Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nesting on Main

As many of you may know, I used to live in New England.

One of my favourite places to visit was Concord, Massachusetts which was only a short drive from where I lived through beautiful countryside and past gorgeous colonial houses.  Concord is steeped in history (I won't bore you with any here) and is a haven for people like me who love independent boutiques, gift shops, galleries and restaurants.

Hidden away off Main Street is an absolute treasure - Nesting on Main.  'Nesting' as it is called by those in the know, is owned by three women, one of whom, Wendi Snider has become a good friend of mine over the years and is a loyal patron to Claryce Design.

Nesting is brimming over with vintage and antique items sourced by these amazing women who, like Magpies have a keen eye for treasure :)  Although I visited the shop often it never looked the same from one visit to the next.

 Everywhere you look are beautifully arranged vignettes.

Including handcrafted items and 'finds' such as birds eggs and feathers.

Wendi was the first retailer to sell my gift tags and also scrabble tile pendants which I used to make by the dozen.  Here is a glittering nest with a few examples of my scrabble tile pendants in it.

I am attaching a link to a news feature that was done on the shop a few years ago, so you can feel like you are taking a browse yourself.  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


It has been an exciting couple of months with my first features in the press :)

In September's issue of Country Homes and Interiors I was featured on the editor's page with a lovely photograph of one of my Vintage Roses postcards with a sweet note from the editor and a link to my website  I have had increased traffic to my website since this feature so it was lucrative as well as flattering :)

Apparently my vintage wedding stationery is also being featured in Perfect Wedding next month (on newstands now presumably).  I have yet to pick up my copy but received this image of the feature.  It seems that my Magnolia save the date tags are a great budget buy for brides.  Maybe it's time to put my prices up ;)

Finally I am supposedly being featured in Country Homes and Interiors again in November with a mention of my Blue Tit gift cards.  As soon as I have a hard copy of this I shall post come pictures :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

New Wedding Stationery Designs

My vintage wedding stationery has proved a huge success over the past year.....

I cannot believe it is nearly a year since I last posted on my blog! It goes to show what a busy year it has been. This time last year I had just started making wedding stationery and this has quickly become the biggest part of my business.

My most popular invitations are these, which consist of a multi layered invitation slipped inside a decorative pocket with one of my unique designs printed on it. I have five designs available as standard, but can create the same look with a custom design of your choice.

I am still making save the date notifications from my gift tags, which are as popular as ever. These have also been used as RSVP's or as table decorations.

I have other wedding stationery designs available including flat postcards, folded invitations and oversized tags used as invitations. I will be posting details of these over the coming days/weeks, so please drop by again :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

May Marketplace

It has been over a month since my last confession, I mean post!! Forgive me fans for I have not brought you up to speed on what is happening at Claryce Design.

April was a crazy month. My craziest ever with a huge demand for the Royal Wedding items I had designed. I sold over a hundred mugs, over 100 coasters and over 1,000 postcards! I have a few coasters and postcards left, so if you haven't bought a souvenir as yet, then you know where to find some ;)

The last couple of weeks have been very quiet which allowed me to catch my breath. However, now I am raring to go again! I have restocked my road sign cufflinks in all my shops in time for Fathers Day. I also have a Fathers Day card available. I have lots of new images available as postcards and I am slowly getting around to making them up as tags also.....

Here is just a sampling of what is new to my shops...........

This is just a reminder of what my Roadsign cufflinks look like. They are made from shrinkable plastic that is sealed under a thick layer of protective resin. The cufflink fittings are silver plated to make these an extra special gift.

This lovely pendant necklace features a new image of a pretty red/pink rose layered over a page of vintage script that I have flooded with a gorgeous aqua colour. The setting is antique bronze and is fitted with a matching 16" chain with a lobster clasp.

This is a new postcard image featuring an etching of the Eiffel tower over which I have added a lovely illustration of a red rose. I have added cut out letters, spelling out Paris and layered the whole lot over my favourite vintage postcard!

This is not a new design but is newly available as a postcard. This has always been a good seller as a tag, so I hope it proves as popular as a postcard!

This is a brand new design and features the Eiffel Tower and a lovely peach rose layered over an old postcard onto which I have added a bright orange stamp.

Bees are always popular. This is another brand new image with a lovely bumble bee layered over a letter written in beautiful handwriting and I have added a postmark and a stamp.

This card says it all doesn't it! If you have the best dad then snap yours up to let him know this for Father's Day.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Not on The High Street 40 Favourites!

Okay, so I am bragging a little bit, but this is worth bragging about :)

As you know I sell through Not on the High Street which is a fantastic online marketplace where you can find all sorts of treasures. Be prepared to pay a bit more though, but know it is worth it!! A bit like buying Clinique instead of Max Factor!!!

Anyway...... every day they post on their front page their 40 favourite items. If you are regular customer to 'Noths' you will know that the same items tend to crop up over and over again. If you are a seller and haven't been featured you will be more aware of this than anyone!! Well my friend Sam from Pants and Paper on Folksy sent me a Facebook message today to let me know that one of my items had been featured!! OMG!!! Unfortunately it isn't an item that will be bought very often or by many people as it is a wedding save the date notification, but it should lead lots of new customers to my shop :)

So that is my brag for today and was the perfect excuse to post - which is something I haven't done for a month! A month!!!! where did those four weeks go??

As a thank you to Sam here is a link to her fabulous shop and goodies :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Etsy Treasury

Being featured in a treasury the other day prompted me to compile one myself - something I haven't done in months!!

For this treasury I decided to go with a red, white and blue theme - probably because the Royal Wedding and all things British have been on my mind of late. However I have also paid homage to my other home - America - so you will see some iconic American items here too :)

If you would like to go to my treasury and visit the shops of any featured sellers here is the direct link:

Enjoy browsing :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Featured in a Treasury :)

I was thrilled to be featured in an Etsy treasury this week (first time for a while!).

I was featured by Mouthy Mitts who is a designer based in Brighton. Jenn makes fabulous knit wear with cute faces on them. Her success on Etsy will come as no surprise when you visit her shop:

Here is her gorgeous treasury that features all things 'Royal Wedding' related - no doubt you will recognise my souvenir postcards.

All the designers featured here are - from top left - :

Papatotoro - based in London -

Orienjewel - United States -
ClaryceDesign - Sheffield -

Skullandcrossbuns - Devon -

Keikosdesign - United States -

TwilightOrange -

Frangipanipalace - Australia -

Yourfairytalewedding - USA -

Rosemortem - USA -

RumRiverOriginals - USA -

- USA -

mibolsa - USA -

darklingwoods - USA -

Silvermangoshop - USA -

designercushions - New Zealand -

Finkshop -