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Archive: Dec 2011

  1. Wee Christmas find: Rob Ryan and Victorinox bunting

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    Now here’s another clever collaboration: British paper-cut artist (and Wee Birdy favourite) Rob Ryan and Victorinox. Have a look at the Vitorinox Tomo website: there are some cool interactive things to play with, including free downloadable Rob Ryan stencils (for beginners and advanced) and a lovely interview with the fabulous beardy-one himself:

    They’re also running a special Twitter Christmas campaign at the moment. Just tweet someone with a message and #alphabunting and wait a few seconds. Your message will be turned into Rob-Ryan-esque Christmas bunting. Such good fun – have a go now!

  2. Christmas gift guide: The prettiest presents

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    Ruffles, feathers and bows in delicate hues and Liberty prints make the prettiest last-minute presents. The good news? Some of this stuff is already on sale! Dig in, my pretties…

    1. La Cerise Sur Le Gateau Alice Liberty print cushion cover, £62 from Selfridges. Order by midday Friday 23rd December for UK delivery on Saturday 24th December.

    2. Penhaligons Artemisia Bath Oil, £35 from Go British. UK delivery by next working day if order placed by 3pm on Friday 23rd December. Or get same-day delivery Mon-Fri for £15.

    3. Eugenia Kim Claudia feather-embellished silk-satin headband, £55.42 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

    4. Claire-Aude Liberty Print Miniature Suitcase, £65 from Liberty. Purchase in-store as the date for guaranteed Christmas delivery from Liberty has now passed.

    5. Bourjois Pretty Paris Liberty Chic Eyeshadow Cream, £5.99 from Asos. UK customers, order by midnight Friday 23rd December for next evening delivery (£7.95).

    6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Heart brass and crystal stud earrings, £41.67 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery- order by 10am Saturday December 24.

    7. Aurélie Bidermann Mother-of-pearl charm bracelet, £47.83 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

    8. Rifle Paper Company Just Picked Recipe Cards, £12 from Anthropologie. UK delivery by Christmas is no longer guaranteed – so buy in-store.

    9. Cutler and Gross D-frame acetate sunglasses, £233.33 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

    10. Stella McCartney Christmas cotton and silk-blend briefs, reduced to £14.89 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

    11. NARS Holiday 2011 highlighting blush, £20.50, from Asos. UK customers, order by midnight Friday 23rd December for next evening delivery (£7.95).

    12. Aurélie Bidermann set of two silver-plated Liberty-print bracelets
    £91.67, from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

    13. Rodarte for Opening Ceremony High Neck Blouse, reduced to US$270 from Opening Ceremony. Delivery by Christmas is no longer available – so buy in-store.

    14. J.Crew knotted Liberty-print cotton belt, reduced to £26.25 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

    Want more present ideas? Have a look at last year’s Christmas gift guides.

    I’ve also hand-picked the best books and presents in my UK Amazon shop and US Amazon shops.

  3. Wee Christmas finds: Gingerbread houses

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    Anyone making a gingerbread house for Christmas this year? I would love to make one from scratch because I really love our family’s gingerbread recipe (I think it’s from the Australian Women’s Weekly) but I’m a bit nervous about baking the different pieces to the exact measurements. So I think I’ll use a kit as the base for my first attempt but customise the decorations. What do we think about using Haigh’s chocolate freckles as roof tiles?

    With thanks to the incredible makers and sources: 1. Globetrotter Diaries; 2. sassybeautimus’ Flickr; 3. sassybeautimus’ Flickr; 4. Frog Prince Paperie; 5. sassybeautimus’ Flickr; 6. not martha; 7. kool wallpapers; 8. Better Homes and Gardens.

    I’ve compiled some of my favourite gingerbread houses from Pinterest for inspiration. I’m torn between the traditional European styles with white icing for decoration and the ones pimped out with half a sweet shop. But I absolutely adore the mid-century modern styles that have popped up recently (see below). Such good fun. Look at the incredible Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water gingerbread house! You can buy the plans for the house here. I would love to make a gingerbread version of Sydney’s Rose Seidler House. Something to plan for next year…

    9. sassybeautimus’ Flickr; 10. Hostess with the Mostess; 11. Martha Stewart; 12. King Arthur Flour; 13. Tiny white daisies; and 14. Call me cupcake.

    1. Ohdeedoh; 2 Babble; 3. Garden Melodies; 4. Architect lines; 5. Mid-century modern Utah.

  4. Our Gingerbread House

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    Roxy has been obsessed with two things this Christmas: singing Deck the Halls over and over again, and making a gingerbread house.

    There was much excitement and singing as we looked for a recipe, drew the templates, planned the decoration and shopped for the ingredients.

    So yesterday, while we sang Deck the Halls we baked the gingerbread, and this morning – while we sang Deck the Halls – we put it together and decorated it. For a first ever attempt it turned out OK. Roxy was in charge of deciding how we decorated it (I had to let go and breath deeply and let her do it!) and I was in charge of applying the icing “glue” so she could attach the sweets.

    I think she did a pretty excellent job. I love the little gate! All that is left to do is sift icing sugar snow over the top.

    Half way through we had a bit of an engineering disaster when half of one side of the roof fell off! (you can see in the photos that the roof is shorter on the left hand side) It seems like it was too laden with freckle shingles and icing glue. So we now have a house with eaves on one side but not on the other.

    Things I have learnt:
    – you can never have too much icing or too many sweets (according to Roxy)
    – make the roof pieces smaller next time
    – buy a CD of Christmas songs. variation is good.
    – for the base, cover a chopping board with foil instead of using cardboard which isn’t so sturdy and can cause the equivalent of an earthquake when you try to move it.

    We’ve decided to make it a new tradition and make a gingerbread house each year. Do you make them? I have a question… Christmas day is still nearly a week away, how do you store it? I’ve wrapped ours up in cellophane, but I’m unsure whether it’s going to stay fresh. Have we made it too early? Should we have a pre-Christmas gingerbread tea party instead of waiting until “the day’?

    Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
    Fa la la la la la la la la…

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  5. Wee Christmas finds: The best gift wrapping ideas

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    Have you started wrapping your presents yet? I’ve rounded up some of the best ideas from Pinterest. Funnily enough, my favourite parcels are all wrapped with brown kraft paper. And I love the idea of drawing pictures/patterns straight onto the wrap with a white or silver pen. So clever.

    I’m still making pom-poms for my presents. I’ll try to pop a picture up some time this week of my progress.

    With thanks and admiration to sources clockwise from top left: Hello Naomi; 100 Layer Cake; aprintadayarchives.blogspot.com; Creature Comforts; A Creative Mint; Paper Crave.

    Have a look at my Parcel Goodness board on Pinterest for more genius wrapping ideas.

    With thanks and admiration to sources from clockwise top left: Robbie and Erin; Art as life; Iffer’s Nest (possibly originally Decor 8 – anyone?); Hey Look; Mer Mag; Das Kaninchen’s Flickr; Petunia; The Purl Bee.

    p.s. I’ve done my best to credit the makers/photographers, but one of the frustrating things about Pinterest is that it’s all too easy to lose the original source through repinning or lazy crediting. Gah! Let me know if you know the correct source!

    How are you going with your wrapping? Inspired by anything you see here?

  6. Christmas gift guide: Presents for fashion lovers

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    Need a good present for your favourite fashionista? I’ve pulled together all the best designer gifts, starting at £15 for a Lacroix. It’s true! Read on…

    1. Balenciaga and Spain by Hamish Bowles, £28 from Wee Birdy’s UK Amazon shop and $40.95 from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.
    Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
    (Metropolitan Museum of Art), by Andrew Bolton, UK£21 from Wee Birdy’s UK Amazon shop and US$27 from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.
    Christian Louboutin by Christian Louboutin, US$94.50, from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.

    2. Maison Martin Margiela by L’ATELIER d’exercices tabi leather bookmark, £29.17 from Net-a-porter.

    3. Yves Saint Laurent arty gold-plated glass ring, £125 from Net-a-porter.

    4. Tom Ford Santal Blush eau de parfum 250ml, £270 from Selfridges. (There is also a 50ml bottle for £120.)

    5. See by Chloé captain parrot keyfob, £54.17 from Net-a-porter.

    6. Marc by Marc Jacobs jungle animal-print automatic umbrella, £33.33 from Net-a-porter.

    7. Comme des Garçons embossed leather coin purse, £50 from Net-a-porter.

    8. Christian Lacroix ‘Oro Y Plata’ Correspondence Cards (x12), £15 from the V&A shop.

    9. Marni stretch silk-satin soft-cup bra, £125 and stretch silk-satin shorts, £100 from Net-a-porter.

    10. Alexander McQueen enamel skull keyfob, £54.17 from Net-a-porter.

    11. Jonathan Saunders for Smythson two-tone leather Panama diary, £137.50 from Net-a-porter.

    12. Small shifting planes resin bangle, AU$75 from Dinosaur Designs.

    13. Marc by Marc Jacobs brass mouse ring, £54.17 from Net-a-porter.

    I’ve also added some beautiful new fashion books to my Amazon shops. I’m rather proud of this collection – I want them all! They make gorgeous presents for any follower of fashion. Click here to go to my UK Amazon shop and here to my US Amazon shop.

  7. Christmas gift guide: My wishlist

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    Gotta dream big, right? I’d be ecstatic to find any one of these lovelies under the tree on Christmas morning…

    1. Blowball brooch, £20 from Howkapow.

    2. Pashley Britannia five-speed women’s bicycle in red, £574.99 from the Bikefactory.

    3. Repetto BB patent-leather ballet flats, £137.50 from Net-a-porter. Click here to buy.

    4. Essie nail polish in (from left to right) Van D’GoMint Candy Apple and Lollipop Nail Polish, £9.95 each, from Liberty.

    5. Large candleholder in mint, EUR30; medium candleholder in rose, EUR25; and small candleholder in yellow, EUR20, all from Ferm Living.

    6. 3 Custom Color Lipstick in Ballet Russe, £14 from Cult Beauty. Click here to buy.

    7. Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System in pink, £155 from Cult Beauty. Click here to buy.

    8. Triangle Mug in yellow, £9 from Howkapow.

    9. Fruit Punch butterfly necklace, £35 from Howkapow.

    10. Karen Walker Soul Club yellow sunglasses, NZD$329, from Karen Walker.

    Want more present ideas? Take a look at last year’s gift guides.

    I’ve also handpicked more lovely things for my Amazon book shops. Click here to go to my UK Amazon shop and click here to go to my US Amazon shop.

  8. Christmas gift guide: Presents for kids

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    Ho ho hummm… got Christmas toy catalogue fatigue? Here are some fresh picks for kids that have made it to the top of my list:

    1. Mike He Pinnochio Pencil Sharpener, £12 from the V&A. It’s also available instore at Ariel Books in Sydney.

    2. Lego Sort & Store Head, £39.95 from John Lewis. Click here to buy.

    3. When I was born by Isabel Minhos Martins, £5.59 from Wee Birdy’s UK Amazon book shop and US$10.36 from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.

    4. Harry Potter Knight Bus, £29.99 from Selfridges. Click here to buy.

    5. Hannah rag doll, AU$99 and Barnacle Boris rag doll, AU$95, from Raggidy Rag Dolls.

    6. Pattern Play, US$29.95 from Module-R.

    7. Kovap Cable Car, £31 from Theo.

    8. Iconic toy Melbourne tram, AU$90 from Make me Iconic.

    9. Iconic toy Sydney ferry, AU$95 from Make me Iconic.

    10. Sylvanian Families Beekeeper set, £14.99 from Selfridges. Click here to buy.

    Want more present ideas? Check out last year’s gift guide.

    And there are more goodies for children in my Amazon book shops (click here for my pick of the best children’s books in the U.S. Amazon shop or click here for my pick of the best children’s books  in my U.K. Amazon store).

    Have you seen Puffin Classics books? They make wonderful presents at any age.

    I’ve also got some lovely Very Hungry Caterpillar presents in my Amazon book shop here.

  9. Christmas gift guide: Presents for babies

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    My picks of the nicest presents for wee bubs:

    1. Ella & Otto bird rattle, £12 from Burp Boutique.

    2. Boo! One colour signed and numbered screenprint, limited edition of 50, £50 from A Little Bit of Art.

    3. Connor 1950s vintage fairisle baby blanket, £89 from Woodchild.

    4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wood pull toy, £14.24 from Wee Birdy’s UK Amazon shop and $14.72 from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.

    5. Haiku Baby by Betsy E. Snyder, £4.52 from Wee Birdy’s UK Amazon shop and $6.99 from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.

    6. Frog Feet Booties, £24 from Howkapow.

    7. Baby Lapin lamp, £62 from Lapin & Me. Also available from Lark, AU$180 in Australia.

    8. Liandlo Blue Farm organic onesie, AU$29.95 from Baby goes Retro. Also available in long sleeves from Love it Love it Love it, £20 in the UK.

    9. Scruffy Dog Joey handmade red leather shoes, AU$49.95, from Tiny Steps.

    10. Mermaid Sleeping Bag, £95 from Howkapow.

    11. Moo box, AU$12.95, from Seed.

    Want more present ideas? Check out last year’s gift guide.

    And there are more goodies for babies in my Amazon book shops (click here for baby presents in my U.S. Amazon store or click here for my pick of the best children’s books  in my U.K. Amazon store).

    I’ve also got more Very Hungry Caterpillar presents in my Amazon book shop here.

  10. Christmas gift guide: presents for men

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    Non-crap presents for ye gentle menfolk. Plus socks.

    1. Cote et Ciel vertical iPad tote in grey, £85 from Selfridges. Click here to buy.

    2. Acne Twist beanie, £65 from Selfridges. Click here to buy.

    3. Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather eau de parfum 50ml, £120 from Selfridges. Click here to buy.

    4. Taylor of Old Bond Street sandalwood shaving cream bowl, £7.95 from Selfridges. Click here to buy.

    5. Launer luxury card case, £65 from Selfridges. Click here to buy.

    6. Maiden cardboard radio, £28 from Culture Label.

    7. Johnstons charcoal cashmere check scarf, £65 from Liberty.

    8. The MAD Fold-In Collection by Al Jaffee, £67.99 from Wee Birdy’s UK Amazon shop and US $62.50 from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.

    9. Joy Division by Kevin Cummins postcard set (x20), £30 from the V&A shop.

    10. Lanvin silver ribbed tie clip, £70 from Liberty. Click here to buy.

    11. Hats five-colour screen print by James Brown (edition of 140 signed and numbered by the artist), £125 from A Little Bit of Art.

    12. Necks Tuesday Liberty Bird print bow tie, £45 from Culture Label.

    13. Paul Smith odd stripe socks, £17 from Selfridges. Click here to buy.

    Want more present ideas? Check out last year’s gift guide.

    And there are loads more goodies for Christmas in my Amazon book shops (click here for my U.S. Amazon store or click here for my U.K. Amazon store).

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