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As you may have guessed, I am a big fan of all things vintage and handmade. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been to a ‘real’ shop and each day I find settling for something badly made and cheap from H&M less and less appealing. I’d rather be unique, thanks.

This is why I’m delighted to see poppytalk is doing a series of blog posts containing 70 reasons to buy handmade and vintage.

If I weren’t on a shopping ban, one of those embroidered clocks would be mine, mine , mine!

This is absolutely one of the loveliest videos I’ve ever seen. I’ve been an avid reader of Francesca’s blog The Snail & The Cyclops for quite a while now and have since fallen in love with both her shop and Forest Bound‘s. I wish my house was like this and that I was half as sweet as they are!

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Thanks Etsy!

These are the things I’d be buying:

1950s novelty print dress from Allen Company Inc. on Etsy

New lingerie range by 3.1 Phillip Lim

(Seriously, this range is everything I want; simple, soft, pastal coloured, perfect)

The Weekender Tote by DNTX on Etsy

The reason though that I have no money is that I have recently bought a bunch of new stuff to make my room tidy and cosy, a load of 1930s feedsack fabric for quilting and am planning a holiday to Iceland which I am sure you will hear more about soon…

This is pretty much the best thing I’ve ever seen. An early 1900s quilt made of cigarette silks (whatever they are! The mind boggles!) It’s also for sale on Etsy, for about $700 more than I can dream of affording. Thanks to Sally Jane Vintage for pointing me towards possibly the only Etsy shop I’ve somehow never managed to stumble across myself: BeautifulReign