Posted in Website, tagged butterfly, embroidery, fair trade, make up bag, make up purse, mi mariposa, napkins, pencil case, picnic blanket, purses, rug, wedding gifts on April 21, 2009|
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This seems a good time to do a supplier information post, as we have just started stocking the delicious Mi Mariposa products!
Mi Mariposa (meaning My Butterfly) was set up by Katherine Thistleton-Smith last year, and is already producing some of the most original and stunning fair trade products I’ve seen. Her main focus is children’s clothes, but as you will see we are starting with some home products that make excellent gifts. Katherine designs and oversees the creation of every piece. While living in Ecuador, she discovered the skilled embroidery done by the women who now work for her on a trip into the foothills of the Imbabura volcano. Wanting to share their beautiful creations with a wider audience while giving them a fair wage and good working conditions, Katherine started Mi Mariposa. She now works very closely with the women’s co-operative, Nuevo Camino, providing the mothers with a regular living wage, whilst preserving and celebrating an important cultural tradition. Currently, we are stocking the bright and beautiful butterfly embroidered picnic blankets (try saying that very fast!), and the pleated purses, which work equally well as pencil cases or make up bags, complete with tagua (vegetable ivory) keyring. And we are also really pleased to be exclusive stockists of the gorgeous white cotton napkins, with Mi Mariposa’s signature design embroidered carefully on each one. They come in sets of four, and like the picnic blankets, make wonderful wedding gifts.
Click on each image to find it on http://www.boutiko.co.uk.
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Posted in Website, tagged cheap gift ideas, christmas, christmas gift ideas, christmas presents, coin purse, craft kit, gift voucher, gifts under £10, hand cream, handmade soap, make up purse, oneless plastic bag, recycled christmas card, recycled leather luggage label, shopper, silk purse, ten, tree decoration on October 6, 2008|
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We’ll all be watching the pennies this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still treat our loved ones to some gorgeous gifts to mark the occasion. Here at Boutiko we have compiled a list of ‘Ten Under Ten’ – ten gifts under £10, which won’t break the bank but will still show you care. And even better, they will also give back to the people who produced them – it’s a giving extravaganza!
2. One of our bestsellers (left, this Somerset Lavender handmade goats milk soap is prettily packaged in fabric and smells divine. (Also available in Rosewood and Patchouli, Gardeners, and Lavender and Rose Geranium) £4.00
6. Just on the £10 mark, Oneless Plastic Bag is an ingenious handmade shopper made from vintage saris which tucks into its own pocket to be kept in your handbag. £10
7. Rosewood and Patchouli Handcream (below left – also available in Somerset Lavender, and Lavender and Rose Geranium) – paraben free and handmade in Somerset and topped with pretty fabric to match the soap. (If you put them together it makes a lovely set for £10!) £6.00
10. And if you really are struggling, how about a gift voucher? They come in £5, £10 and £20 denominations.
And just to make your life even easier, don’t forget we offer next day delivery and free gift wrapping!
PS. Apologies for the somewhat inconsistent layout – it just ain’t playing ball today!
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