Justin bought me lovely presents again this year, so I thought I’d sing his praises and share a few pics of my Christmas haul.
My presents were marked with this huge lovely old letter A – just in case I couldn’t find the large pile of gifts when I awoke on Christmas morning!
The first thing I opened was this gorgeous coat in Burren tweed. It’s made by Jack Murphy and has a modern country look. It’s perfect for all kinds of occasion – walking the dog on a sunny, crisp winters morning; browsing the shops in one of our Yorkshire market towns – or a day at the races all spring to mind!
As Justin knows, the shade of purple in this tweed is just about my favourite colour. He also bought me some cosy, fleecy pyjamas which carried on the theme. The purple ones have a sweet little heart design and the grey ones have festive snowflakes!
Justin usually buys me a piece of jewellery at Christmas. This year he chose something from Element in Hebden Bridge. The stone is polished flint with a silver mount. I love the simple Scandinavian style and the fact that something beautiful has been created from such a humble material.
Next came some vintage fashion! Justin spends a lot of his time trawling for vintage loveliness, so I do quite well for handbags and the like. These two pieces date from the 1970s – a lovely pale blue, soft leather handbag and a roomy vanity case in yellow ochre.
And what about this gorgeous little man! Well, he’s not so little – standing 16 inches tall. The robin’s breast is covered in Wiltshire Berry R Tana Lawn patterned fabric from the Liberty Art Fabrics Collection. I’d mentioned how gorgeous I thought he was when I was sourcing gift ideas for our blog. Then lo & behold – this wonderful splash of colour emerged from a simple brown paper package. He’s making me smile just looking at this photograph!
There were more charming birds in the form of this little books. They’re produced by a favourite illustrator of ours, Matt Sewell. They’re entitled Our Garden Birds and Our Woodland Birds, so they’ll cover many of the birds I’ll see on our walks.
And Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a chocolatey treat! He bought me some luxury chocolate spread – perfect for the morning croissants.
I think this girl done good!
We’ve tracked down another one of these fabulous & rare, vintage match-books produced for Liberty in the 1960s.
The last example we featured was designed by Miroslav Sasek – this one’s the work of another favourite illustrator, George Him.
A row of guardsmen provides the inspiration – each with their own unique facial expression & medal collection.
The match-book is unused and in very good condition. They really are rare survivors and don’t appear often.
We actually had this one sent all the way from America.
We’ve added it to our collection of quirky London inspired design pieces – they really put a smile on our faces.
These crackers from Liberty of London are some of the most exquisite things I’ve ever seen – almost too lovely to pull! And I’d happily share a home with that plump robin with his Liberty print breast. Liberty’s Christmas range isn’t the largest, but it makes up for that in the sheer quality of what it does have.
- Extra large Liberty print robin – £59.95
- Silver Astley Clarke Winter Skies charm – £135
- Blue knitted Christmas stocking – £16.95
- Christmas pudding felt bauble – £6.95
- Medium festive print angel tree topper – £19.95
- Heritage superior luxury crackers – £39.95
A few months ago, we blogged about this lovely vintage matchbook designed by Miroslav Sasek for Liberty of London. They’re rare survivors especially when in good condition.
Last week, we were contacted by Penny from the Rain Rescue charity shop in Sheffield. They had a similar one donated to their shop recently and were keen to get the best possible price for it. We said that we’d flag it up to our readers if they put it on eBay, so here’s a link to the listing. They do wonderful work caring for & re-homing animals in need.
The winning bidder will be receiving a lovely item and helping a great cause to boot. If you’re interested you’d best be quick – the listing ends tomorrow!
Liberty London (in my opinion) is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and has the most magical Christmas window displays in the world!
1. Liberty building bauble: £29.95 | 2. Liberty superior crackers: £45.00
3. DIY Christmas calendar: £16 | 4. Decorated Gingerbread book: £9.99
5. Christmas trees craft kit: £11.95
Here’s something for all you Miroslav Sasek fans out there – there won’t be many of these left in circulation.
It’s a vintage book of matches with cover design by the famous illustrator – unused and in pristine condition – what a rare survivor!!
Sasek depicts 1950s/60s London traffic in his unmistakable style…
… and it’s a very long match book – 32cm, so plenty of room for Sasek’s wonderful drawings.
They were manufactured in Finland for Liberty of London – just gorgeous!!