Fashion Friday : We’re standing in a light that won’t fade.


How is your weekend going?
We are basking in the glorious afterglow of another hot day.
Our village definitely comes alive in the summer.

The warm breeze skips over the common and makes for  a beautiful evening walk.
Do you have a “go to” place that calms you after a busy day?
The common is definitely ours!

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GOLD FOREVER by The Wanted

We’re standing in a light that won’t fade,
Tomorrow’s coming but this won’t change,
Cause some days stay gold forever.
The memory of being here with you,
Is one I’m gonna take my life through,
Cause some days stay gold forever…

5 6The dress is so easy to wear, light and comfortable.
The neutral base colours of navy, grey,cream and purple really come into play here.
Teaming them with bright coral is a fun twist.
These shoes were a birthday present.
They are incredible, 3 clashing colours,
Pink. Purple, coral… tropical!
These are echoed in the bag and necklace. 7 8 10

Graphic Dress :: Heart at Stafford Cottage

Wedge shoes :: Clarks

Tutti Fruity necklace :: Stafford cottage

Grey bracelet :: Stafford cottage

Star Print bag :: Stafford Cottage

Location :: The Greta Park, Minchinhampton

Styled by :: Jen
Photography by :: James and Jen

Happy weekend, are up to anything lovely?

Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch


GIVEAWAY & Fashion Friday : And you live your life with your arms stretched out.

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Hello there!
How has this week been treating you?

I went for a little potter this afternoon after work to put together a post,
whilst listening to Bright as Yellow by the innocence mission .

Lets talk about the shoes shall we?
My shoes were selected by my 16 month nephew with the most adorable
“ssssoooooesss peeeeessss”
Who am I to argue?
They are really comfortable with a small wedge heel and ankle strap.
One of the features I love, however,  is the pattern inside the shoe.
Small details like that matter to me!
What is the element you look for when buying shoes?

The necklace is super light and at £6,
it really isn’t too hard on the pennies,
and looks really special. Win!

THe dress is one of my staple “go to” top/ dresses for this time of year.
It is long enough to be decent for work.
Cool enough that I don’t overheat (a major problem for me)
and covers up in a n elegant way.

The bracelet was a spur of the moment idea.
All you need is a pretty brooch (bee) and a string of freshwater pearls in a bracelet, and BOOM…
a pretty and unusual accessory.

On my explore (whilst running errands) I found these gorgeous
little yellow doors. I was so taken with them, they *had* to feature in here somewhere!

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Tunic Dress :: Adini at Stafford Cottage

Wedge shoes :: Brantano

Butterfly necklace :: Stafford cottage

Bowling bag :: Stafford Cottage


Location :: Well Hill, Roof terrace.

Styled by :: Jen
Photography by :: Jen

Happy weekend, are up to anything lovely?
Dont forget to enter our giveaway…details below!
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch


(International entries are subject to airmail/ postage costs …)
Giveaway will close at Sunday 30.06.13 at 8pm GMT

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Just to give you an idea of how big these scarves are, they can be used as a bed runner!

Fashion Friday : These Fragments of time


Happy Friday everyone!
Greetings from a muggy and sticky Minchinhampton today!
Its been the very best of British “Summertime” weather this week, a little bit of everything.
How is the weather with you?

We are busily making goodies for the Country Fayre in September.
Something to look forward to!
This song has been the soundtrack to our week here at Made in Minch HQ.

“Fragments Of Time”
(feat. Todd Edwards)

Driving this road down to paradise

Letting the sun light into my eyes
Our only plan is to improvise
And it’s crystal clear
That I don’t ever want it to end
If I had my way I would never leave
Keep building these random memories
Turning our days into melodies
But since I can’t stayI’ll just keep playing back
These fragments of time
Everywhere I go 
These moments will shine
This dress will be a firm favourite I think.
Polka dots, a lazy summer colour palette… what more could you want?
I’m more than a little bit in love with these wedge shoes too…
They are just the right height to pair with jeans for a date night,
and look pretty with a dress too.
The necklace is one of my own designs.
I love those prettily decorative bead caps.

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9Dress :: Heart at Stafford Cottage

Wedge  shoes (similar) :: Moshulu

Lime necklace :: MADE IN MINCH

Basket :: Stafford Cottage

Location :: Beacon Park Common, and Amberley Common.

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

Happy weekend everyone, up to anything lovely?
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch

Fashion Friday : Wedding and Orange fever


Hello there.
As predicted, life has been a little hectic these days…
I can scarcely believe that we will be celebrating our third wedding anniversary soon…
In honour of that and whilst we had some lovely weather,
Here is a “Jen wedding style” Fashion Friday post.
I have discovered, or rediscovered should I say….

My love of all things Orange.
What is your favourite colour?

These Flowers were a gift and are my favourite hue…
I keep them in a precious spotty planter from our wedding.
A favourite reminder of a special day almost 3 years ago!

I am also more than a little bit in love with this dress.
The texture, the colour combinations and the shimmer
all create such a beautifully shaped dress that
really is perfect for any occasion.

2Now these really are occasion shoes.
They were kindly given to me by my Bride friend when I was her Bridesmaid last year.
I perhaps would not have chosen these for myself,
but they really are a very glamorous addition to my collection.
Those little orange toes?
For my birthday a friend gave me this gorgeous Nail varnish, tones in beautifully!


The bracelets are just darling.
Each with a little quote that can be read around the edge.
I really like the weight of them as a set, but they are sold individually too!

The bag is another of those rather nifty clutch/shoulder bag inventions…
This comes in remarkably handy at a party/wedding etc.
The choice of how to style it is really useful and practical too.

The gorgeous cardigan has become a staple for the summer already.
Its light, colourful and those little pleats add a touch of uniqueness.
The iridescent buttons are a really pretty touch also.

Make up wise, thoroughly recommend Vanessa at Brookes Beauty in the High St.
Vanessa has come to my rescue many times…
(*cough cough* Wedding day)
There is always a top notch service, perhaps with a giggle or two.
I leave with a smile, feeling ready to face my next occasion, prepared and confident.

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Coral Cardigan :: Adini at Stafford Cottage

Dress :: Heart at Stafford Cottage

“Bridesmaid” Platform shoes (similar) :: Next

Sing, Live, Love Bracelets (sold seperately) :: Stafford Cottage £9

Bag :: Stafford Cottage £15

Location :: Our Roof terrace. Minchinhampton High St.

Styled by :: Jen and Coral
Photography by :: Jen & James

Happy weekend everyone, up to anything lovely?
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch

S + J x

Fashion Fridays : Small town girl

Having lived in Minchinhampton my whole life, (minus an ill fated university stay)
It’s safe to say I am somewhat in love with my little hometown.

I love the friendly “Hello” in the street every morning.
I adore the lifelong friends that pop by,
the quaint Cotswold streets and
the huge expanse of common land on my doorstep.
Our town boasts beautiful views, gorgeous shops
with tasty local produce and  a wonderful countryside lifestyle!

 “Village Life” can be immensely hard to handle sometimes.
It’s not for everyone….
Every other person knows your business and  it can take 20 minutes just to get to your car due to chatter…
However, I think my fellow Minchinhamptonites
can be some of the most fiercely loyal, friendly and helpful people
in the most challenging of times.

What do you love about where you live?

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Forest Swirl Tunic :: Capri at Stafford Cottage

Loose weave Cardigan :: Gringo at Stafford Cottage

Skinny Jeans :: Brandtex at Stafford CottageStafford Cottage

Turquoise Pumps :: Sugar Shoes

Millifiori heart bracelet :: Stafford Cottage £15.50

Bag :: for sale on my ebay (soon!)

Pretty glass bead necklace :: Stafford Cottage£15

Location :: Minchinhampton Town.

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

Happy weekend everyone, up to anything nice?
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch

S + J x

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Fashion Fridays : Playing Dress up


Hello there, Good morning!
How are you?
Welcome to our 4th Fashion Friday ~ hurrah!
This is a feature celebrating fashion and accessories, showcasing items
from our local ladies boutique Stafford Cottage
….and pieces from our own wardrobes!
We were lulled into a false sense of security
with the little sunshine we had over the Bank Holiday here…
Thankfully we managed to get out and about in between showers
over the week to bring you this weeks Fashion Friday!

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This frill Clutch is so cute, it has a small chain to be transformed into a shoulder bag too.
Very versatile colour don’t you think?



This necklace is one of my very own that I made from our
“Vintage” selection of coloured buttons!
Ones like it are available at Stafford cottage, for £22
They are such a conversation starter, and actually really light to wear.


Spotted Tunic :: Adini at Stafford Cottage
Cardigan  :: 
Adini at Stafford Cottage

White Linen Trousers :: TU at Sainsburys
Shoes :: Clarks
Bag :: Frill clutch (and with chain) evening bag at Stafford Cottage £21
necklace :: MADE IN MINCH@ Stafford Cottage£22

Location :: Our roof terrace ,Minchinhampton High Street.

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

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What are your plans for the weekend?
Hope you manage to dodge those raindrops!
Dreams are Made in Minch


Fashion Fridays : Mr. Sun, please don’t go away

headerHello there its Shani’s Fashion Friday this week!
As the mizzle has left us well alone for a while,
Summer’s coming (think positive now!)
and we love to wear the maxi dresses from Stafford Cottage.
They can be worn with sandals and a little cardi to make a lovely, fresh and summery outfit.


The new Adini “Alicia” maxi in fresh zingy lime and soft teale on a grey and white base
is a simple lightly a-line shape that’s 100% cotton, so great for warm weather.
Team it with a cardi. jacket or long flowing scarf in lime, teale, grey or white.
How about loosely belting it with a narrow belt?


Bangles are always a good thing for the summer,
the jingle jangle whisks you away to warm and sunny climes.
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These amazing bags are not only light on the pennies (£15) the come in a wide range of colours.
The thing that we love is that the light paisley lining makes finding your keys a breeze!


Add colour and vibrancy to any outfit with chunky colourful beads,

Or alternatively go glam and glitzy with a sparkly item or two.necklace

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These rings are special not only because my husband asked me to marry me with one of them,
but because they were designed and made by my family.
My wedding ring (the one that looks like a diamond laurel wreath)
is a family design worn by all the women on my mother’s side of the family.
I’m touched to say that the next generation want to carry on the tradition.


ALICIA Maxi Dress :: Adini at Stafford Cottage £39

Lime/yellow cardi :: Gringo at Stafford Cottage from £19

Bangles :: Accessorize

Acrylic Necklace :: at Stafford Cottage

Rings ::

Clutch/ shoulder Bag ::  at Stafford Cottage£15

Sandals ::from a selection at Buskins in Nailsworth

Location :: Stafford Cottage Ladies Boutique, Minchinhampton

Styled by :: Shani
Photography by :: Jen

We have been listening to “Mr Sun” by Kina Grannis and it seems
more than appropriate!

The springtime brings out
The brightest green in things
And tiny sprouts push the soil from their way
Mr. Sun, please don’t go away

What are you upto this weekend?
Is the sun shining with you?
Wishing a happy Bank Holiday Weekend to our UK readers!
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch