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It's always snack o'clock in the Superette studio and we're particularly partial to a frosted donut or two from the Brick Lane Beigel Shop. I did lots of little jumps for joy when I discovered these little cinnamon flavoured knitted donuts on the "Love From B" stall at Jumble Music. The designer/maker Katie and I met up the following week and hatched a plan to turn them into little brooches for our website. They are available with a choice of six different toppings - strawberry, blueberry, blackcurrant, custard, chocolate or good ole classic white frosting. Each little fella has a stitched on smile and two beady little eyes. They look ace pinned to a dinky denim jacket with the sleeves rolled up (not in a Miami Vice way) worn over a pretty little tea dress.
Katie and I also developed one of her knitted ice cream toys into three new character brooches - Melting Whippy, Merry Cherry and Chilly Vanilly. Each is hand knitted, stuffed and decorated with a stitched expression. Theses little guys really are miniature works of handcrafted art and Katie has been knitting the night away for over a month to create all the stock for us. Thanks Katie!
To celebrate our debut Pop-Up Tea Shoppe we have designed a tea cozy covered teapot necklace and brooch. Each teapot is cut from a delicately coloured ivory acrylic by a local company. We then apply the candy pink and sky blue flocked cozy by hand in the Superette studio and make into a necklace or a brooch to order. During the research process for this design I stumbled across some funny websites! The next time I'm in Brighton I'm heading straight for The Tea Cosy Tearooms to have a "Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, Queen of Hearts, 10 year Anniversary, Your Death Has Torn Our Lives Apart, Fairwell Dear Princess Queen Of Hearts, Forever In Our Thoughts, Memorial Afternoon Tea". I also discovered the Retro Knitting Company which has an amazing selection of vintage patterns from the 30s through to the 80s so you can knit your very own crazy tea cosy. Gotta keep that brew warm!
Plus, our best selling Teatime greetings card is back in stock so if you're thinking of buying any of these little cuties as a gift Teatime will make the perfect accompanying card. Righty-o time to put the kettle on...