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Our Crafty Christmas (and the year my husband and I morphed into one)

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 10.58.38Happy New Year to you! I’m not really one for resolutions, and I won’t be living off a diet of kale washed down with juices peppered with baobab powder for the entire month of Jan-but one thing I shall try and stick to is a blogpost once a week. Ok, well maybe once a month-that would still be a vast improvement on last year. 2014 was a big year, our 1st year in business and a massive learning curve with many ups and downs. We had a cracking December packed with Christmas markets and pop-up events, so we would like to say a massive Thank-You to all who have supported, listened, advised and generally buoyed us along in the minefield that is the 1st year of starting your own business!

Like the majority of people, I’m slightly lamenting the end of the festive hols and am mostly living off a host of stale & slightly past their best christmas delights, in a bid to eek out that tingly feeling a bit longer. I also wanted so share a few of the amazing crafty gifts given and received over my yuletide; one of my favourite parts of being involved in the craft market scene is all the other wonderful designer/maker treats out there, and what excellent original gifts they make. I was also slightly concerned that myself and my husband seem to have completely morphed into the same person, and had doubled up on his/her gifts on several occasions-worryingly tragic, or sweetly in sync-draw your own conclusions!

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Assorted animal prints by Charlotte Farmer

First up was our choice of anti-festive Christmas card-we’d both gone for Charlotte Farmers’ tropical fluoro bird prints having been fans after spying them in The Turpentine, we snapped these up (separately) at Renegade and Crafty Fox Christmas Markets, and now have a lovely quartet to put up!

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 Indigo ombrè candles; Designers Guild

Next up there was a distinct ombrè theme going on as we selected matching gift-bags (Ikea…I know!) and stocking filler pillar candles-pink for the husband naturally. Something tells me ombrè is going to be making a CL.AM appearance in 2015!

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Marbled soap and handmade Christmas card

Finally there was the twin exchange of soap bars for each other-something we usually never buy or use but obviously felt needed this year.

I also had to insert here my gorgeous knitted Christmas tree card, from my very talented younger sister-who completely put me to shame by creating a stunning handmade range for the family (well I was doing markets, that’s my excuse!)

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Handmade face pots by Emma Carlisle

I was delighted to receive these supercute little pots curated by illustrator Emma Carlisle on Etsy, and first spotted at Renegade Winter Craft Fair at the Truman Theory. Perfect for tea-lights or mini cacti to add to my ceramic display hoard.

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Handwoven Christmas Gift-wrap

Another place I was surpassed in the effort stakes was gift wrapping (nothing new there). My husband Chris comes up with a different theme every year, this time he created handwoven patchwork genius wrapping paper, which I must admit I slightly overlooked in the frenzy of Christmas day unwrapping and turkey checking. Luckily he pre-empted this and took a pic himself in the making process(!) makes my mind boggle just looking at it, and certainly explains the hours locked away being ‘unhelpful’! Another new idea for the range perhaps…

watermelon homage tableI think you’ll agree, it was a thoroughly crafty Christmas all round. Finally I have paid homage to the wonder that is the watermelon-it was one fruity filled christmas at CL.AM HQ I can tell you! I think I have a watermelon themed version of anything you could want or need in life, but the search for new additions will never stop!

Shop our LA SANDIA range if you’re a megafan yourself, and if you have loads of Thank-you’s to send to we’ve got it covered!

We are currently working on expanding our Wedding range ahead of some exciting Wedding Fairs, dates to be announced next week. Remember Correspondence is Cool x

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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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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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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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