I am in the Lake District having a jolly old time - more of which next week - and so far I have been blown away by a) the number of hugely talented local designers and makers there are; b) the number of camping shops there are; and c) the number of lakes there are. Let's focus on the first for now, and more specifically Amanda Mercer, a Contemporary Applied Arts graduate working in Carlisle.
Amanda works in porcelain to create gorgeous things for you, your clothes, and your home. I discovered her work in a teeny-weeny shop yesterday, and can vouch for how lovely everything looks in real life. This wedding button is just so sweet, isn't it? It's £6.
I'm a sucker for blue and white ceramics - something I inherited from Mama B, whose collection is VAST and BEAUTIFUL. I don't really discriminate between old and new - both have a place in my heart. This lace imprinted sugar bowl and spoon, like the bunting at the top of this post, is so delicate and pretty. The bowl is £30 and the bunting is £40 - Amanda can make porcelain bunting to your specification if you have a particular design or colour scheme in mind.
I don't know what I'd use a porcelain envelope for, but I sure as hell want one.
This butterfly coaster is £15, so I'd have to make sure only my very special mugs rested on it. I love old postcards and reading other people's scrawl, so this would be the perfect way to while away my coffee breaks.