Month: July 2015

When Big, Bold And Fluffy Really Works..

IMG_4699Big, bold and fluffy may not work when it comes to slippers (major tripping hazard ) and dogs (nightmare to detangle and keep clean) but when it comes to our Ashley Pom Pom Key rings, big bold and fluffy is a simple sensation! It’s a well known fact that keys have a life of their own and for some inexplicable reason insist (particularly when you’re short of time) on hiding. But the Ashley Pom Pom key rings are big, bright, fantastically fluffy and oh so easy to find (however hard they try to hide). So save yourself yourself lots of time and lots of unnecessary stress. The Pom Poms come in 9 great colours so you can even chose a different colour for each member of your family! They’re available in red, pink, purple, turquoise, teal, slate, claret, black and emerald green.

Ashley Pom Pom Key rings: £8.50 plus p&p at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

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The Perfect Purse For Summer Essentials

Pervian WOW purses: available soon at www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Pervian WOW purses: available soon at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

We discovered these vibrant purses in the Canchis province of Peru. Made from vintage puytos (the decorative trim sewn on to skirts by women from Cusco) or handwoven and embroidered in fabulously bright hues, these purses are ideal for all your small summer essentials. Whatever you need to carry: keys, cash, lip balm, phone or that essential bar of summer choccie, we think these WOW purses are perfect. Each purse is unique, fully lined and comes with zip closure. Keep checking our website! They’ll be available very soon at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Fabulous Frazada and super soft kantha: Al fresco dining ibbi style

Fabulous frazadas, available at www.ibbidirect.co.uk

The Fabulous Frazada: available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

School’s out and it’s time to get outdoors! And whether you’re beach bound or simply relaxing at home, there’s nothing quite like throwing down a rug and enjoying an impromptu picnic with family and friends. Why not have a look at our frazadas: versatile and vintage, these handwoven textiles, created in the Andes using llama wool and natural pigments, make perfect picnic rugs and the most super stylish of throws on sofas and beds too. Vibrant and full of cultural charm, our hand picked throws have a timeless appeal and each is unique. Our softest vintage Indian kanthas make fabulous picnic rugs too. Check out our latest collections: they’re changing all the time.

And what to eat at your picnic? Try a summer favourite: chop up and roast butternut squash, onions, courgettes and peppers in olive oil. Add a little truffle salt if you have it and black pepper too. Before serving add cooked quinoa and wild rice, some feta, broccoli, fresh coriander, mint and avocado. And finish with a good squeeze of fresh lime. Simple and scrummy.

Have a very happy, very delicious summer!

Vintage kantha: £110. Frazada from £220, all available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

 

The beautiful hues of Peru

A new range of men's belts from Peru will be available later this year at www.ibbidirect.co.uk

A new range of men’s belts from Peru will be available later this year at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

We found these men’s belts in Peru recently and couldn’t resist them!  Made from finest alpaca, each belt is a unique piece of  craftsmanship.  Peruvian artisans located in the Andes are using traditional embroidery and weaving methods to create beautiful ranges of contemporary accessories in both vibrant and subdued hues.

Our new collection of belts will be available this Autumn at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

ibbi’s end of term teacher treats

The school year has already finished for some and will soon be coming to an end for all. So if you’re looking for gift ideas for teachers you’d like to say thank you to, then perhaps we can help. Whether it’s beautiful, cutesy or spectacularly colourful presents you’re on the hunt for, we’ve a selection of goodies that might just appeal:

Hand painted ceramics from £11 plus p&p

Hand painted ceramics from £11 plus p&p http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

1. South African ceramic bowls: each one unique and beautifully hand painted in vibrant colours. Great for al fresco dining and perfect for all manner of nibbles. From £11 plus p&p.

2. Flamingo watering cans: bright and cutesy! And isn’t watering plants the perfect therapy for any teacher after a year of maths, medieval history or far too many months spent with the periodic table. Comes in cheery fish shape too. £14.50 plus p&p.

3. You’re a Shining Star Photo Frames: we love these hand crafted bone inlay frames. And make sure your teacher doesn’t miss you this summer by including a fabulous picture of yourself too! From £24 plus p&p

4. Elephant Hooks: they’re fun and fabulously colourful and will help make finding those ever illusive house or car keys a thing of the past. One thing less in life to stress about for just £4.50 plus p&p

5. Candles: isn’t everything better by candlelight…and our candles come in a great variety of summer shades. £2 each. We’ve terracotta potted candles too (unscented or Indian Basil scented). £4 each (p&p applies to all)

All available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

flamingo watering cans: £14.50 plus p&p

flamingo watering cans: £14.50 plus p&p http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk