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pin-collection-etsy-and-puptart-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell I am so excited to participate in Etsy’s global campaign #DifferenceMakesUs. It’s all about individuality and how certain Etsy pieces could define one’s personality.

I have been spending a fair bit of time exploring Etsy UK, to find those pieces that define me as a person. In doing so, I got pleasantly drawn into that amazing world of pin collection, a trend that is currently taking the creative world by storm.

Designing a pin is such a cool way for a maker to showcase his or her individual style and creativity. What’s even more impressive about this ‘pin movement’ is that sense of community. I’ve noticed makers swopping, collecting and promoting each other’s pins on social media.

Behind the pins are the talents who create more than just pins. They are the Etsy makers who design mugs, cushions, wall prints, jewellery, clothing and more. finest-imagery-pins-photo-by-little-big-bell I love shopping on Etsy UK for homewares. I have decided to buy those pins I felt would define my style.

Each pin was like a shopping book mark, a reminder that would lead me to explore the other creations by that same Etsy maker.

Let me tell you about the pins that I have picked and how I felt they defined me.

The pink cat with a party hat from ilikeCATSshop typified the colour palette that I love. Yes, I love the pink, that Teal blue and pops of Canary yellow. I love a party too. Many people who follow me on Instagram say that I look like I’m always celebrating. I can’t deny it, I do love organising and styling parties.

The pretzel dog pin by Samantha Eynon just made me smile. I love dogs and definitely wouldn’t mind some pink icing coated pretzels. As soon as Samantha announced she had created this new pin on Instagram, I was there to buy online like a flash. I may well have been her first customer. Was I Samantha?

The macarons pin are by Punky pins. I think those who follow me on Instagram already know this is ‘very me’. Not only do I have a passion for photographing macarons but I love eating them too.

The Frida Kahlo pin is by Becky of SketchInc.. I chose this because Frida is an amazing icon and SketchInc has always been a favourite shop of mine. Becky is so talented with her painting and creations of wooden figures of famous people.

The custard tart and iced gem pins are by Nikki Mc Williams. Who could resist those delicious biscuits? Transports me back to school tea breaks. It’s always the plain Digestive biscuits that get left behind. etsy-pin-1-collection-little-big-bell-blog This super cute watermelon bag and those fruity pineapple, watermelon and banana pins are by Puptart. To me, these fruits remind me of Summer and the warmth. I am sure you can tell from my bright photography that I am very much a Summer person. puptart-purse-photo-by-little-big-bell This cute and sparkly smiling purse is also from Puptart. etsy-pins-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Don’t you think the pins look great on this denim jacket? Great to wear out or you could display your pins on a child’s jacket, then place on a wall as decor.

Do you spot the Palm Springs house and pink/blue patterned wall pins from Finest Imaginary? I absolutely adore the colourful houses and doors in Palm Springs and I’m super excited to be flying there for a visit early next year.

That pin of the blue green vintage sofa from Peskimo would fit right into those midcentury modern style homes of Palm Springs don’t you think?

I actually have a very similar style vintage sofa with that same colour. etsy-uk-pin-collection-photo-and-styling-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell-copy Many who follow me on the blog and on Instagram, know that I love colours and cake. I’m sure it came as no surprise that I simply had to have that rainbow cake pin from Mighty Pop.

My last Etsy curate was all about cacti, so I had to get that cactus pin from This Way to The Circus to add to my collection.

I had a red Speak and Spell when I was young. When I saw this pink version in a pin from Holly Illustrates, I knew I had to have it. Wonder why they never made them in pink? Perhaps it was a worry about stereotyping?

Talking about pink, that ‘Mean Girls’ pink jeep from Shop Sassquatch is kind of cool don’t you think?

I have decorated my pins on a cushion. So versatile aren’t they? etsy-calling-cards-little-big-bell Hope you have enjoyed seeing my Difference Makes Us selections from Etsy UK.

I leave you with a photo of the cute cards that came in the parcels with my pins. Do explore the Etsy stores behind the pins. They are so cool.

Wishing you all a lovely week and Good Vibes, like that pin from OHNORachio.

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan of littlebigbell. this is a sponsored collaboration with Etsy UK but all opinions and selections are my own.)

Crouch-End-Spring-market-2016-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell It’s truly a pleasure to announce the upcoming Crouch End Spring market, organised by London Local Etsy.

Being a North Londoner, Crouch End holds a special place in my heart. I love it for its village feel and vibrant creative community.

The Spring market is taking place next Saturday, 14th May 2016, between 11am to 4pm, at the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre.

I have styled the flyer above with some fresh Spring blooms from the Urban Flower Company, a must visit florist shop, also based in Crouch End. Their flowers are always so beautifully curated by owner and friend Matt Richardson.

London Local is a team of 650+ Etsy sellers based in London, committed to promoting handmade and ethically produced items.

For the Spring market, over 50 of London’s finest Etsy sellers will be setting up stall. The good news is that entry is FREE!

There will also be FREE Goody tote bags for the first 50 at the market.

In fact, London Local Etsy and I have joined forces to design these tote bags.

Cactus-moodboard A fortnight ago, I put together a mood board (above) for the tote bag design.

I decided on two of my favourite themes of the moment – the Cactus and Memphis trend.

The colour palette I chose consisted of pinks, mint greens with small pops of yellows and blues. The brief was that it should be fun, fresh and modern.

( images in the moodboard: Cactus in gold pots are by Brittni Mehlhoff, the skirt and geometric shapes are by Gorman, the cactus bag is from Oliver Bonas and the print is by Jacqueline Colley of Print and Pattern.)

Made-by-Aiza-shapes-for-vinyl-on-bags-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell I was allocated two super talented makers to help bring my mood board to life, they are Aiza Cheung from Made by Aiza and Dave from Puck Studio.

Above is an image of all the shapes that Aiza created based on my mood board.

The shapes were stored in a vector file which Dave was able to send from the computer to a special vinyl cutting machine.

The machine cuts the shapes using coloured vinyl which has a backing sheet of sticky plastic.

After the machine has finished, a sharp pointed tool is used to peel away the negative space of the design. Making-of-vinyl-heat-printing-totes-featured-on Little-Big-Bell The shapes on the large vinyl sheet are then separated by cutting with scissors. Vinyl-cut-outs-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here are all the cut out shapes, which can be arranged on the tote bag, with your desired composition.

Dave from Puck Studio then lays the bag with the new design, onto a heat press for a few seconds.
Vinyl-transfers-2-for-tote-bags-Etsy-made-local After the vinyls have cooled down, the sticky back plastic can be peeled off. Vinyl-heat-transfer-tote-Little-Big-Bell Aiza decided on a second layer of colours for my bag. The first layer was in mint and blue and the second layer consisted of smaller, more vibrant and colourful shapes, which she put on top to make the design pop. Cactus-theme-tote-bag-Little-Big-Bell So here is the final product, now with me at home. Cactus-tote-Little-Big-Bell It was all as I had envisioned.

The cactus in my favourite tone of mint and those Memphis trend shapes in vibrant colours. London-local-tote-bag-collaboration-Little-Big-Bell 50 individual tote bags have been created from the vinyl cut outs inspired by my mood board.

Each bag has been decorated differently.

In fact, the London Local team enlisted the help of a group of bloggers last week, to design their own totes from these cut out shapes. snailmaillove-tote-bags-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell Here are the bags created by Snail Mail Love, one of the bloggers at the tote making workshop. She’s also an Etsy seller. I adore her bunny design. ( photo here by Snail Mail Love)

Get to the Spring market early and you will be in the chance of getting one of the uniquely designed tote Goody bags. London-Local-Etsy-makers-Little-Big-Bell Here’s a list of the 50 London Local Etsy sellers who will be setting up shop in Crouch End next weekend.

From this list, I have curated a few of my favourite finds.

It also gives you a flavour of the type of products that will be going on sale:

1. Nouveau cat screen print by Fran Wood Design.

2. Number birthday T-shirt by Little Chook.

3. Pineapple brooch by Suzie London UK.

4. Flamingo print by UtensilsOPaperart.

5. Paper flower bridal bouquet by Rachel Emma Studio.

6. Bold brushstroke drum lampshade by Sarah Capel printing.

7. Teal Ombre geometric print from Made by Aiza.

8. Mid century modern needlepoint kit by Pom Pom kits.

Crouch-End-Spring-market-May-2016-Little-big-Bell Hope you have enjoyed the post. It was so fun to collaborate with London Local Etsy.

Don’t miss out on the Spring Market and the chance of winning a uniquely designed goody tote bag inspired by my mood board and executed by talented makers.

Thank you card Shoshy Cadoodle

Thanks to London Local team for getting me involved. I leave you with a thank you card designed by Shoshy Caddodle. Have a wonderful week ahead.

( Photo and floral styling around the flyer and photo of cactus tote bag are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The vinyl cut out shape images were supplied by London Local Etsy team. The collage curation images are by the respective Etsy sellers linked in the blog post.)

04 Apr


Etsy Awards 2016 I am so excited to be partnering with Etsy UK again, and this time it’s to announce the UK and Ireland Etsy Awards 2016.

Etsy is a marketplace where millions of people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make,sell and buy unique goods.

The aim of this award is to celebrate and support local makers and designers throughout the UK and Ireland.

There are six award categories – Kids & Babies, Fashion & Accessories, Home & Interiors, Retail star ( in partnership with John Lewis), Etsy New Talent ( in partnership with Design Trust) and People’s choice ( voted for by the public).

The prizes all sound amazing. The People’s Choice winner will win a £10,000 small business grant. For all others, there will be a chance of winning one of five small business grants worth £2500.

Winners will also have their products exhibited at TENT in London Design Festival during September 2016, and receive top level business advice from industry experts.

One lucky winner will have the chance for his/her products to be stocked with retail giant, John Lewis. Cactus-cushion-by-Home-by-Bear-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell To celebrate the launch of Etsy Awards, I decided to style up my newly curated collection of products from Etsy UK.

Read on to find out………..
Green-velvet-sofa-with-pink-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I decided to pick products based on three of my favourite colours ( greens, pinks and golds) and my current obsession for all things cacti.

This Prickly Pear print cushion in pink and green is by Home By Bear. Doesn’t it look wonderful on my Sage green sofa from Habitat? Cacti-prints-by-Amy-Rochester-Designs-Etsy-UK-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell These black and gold Risograph Cactus prints are by Amy Rodchester Designs and the Cactus green glitter party garland is from Confetti Day.

That cactus garland would be the perfect decor for a Cowboy theme party, don’t you think? Cactus-trend-for-the-home-Etsy-Awards-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell My sage green sofa was just the perfect backdrop to showcase all my Etsy finds.
Cactus-print-by-Alice-Potter-styling-and-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Check out this colourful cactus print by Alice Potter. Love how Alice combines her colours. The Emerald and Sage greens amongst the pinks and reds. Etsy-Design-awards-2016-photography-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here’s another view of the room. Cactus-home-decor-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell This colourful cacti tea towel is from Maggie Magoo Designs. Maggie-Magoo-designs-cacti-tea-towel-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Look at all the shades of green and those colourful, patterned pots holding the cacti. Green-velvet-sofa-from-Habitat-and-Etsy-prints-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Take a peek at my side table, do you spot some colour block pots in pastel and gold? Colourful-pots-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell

Feast your eyes on these beauties. The pots have been hand painted by Boe Holder of This Way to the circus.

Picture how gorgeous a shelf would be, with a colourful collection of her painted pots. Colourblock-pots-from-This-way to-the-circus-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here’s one up close. Print-by-made-by-molu-Etsy-UK-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Joining the pots, is a super cute print from Molu Printshop. This print has been specially chosen by my daughter for her bedroom.

You can probably tell that she’s a ‘Mean Girls’ fan. Come to think of it, so am I. Etsy-UK-curate-2016-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell This abstract Giclee print is by Honeymoon hotel. Love it for its simplicty and colour palette. Etsy-design-awards-uk-2016-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell

Hope you have enjoyed my curated picks from Etsy.

There are so many talented makers and it was seriously difficult to narrow down my favourites.

Perhaps you are one of my undiscovered favourites?

If you have a special hidden talent in arts, crafts, ceramics, photography and more, why not open an Etsy shop now? You are eligible for the Etsy awards on opening a shop. You can also get started with 20 free listings, by entering this code ETSYAWARDSUKIRELAND here.

Do participate in the Etsy Awards to win one of the amazing prizes. That grant sounds tempting doesn’t it? Perfect for helping one kickstart their creative career.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and good luck in the awards, if you do participate.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post has been done in collaboration with Etsy UK. All opinions are my own.)

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