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Heavens To Etsy: Andie’s Speciality Sweets – Edible Vintage Buttons

1 Mar

Every Tuesday we’ll try to bring you something a little special from Etsy. If you’ve not heard of Etsy before, it’s an online community of crafters which encompasses sellers in over 150 countries, and puts them in touch with buyers worldwide. Like any global marketplace, it has it’s fair share of junk, but it also has immensely talented and artisan craftspeople making and mending the most exquisite things.

As you deal directly with the maker, it’s very easy to commission personalised items, made to your specifications and delivered to your timetable. If you have heard of Etsy, you’ll know how addictive it can be. Some of the sellers we will link to we will have used, others we just like the look of – we’ll make it clear with each post whether we’ve ordered from them or not.

We do have a shop on Etsy, but there’s not much in it yet – take a look.

Anyway, enough about us, let’s talk about cake, a favourite subject in Love Illustrated towers. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t mention (or consume) it. Although neither of us are particularly good cooks, our genes on both sides are thick with sugar and butter – we have a selection of very talented bakers on both sides of the family. My mother, whose rum-laced Christmas cake is legendary in our household, was fairly champing at the bit to make our wedding cake, and we were immensely glad she did. As were our guests, who demolished it all!

We therefore bypassed the minefield that is wedding sugar craft – we went for a fancy cake-topper rather than intricate cake decoration to make mum’s pre-wedding creative period a little more bearable – did I mention she also did our flowers?!. If I’d have seen these Edible Vintage Buttons from Andie’s Speciality Sweets in time, though, it may have turned out differently (and possibly have given my mum a nervous breakdown).

Source: Etsy Shop for Andie’s Speciality Sweets

How impossibly cute are these? If you don’t have a willing cook in the family and want to save some money on the wedding cake, I think buying something fabulous like this and sticking them onto a pre-made plain M&S or Waitrose sponge would fool the harshest of cake critics. Then you could spend the savings on some amazing bespoke stationery from Love Illustrated, right?

Price is $75 (£47.30) for 100 buttons – shipping to the UK is not listed (you could be the first in the country to buy them!) but for comparison shipping to Ireland is $16.75 (£10.56). Find them here.

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