ByElsieB Etsy Shop

  • personalised cushions and monogrammed pillows, bunting and bandana bibs
  • handmade personalised baby gifts for new babies, Christenings, naming days, birthdays and Christmas

Evoking an old-fashioned English country childhood

Through my etsy shop I hope to evoke my old-fashioned English country childhood and give other families a sense of what it is to grow-up nurtured and cherished within a loving family, a beautiful environment and a solid set of country values.

I grew up on a sheep farm in the Northamptonshire countryside. I was surrounded by interiors in the aesthetic of Country Living – old family farmhouses furnished with antiques and floral fabrics and made fragrant by cut-flowers from English country gardens and the smells of home-baking from the kitchen.

My childhood was traditional and somewhat old-fashioned. Church and roast lunches on Sundays, building dens and damming streams in my spare time. When it rained and we were confined indoors I would turn to needle and thread. As a child I stitched clothes for my dolls and as a teenager I made my own clothes and soft-furnishings for my mother.

At eighteen I opted to take the academic route and won a place to read Geography at the University of Cambridge. The traditional and protective environment of my college provided a gentle transition from the rural world of my up-bringing to my first job, in e-commerce, and living in London. I loved my cosmopolitan years but knew the job could not fulfill me. I left, travelled the world and then trained to be a teacher.

When I married and had children I knew I wanted to give my children the kind of childhood I had had. We moved our young family back to my home village, leaving my teaching job behind. Ensconced in the dining room of my new home I sewed while my baby daughter napped. I was producing too much so looked into selling my craft online and my etsy shop was born. I now have another child and as my children grow older I find I have more time for my shop.

My blog (see link on the right) is where I share elements of my rural life with children, with the emphasis on cherishing and nurturing children and promoting creativity. If you’d like day to day contact my facebook page and twitter feeds are the best place to connect, get snippets about how I make my products, links to my most up-to-date blog posts and other helpful tit-bits for when you’re bringing up a family.
Join me on Pinterest to get inspiration for nurturing and cherishing your children.

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