December // winner

Happy December to you all!

Thank you for a great response to the December giveaway, proudly donated by Alison of My Red Scooter! (Instagram @my_red_scooter)

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the winner of the beautiful enamel flower brooch is…..

@turquoiseshoes!!! This quirky novelty brooch is the entry that has scored her another brooch to add to her collection.


Congratulations! Please email me with your postal address and I’ll happily send of the winning brooch in time for a Christmas delivery. eaenglish (at) gmail (dot) com

Keep your eyes peeled for some amazing brooch giveaways in 2014! If you’re a brooch maker/ designer or vintage seller that would like to donate a beautiful brooch to our giveaway and be featured on both this blog and The Tunabake Times, as well as getting a shout-out through Instagram, please email me with a little info about your designs, shop or otherwise and we’ll get you a spot on the calendar. Claire and I aim to support local and handmade wherever possible.

Peace and scary wreaths!

E. x


Novelty Brooch Friday // Winner



Before you is the prize and the winning entry! Thank you to Teresa for the beautiful fawn brooch and to the almost 350 entries this month! We are over the moon that there are that many other people so in love with brooches that they too just have to show them off!

Congratulations, Laurie! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s announcement of the December brooch!

I’m on the look out for some particularly festive brooches this month! Can’t wait for Christmas kitch to hit real bad. hehe

Peace and love.

E. x

Noveltybroochfriday // October

Please welcome to the blog, Babette from the Netherlands! She is our featured seller this month and has donated a darn cute brooch to boot!

She is seriously keen on brooches and we LOVE that! You can find her on Etsy, here! She also posts adorable photos on Instagram using @broesj.


1.  How did you come up with the name of your shop ‘Broesj’?

I’m Dutch. In the Netherlands we call a brooch ‘broche’, which is pronounced ‘brosj’. While I was fantasizing about starting my own Etsy-shop I came up with the name ‘broesj’.

It has something from ‘broche’ in it and sounds a bit like ‘babushka’ (the mistaken name for the Russian dolls (they are called Matryoshka pop. A babushka is a headscarf). It also connects a bit to my name, which is Babette. The best thing about the name is that people will call brooches a broesj. So they ask me ‘do you have any broesjes?’. I love that!

2.  When did your interest in brooches begin?

My interest in brooches began at an early age. I accompanied my mom to flea markets. While she was looking for little treasuries I found out that it was a great place to search for unique fashion items ánd accessories. Searching for earrings I also came across brooches. Quickly my collection started to grow.


3.  When did you turn your interest into your shop Broesj on Etsy?

In the Netherlands on queens day it’s a tradition to visit flea markets. They are being held in every city and start very early. Every year me and my mom will go on the hunt for vintage treasures.

On one of these days we came across a mega large bucket filled with brooches. Since I’m very undecisive I was hovering around the bucket a while. The salesman asked if I would like to buy the whole lot. And I did.

When it was getting a bit slower in my job as an independent graphic designer I thought about my brooches again. I started designing a card. And then I thought: why not try to sell some of those on Etsy? Since I had some doubles I could try and say goodbye to some of them. That was in November 2011 and the start of my Etsy shop.

4.  Do you have a favorite maker of jewellery/brooches?

One of my favorite brooch-makers is Lea Stein. She designs some of the craziest modern looking brooches with a magnificent material. The brooches are also quite large and recognizable.

5.  What do you think it is about brooches that people love?

With brooches people can carry out a message without saying something. Since there are so many brooches in all kinds of forms and shapes, every day they can choose what they want to say or find a brooches that accompanies their mood. Look at Madeleine Allbright for example. Through her brooches she carried out a very strong message in politics.

Thank you so much, Babette. By simply posting a photo of yourself on Instagram wearing a brooch on any Friday in October and linking it to the hash tag #noveltybroochfriday, you go into the running to win this darling little brooch from Babette’s Etsy store, Broesj!


Claire and I love showcasing independent, creative and unique designers, sellers and collectors. If you have a brooch you’d like to donate and become a part of the #noveltybroochfriday family, please email me at eaenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.

Now, go forth and brooch!

Peace and all things crafty.

E. x

Novelty Brooch Friday // September

Well, well! Whilst the original September brooch donation unfortunately fell through, the fill in brooch and supplier is a knock out, for sure! Rebecca has so sweetly donated one of these ah-mazing wooden skunk brooches for one of our 272 September entries for #noveltybroochfriday!

Claire and I both wish we could have gone into the running for this sweet little number because, as you can see, they are darling!


Thank you so much, Rebecca for saving the September day and stepping in with such a unique and fitting brooch offering. (Imma gonna buy one myself once I finish ‘Buy nothing new in October’.) Follow Rebecca on Instagram on @squirreljunkie or catch her at The Plaid Thermos! This is one lady who knows her vintage and especially her Bakelite!!


Foxy lady, no? 😉

Now, the lucky winner of this month’s truly novelty and all round wonderful brooch is……


Congrats Lenore! From one sexy vintage lady to the next. I love it!

Email Claire ( to claim your little skunk!

We will be back to our regular brooching schedule (that’s a thing) this week as we announce the very exciting seller and brooch for the October giveaway! Claire and I would just love to extend our thanks to all those who make the effort to share their little novelty brooches with the world every Friday. It lifts our spirits and helps us to promote local sellers, designers and jewellery makers that make our lives just that little bit sweeter with their inspired and talented work.

Peace and brooches.

E. x

#noveltybroochfriday // winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in the month of August! Claire and I just love the weekly burst of inspiration and loveliness that comes from this little brooch-wearing community. 🙂

Now….. August’s brooch goes to……



Congratulations! I love this little Instagrammer and I’m so happy she has won! Eep!

Stay on the look out for the September treasure..

Peace and giveaways!



August // noveltybroochfriday

August's Novelty Brooch Friday is kindly donated by Janine Middlemost. Janine's company, Middlemost Designs creates a range of products, just one of them being brooches. Janine has kindly answered five questions for us which gives a great understanding of her ethos and approach to her creative process. 


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your shop Middlemost Design?

I provide handmade clothing, jewellery and accessories made using vintage and recycled fabrics and found objects. Each piece is made by hand in my home studio, surrounded by vintage fabrics and other inspirational vintage pieces.


You work with a lot of different materials, in particular the brooch you are offering as a giveaway is cross-stitch, is this technique something find appealing? 

The brooch featured in this giveaway is made from a vintage embroidered table cloth. 

What materials do you like working with?

I enjoy working with vintage fabrics, sheeting, table cloths and tea towels.  All fabric scraps from my clothing are kept and used for smaller items like jewellery, purses and labels.


Where do you get your inspiration from and do you have any creative ethics?

I am inspired by fabric prints and textures, colour and vintage children’s books.

Are there other jewellers/artists you admire and inspire you?

Tractorgirl (Julie Gibbons) Betty Jo Designs (Liz Jones) Liana Kabel who all work with up cycled materials and found objects. Melanie from Textile Allsorts, Gay abandon body parts and Kurt Saggers from The Cats Pyjamas.

We are so pleased to be showcasing Middlemost Design’s brooch for August’s Novelty Brooch Friday so for your chance to win this cute brooch just post a picture of yourself on Instagram with your favourite brooch, entries can be submitted on any Friday from now up to and including 23rd August with the hash tag #noveltybroochfriday and we will announce the winner (randomly chosen) on Monday 26th August. Open to everyone, you can enter as many times as you like, either new or vintage brooches.

Each month Claire (@tunabake) and I will take it in turns to showcase those sellers of vintage brooches and designers we admire and love to wear ourselves.

*If you are a designer or sell vintage brooches (worldwide) and wish to donate a brooch for an upcoming month and have your shop showcased, please contact me at

Peace and corn cobs

E. x

winner // winner

Claire and I are so overwhelmed with all the entries in our #noveltybroochfriday competition. For the second month now, we have a beautiful brooch to give away and another beautiful winner.

We had 189 unique, quirky, handmade, vintage and some other totally bizarre brooches flashed around on the Fridays in July. We just love that there are people all around the world participating in this simple little idea.

My colleagues are always ready to see my brooch come Friday and some of them even wear theirs as well, even without having Instagram. It’s cute.

Claire and I both agree that it brightens our Fridays, the whole reason it started, really and we hope that it does the same for you. Now… drum roll please……




Thank you for sharing your darling little cupcake and we hope you enjoy your specially made, sewing machine brooch from Miss Betty Jo Designs. Please email me eaenglish(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your special gift.

Stay tuned for an announcement about our fabulous August Brooch. Thank you to everyone for entering, we just adore seeing all the amazing brooches out there. Keep them coming!

Peace and cupcakes.

E. x