The Magpie's Daughter

Vintage inspired, handmade jewellery.

Wednesday 4th November, 2015

Kirstie's Handmade Christmas Fair

It's official! ...and pretty exciting too. I'm exhibiting at The Handmade Christmas Fair in November at Manchester Central (GMEX).

The fair has crafty stalls and crafty workshops and takes place over three days, 20th, 21st and 22nd November.

I'll be sharing with two lovely ladies, please take a peek at their work, it's aces.

Fairy Made, beautiful paper cuts:

Kaper, intricate sculptures of birds and other lovely things:

If you fancy popping along, you can get tickets using this link, and if you use code EXM15 you'll get them for £15.

 Hope to see you there!

Monday 5th October, 2015

New Paper Projects

I've been working on a couple of new things, and they got great feedback at this weekend's market, yay!

The first thing I've been working on are these collage cards using vintage pieces and fancy paper.  Each is a complete one off, and I love them.


In addition to the cards I have collage packs. I've had such fun putting these packs together, hope you like them.

I also have these (super popular) mystery bags of jewellery.  Each contains 3 items, one of which will always be a necklace. The rest might be made up of brooches, earrings, bracelets...ooh how exciting!

Monday 21st September, 2015

And the winner is...

Congratulations Hannah!

Congratulations to Hannah Louise O'Brien who wins a custom morse code necklace as part of the Etsy 1000 celebrations. Thank you to everyone to entered, I loved reading your suggestions!

If you'd like your own morse code necklace I have a selection online, or you can commission your very own message.  Email me!

Wednesday 16th September, 2015

Morse Code Necklace Giveaway

As part of Etsy Manchester's month of giveaways, celebrating 1000 likers, this week it's my turn.
To win a custom morse code necklace leave a comment on my Facebook post telling me what word you'd choose for your necklace, and please like my Facebook page too. Good luck!

 Pictured necklace says 'Manchester'

Monday 24th August, 2015

Hexagon Love

Geometric, minimal, modern and with a nod to my beloved bees, I love my hexagon pieces...and so do Folksy.

Shop my hexagons at Studio 25; on Folksy; on WIAW; and on Etsy.

Monday 17th August, 2015

Summer Postcard Club

Everyone likes good post days!  So the lovely Marceline organised a Summer Postcard Club, where people signed up to swap postcards.  I've loved watching my little notes come through the letter box and I hope everyone involved had as much fun as I did.

Putting the final touches to my postcards for my swapees.

The first postcard that arrived was this fab vintage style tea themed one.  Perfect!

 More tea related ones followed.  How well they know me!  I love the little tea cup hidden in the 'A' of the graphic one, and the French postcard has a cat too.  J'adore!

Cute details on the back of the cards; Totoro, teacups and a little fox.

 This watermelon on the beach made me smile.  Note the little panda-man sunning himself.

Grrrr!  Vintage bear postcard with baby panda at the centre.

Search #summerpostcardclub on Twitter and Instagram for more cute swaps.

With thanks to Marceline; Heather; Nikki; Claire; Jo and Rosanna. x

Monday 10th August, 2015

Lomas and Lomas in Hayfield Village

My newest stockist is the lovely Lomas and Lomas, and this weekend saw the opening of their beautiful shop in the pretty village of Hayfield.  So I took a trip out into the hills on a sunny day to take a peek...spolier, it was gorgeous!

Lomas and Lomas specialise in modern country interiors, which translates as beautiful prints on cushions and lightshades, stunning photos and yummy candles.


The shop is right next to the old village post post office.  I loved the details of this old post box and stamp machine.

The stream behind the shop.  Home to a family of ducks, and a heron too.


Sunshine and bunting. 

Beautiful homewares and my pieces.

Top: cushions are made with vintage fabrics.
Below: cushions made with Lomas and Lomas designs.

 I treated myself to this amazing pheasant cushion and the most gorgeous scented candle.

 If you'd like to visit (and you really should) you can find them at:
The Old Butcher's Shop; Market Street; Hayfield; High Peak; Derbyshire SK22 2EU

Monday 6th July, 2015

New Stock

There's some pretty new things on my site at the moment; little vintage fan charms, delicate minimal necklaces and blue beaded eye charm bracelets.

Take a peek at the full range.


Thursday 2nd July, 2015

Staying Cool


Manchester is having a heat-wave!  Or Summer as most people call it, tee hee.  Here are some ways to stay cool while the sun is shining.
  • Eat ice cream for main meals
  • Buy a cute paper fan (mine is from Oklahoma), or make one by folding paper in a concertina.
  • Run cool water over your wrists
  • Keep a reusable bottle or jug of water in the fridge.  Add some fresh mint for flavour (also try lemon, cucumber, berries, watermelon and edible flowers
  • Open a window.
  • Make coffee ice cubes for perfect iced lattes.
  • Get your tootsies out!  Wear some bright nail polish and cute sandals.
…and of course…wear sunscreen, drink water, look after your animals and be safe little magpies.

Monday 15th June, 2015

Lovely Levenshulme

Living in Manchester I'm spoilt for choice if I fancy nipping out for something tasty.   But I have a few favourite places that I return to time and time again.  Levenshulme has some gems...

Breakfast in the lovely Trove Bakery. We also took a loaf and some jam home with us (rhubarb and bay leaf).  It's almost impossible to leave without a loaf, I've never managed it yet.

Trove's avocado on toast.  The finest in Manchester!
 Pretty flowers at the door.

Just across the road from Trove is the Levensulme Antiques Village, a number of shops housed in the old Town Hall.  I was so very tempted by the beautiful books, old cameras, tiles, typesetting letters and little bottles.

I loved the name of this shop.

 The little green gem is my treat from my visit. (Framed bee from The Manchester Bee Co. )

Just behind the railway station, hides the LevensulmeMarket.  They have themes each week and showcase crafts and food from small local suppliers.

Colourful macarons and matryoshkas.

 Colourful chalk on the railway arches.

...and through the arches we go home with all our goodies.  See you soon Levenshulme!

Monday 1st June, 2015

Morse Code

I take custom requests for my morse code necklaces. This one says 'love', but what would you choose?

Saturday 23rd May, 2015

Work in Progress

Current projects this May include....

 Filling my diary with lots of plans including events in November and December, eek.


Making these lovely things, into these lovely things...

 ...and re-reading this amazing book in anticipation of a new release.

Tuesday 19th May, 2015

A Walk Around Manchester

I love taking photos.  I use them like momentos of places I've been and people I've met, but I also love taking photos of my home city.  It's beautiful and I see new things everyday.  Most recently I've been documenting the more industrial aspects of home.  Suprisingly colourful and beautiful.    Here are a few snaps from some recent wanderings around my beautiful city.

 Manchester Craft and Design Centre

 Bees in the window of Northern Flower.  The worker bee is the symbol of the city

People's History Museum

Royal Exchange Theatre

Stephenson Square

Stephenson Square

Old painted shop sign.

H. Blyth & Co. shop window.

Victoriana at Piccadilly.
Happy little fella.

Anthony H. Wilson, Stephenson Square.

Try taking a camera out in your city and documenting details.  I know you'll love it.

Sunday 17th May, 2015

A Little Round-up of My Week

It's been a busy week in my little corner of the world.  The Manchester Craft and Design Centre where my studio is has been preparing for a new exhibition along with events for Manchester After Hours and our annual Future Makers event.  Oh, and I got some new flowers for Studio 25, very important you know.

 Setting up the Mezmerised exhibition.

Beautiful tactile metalwork by Rosie Booth.

These little paper barnacles light up at night.  Part of the activities for Manchester After Hours this week.

New flowers!

Monday 11th May, 2015

Island in the Sun

A couple of weeks ago I took a little trip with some friends to the beautiful island of Tenerife.  Black sandy beaches, green forests, volcanic mountains...and the most incredible sunsets.

 Pretty cacti and blue skies at the Parque Nacional del Tiede

 Rows of boats at a quiet town on the coast.

 Black sand from the lava that makes up the island.

 The volcano Mount Tiede.

One of the many beautiful sunsets we saw.

Sunday 10th May, 2015

Popular This Week

Here are some of the items posted to their new homes this week.  I love my customers :)

 Hexagon Row necklace

Delicate Honeycomb hexagon earrings

 Gold and Silver Bubble necklace

Monday 4th May, 2015

Making Plans

Now it’s officially Spring (welcome, May blossoms) I feel a little kick to be more organised.  I love the immediacy of social media and use my blog, twitter, facebook and instagram accounts regularly, just not with any particular structure.

Starting this month I’m aiming to follow a proper plan along with my other regular posts.  Monday’s will be my news-y blog post day; Tuesdays is for indulging in instagram and generally looking a lots of photos, Wednesday for Work In Progress (the hashtag #wipwednesday is a lovely one to search as a lot of crafters tag their work); on Thursday’s I’ll be featuring new and favourite stock pieces and Friday’s will be a nice little round up of the weeks news for my blog.

If you have any tips on this, particularly for small business crafty types, I’d love to hear them.

Busy Bee Organiser from Asking for Trouble.

Thursday 16th April, 2015

Little Treats

I do love a bit of a potter around and a bit of a treat.  Small pleasures like taking photos on a sunny day, fresh flowers, and vintage books.  Here are some of my recent small pleasures.

Beautiful roses in a jar.

 Graphic seeds on a vintage book cover.  

 Handmade tiny star planter and petite succulent to live in it.
(From Oh No Rachio).

Pretty pins.
(From Fir & Wren, and The Manchester Bee Co.)

Tea in the sunshine on my Wedding Anniversary (five years has flown by).
(Pretty china at Tea Hive)

Wednesday 4th March, 2015

New Jewelery for Spring

I've been working on some new, fresh designs.  Mixed metals and simple, which one to choose?
Mixed Metal Bubble Necklace

Simplicity Bar Necklace

More new things in my Etsy shop.

Sunday 1st February, 2015

Advent Calendar

During December I added a photo each day for the days of Advent...see them all on my Facebook page.


 Merry Christmas little Magpies!

Monday 15th December, 2014

Shop Updates

My online shops are now nicely restocked after a busy weekend. Very satisfying to see all my lovely listings in a row! 

Shop online at Etsy or Folksy.

Monday 15th December, 2014

Monday Morning

A sleepy Monday morning, making plans the old fashioned way with tea, pen and paper. In Takk, Northern Quarter.

Monday 29th September, 2014

Vintage Aquisitions

I'm a big fan of vintage things, and old things generally.  I love the way they were so beautifully made, how carefully kept.  I like to think of the people who used them, taking delight in collecting used objects together.  
These are my September finds.

 This beautiful teacup and saucer is so unusually shaped, and I love the simple berry motif.

I love these carefully curated postage stamp albums, particularly the birds and botanic pages.  I do wish I knew what the title said, or even what language it's in...

Two clear ink wells and a cobalt blue poison or medicine bottle.  The ink wells are mid-century and the poison bottle is Victorian.

These are not strictly vintage, though the collage does have vintage pieces, but they are so pretty that I had to show them off!  They were made for me and gifted to me by one of my favourite artists Alexandra Glew.  A lovely surprise in the post and I can't wait to frame them.

I'm such a lucky Rachel!

Monday 22nd September, 2014

September Newsletter

The September newsletter is now in your in-boxes!  Unless you haven't signed up yet? Quick quick, sign up!

Monday 22nd September, 2014

Famous Bunnies!

The very sweet Laura from Cardboard Cites wrote a lovely feature for her blog including my little bunnies.


Laura actually requested that the little golden brass bunnies were on silver chain, and as you know, I'm a fan of mixed metals.  I thought they looked great and I'm so glad she did too. 

Please take a peek around her blog while you're over that way, she has some beautiful pieces and makes amazing mixed media collages. How very clever. ;)