We both love making and creating, and after each selling our own handmade designs we decided to collaborate together. Mum’s business is called Spotty Daisy and I have been blogging and instagramming using a twist on my first names, Lucky Alice, so the name Daisy & Alice seemed the perfect choice for our next crafty adventure. We have been experimenting with jewellery made from shrink plastic for a few months now, and having made ourselves plenty of pretty necklaces and perfected the process we decided to take the plunge and open a Folksy shop. We have both previously sold on Etsy, but decided to try out Folksy this time due to its focus on UK designers.
Each necklace starts life as a hand drawn illustration which is then copied and printed onto shrink plastic, baked, sealed with varnish to prevent fading and attached to a silver plated chain. Our designs are inspired by our passions and interests and are all colourful and pretty, with a vintage feel and a touch of whimsy.
Here is our first collection, I hope you like it!
This necklace is inspired by my flower garden and is based on a selection of my favourite blooms from this summer – pretty pink cosmos, bold purple anemones, delicate little violas, vibrant dahlias and blousy roses.
(Anyone who takes part in or follows #makeitsewcial might recognise this necklace as I posted an earlier version of it earlier this year and have since been working on improving the design!)
This necklace is inspired by our love of tea and cake and is based on memories of afternoon teas we have shared together – delicate china adorned with polka dots, stripes and rose buds, pretty pink cupcakes piled up with frosting and sprinkles, and a classic slice of Victoria Sponge.
This necklace reflects my love of sewing and is based on my favourite items from my sewing basket – dainty silver embroidery scissors, rainbow heart pins, ditsy patterned tape measure, colourful buttons and vintage wooden thread spools.
This necklace is inspired by my love of gardening with my husband Michael and is based on my favourite gardening tools, including my trusty blue watering can, enamel patterned hand trowel and fork, wooden trug for gathering flowers and picking produce, colourful seed packets and Michael’s favourite flower to grow – sunflowers.
This necklace is inspired by summer holidays spent at the Great British seaside, and is based on memories of sunny days on the beach – flip flops and sunglasses, beach ball and bucket and spade, and of course a delicious ice cream!
This necklace is inspired by my love of all things girly and getting ready at my dressing table and is based on everything a girl needs to get dolled up – lipstick, perfume, nail polish, a bow for your hair and a pretty hand mirror to admire the finished look!
I do hope you like our first range of designs. We are busy working away on other ideas, including brooches to match each of the necklaces above, bunting flag necklaces, a snail mail inspired design and, dare I say it, Christmas necklaces!!