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    Christmas candle ideas

    by  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 • Seasonal buys, Stylish shopping • 1 Comment

    I love candles. I light them all year round but especially at Christmas when I can go a little candle crazy. If there’s ever a blackout, you can all come round to mine! In our December issue I put together a few candle make ideas using everyday household items. To help with the festive inspiration, I thought I’d share them on the blog too…

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    1. Jazz up some jars Make a floating candle display using Kilner jars. Add berries, rosemary and eucalyptus to the jars, then fill them two-thirds full with water. Place a floating candle inside and light. Wrap a length of ribbon around the top of the jar to finish off. For similar ribbon, try Jane Means.

    Christmas candles, table setting, christmas, ideal home, home shopping spy, alice humphrys2. Display pastry cases This simple idea will show your candles off beautifully. Fill metal pastry cases with individual red berries and put a tealight or short pillar candle in each. Line them along a mantelpiece or along the length of a table to really make an impact. I used Silverwood fluted flan tins, £14.95 for four, Divertimenti.

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    3. Plant in old pots Turn terracotta pots into candle holders. Place florist’s foam in the base of each pot, then press in dinner candles. Fill the pots with moss up to 2cm below the rim, then add berries, holly and other foliage. Display in an old fruit crate or metal bottle carrier. For florist’s foam, try Oasis foam brick, £1.39, Hobbycraft.

    This idea is my favourite as I love coming up with new uses for my cherry fruit crate. I’d love to know what you think of these ideas and what you might be doing this Christmas…

     

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    Wise words from Clerk Ink Well

    by  • Friday, April 27, 2012 • Craft, Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, Stylish shopping • 3 Comments

    For all you letterpress lovers out there, here’s a little Friday afternoon treat. Clerk Ink Well (based in, yep, you guessed it – Clerkenwell. Clever!) are Huw Griffith and Tessa Nicholson and they have a lovely 19th century Wharfedale letterpress. Huw is arty and Tessa likes words and so together they have come up with a few posters with fun slogans…

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    Clerk Ink Well, Eat Your Greens, stationery, letterpress, letterpress print, poster, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

    Each print is hand-cranked through their letterpress and look at their lovely fruit wood printing blocks…such joy…

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    Tee hee! I like this one…

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    Clerk Ink Well, Eat Your Greens, stationery, letterpress, letterpress print, poster, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

    They use the finest handmade paper and hand mixed vegetable based inks. Prices start from £45 (unframed) and are available to buy from the Clerk Ink Well website. Bon weekend all et bon nuit (je suis suffering somewhat from post-editorial awards fatigue). Sigh. - Alice

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    Hot Shop: Cachette. A homeshoppingspy exclusive!

    by  • Monday, January 16, 2012 • Craft, Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 2 Comments

    If you have made the wise choice of checking homeshoppingspy today, then have we got a treat for you! You will only hear it here first, so listen up! Cachette is a new Anglo-French online store that launches this week (in both the UK and France) but until then we are giving you lucky people EXCLUSIVE access with a SECRET code letting you onto their site TODAY where you can buy before the rest of the public get there!  Scroll down for a few of my favourites and for the precious code…


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    1. Storm plate, £24.09; 2. Wooden spoons, £9.55; 3. Stoneware jug, £19; 4. Blue tray, £24.50; 5. Blackboard, £31.56; 6. Wooden labels, £10.80 7. Bamboo basket, £24.09.

    Founders, Delphine (French) and Stephen (English) are a couple who decided to leave their life in London and move to the south of France to set up a new home and a new business (c’est bon!). They wanted to put together a collection of simple, eclectic and functional products for the home, handpicking items from different European artisans and unknown designers. You’ll find stationary, bathroom accessories, gourmet food, kitchenware and toys. Nothing on their site is mass-produced, it’s all uber tasteful and the code you’ve all been waiting for is ‘HOME’. Click here and type it in (must use caps lock) If you enter the code again at the checkout you can get 10% off too. Happy shopping! - Alice

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