ABOUT US : Redesigned

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Made in Minch is the dream of two friends deep in the heart of the Cotswold hills.
We love to celebrate life here and love to share our delight in our hometown.
Contemporary crafts, fashion, lifestyle, and general loveliness fill our little part of cyber space.

Shani is one half of the “Made in Minch” dream team, with a love of all things creative and from a strong design background. You are likely to find her doing a million different crafty things at once, humming a little tune and sketching.
Third Generation Minchinhamptonite, Jen, meanwhile, will no doubt be found glued to her laptop getting inspired by buttons, fabric and photography. Any mention of spots or dots will have her head over heels!
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We love to create unique, handmade delights for little ones and grown ups too 🙂 We adore all things handmade, slightly different and one of a kind. We are starting out in our own little crafty way, designing and making jewellery and fabric items, including children’s clothes. We make some to sell through local outlets, Stafford cottage in Minchinhampton, a few craft stalls and fairs.

If you are interested in finding out more, perhaps some custom made jewellery or a 4 in 1 dress design, please get in touch!

So have a look around, stop by and say hi – what do you think?
Handmade dreams are Made in Minch
Shani and Jen ❤

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Weekend Wishes : The Table Runner Edition

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Greetings from a mizzly Minchinhampton this evening!
How are you?

A little while ago, Jen created a very special commissioned table runner for her BFF.
the brief was “Blue,pink, ditzy flowers”
Luckily, the right combination of fabrics were found, some heat
resistant wadding purchased, and we were well on the way!

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This then instigated a PINTEREST flurry of inspiration…

Which is your favourite style?

We LOVE this chevron table runner, simple, clean, beautiful!

 

 

 

What an a amazing table runner using old books.

 

 

 

A great little tutorial for a DIY skinny runner here

 

 

A cleverly created doily table runner

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A cute little wooden runner

Using up ribbons and trimmings in a very cool way.

Cheap and cheerful brown paper –winner!

Hope you are well? How do you dress up your table?
Have a great week, Handmade dreams are made in minch
SandJ xx

Fashion Friday : Pocketful of sunshine

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Crikey, what a marvelous array of weather that has been displayed in the Village today!
Glorious sunshine, rain like nothing else, hail, thunder, wind and sunshine again…
Well I think a bright burst of sunshiny goodness is definitely what we are in need of now.

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Yellow slub Tunic :: Adini at Stafford Cottage

Black/Grey Waffle coat :: Adini at Stafford Cottage

Leggings :: Primark

Boots :: Florence and Fred

Bag :: Bessie Bag at Jungle Boutique in Cirencester £21

Feathered Friend Hair Clip by MADE IN MINCH 

heart (nurses style – upside down watch )necklace :: Stafford Cottage£25

Location :: The Park ,Minchinhampton Common.

Styled by :: Jen
Photography by :: Jen & James

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Tonights feature is inspired by Krysten at Why-Girls-Are-Weird

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Watching: Utterly addicted to the Great British Sewing Bee.
Loving the challenges and my girl crush Claudia is on form!

Listening: I discovered the Fossil Collective by complete chance.
The melodies are incredible and stay with you all day.
This song is on repeat non stop.

Reading: Toddler Taming By Dr Christopher Green. Just  having a quick flick through for some babysitting tips.
Delving in to this on the “Tantrum” Section to get some ideas for the future and be prepared!

Eating: Totally addicted to Sweet and Salt popcorn. I’ve only just discovered this beauty, also hot chocolate with mini marshmallows. Not so kind on the healthy front, but the non-fat popcorn cancels it out in my opinion!

Thinking about:
 Sorting and organizing. New adventures and new beginnings on the horizon.

Looking forward to: the summertime. I can’t wait to wiggle my toes in the sands of Cornwall, feel the sunbeams on my skin and see the world burst into flower.

What about you?
How are you doing?

If you fancy playing along please leave a comment and a link to your blog!
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch Jx

Fashion Fridays : Tan and Stripes

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Welcome to a new adventure.
We are hoping to add to our “Weekend Wishes” feature to include “Fashion Fridays”.
This move was inspired by Katherine McAdoo of Corgis and Cocktails and our feature blog post here.
Hopefully we will be putting together a few outfit ideas on a Friday,
alongside some accessories, shoes and bags.
Some of these posts will be in partnership with,
and feature items from Stafford Cottage in Minchinhampton,
as well as our own Made in Minch items.

Whilst I, Jen, would love to pledge a post every week, sometimes life will get in the way.
However, with a dedicated and helpful Husband/photographer,
an endless supply of gorgeous clothing
from Stafford Cottage(also extra pieces from my own wardrobe)
AND the fabulous backdrop of Minchinhampton,
this could be a fun summer project and collaboration.
Some outfits will be styled by myself, some by Shani
and some by Ruth (my Mum and owner of Stafford Cottage shop!)

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Striped Tunic :: Capri at Stafford Cottage
Leggings :: Primark
Boots :: Florence and Fred
DREAM bracelet :: Stafford Cottage £13.50
Bag :: Blousey Brown at Stafford Cottage £74
necklace :: Stafford Cottage£12

Location :: The Park,Minchinhampton Common.
Bracelet photo – High Street.

Styled by :: Jen
Photography by :: James

What do you think?
Hurrah for new projects!!!
Dreams are Made in Minch

Jx

Guest Feature : Of Corgis and Cocktails

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A warm welcome from our Cotswold corner this blustery evening.
How is today going for you?
We’ve been enjoying a lovely cup of tea and perusing the beautiful blog of one of Jen’s friends in America.

Katherine McAdoo is such a wonderful inspiration in every way.
Of Corgis and Cocktails is a fashion, photography and lifestyle blog about quirky fashion, adorkable pups, delicious foods, and more.
We were lucky enough to pin her down for a quick chatter to find out more about her inspiration and how she has developed as a blogger…

NewAboutImage OfCandCSpringYour blog has such a fabulous name and branding style, what was the inspiration?

I love the line in the poem from Alice and Wonderland, The Walrus and The Carpenter : ‘The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.’ Well, I would like to talk of corgis and cocktails!

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When did you set up “of Corgis and Cocktails”, and why?

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I’ve been blogging to some extent for years. From 2 years of 365 projects (how I know Jen!) to a small time design and life blog, I had been participating in many communities without an established blog.

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I moved to Pennsylvania on my own while my husband went to grad school, and I decided I wanted to get back into fashion and cataloging my outfits. It helps my confidence, is a great creative outlet, and just gives me a whole lot of things to do!

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(Katherine was one of the most beautiful Brides ever, and had gorgeous colour scheme, styling and cutest wedding party!)

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You have quite the following, how did you get established?

I’m not sure! I have made great connections and friends through my blog – really I believe the community I got into is just really supportive. I continue to reach out to people and try and grow.

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Have you been featured anywhere?

A few small places – Turtle Love Co. featured me on their blog early on, I’ve had a post appear on Lucky, and I’ve done guest posts all over.

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What is your favourite fashion style?

I really just love anything quirky. Animal prints are my favorite thing.

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My favorite brand is Kate Spade right now

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Do you have a Style icon whom you admire? 

I really love Jenny Lewis

and Zooey Deschanel.


I think wwzdw.com is a great resource if you love what Zooey wears on new girl.

What is your weakness fashion wise?

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Everything with animals! Things with dogs, foxes, bunnies, or any animal on them have me at first glance.

In terms of fashion, Do you have a fail-safe item from your own wardrobe that is a fashion fix-all?

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I think my DIY half and half cardigan adds a nice accent to anything. I love it and it’s really easy to do.

What do you think are the trends to look out for this season?

I see a lot of vintage stylings, wide legged jeans again, and even more fit and flare dresses coming along.

Who are your daily reads and why?

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The Clothes Horse – Rebecca dresses amazingly and lives in the same area as me which keeps me inspired because sometimes I feel a bit down about where I live!

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Southern California Belle – Ashley is just terribly adorable, nice, and has the same love of fun prints as I do. I love keeping up with her life as well.

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Delightfully Tacky – Elizabeth has such depth and I love reading whatever she writes about. Her style posts are amazing and always come with a story to keep me interested.

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The Drawing Mannequin – I visit Ali’s site a lot. She is amazingly beautiful, genuine, and hilarious. She always makes me smile. Her posts are nothing short of amazing all of the time.

How do you get inspired?

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Other people, new places, and just being around. Driving helps a lot – I come up with so many ideas on the road!

Why is your local area important to you?

This is a hard question for me because I am still relatively new to where I live! I think it is important to dive into local culture where ever you are. It will help you make more connections, find new things, and really enjoy life. I’ve found wonderful friends and food here!

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Do you have a favourite local place that you like to visit as a treat?

I like to travel into Philadelphia and Baltimore on weekends as much as possible. Both are awesome cities that are really close to me!

If you Google our village of Minchinhampton is there anything you would like to see up close?

Any good local restaurants are bars you would take me to if I came in! It’s hard to Google that kind of thing – you can find food, but recommendations of locals is the most important thing to rely on.
(One of our favourite places is The kitchen – We would take you to sample their cakes of dreams and afternoon tea. The hot chocolate is out of this world and the cinnamon toast is delicious!)

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Any up and coming Of corgis and Cocktails news you’d like to share?

I think we are preparing for a nice move soon with my husband’s new position! We’re really exciting to be starting our lives together in one spot!

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What is the plan for your blogs future?

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Keep taking outfit photos, going on adventures, and sharing our recipes. I love the pace I’m going at and hope to keep it going strong and growing!

Thank you so much for sharing your story Katherine, its been wonderful to get to know you a little better.
We would like to share one of our favourite outfits from your blog that seems to embody your blog philosophy.
We love your style, positive, colourful and unique.
You are a constant inspiration, we can’t wait to see where your Of Corgis and Cocktails Adventures take you!

Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch!

Love S and J x

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Exploring the Cotswolds : Gloucester

Hello there!
How is your week going?
We had an unexpectedly lovely walk around our county town Gloucester this week. Some times Gloucester loses out to it’s more glamourous neighbour Cheltenham but It was a real treat to wander the streets at 7pm in the balmy spring evening air. Such a wo
nderfully welcome break from the Siberian blast we have recently been on the receiving end of!
The Mr and myself pottered along to The Cathedral, which was waiting for us, silently majestic in the heart of a bustling city.
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This enormous doorway really put into perspective how tiny we are, and how clever our predecessors have been in creating such a special building.
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Some canny eyed readers may recognise some parts of the Cathedral from the Harry Potter films.You can take a virtual tour here. The Cloisters are a worth a post on another day to themselves. It is so easy to forget how awe inspiring this building must have seemed to the Pilgrims who had traveled to visit from faraway lands, and how imposing it must have been on the skyline.

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The city is full of history and amazing backdrops, check out this chevron style door!
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My favourite part was this mosaic in the middle of the pavement.

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I will definitely try to explore this pretty city on my door step.
These are picked from my Instagram, and have made up much of my One little Word project this week.
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Have you found any cool local spots to you recently?

Dreams are Made in Minch!
Jx