Christmas 2013

I love Christmas I do.

This was our first Christmas in the new flat, and the first Christmas in our own home. I absolutely love the whole season; decorating the tree to Christmas with the Rat Pack, baking gingerbread to a bit of Slade, buying everything on Amazon because it’s raining outside, having another mince pie and a glass of mulled anything in front of Elf/White Christmas/Die Hard 2.

2014 is going to be all about making things; baking, cooking, writing, drawing, etc.

Hubby (resident chef), among other things, got some lovely Le Crueset pans, a whisky blending kit from Masters of Malt, and a molecular gastronomy kit, so he can get a bit Heston in the Kitchen.

I gave Mum, who has dabbled in making her own gift tags and greeting cards in the past, some blank recycled stationery from Paperchase, a set of rubber stamps and ink pads from Etsy including a personalised “Handmade By Marian” stamp. She was really pleased with them.

And I was massively spoilt with some beautiful gifts, including this gorgeous leather shopper from ASOS, cake tins and a mug from brilliant British designers Magpie.

And (drumroll please), my mad husband bought me my very own Adana letterpress!

Freshly unwrapped

It’s a beautiful bit of kit, and I’ve already been squeezing every drop of advice from the lovely Rachel at Pricklepress (do buy her stationery, it’s super), whom I met at Crafty Fox Market last year.

Hubby and I popped to Lassco after New Years as well, as we had nowhere to put the letterpress or all the accompanying paraphernalia. We bought a set of drawers for a surprisingly reasonable price which was absolutely perfect.


I’m just waiting on the ink and then I can get on and make a huge mess of our spare room.

All in all, a wonderful Christmas. Some other things we got up to below. Happy New Year everyone!


Crafty Fox Market

I woke up on Sunday with the sun shining through the windows of our new flat. I sat on the sofa in my pyjamas drinking tea, eating toast and watching As Time Goes By whilst birds flitted round the garden.

It would have been impossible to tear myself away had it not been for the call of the Crafty Fox Market in Brixton.

Crafty Fox Autumn Market Webflyer

I arrived at The Dogstar around 2.30pm worrying that stock would be low as the weekend drew to a close, but the tables were all still overflowing with crafty goodness.

My first stop was with Jill, whose stunning designs I’d already bought several times before in the form of greeting cards. I very quickly handed over my money for three beautiful bird prints. My new flat is already low on wall space so they currently adorn the top of our wine rack. Nice eh?


We’d just bought a day bed for the spare room, which clearly needed softening up, so next I visited the very cute Pygmy Cloud for one of their mountain cushions, a rain and cloud garland, and then Tick Tack Toe for a bicycle cushion. Ikea furniture never looked so good.


A few weeks ago on Twitter I saw the offer of a free letterpress taster with the lovely and talented Rachel from Pricklepress, which I swiftly signed up to.

Rachel showing how it's done.

Rachel showing how it’s done.

The Pricklepress selection

The Pricklepress selection


The process is actually more simple than I thought it would be (for one colour anyway), and just fiddly in a sort of satisfying way, but of course you need the talent to come up with new designs which, unfortunately, I lack. I struggled just to think of what to put on my free postcard. Which I shan’t even show here. Still, it hasn’t stopped me watching a load of Adana Letterpress machines on eBay!

After my lesson I slowly made my way out. I didn’t sample the tea and cake, though it all looked delicious, and I was sorely tempted to buy more loot when I spotted the delicate jewellery on Oh My Clumsy Heart’s stall. I was strong.

I’d also missed out on buying fantastic jewellery from Kate Rowland (her Breaking Bad inspired brooches are on my birthday wish list) as she was only at the market on Saturday. I recommend checking her designs out.


The Dogstar Brixton


Crafty Fox Market will be back at the Dogstar in Brixton on the 7th and 8th of December for Christmas themed shenanigans. Keep up with their movements on Twitter.