Wouldn’t you though
My other half is pretty good at buying gifts, and he stumbled upon the rather lovely Yvonne Ellen homewares way before I did (he LOVES kitchen shops; I’ve lost hours of my life in them, that I shall never get back)! Anyway, this Christmas, I was a lucky lady to be in receipt of this rather quirky tea cup and milk jug that says gin and tonic (like I need any more encouragement).
Mr Muddy bought the goods on Not On The High Street, but I subsequently visited Yvonne’s site to see if they had anything for the Mother-in-Law, and yes indeedy, they did! Yvonne’s strong passion for beautiful fine bone china alongside her love of quirky, decorative illustration, really peps up your offering when your friends come to call for tea (or gin, as mine tend to do). They’re have a vintagey vibe, but they’re really contemporary too and there’s quite a bit to choose from in the range (tea cups, tea pots, plates, jugs, tea towels etc.) Prices aren’t dead cheap, but pretty reasonable, under a tenner for the tea towels, and around the £35 mark for a tea cup and saucer.
If, like me, you use functional stuff around the house as art (cheapskate I hear you cry), then you’ll see these striking designs are well suited to being displayed (as per my cabinet above, natch ; ).
Every piece is carefully and lovingly designed and made right here in Britain, and the Yvonne Ellen ethos is they only sell beautiful things they would absolutely love to own themselves.
Check them out; but be careful when you chin, chin; they are bone china after all!