Gorgeous buys for starting that Christmas wishlist

With Christmas fast approaching I have already started making a wishlist (of which most of it will only be dreamed of). These are some superhot buys the festive season is bringing us!

1. Super cute fox scarf from Donna Wilson. I love it.

2. Cowboy / hippie boots from Bertie and sold by House of Fraser. You can pretty much rock them with any outfit.

3. It’s Paper Dear monthly box of paper-y goodness.

4. Beautiful cosy slippers by Urban Knit. I’m definitely getting these!

5. Anthropologie’s measuring cups. Perfect for that baker in your life, even if you are refering to yourself!

6. Gorgeous terrariums by Wit and Whistle, or make your own if you are the adventurous kind.

7. Bold and pretty, heart jumper by ASOS. I must confess I got this for myself as an early self Christmas pressie.

And also a few goodies for men! I guess you guys deserve some presents too : )

1. Supernice slippers for men by Wooly Baby. They also have some for women.

2. Much awesomeness in this ugly Christmas jumper by Skip N’ Whistle

3. Mark’s 2013 Weekly Diary by Monocle. Full of pockets and useful things.


Get stamping with these downloadable freebies

I am crazy about stamps. You can use them for all occasions, on birthday or thank you cards, on name tags, on little notes, as a pattern to make some cool gift wrap, pretty much you can use them everywhere. I am so crazy about stamps that I thought it would be the best idea to create a signature stamp for my other half and I. It would be like a fun personal mark AND it would be super cool. Let me tell you we have never looked back, I have never looked back.

My advice is: get cracking! If you don’t have the necessary software on you computer to create something digitally then grab a permanent marker and sketch away. The best thing is that it can be anything. I’ve used a curly hair face to sign my name forever so I thought it would be appropriate to use it in ours but you can just use your name, ask a friend that has some nice hand writing or make a cute drawing like me! After that, scan it and send it to a stamp maker. They are loads and it’s really easy to find one that suits you on Google. I used The English stamp company because it’s one of the few in England that still does stamps with a wooden handle for a fair price.

It has been a few months since we got out stamp made and it has had its fair amount of uses so I thought it was time to get some new ones in. I created some new designs and so far I have behaved and only got made two of them. I guess the rest will follow when I can no longer contain myself!

I thought I could put them up here as well for you guys to download and get your own stamps made! You can also print them out on brown or color paper and use them as little tags. Download here no.1 Delicious, no.2 Wow, no.3 Totally awesome and perfect for little handmade goodies no.4 Made with love

Lastly, these are some of my favorite stamp ideas out there at the moment. I am really pleasantly surprised by the cuteness you can achieve with this pencil stamp idea by stampaholic Carloe Liu. Use the rubber as a stamp to make your own pattern as it shows in the picture or cut the rubber in a triangular shape and create loads of stamp-bunting!

I also love love love the stamps in Eat Pray Create Etsy’s shop. They are mega cute and I will surely be taking them as inspiration in the future. Out there, there is literally a stamp for everything, ready to suit all needs and purposes, so bring some ink into your life and get stamping away!

For the love of cake

A few weeks ago, a coffee shop opened right by where we live. We visited a couple of times in their first 10 days. Finally a cool place to go for a coffee within walking distance! It’s tiny, it’s super cute and most importantly its really nice owners were looking for a baker to supply them with cakes.
A couple of days later I presented them with two samples of my delicious banana and walnut loaf, and lemon and poppy seed cake! Yum! They loved them as much as I do and decided to take my cakes on board!  Yesterday my assistant / boyfriend George delivered the first batch of two orange cakes and one lemon and poppy seed cake.
I’m hoping to expand my limited repertoire soon, I will keep you posted. On the meantime this is one of my favorite way to take cakes over to someone’s house. Super easy to make and it makes them look adorable. They are from Making Nice in the Midwest and you can find the tutorial here.
These pretty peacock measuring spoons from Our Workshop are definitely on my wish list.
And finally, this is one of the most useful prints for baking I have ever come across! It’s from Chasing Delicious and it has saved me a lot of measuring in the past and I hope it does for you as well! Happy baking!

Quirky buys from the fair

After sharing with you in my last post all the little quirky stalls we saw at the Renegade Craft Fair last weekend, I thought it would be nice to show off what we walked out with.

Hello Dodo was selling some lovely prints, we took home Ship in a bottle to join our ever growing collection. The flat is really small so we are still debating where to put it up.

Mollie Makes was promoting its sister brand new magazine The Simple Things. I walked out with an subscription and issue 1 under my arm! I have had the chance to read most of it and it hasn’t disappointed. A lot let knitting orientated than Mollie Makes, The Simple Things finds a good balance between craft, lifestyle, food and gardening features. Interesting, easy to read and beautiful photography, what else could you want! I can’t wait for issue 2.

Lastly, the talented illustrator Alice Tams had a little stall with products featuring her awesome Birds in Hats. A personal favorite of mine is the penguin in a fez but this time we bought this tiny pocket mirror as a present for a friend. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever? Don’t forget to check out her Etsy shop.

Lastly, a recurring theme at the RCF – and pretty much everywhere else – are the forever cool facets. I love pastel colored facets, I think an absolute wining combination! I bough these super cute earrings from Oh Hello Friend everything in their stall was so nice and I wish I had bough more of their stuff.

Other facets themed items at the Renegade Craft Fair that I wanted to take home with me and watch the sun rise while hugging them.

1. Mr Nico jewelery   2. Made by me me me brooches and earrings   3. Lovely pigeon brooches and earrings

Also, these are other some facet inspired bits and bobs must-haves that I have seen and I think you should know about : ) I think the Eley plant pot is the cutest thing since teacup pigs.

Get yourself one of this facets stamps from Extase to add to cards, your diary, a sketchbook…do you really need a reason to get any of these beauties?