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We are over the moon to be interviewing the brilliant Natalie from Mud Kitchens for Junes #ourspacetocreate blog. We are huge fans of messy play in our house and know how much joy Edith and Maggie get from their mud kitchen. It provides a really fun and creative outlet in a wonderfully safe environment. Natalie runs Mud kitchens with her partner Joel. Together they are huge advocates of creative play and totally understand its importance in a child’s development. All ...

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We love a fellow creative and so we are thrilled that the brilliant Kristal from Sparkle Child is this months #ourspacetocreate interview.  Kristal makes sparkly delights from wands and crowns to notepads and jewellery. She also runs workshops and events and is a real champion of other small businesses. Kristal is incredibly talented and I love the fact that everything is handcrafted and packed by her in her home studio.  The love and attention to detail that goes ...

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We are so thrilled that the lovely Emma Barber from EB Interiors is our second #ourspacetocreate blog interview. Emma is an interior designer based in Wiltshire and has over 10 years experience of designing a variety of spaces, including children’s bedrooms and playrooms.   Like us, Emma passionately believes that creative spaces should be celebrated and in this interview Emma talks about her own work and family spaces and also provides top tips on how to put together ...

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Today is Blue Ticking's 4th birthday which makes me very happy! Birthdays always provide an opportunity to look back and reflect and the last year has been full of firsts as well as a few challenges. Here is a little summary of some of our highlights. The new studio/workshop In July we got the keys to our brand new studio and in September it was all up and running. This was a major step for us because though the old barn had been a great place to start it was never a long term ...

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We are so excited because on the 18th November Blue Ticking is holding its first ever Christmas shopping event at our new studio! It will be a great opportunity to see where the magic happens and also pick up some AMAZING goods/Christmas presents for your kids and family. There will be desk and chair sets, unique storage solutions, prints and pegboards and other fun stuff for your home! It will also be the first opportunity to get your hands on two bespoke prints which we ...

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It's been a busy old few months at Blue Ticking HQ but I can finally can let you all know about some fantastic new products. We are so excited to be launching our range of 'fun stuff for your wall! We have teamed up with some amazing brands and are now selling prints by the fabulous Wonder and Rah and Doodlemoo and pegboards and wall hooks by the incredibly stylish Block! This is a new direction for Blue Ticking but one we are very excited about. So many of our brilliant ...

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When John and I first thought about Blue Ticking our aim was to source and create goods that were practical, great to look at and really individual. I remember the day when John, (yes I must give him credit for this) first dreamt up the idea of The Maggie. We were at one of our favourite antique fairs and whilst wandering around he spotted a few old enamel storage pots. He picked one up and said "I wonder if we could make these into seats by adding a new cushioned top. They would ...

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The next few months at Blue Ticking HQ are going to be very exciting because we have lots going on and lots to work on. One of the things which we are busy beavering away with is getting ready for our two pop up shops at The Medicine Garden, Cobham in November. We have been keen to try something like this for a while and after a few visits to check out the site it seemed like the perfect fit for us. For those who have yet to have the pleasure of going there, it's an ...

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Tomorrow Miss Edith will be heading back to school and into Year One. This in itself is quite remarkable given it only seems like yesterday I was waving her off into Reception. It's funny how things change in a year and how much she has grown up from that nervous looking four year old by our front door. Fast forward a year and the summer holidays were upon us. The timing was perfect because both kids were pretty much on their knees with tiredness so I was looking forward to a ...

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When we are on the hunt for new goods we are always striving to find something a bit different to help your kids space stand out, but obviously serves a very useful purpose. Storage solutions are always at the top of our list because if your house is anything like ours there is never enough and we are constantly trying to find new ways to hide away toys and 'stuff!' The wire baskets ticked so many boxes when we saw them. We loved their vintage, industrial feel, the various ...

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At the beginning of last year I wrote a post about brilliant storage solutions. For my next foray into this area I thought I would give you a glimpse into our home and some of my favourite storage solutions in each room. Naturally some Blue Ticking originals feature, whilst others are from the good old high street and other one off shops I have stumbled across via work. Whatever I buy, it has to tick three important boxes; it needs to look good, provide useful and practical ...

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CHRISTMAS, ARGH! How is it nearly upon us? Like many of you no doubt, I am slightly dumbfounded that we are fast approaching the end of November and therefore the beginning of December. It's officially action stations in the Shaw household, well for me anyway! The mammoth present buying must commence and I need to get myself organised. I tend to do a mixture of online shopping and then I have the odd day when I hit the shops. The latter has yet to happen so I have spent many a ...

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