Back in April I posted about a lucky dip bag that I had bought from Claire Barclay Draws, an illustrator who's work I had been admiring on Instagram for a while. Purchasing this lucky dip package sparked what is turning out to be a long term love affair, and since then my collection has grown and grown. Each time payday rolls around I can't help but treat myself to a new piece! Today I thought I'd share a little peek in to my ever growing collection.
My wee brooches will usually be found adorning one of my two denim jackets which I wore all summer, however now that the winter is drawing in they'll soon be moving on to proper coats. Is it bad that I want to buy specific colours of coats to coordinate with my brooches? Hmmm...
I don't usually wear the earrings the way they were intended, however I do wear them as collar pins which you can see in this outfit post. I'm not a big earring fan, but they make such an adorable addition to any shirt!
Some of my non-jewellery pieces by Claire include this Luxury Lambrini print which is the main piece in my little collection of prints decorating my bookcase. It handily covers up the doodles I scrawled on their when I was in high school, and it always makes me smile when I see it in the morning.
I also have a Glasgow Girl tote bag which comes pretty much everywhere with me. A girl can never have enough tote bags, but why settle for boring ones when you can coordinate them with the rest of your jewellery collection? It even came on holiday with me, and was the perfect size for carrying all of my everyday essentials.
Colours & Carousels
One of the biggest pieces, and probably my favourite, in my collection is undoubtedly my blog header. When I was redesigning my blog a couple of months ago I knew that I wanted it to be packed full of personality and an aesthetic that I love, so Claire was the obvious choice! Every time I click on to my blog and see my header I'm filled with happiness, it sums me up perfectly. When I ordered a custom necklace recently Claire was kind enough to include a little brooch version of my header, which is just one of many reasons why I think she's a total babe.
I love a bit of Scottish cheek, so my Geeze a Winch necklace is one of my favourites. It always gets a giggle when people realise what it says, but it can also be a tad awkward having to explain it to someone who doesn't get it! If you are one of those people, geeze a winch is essential a slang way of asking for a kiss ;)
My personalised name necklace was a little pre-birthday treat to myself that I had been eyeing up for a while. It comes in particularly handy when you have an accent that is apparently impossible for any Starbucks barista to understand, and there has been many an occasion where I'll just point to my necklace instead of attempting to over enunciate my name.
Back in July I included the cat lady necklace in my birthday wishlist, then it turned up at my door a few days later as a surprise gift from Lis. I may have shed a tear or two at how sweet the gesture was. I will never have enough cat themed pieces in my wardrobe, and this is perfect for that strange occasion when a cat print skirt or top may be seen as "too much". I try to avoid those situations though.
Finally, my most recent piece was a custom commission that I'd been dreaming up for a little while. Whilst a lot of my pieces from Claire's shop have a very Glaswegian leaning, I was eager to have something that stayed true to my roots. I sent Claire a somewhat vague email, I knew that I wanted it to be blue and have some cute little bees (Manchester's adopted symbol) hanging about, and this is the beauty she came up with. I'm going to be taking this with me when I head down to visit family next week and already can't wait to wear it there! I get strangely excited about little things like this.
I think the next addition to my collection might be this cute little Be Happy necklace, or the quirky That'll Brie Nice necklace that speaks to me as someone who is obsessed with cheese. I'm also eyeing up her selection of bunting, but I might save that for when I eventually move out again.
Do you have a favourite designer? What do you think of Claire's work?