have been hugely popular, with designs repeatedly selling out.

Their large size, sturdy construction and quality graphics make them so much more appealing than any other keepsake storage. With bespoke designs such as ‘Favourite Memories’ or ‘Gorgeous Girl’, ‘Beautiful Boy’ they make brilliant gifts for special people and important occasions. A Peel and Sardine Keepsake tin as an anniversary gift or to celebrate the arrival of a new baby will be a gift that is treasured for years to come and holds safe the most important family mementoes.

Peel and Sardine Bedtime-Buddies

Top Quality

Alongside the Keepsake Tins are a new range of Bedtime Buddies, an adorable boxed toy that comes with its very own sleeping bag. Available in six designs – Mousey, Horsey, Lion, Bear, Hippo and Piggy – the plush characters are great for kids to cuddle up with. At bedtime they can be packed away to hibernate until morning in their very own orange, gingham print sleeping bag, which fits snugly inside the Bedtime Buddy box.

Like what you see? Now you know a few of the top reasons to love this design company why not take a closer look at the Peel and Sardine gifts?

Explore Peel and Sardine now.

Posted by Charlotte 17:21 12/07/13

Baby Gift Ideas New Mums Will Adore

Make New Mums Smile With the Adorable Baby Gift Ideas.

With anticipation growing for the arrival of a royal baby, we’ve been looking towards the Piccadilly Lane community and our favourite indies for baby gift ideas. Whether you’re searching for the perfect presents to celebrate a new arrival, commemorate a christening or be the knock out gift at a baby shower, we have a few ideas that you will love.


Start a Baby Memories Keepsake Tin

These keepsake tins are a best-seller from Peel and Sardine. Their large size and bright, beautiful illustration make them the perfect place to store treasured mementoes from a new baby’s first years. The neutral design of this keepsake tin is ideal if you don’t know the sex of the baby, but tins are also available in ‘Gorgeous Girl’ and ‘Beautiful Boy’ designs.

new families peel-and-sardine-baby-memories

If you want to create a truly spectacular gift, why not fill a Peel and Sardine Keepsake Tin with a few hand-picked mini gifts? A great option if you’re pooling resources with family or colleagues.


Choose Mini Gifts for the Little One

Mini gifts like baby booties are an adorable must-have for any new baby. We love this stylish pair of Samantha Holmes Alpaca Baby Booties. Super soft for delicate little feet and toes.

Samantha Holmes Alpaca Baby Booties from Sorella


Don’t Forget Mum!

With all the attention on the new baby it’s all too easy to forget the new mum; make sure your baby shower or christening gift doesn’t make this mistake! After all the hard work and sleepless nights we love the JustBe Botanicals ‘Botanical Blends’ as a food & drink gift new mums will adore. The botanical infusions come in a variety of blends; JustBe Tranquil, JustBe Radiant and JustBe Energised; a collection perfectly suited to relax or revive new mums as required.

JustBe-Botanical Blends


Get Something Personal

Now you’ve got ideas buzzing for a great new baby gift, you need to find an equally impressive greetings card. We LOVE this personalised greeting card from Megan Claire, which you can customise with important information about the arrival of the new baby. This eye-catching typographic card is available for baby boys, baby girls and twins.

Megan Claire Personalised Baby Boy Card


Don’t Underestimate the Card!

Alternatively, this bright, intricate, collage-style ‘Baby Girl’ greetings card from Dilys Treacle Treasures is ideal if you don’t have any facts or figures to hand. A Baby Boy version of this greetings card in cool blues is also available.

Baby Girl Greetings Card by Dilys Treacle Treasures


Posted by Charlotte 17:31 9/07/13
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