florence is putting on a xmas evening this thursday 5 dec at TART , her wonderful bakery at Portobello Dock; there will be lots of goodies for sale, as well as delicious mince pies all baked by florence and her team. i shall be selling my xmas and flower cards, so come along 5 – 8pm - it will get you in the xmas spirit. i shall also be taking part in another sale tomorrow weds 4th dec, in Belsize Park, suite no 7, 7 lambolle place from 2 – 8pm – this is more fashion based, but there should be lots of lovely things to buy as gifts.
i normally see myself as pretty organised, but this year i haven’t even started to write my cards or think what to get the family – i tend to buy a few of the same thing for friends and collect them all in a bag in the corner of the room all through the year, but i have had to dig into this bag for birthdays, so its looking pretty empty. increasingly the kids all seem to prefer the money to get what they want, but i feel that this is not very christmassy – i feel sad that they have grown up and miss those times of secretly filling their stockings and wrapping their presents from santa – maude genuinely thought that they were from santa until she reached secondary school age. anyhow, i shall still be doing the stockings even if they know its from me.
watching all this strictly come dancing makes me want to learn again. if you feel inspired to dance, then why not vow to start the new year learning to tango? they hold beginners classes at the Dome in Tufnell Park, followed by a weekly milonga, where you can try out everything that you have just learned. Zero Hour is really fun to watch the experienced dancers too. Carablanca is held on Fridays in Holborn, and again is a great place to learn to tango. you can also learn tango at las estrellas in west london. robert and i did learn for a year, but sadly we have forgotten everything and although we keep meaning to start again, haven’t managed to do it. may be this can be our new years resolution.
if you want to learn salsa then try camden salsa - seems much freer and maybe more fun to learn than tango.
after launching a successful design company Tyrell Katz, Julia has now moved onto making beautiful ceramics. Her inspiration and inflluences are colour and her jewel like palettes are rich and earthy – her plates are both practical and art pieces. i love the long strips, they can be hung in groups or used for sushi plates.
now that we have lost the Victoria as our venue, Julia has kindly offered her home in Primrose Hill for our annual xmas sale. there will be lots of interesting gifts and mulled wine and nibbles, plus 10% of all sales will go towards our favourite children’s charity, Kids Company. its always sad to hear that there are lots of children who will not be enjoying xmas at home, due to unforeseen circumstances – so lets all help as much as we can – it may not seem much to us, but it means everything to those children.
so apart from ceramics by Julia Landes and Fliff Carr, we will be showing a selection of jewellery by pearl and queenie, Rachel Eardley and Nicola Hart – all very different in style, but all so covetable. pearl and queenie have also created some organic natural candles for sale; there will be homemade chutneys and jams by Alex – queen of chutneys, an array of unusual sourced gifts by nonesuchthings and of course prints and cards by myself. we also have a limited number of homespun alpaca socks and beautiful knitwear by kids wear ilovegorgeous at special prices; spread the love will be offering tasty bites to eat, along with mulled wine and mince pies, so come along tomorrow, from 12.30 to 7pm at 77 King Henry’s Road, London NW3 – we are a short walk from regents park road shops. it would be lovely to meet you. for more info and directions see our lovely merchants blog.
sadly we lost our usual space in the Victoria pub – its now closed and being renovated for flats! however we have been ask to co host a xmas event by the lovely Julia Landes, who makes beautiful ceramics in primrose hill. it will be a fun day with lots of interesting gifts for sale, mulled wine and mince pies – with a donation to our favourite charity Kid’s Company. so put the date in your diary, friday 29th november from 12.30pm to 7pm. it would be lovely to see you all!
I have also been asked to participate in 2 other xmas sales, one is at Tart in Westbourne Grove , alongside the Tom Dixon shop – this is just a 3 hour event on the evening of thursday 5th december from 5pm to 8pm – this should be another fun evening…..
christmas sale 1
and on the 4th and 5th december, i will be selling my xmas cards at a designer sale in Belsize Park . for details of all sales see greeting cards
Published October 31, 2013
my daughter has decided to have a few friends round, so its been days of planning, costume, make up, snacks, pumpkin carving – so we have been asked to go out and spend the evening out of the house and hence not being an embarrassment! how did halloween get to be such an important event in the uk – i dont remember this as a child. i do remember toffee apples and burning the guy fawkes for bonfire night though.
The custom of trick-or-treating and the use of “jack-o’-lanterns” comes from Ireland. Hundreds of years ago, Irish farmers went from house to house, begging for food, in the name of their ancient gods, to be used at the village Halloween celebration. They would promise good luck to those who gave them good, and made threats to those who refused to give. They simply told the people, “You treat me, or else I will trick you!”
Published October 11, 2013
i spied the pumpkins in shops – you can tell when winter is approaching – maude always buys her pumpkin in advance for halloween because one year they had completely sold out – imagine the disappointment!
its that time of year when you get all the deals coming in – sign yourself up for emails but there is an offer for eurostar to paris and brussells for only £59 return, which is less than a ticket to Manchester. i have booked a one night stay in brussels, as neither robert and i have been there before – of course you cant get the really cheap tickets on a saturday night, but its still relatively affordable. go on, be spontaneous and treat yourself (but check the football schedule first!)
apparently there is a frida kahlo and diego rivera exhibition on in paris, so that makes it worthwhile.
i cant believe that its university choice time again – feels not long ago that i did it with alice and now that she’s finished, its alfie’s turn. we took the early train to bristol, which was half full of glastonbury festival young dudes and parents like me with their teenage kids. i remember going to bristol over 30 years ago for my own degree, but it was a long time ago and so it was a lovely surprise to see such a lovely city. we definitely liked the university and its situation with its honey stoned buildings. – it helped that it was a lovely sunny day.
from historical bristol to smithfields, i went to an amazing experience at st bartholomew the great – one of london’s oldest churches, founded in 12 century – an evening of choral singing and acrobatic dance – it was a harmonious collaboration which you felt part of – you stood and could move freely around as the performers also moved around the church. as part of the city of london festival and supported by the barbican how like an angel was an incredible performance of stamina, poise, control and beauty. the church was an experience in itself – the beautiful architecture is worth the visit – i notice that they have a cafe in the cloisters serving breakfast and lunch. what an amazing place to meet.
i loved bristol, charming and picturesque – but coming straight from there back to london, i realise how lucky we are to live in a city that has so many diverse events on every night of the week.
its typical that i leave sunny london to arrive in cornwall with pouring rain!! not to be put off, we decided to venture to the eden project - something that has been on my list for years! fortunately it is something that you are able to do even in torrential rain, though sadly you do lose the impact of the amazing geodesic domes rising out of the landscape. it is expensive to get in though, no family ticket which was a bit disappointing, but the only good thing is that if you register for gift aid, they stamp your entry so that you are able to come back for a year with free entry. i will definitely be going back again!
the restaurant, though big and rambling and resembles a school canteen, does has amazingly good quality food – apparently a lot of the vegetables are grown on site! you can also see them preparing the food on long tables alongside where you sit! the shop has a good selection of homemade preserves and their own natural based creams – i bought the lemongrass hand cream which smelt delicious. at least you feel that your entry fee has been a donation to something worthwhile.