Thursday 15 November 2012

Christmas is coming !

Christmas is on it’s way ….. we are building up our stock of current and new work. As usual lots of colour, texture and print. Continuing our love of natural history animal and bird images appear on lots of different products including lampshades, cushions, ceramics, prints and jewellery.

A good range of prices so something to suit every pocket !

If you look back through our posts you will get a good idea of what we have in stock. It would be great if you could drop into Appendage and have a good browse. But it’s not always possible for our customers who are from further a field. If you remember something from your visit or see something on the blog you would like us to send. Email your query and if we can help, we will.



Mark Greco has expanded his print range to include a set of landscape prints using animals, plants, insects and fish as the subject matter, quite different from his previous editions. The hedgehog is particularly charming. He has also added several new bird images including a jackdaw, a partridge and a owl, the detailing is reminiscent of 1950’s textile design. As cards they are an alternative to the usual type of Christmas card.

Prices start £44.00

Ruth’s wooden animal and bird brooches are printed with a an folk inspired design in a range of colours and are an ideal stocking filler. They look fab on a coat or cardigan and the animal images work for all seasons.

Price £11.95

Seven Gauge have a range of knitted hats… a beret, slouchy beanie and a bobble hat all in their luscious colours and graphic patterns. Lovely and warm, great quality yarn and perfect to cheer you up on these grey winter days.

Price £32.95

Jane Walsh encases jewel like buttons in resin, There are pendants, rings and brooches in her range. They have a tactile quality and have the appeal of sweets in a sweetie jar. They make great presents for yourself or a friend, good prices too.

Prices start £11.95

Sam Stas has range of foxy collars, their eyes glitter and they curl perfectly around the neck. In several different colours they make an interesting alternative to a necklace.

Price £16.95


Tuesday 16 October 2012

All Change for Autumn !

It’s all change at the moment as we are start to get our Autumn / Winter textile ranges in store.

There are several different looks…

The vibrant pink, blue and green of Seven Gauge knitwear, funky patterned scarves and hats with a slightly retro Scandinavian feel. We now have their cuddly hot water bottles, a range of cushions and sumptuous throws, all beautiful quality the colours are perfect to cheer you up as the nights draw in.

Prices start £26.95

 The subtle colour and texture in Wallace and Sewell’s woven range is very different, scarves and shawls in a softer palette of colour. The intricacy of the weave is more sophisticated but their use of colour is quirky and individual and all the scarves are reversible. Their scarves always sell like hot cakes because they are so easy to put with all the basic winter colours.

Prices start £39.95

Katie Mawson’s fabulous hedgehog scarves are in a juicy orange this year. Her hats and gloves in  jewel colours are always a big hit, it’s the simplicity of detail and use of colour that makes them so   covetable, they work with many different looks. Her colourful, long stripy knit scarves are luxurious the texture and different colour ways make them a cut above the usual.

This all makes for a lot of choice, do come and look…try a few things on !

We have a fabulous range of leather briefcases, great colours from pastels to a rich pink and emerald green. The silver and gold are stunning. They fit an ipad or an A4 notebook and have a detachable across the body strap, which means they are useful for work or play.

Price £109.95

Our new ceramic collections are arriving all the time and we are building up stock of old favourites.
Again lots of choice in shape, pattern and colour.


Denise Brown’s collection of vases depict seaside landscapes, birds and fish. Each side of the vase has a different view to suit your mood. The flashes of gold catch the light , the detail and colour of the illustration captures the seaside vibe perfectly.

Prices start £69.95


  David Pantling's new ‘Woods’ pattern is quite different to his blue and cream range . We’ve had his work for a while and it has become one of our classics, though it is neither classic in it’s shape or pattern ! The combination of the crazy shapes and the quirky imagery in his new range give it an almost fairytale quality it's fun and jolly and would certainly cause a stir when used.

Prices start £17.95



Sunday 30 September 2012

Starling Murmuration

Chris Snow is a Brighton based artist and we have had his work for a month now, sorry it’s taken me so long to let you know.

He is inspired by the city’s life, as he sees it… and his love of maps. His images evoke a sense of familiarity and affection for the locations we recognise and that are part of our daily lives.

The maps are accurate, based on genuine mapping from different eras, the line drawings of the buildings and people are an affectionate reminder of why we live here and love our beautiful city and its surrounding countryside.

My favourite image is the ,Starling Murmuration by West Pier when I first moved to Brighton I lived over the Regency fish restaurant and was mesmerized by the synchronised swarming of the starlings in the early evening.

Lots of different images including the London Road Viaduct and Embassy Court are part of his collection also From Devils Dyke to Brighton which has a particularly intense sky. There is also a large print Brighton Index Map that combines several locations around the city.

So all in all a great addition to our range of prints. We have had a fantastic reaction to his work from both residents and visitors his print runs aren’t huge so pop along and see his work.
Prices start at £50.00 unframed.


Friday 3 August 2012

Rain or Shine

During August we have a selection of paintings by Guy Funnell in our windows. He is a local artist based in Seaford. His landscapes are of the Sussex countryside, the blowsy downs, the dramatic coastline, the secret ponds and hedgerow all are featured in this group of painting. It is a departure for us to show painting. I wanted to start with work that portrays familiar locations that we all love and have happy memories of. Guy’s style captures the mood of Sussex, he paints in situ… the rolling hills, dappled light on foliage and water, the moving clouds and the ever changing sea. We have already had a good reaction to his work and sold one of his paintings, they are not expensive when you think that you can own a slice of the beautiful countryside and look at it every day….rain or shine!!
Prices start £90.00

We also have new jewellery by Lidia and Paul at Zinc White. A fantastic way to use coloured pencils. Cut into sections and made into necklaces, brooches, earrings and rings. The mix of colours mean that there is something for everyone’s palette. The shapes are modern and easy to wear , there is something that seems to draw our customers to this work perhaps a reminder of childhood ?
prices start £9.95

With the changeable weather scarves have been an essential this summer and Margo Selby’s new colour ways have been selling well. The medium size is always the most popular but the small is great for tucking into a sweater as you brave the promenade.
Prices start £51.95

A new cushion always brings a sofa back to life and our Lush cushions do just that. The Wild Boar print is fun and the colour way means its easy to mix with other things. This print can also be found on a tea towel, apron mug and lampshade.
Price £29.95

Tuesday 5 June 2012

Summer Starts

May flew by……I got caught up with the Festival the highlights for me were dreamthinkspeak The Rest is Silence. The location, sets, costumes and content were as usual a visual treat. Smashed, an homage to Pina Bausch took juggling to a new level it was uplifting and again visually exciting. A reminder of the film Pina that I loved. The Hangover Square installation too was an evocative experience, I will read the book this year. I saw DV8’s Can We Talk About This in London it was a powerful thought provoking experience so worth a mention.
Then…. the sun came out and the temptation to sit at my beach hut became too strong. My garden was calling and the desire to do anything other than post a new blog won the day!

We have had a delivery of large mdf owls by Vanda. Lots of different shapes and patterns, her hand cut stencils make each one unique. Although they are a strong image the range of fresh colours on a white background make them easy to place in a living room, hall or child’s bedroom. They have provoked a lot of interest and certainly have the ‘wow factor‘. A great choice to replace a tired print or poster.


                                              Hand stencilled owls by Vanda £79.95

A new addition to the Dee Barnes button jewellery range. A lovely 40’s colour way of muted pink, green and blue in both a necklace and bracelet a vintage look that will work with floral print for summer. We still have her other colour ways including cream and a vibrant combination of lime, pink and red.


                                                    Dee Barnes necklace £25.95

The range of laser cut wooden jewellery by Jo Want is a new addition to our jewellery cabinets. The contrast between the neutral, matt wood foliage and black, shiny acrylic birds works well. The images are simple but decorative and look great on. There is a necklace, a twig with birds. A brooch tree with birds. Pendants, a bird in a cage, large earrings the same. Stud earrings, swallows and wrens in both
wood and acrylic. They are popular and affordable.


                                                   Prices start £8.95

We have stocked Sally Handfield’s embroidered purses and bags for a number of years but they never date. She uses vintage fabrics and embroiders words onto each piece they have a similar feel to Tracy Emin‘s quilts. She uses phrases to do with spending or saving so you can decide which is most relevant! They have contrast linings and the back and front are always different fabrics, every season
she has new fabrics and colours.


                                                    Prices start £23.95

The Jubilee Celebrations have passed me by too I’m afraid. Our only concession to the royal memorabilia has been the Dee Barnes range of jewellery using vintage stamps. I do love the colours and the image of the Queen in her youth. I don’t think it has a limited lifespan its subtle enough to wear any time. There are rings, earrings, pendants and a bracelet.

                                                 Prices start £13.95

Tuesday 24 April 2012

April Showers

Yes, April has been typical this year, the weather veers from one extreme to the other and we are certainly experiencing April showers.

I arrived back from Istanbul where we had one freezing week and one balmy week, which didn’t prevent me from enjoying the beautiful city. I would thoroughly recommend it, even for a long weekend. The decoration of the mosques and churches is beautiful and the harems are fascinating. The bazaars are packed with treasures and spices, you can while away hours searching for the perfect purchase. Public transport is efficient and cheap (it is a hilly city) so its easy to zip around. We stayed in the Galata district which was buzzy but felt like a local neighbourhood too. It was easy to catch ferries and our trip to the Princes Islands was a highlight. The Istanbul Modern is worth a trip and there are lots of galleries dotted around. The architecture is interesting , the minarets make the skyline magical. Absolutely masses to do and see, I wasn’t bored for a second.

Since returning I’ve been up to the Harrogate Craft Fair so we will have new work arriving over the next few weeks and months. The beginning of the year has been busy which is great but I do feel like I’m chasing my tail.

We have had a range of jewellery by Jaqueline Wagner the charming caravan image translates well into brooches, pendants and earings. It is made from wood and paper the soft blue and green recreates the retro holiday mood. We will get a new delivery at the beginning of May before the festival. The spring range of

Salt silk scarves have arrived. A range of textures and muted colours that are great for this unpredictable weather. Light enough to feel that you are moving into summer but subtle enough to mix with a range of fabrics and colours. Its hard to feel that spring is here when the temperature is in single figures and its tipping with rain !! Good price too!

Alice Pattullo has added several new prints to her collection including Dogs/ ‘Cats at the Museum’ a Sailor print and a Fortune Teller print . All have her individual dark humour and illustrative style. There are various size and price prints.

Wolfram Lohr has delivered a selection of leather bags. Fantastic quality leather and finish, they are not cheap but are a real investment. We have a couple of shoulder bag styles and a shopper at the moment, he has a range of colours which I like and I hope to expand the selection in the future.

We have stocked David Pantling’s blue and cream pottery for a while now, the quirky shapes and pattern are eye catching. I know we have several customers collecting his pieces and they make great presents. We are going to continue with this range and add a new design later this year.

Mark Greco has added new prints and cards the Puffin and Oystercatcher have been a great success. The small prints are affordable enough for presents or to choose two or three to make a statement in a living room or hall. I will keep you posted as to what is coming in during May for the Festival. If you are planning a trip to Brighton…… fingers crossed for the weather! don’t worry too much, there is plenty to do and there are lots of cafes to nip in and out of to avoid the showers.

Jaqueline Wagner wood and paper jewellery prices start £6.95

Salt silk scarves price £39.95

Alice Pattullo prices start £16.95

Wolfram Lohr leather bags prices start £125.95

David Pantling pottery prices start £16.95

Mark Greco new cards and prints prices start £2.95

Sunday 4 March 2012

Mother's Day

Spring is on its way, we’ve managed to get through January and February without any significant snow, hurrah! The days are getting longer and the daffodils are out. I’m going on a trip to Istanbul this month which is exciting. I havn’t been before, I’m hoping to come back inspired and refreshed. Our apartment has fantastic seagull views of the city and the sea. Even if the weather takes a turn for the worse there will be lots to watch. I’m not expecting to buy anything for the shop but you never know I may be tempted.

Whilst I’m away it will be Mother’s Day so we will have a good stock of cards, Jenni Garvin’s origami birds are new. Hopefully a batch from Jane Foster and as usual our Lush cards, a fabulous range of animal based images. Jen Rowland’s flowers arrived today and I hope to get some from Sam Stas her Lady egg cosies have already arrived.

Stock is slowly changing, the full range of Shona's bags are here, the colours are great, a vibrant splash of colour to anticipate sunny days ahead.

Although the couriers have lost five boxes of our Lush delivery they should turn up next week… I hope! Their new owl design lampshade has already sold well for us and we will have both sizes of the castle shade, it comes in a fabulous orange colour. Their trays now come in two sizes easy to pack into a suitcase if your travelling. We always have Australian visitors at this time of year which is lovely. They seem so easy going and thoroughly enjoy their travels and then of course they are back to beautiful weather.

Cath’s necklaces are made from horn in shiny black, soft grey and a rich coral. I like the way you could wear then singly or together, the way the pieces move to create a sculptural effect. I think they will look particularly stunning with white linen in the summer. At the moment you could wear them with simple black or grey shapes to add another texture.

We have stocked Danielle’s necklaces for a while there is a flower and a disk design. The colours are glorious and are great lift at this time of year. They look great against black. I had a Japanese customer who bought a couple of the more monochrome strands of flowers which she put with her simple, black, sculptural clothes they looked fantastic.

Jan Cooper’s brooches are great for Mother’s Day she has a new posy, her leather ones are still going strong. We still have a great range of brooches and badges for £5.95 they are an affordable gift from children.

We also have a new range of Karen Collingwood brooches, perspex with walnut and birch, vibrant colour and a strong graphic shape make these flower brooches a new take on the corsage.The brooches help us feel that we are moving towards spring and enable us to jolly up our winter jackets.

If you need cheering up over the next few weeks visit the new exhibition at Brighton Museum the Tom Hammick room is particularly uplifting. The colours will jolt you out of your winter torpor and the blossom will remind you that Spring isn’t far away.…Marvellous !! Then you can pop in to check out our new stock, we are just around the corner. As colour is important to us I hope we can help to sustain your mood.

Lush tray (in two sizes) and the mug, come in three designs the Cat, Wild Boar and Fox and Cubs. The tin as yet just in the Cat design. Prices start £9.95

Cath’s necklaces lots of designs and several lengths come in black, grey and coral. Prices start £23.95

Danielle necklace various luscious colours £24.95

Jan Cooper posies £8.95

Karen Collingwood brooch, lots of vibrant colours. Price £29.95

Thursday 2 February 2012

All you need is Love

Valentine’s day is here again….. it coincides with the start of our new deliveries.

Belen Gomez has two new ceramic ranges. Her pink rose sprays with rickrack braid make a pretty combination, the pink on white design has a fresh spring like feel and the heart detail on the back makes it a relevant valentine gift. There are mugs ( perfect for a valentine’s breakfast) a teapot and several different size jugs in her range. The jugs are suitable for either a teatime treat or a bunch of tulips always the herald of spring!
Belen’s blue and white seaside range comprises charmingly drawn mermaids and sailors that translate well onto mugs and jugs, again in several sizes. The tiny cat and seagull jugs have already been bought as valentine’s gifts. The blue and white looks lovely with daffodils or primroses. I think the seaside theme will work well for souvenirs too. They are both practical and decorative, always a bonus.

Sam Stas has a new LOVE tea cosy to add to her range her Ladies and Gents cosies and cushions are still going strong and we also have her valentine’s cards.

Dee Barnes has added her vintage print hearts to her ever changing collection. Two colour ways equally easy to wear with either a simple tee shirt or a dress. The bracelets are always popular in her other ranges and the hearts look great.

Stephanie Else has been supplying us with her jewel like glass for years the vibrant colour and the simple heart never dates. She has several size plaques to hang in a window or on a wall. They are reasonably priced and the small hearts make a perfect love token.

Glenys at Brigade Designs has a new range of sliver wire hearts encrusted with an intricate mixture of beads. They are delicate and powerful at the same time. The necklaces and bracelets with large semi-precious and quartz beads are stunning. The earrings and the pendants on ribbon are very pretty, the pale and dark grey combinations are fabulous for evening or even a wedding.

Shona Easton has a range of leather cross body bags a simple practical design in a good range of colours. At the moment we have red purple orange and brown I hope to expand the colours in spring.

Claire Mcvinnie’s clocks are back, with and without the pendulum. A jolly range of Japanese prints with contrast pendulums and hands. Her valentine love heart tokens are fun too why not give a keepsake rather than a card. We also have her dog brooches back they will look great on a spring jacket.

Rose and rickrack ceramic range by Belen Gomez includes mugs, teapot and various size jugs. Prices start £10.95

The seaside range by Belen Gomez the mermaid, sailor and ship’s cat are combined on a range of mugs and jugs. Prices start £9.95

Sam Stas new LOVE tea cosy Price £23.95

Dee Barnes vintage flower print jewellery. Prices start £11.95

Stephanie Else heart plaques in vibrant hues. Prices start £10.95

Brigade Designs jewellery range, semi precious and quartz beads combined with silver wire hearts encrusted with mixed beads. Prices start £24.95

Shona Easton simple leather bags in a range of colours Price £52.95

Claire Mcvinnie clocks and love tokens Prices start £4.95

Sunday 8 January 2012

Happy New Year and Thank You !!

HAPPY NEW YEAR !! To all our customers and a big THANK YOU for making our Christmas such a success. Our makers will be absolutely thrilled... what a fantastic start to the new year for them. Now its time to start looking for new work and to restock old favourites, its an exciting time. Hopefully we will get something new every week so keep your eyes peeled. The next significant date is Valentines Day so I’ll be sure to let you know what we have before then. Thank you again for your patronage and we look forward to seeing you at some point in 2012