Saturday, 28 February 2015

Instaspiration - Ilka Handmade, Scarf Angel and Bowties & Candyfloss

Some folks are all about Pinterest,  I get it, I really do, but for some reason, I just can't really get into it.  What I love is Instagram.  I use it more than any other social medial.  Insagram is what most of my phone's battery life goes on.  I adore the community feel on there.  I feel like I've made real friends.  I've discovered so many cool creative people and brands on there.. and that's what I want to celebrate here!

I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram, or, as I like to call it, Instaspiration!  I thought I'd start to share my findings on here on a more regular basis so I shall aim to write once a week about some brands and Instagram accounts I love!

Today I am going to tell you about 4 different accounts.  First up is Ilka Handmade run by Vanessa Byrne.  Her Instagram account is @Vanessa_Byrne.  Vanessa makes the most stunningly beautiful items.  Once you follow her, you won't regret it, though your purse may be lighter!  Visit her Etsy store and you will find the most adorable illustrations and incredible sewn delights. You have to check her out!

Secondly, I want to tell you about a brand I discovered very recently, Scarf Angel.  Scarf Angel (@scarfangel) is a family run scarf business focusing on handmade infinity and long scarves.  Based in Turkey but posting worldwide.

The lady behind Scarf Angel has this to say:

"My name is Duygu and I am from a Turkish town just outside of Istanbul, Turkey. I’ve been designing and creating my own scarves for all seasons for years now and I’m happy to share my designs with you. I created this shop out of my love for scarves. No matter the season, I always seem to find a fashionable scarf to keep me warm in the winter along with a cool look in the summer.

My products are unique in that I handpick all the fabric and design the scarves myself. My scarves are truly one-of-a-kind. You can rest assured that your item is hand made in a smoke/pet free home to reduce stinky odors and allergies. Additionally, all scarves are designed, made in and shipped from Turkey.

Whether you’re looking for a warm flannel scarf, a high quality wool scarf or a modern cotton scarf, I can make it happen for you. Have a look at my shop and feel free to contact me with any questions or for custom orders."

Personally, I want one of her sloth prints scarves but I can see myself ordering many more.  I think they will make fantastic affordable gifts too!

Thirdly, I'd like to feature Bowties & Candyfloss.  I get really excited when I find an up and coming children's clothing brand.  I think Bows & Candy are heading for the big time and it's fun thinking I might be watching the start of that!

At the moment, Alex, who created Bowties & Candyfloss only stocks clothing for 0-12 month olds but she is planning on expanding that which is great news for me because I love her concept and fabric choices but obviously Felix is heading towards two now!  However, she has told me that custom orders can be made!

You can find Bowties & Candyfloss on Instagram @bowsandcandy.

Well, that concludes today's Instaspiration!  Don't worry, I have plenty more I want to share another day!

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