Advent calendar: DEC 11

December 11, 2010

O come all ye faithful, give that 11th door a mighty shove. It’s a biggie…

It’s a beautiful hand-printed Christmas card from Sort Design! At the Cockpit Arts open evening recently, I bumped into the moustached, charming and ‘revisionist’ typographers from Sort, and admired their lovely wares. To be honest, they probably thought I was a right freak because I hung around cooing over trays of type for an unhealthy length of time before stocking up on ‘Allotment Fancier’s Stationery Sets‘. Just in case. – Ellie


Advent calendar: DEC 10

December 10, 2010

It’s the Ideal Home Christmas party today, so we’re all feeling rather festive. Luckily, I’m still just about sober enough to open the tenth door on our enormous virtual advent calendar…

What a treat! It’s the beautiful new tea towels from Mr PS (aka Megan Price) available at To Dry For. DING DONG indeed. This next figgy pudding design is lovely, too, but personally I’d prefer a satsuma. It’s just that whole dried fruit and peel thing. Can’t be doing with it. – Ellie

Advent calendar: DEC 9

December 9, 2010

Poor Rudolph.

But what lovely paper stars he’s found at Cox and Cox! – Ellie

Advent calendar: DEC 8

December 8, 2010

Push the door…and check out this sweet Advent styling idea from – so simple but very pretty:


NEW Sandberg wallpapers

December 7, 2010

Have a peep at these wallpapers from Sandberg‘s brand new ‘Raphaël II’ collection….

This trellis-patterned one (above) is called Robin, while the beautiful blue one (below) is Zacharias:

This last one reminds me a bit of Fornasetti’s Mediterranea design, although the houses here look Swedish instead of Italian. It’s called Metropolis:

What a lovely new range. It’ll be out in the spring. – Ellie

Advent calendar: DEC 7

December 7, 2010

Bored? Tired? Cold? Two or more of the above? Cheer yourself up with a quick look behind door number seven of our virtual advent calendar…

What a treat! It’s the quirky Christmas ceramics collection from Charlotte Farmer at Found! Check out the Rock ‘n’ Roll range, which features retro Walkmans (Walkmen?!), Elvis Presley, and chunky speakers – all on delicate china plates. – Ellie

Sunbury Antiques sesh

December 7, 2010

To quote Ariel (no, not The Tempest. The Little Mermaid. No, not Hans Christian Andersen. Disney. Groan.) “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? I got twenty. But who cares? No big deal. I want mooooooore.” Although the similarities pretty much end there – I don’t have a tail, red hair or a shell bikini, alas – when confronted with Vintage Tat, much like the dear Ariel, I can’t help myself. (What AM I on about!?) Anyway. I went to Sunbury Antiques market at Kempton Park last week and, despite the snow, it was wonderful, with whozits and whatzits galore…

There’s no rhyme or reason to this post. It’s just a bunch of photos I took on my iPhone. So log off now if flea markets ain’t your thang! I saw: Victorian ‘poison’ bottles for £3, beautiful old bicycles, suitcases, sewing machines and scissors…

Only the hardcore (AKA insane) shoppers were out as the temperature plummeted and snow started to fall. I spotted: a kitsch framed Tretchikoff print, a beautiful old Struwwelpeter book (shame it was getting snowed on and wet!), pretty vintage baking trays, industrial-style filing cabinets, a 1950s teapot, and a shopper who had clearly been out in the cold for a bit too long…

I lusted after: these lovely ceramic pots for toothpaste, anchovy paste, and cold cream…

I saw: religious statues, old advertising signs, frozen Victorian glass bell jars, macabre taxidermy, and some crazy stall holders…

I loved: vintage cutlery, lab flasks and scientific equipment, and bee hives…

I chuckled: when I saw this not-very-politically-correct children’s book:

I wanted: to buy all of the bell jars and stock up on spindles. But WHY?! Indeed. Dear reader, I resisted.

I liked: statues of Jesus, pots for ‘Sainsbury’s Bloater Paste’ – eurgh! Made of fish apparently – globes and antlers and medicine bottles and a table covered with a map and chandeliers and vintage magazines and barn stars and bones. Phew! Although I wouldn’t want a skeleton in my cupboard…

I admired: stacks of old leather suitcases dusted with snow…

I bought: two mirrors (not shown because they’re huge!) and…

…a book called ‘British Earthworms And How To Identify Them’ (hours of fun), a Ridgway Homemaker saucer to add to my collection, an old ruler, some glass bottles, some potted meat pots (for Christmas homemade paté gifts), a ‘Bloater paste’ pot to use as a tea light votive and an American toothpaste pot prescribed by a ‘Dr Cofein’. Which sounds a bit like coffin. Not the best name for a doctor! – Ellie