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Christmas Independent shopping guide

I think christmas preparation is starting to really pick up now. I like to get started early so that I don't leave everything to the last minute. With a growing family there are more and more people to think about. This year I am trying to spend some time thinking about the gifts I get and where I get them from. For some people I am going to down the hand made route but for others I am trying hard to support independent shops. Since setting up my etsy shop earlier in the year I have just realised how lovely it is to support independent makers and designers and there are so many beautiful online shops out there that I have discovered this year. 

So I thought to help you guys out if you are looking for ideas I would put together a post of some of my favourite shops. Some of these I have bought from myself - some of them I am planning to buy from - and some are on my own christmas wish list! All of these are UK based because I wanted to support shopping local as well. 

Have a look through at all the talent out there and hopefully this will help kick start your christmas shopping. If you click on the images below it will take you straight to the shops


Oh My Clumsy Heart - Minimal handmade jewellry

Oh My Clumsy Heart - Minimal handmade jewellry

Lucie Ellen - Handmade wooden products,

Lucie Ellen - Handmade wooden products,


Fred and Noah

Fred and Noah

Anna Wiscombe

Anna Wiscombe


Handsome Craft

Handsome Craft

The lovely drawer

The lovely drawer


Alice Gabb - Calligraphy starter kit

Alice Gabb - Calligraphy starter kit

Sort - Hand printed letterpress gifts & ephemera

Sort - Hand printed letterpress gifts & ephemera


So there you go. This is not an exhaustive list but I hope you enjoy exploring these shops and finding new things, and hopefully more folks will make an effort and shop independent this Christmas! It really makes a difference.

(Also if you are lucky there may be some black friday deals today so get in there quick!)

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My buddy Luke (who I interviewed a few weeks ago) designs a beautiful festive tote bag every year. I have been lucky enough to receive one the last few years and they just keep getting better and better. This year he has created a beautiful typographic design which has been printed onto festive red and green tote bags using gold metallic ink. For the first time ever Luke has made the tote bags available for sale so all you lucky people can get one for yourself.

Seriously these would make such an awesome christmas gift, but also how fun would it be to get one of these and use it as a christmas stocking! I think I might do that with mine!

Pick up one of these tote bags from here.  Luke has very generously giving you lovely readers a 10% discount if you use the promo code 'JOY' - seriously...what are you waiting for?

Gifts I would like to give...
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I love Christmas - like seriously LOVE it. I think definitely more than most people seem to. I start planning and buying gifts way early, talking about it (and annoying my colleagues) and yeah just lots of general over excitement. Now obviously the most awesome thing about Christmas is that Jesus was born, and Jesus is as awesome as it gets, (want to know why?) but other things I love about Christmas, are decorating the tree, catching up with friends at the midnight service, eating yummy food, having my whole family in one place together, eating and drinking lots of yummy things, opening presents, and then falling asleep in front of the tv, the woodburning stove, christmas music, boxing day walks with friends and eating leftovers...seriously i love it all. But one of things that I really really enjoy (and do all year round, but this a more concentrated amount) is buying gifts. I love buying gifts for people. Anyway after all that waffle about my love of Christmas, here are some things that I would love to give people this christmas. Sadly NM has far too many cook books so probably won't be getting the Kinfolk Cook book (4) - but it looks awesome. How awesome are the monogramed soaps!! I would never want to unwrap them! and the tooth brush holders make me smile.

Anyway maybe these will spark some ideas for you and help with your gift buying...hope you all have a very festive lead up to Christmas!

1. Monogramed soap from Anthropologie 2. London iphone case - Anthropologie 3. Triangle Bracelet - Rackk and Ruin 4. The Kinfolk Cookbook 5. Tooth Brush Holders - The Art Shop 6. Wax canvased lunch bag - Kaufmann Mercantile

Letterpress - The Final Week!

Ahhhh I am so sad that the letterpress course is over. It has been such a good 6 weeks. 3 hours a week in the basement studio playing with type has been such a lovely and peaceful escape from the everyday business of my life right now. So for my last session I became a bit of a machine and printed loads of Christmas cards. I am really chuffed with how they came out. Usually I am not a fan of sending Christmas cards but this year I am really excited about it. I can't tell you how satisfying it is when you pull the roller across and you don't know how the print is going to come out (trust me there was a lot of variety!) and the ace feeling when it looks really good. I think the thing I have learn't most about this process is that in a discipline like this, where you are working with your hands -  things just often don't work out how you expect, but that has been amazing. The chance to play and it be ok if you make mistake...but also the happy accidents. That is something that I don't really get to do much even though my job is creative, because there are always really tight deadlines. The other things I played around with was thermography powder. You put it on wet ink, blow it with a hot air gun and it raises and goes all glossy. It turned out really cool. Anyway if after all my wittering about letterpress you fancy doing a course I couldn't recommend it enough. Check out St Brides Foundation for more info. (sorry the photos are not great quality. was quickly snapping on my phone while I was covered in ink...I even got in on my face. classic)

Letterpress - Week 5

I can't believe that the letterpress course is nearly over. For these last two weeks we are working on our own projects. I thought since I am already in the festive mood I would do some letterpress Christmas cards for people this year. (I am not really a big sender of Christmas cards but this year I am going to be organised and send some) The picture on the left was after I had set my type and locked it all up. You have to lock it all up and fill in any empty space with spacing blocks so that none of the type moves around when it is on the press. I then did a proof. I hand inked it so that I could have a different colour on each word (I think I am going to change the colours for the final thing although I was loving that deep blue) and ran it through a small proofing press. Next week I am going to print them on the Vandercook I think. Just need to get some blank cards to print them on and then I am all good to go for the last week of letterpress. I can't believe it is the last week! BOO. It has been a great course.

More festive posts to come soon!