Friday, 31 December 2010



Here are some pictures of bunting Ive made recently - Ella, Gracie and Callums mums kindly sent us some pictures to put on the blog!

I seem to have made i mistake with the boys bunting though - i made it to say 'Callum' but that's not Callum in the picture - that's superman!? I went for lovely bright primary coloured fabric patterned with polka dots, gingham, numbers, spacemen and stripes.

Gracie's mum asked for bright, graphic fabric so i went for a mostly pink and green colour palette, with cupcakes, polka dots, butterflies, apples, strawberries and numbers and i think it looks fab with Gracie's bright floral wallpaper.

Ella (Gracie's little sister) needed a soft, vintage colour palette for her bunting so i used lots of pale pink and green fabric - florals, gingham, kittens and spots. And in the corner - it looks like Ella has one of our lovely white 'Thomas' bears - lucky girl!

Carry Me Home bunting is made to order. Just tell us the name or word you would like, if there are any particular fabrics or themes you want, and what colours you fancy! Pop in to the shop and say hello or drop us an email. Hand made by me, can be ready to collect from the shop, or posted to you in a week. Remember bunting isn't the only thing we personalise - Gayle personalises t shirts, baby grows, bibs and hats too!

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Hello again!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, spent time with family and friends, ate lots and got lots of lovely pressies! Me and Gayle certainly did! The shop is open again now, until New Years Eve - check here to see our opening times, and remember you can shop on our website at any time. Our bestselling baby grow - 'Been Inside for 9 months' is back in stock for those of you waiting, and we have lots of beautiful dresses new in too x

Monday, 20 December 2010

Childrens Wear Buyer

Wow! Gayle is in this months Childrens Wear Buyer magazine! Shes on page 12 - an interview about Christmas sales, here it is!

Are you feeling confident about sales in the run up to Christmas? I think you have to feel confident at this time of year, if at no other time. We have so many beautiful things; hand made toys are our usual best sellers, such as the Carry Me Home bear from our own inhouse brand - and we have some lovely knitwear this season, too. There's massive competition from online sites but I'm hoping our online purchases will make up about 20% of sales and, though I'm finding customers are spending a little less than last year, we've already had more sales online. In terms of going into sale this winder, we wont do so until January; i don't like to feel pressured to go into sale and you cant compete with the large stores, so i don't. Are you doing anything special instore to help attract more Christmas shoppers? We're involved in Grazia magazines Christmas party evening, where all the shops in the London area offer 20 per cent off one night in the run up to Christmas. There's music and drinking and hopefully lots of shopping. We also offer this discount to our online customers who cant make it.
Are you providing any extra services instore? We provide a custom-made service all year round, which does really well at Christmas. All of the inhouse Carry Me Home designs can be personalised with names or anything the customer would like. We also have custom-made bunting this year; customers can choose the fabrics if they want to or we can match it to their room decoration.

Stocking fillers and gifts for £10 and under - part 2

Time for part 2 of our stocking filler ideas! These wooden soldier skittles have been by far our best seller this Christmas. They are hand painted and come in a little draw string bag, and cost £9.50.

These little socks are my favourite - only £5.95, they fit 0 - 12 months. We have brown or blue trainers for boys, and pink, red or black Mary Janes for girls. Also available - 2 pairs in a gift box for £14.95.

We have a big selection of Beauty and the bib at the moment - pink and blue cupcakes, red apples, strawberries, ladybirds and Christmas puddings! £10 each, they come in a little gift bag so you don't even need to wrap them up!

We have lots of hair treats by Arty and Bella in stock - the ones shown are all £8.95. We have hair bobbles and clips, perfect for little girls. We also have some very cute plasters for £4.50 - spectacular circus, or my favourite - strong man! Remember we are open 11 - 7 this week so come and say hello if you need to get some last minute pressies for Christmas!

Stocking fillers and gifts for £10 and under - part 1

Wow - we have so many lovely stocking fillers and little gifts that Ive had to do the post in 2 parts! If your anything like me you still have some last minute bits and bobs to get before Christmas - Carry Me Home have lots of lovely things! Our best selling 'oops' bibs are only £3.50, and come in white, pink, blue or yellow. And we have some amazing mobile lights for only £9.50 - available as elephants, angels and moons.

We also have some really cool new bibs from Rock Your Baby - glamorous pearls, 'Its OK I'm with the band' in silver glitter on red, or how about a mum and dad tattoo on a striped background? All £8.95 - what a bargain!

These little games really are perfect stocking fillers for cheeky little monkeys - the snap cards feature nursery rhymes and gorgeous vintage inspired illustrations, and are only £2.95. The Heads and Tails game is £3.95 and will keep little ones entertained on Christmas morning while you have a bit of a lie in!

Gayle's hats make a really lovely little gift at £8.50, and come in blue, pink or white. We have loads of different sayings and pictures on them, including 'Monkey', 'Love Me', 'Little Man' and 'Star', or we can personalise them with baby's name. Of course they match our baby grows and bibs, but they are also perfect on there own.

Stevens 'Happy Accident' badges are perfect for stockings or slipping inside a Christmas card. Unbelievably cute, and very nicely packaged, they are only £1.65. We have cute animals, cartoon characters, vintage illustrations and lots more! My favourite has got to be the rabbit in the front. We have loads more to choose from, come in and ask to have a look!

We are open from 11 till 7 every day this week, and till 8 on Thursday so if you need to do any last minute Christmas shopping after work or during your lunch break this is the place to come! Check back soon to see the rest of our stocking fillers and gifts under £10.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Outfit of the week

Can you believe its only 6 days till Christmas?! This time next week i will be scoffing chocolates and watching old films on the telly! Anyway, For the girls outfit this week, i had to use one of our new skirts. This is my favourite one, really bright pink. We also have the skirt in a lovely sugary pink, and white too. They are 1-2 years - Perfect for little princesses! Clashed it with a long sleeve tuxedo top for a very smart look, and added one of Stevens brightly coloured brooches too.

A very cool look for the boys. One of our new baby grows from 'Rock your baby' - goes perfectly with an 'I'm with the band' bib and some cute blue socks. We are available for outfit and gift ideas up until Christmas eve so come in and see us in the shop on Carnaby street, or have a look on our website.

Do you feel Christmassy yet?

If 'Christmassy' is a real word, i have no idea how to spell it! Look at all the lovely festive goodies we have - Christmas pudding bibs from Beauty and the bib, Gayles been making lots of these cute 'My first Christmas' bibs, and my favourite, the little knitted pudding hats and booties!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Gayle's Christmas Window

Here are a couple of photos of Gayle's amazing Christmas window display - why not pop into Kingly Court to have a look if your in London doing your Christmas shopping? The toys and clothes featured in the display are available to buy in the shop, and also online. Hope your all well under way with your Christmas shopping - we've got lots of lovely gifts and stocking fillers in the shop if your stuck for ideas!

Outfit of the week

Wow, can you believe its less than 2 weeks till Christmas?! Time seems to be going faster the closer it gets! For boys this week is our ever popular anchor play suit, new in with longer sleeves and legs to make it extra cosy. Its goes perfectly with our sheep skin mittens and Dylan the bear! We also have anchor suits in red, with short sleeves and legs. For girls is one of our new dresses from Steven - lovely bright apples, with cute polka dots on the back. The dresses are reversible - this one has some vintage florals on the inside. Of course i had to put a red apple bib with this dress! And a lovely stripy knitted bunny - love the long floppy ears! Shop online on our website, or come into the shop in Kingly court where we will help you come up with some nice outfit or gift ideas!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Carnaby Christmas decorations 2010

For those of you who haven't had a chance to pop along to see the decorations on Carnaby street... here they are! Kingly court is also looking very festive - check the blog again soon to see Gayle's Christmas window!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Outfit of the week

Ive gone for some nice, red, festive looks this week (I'm starting to feel Christmasy now that uni is finished!). For the girls is a cute reversible Minimod dress. Pink and red strawberries on one side, and really bright polka dots on the other. This dress is in 1 - 2 years, but we have lots of other dresses (by Minimod and Steven) from 6 -12 months right up to 2 - 3 years. This dress goes perfectly with our stripy red and white cardi, and to give the outfit a festive feel Ive added a white knitted berry hat and a pink Christmas pudding bib.

For boys is a lovely little 'one off' Christmas baby Long sleeve top by Gayle. Its the only one we have this year, and its so cute! In 0 - 3 months for baby's first Christmas. Added a Micheal the Monkey toy and some cute trainer socks in navy, and a lovely knitted red berry hat. Check our website for more lovely outfit ideas, or come and say hello in our Carnaby street shop (and check out all the Christmas decorations while your at it - amazing!).


Hello! Sorry for the lack of blogging recently... here are 2 reasons why there hasnt been much news to share. The obvious one, the snow, which im sure has affected everyone this last week. This photo was taken between my house and the train station. Believe it or not there is a road under there somewhere! One night this week, i was stranded in London all night, another day i couldnt get into London at all (which was actually yesterday - sorry Gayle!), and another day it took me 3 hours to get in! Its started to melt now - hopefully it all goes away and then comes back on Christmas morning! I have also been really busy at uni this week, finishing of my project, which is being exhibited in the library at Chelsea College of Art (next to Tate Britain if your passing!). Its all finished now, so for the next few weeks i can concentrate on blogging and Christmas shopping! We have lots of lovely Christmas gifts in store and online at the moment, keep checking back to the blog for a post on stocking fillers!