Back once again for the #renegadeplantlife April 20, 2017 09:55

#Renegadeplantlife - a collective Instagram project celebrating the unruly, wild beauty of nature - is back! Some of you may remember the tag; it's about stopping to notice tenacious plant life - a plucky little plant growing from a crack in a wall or a pretty flower peeping out from the tarmac, for example.

Self-seeded plant by the roadside #Renegadeplantlife

The hashtag is a collective project over on Instagram that's about taking a moment to stop and notice nature - like this self-seeded plant growing by the roadside.

With the arrival of spring and Earth Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to resurrect the project.  

If you’re on Instagram, pop over and take a look at the feed. Everybody is welcome to join in - simply use the hashtag and tag @mimosastreet. We love seeing your #renegadeplantlife pics and will share our favourites in the feed and here on the blog.

#Renegadeplantlife captures

A few of your beautiful #renegadeplantlife captures, with thanks to @hilltopfarmgirl, @edencottageyarns, @modernbotanics and @circleofpines.

Project Calm and Nature News March 24, 2017 08:05

Mimosa Street has been featured in Project Calm, a new magazine that's packed with creative ideas, contemporary craft projects and beautiful photography. We love the hand-lettering and vibrant illustrations on the cover (by Bristol-based artist Matilda Smith).

Project Calm magazine cover featuring artwork by Matilda Smith

"Product collections at Mimosa Street are very carefully curated - you'll find beautiful gifts, accessories and objects for the home, many of which are handmade.

A special mention went to our vegan accessories edit (did you know that Mimosa Street has been recognised as a PETA-approved vegan brand?), including Susie Faulks's handmade oilcloth purses and the "bold botanical designs by up-and-coming designer India Johnson of Greengage Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne".

Screen-printed pouch by Greengage Studios at Mimosa Street

Washbags and multi-purpose pouches by Greengage Studios are all hand screen printed onto 100% unbleached cotton and feature original designs that are inspired by simple shapes such as heavy poppy heads or olives in a jar.

If you'd like to find out more about the creation of these beautiful handmade products, check out our interview with India Johnson, founder of Greengage Studios.

Swifts oilcloth purse by Susie Faulks at Mimosa Street

"With an emphasis on naturally-inspired and playful designs, their vegan purses and washbags are made from materials such as hardwearing oilcloth, recycled sacks and natural linen."

If you fancy some nature-inspired craft projects, news and stories, the latest issue of Project Calm is out now. We were featured in a round-up of nature news alongside Rebecca Desnos, whose new book, Botanical Colour at Your Fingertips, offers a guide to botanical dyeing and the colour potential of plants.

Rebecca Desnos botanical dyeing as featured in Project Calm

She's also about to launch a new magazine, Plants are Magic, which celebrates botanical creativity and explores the human relationship with plants.

There'll be articles on plant-based art, craft and food, plus contributions from all sorts of botanically creative people including natural dyers, herbalists, artists and makers. We can't wait to get our hands on a copy!

Plants are Magic magazine cover

"Plants are Magic is a magazine for makers, dreamers and plant lovers."

Rebecca's Instagram feed is a visual treat and you can find out more about the magazine on her website


Naturally inspired and animal friendly July 30, 2016 19:40

At Mimosa Street we never knowingly stock products that are made from leather or other animal-derived materials, which is why you'll find lots of interesting alternatives in our collections.

Our vegan purses, for example, are made from materials such as hardwearing oilcloth, recycled sacks and natural linen. With an emphasis on naturally-inspired and playful designs, our vegan accessories prove that you don't need to compromise on style when you shop for cruelty-free products.

Vegan purses made from recycled fish-feed sacks

These upcycled clutches are handmade in Cambodia from recycled sacks. They have magnetic fastenings, along with compartments for credit cards and zipper sections for loose change.

Shop the vegan purse collection >

    Upcycled vegan purses - handmade in Cambodia

    They're made by an organization that offers training and equitable wages to disadvantaged women in Cambodian villages.

    Vegan purse by Susie Faulks at Mimosa Street

    Our collection of vegan clutch purses and washbags by designer-maker Susie Faulks are PeTA approved. They're designed and handmade in England.

    Hecotr the dog washbag by Susie Faulks

    Inspired by nature and country living, Susie's playful designs include the Hector washbag, which is handmade from oilcloth.

    Shop for oilcloth washbags and purses by Susie Faulks at Mimosa Street >


      Time for a cuppa? #mytuesdaypositivitea May 03, 2016 14:55

      Thanks to everyone who's tagged a picture with the #mytuesdaypositivitea tag over on Instagram - it's been lovely to see these uplifting moments in your day. And how over a cuppa plans are hatched and creative ideas are formed. 

      #mytuesdaypositivitea tea hashtag on Instagram

      A selection of beautiful #mytuesdaypositivitea captures, with thanks to @unpeusauvage, @clothkat, @kikuhouse, @modernbotanics

      If you’re on Instagram, pop over and take a look at the feed, and feel free to join in. Simply tag your tea break pics on a Tuesday using the #mytuesdaypositivitea hashtag. If you tag @mimosastreet as well, we'll get a notification that you've joined in too.


      Meet the Creatives December 04, 2015 11:30 1 Comment

      Have you seen our Q&A series with inspirational bloggers, designers and artists? If you’d like to get to know some of the creative people behind our favourite blogs and products, hop over to our Interview pages.

      Helen Round at work in her studio

      Textile designer Helen Round at work in her studio

      The latest in the series is a conversation with talented designer-maker Helen Round, who hand screen-prints our beautiful linen washbags in Cornwall. Take a peep at her stunning garden-top studio and find out what inspires her work.

      Birdsong washbag by Helen Round

      The Birdsong natural linen washbag, by Helen Round at Mimosa Street, £22

      You can also meet our favourite up-and-coming designer, Cheryl Rawlings, who recently gave up her nine-to-five job as a fashion buyer to concentrate on her artistic endeavours. Find out what inspires the illustrator, and why she leaves sketching until after dark. 

      Cheryl Rawlings

      With her characteristic monochrome style and calligraphic aplomb, Cheryl Rawlings (pictured above), is one of our favourite illustrators. Find her work in our Prints and paper goods collection.

      Love print by Cheryl Rawlings at Mimosa Street

      The Love print, by Cheryl Rawlings at Mimosa Street, £12


      Celebrating the creative journey October 14, 2015 16:37

      Have you seen the #wipsandblooms tag on Instagram? It’s a place for makers and crafters to share pictures of their wips (works in progress) and seasonal blooms. It’s a really lovely idea – a celebration of nature, the handmade, and of the creative process itself.

      A selection of images from the #wipsandblooms tag

      A selection of October's #Wipsandblooms entries selected by @ceramicmagpie - with thanks to, @harryandfrank, @janiceissitt_life_style, @p4chenh

      While the creative journey can be crisscrossed with challenges and setbacks, these often beautiful and carefully considered pictures tend to have a soothing, more sedate quality and they capture something about the sense of contentedness that can come about through making.

      Looking at the feed and comments, you also get a sense of the community that binds the makers behind these images.

      #wipsandblooms prizes

      The prize for October's #wipsandblooms pick includes a recycled glass vase, a poppy seedball tin and a lovely vintage-style pocket notebook. Pictured by Kate at A Playful Day.

      The #wipsandblooms tag is co-hosted by @aplayfulday and @ceramicmagpie. If you’d like to get involved, take a photo of your work in progress (wip) and your favourite seasonal blooms (this month the theme is 'foraged'). Don't forget to use the hashtag and to tag the hosts.

      Their favourite entry for October will win a bundle of little treats from Mimosa Street (pictured above). And if you don’t fancy taking part, you can still visit the #wipsandblooms feed for some creative inspiration.

      Whatever you’re making this month, enjoy your creative journey.

      PS. If you're on Instagram, you can find Mimosa Street here: @mimosastreet.

      Autumn giveaway on Facebook September 23, 2015 18:54

      Albert Camus hit the nail on the head when he described autumn as “a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

      We love this season of colourful foliage and squirrels busying themselves among the fallen leaves. To celebrate its arrival we are giving away a bundle of prizes over on Facebook. Entering is easy, just like our page and comment on the competition post telling us why you love autumn.

      Best of luck!

      Mimosa Street's autumn giveway on Facebook

      If you're on Facebook, we would love for you to join us.

      The competition prize consists of a lovely fairtrade finch bottle stopper, a vintage-style pocket notebook and a bee mix seedball tin.

      Full competition terms and conditions are available here.

      #Renegadeplantlife: an introduction September 17, 2015 09:59

      If you follow Mimosa Street on Instagram, you’ll probably already be familiar with #Renegadeplantlife. It’s a collective project where people share their pictures of tenacious plant life using the hashtag.

      It’s about noticing and celebrating the way that nature seems to thrive despite the odds sometimes being stacked against it. About stopping to take a moment to notice the little things: that plucky little plant growing from a crack in a wall or that pretty flower peeping out from the tarmac.

      If you’re on Instagram, pop over and take a look at the feed, and feel free to join in! Simply use the hashtag and tag @mimosastreet. We love seeing your #renegadeplantlife pics and will share our favourites in the feed and on the blog.

      #Renegadeplantlife captures

      A few of your beautiful #renegadeplantlife captures, with thanks to @hilltopfarmgirl, @edencottageyarns, @modernbotanics and @circleofpines.

      Hello new blog! Hello new and improved Mimosa Street! September 09, 2015 17:12

      We've been busy making Mimosa Street better for phone and tablet browsers, so it's now much easier to shop with us when you're on the move.

      We're also launching a new blog where you'll have a chance to meet some of the artists and designers behind your favourite products.