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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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An Arty Crafty Weekend

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Working the stall at Crafty fox Market in the Uncovered area

It was the second Crafty Fox Market, this time at The Dogstar in Brixton over the whole weekend, and there couldn’t have been a better, sunnier Brixton vibe. We were selling on the top floor in the ‘Uncovered’ area which pushes hand-picked emerging designer/makers, along with Mr Wingate’s screen printing workshop, where adults and children alike got thoroughly stuck in designing paper cutouts for bags, aprons and tea-towels. 

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A selection of CL.AM products for sale including our new A5 printed notebooks & Azteca envelopes

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Our ‘Wedding’ paper pom-poms provided a bright eye catching backdrop

We had a selection of printed stationery goodies on our stand, including our brand new A5 notebooks and a teaser of our Limone design, which proved pleasingly popular with the Brixton shoppers. We will be launching our hand-bound A5 notebooks and Limone envelope set on the website soon.

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Our new hand-decorated potted Cacti & Succulents addition to the stall

After popular demand at Crafty Fox Peckham, we decided to make the Cacti for sale alongside the Correspondence! Always eager for a new design challenge we decided to jazz up some old tins by decorating them ourselves to add to the Mexican/holiday vibe, and were delighted with the reception! As ardent lovers of the prickly plant we reckon CL.AM; Cacti & Correspondence has a good ring to it…we are already in plans to adorn a host of tin receptacles- so watch this space!

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Screen print by Printmaker & Illustrator Alex Brady

As there were two of us on the stand we were lucky enough to take it in turns and explore all the other amazingly talented designer-makers. I loved fellow ‘Uncovered’ exhibitor and printmaker Alex Brady’s Mexican wrestling inspired screen prints, such gorgeous use of colour. 

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 Printed photographic notecards by Zoë Burt

My husband, who is obsessed with all that is Indigo couldn’t resist purchasing these richly printed luxurious notecards by local printmaker Zoë Burt. Zoë uses the cyanotype process using light sensitive chemicals on paper which are then exposed to light with a person or object on the surface. 

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On Sunday we headed over to the Ambika building opposites London’s Baker Street, for an art fix on the final day of The Other Art Fair. We had not anticipated how jam packed it would be, but it wasn’t hard to say as a host of original art and workshops including paintings, photography, taxidermy, textiles and illustrations were stuffed inside the cool modern space. 

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I loved the blurry abstract candy-coloured paintings by Karen Thomas, and thought this trio of postcards would look great framed in a hallway.

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Our unwavering lust over all that is catholic kitsch was thoroughly sated by Julia R, Gallego’s bold provocative woodcut prints. Not to everyone’s taste, but we just Had to have them-just need to find some suitably ornate gold vintage frames now!

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It was also a great opportunity to catch up with an old friend who moved back to her native Korea a few years ago. Hajeong Chung, an amazing fellow textile designer and now university tutor was exhibiting her gorgeous printed textiles at the show. She was even kind (mad) enough to give me one of her thoroughly cool silk scarves, complete with opulent black tassel trim-a wonderful end to a culture rich weekend!

 

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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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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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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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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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THE JOY OF STATIONERY

Here at CL.AM we’re obviously pretty obsessed with all things stationery, and we’re fairly sure we’re not the only ones. That’s why we could not be more excited about next week being National Stationery Week 2014; an Entire week dedicated to the joy of stationery, and the happiness of the handwritten!

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The cl.am correspondence envelope range: guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day

 

 

 

It’s one of the core reasons myself and my husband started our own stationery company-as much as we all love and thrive on technology (I swore for years I would not succumb to a smartphone, only to become surgically attached to it), I can’t help but feel it’s taking over our lives bit by bit. While a lot of these technological advances have enriched and made our lives easier; instant bookings, information, advertising, dating, even sex is just a swipe/click away. The daily onslaught of checking emails, texts, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tinder, Grinder, Snapchat -I could go on all day- can leave you reeling, exhausted (and at times full of jealousy and self-loathing as you swipe from one paradise beach shot to another, whilst getting soaked at the bus stop!)

There are now ‘Digital Detox’ retreats, which were first started in California (where else!) by self confessed tech addict couple Levi Felix and Brooke Dean, and have become so hugely popular that similar retreats are being rolled out in Costa Rica and Cambodia. When I first read about these about a year ago I remember scoffing to myself ‘whatever next’, ‘only in America’ etc, however having started my own business last year, I’m amazed and horrified how much of my daily life now revolves around social media, and the buzz I get if someone actually retweets me! The embodiment of this realisation came last night, as I frustratedly tried in vain to explain the importance of popular hash-tags when tweeting to build up followers to my mum over the phone, while furiously tweeting and retweeting….and breathe. I’ve also learnt how vital those platforms are when starting a new business, and have become much less of a ‘scoffer’ and more of an advocator. No meal, day trip, newborn, walk is sacred anymore without me snapping, flicking through and selecting the best filter, and uploading-infuriating my husband and totally killing the moment in the process. This is what we all do though, right?

This is why on the flip side of all this screen glare, I’m a huge fan of the handwritten, the drawn, the idle doodle. Nothing (not even a retweet) gives me quite as much pleasure as receiving a handwritten note or card in the post, even better if its handmade. However posting into a letterbox, rather than on a blog seems to have become an almost vintage concept. This is something I believe needs to change, as do the gang behind National Stationery Week, who are on a mission to #GetBritainWriting and particularly to #GetKidsWriting following the Government’s decision to reintroduce handwriting and letter writing into Secondary Schools’ curriculum next Autumn. Having seen babies in pushchairs calmly swiping an iPad before learning to talk, this cannot come sooner in my opinion. 

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Our new 3-pack of printed A6 hand bound notebooks-perfect for your handbag

So I would encourage one and all to get themselves involved in some way with NSW14, which runs from 31st march-6th April. Whether it be to treat yourself to a snazzy new notebook to give yourself a break from the screen, write a lovely handwritten note to a friend or relative to remind them you’re thinking of them, encouraging your small ones to write a handmade card to their Grandparents, or simply using the #NSW14 if you really can’t go cold turkey!

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There’s so much amazing stationery to choose from out there, we will be offering a special NSW14 discount code next week on the CL.AM website to encourage all you budding writers. So look out for the shopping code, don’t forget Mothering Sunday,and remember: Correspondence Is Cool! x

 

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TEN MINUTE TYPOGRAPHY #7

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We are feeling fruity this week, so this Tuesday’s Ten Minute Typo is inspired by our LA SANDIA design range, and our general obsession with watermelons! That brief glimmer of sunshine we experienced has got us dreaming of supping a watermelon margarita, while wearing watermelon hot-pants and eating, yup a thirst quenching slice of our fave fruit.

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Come on Summer, we’ve waited long enough!

 

 

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