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    Stationery geeks, this one is for you!

    by  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 • Latest trends, Stylish shopping • 1 Comment

     

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    From purveyors of all things stationery Present & Correct

    What better excuse is there than National Stationery Week, to just take a moment of appreciation for this sublime genre of practical heaven. That feeling of collecting (and never wanting to use!) a pristine rubber or a set of colouring pencils, has never quite left me.

    It’s interesting that in this digital age where we are all fused by the fingers to our computers, tablets and phones, that the trend for highend and beautifully designed stationery is on the up. Maybe it’s nostalgia that’s creating the demand or perhaps it’s the fact that nothing can replace a hand written note and I don’t think we’re quite ready to let go of all things paper that lets the stationery live on!

    My dream desk scenario below would of course be for display only, there would be a drawer full of boring items stashed away that could be used without fear of ruining! (You may note the computer keyboard, but I think that counts these days!).

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    From the top Haul no.1: The Long List notepad, £9, Kate Spade range, John Lewis; Wooden Stapler, £15, and Boutique Green Alphabet pencil case, Marks & Spencer; Raindrops magazine file, £7, Paperchase; Cube Tape Dispenser, £60, Tom Dixon; Blue Stripy Wooden Triangle Ruler, £27, Hay range, Liberty; Blackbird notebook, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop; Brass Foldback Clips, £6.50, Quill London; Ballpoint Pen, £3 each, Smug; Board 2, from £111, Orée; Phi Scissors £27, Hay range, The Goodhood Store.

     

    From the top Haul no.2: Pegboard Medium, £40, Block; Washi Tape Set of 8, £16.50, Papermash; Maple Pen Pot, £23, Another Country range, Selfridges; XOXO Notecard Set, £12, Quill London; Classic Brass Paperclips, £7.50, Present & Correct; Metal Storage Basket, £6.99, H&M.

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    Christmas candle ideas

    by  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 • Seasonal buys, Stylish shopping • 1 Comment

    I love candles. I light them all year round but especially at Christmas when I can go a little candle crazy. If there’s ever a blackout, you can all come round to mine! In our December issue I put together a few candle make ideas using everyday household items. To help with the festive inspiration, I thought I’d share them on the blog too…

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    1. Jazz up some jars Make a floating candle display using Kilner jars. Add berries, rosemary and eucalyptus to the jars, then fill them two-thirds full with water. Place a floating candle inside and light. Wrap a length of ribbon around the top of the jar to finish off. For similar ribbon, try Jane Means.

    Christmas candles, table setting, christmas, ideal home, home shopping spy, alice humphrys2. Display pastry cases This simple idea will show your candles off beautifully. Fill metal pastry cases with individual red berries and put a tealight or short pillar candle in each. Line them along a mantelpiece or along the length of a table to really make an impact. I used Silverwood fluted flan tins, £14.95 for four, Divertimenti.

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    3. Plant in old pots Turn terracotta pots into candle holders. Place florist’s foam in the base of each pot, then press in dinner candles. Fill the pots with moss up to 2cm below the rim, then add berries, holly and other foliage. Display in an old fruit crate or metal bottle carrier. For florist’s foam, try Oasis foam brick, £1.39, Hobbycraft.

    This idea is my favourite as I love coming up with new uses for my cherry fruit crate. I’d love to know what you think of these ideas and what you might be doing this Christmas…

     

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    Wise words from Clerk Ink Well

    by  • Friday, April 27, 2012 • Craft, Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, Stylish shopping • 3 Comments

    For all you letterpress lovers out there, here’s a little Friday afternoon treat. Clerk Ink Well (based in, yep, you guessed it – Clerkenwell. Clever!) are Huw Griffith and Tessa Nicholson and they have a lovely 19th century Wharfedale letterpress. Huw is arty and Tessa likes words and so together they have come up with a few posters with fun slogans…

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    Each print is hand-cranked through their letterpress and look at their lovely fruit wood printing blocks…such joy…

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    Tee hee! I like this one…

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    They use the finest handmade paper and hand mixed vegetable based inks. Prices start from £45 (unframed) and are available to buy from the Clerk Ink Well website. Bon weekend all et bon nuit (je suis suffering somewhat from post-editorial awards fatigue). Sigh. - Alice

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