I am a collector of whimsical items. For as long as I can remember my shelves became a stage for beautiful, quirky items to be marveled and loved from afar (and at close range too! I got a real buzz from rearranging my trinkets into new compositions!) I think there is something rather charming about creating miniature scenes, orchestrating colour, design flair and ultimately cuteness. Queue my reignited passions for what’s-it’s & bits-n-bobs to represent me as a person. I recently discovered the hashtag #Shelfies on Social Media and it made me chuckle because I had been creating these since the early 2000’s when I had my own money to spend (unbeknownst to me that this is another category of pictures that bring together eclectic collections!)
All stories have a beginning, & Little Strawberries Co started with a peg doll! Charlotte opened her home and heart for business in April 2018 as a way to be able to work on a part time basis, to be able to spend as much time as possible with her daughter. As the humble peg doll was the where this journey began I was excited to request a sunshine yellow set of Flower Girls. I just adored the floral headpieces of the wooden chorus I had seen, happily scattered across a beautiful Instagram feed. By no means is the shop limited to peg dolls… there are many, wonderful wooden items (including stacking clouds, engraved name blocks which are Chatlotte’s personal favourite item to create & unicorn bookends!) that are only limited by the imagination of the Little Starwberries Co customer, as Charlotte exudes passion for creating bespoke and individual items. Each piece is unique, which is what I appreciated about my lovely ladies that arrived in yellow splendour. They are the only set that look like this! Colour combinations may be similar, but due to the handmade aspect there is a knowledge that there are going to be subtle differences from one set to the next, be it in a slightly different angle of a flower or even the expression of the eyes due to a different paintstroke. This really excites me. Each doll (or piece) is as unique as its new owner!
The quality of the dolls was really high, especially the attention to detail in the floral headpieces. They evoked images of hippy chicks who were all about peace and love. I opted for a yellow gathering; firstly as a way to keep my social media feed cohesive with the yellow colour pallet and secondly because a pop of yellow brings happiness into the home I find! I couldn’t wait to arrange my dolls and took the two matching ladies for a photo shoot around the house. I kept my doll with the more elaborate headpiece looking on from the shelf to ensure that she stayed in immaculate condition!
The days have been getting darker as we descend into the colder months of the year, but my Flower Girls certainly brought a dash of sunshine into my home. They stand out from my white shelving and I think they would look equally as beautiful on wooden shelves or on funky, contemporary examples of consoles from Ikea even! Their design speaks for themselves and I found them to be somewhat cheeky as I posed my playful pair. It made for some pretty photography. Little People would certainly appreciate these glorious items. There are many pieces that are themed and can be incorporated into various designs for little girls rooms.
There are certainly plenty of pieces for little boys too. I particularly like the teepes and wall arrows. Many designs are beautifully Scandi so there is much more scope for items to be unisex, especially when the customer opts for monochrome. There are some stunning examples of this trend on the Instagram feed.
I believe this store may be the start of a new Shelfie obsession. Watch this space for more beautiful items! I already have my eye on some glorious swans for Bea’s nursery! I don’t think I have ever grown too old for handmade, fairytale things!
Are you a Shelfie officinado? What trio of flower girls would you choose? Brights Vs Monochrome: What’s your style?
Bea’s Mummy x
These flower dolls were gifted as part of our review agreement but all opinions are my own.