Archive: March 2014

Win Five Dollar Shake Wedding Stationery

**UPDATE: This offer has now expired.**

Are you getting married? Do you know someone who is getting married?

If you answered yes to either of the questions above we have the perfect competition for you … or that bride-to-be you know!

Our lovely friends (and Piccadilly Lane residents) Five Dollar Shake are giving away up to £500 worth of luxury, handmade wedding stationery to one incredibly lucky winner.*

Five Dollar Shake have been creating stunning, personalised wedding stationery since 1999. Each invitation, RSVP or place card is individually made to order at their always sunny HQ in Sussex. Trusted for their amazing attention to detail and love of quality the Five Dollar Shake wedding designs are a collection to be adored. With the signature Five Dollar Shake illustrative style each design is truly unique, just like you and your wedding day.

The competition is on right now and it couldn’t be easier to enter. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning the prize is register your details on Five Dollar Shake’s wedding stationery website. Honestly, that’s it! But you do have to be quick, no dilly-dallying the competition closes on 31st March 2014.

So what are you waiting for? Click the link below to enter right now or use the share buttons to tell your friends.

A winner will be picked at random from all the eligible entrants* and notified by Friday 4th April 2014.

Good Luck!

*Naturally an offer this good comes with rules so be sure to check out the full terms and conditions on the Five Dollar Shake website.

Posted by Charlotte 13:02 21/03/14

Fantastic Reasons to Love Bee & Tea

Discover More About Designer-Maker Bee & Tea

Bee & Tea is a partnership between sisters, Bridget and Natasha Chetwynd; combining Bridget’s artistic talents with Natasha’s business flair.

Inspired by childhood visits to their Granny in Normandy, they both have a deep love of flowers, gardens, beautiful objects, home-grown produce and cooking. Influences that shine through in their Bee & Tea gift range.

Since graduating from the Wimbledon School of Art, Bridget’s artistic talent has flourished and she has worked extensively as a theatre designer, children’s book illustrator and designer of greetings cards for Camden Graphics.

Today Bridget’s background is used to create the unique gifts and homewares of Bee & Tea.

The Artistic Touch

Drawing on Bridget’s background in painting and design, her strong aesthetics and sense of humour, Bee & Tea products combine vibrant colours, minimalist Japanese design and classic kitchenware motifs. Designs focus on beautifully painted still life and floral themes that have long featured in Bridget’s greetings card designs and gallery exhibitions.

Bee & Tea’s collection of gorgeous British homewares includes: screen printed tea towels, tote bags, aprons, limited edition Giclée prints and fine bone china mugs.

Each gift product is beautifully decorated with a print based on Bridget’s original botanical watercolour paintings.

Bee & Tea Support Great British Makers

Supporting English manufacturers is integral to the Bee & Tea philosophy and Bridget and Natasha carefully select small family-run businesses that pride themselves in their craftsmanship to produce the range. Bee & Tea’s fine bone china mugs are made in a factory in Stoke-on-Trent run by three brothers, while fabrics for tote bags and aprons are produced by a small friendly manufacturer in Lincolnshire.

Like what you see? Find out more about Bee & Tea’s botanical homewares in our Behind the Scenes interview with founder Bridget Chetwynd.

& don’t forget to check out more home & garden gifts in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Posted by Charlotte 14:06 15/03/14

5 Fab Gifts for Mother’s Day that Will Make Mum Smile

Sorella Brings Us Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day.

The Sorella boutique in Hexham, Northumberland pride themselves in hand-picking unique gifts from small companies; quality designs that will “inspire, tempt and delight you”. Today they’re helping us choose a selection of gorgeous gifts for Mother’s Day, sure to make mums everywhere smile.

With their combination of inspiration, temptation and delight, the Sorella team offers the perfect recipe for Mother’s Day gift inspiration.

With the big day approaching at the end of the month we think these five fabulous finds from the Sorella gift collection will each make wonderful gifts for mum.


1. For the stylish, fashion conscious mum

A beautiful linen scarf in a pastel colour palette, £18.00.

linen scarf

2. For creative mums who love to draw, doodle or write

A soft, Italian leather journal, £22.00.


3. For the domestic goddess with a great sense of humour 

A ‘Save Water, Drink Champage’ apron, £23.00.


4. For chefs & food-loving mums

A stylish, slate cheeseboard in a lovely heart design, £22.00.


5. For mums that deserve and love to be pampered

An Abahna gift bag packed with little luxuries delivers a heap of mini gifts for Mother’s Day in 1 quick sweep. A simple and classic gift idea that any Mother would love.



Find out more about Sorella.

Posted by Charlotte 15:40 10/03/14
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Caroline Gardner’s Floral Prints Will Make You Smile

Caroline Gardner’s Floral Prints Are Blooming Lovely.

Brighten your world with Caroline Gardner’s Floral Prints, the latest addition to their fabulous collection of patterns.

Here at Piccadilly Lane HQ we love to see the bright bloom of florals. Spring or Summer, Autumn or Winter, there’s no easier of better way to add a little cheer to your day than with the introduction of some florals. That’s why we’re super excited to see the new floral prints, fresh from the Caroline Gardner design studio.

So shake off the cool minimalism and serious trends, and look towards the bright blooms and cheerful colours of these new floral prints.

Caroline Gardner Painted Floral Print Tea Towel

With a distinctly Spring-like feel, the new gift and homeware collection from Caroline Gardner can add sunshine to even the dullest, wintery day.

New to the Caroline Gardner range is a series of wonderful, 100% cotton tea towels. Perfect for design-conscious, pattern addicts the tea towels are available in five of Caroline Gardner’s best-selling prints; painted floral, daisy, heart, ditsy and typographic-favourite ‘Say So’.

Caroline Gardner Painted Floral Print Tea Towel

Measuring 500 x 700 mm, each tea towel has a handy corner hook for easy-hanging. The bright and bold patterns are ideal for Spring and Summer gift-giving so be sure to add them to your wishlist. If you like this taster of the patterns be sure to see the full collection of tea towels on the Caroline Gardner website.

Caroline Gardner Daisy Print Tea Towel

Alongside the new floral-themed tea towels Caroline Gardner is also offering some bright, graphic prints on a number of other products from greetings cards to gift wrap.

Top of our wishlist here at Piccadilly HQ is this lovely tote bag in Caroline Gardner’s heart print, with colour combinations ideal for everyday use.

For the inventive gift-giver these tote bags also make a great ‘alternative gift hamper’. Fill a tote bag with mini gifts to surprise and delight your loved ones.

Caroline Gardner Heart Print Tote Bag

If you love the collection but haven’t got a birthday or event on the horizon do not fear. The new collection also has beautifully-decorated mugs; a small treat gift for yourself to brighten your home or office; we know you deserve it! Made of the finest bone china, choose your favourite of five prints.

Here at Piccadilly Lane HQ you’ve probably guessed we love the floral prints from Caroline Gardner, well we’re particularly fond of the wonderful Ditsy pattern, shown here on this mug. A super sweet way to add some beautiful flowers to your cuppa.


Caroline Gardner Ditsy Print Mug

Like what you see? See the Caroline Gardner gift range featured in the Piccadilly Lane directory.

Posted by Charlotte 12:08 4/03/14
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