Tagged: presents

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If approaching September means anything it means stocking up on stationary. Which underlines the enigma…why do we need to buy it every September? There’s the normal losses down the back of the sofa, chewed by the children, eaten by the dog.  But the real reason is usually simply the lack of quality and that stationary belongs to the class of products blighted by the modern disease of built in obsolescence.  They just want you to buy it again.  So why not think outside the pencil box?

Tools to Liveby is a dreamy online shop that has done the hardwork upfront, sourcing beautiful stationary products from around the world that have stood the test of time.

The emphasis is on quality and the joy is in the detail, from products like these – brass pencil protectors from Germany.

To memorable packaging.

(All pics Tools to Liveby)

It puts the quality back into quantity.

Laters, Kate x

Light the way..

A wall of synths and soaring violins – that feeling when you find the perfect present for the right person.

I’m on the trail for something fire, candle, glass, light related.  It has to be functional, simple, not too ostentatious.

There’s always that invisible line – do you push for something they’d never consider but could love? 

Or play it safe?

(All pics Pinterest)

Decisions, decisions.

Laters, Kate x

‘Ear ear…

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Need that effortlessly cool present that also has to sit happily in the wallet? The answer could be an ear cuff…brilliant in so many ways: They work equally well on unpierced ears, the range of prices is immense (these are £12.46 plus shipping)..and you only actually need to buy one. Winner, winner chicken dinner.

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Some of them do resemble those metal puzzles that used to appear in crackers. But don’t let that put you off.

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Particularly when you can find them for only £4.90 plus shipping.

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These are the most expensive of the bunch at just over forty squids plus shipping from here.

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(£12.96 from here)

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(£16 plus shipping from here)

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(£8 plus shipping from here)

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(£7.50 plus shipping from here)

For a flash in the pan trend without the pain, it’s an easy no brainer.

Laters, Kate x

A Christmas Tale x

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Not into rubbish? How about re-cycled? – It’s the present that keeps on giving.

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All these joys are from Re-found Objects, the royalty of quirky finds.

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(All pics from Re-found Objects)

Just make sure you’re buying presents for others hey.

Laters, Kate x

The alternative Christmas x

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Good intentions be damned, the only thing I’ve learnt since writing this post is that they never last and the only way to go is big, bad and ballistic..

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With that in mind I will be fully embracing the anti-commercialism at Pencil Agency’s Rubbish Shop.…and buying all my presents there.

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Who could resist Beyonce as an angel?

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A set of fine minatures?

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Or four handmade napkins?

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A multi-purpose iphone case for that person who always has little accidents?

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Or a naivly crafted nativity scene?

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(All pictures The Rubbish Shop)

Just pure elfing genius.

Laters, Kate x

It’s Started..

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Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat.  Except it isn’t..but the insidious creep is appearing on my peripheral vision like the ink from a frightened octopus.  I bought my first stocking fillers today…and faced head on the yearly mental anguish of the inner childs excitement for presents versus materialistic waste and the accumulation of useless stuff.  I still haven’t got a solution to square the circle – how to appear less Ebenezer, more Mathew Cuthbert?  Except possibly to buy less, buy better, buy clever.  With this in mind I found myself on this site – Life of Jay – which, though I didn’t realise it at the time, caters primarily for men which they don’t presume to be all sports mad. It genuinely has some interesting stuff..(though does it work if it’s still classed as ‘stuff?’ Sigh)a9e614fc97f4369d248d9a9fe0a7cb30 151684dfc88066f07bdd76147885af75

But who can say no to good stylish storage?2971590bd4592dbc6bf68d5ae9ba6efa 661c81ba4c29902d30360e452463ea63

Or a retro notebook for the jottings of the block buster you know they want to write.58ba4e53ebebe5e2c9e598bb31778ba4 But then I see a silly tin toy rabbit and want to pop it in my basket. Why??af42345a77900a88c2b15e28cd66a16b
They have these which are clever – a retro tin..8d41d761792aab5ca906accdbb0ede27 Containing the bits you think you need.  Except I’d pay more if the interior wasn’t made of plastic..

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This appeals: A reusable teabag robot. Who doesn’t need that on a cold morning?

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And I love their lab style storage jars.

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(All pictures Life of Jay)

Then side tracked by a cunningly designed pizza cutter…

And I’m failing and falling already..

Laters, Kate x

Raw Talent x

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Jessica Kramer is my new arthouse-slash-fully-fledged-rockstar (of the jewellery kind) and the maker/owner of Hawkhouse. She’s been a wanderer and traveller, soaking up the sights and sounds of six of the seven continents of the world before love made her drop anchor or as she says ‘Wild woman falls in love with island boy and signs up for Etsy’.  Her story and all it’s wonder is ingrained in her pieces.

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Her works are frank and forthright without the slightest glint of superficiality, just pure natural beauty shining through.

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There’s a visceral feeling of groundedness (is that a word??) straight talking and sincerity.

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(All pictures Hawkhouse and Pinterest)

Designer prices? No – everything, even the uncut emeralds above are around the £40 plus shipping;  This is outside the brain boil of mainstream madness, brand and oneupmanship, here it’s honesty and integrity that take centre stage and run straight through the middle of every single piece.

 

Just simply inherently cool.

Laters, Kate x

 

Merry Mad-mas..

 

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(Knit your own golden retriever)

When looking for presents, I start every Christmas with a simple shopping list of good intentions..

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..But somewhere along the line something happens.

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I can’t decide whether it’s because I’ve been beaten down and seduced into embracing the madness of the season..or it’s a bizarre reaction to the obscene commercialism that’s always lurking round the corner..
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But it always reaches a point when suddenly giving a gift of earwax seems the most natural thing in the world..

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(Plush Roadkill)

And why shouldn’t a stuffed toy include the inner bits as well?

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Mouse taxidermy? It could be the new baking…

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As The final finishing touch, Firebox – the source of all this wonder (and recommended to me by the wonderfully talented Beth, through her Blog The linen Cat Blog ) add their own distinct wrapping service.  Pure genius.

 

Now if I could have an unlimited supply of ‘crap wrap’ stickers, I think I would be happy for life…grunge wrapping is the new black…

 

Laters, Kate x