Instagram Auction raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund

This is a lot later than planned as there has been so much to photograph and write up, but I’m excited to finally share with you all of the amazing goodies I will be putting up for auction over on Instagram tomorrow, Saturday 16 July, to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund!


First up, some rules for how the auction will work:

  1. The auction will start from 6pm on Saturday 16 July, and bids are open until 9pm on Sunday 17 July.
  2. All listings will be posted on
  3. All money raised will go directly to The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund.
  4. To bid on an item, please comment on the picture giving the amount of your bid. No need to include an email address, as I will contact the highest bidders to arrange payment by direct message once the auction has closed.
  5. Opening bids will be £5 for each listing, unless otherwise stated. This is to generate interest and give everyone a chance to bid, but please remember all of the items are worth far more than this, and all of the money will go to The Brain Tumour Charity, so please be generous!
  6. Please bid in increments of £1 – no pennies!
  7. Where the listing is for a bundle of more than one item, you are bidding for all of the items shown.
  8. UK bidders only for this auction – sorry to any international friends!
  9. Postage costs will be added to your final bid, and will be detailed on each listing.
  10. I will send a direct message to the highest bidder after the auction closes to arrange payment. Payment must be made within 24 hours, or I will revert to the next highest bidder.
  11. I will aim to post all items out within 7 days of the auction ending.
  12. And finally, please bid fairly and remember this is all for charity, so be nice to your fellow bidders!


That’s the serious stuff out of the way, now on to all the lovely goodies!

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Fox brooch by Tatty Devine – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. This fantastic fox brooch in a rare colourway is a fabulous shade of orange, with jet black cabochon eyes. Measures 6.5 cm x 5 cm.
  2. Bespoke hand decorated letters by Spotty Daisy – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. Handmade decorated letters to spell out any name or message up to 6 letters long, perfect for a nursery or bedroom, and can be made for a girl or boy’s name. In your choice of colourway, using a mix of patterned papers and decorations, such as daisies, roses and bows for a girl (as pictured), or boats, hot air balloons, trains, and planes for a boy. Letters measure approx. 10cm high. The letters are made from papier mache and are very lightweight, and will either stand or can also be wall mounted using sticky foam pads (not included).
  3. Flower Market themed Lucky Dip Club box (bottom two images) – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Here’s your chance to grab May’s sold out Lucky Dip Club box! The Flower Market themed box contains a Petal Power Tote Bag, Bloom Embroidered Sew-On patch and Prickly Pear Cactus Enamel Pin (all original illustrations by Sara R Rocha ), Packet of Seeds for Birds & Bees (Handmade by Paper Bea) and a Super Sunflower Happy Prop (Handmade by Hello Sunshine), and of course May’s edition of Girl Planet magazine! All packed up in a perfect pastel mailing box, delivered by unicorns!
  1. Dressmaking bundle by Tilly & The Buttons – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. A bundle of dressmaking goodies including the Coco top & dress pattern, Bettine dress pattern and the brand new Marigold jumpsuit & trousers pattern – make yourself a whole new wardrobe!! Also included in the bundle is a DIY Dressmaker totebag, 2 sewing themed 32mm button badges reading “DIY Dressmaker” and “Sewing Is Good For You”, and an A5 notebook for planning out your next project, which reads “Sewing Schemes / Dressmaking Dreams” and has plain pages. The tote bag is strong and sturdy, made from 100% cotton canvas with long webbing handles, and a clever gusset and landscape style to make it extra roomy and perfect for fabric shopping! Measures 37 cm x 49cm x 10cm.
  2. Set of two Fiesta Shopper bags by Sun Jellies – Opening bid £5, postage £4.95. Meet Frida and Rita, two fabulous retro shoppers with contrasting white handles in vibrant colours inspired by Mexican folkart. Frida is orange and measures 45 x 49 x 16cm. Rita is red and measures 35 x 39 x 14cm. For both bags, the handles clip together, and they stand upright on a flat base. Made from 100% recyclable PVC.
  3. Cloud Collar & Let’s Go Fly a Kite Enamel Pin by Fairytale Collars – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Gorgeous handmade peter pan collar in a special one off twist on the popular cloud design, with a co-ordinating enamel pin. The collar is made out of blue felt with a cloud design featuring a glittery gold sun and multi coloured glittery raindrops, and ties with a rainbow ribbon bow. The pin is hard enamel and features a white cloud with a pastel coloured kite in lilac, lemon, mint green and pink, with matching ribbons on its tail.
  4. Handmade quilted pencil case by Very Berry – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Lovely handmade pencil case by my fellow Spode Studios resident Ali of Very Berry. Modern patchwork design in a variety of gorgeous patterns and colours, with a mustard yellow zip and lined in a contrast fabric. Patchwork design continues on the reverse side of the pencil case. Measures approximately 22cm x 11cm x 3cm. (Stationery not included – shown here for illustrative purposes!!)
  1. Crocodile Acrylic Necklace by Tea Party at the Zoo – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. Meet Mr Crocodile, a fabulous lime green necklace which comes delightfully packaged in a quirky gift box. Crocodile measures approximately 9 cm x 4cm, with a chunky gold chain.
  2. Pretty party bundle by Paper Doily Party Shop – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Beautiful handmade party goodies in perfect pastel shades, for the prettiest tea party you’ll ever see! Including 12 glitter lemon heart cupcake toppers, 12 blue polka dot star cupcake toppers, silver glitter bow confetti sprinkles, multi pastel glitter flower confetti sprinkles and pink glitter circle confetti sprinkles.
  3. Sunflower brooch by Hello Sunshine – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. A jolly sunflower acrylic and wood brooch in a bold and bright design. Laser cut and engraved wood and yellow acrylic, presented on a black plated brooch bar pin, in a branded gift box. Size approx. 45mm x 45mm x 4.5mm.
  4. Caboodle Magazine Subscription Bundle by Caboodle – Opening bid £5, postage £2.50. Subscription bundle of the fabulous independent bi-annual publication Caboodle, offering inspiration, attainable aspiration and information for those with a sense of adventure and a curious spirit. Filled with beautiful photography and illustrations along with exciting editorials and features, Caboodle is fun and colourful, with a sense of humour and optimistic nature. You will be sent the SS16 magazine (Issue 3 – as pictured) now, and will receive the AW16 edition (Issue 4) when it is released later this year, with some extra surprise goodies from the gorgeous Caboodle ladies! Issue 3 includes a whopping 160 pages of exciting features, craft tutorials, recipes, interiors, fashion, beauty and travel, bursting at the seams with fun! Designed to be a beautiful keepsake, to be displayed on bookshelves and read again and again.
  1. Little Box of Baby Crochet – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. Limited edition Little Box of Baby Crochet contains everything you need to make Mama Duck, her little finger puppet duckling and a beautiful garland of Baby Bunting, all in Soft Yellow and Natural yarn. The yarn is hand dyed Baby Alpaca from Eden Cottage Yarns, and the pattern designed by French designer AnisBe. The box includes a 2.5 MM. soft handled hook, the toy stuffing, a sweet handmade baby footprint stitch marker, made by Beth at Korutumi, a gorgeous handmade soap from Jane Maddern of Somerset, which contains natural ingredients and fragrances in a linen pouch and a cup of Pukka Well Woman Tea. Everything you need to put your feet up and spend a few pleasurable hours of crochet. There’s a little baby out there who’s going to love you for it. This all comes in a beautiful box with including extra tissue and sticker in case you want to make the trio then gift them to baby in the box.
  2. July’s Little Box of Crochet – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. July’s edition of the monthly crochet subscription box, Little Box of Crochet. The box contains the pattern and yarn you need to make a small crochet project along with some crochet related treats, this month designed by Christa from @thecuriocraftsroom. Christa’s trademark feather designs are so vibrant and unique! Scroll the #littleboxofcrochet hashtag on Instagram for more sneak peeks of this month’s box.
  1. Colourful tassel necklace and set of yoga hairties by Zeta Emme – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Stunning handmade tassel necklace and matching set of yoga hairties, in an exclusive colour way designed by Zsuzsanna inspired by the colours of my Tip Top product range! Short tassel necklace with gorgeous blue, coral, yellow, turquoise and taupe tassels. Stunning on its own, as well as layered with other necklaces for a bohemian, colourful look. The chain is an etched aluminium chain in gold tone, tassel caps are gold plated. Length of chain 61 cm, length of each tassel 3.5cm, tassels are approx. 5cm apart. Set of 5 super comfy hair bobbles in the same colour palette. They contain no metal, so won’t do any harm to your hair, and ends are sealed to prevent fraying. Adult size, 14cm circumference unstretched.
  2. High as a Kite brooch by No-me Illustration & Design – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Lovely handmade kite brooch in bright neon and copper tones for a lovely sunny day! Based on an original illustration which is then laser cut into birch plywood, hand painted with acrylic and copper leaf and finally varnished. The brooch measures 2cm in width and 8cm in height.
  3. Mega craft kit bundle by The Make Arcade – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. Fabulous bundle of modern craft kits by The Make Arcade. Including: (1) “You Are Brave” modern cross stitch kit, including all you need to stitch up this affirmative message in a 3” wooden hoop. (2) Felt cactus craft kit, including all the bits needed to make a DIY cactus from fabulous wool mix felt in a mini terracotta pot. (3) Watermelon pin cushion kit, including everything you need to stitch up this jazzy felt watermelon to keep track of your pins! And (4) – a colourful rainbow of heart pins to help you with your projects.
  4. 2 Tickets to Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair – generously contributed by The Make Arcade. Opening bid £5, postage £1. 2 tickets to The Handmade Fair, which takes place at Hampton Court Palace from 16-18 September. The tickets give you access to the fair for one day only. Please note these tickets are entry only, but can be upgraded to full experience tickets for an extra £15 per ticket if you would like to attend the Super Theatre, Skills Workshop and Grand Make.
  1. Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cushion by Nikki McWilliams – Opening bid £5, postage £4.95. A cushion inspired by everyone’s favourite wafery treat (and Michael’s extra special favourite). The cushion’s red stripes have been printed onto a beautiful gold-yellow cotton fabric, and then appliqued with it-s ice white cotton “Caramel” diamond. Measuring a generous 21” x 21” in size and backed with a rich red cotton. Fastening with a concealed zip on the reverse, with a removable cushion pad. Made from start to finish in the UK.
  2. Handmade Bowl and Tumbler by Amanda Banham Ceramics – Opening bid £5, postage £4.95. Handmade illustrated stoneware bowl and tumbler. Stoneware ceramic bowl screenprinted with a whimsical illustration and hand painted with mark making. Measuring approx. 17cm diameter and 3cm deep. With a stoneware ceramic tumbler screenprinted with a donkey illustration. Glazed grey on the inside. Measures approx. 9cm diameter and 7cm deep. All presented in an “Amanda Banham Ceramics” hand printed canvas tote bag.
  3. Flair Bundle of Enamel Pins by Punky Pins – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Up your pin game with this fabulous bundle of 5 enamel pins. Peanut Butter pin (approx 2.5cm x 1.5cm), Cute Fox pin (approx 2.5 x 1.5cm), Purple Heart Gem pin (approx. 2cm x 2cm), Doughnut Heart pin (approx 2.5cm x 2.5cm), Crystal Ball pin (approx. 2.5 x 1.5cm). All of the pins come mounted on Punky Pins backing cards. All made from silver toned metal with a butterfly clutch pin.
  4. Another Flair Bundle of Enamel Pins by Punky Pins – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. As above.
  1. Original A3 Sunflower Gouache Painting by And Smile Studio – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. Beautiful original artwork by And Smile Studio in her signature style painted in gouache, created especially for this auction. A lady at the flower market in a fabulous dress, hidden behind a huge bunch of sunflowers, Michael’s favourite flower.
  2. Jewellery Bundle 1 by Ladybird Likes – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. The first of three jewellery bundles! Featuring sparkly silver heart collar clips, and a vintage fashion lady brooch. The pretty collar clips are perfect for adding a quirky twist to any collared shirt or dress or to your cardigan, just pin one heart to each side. Made from laser cut wood and finished with glitter hearts. Vintage fashion lady illustration brooch made by applying a fashion illustration from a vintage sewing pattern on to wood and then laser cut and sealed, and fastens with a brooch back.
  3. Jewellery Bundle 2 by Ladybird Likes – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. The second of three jewellery bundles! Featuring a kitsch kitten brooch, “Live What You Love” keyring and blue bird brooch. Cat brooch made by carefully applying an image of a cute kitten with blue eyes and a matching blue bow on to wood and then laser cutting the piece. The brooch is then varnished for protection, before being attached to a silver coloured brooch back. “Live What You Love” circular keyring, laser cut and engraved in birch laminate to create a little reminder you can carry with you everywhere. And a pretty resin blue bird brooch to complete the bundle!
  4. Jewellery Bundle 3 by Ladybird Likes – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. The third and final lot of three jewellery bundles! Featuring a blue butterfly necklace, an orange and blue butterfly brooch and a pale aqua bird brooch. The butterfly necklace and brooch are made by carefully applying a beautifully detailed vintage butterfly illustration on to wood and then laser cutting the piece, which is then varnished for protection, before being attached to a silver necklace chain / silver coloured brooch back. And a pretty aqua bird brooch to complete the bundle!
  1. Bundle of fabulous art and flair by Samantha Eynon – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Lovely bundle of illustrated goodies to brighten up your home and your outfits! “Boring People Have Tidy Houses” illustration print on matte paper, “Make Your Own Magic” watercolour print on watercolour paper, “You’re Doing OK” 3” woven patch with iron on backing, and limited edition Space Kitty pin based on an original illustration, 30mm wide with a clutch back and a hard glitter enamel.
  2. Liberty print handmade bowtie by Lauren Vickers Made in England – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. Exquisite handmade bowtie by my fellow Spode Studios resident and neighbour Lauren Vickers. This bowtie is called the “Gregory” and is handmade in Betsy Ann Liberty tana lawn cotton. It is a pre-tied bow tie, with an adjustable slider strap to fix most sizes (12-18 inches) and a clip for removal without undoing the bow. Packaged in a vintage style gift box. Perfect for the dapper gent!
  3. £50 gift voucher for Bryony & Co – Opening bid £25. £50 gift voucher to spend at Bryony & Co create unique colourful clothing for women and children with a playful adventurous side, and each dress comes with a story book. Fabulous border prints, colourful patterns, fluffy petticoats and perfect cardis – so much to choose from! My absolute favourite dresses.
  4. Stationery and flair by Stitches & Stars – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. A cheerful bundle of illustrated loveliness by Stitches & Stars. Featuring a “Dream Big!” A6 notebook with brown kraft card cover, “You Look Lovely” 58mm button badge, pack of 4 postcards with motivational typography and set of 6 25mm button badges featuring typography and colourful patterns.
  1. Vintage Cathrineholm Style Coffee Pot Brooch by You Make Me Design – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. A fun statement brooch in the shape of a vintage Cathrineholm-style enamel coffee pot with lotus pattern. Laser cut layered blue acrylic with hand in-filled painted detail. Base layer is transparent. Measures approximately 57mm x 50mm x 6mm. Packaged in a snazzy You Make Me gift box!
  2. Pretty pastel bundle by Tiny Grey Cat – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Gorgeous bundle of pretty pastel illustrated goodies by Tiny Grey Cat. A5 lined paper notebook with sprinkle print cover (inside & out!). Enamel pin inspired by the Polly Pocket aqua green seashell case, in hard enamel, 1 inch diameter with rubber clutch back. And a matching pastel patch inspired by the teeny tiny Polly Pocket doll, 80mm high with an iron-on backing.
  1. Sunshine Flowers & Smiles Floral Print – designed especially for this auction by my very talented friend. Opening bid £5, postage TBC. A digital print based on an original watercolour floral painted border with a mix of colourful flowers, surrounding a hand lettered quote to brighten up your day! Approximately A3 size.
  2. Let Today Be Blooming Lovely Floral Print – designed especially for this auction by my very talented friend. Opening bid £5, postage TBC. A digital print based on an original watercolour floral painted rose border, surrounding a hand lettered quote to brighten up your day! Approximately A3 size – measures 48.2cm X 32.8cm
  3. You Are Blooming Lovely Pastel Watercolour Print – designed especially for this auction by my very talented friend. Opening bid £5, postage TBC. A digital print based on an original watercolour pastel striped backdrop, featuring a hand lettered quote to brighten up your day! Approximately A3 size.
  4. Stand Tall Like a Sunflower Floral Print – designed especially for this auction by my very talented friend. Opening bid £5, postage TBC. A digital print based on an original watercolour floral painted sunflower border, surrounding a hand lettered quote to brighten up your day! Approximately A3 size.

Billy Joel in concert

And finally… 2 tickets to see Billy Joel at Wembley on 10 September 2016– generously donated by the lovely Nancy (aka @avocadofairy). Opening bid £20, postage £2.50. Legendary musician Billy Joel will return to the UK for the first time since 2013 playing one show at Wembley Stadium. Here’s your chance to see him!


Can you believe how much awesome stuff there will be up for grabs? So you can treat yourself to something really lovely, whilst helping to raise lots of money for The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund.

And now to say a humungous gigantic thank you to everyone who has so kindly contributed to the auction. Over the past month I’ve received a non-stop flow of beautiful parcels, all delightfully wrapped and containing gorgeous quirky goodies. I’ve been blown away by everyone’s generosity, especially since each and every contributor is either an independent business or someone lovely I know, and so any donation they have made is all the more appreciated. Most of all, in arranging this auction I have been constantly reminded just how incredibly lovely and extra specially kind people can be. So thank you and huge hugs to all of you!

See you all tomorrow for the auction!

Lucy x


My First Range of Smile & Make Products – Raising Money for The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund

I am so excited to announce my first range of Smile & Make products all raising funds for The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund are now live in my Etsy shop. The whole range is inspired by my Michael, the most tip top guy you’d ever meet. I’ll warn you this is a long post as I wanted to explain about the inspiration behind each of the products, and share some of Michael’s original drawings and makes which many of the designs are based on. So grab a cuppa and settle in!

There were a few important motivations behind my designs for this range, which I hope you can see demonstrated in the end products:

  • I wanted it to feel like a collaboration between me and Michael, which is something we had always planned to do (another story for another day). So he is my inspiration for everything I’ve created, and I’ve focused on details he found important, like bright colours, bold graphics, retro style and fun packaging.
  • I’ve tried to create lots of different products in a range of colours hopefully with a wide appeal, so that anyone who knew Michael might be able to find something they can choose featuring his designs and sayings.
  • I’ve also tried to create products which associate well with fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund as at least £1 from the sale of each product, and in most cases much more than this, will be donated to the fund.

On to the products!

Tip Top Like Soda Pop!

The heart of the range is based around Michael’s favourite saying “Tip Top Like Soda Pop”, which from speaking to friends we all think must have been his own original quirky saying! It’s the perfect inspiration as it sums up everything that made Michael who he was – fun, positivity, retro style – and everything I hope The Michael Barry Fund will be in his honour. I want to use the products I’m making to spread a little bit of Michael’s fun and positivity and bring a smile to every customer.


I also hoped to use some of Michael’s original drawings and designs, and he had been working on a sketch of a soda pop bottle which he wanted to turn into a lino print using a kit he had recently bought. He was still working on his drawings and they were just rough sketches, but I went through his many notebooks and sketchbooks to find all of the elements he had drawn and pieced them together. I decided to use the design to create an enamel pin. As well as being an obvious charity fundraising product and the current trend amongst indie designer makers, pins are also something Michael collected. He always had a pin or badge on his cardigan, hoodie or satchel, and so it seemed fitting. The pin is the product I am most excited about, and I will be donating 100% of the profits from every pin sold to The Michael Barry Fund.


In addition to the pin, I’ve also designed button badges, a pencil case, red and blue tote bags and retro pennants using the phrase which are all featured below.

I’ve also created a t-shirt campaign on Mercht where you can order a Tip Top t-shirt, which will launch tomorrow using this link. I decided to use Mercht as it gives you the option to choose the colour and size of t-shirt you would like, and I couldn’t really justify the expense of buying t-shirts up front without knowing if they would sell. So, if you’d like to order a t-shirt you’ll need to do it directly with Mercht, but everything else I’ve made is available through my Etsy shop. Hopefully it doesn’t make things too confusing!

On Air


The next design is based on an “On Air” light box used in radio stations. When we were on holiday in Cornwall last year, we saw one in a vintage shop and Michael loved it but it was rather expensive! So when we got home, he started working on a sketch inspired by it. I decided to use the sketch to create a bold graphic tote bag.


Go Team!

In the summer of 2012 we went on holiday in Lincolnshire to a vintage caravan and filled our car up with crafty supplies so we could escape to the country and have fun making things and cooking on the campfire for a few days. Michael had an idea of making felt flags inspired by vintage sports pennants, with motivational phrases and fun designs. He sketched out his ideas and cut out all of the felt pieces, but didn’t get any further. He decided to finish them off a few months later when he was recovering from his first round of surgery, feeling fed up at not being able to do much and wanting to keep busy. I remember feeling so incredibly proud of him as I sat watching him hand sewing his pennants together, with just a little bit of guidance from me, only weeks after having brain surgery. Here are the pennants he made, being proudly displayed on our mantle piece at the time:

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He made lots of other designs but I decided to start with recreating this one, partly because of the motivational message and also because it used his favourite colours of yellow and blue as a lifelong Oxford United fan. I’ve created two sets of fabric pennants inspired by the design:

Make a List

Michael was a prolific list maker, and he always liked to start each list with “Make a List” which he would immediately cross out, as there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of crossing something off your to do list so why not start there?! Here’s an example I found in one of his notebooks. Apparently we were buying a lot of paint that day…


I decided to create a pocket sized notebook for making lists, doodling or jotting down ideas using this as inspiration. I read back through all of Michael’s tweets and Instagram posts for his tips on how to make the everyday a little bit more special and came up with a list, which turned into this design:


Synths and Drum Machines

As most of you will know, Michael was a big lego fan, and he loved music. Like most boys he loved Lego as a kid, and his passion reignited when he was poorly after getting a few lego inspired gifts for Christmas. It was a huge therapy and distraction for him, and I firmly believe it was part of what kept him strong for so long. As well as normal Lego he loved nano blocks and made a synthesiser using a kit we bought, and then freestyled a few extras in his own design. I decided to turn his designs into a cross stitch, adding “Let’s Dance” since Michael was ALWAYS dancing and was a Bowie fan, so it seemed especially poignant.


He also liked making things out of Hama beads, I think because the process is not dissimilar to building lego as it requires carefully planning out ordered designs in pixel form. He made some coasters inspired by the iconic 808 drum machine and Juno synth, and again I thought these would translate well as cross stitches, so I stitched them both up and framed them in mini hoops:


Quirky sayings

As well as “Tip Top Like Soda Pop”, there were a whole host of other sayings Michael used on a daily basis. He was the kind of guy who was always saying something in a fun way to make you smile, and these are the things that stay with me the clearest and help me hear his voice in my head and make me smile countless times a day. Again, I thought these would make fun wall pennants:

Clockwise from top:

  • Does Yogi Bear Like Picnics? – his answer when you asked him a question where the answer was obviously yes, like do you want a burger for lunch (he loved burgers!).
  • Have a Tip Top Day! – A twist on Tip Top Like Soda Pop, and something he often wrote in birthday cards.
  • D’ya Wanna Cwoffee You Schmuck? – after we went to New York on our honeymoon, Michael adopted a New York accent and said this every day as he made his morning coffee. I have no idea if this design will appeal to anyone as it’s a bit out there, but I just wanted to make it!!
  • You & Me Are Perfect Together Like Tea & Cake – this is something he wrote in an anniversary card to me. He was the cutest.
  • Let’s Go To The Seaside Real Soon? – Michael wrote this in a birthday card to me the first summer after we got married. The seaside was always special to us as we loved retro seaside holidays, and Michael proposed on the beach in Broadstairs.
  • Ice Cream is Gonna Save the Day! – this is a lyric from a song which reminds me of when we first got together. I really wanted to do something with ice creams on as for my birthday last year Michael themed all of my presents and basically bought me anything cute he found with ice creams on, and continued to do this for months after – I even found a mug not long ago which he had stashed away. So now I can’t resist anything with an ice cream print!


I couldn’t design a range of products without including sunflowers now could I?? So to tie in with the sunflower challenge, I created a button badge:


And some colourful tote bags in yellow and mint green:

Because sometimes we all need to create our own sunshine.

Well, that’s all for now folks! Congratulations if you’ve made it to the end of this mammoth post! I hope you like the goodies I’ve made, I’ve been working really hard on them all and it’s been hard keeping everything under wraps!

Lucy x




#growsunflowersformichael – June Update

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I’m so happy that so many of you are taking part in the #growsunflowersformichael challenge, and the hashtag is filling up nicely! Thank you to everyone who has joined in and shared pictures! I’ve also created a Facebook page for the challenge here, so if you’re a Facebook person please give it a like and share your pictures there too.

I thought I would share a little round up of everyone’s pictures so far, and also show you some of the beautiful bespoke sunflower gifts I’ve received from my lovely Instagram friends recently. I’ve said it before, but I’m so grateful to have found such a lovely and talented community on Instagram. You’re the best!

First off, here are some progress shots of my sunflowers, which are looking mighty good if I do say so myself!

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Since planting the sunflowers out in the area of the garden we have designated as “Sunflower Parade”, I’m trying to remember to take a picture on my phone each week to track the change in height, and they are certainly starting to shoot up. The 3 in the centre are different giant varieties (Pike’s Peak, Kong and Giant) and they are certainly living up to their name. I’m also growing a couple of red sunflowers which are keeping up with the giant varieties so far, so it’s anyone’s race! They’ve all now graduated from barbecue skewers to proper supports, which in time will have to be upgraded to taller and stockier bamboo sticks.

And here are some of the lovely pictures you’ve all been sharing on the hashtag:

It makes my day each time a new picture pops up on the hashtag, and I’ve also been lucky enough to receive some very special sunflower happy mail over the past few weeks.

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The lovely Emma of Fairytale Collars made me this amazing bespoke sunflower collar. It was such an incredible surprise! The design is so detailed and I love wearing it. I’m a big fan of Emma’s gorgeous collars which have taken Instagram by storm over the past year. It’s always exciting to see when someone comes up with a unique product idea and Emma has created the perfect brand and is constantly coming up with cute new designs, so it was a real privilege to know Emma made this one especially for me. Thank you so much lovely!

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I first discovered Zabby Allen’s super stylish and colourful instagram and blog through Lucky Dip Club. She’s a crafty queen and amongst lots of other things is the editor of the Lucky Dip Club magazine Girl Planet, which is one of my favourite parts of the LDC boxes this year. Zabby recently surprised me with a set of personalised “M & L” sunflower prints, which are beyond perfect. I love the bright retro colours and design, and I know Michael would have loved these too as he was a sucker for a good piece of wall art and had a real appreciation for great design. They are now taking pride of place on the wall in my new studio (which I will share more of soon!) and making me smile every time I look up from my desk. I’m the absolute worst at taking photos of things in frames, so these pictures really don’t do justice to Zabby’s incredible design. Lesson learned – take a picture before framing next time! Thank you so much Zabby!

Thanks for reading and please keep sharing your pictures using #growsunflowersformichael – I love seeing them!

Lucy x

The Michael Barry Fund


I am incredibly proud to announce that I have set up a fund in Michael’s memory with The Brain Tumour Charity called The Michael Barry Fund, and I wanted to tell you a little more about why this is such an important cause and my plans to raise money for vital research.

Michael Barry Fund_portrait_rgbA few weeks after Michael died I received an email about a petition which was soon to be debated in the House of Commons on the issue of funding for brain tumour research. I was feeling brave that day so I clicked the link and started to read, and I couldn’t believe the statistics. Despite brain tumours being the biggest cancer killer of under 40s, less than 2% of the national spend on cancer research in the UK is allocated to brain tumour research, and there has been little change in prognosis over the last 40 years. I read so many stories of other bright young people just like my Michael whose lives were cut short by this cruel disease, and I felt desperately sad and incredibly angry. But as I began to research further, I saw stories of other families devastated by the loss of their loved ones who had gone on to set up funds in their honour through The Brain Tumour Charity to keep their memory alive and to keep fighting, and suddenly I felt less alone.


I want there to be a future where no more lives are lost to this cruel disease, and so I am committing to fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity through The Michael Barry Fund in the hope that there might one day be a cure. I have so many fundraising ideas in the pipeline, and I hope you might join me in raising as much as we can for this incredibly important cause. To start with, I am aiming to release a range of products soon which are based on Michael’s own designs and sketches, and I am also working on a number of fundraising events such as gigs, creative workshops and craft/vintage fairs. There is a lot to do and life has been so hectic lately, but I will share more when things are up and running.  If you have any fundraising ideas of your own please do let me know, whether it be taking part in a sponsored walk or run, organising your own event or designing a product we can sell – the more ideas the better!

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Creating The Michael Barry Fund is a huge part of my vow to live positively for my wonderful husband, who I miss every second of the day, and has given me a focus and purpose which I know will help me to keep going. It can be hard to know what to say or do in the midst of such tragedy and people often tell me they wish they could do something to help. I hope that The Michael Barry Fund will provide an opportunity to not only be part of the fight to defeat brain tumours, but also unite every one who knew and loved Michael in a positive way.

If you would like to know more about the fund and our story, we now have a dedicated page on The Brain Tumour Charity’s website – click here to read more. I have also set up a Facebook page and a Just Giving page for the fund, and will of course be using my own personal Instagram page and this blog to share news and updates.

Lucy x