December 9th, 2013
There’s a distinct risk of double entendre in this post, but the design of these jugs is so striking & photogenic that we had to give them a quick blog mention.
These milk jugs were produced by Kirkham Pottery and we think it’s called the Chef & Stripe range. They’re such classic 1950s – the graphic lettering, the stylised dancing chef & waiters – and the distinctive red, yellow & black colourway.
We’ve just put the larger one in our web shop. It has a bit of wear & crazing, but still displays wonderfully – and is completely usable for milk or cut flowers.
December 8th, 2013
We’ve chosen the house of Anna & Jeff Phillips for this month’s Pick of the Pads.
We wanted something Christmassy and their Sussex home, which is featured in the December edition of Country Living magazine, is just perfect.
It’s homely & warm with quite a Scandi feel – robust and elemental with wood, stone, textiles & flame. The influence of nature is strong, highlighted by the use of seasonal foliage, fruit & flowers.
Antique country furniture fills the house with character. There are lovely decorative touches everywhere you look incorporating handcrafts, vintage pieces & found objects – the fairy lights, candles & Christmas decorations give it a magical look.
There looks to be lovely natural light in the house, but no shortage of cosy corners too.
The bedrooms are inviting & peaceful, the dining area sumptuous – and we just love the handmade kitchen with its reclaimed wooden crates, blocks & shelves.
What a truly wonderful place to spend the festive season.
December 7th, 2013
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Ever since we posted the recipe, we’ve had people get in touch asking us to sell them our vintage Scottish shortbread mould – we’ve turned down all-comers!
This pair of vintage wooden Scottish shortbread moulds, originally from the 1970s, is currently for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of the British Heart Foundation*. We’re considering bidding on them ourselves. Our mould is quite plain, it has a lovely scalloped edge but it doesn’t have the lovely thistle pattern like this one. And the listing includes a bonus – a single shortbread round mould which we don’t have.
*BHF is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With our support, they’re beating heart disease for good.
December 6th, 2013
When I was at primary school, it was all the rage to collect & swap stationery; writing paper, stickers, pens, pencils. Even though I do a whole lot less writing these days, I rarely leave Paperchase without some beautiful handmade paper, notebook, pretty coloured ink pen or some-such. I guess I’ve never stopped being that little paper goods magpie of yore!
- Christmas characters place cards – pack of 8: £3.50
- White stags jute gift bag: £6
- Doodle Xmas tablecloth: £40
- Tartan and stag wrap tapes – pack of 2: £2.50
- Hand drawn thank you cards – pack of 6: £3
- Christmas tags doormat: £15