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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Guest Post: VERY BERRY HANDMADE

Greetings to you from our little part of the world
How is this week treating you?
We have had a rather lovely email from one of our very first Blog buddies. The lovely Ali over at Very Berry Handmade has kindly agreed to answer a few of our questions about her business, life and inspirations….
A really interesting read, we think!

Find out about the tutorial for this cute cupcake pincushion here

When did you set up Very Berry Handmade, and why?

After my children were born in 2003, I found the urge to start creating things for them, and then gradually got into sewing and crochet for their own sakes. I decided to start selling some of my things so that I could afford to by more materials, and gradually it has grown up into something I see as my part time job. I had been blogging and selling my handmade things under a rather dull name since around 2007. In 2010 I decided a rebranding was in order and so Very Berry Handmade was born. 
 

How did you get established?

It has been quite slow and I have had lots to learn. In the early days I had lots of support from friends who have bought my things, and then come back as repeat customers. I have worked very hard on the Very Berry blog and Facebook page to create an audience for my handmade products (although I also really enjoy blogging for it’s own sake, and for the friends I make through it!). 


Have you been featured anywhere?

Not as far as I know. My tutorials have been published on Totally Tutorials (http://totallytutorials.blogspot.com/), and my makes have been featured in Craftseller magazine and a cross stitch magazine in the USA. I have a tutorial in the next issue of Modern Quilting magazine. 


What is your favourite item in your shop ( Link please)

Oooh, tough question – they are all my babies!  But I do love this pincushion:
 
It’s been sitting there for a while now and I have no idea why no one has bought it, lol, I think it’s lovely.

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Any up and coming Very Berry news you’d like to share?

I have lots of things in the pipeline – including a very exciting idea that I am developing with The Sewing Directory and Lily’s Quilts.  I also hope to do various techy things which will allow me to have blog sponsors by the spring.

 

Who are your daily reads and why?

Well I have to confess to not reading blogs every day because I worry that sometimes they undermine my confidence and cloud my creativity, but some of my favourites are: Annekata, Very Kerry Berry (no relation!), Monkey Do and Pink Penguin

 How do you get inspired?

 All sorts of things inspire me, but mostly it’s a desire to make something useful and fabulous to have around from beautiful materials. If I am really feeling a lack of creativity, I like to browse through my embarrassingly large collection of retro and vintage craft books and magazines.

What is your favourite crafting technique/material?

 Gosh, tough question! I love to crochet because it’s so relaxing and I don’t really have to think about it. But I think my absolute favourite thing is hand sewing – I love it. I like hand quilting a lot, but my favourite thing is just to do free stitching with lots of different threads and yarns.

Is there a new crafting technique that you’d like to try out?

It’s not new, but I would love to learn how to weave. I am not entirely sure I would have the patience for it, but the results are so marvellous, I would love to have a go. 


Do you have a fail safe item from your own wardrobe which is a fashion fix-all?

Not sure it’s fashionable, but my favourite item of clothing is a lovely dress from Gudrun Sjoden – it’s covered with flowers and birds and is very flattering and comfy to wear. I love it!  

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

Oh gosh, I have no idea – I just hope the enthusiasm for handmade, the unique and the lovingly-crafted continues!  


What is the plan for Very Berry Handmade’s future?

To keep my business slowly growing, to encourage creativity in others through my blog, to learn more and to enjoy experimenting without worrying when things don’t turn out quite as planned.
 
Thank you so much Ali, we have loved knowing a little bit more about you, hopefully our readers did too!
Find out about VeryberryHandmade at the following places
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Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch
S+J xx

GUEST FEATURE: Wallpaper Rose

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Something *very* exciting arrived at Made in Minch head quarters over the weekend….
some beautifully wrapped birthday presents Jen had ordered from
WALLPAPER ROSE!

We’d like to welcome our friend and local lass, Louise, to our Made in Minch Blog.
Lovely Louise is a very creative soul, sharing her impeccable taste in fashion, snippets of lifestyle and her beautiful handmade jewellery.

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We were lucky enough to pin her down for a quick chatter 🙂

Well, hello there Miss Louise,
Please can you tell us a little about your venture at Wallpaper Rose?
I began Wallpaper Rose in 2009 in the summer after my second year of University. That summer I was finding it particularly difficult to find work and I wanted a creative outlet separate to my degree work.

How did you get established?
Predominantly through social media – Facebook and my Blog.

Have you been featured anywhere?
Wallpaper Rose has been featured on a number of blogs, which is always exciting, but a particular highlight was having my Jen Tees featured on Domestic Sluttery – I couldn’t quite believe it!

What is your favourite item in your shop?

At the moment, my Zooey Lace Collar. (I have a bit of a thing for collars…and Zooey Deschanel!)

What is your favourite jewellery making technique/material?
I’m not sure I really have a particular favourite technique, but I predominantly work with charms and chain.

Is there a new crafting technique that you’d like to try out?
I would absolutely love to have a go at silversmithing and to try using porcelain and enamel.

Do you have a failsafe item from your own wardrobe which is a fashion fix-all?
I have a tendency to live in jeans, boots and knitwear with collars – not terribly exciting I’m afraid.

What do you think are the trends to look out for this season?
Probably pastels and metallics. I think print clashing is still big – but I’m just not sure how I feel about it!

Who is your style icon?

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Zooey Deschanel. She always looks incredible.

Any up and coming daily blog reads you’d like to share?
I follow an awful lot of blogs but these are a few of my current favourites:
http://www.waywarddaughter.com/
http://wishwishwish.net/
http://harrietgray.blogspot.com/
http://www.mademoisellerobot.com/
http://little-fille.blogspot.com/
http://blog.cellardoormagazine.co.uk/
http://nadinoo.blogspot.com/
http://hollyexley.blogspot.com/
http://www.louderthansilence.com/
I’m always looking for new and exciting blogs to follow.

Finally, what do you love about your life in Minchinhampton?
I’m afraid I don’t actually live in Minchinhampton anymore – I moved to London a year or so ago. However, the best things about Minchinhampton for me are my family, my cats, the cows and the common. There aren’t many places you can genuinely give the excuse ‘the cows were in the road’ for being late and for it to be true!

Thank you so much , wishing Wallpaper Rose every success!
Head on over to
Wallpaper Rose Shop here
Wallpaper Rose Blog here

Enjoy!
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch
S and J x