We’re not the biggest gift givers at ibbi but we do love a Mother’s Day treat! So just in case you’re struggling to find a small something to help you celebrate on March 6th, here’s a few suggestions. We’ve chosen some of our favourite products with interesting stories, all made by artisans in marginalised communities, who we like to support. Read on for a bit of ibbi inspiration..
Why not look at:
Our hand painted espresso cups: they’re pretty, available in lots of gorgeous colours, have come all the way from South Africa and because they’re hand painted, each is unique. March 6th is definitely the day to ditch the old cracked mug with amusing slogan and serve the first delicious cup of coffee of the day in something seriously pretty!
Our metal trays: have a look at our amazing quirky metal trays. They’re available in different colours and sizes, they’re fair trade and hand crafted in Morocco, right on the edge of the Sahara. They’re stylish, unique and pretty indestructible too! Pop coffee, hot croissants, the Sunday papers and a small bunch of something handpicked from the garden on to one of these and your perfect start to Mother’s Day will be sorted.
Our baskets: our beautiful fair trade Kiondo sisal baskets from Kenya are always a hit. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and they’re great for those endless bits and bobs we all seem to have. Ideal for storing veggies, wooden spoons and spatulas in the kitchen, cotton wool balls in the bathroom. house keys, car keys, dog treats. dog leads, waste paper, kindling, endless toiletries..in fact you name it and our baskets will sort it.
Our hand painted ceramic bottles: they’re perfect for oils or great simply as stand alone decorative accessories. They look stunning when grouped together and will give your window sill, kitchen island or dining table a beautiful splash of colour!
A framed photo: whether it’s of you, the kids or your beautiful pets, a framed photograph is always special. And as we’re always looking for products with a story we especially love our recycled metal photo frames which have been a firm ibbi favourite since we discovered them last year. Lots of colours and sizes available and they look particularly good grouped together to create a stylish gallery on any wall space. So: wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, have a great day on the 6th and Happy Mother’s Day from us all! And remember, we’ve 20% off until March 6 2016. Simply use the voucher code: mum
At ibbi we love our products: they’re not only beautiful but they all have stories to tell. And our new collections of Kiondo baskets from the weaving groups in Kasigau, Kenya are no exception. By buying these products which have been created by small scale crafts people, you’re helping to uplift communities, create employment and support sustainability. The arid rural area of Kasigau is home to many talented weaving groups. Most of the weavers are women, who tend to be the main breadwinners for their families. Their primary source of income is through subsistence farming but when the rains are late or don’t come at all, it is devastating for them. Creating alternative revenue streams through practices such as weaving is therefore of the utmost importance. We are so pleased to be supporting these extraordinary people through trade in a very small way. Every basket created is entirely unique in colour, size and pattern. No two are ever the same. Kiondo baskets add a fabulous splash of colour to your home. They make great Christmas gifts and are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms: store your spatulas and spoons, decant your veggies and fill them to the brim with your bathroom bits!
So: according to the press, as we mentioned in our blog back in October, we’re currently abandoning our neutral palettes and throwing a casual splash more colour and pattern in to our homes. Hurrah! Vibrant cushions, richly coloured rugs and striking accessories are all selling like hot cakes and that probably goes to explain why our most utterly loved extra colourful hand painted ceramics are flying off the ibbi shelves right now. Hand crafted, gorgeous colours and each piece unique: do get in touch if you’d like to see more of our current collection. Product sourcing service available too.
It was the most enormous treat to visit South Africa this week and to meet so many designers and artisans, responsible for making some of our favourite collections here at ibbi. And no treat was greater than visiting the pottery where our vibrant hand painted ceramics are created. Our ceramics are colourful, sunny and beautifully bold: just like those who create them! It’s early spring in South Africa now and the gardens are bursting with spectacular flora. Fairylike emerald humming birds shimmer and miraculously hover before your eyes. And the sky is the most delicious, brilliant, beautiful blue. Inspired? Impossible not to be!
Inspired by the fabulous food writer Anna Jones: a quick ibbi lunch in the sun today: avocado mash (of course served in prettiest ibbi ceramic bowl) with lemon juice, salt & pepper. To be piled on sourdough toast and topped with fresh tomatoes, rocket, balsamic vin and olive oil. Yum…
We foodies at ibbi are always on the look out for inspirational ideas on what to gobble next. And some moons ago our fellow ibbi co-founder Anna heard about the amazing stylist and food writer Anna Jones…and now at ibbi we’re all totally hooked. Anna Jones believes vegetables are essential and should sit at the centre of every table. And her recipes, packed with grains, nuts, seeds and seasonal vegetables, are healthier and lighter (on both body and pocket) than those of many other writers too. She makes you want to eat veggie, even if you’re not vegetarian. It’s exciting, vibrant food. Discover more at http://www.annajones.co.uk and have a look at we_are_food on Instagram or treat yourself to her fabulous book: ‘A Modern Way To Cook’. We love it!
It’s official. At ibbi we simply love kantha: a sumptuous throw made from layer upon layer of finest vintage Indian cotton sari and hand stitched together by talented artisans in West Bengal, to create a unique and sumptuous throw. Kanthas make perfect picnic rugs and they’re great draped over sofas and stools. They’re delicious across the end of your bed too, if you’re looking for a unique and individual style. Today they’ve never looked better: here at our end of summer picnic on the divine deserted beaches of North Northumberland. Sam, Ella, Lucy and Lara: you did a great job!
A thing of beauty: vintage hand embroidered dowry bags, found in Rajasthan and used to create ibbi’s new collection of Mo Cushions, available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk very soon. Keep an eye on the website.
Whilst searching through the heaving markets of Rajasthan this year, we found the most exquisite discarded dowry bags. Bursting with rich texture and colour, each was unique, heavily embroidered and a thing of absolute beauty. We couldn’t resist them and our vintage collection of Mo Dowry Bag Cushions will be available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk very soon. Keep an eye on the website.