Tag Archives: made in Britain

What Would I Do Without the “Not On The High Street” Website?!

Picture of Not On The High Street WebsiteI felt I must write about the website I use the most to find UK made baby items – www.notonthehighstreet.com

What is fantastic about this website is that you can filter products by “made in Britain“. This means I can enter “baby” into the search box and then select under Special Features (bottom of left side column) the  “made in Britain” checkbox and only view UK made products.

Picture of Baby Love Hanging Wall BlocksAdmittedly there are 1000 baby products made in Britain listed on their website which is a lot to go through. So I normally narrow my search to a specific baby product like “baby romper” which gives 33 items made in Britain.

Alternatively I just use the menu system under “baby & child” and selected a category and use the “made in Britian” filter once the products have loaded.

Picture of Personalised Bunting Wooden Sailing BoatsThis is how I found these gorgeous Baby Love hanging wall blocks! They are made in Suffolk by Ditto and you can customise the colours, choose to add a mini star or heart block above and change the wording to “baby girl/boy”.

I also found these lovely personalised bunting sailboats made by Rachel Pettitt. She also makes wonderful chunky wooden beach huts, personalised hanging wooden stars and butterflies and personalised fishing boats.

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My Mum Knitted…

Picture of Knitted Baby Cardigan, Hat and Mitten SetMy very talented Mum has knitted this lovely pink baby cardigan, baby hat and scratch mittens for us and also gave us a crochet baby blanket too.

I just can’t wait to see our daughter in this set with the gorgeous pink and white flowers!

Her next project is a lovely navy nautical baby cardigan with a white stripe around the collar and front.

Handmade Baby Dungarees!

Picture of Baby DungareesI’ve made some progress on my next sewing project; the baby dungarees! I managed to zig zag stitch around a flower shape in dark red gingham fabric on the top part – admittedly not very neatly but from a distance it looks okay!

I also managed to sew around the bottom of the legs incorporating the extra thick seam for the poppers. I’ve just got to machine the top part, create the slight gathering on the waist of the trousers and attach the two together. I say “just” but it’ll probably take me another couple of Wednesday afternoons to do this!

I was hoping it would only take me 3 weeks to make but it looks like it might be 4! I am going to try to sew on all the poppers one evening so that the bottoms of the trousers are finished.

If I’m feeling brave I might have a go at machine sewing the seams on the top part but don’t hold your breath!

A Shady Problem!

Picture of Next Butterfly Cut Out Light ShadeI was so annoyed! We had ordered a gorgeous lampshade for the nursery from Next with butterflies, hearts and flowers cut out of a pink fabric.

But until we picked it up from the store we didn’t know where it was made. Surprise, surprise there was “Made in China” on the label!

I must admit I liked the shade so much I thought we’d let this one go and keep it!

Picture of Heart Pendant LampshadeBut thankfully Robert suggested I looked to see whether I could find one made in the UK.

Google served up very little results but I did find Imperial Lighting, a family run manufacturing company in Devon. They have a number of children’s lampshades and the one that caught my eye was the Heart Pendant shade (£18). The only disappointing thing was the delivery charge of £8.50 taking the total for the lampshade to £26.50!

Picture of Shapes and Things  LampshadeI then decided to search the UK makers directory on the From Britain with Love website and found quite a few British lighting specialists.

Helen Rawlinson designs, prints and makes lampshades in London. This lovely Shapes and Things lampshade (£45) in powder pink or white is ideal for a nursery. She has also designed ABC lampshades too in many different colours – check out the Children’s Lampshades range here!

Picture of Daisy Pink Lampshade

Bay Design in Hertfordshire has a collection of handmade lampshades including fabulous hand painted and ribbon wrapped lampshades. I liked the Daisy Pink lampshade for £34.

Picture of Cow Parsley LampshadeHannah Nunn is based in Yorkshire and makes beautiful paper cut lighting inspired by nature and I love this Cow Parsley lampshade (£57).

So back goes the Next lampshade and then the only problem is trying to choose one from the UK made ones I’ve found here!

From Britain with Love!

While searching on the internet for all things made in the UK, I was excited to find this website From Britain with Love – the gorgeous guide to buying British!

From Britain with Love Logo

Their mission is to tell people that there are amazing and original products being made in studios, workshops, factories and farms across Britain every day, and their aim is to help us find them.

Picture of From Britain wtih Love Baby & Child Web PageOn the website there is a whole section dedicated to “Baby & Child” detailing suppliers of British made products for Children’s Rooms, Children’s Clothes, Baby Clothes, Baby & Children’s Gifts, Toys & Games and Baby Essentials.

I have already found loads of new retailers of baby products that are made in the UK which I will post about over the coming days.

10 Great Reasons to Make it British LogoCheck out their page on 10 Great Reasons to Make it British

  • Choose original and distinctive products
  • Discover regional specialities
  • Choose products made from quality materials
  • Support home-grown talent, creativity and innovation
  • Buy less and treasure it more
  • Great investment that will grow in value
  • Meet the people who make your products
  • Seek out exciting new products
  • Have fun and learn a new skill
  • Be constantly inspired

Read the From Britain with Love blog at www.frombritainwithlove.com/blog/

Their website is a goldmine of lovely British made producers and I’ll be spending a lot of time checking them out – why don’t you?