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Featured Shop: Yvonne Ellen

Feb 28, 2014

by Yvonne Ellen

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Yvonne, and I design and make a unique range of upcycled vintage tablewares for my shop, Yvonne Ellen. I live in the ever-inspiring city of London, England, with my boyfriend, Craig, and an immense amount of bone china. I make all of my pieces by hand from my home-based studio.

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I have always been attracted to all things vintage. Initially I was drawn to clothes, shoes and jewelry, which I used to raid the local charity shops for. As I got older and moved into flats and houses I had to furnish myself, I became more and more interested in vintage housewares. I wanted to find unique and quirky pieces that would enhance my living environment.

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I love nothing more than hunting through piles and piles of old crockery at vintage fairs and charity shops to discover beautiful and unique gems ready for a transformation. Once I have a good collection, I set to work creating quirky designs with a sense of charm and intrigue. I am intrigued by the stories behind the long-forgotten pieces that I work with, and love giving them a new lease of life for contemporary tastes.

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Combining elegant vintage pieces with playful illustrations helps to maintain a strong, cohesive feel to my work. The majority of vintage bone china I use is from extremely old English tea sets, which means that no two designs are the same. I am constantly on the lookout for pieces to rescue and remodel, and often the pieces themselves inspire the kind of designs I apply to them. I never know what I’m going to come across next, so my work is ever-changing and my customers can always find new products in my shop from one week to the next.

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I love the work I do, and being able to turn it into a business is very rewarding. It all started with a cake plate that I made as a wedding gift for a friend of mine. After some great feedback, I decided to take the leap into selling online. The thought that my plates are adorning homes all over the world is a fantastic feeling.

Maker photo by Jon Aaron Green, all others by Yvonne Ellen.

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Giraffe plate set
Giraffe plate set
yvonneellen
$64.00 USD
Gin Teacup
Gin Teacup
yvonneellen
$49.00 USD
Flamingos and Pineapples Tea Towel
Flamingos and Pineapples Tea Towel
yvonneellen
$14.50 USD
Wine in a Teacup
Wine in a Teacup
yvonneellen
$49.00 USD
Gin and Tonic Teapot and Jug set
Gin and Tonic Teapot and Jug set
yvonneellen
$112.00 USD
Fancy Flamingo Plate Pair
Fancy Flamingo Plate Pair
yvonneellen
$56.00 USD
Giraffe plates
Giraffe plates
yvonneellen
$56.00 USD
Fancy Fish plate set
Fancy Fish plate set
yvonneellen
$89.00 USD
Vodka & Tonic Tea Set
Vodka & Tonic Tea Set
yvonneellen
$84.00 USD
Gin & Vodka Teacup Set
Gin & Vodka Teacup Set
yvonneellen
$96.00 USD
Tonic Jug
Tonic Jug
yvonneellen
$35.00 USD
Boozy Tea Set For Two
Boozy Tea Set For Two
yvonneellen
$206.00 USD
Mr & Mrs teacups set
Mr & Mrs teacups set
yvonneellen
$86.00 USD
Animal Plate Set
Animal Plate Set
yvonneellen
$215.00 USD
Fancy Flamingo plate set
Fancy Flamingo plate set
yvonneellen
$64.00 USD
Fancy Flamingo Cake Plate
Fancy Flamingo Cake Plate
yvonneellen
$59.00 USD
Gin in a Teacup
Gin in a Teacup
yvonneellen
$56.00 USD
Whale of a Time plate set
Whale of a Time plate set
yvonneellen
$64.00 USD
Lobster and Chips Tea Towel
Lobster and Chips Tea Towel
yvonneellen
$14.00 USD
Stag plates set
Stag plates set
yvonneellen
$64.00 USD
Hot Dogs and Sausage Dogs Tea Towel
Hot Dogs and Sausage Dogs Tea Towel
yvonneellen
$14.00 USD
Vodka teacup
Vodka teacup
yvonneellen
$49.00 USD
Beautiful Birds plate set
Beautiful Birds plate set
yvonneellen
$89.00 USD
Gin in a Teapot
Gin in a Teapot
yvonneellen
$84.00 USD
Prosecco in a Teacup
Prosecco in a Teacup
yvonneellen
$49.00 USD
Vodka, Rum, Wine And Gin Stacking Teacup Set
Vodka, Rum, Wine And Gin Stacking Teacup Set
yvonneellen
$72.00 USD
Gin & Tonic Tea Set
Gin & Tonic Tea Set
yvonneellen
$84.00 USD

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