Archive: September 2013

Behind the Scenes at Caroline Gardner Publishing

A Unique Look at an Inspiring Indie: Caroline Gardner Publishing.

At Piccadilly Lane we love to share the talented people behind the unique shops we feature. The designers and makers that put huge amounts of care and attention in to every aspect of creating a designer greeting card or developing a unique gift idea. With this in mind we couldn’t resist sharing a little sneak peek behind the scenes at the Caroline Gardner Publishing studio in London. We even asked the team a few questions to find out more. I hope you enjoy it!

1. What inspires the artwork and designs in the Caroline Gardner collection?

It’s probably easier to say what doesn’t inspire the collection than what does!  What definitely does not inspire the work is other greeting cards!  In order to stay ahead we have to constantly produce fresh designs.  We have just settled out of court with a company which has been blatant about shamelessly copying our work and far too much of this goes on.  Being a true creative Caroline’s inspiration comes from everything around her, fashion, art, music or it could just as easily be an unusual colour combination on a plate of food!

2. Can you share any ‘behind the scenes’ secrets on how Caroline Gardner Publishing products are developed?

I don’t think we do anything particularly unusual in the developing of product.  Quality is probably the biggest driver, and quite often product ideas get dropped or at least put on hold whilst the quality is assured.

3. What new products are you looking forward to introducing next?

One of Caroline’s real passions is textiles and the versatility they offer.  We have started introducing products in this area, and we have big plans for the coming year…

4. What are your personal favourite cards or gifts in the current collection?

One of our latest ranges, Botanical, were inspired by sketches made at the Chelsea Flower show, and they are definitely a new favourite.

Explore the Caroline Gardner collection now!

Posted by Charlotte 15:00 23/09/13

3 of the Best Aprons Handmade for Food Fans

Cook Up A Storm with These Cool Aprons.

If you’re looking for a cool and quirky gift for the food fans in your life you can’t go too far wrong with these stunning aprons!

Handmade with stunning embroidery their a charming gift idea for any ladies that like to bake, boil, roast and fry their way to a top meal.

Let’s take a closer look at this embroidered apron collection from SewLomax.


Unique British brand SewLomax has recently added these fabulous new apron gift sets to their growing collection of quality gifts. A unique gift idea for stylish chefs and bakers everywhere, we’re convinced they’re going to be a huge hit. SewLomax-Full-English-Breakfast-Gift-Set

The Apron gifts sets are available in three fun and quirky designs: Bite Me, Lobster and Salad and Full English Breakfast. Presented in a stylish SewLomax gift box, the appliqué aprons are teamed with tea towels, or a set of Aga covers. SewLomax-Lobster-&-Salad-Gift-Set

We LOVE the attention to detail that Designer Emma has put into these new apron sets. Each apron has a stylish fitted style, with gingham detailing and a ribbon tie. The care and attention to detail is continued in the appliqué designs with every mushroom slice and pie topping planned out to perfection.

A gorgeous, unique gift idea, SewLomax’s apron sets will turn any chef into a domestic goddess. Find out more about SewLomax gifts now!

Posted by Charlotte 13:06 16/09/13
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5 of the Best Quotes to Look Smart this School Term

The Must-Know Quotes to Look Smart From Day One.

For those of you with a friend or loved one starting a new school or university this month, you can give them an easy boost on their first day with this simple collection of “quotes to look smart”.

For this task we’re taking inspiration from the Cole of London gift collection. With mugs and homewares designed to bring fascinating facts to your every day, Cole of London gifts are the perfect way to make your friends and family look super smart this school term.

To showcase these unique gifts we’ve asked Cole of London founder Sarah Cole to pick her top five quotes from history’s great and good.


1. ‘I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.’  Elizabeth I

Cole of London Austen mug

2. ‘Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.’  Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

Cole of London Oscar Wilde Mug

3. ‘To get back my youth I would do anything in the world except take exercise, get up early or be respectable.’  Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Cole of London Churchill Mug

4. ‘All great things are simple, and many ca be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.’  Winston Churchill

Cole of London Charles Darwin Mug

5. ‘I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars.’  Charles Darwin

Like these quotes? Discover more about Cole of London.

Posted by Charlotte 13:30 2/09/13

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