Introducing… Original Minnie

13 May


I should really start with properly introducing myself, and what I do.  My name is Helen, and I am Original Minnie.  I design and make (by hand) beautiful and quirky Jewellery and Greetings Cards.  I always prefer to use vintage / recycled / reclaimed materials as much as possible.  I love vintage, fashion, colour, and a (proper) Afternoon Tea – a cake stand, and china cups are a must! 😉 

In fact, my final degree show (Summer 2008) revolved around some of these favourite things… the Afternoon Tea inspired wallpapers and fabrics were all designed and hand printed by myself.  After hours and hours (actually months) in the printing room, and with the invaluable help of several peeps to decorate the room and bake the yummy cakes, the finished result was this!

Helen Mear Afternoon Tea Degree Show 2008

© Helen Mear Afternoon Tea Degree Show 2008

Helen Mear  Afternoon Tea  Degree Show 2008

© Helen Mear Afternoon Tea Degree Show 2008

I also printed the fireplace tiles, and hand-painted the ‘fabric’ pattern design onto one of the tea sets, but that is a story for another day and another blog… 


For more information about Original Minnie, or to see more of my creations, please visit  or the shop at

4 Responses to “Introducing… Original Minnie”

  1. gillyflowerjewellery May 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    This is incredible!! I LOVE the fabric and wallpaper you’ve designed, you’re so talented. And the set design is gorgeous – I love afternoon tea and am very partial to baking the odd cupcake or two!

    • Original Minnie May 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

      Thanks Gillyflower for your comments! It was a lot of hard work, but I was really pleased with the result. I spent months planning it all, and hand printing the wallpapers and fabrics. To ‘stage’ the room, I had to borrow or buy everything – the furniture, crockery, carpet, skirting board, flowers… oh, and get a helper to bake some cakes! You can’t have Afternoon Tea without any cake. I’ve seen the cupcakes on your blog – they look professionally made – you should go into production! 😉


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