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

Scarf : STAFFORD COTTAGE GIVEAWAY!

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

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(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!

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GIVEAWAY WINNER and news with us…


It has been a ridiculously busy weekend in our tiny village.
Stafford Cottage (Our family run shop) had a fashion show on Friday.
We are glad to report that it was a huge success, and although we are exhausted….it was so worth it!

That said, we needed a little Made in Minch time, as we had missed our regular Friday Craft time….we made it up at the Birmingham Hobby Crafts and Sewing for Pleasure Exhibition on Sunday.
The selection of fabrics this time was incredible…we were happy bunnies and were eager to get home and start making. 

Which were your favourites?
(Shani loved the vintage toned florals and Jen loved the spots, the elephants and the cars….all of them infact!)

With one thing and another…this week ,again, might be a little sparse on the blog front, but rest assured that inspiration posts are being drafted out, sketchbooks are being filled and photos taken!
Hopefully next week (being half term) will lend itself nicely to our crafty endeavours!

GIVEAWAY winner is

….. FIONA!
Congratulations Fiona!
Your present will be winging it’s way to you shortly!
Thank you for your support
Have a Great week
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch
S+J x

Window on our world : and a “Thank You” GIVEAWAY!

It’s a superbly Sunny Saturday here, in Minchinhampton.
We had a really productive day yesterday, and still had time for cuddles with baby!

Shani has been hard at work all week making the most beautiful white branches with fabric leaves and cherry blossoms.
We work at Stafford Cottage Shop in Minchinhampton. It is a Ladies clothing boutique with beautiful accessories…well worth a visit if you are ever in Minchinhampton.(along with a visit to THE KITCHEN – The cakes are the best.ever.created.)

We’d offered to do the windows for the Mothers Day run up, and we were a little obssessed with flowers and birds!

If you were in the village last night, you would have seen us, floodlit, battling with hanging these huge boughs in the gorgeous front windows of the shop. Hair tangles and giggles galore….it was a brilliant way to start the weekend!

Our little handmade birds are on a take over bid 🙂 They now have adorable little hanging bird houses (tutorial soon to follow) and these jolly little free standing fellows will soon be available in our etsy shop, but for now they are showcasing in the window on the High Street!

if you are a local blogger, come and see how many you can spot!

FELT CLIP GIVEAWAY

We are so pleased to be steadily gaining followers and fans, we’d like to run a giveaway!


In celebration of this we are opening a giveaway… if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this handmade, one of a kind hair clip, leave a comment about your favourite photograph, item or feature on our blog, Good luck! We will draw a winner next Friday!
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch

Love S+J

Look our for weekend wishes about washi tape, and also learn how to make a photo/memo holder from using a cotton reel here!