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🍉 🍉 🍉 WATERMELON FEVER! 🍉 🍉 🍉

It seems we are not the only ones to have gone totally fruit-bowl frantic about the wondrous watermelon!Image

My amazing birthday fruit-bowl crafted by Mr CL.AM

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My initials spelled out in watermelon; I’m happy!

Literally everytime I step out the door this Summer, I’m faced with a watermelon waterfall of amazing fruity inspired products; from fashion prints on clothing, to tote bags, to plates, to bunting, to today’s discovery JUICE!…so we really can pretend to be Beyoncè writhing around on a beach sipping watermelon.

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Sippin’ watermelon

It comes as no surprise to me that fashion, homewares, and everything in-between have fallen head over heels in love with this tropical fruit. For me the sight, smell and taste of a watermelon gives me a rush of countless fond holiday memories, it gives me that feeling that Summer Is Actually Here. In short (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this) watermelon’s=happiness.


Bunting at Tiger, top at Brick Lane Upmarket, bikini at New Look, plate at Anthropologie
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Beach towel at TK Maxx, dish at Anthropologie , Lollipop, watermelon tipp-ex at Oliver Bonas

I have been pretty low key with my watermelon purchases I’d say, and have frugally limited myself to printed hot pants, tote bag and playsuit to accessorise my handy handbag staple La Sandia notebook. 

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Art print at Pick Me up 2014, CL.AM LA SANDIA notebook on tour in Cuba this Summer, me in my Primark hot pants and co-ord notebook

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CL.AM LA SANDIA envelope and notelet set


CL.AM LA SANDIA card

I even had the pleasure of customising a close friend’s baby daughters cot last week by adorning it with the CL.AM signature LA SANDIA and LIMONE prints, see the work in progress below. Proof that you are never too young to start a lifetimes obsession with the wonderful watermelon!


The discerning client in her watermelon high-chair, the blank canvas cot headboard, the La Sandia inspiration and Posca pens, getting started

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A half-time Limone-y break

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1 side down….

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FINITO!

This summer’s emblem is most definitely our favourite fruit, the colour-popping, thirst quenching tropical LA SANDIA!

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Get your fix quick x

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PAYDAY FRIDAY!

PAYDAY FRIDAY!

Why not treat yourself this Payday Friday to one of our unique hand-bound notebooks, and we can personalise it with a hand-stamped message of your choice for you. You’ve earned a bit of sunshine this week 🙂

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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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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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