Happy Easter!

Easter Greetings

Easter Greetings


Happy Easter one and all, let the over eating begin!
Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt

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CORRESPONDENCE AND CACTI; A WEEKEND OF LONDONS’ BEST MARKETS

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Our stall at The crafty Fox Market, and envelope pack close up. All wares available at http://www.cl-am.com

So this weekend kicked off market season with a bang, with our very first market being The Crafty Fox Market in Peckham’s Bussey Building. For anyone that came along-we thank you-and I think all were agreed it was a wondrous Saturday with some of the finest designer/makers in the biz, yummy food and cocktails, screen-printing workshops and more, all set against some great DJ sets in Peckham’s art hub. The turnout exceeded our expectations, and we loved meeting and selling directly to our new customers; it was really rewarding and useful for us to get first-hand feedback on our stationery wares, from Londons’ finest.

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CL.AM notebbok packs, and the Crafty Fox Market in full swing

 

We met so many lovely people, customers and fellow crafters alike, and are already excited and gearing up for our 2nd market this month. Crafty Fox Market 2 lands in Brixton’s music/arts pub venue Dogstar, on Saturday 26th April 11-5pm, and we will be there in the upstairs ‘Uncovered’ area with fellow new London talent. Check the Market website for more details, and come along for what promises to be a super 2nd Weekend of local and unique shopping, eating and drinking!

One of the questions we noticed coming up a few times on the stall was ‘How much are the cacti’? I had taken them as display items to add the right feel to our stall, but it hadn’t occurred to me that people would assume they were for sale too! As they were the cacti I had used to decorate the tables at our wedding, and managed to keep Alive for almost a year, I wasn’t really up for selling them. However, one must never ignore public demand, and as fellow cacti enthusiasts we decided to make it a Market-marathon weekend (the only kind of marathon I’m interested in) and head to Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday. 

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Peonies and succulents on a sunny sunday at Columbia Road Flower Market

It was a gloriously sunny day in London, which meant most of London had also had the same idea-crowd control aside it was the perfect antidote to many weekends of market preparation in our workshop at home. There were succulents and flowering cacti aplenty, and we stocked up on some colourful specimens for our garden living wall, and Crafty Fox 2. 

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Stalls jam-packed at Columbia Road Flower Market, and our colourful purchases

Always having one eye print-watching, we spotted a plethora of vibrant tropical Mens’ and Womenswear, which greatly pleased me and proved that men of all ages are not shying away from bold Hawaiian-esque print this season-in East London at any rate!

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Clockwise from top: A Dries tropical tapestry bomber, East end flower seller goes Hawaiian at Columbia Road, vintage Ralph Lauren Polo tropical print Mens’ shirt, my mono-tropical scuba tee

After looking round the ever-growing collection of kitsch and unique shops along Columbia Road and beyond, including my personal favourite Milagros Milagros. A one-stop Mexican handicraft haven that took me right back to Oaxaca, we ended the perfect Sunday with a sun-dappled stroll along Regent’s Canal to grab some 241 Mint Julep’s at John Salt in Angel-bliss!

If you’re a fan of correspondence and cacti alike, we look forward to seeing you in Brixton on the 26th 🙂

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Food Glorious Food (cards)

An excellent round-up of foodie inspired stationery, including our very own LA SANDIA!

All Things Stationery

As I sit down to write this it’s approaching lunchtime, so there’s only one direction I can go. Food. Cards with food on them anyway:

This is very silly but I like it a lot! Especially as someone who eats far too many carbs…

Complex Carbohydrates card, £2.50, by Gemma Correll at Ohh Deer

There’s more to this next one than meets the eye, as it’s an A-Z of cheeses. It’s quite hard to work them out but, if you’re a cheat like me, one of the pictures on the site lists the cheese names.

Cheese Alphabet Card, £3.25, by Becka Griffin Illustration at Not On The Highstreet

I actually really struggled to find any cheese pun cards, which surprises me. I mean, surely there are some great ones! Have a BRIE-lliant birthday! GOUDA luck in your new job! Jeez guys,  I’m just giving these away. Sort it out card makers……

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MARKET SEASON BEGINS!

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Spring is finally here (not that you’d know it looking out the window) but there is a buzz, excitement in the air as we kick off the start of craft market season in style, with the amazing Crafty Fox Market in Peckham this Saturday! We will be joining a host of wonderful cherry-picked designer/makers with the focus all being on quality handmade gorgeous stuff. As it’s our very first time trading marketstylee we are rather excited, and have been crafting up a wealth of handmade stationery goodies, ready for your perusal this Saturday.

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The CL.AM goodie stock draw is fit to bursting with market ready treasures

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Our new printed gift-tags will be available to buy on the stand

 

We would love to see you there, and if you love markets, browsing and design workshops all against a backdrop of excellent DJing and weekend drinking- you’d frankly be a fool to miss it! We will also be offering special promos and discounts on selected products on the day. It all begins this Saturday 12th April at Peckham art mecca The Bussey Building, from 12-5pm.

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Inside the Dogstar in Brixton 

Should you really be unable to make it this weekend (seriously what are you doing that tops this?) then you can catch us again and a wealth of amazing exhibitors at the second Crafty Fox Market in Brixton on Saturday 26th 11-5pm. We will be in the specially selected Undercover section upstairs at the Dogstar pub, along with a host of fresh new emerging talent. The two shows exhibitors were chosen and curated with the help of guest curators David Nicholls-the Design Editor of The Telegraph Magazine, and Amelia Gregory-founder of Amelia’s Magazine. So make sure you hotfoot to one of them, it’s guaranteed to be a great afternoon out and the perfect way to usher in the market season in the heart of South London.

Hope to see you there 🙂

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SUNDAY SCRIBING

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It’s finally here the day of rest for some (not us it’s, market season), the final day of National Stationery Week, and the day we at CL.AM have been championing the most; ‘Write A Letter Day’. Not least because it’s an important part of our ethos, and a chance for us to introduce our new FLORA design (coming soon, see above!). Above all, for the chance it gives us to step back from our favoured choice of gadget, and think about who have we really been neglecting of late? If you’re anything like me, this year is flashing before your eyes, and all your well-intentioned plans to really get in touch with old friends, elderly relatives, family may have been pushed aside as life’s relentless torrent washes over you. It becomes so easy to put off, writing a short letter to your Grandparents or an old friend-but just picture how touched they would be if today,a day dedicated to letter-writing, you actually did it. Imagine how their face would light up, at the sight of a beautifully handwritten envelope appearing through their letterbox, from a person they thought was far too busy to bother with them.

I know myself, that I get such a rush of excitement at the sight of a handwritten letter addressed to me on my doormat, partly because it is unfortunately so rare these days. It immediately invokes nostalgia for exciting events like birthdays, invitations, engagements or the teenage letter-writing essays I used to embark on with school friends; a time we had so much vital information to tell one another, it spilled onto several pages!

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So for one day, I urge, implore you to join in, and take some time out of your Sunday to reconnect with someone important to you. You may be surprised at the pleasure it brings you, and rest assured it will leave them smiling for the rest of the week.

Correspondence is cool x

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FRIDAY FEELING!

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You’ve finally made it, the Weekend is well and truly in sight, the Easter Holidays are inching closer-what a feeling! Even better there’s still a whole Weekend left of National Stationery Week activities left for you to get stuck into, if you haven’t had a chance to during the week. We are still offering a whopping 20% off all our unique printed handmade stationery to celebrate NSW14 with code NSW, until Sunday at CL.AM. A perfect opportunity to treat yourself or a friend to some beautiful stationery to usher in the new season. 

Today and Saturday focus on some serious organisation with today bring ‘Pencil Case Day’ (oh to be at school comparing new pencil tins again!) and Saturday is ‘Get Organised Day’. We are definitely going to be taking that approach in the CL.AM production HQ, as we get underway preparing lots of lovely wares, for the first of the Crafty Fox Markets, in Peckham on Saturday 12th April. 

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This will be our first market, so we would love to see you if you can make it to The Bussey Building from 12-5pm! We will tell you more about the markets and fairs we are doing v soon, its certainly going to be a busy couple of months, and we can’t wait to get some first-hand reactions to our fashion inspired range.

We will be back here over the Weekend, for the final day of National Stationery Week, and the one we have really been looking forward to: ‘Write a Letter Day’. Enjoy your Friday, getting organised or at least having organised fun x

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ORGANISATION…NOT REALLY MY STYLE

So it’s Day 4 of National Stationery Week, and the only day I’ve been dreading a little; ‘Tidy Desk Day’. Not being known as one of the most organised of people..I’m a creative- we thrive on chaos right!-the thought of tidying anything brings back teenage memories of being ordered to tidy my room, and I visibly recoil. However I do thrive on lists, lists, lists. While a lot of these go untended to for weeks and are therefore discarded, there is nothing quite as satisfying as crossing off (almost) everything on your daily ‘to do’ post-it, screwing it up and putting it in my mini recycling bin. I have day to day lists, weekly lists, and life lists-where the ‘to dos’ may take several years to get round to. I do find it cathartic to empty the mass of thoughts whirling round my head into paper though, it’s a visual map of my problems to solve. 

In the spirit of the day I will share some of my organised chaos, if anything it will make you feel better about how neat and organised your ‘office’ is. 

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This is about as tidy as my workstation gets; a masterclass in organised chaos!

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Organised Tropicana and Hawaii envelope stock preparation

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The CL.AM envelope range in reverse

Now I’m off to write another post-it or ten, happy desk-tidying Thursday x

 

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PEN & INK DAY

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It’s already day 3 of National Stationery Week which means it’s ‘Pen & Ink Day’. One of the days I was most looking forward to, and a chance for us to introduce our new LIMONE design, perfect for a lovely sunny Wednesday; arriving at CL.AM soon!

There’s no better way to show someone whom you may have been slightly neglecting, that you do honestly care, and you are thinking of them, than a beautiful handwritten note, on equally beautiful stationery. It goes so much further than a dismissive text or email, it shows that you’ve taken time out of your busy life to not only select luxurious, note-worthy stationery, but also to select your words carefully. A luxurious handwritten letter can’t contain the usual LOLS, OMG’S or old school PTB’s that often pepper our everyday digital correspondence, and it’s all the better for it. I think we could all do with taking a step back from online communication now and then, and get back to basics with a  bit of old-fashioned pen and ink. You may find it becomes addictive and offers a little respite in an otherwise media saturated day. 

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We have a range of unique fashion-inspired, printed stationery just waiting for you to snap up, and adorn with meaningful words. Even better, to celebrate NSW14 it’s 20% off our entire handmade collection, all week with code NSW.

So this Wednesday, and this Sunday which is official ‘Write a letter day’- why not take a pause, and make someone smile you haven’t seen in a while. After all Correspondence is Cool! x

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HAPPY NOTEBOOK DAY !

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It’s day two of National Stationery Week, which means its ‘Notebook Day’. For those true stationery addicts out there. I’m sure you will agree theres nowt quite as sacred as purchasing a crisp new shiny notebook, that you LOVE. Finally a worthy place to scribble down all those genius thoughts you seem to only have, on the tube/train/bus/while shopping, and worry will be lost to you forever if you don’t quickly get them on paper! The best part being, a lustworthy notebook usually requires the purchase of a similarly lustworthy pen(s), as the first page Has to look perfect…this quickly gets forgotten as you work your way through, but you meant well.

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Having just launched our own A6 pack of 3 hand-bound printed notebooks, I am rather in love with toting my handbag-perfect size LA SANDIA around, to scrawl down the mass of daily thoughts that spill out of my mind on the move. I have also found presenting a fun notebook in meetings can be a real icebreaker, and help to lift the dreary monday mood of fellow colleagues. As if you needed any more reason to get notebook shopping, we are offering 20% off CL.AM CORRESPONDENCE stationery all this week! Simply use discount code NSW and jazzy new stationery could be delivered to your doorstep…Happy National Stationery Week!

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NATIONAL STATIONERY WEEK!

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Hurrah, its National Stationery Week and today is Official Pencil Day so get scribbling, jotting, and drawing. We would love to know how you are celebrating NSW14 on our Facebook page and will be celebrating each day with a shiny new image! To get into the spirit of the week for all the stationery addicts out there; we are offering a whopping 20% off online on All CL.AM goodies All week with discount code NSW . So if you’re a lover of beautiful, edgy, handmade printed stationery, then why not stock up on some new notebooks, envelopes or cards and spread the stationery love.

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x Remember correspondence is cool x

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