To All My Friends and Shop Supporters

These are uncertain times. I hope all my friends, shop supporters and customers are well and safe. I would like to say it’s business as usual at Feral HQ, but of course it isn’t. As we work from home and live in a somewhat remote, rural area, self-isolation is a norm. We have the luxury here to do this without much change, but some of my suppliers have been affected by the Shelter in Place Order in California. I collaborate with many other small makers and businesses and they are all affected. We are in this together. 

Like many of you, I am one of the vulnerable with multiple pre-existing, chronic conditions one of which is life-threatening asthma that is triggered by respiratory infections. I’m grateful to everyone who is self-isolating too. I know not everyone can. I think the terms “social distancing” and “self-isolating” might describe the physical reality of these actions but really they are deeply communal behaviours, protecting the weakest and most vulnerable. In the words of one of the many memes on the subject, “The one that stayed away saved the rest.” One of my friends said that it feels like the quietest general strike.

I love that. We are quietly striking for each other, for life. Things are coming up in the quiet, too: kindness and birdsong, the steely warmth of hope, the sun on the daffodils, new nettle shoots. Spring is here.

There are some big changes happening on Etsy where sadly corporate greed has finally taken over completely. Until I know how their new changes will affect sellers, I must put my Etsy shop on indefinite holiday mode, but everything will continue on feralstrumpet.co.uk. If you need a pleasant distraction of pretty things to look at, come on by. I’m making orders and photographing a lot of vintage I’ve recently sourced. I plan for regular shop updates to go out also because beauty is useful, always. What would you like to see from me?  What can I do to lighten these times a bit for you?

Please keep in touch– my customers and my shop supporters are my community!

Five Miracles, New In


I’ve been busy sourcing statement brooches,inspired by the pins worn by powerful women from the characters on Sabrina to Justice Lady Hale. Specifically, I’ve come across a treasure trove of vintage Miracle brooches and pendants. These Miracle pins look wonderful with hand knits. Brooches are also a good way to wear vintage if you have metal sensitivities, pinning them to layered clothing that doesn’t touch the skin.

These Miracle pieces are inspired by heavy Scottish silver pins inset with bold Scottish agate of the type favoured by Queen Victoria. She popularised these pins during her era, starting a fashion for weighty pieces, designed to hold heavier woollen fabrics and offset the deep colours used in tartan plaids. These modern versions by Miracle introduced Celtic elements into the designs and used glass to mimic natural stone. The ones I offer here were made in the 60s-80s. The brand Miracle began as a maker of costume jewellery in the UK in the 1940s and contemporary jewellery marked Miracle is now made by St. Justin in Cornwall.

This is the first of a larger collection of vintage Miracle pieces I’ll be offering in the future. You can find them in the What’s New section of the shop.

Vintage Folkloric Beauties in the Shop this Week

Spring is in the air, though it is still very chilly here in the North of Scotland. Mike and I have just returned from a walk in Wrack Wood where the snowdrops carpet the ground all around. They are my favourite flowers– full of the fire of the waking earth.

This week’s shop update we have several vintage horse brasses, each with a fascinating history. These small magical objects make beautiful altar decor and and also accent small corners or spaces in your home.

I’ve also found the sweetest little pewter bat pin back. She is waiting to flutter her way onto your jean jacket or dungarees!

Plus, there’s a new colour in the ever popular fairy drops design. The rustic amber has beautiful colour variants.