The Spring holidays are underway for many and we’ve some great products to brighten up your travels or keep the family amused along the way. Be sure to have those rainy day activities at the ready too. Check out our top picks above – many of our items are hand designed by independent makers and therefore limited – get in quick!

1. Flamingo Wanderlust Travel Purse. 2. Tidy Tunes Earphone Case. 3. Aphrodite Mood Ring. 4. Cupcake Pocket Mirror. 5. Lion Keyring. 6. Gruffalo Stamper Set. 7. Party Confetti. 8. Coral Diamonds Handmade Zipper Pouch. 9. Handmade Felt Finger Puppets. 10. YAY Lunch Box. 


Our Easter shop has officially opened today (insert party poppers here)! It features an array of whimsical themed party ware, stationery, jewellery, and more. Many of the items are hand designed or hand made and very limited, so best get in quick!

Here are our selection of our top picks for Spring 2017…

Fancy Flowers Garland Kit. Create a beautiful floral garland with this kit complete with a selection of petals leaves and centres simply threaded together to make a wonderful springtime garland perfect for an Easter celebration.

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Hen Brooch Laser Cut Cherry Wood and Acrylic. We promise this little chick won’t destroy your flower beds (or get eaten by a fox!), in fact she’s the best type of chicken – well behaved and beautiful!

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Handmade Felt Garden Animal Finger Puppets. Five friendly wildlife finger puppets to fire your kids imagination. Finger puppets give your kids endless possibilities for play. Inventing characters and stories fires their creativity. Putting on a finger puppet play is a great activity for a rainy afternoon.

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Flora & Fauna Illustrated Pocket Mirror. DB Illustrations Flora & Fauna design, celebrating the great British countryside. The essential for any handbag or person on the go! This cute mirror really helps complete your gift.

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Hand Drawn Cute Bunny Rabbit Brooch. Hop into spring with this cute bunny on your clothes and accessories! This charming little bunny will make any outfit that little bit more unique.

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Happy Jackson Lunch Box: Yay Lunch. This two-tone yellow and blue glossy lunch box (with elasticated strap to keep your lunch safe) is perfect for those Spring time picnics in the park.

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Porcelain Fawn Bunny Necklace. Stunning hand painted porcelain animal pendant necklace. Super Long length 36″ fine quality chain- Gold Plated.

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Rob Ryan A5 Notebook Journal Pink. “I Am The Notebook of …” A very pretty plain A5 notebook to write and draw the most wonderful of things.

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Unicorn & Rainbow Temporary Tattoos. These tattoos will create a real magical feeling, featuring a unicorn, stars and a rainbow embellished with shimmering gold foil. Great to keep the kids (or big kids!) happy during the holidays.

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Cat Covered Button Hair Clips. Two small 19mm metal buttons in gorgeous turquoise fabric depicting a little white cat. The buttons are attached to some co ordinating sunshine yellow snapclips.

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Meow Cupcake Kit. A cupcake kit for kitty lovers with 2 styles of patterned bake case and 4 styles of topper with kitty motifs and characters. Perfect for a spot of Easter baking!

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Don’t forget to pop over to our Easter Shop to browse the full range of items!


Happy New Year everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed all the festivities.

Now the holidays are over it is time to beat those January blues with these motivating, mood lifting and generally happy products!

 

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Make someones day with this blooming lovely card! Or frame it on your wall for everyday happiness.

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Be Happy Necklace!
A banner shaped necklace, laser cut and engraved in birch ply, featuring the motto ‘Be Happy’ Each necklace has been designed in a little studio in West London, before being laser cut and engraved, carefully hand painted, and finally varnished for protection. Buy here!

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All the sweetness without the calories! This unique bracelet features a tiny raspberry macaron with Maqaroon’s trademark 18K “gold” cream filling! Each one is lovingly hand-made from Japanese resin clay and sealed with satin gloss varnish. Buy here!

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A Strong and Inspiring Friend Greeting Card. Perfect new year inspiration for that special someone! Pretty gold sparkle and simple sentiment for good friends.Blank inside for your own message. Buy here!

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Happy Jackson A6 Little Book of Awesome Notebook in Pink. With colourful gilded edges, printed endpapers and coloured elastic closure. Perfect for writing your most awesome of thoughts, ideas and dreams! Buy here!

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This cute and clever card has turned a rosette in to a proud little lion! This card is so sweet it’s guaranteed to make people smile. Perfect for Birthdays for kids and big kids or as a Well Done, Congratulations card. Do you know someone ROARsome who deserves a rosette? Buy here!

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A lovely rainbow unicorn necklace to journey with you on magical adventures! The perfect handmade gift for any lover of rainbows, bright colours and magical creatures! Buy here!

 

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Get those all important new year ‘to do’s’ jotted down whilst you remember! Fox Magnetic To Do List Pad. A cute to do list pad featuring a hand-drawn illustration of a fox cub in the woodland. Buy here!

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Rosie Wonders Tattoo You Happy Day Horse Greeting Card. These fab cards feature a wearable Rosie Wonders Tattoo! So you can send a card and gift in one! Buy here!

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“All of these words and all of these pictures will walk along side of me and keep me company”… Rob Ryan “I Am The Notebook of …” A very pretty plain A6 notebook to write and draw the most wonderful of things. Buy Here!

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Start the new year with a bang! BANG! BOOM! POW! Decorate your gifts with this striking glitter tape featuring cartoon slogans in bright colors and embellished with light gold glitter. Buy here!

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All the fun without the calories! Cats and Fries A5 Print! This cute print is part of the ‘Cats and Junk Food’ series. The illustration features a cat sitting on a burger and the text ‘Cats and Fries'; a good combination of course! Buy here!

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New Year’s resolution to be more organised? Do it in style with these Happy Jackson folded mini sticky note set with different shapes and messages. Yay! Buy here!

We hope these products help brighten up your January!
To add some extra happiness we’ve also extended our SALE until Thursday 5th January. Have a browse at these one of bargain prices here!


Oh, hello October!

Autumnal nights are drawing in and October is upon us! Today marks the launch of our 2016 Halloween Shop. We’ve a selection of items from spooky glam nights out (basically another excuse to wear cats), to Halloween half term fun – we’ve got it covered!

1. Halloween Entertainment Pack.  2. Rosie Wonders Notebook.  3. Handmade Owl Keyring.  4. Druzy Sparkle Ring.  5. Neon Skull Studs.  6. Black Cat Napkins.  7. Handmade Owl Notebook.  8. Temporary Tattoos.  9. Black Cat Collar Clips.

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Today we catch up with our newest brand to join the site – Lydia Meiying. We love Lydia’s wonderful illustrative range and think you will too! Read on to find out more about her…

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Today I treated myself to my favourite breakfast of two steamed eggs drizzled with light soy sauce, white pepper with two slices of buttered toast and a large cup of coffee. It’s super tasty, quick and easy to make plus keeps me going for most of the day.

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When was your Lydia Meiying launched as a brand and how did the idea come about?

My brand came about quite gradually. When I graduated in 2008, I was working full time, plus trying to gain experience at design studios. I decided to have a few cards printed from illustrations and patterns I created at University and set up a little Etsy store with a few listings. Gradually, as my products were selling, I created more designs, expanded my product range and I was able to reduce my hours at work and spend more and more time on my brand. Now in 2016, I’m completely freelance. It’s been hard work to get to this point but I absolutely love it.

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What do you enjoy most about working for yourself?

There are so many great benefits to working for yourself. Of course I enjoy the flexible working hours, being able to work in a coffee shop all day if I choose, but what I enjoy most is the freedom I have to explore my ideas and create exciting designs from my own inspiration.

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What is your best seller?

Anything with my Woodland pattern on has been a constant good seller since it was created in in 2007, it was one of the first designs I had printed as a greetings card after University. More recently, Toby and T-Rex have been great sellers. In particular the T-Rex enamel pin.

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Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?

As a Pattern Designer by trade, I’ve always loved the William Morris quote: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
I always think of it when I create a new design or when I’m thinking of new products I can make.

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What are your plans and ambitions for the rest of 2016 and the future?

My plans for 2016 are to keep designing and extending my product range. I’m also planning to create a new range of modern period Wallpaper and fabric designs.

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Like what you see? Shop Lydia’s range here.


Today we catch up with Claire of the Little Posy Print Company. We love her fun card designs and thought you might like to know a little more about her. We have a nosey at her workspace and chat to her about her ambitions, best sellers and what she ate for breakfast (obviously!)…

-What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Breakfast was in the sunny garden a cup of tea, and low and slow scrambled eggs with chorizo mixed in on brown toast. Yummers!

 

-When was The Little Posy Print Co launched and how did the idea come about?

LPPco has kind of evolved over the years. I started it in 2012 designing wedding invitations and stationery and dabbled in notecards and things here and there but about a year and a half ago I decided that my heart wasn’t really in the weddings anymore. The thing I really loved about it was designing pretty things, so i resurrected a dream of designing greeting cards and gave it a shot. I just love having an idea for a card spark from something I’ve seen, done or heard and then have it evolve as I work to become a finished product that, by it’s own nature, will either make someone happy, feel loved, feel cared for and thought about, or make them roar with laughter when they are having a really bad day.

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-What do you enjoy most about working for yourself?

Being able to do what I love and be home for my boys. My business allows me to work around them, and my husband who works funny hours as a chef. If I want to I can take days off during the week so spend time just the two of us, and then work late when he’s at work and the boys are in bed when my creative juices are really flowing instead of being tied down to traditional 9-5 hours. I also love that there are no limits to what I can do. Int he last year I have gone from designing a few cards to being stocked in 35 stores across the Uk and in the US and Canada too.

-What is your best seller?

One of my best sellers is the ‘Have a bloomin’ lovely day’ card. It’s also one of my faves. You actually very rarely seen green cards so I think it really stands out and is just super happy and sunny. Another best seller is “I’m so glad I’m on this adventure with you’ card. It absolutely flies out and that makes me smile. I am a massive romantic at heart and knowing that my card is a little part of someone’s love story makes me go all soppy!

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-Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?

‘Just keep swimming’ – Dory, Finding Nemo

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-What are your plans and ambitions for 2016 and the future?

This year I’m attending my first ever trade show which is massive for me! My hope is that in the next year I can expand out into more stationery items and gift products too. I’m already working on some little gems behind the scenes so watch this space… by next year I’ll have taken over the world! :)

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Want to see more? Click here to view our Little Posy Print Company page.


Today we meet Nicola, the creative and maker behind Innabox Design. All the items are designed and handmade in London, UK. Here you will find many adorable animal items and some clever puns. We hope you love them as much as we do!

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I had a strawberry protein shake as I’m currently trying to get fit!

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When was Innabox Design launched and how did the idea come about?

Innabox was launched 4 years ago but has been handmade for 2. Originally I came up with the idea because I just loved to design. I used to design business cards and portraits for friends but I was sick of woking in retail and everyone around me telling me that I should be using my talent. I wanted to do something different and I couldn’t get any different than being my own boss!

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What do you enjoy most about working for yourself?

Well… I only have to answer to myself! Although I am my worst critic! It’s nice to feel that I have freedom to try out new things. It’s just lovely to know that people want to pay for my work… I never thought I’d get to where I am today!

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What is your best seller?

Easily the guinea pig earrings. They are so popular! I mean I know guinea pigs are super cute but the demand for them at the moment is crazy!

Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?

My favourite at the moment that I really relate to is ‘Don’t quit your daydream.’ Running a business can be so tough but giving up is definitely not an option!

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What are your plans and ambitions for 2016 and the future?

I aim to get lots of new stockists on board and try out some of the bigger craft markets like bust craftacular, renegade and hyper japan! Hopefully doing so will take my business to the next level.

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You can view our Innabox Design page here.


Just Daydreaming are proud to announce our support for the #justacard campaign set up by Sarah Hamilton.

Sarah quotes and says on her website:

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought just a card we’d still be open.”

 

When I read this quote by shop keepers who’d recently closed their gallery I thought – enough is enough – we need to fight back! As an artist and designer,  who also makes cards, I know just how valuable each and every sale is, not only to independent shops  and galleries which make our High Streets unique, but to their artists and designer suppliers. Regrettably it’s too late for that gallery, but others need our valuable support, and this is why we started our campaign JUST A CARD – to encourage people to appreciate just how invaluable every single purchase is.’

We think this is an important message to convey !

Did you know we have over 20 independent designers cards on our site? They often get overlooked amongst all our other products so for the months of April & May you can use code ‘justacard‘ at the checkout to get postage for just £1 instead of our flat rate of £3.50 if you have a greeting card (or several) in your basket (UK postage only). For international customers this same code will still deduct £2.50 off your order!

Browse our greeting card shop here, we have some fab designers to discover!

 


What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I had toast and thick-cut marmalade. i like to pick all the peely bits out of the marmalade jar!

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When was Sally and the Freckles launched and how did the idea come about?

I have made cards on and off for many years, but started Sally and the Freckles in 2014. I loved the idea of making unique hand drawn shrink plastic illustrations and decided to incorporate them into my cards. I also wanted an outlet for all the ideas that i had in my head.

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What do you enjoy most about working for yourself?

I love being able to make products from all the ideas that float about in my head and seeing your own ideas materialise is a great feeling.

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What is your best seller?

My poem cards have been popular including my nibble-loving narwhal and my dung beetle with his various birthday gifts. Aardvarks seem to be a favourite too.

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Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?

Not really a motto, i would just say make products that you like personally and what interest you in life so you have a genuine passion for what you do. I think this shows then in your work.

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What are your plans and ambitions for 2016 and the future?

I plan to work on more animal poem cards and i have lots of ideas for other new ranges. i’m in the process of making some printed versions of my cards along with matching postcard sets. I would also love to work with another maker on a collaboration and I would really like to self publish a magazine or a book. And there are so many more amazing creatures in the world that i’m looking forward to drawing and writing about.

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Want to know more? View all of the Sally and the Freckles cards we stock here!


February is fast approaching and that means Valentine’s is just around the corner. Looking for something different for your loved one? Get your gifts one off and handmade and be sure to impress with these super cute gifts…

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Pen & Guin Penguins Valentines Card. More >

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Mexican Heart Handmade Zipper Pouch. Lovingly handmade, this cute zipper pouch is the perfect size to carry all your treasure and necessities. It has been made using the DB Illustrations Mexican Heart surface design printed on basic combed cotton, and is lined with soft white cotton poplin. More >

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Jammie Dodger Biscuit Wooden Laser Cut Necklace – Oh crumbs! A biscuit in a necklace!? This little Jammie Dodger looks good enough to eat! A hand designed laser cut necklace made in the sunny seaside town of Brighton. The biscuit themed necklace is made from cherry wood and has engraved detail including the central heart to show lots of love. More >

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“I Love Lists” Happy Jackson Notebook set. Set of three mini notebooks 127 x 89 mm. Purple ‘I Love Lists’. Pink ‘Thinky Thoughts’. Red ‘Yay’. More >

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Love You Love Birds Greeting Card. greeting card by I Drew This.
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Cats Forever A4 Print. This illustration is a celebration of our favourite feline friends. It features drawings of several different breeds including Abyssinian, British Shorthair (British Blue) and Sphynx. There are lots of cute hearts and a CATS FOREVER banner too. More >

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A6 Russian Doll Notebook. Lovely Rosie Wonders notebooks made from textured accent fresco paper, just like their cards! More >

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Love Birds Print. The perfect print for bird lovers or a gift for a special engagement, marriage or valentine. More >

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Be Happy Necklace. A banner shaped necklace, laser cut and engraved in birch ply, featuring the motto ‘Be Happy.’ Each necklace has been designed in a little studio in London, before being laser cut and engraved, carefully hand painted, and finally varnished for protection. More >

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Tiny Raspberry Macaron Delicate Bracelet. This unique bracelet features a tiny raspberry macaron with Maqaroon’s trademark 18K “gold” cream filling! Each one is lovingly hand-made from Japanese resin clay and sealed with satin gloss varnish. More >

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Cats Are Nice and so Are You. Tell your loved ones they are nice in the best way… with CATS! More >

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Love Birds Cookie Cutters. Create love bird cookies for a romantic celebration with these stylish cookie cutters. Simply add icing for a layer of color to finish. The cutters come with a special sugar cookie recipe. More >

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Rob Ryan A5 Notebook Journal Pink. “I Am The Notebook of …” A very pretty plain A5 notebook to write and draw the most wonderful of things. More >

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Love Foxes Art Print A5. A beautiful fine art print of Superfumi’s Love Foxes original hand drawn illustration. More >

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Ted Baker Sugar Sweet Notebook. Write your hopes, fears or life story in the Ted Baker latest floral notebook with ribbon bookmarks and pocket. More >

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Rainbow Unicorn Brooch. A lovely rainbow unicorn to sit upon your clothes or accessories and journey with you on magical adventures! the perfect gift for any lover of rainbows, bright colours and magical creatures! More >