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Archive: Dec 2009

  1. Happy Christmas!


    Bestest best wishes to all my dear readers for a glorious Christmas and a very happy New Year. Thank you so much for clicking away on Wee Birdy in 2009, may your days be chirpy in 2010.

    love Top Bird xxxx

    p.s. This limited edition screen-printed card by James Brown comes from one of my favourite Wee Birdy shops for 2009, the very dreamy Frank in Whitstable. Oooh – look how sunny it was back then!

  2. the night before Christmas

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    Just popping back in to wish you a magical Christmas / Holidays. The presents are wrapped, the cooking is done, Roxy’s asleep waiting for Santa. I’ll see you on the other side.


  3. Shopping in London: Caravan


    When I first moved to London three years ago there wasn’t a lot happening on Redchurch Street … but my, how things have changed. With the opening of Terence Conran’s traditional British caff Albion at Boundary Project, as well as a slew of pop-up shops, boutiques and galleries, not to mention its proximity to Shoreditch House and Tea, Redchurch Street has evolved into East London’s latest destination for hipsters and cool kids.


    But don’t let that put you off. Especially when there are so many delights to be discovered at Caravan, which moved from its Spitalfields Market location 18 months ago. The brainchild of interiors stylist Emily Chalmers, this cosy and welcoming boutique is filled with the kind of lovely stuff you never knew you really wanted (or so desperately needed), like angel wings for candles, toadstool lamps and white ceramic owl money boxes.


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    It’s superbly edited and excellent for last-minute gifts, especially for those who love their stuff feminine and quirky with a vintage edge. And you can pick up some exceptionally well-priced things and get change from a tenner, like ceramic animal jugs (£8.50 each), small furry deers (£9.95) and hare snowdomes (£8.50).


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    Caravan is also the main retail outlet for Deborah Bowness’ distinctive hand-printed wallpaper, as well as the main UK stockist for iconic Jielde lamps. There’s also a variety of glass display domes from £29 – perfect for showcasing your favourite pieces Victorian-style (see what I mean about things you never knew you wanted?).


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    The online shop is equally lovely, with a good selection of some of the shop’s best-sellers, as well as a new
    sy and inspirational blog.


    Keep an eye out for super-friendly shop-cat Bagpuss, who may just come and rub his head on your shins as you consider your purchases.

    3 Redchurch Street
    London E2 7DJ
    Tel. 020 7033 3532
    Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map

    Opening hours:
    11am – 6.30pm every day until Christmas Eve.
    Special late night opening until 8pm every Thursday

    Click here for nearby shops I’ve reviewed in East London.

  4. And the winners are….


    The winners were chosen with an online random number generator. Congrats ladies, I’ll be in touch and you can choose your prizes.

    Edit: Barb can you email me please lisa [at] theredthread [dot] com [dot] au. I’ve already contacted the other winners but can’t get hold of you.

    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway, I really appreciate your feedback and lovely comments about my work.

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    Edit: Here is the link, and look at me typing with caps and spaces again on my gorgeous new keyboard! Who would have thought that a keyboard could be so gorgeous… it’s an Apple, and it is.

  6. Happy Christmas from Rob Ryan


    Just look at this heart-achingly tender animated Christmas greeting I got in my inbox from Rob Ryan last week. Click to play! So very Rob. Hands-down the most beautiful Christmas card of the year.

  7. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas…


    … but not around here!

    Because of my total lack of Christmas posts this year I’m doing a last minute round up and have collected some of my favourite things from some of my favourite blogs. I hope you enjoy them, and maybe they’ll lead you somewhere new, or back to an old fave.



    Cafe Cartolina.
    Aren’t these vintage matchbooks fab?!

    Hello Sandwich.

    Bloesem Kids.
    This absolutely gorgeous wreath is orginally from pickles – go and take a look at their lovely blog header too. Sweet! This image also inspires me to make more of my mini bunting.

    Katy Elliott.
    I’d love to have a white Christmas like this!


    The Style Files.

    The Lark.
    I’m always a sucker for vintage anything.

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    A Cup of Jo.

    Love. This. Wreath.

    Ingela P Arrhenius.

    Oh Joy!

    Oh, hello friend.

    dottie angel.

    Dos Family.
    There is a tutorial for this fab bauble on the Dos Family blog… maybe if I finally learn to crochet in 2010 I’ll be able to make this and the many other crochet projects I’ve been coveting this year.

    Daydream Lily.

    Be sure to visit Essimar for more totally awesome wrapping.

    Don’t forget to enter the giveawy, which ends tomorrow.

  8. Wee find: Christmas wreaths


    In all my (two) years of posting about Christmas wreaths, I don't think I've ever stumbled across anything as unashamedly romantic and pretty as this antique garden rose and rose hip wreath (from £90) by The Real Flower Company.


    I also love the festive simplicity of this rose hip and ivy wreath. The last delivery before Christmas is Wednesday 23rd December – perfect for a lovely (and unexpected) last-minute gift as well as
    a welcoming door decoration. They also offer same-day delivery to any
    London postcode from their Selfridges concession.

  9. Welcome new Wee Birdy sponsors

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    A big warm festive welcome to One Boutique, Bbel, Makers Online and Scribble House who are joining the Wee Birdy nest this month.

    One Boutique
    A relatively new addition to the online shopping landscape, One Boutique allows you to shop for clothes and accessories from some of the UK’s best independent boutiques, like Mya Rosa in Somerset, Prettyful Things in Norton and Chameleon in Carlisle. Keep an eye out for quirky finds by small designers, as well as pieces by the likes of Alex Monroe, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and By Marlene Birger.

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    Every single element of UK-based independent jewellery label Bbel is made by hand, right down to the hand-formed clasps. Inspired by the natural world, there’s an abundance of flora and fauna and in the current collection, including a charming ‘fox stole’ necklace and delicate lily necklace. The prices are also very good, with a silver personalised heart necklace with 14kt gold for £39.


    Scribble House
    a wide collection of luxe leather gifts and stationery, UK-based
    Scribble House is a family-run business – and a great place to shop for
    gifts. Look out for their luxury leather-bound notebooks that come in a myriad shades (and start at a very reasonable £24), as well as the London A-Z books, which features an underground map insert. Perfect gift for London newcomers and visitors.

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    Makers Online
    together a raft of small designer-makers in the UK, Makers Online is a
    new online boutique for hand-crafted products. Unique contemporary
    jewellery is its forte, with a wide range of bracelets, brooches,
    earrings and necklaces. Keep an eye out for the very affordable
    delicate silver jewellery, like these sweet silver daisy earrings for £8.99 and oxidised sterling flower studs for £39.

  10. A Big Thank You and a Big Giveaway


    I owe you, all my lovely readers, a very big thank you. I’ve had such a great time here on my blog this year and I really do appreciate all your comments, ideas, encouragement and friendship. Thanks for making it fun and interesting for me. Thanks to those of you who’ve introduced yourselves to me at the markets – it’s been lovely to meet you and to have a chat in person. I’m still so flattered to think that you’re out there reading along. I know there are many of you who drop in here without leaving a comment – and that’s OK too ;0 – my little blog recently hit a new high of over 5,000 visitors in one day. So I know you’re out there!

    By way of thanks this is my biggest giveaway to date. There will be 6 winners who will each be able to choose which prize they’d like. Each prize is valued between $35 and $40.

    A set of 5 cards hand printed on timber.

    A yet-to-be-finally-named softie doll/pillow
    (probably called Sweetie Beans, but possibly Cuddle Bundles).
    Winner to choose one.

    3 handprinted notebooks and a set of little deer tags.

    2 Vintage Face fabric panels (one with auburn hair and one with black).
    Fabric panel only, not the cushion.
    Plus one Sweetie Petite kit of your choice.

    I’ll draw 6 winners at random on Tuesday 22nd December. Each of the winners can choose the prize they’d like and I’ll post anywhere in the world. I’ll even post to my “real life” friends, who I notice hardly ever enter my giveaways! (You know who you are… go on, enter!) All you have to do is go to my website and tell me in a comment on this post what your favourite item is and why. Your favourite could also be something like the Beans or notebooks that aren’t on my website yet. If you have more than one fave you can enter as many times as you like by leaving more than one comment. Just make sure your name links to your blog or leave an email address so I can contact you if you win.

    The way things are going here I may not get to post the prizes off before Christmas – it will probably be more like the week after.