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    Swedish dish cloths

    by  • Sunday, September 2, 2012 • Look what I found • 4 Comments

    This is not another post about tea towels. These are pretty patterned dish cloths and they’re my new favourite thing for the kitchen. I spotted these on a recent trip to Stockholm when visiting the interiors fair, Formex. They’re an everyday household object in Sweden but to us Brits, who are used to using manky J Cloths or PVA sponges, they’re quite the jolly alternative, are uber absorbant, eco-friendly and look good too…

    1. Jangneus designs from Not On The Highstreet, £8.50 (3 pack). 2 & 4. Klippan designs from Northlight Homestore, £2.95 each. 3. A selection I spotted at Formex from the Klippan stand. 

    Made from 70% cellulose and 30% wood pulp they can be disposed of on the compost heap when you’ve finished with them. There are a few online shops that stock them in the UK: check out Northlight Homestore for Klippan designs, Hus & Hem and Notonthehighstreet.com

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    On the 1st day of Christmas…

    by  • Saturday, November 26, 2011 • Seasonal buys • 2 Comments

    Ok, it’s almost countdown to Christmas time! Alas, I always feel a little disheartened when I see the shops stocked with tacky, commercial Advent calendars with synthetic pressed chocolates, that taste like plastic. Who buys those?

    So, i’ve scoured around to seek out a few creative alternatives that I like and wanted to share with you. And they’re calorie free. Justification #327 for eating lots on Christmas day.

    First up: The eco-friendly stationary people, Lollipop Designs. Create your own poster with this graphic Advent calendar and sticker sheet, a different sticker for each day. Why not?

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    And I love this idea from The Spotted Sparrow at notonthehighstreet.com. 24 pre-dated blank library cards that you can customise with a suggested festive activity for each day (eat a mince pie, adopt a reindeer, practice Auld Lang Syne, take your hands OUT of the Quality Street tin…). They sit in cute brown paper pockets and come with bakers twine and wooden pegs to hang garland-stylee over a mantlepiece or banister. Ooh er!

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    Next up: The lovely Bodie and Fou. Ok, so this idea is slightly more aimed at kids but I wouldn’t say no to a cube a day filled with ‘toys’ and other small but useful things! It’s a bit more pricey at £35.50 but it can be re-used year after year. (please note: toys not included. The idea is you get creative and fill it yourself).

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    And lastly, but by no means least is a charming DIY Advent calendar from the creative genius that is Lucy Jane Batchelor. It comes with 25 dated illustrated stickers to create your own wintry scene. Such lovely retro colours. Jolly delightful! – Alice

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