Some exciting news :)



Here at Made in Minch HQ, we are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Sebastian Ray Taylor born on 22.03.14 (hopefully this explains the lack of blog activity and fashion Fridays!) we are really enjoying newborn life and I was even making jewellery during early labour-that’s dedication!

Our maternity photos were taken by the wonderful Camilla Reynolds way back in January.
It was so much fun!Camilla put us straight at ease, in our most beloved place(The common) and we were lucky with the light beautifully caught on camera forever. We are so pleased to capture such a magical time in our life story!
Just thought you’d like to know! Thanks for your support- Jen and baby Seb 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

Just as a littleP.S of interest

This is an amazingly inspiring post, check it out!

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


Jen :: Currently {2}


Watching: Utterly addicted to the New Girl and Two Broke girls
Jess is back on form in the new series, hilarious and beautiful…a sure favourite !
Max and Caroline are my kryptonite! I cant stop watching them….

Listening: Maxwell Phoenix Rise.
This song is amazing, a fusion of soul, funk and jazz influences but instrumental…incredible.

Reading: Homemaker Magazine, I’m seriously considering a subscription!

Eating: My treat of choice, Winstones Ice cream in chocolate ripple flavour…
Situated on the common, there is nothing better than popping in and having a sweet treat on the way home!
Insanely good, local and tastes like nothing else…

Thinking about:
 Shoes, I feel I’m in need of something new.
Loving these pretty desert boots, these colour block wedges,
and these orange pumps are from Clarks and
also these awesome wedge types from NEW LOOK.

Looking forward to:driving in the summer with the windows down
and the sunshine shining on our pretty part of the cotswolds!

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


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!)







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


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.
This enormous doorway really put into perspective how tiny we are, and how clever our predecessors have been in creating such a special building.
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.


The city is full of history and amazing backdrops, check out this chevron style door!

My favourite part was this mosaic in the middle of the pavement.


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.

Have you found any cool local spots to you recently?

Dreams are Made in Minch!