What Daisy Did: Story Behind the Brand

what daisy did

I have just discovered another lovely ethical fashion brand, What Daisy Did that not only creates some pretty amazing bags but also has a great story to tell. the brand was founded by Daisy and Ozric who have spent a number years working at festivals and were shocked by the amount of waste left and the disposal lifestyles of those who left tents, wellies, clothes and camping equipment. The bags are designed to last and made from recycled leather that would otherwise be destined for landfill. Their bags are about slow fashion with timeless styles and a protest against synthetic and disposable fashion.

Daisy

The bags are made by two brothers in India Pinu and Manish who also source the materials which come from waste scraps and end of rolls from surrounding factories. The leather for the Forest collection is tanned with sunlight and vegetable oil, it is sourced from small scale and commmunity farming in Bangladesh. This is a much healthier alternative both for the environment and those working in the industry.

60 families inclusing both men and women are involved in making the bags, Many were tailors that lost their jobs in the trade shift to China. All of the tailors work from home which is 60km from where the brothers live, they are paid a fair commission making it possible for them to make a living wage within normal working hours but the flexibility that they are offered also allows them to study at universiy or look after children. Three master tailors are also responsbible for creating the templates of the bags twoof which are  studing art at university.

Every last scrap of leather is used with any leftovers being sold onto a jewellery company.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the carnival collection.

what daisy did

what daisy did bags

slouch bag

The colours are amazing and I can definitely see these bags looking great at a festival. But who doesn’t need a bit of colour in their  life all year round.

With warmest wishes

My Eco Christmas in Cornwall

This year we decided to have a less is more kind of Christmas. We scaled down the number of pressies and the amount of food and instead packed up the car and headed to Mawgan Porth in Cornwall for a more eco friendly Christmas and the chance to relax and have some family time.

We stayed….

eco cottage Cornwall

At Merlin Farm Eco Cottages – a family run business and beautiful escape just 10 minutes walk from Mawgan Porth Beach and about an hours walk around the headland to Watergate Bay. They were super luxurious, cosy and had everything we needed (including bamboo bath robes) but had also been built and equipped with the aim of minimising their environmental impact (you can read about this on their  website if you are interested). Just outside our gate was a field with horses, chickens, ducks, horses and donkeys which was heaven for my youngest. She even got the chance to feed them on Christmas Eve.The cottages have received countless awards including a Green Tourism Gold Award.

We walked…

Christmas Eve we went for lunch in the local pub followed by a walk on the beach before cosying up by the log burner to watch Elf.

Christmas day, after pressy opening, we cooked, ate and cleared up a traditional Christmas lunch by 2pm before heading for another beach walk.

Boxing day,the weather wasn’t really good enough to walk along the headland Watergate Bay for lunch at the Beach Hut (one of my favourite places to eat watching the waves roll in)as planned so we had to drive, but did manage yet another walk on the beach. Finally the day after boxing day, we attempted that walk along the headline but got scared by the very strong wind and a fast approaching storm and chickened out half way there, taking refuge from the rain and a quick bevvy (or two) in a local pub.

We ate….

I ordered everything we needed from the local Trevilley Farm Shop.I was glad to be supporting a local business and buying food that had been produced locally including meat, eggs, cheeses, cream, cakes, chutney, jam, bread, butter and even ice cream. Our food was delivered to the cottage on the evening that we arrived with the most amazing Cornish pasties, still warm from the oven, which was just what we needed after the journey. The food all tasted amazing and the veg was really fresh.

This year I tried to buy as many hand made, organic and sustainable pressies as possible. Mr S had t shirts from People Tree, my mum, a hand painted scarf and my dad, locally made chilli sauces and chocolate. The children both had electronic pressies but I tried to choose useful presents that would last.  I made my own wrapping paper and Christmas crackers.

I also got some very lovely pressies including

feather bangle
A feather bangle by Charlottes Web, a fairtrade brand on Notonthehighstreet.com from my mum and dad.


Body Shop Body mist and a photo album from my girls

and some CDs and a necklace from Mr S by Wolf and Moon, which I featured in my Handmade Christmas gift guide here.

I also got a lovely cardigan from Bibico from my sister, M & S PJ’s from my Mother and Father in Law and some money, which I used to treat myself to an organic cotton handyband by Seasalt Cornwall (pictured above with a Seasalt Cornwall jumper, a pressy from last Christmas)  from the beach shop at Watergate bay. It kept my ears toasty warm on our windy walks and can worn in lots of different ways. With the rest of my money, I have treated myself to a few ethical and sustainable pieces of clothing in the sales which I will no doubt be featuring on the blog soon.

I wore…

Annie Greenabelle Dress
Dress by Annie Greenabelle, Leggings by People Tree

Dress by People Tree (Mr S also wearing his new People Tree t shirt)


Whilst it was cosy in our cottage, there was a strong sea breeze outside! I was glad of my jacket bought from a vintage fair a few weeks ago and a hat from Ricefield Collective.

So that is it, a very relaxing Christmas in Cornwall! I would definitely do it again. I am now back to work for a few days before New Year. What did you get up to over Christmas? I hope that you had a lovely time!

With warmest wishes

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Handmade Christmas Gifts Guide – Pretaportobello

Less than a month to go until Christmas (eek!) so here is the third post in my handmade Christmas gift guide series. This time I am focusing on Pretaportobello a website that I have only just discovered but which has a market place with some unique and individual sellers and a fab vintage section.

Wolf and Moon Crystallised Necklace
One of the first brands that caught my eye was Wolf and Moon, a handcrafted jewellery label created by British artist & designer Hannah Davis. Wolf and Moon jewellery features jewel colours, geometric designs and  a bit of sparkle. All jewellery is made in their Hackney Studio and is also extremely affordable making it great as a stocking filler.

Personalised diamond plate necklace
ECW creates minimalist jewellery like this personalised diamond plate necklace which is handmade and gold plated.

Temple of Plume Handmade Headband
For a really unique and unusual handmade Christmas gift, I love this beautiful headband by Temple of Plume. They also do a range of glamorous turbans.

handmade dress
This eyecatching dress by Vicious boutique would make a great pressy for anyone that loves bright colourful clothes. It is screen printed by hand and made in London using environmentally friendly inks.

How is your Christmas shopping going? Don’t forget to check out my other Handmade Christmas Gift guides for Etsy and Not on the High Street.

Hope you are having a fab week!

With warmest wishes

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Handmade Christmas Gifts – Not on the High Street

In the second part of my handmade Christmas gift guides I have chosen some lovely pieces from Not on the High Street, one of my favourite online retailers at the moment. They have so many amazing and unusual gift ideas and quite a few eco friendly options too. I have already bought quite a few of my Christmas pressies from NOTHS!

Handmade silver leaf necklace by Sonja Bessant , a self-taught jewellery designer maker from South London who makes high quality, contemporary, handmade jewellery.

Hand knitted hat and gloves
Hand knitted hats and gloves by Lowie are a lovely colour that will go with everything with cute heart details and pompoms. Lowie are a fashion brand that focuses on handmade accessories with the aim of creating them as ethically as possible, without jeopardising design. Where possible, they use organic or sustainable raw materials.

Handknitted wool socks
Bibico also create some beautiful and ethical hand knitted pieces. These handknitted snowflake print socks are a really cosy treat. They are made from 100% wool under fair trade principles in Nepal.

Arrowhead necklaceThis Tribal Arrow Head Necklace by Lucie Ellen is handcut from plywood in Lucies Garden Studio in East London. Where ever possible she tries to use reclaimed and eco friendly materials in her designs.

I love siamese cats and this cute bag would definitely be a very welcome Christmas pressy! It is made from boiled wool and unbleached cotton by Sarah Culleton in her home studio in Derbyshire. It is made from boiled wool,unbleached. Her store also features lovely purses and glasses cases which would make lovely stocking fillers.

Have you started Christmas shopping yet or do you prefer to leave it a bit nearer the time?

You can check out my other Handmade Christmas Gift Guide here.

With warmest wishes

Handmade Christmas Gifts – Etsy

In the first part of my festive series about handmade Christmas gifts, I will be sharing some Etsy finds for anyone looking for something a little different to the mass produced stuff that you see everywhere.

I know it is quite early to be thinking about Christmas but I do like give myself plenty of time so that I kind find the perfect handmade Christmas gifts!

Owl and Otter - Etsy
Owl and Otter Etsy


Owl and Otter
are based in Brighton and create cute handmade jewellery from bamboo, a sustainable material which is both renewable and biodegradable

Dandelion Necklace
There is something magical about Dandelion clocks and I love how Natural Pretty Things has captured that as well as other little pieces of nature like daisies in this hand made and polished resin jewellery.

Bow tie necklace

Leather collar

Hare cushion

Copley & Holdsworth hand make unique clothing, accessories and homeware using recycled leather.

Morganacrea

For something a little unusual, I love the recycled inner tube jewellery by Morgana Crea. Not that you would ever guess that is was made from something that would otherwise be waste as it looks so amazing. The jewellery is made in Turin but shipped worldwide.

This amazing glitter eye handbag is made by Kirsty at Luna on the Moon in East London.

 

Ethical History Museum also have some very cute brooches which would make great little handmade Christmas gifts, secret santa pressies or stocking fillers. 15% of profits go to animal conservation and protection.

organic cotton night wear

 

Last but most definitely not least is Luva Huva, which contains at least a few items that will be on my list this Christmas. Luva Huva handmake beautiful lingerie and lounge wear from organic cotton, in the UK.

Have you started thinking about Christmas pressies yet?

With warmest wishes

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