Milly Inspired

155 Sales


Milly Inspired

155 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
Gemma Petherbridge

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Gemma Petherbridge


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Fran Hefferman

Fran Hefferman on Mar 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great personalized card, I really liked it.

Charlotte Ledger

Charlotte Ledger on Nov 24, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely gorgeous quality. Card and printing were great. Arrived quickly and with the message and map as requested. Perfect for a going away card or when someone you care about is far away. Thank you

CharlotteandJohn Bruton

CharlotteandJohn Bruton on Aug 18, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This is a keepsake card for anyone. We've lived in several different countries over the 10years of our marriage so this was a perfect card. Be great if you did framed pictures

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A little about 'Milly's Cottage'.

Here at Milly's Cottage, a growing company based in Dorset, we design beautiful gifts. We are a boyfriend and girlfriend team, designer Gemma and her partner Russ.

We wanted to create truly unique items that not only allowed our customers to personalise their own gifts but we wanted to ensure that the personalisation process was simple, stress free, and that our customers don't have to go to a million different places to find the perfect present. And we wanted them to be able to buy locally! We know that our customers like to 'buy local' and support the British economy.

When we started the business we had to run it from our tiny little place in London and we were working every hour God sent to create our personalised designs. We wanted to ensure that each design was just right. We both spent our time searching-out and testing new methods and materials to constantly improve and evolve our collection. That is still how we spend our time! It was absolutely worth it, as people seemed to like our products as much as we do!

It seemed that we were on to something!

After a short time the business was too big for our little flat, we were even having to sleep on the floor just to make room for it! Soon we both gave up our 9-5's; it was a tough decision to make -- Russ had been at his job for over 25 years! We headed off to greener pastures in lovely Dorset.

The name of our company comes from us dreaming big, we always hoped that one day we would own a lovely cottage with a roaring fire for our cat Milly to curl up in front of.

We are still dreaming big, we know work full time with 7 freelancers who help us with our designs and our products and we are still constantly surprised by how popular the business has become. We are not going to sit on our laurels though, we are always thinking of new products, and new exciting ideas. We started with prints, then cards, and now jewellery, with numerous ideas still in the pipeline so what this space… the future is bright.

Five fun facts about Millie's Cottage:

Our 5 favourite products:
1. Chalkboard Wedding Backdrop - I love this because it is so tall and dramatic and can be adapted to include all the areas of a couple's special day.
2. I Love You Because Print - From our original launching range this is still one of our top sellers, especially for Valentine's Day.
3. Destination Map Card - I have seen this card used for anything and everything. People pick maps relating to where their friend is going travelling, the far from home locations, they are housed over Mother's or Father's Day and even for the international location for someone's wedding
4. Our NEW Gold Foiled prints - yes we are SO proud to have found a way to add foil to personalised prints.
5. Personalised Memories Print - A simple typographic design depicting the memories shared between two people or even a family.

Five things that help us work in the office:
1. Well, Gemma cannot start a working day without her double expresso so that is a major office requirement. No espresso no work!
2. In total we have 3 printers, all with loads of different functions (Gemma's toys).
3. There are whiteboards all around the studio displaying our next product ideas.
4. Russ is particular to a good storage box but, with so many packing material options, he really needs them.
5. Finally, Gemma is one for a good business book and has a full bookshelf of different reads.

Five things that we love to do in our spare time: ......
1. Sundays are our only full day off so we start with a coffee and a good read in bed (the newspaper for Russ and a Blog or two for Gemma).
2. We love our films so the £2.50 films on a Tuesday at Dorchester's Odeon is our number one 'Date-night' option.
3. Trips to London - We may have moved away from the madness of central London but we still absolutely love visiting when we can.
4. We are foodies, so we love to plan a day out around a delicious meal.
5. ...because we are foodies we like to go to the gym or do anything active!

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  • Gemma Petherbridge

    Founder And Designer-Maker For Milly's Cottage

    Designer-Maker from Bath, UK. Milly's Cottage launched while I lived in London with my boyfriend, Russ & cat, Milly. Now the 3 of us have moved to Dorset & work full time for our little company. To read more visit our blog:

Shop policies

Last updated on May 29, 2016
Hi, my name is Gemma and I am the proud owner and Design-maker for our handmade personalized gift store, Milly Inspired.

Driven by all things handmade, I have been an artist and crafts person all my life. Originally from Bath, England, I now live in Chichester on the south coast of England.

Milly Inspired prides itself on offering only purely personalized gifts. All our print designs can be made completely bespoke and all can have a unique gift message added to the design.

Please have a look around our store, if you have any questions or comments you would like to send me, please do. I look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like to learn a little more about us then visit our blog:

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
No orders can start to be produced until payment is received in full.
We always endeavour to create your proof within 48 hours of receiving your order. Prints and mounted items go for printing as soon as we receive approval of your proof so the quickest turnaround time is 24 hours if you sign off your proof right away). Canvas and framed items can take up to 4 days longer than unframed prints.

Pleased be rest assured that you will be updated through the entire transaction process so that you know what is happening with your order every step of the way.

Prints are shipped in a postal tube. Mounts are posted flat packed with a hard backed support. Canvas and framed items have several layers of bubble wrap and cardboard for support.

Shipping is from the UK.

Shipping to the UK will take approx.: 1-2 working days from the date of dispatch.

Shipping to Europe will take approx.: 5-10 working days from the date of dispatch.

Shipping to the USA and the rest of the world: 7-10 days from the date of dispatch. However it can take longer, particularly if delayed at customs.

Framed and canvas items cannot be sent outside the UK.
Refunds and Exchanges
We will always exchange and replace any mistakes we make. Any mistakes which are the responsibility of the buyer, i.e. incorrect spellings, grammar may incur discretionary charges for alterations or replacements.

Due to the bespoke made-to-order nature of our personalized items, once dispatched a personalized gift is non-refundable. If an item is signed off and then more changes to the design are requested, these maybe subject to an addition cost.

If an item is faulty or damaged on receipt then the customer must tell us immediately. We will then send a replacement as soon as possible. We must be informed of any problems no later than 14 working days after the items is received.
Additional policies and FAQs
We always enjoy taking on commissions and are happy to hear about potential Wholesale offers so please do get in contact.

All designs featured on this website under the Milly Inspired shop front are property of Milly Inspired Ltd and cannot be duplicated without permission. This includes all E-mails and proofs which a customer of Milly Inspired may receive.

A Press Pack is available by contacting: studio [!at]