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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Colouring Books For Adults

Adult Colouring is becoming more and more popular as a relaxing and creative pastime, so why not join in the fun? These are the things I've learnt on my colouring journey so far.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Adult Colouring is a trend you can't escape, so why not embrace the phenomenon with gusto this Christmas? You might be surprised by how much you and your loved ones enjoy it. I first became fascinated by the growth in popularity of adult colouring a year ago, and although sure it would not appeal to me as a personal hobby I thought the format provided the perfect forum for artists to showcase their work. So I posted a brief on Amelia's Magazine and set about making Amelia's Colourful Colouring Companion. In the interests of research I decided to try adult colouring myself, and before I knew it I was a total convert: from intrigued sceptic to full on addict, here's what I've learnt during my colouring journey so far.

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Escape to Christmas Past by Good Wives and Warriors: Colouring Book Review and Artist Interview

The intricate illustrations of Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell are perfectly suited to colouring books. Both their volumes for Puffin would make ideal Christmas presents.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Escape to Christmas Past coloured by Lynn Stevens. Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell are Good Wives and Warriors, an artistic duo that specialise in extraordinarily intricate drawings that have been […]

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An interview with Hazel Partridge: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Falmouth graduate Hazel Partridge creates beautiful tableaux inspired by her love of nature.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Beautiful nature themed artworks by Hazel Partridge were one of my top picks at this year’s New Designers show, so I was thrilled that she took up the offer to […]

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Pygmy Cloud Christmas Video: How do you make Grumpy Pygmy Bear smile?

Check out our exclusive introduction to the lovely Pygmy Cloud Christmas video, including behind the scenes photos!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Pygmy Cloud makes plush toys, stationery & home accessories for children and adults alike. The brand is run by design duo Diana Stainton and Dave Smith, who make their hand-crafted […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013: Babies and Toddlers

Ideas for the little ones, including ethical, handmade and unusual gifts that are sure to charm.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Slugs and Snails tights for boys. So, what do you do if you need to buy something for the little person in your life at Christmas? We buy very few […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013: Homeware and Prints for the Wall

Stuck for a last minute Christmas present? Why not support one of these talented designer makers, creating wonderful and unique homeware and prints for the home.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Scout Editions: mistletoe in a bottle card. When my new website launches you’ll be able to find unique hand made designer items to suit all aspects of your life. Homeware […]

East London Design Show: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

This year the East London Design Show took place at the Truman Brewery, and whilst the venue was somewhat lacking in atmosphere there was lots of fabulous designer maker talent on show. Here's my hot ideas for Christmas gifts.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve shared my favourite finds from the 2013 Bust Craftacular, now here’s what I loved at the East London Design Show, held for the first time in the Truman Brewery. […]

Bust Craftacular: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

Didn't make it down to the Bust Craftacular? Worry not, for here's my round up of great finds... why not check in with your favourites online and make a unique Christmas purchase that way?

Written by Amelia Gregory

Last year I missed out on the Bust Craftacular, but this year I was able to whip around this buzzy annual event, held at the York Hall. I was very […]

Cockpit Arts: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

A plethora of magical designer maker gift ideas awaits you... from the likes of Camilla Meijer, Laura Gravestock and Terri Leahy.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Bunny cushion design by Camilla Meijer. This weekend we made our annual trip down to Cockpit Arts to catch up with old favourites and discover new talent. As always there […]

Favourite Christmas Indie Tunes for 2012: listen to the best here!

It's time to get into the festive spirit: listen to a host of wonderful new Christmas indie tunes right here and enjoy beautiful illustrations that were inspired by them.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christmas Olive Grove by Bex Bourne, based on As A Child I Awoke by Jo Mango. A hugely successful Christmas tune is the holy grail for many musicians: just think […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best Design Gifts For Women

A plethora of last minute gift ideas from fashion to stationery to the best screenprint ever for the feminist in your life...

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Elisalex dress from By Hand London. Looking for some last minute gift ideas to please the lady who loves good design, handmade goods and occasionally creating her own? Well […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best for Natural Skincare and Beauty

Look no further: here's my round up of gift suggestions from the best ethical and natural skincare and beauty brands around...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Trevarno Organic Skin Products by Alice Jamieson. Don’t forget, gift buyers, that it’s always nice to feel a bit pampered on special occasions, nudge nudge wink wink. Which is why […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best for Babies by Independent Designers

Why shop on the High Street when you can find amazing, well designed and eco friendly baby gifts by independent designers and makers only a click away? Featuring: Oh Baby London, Hokolo, Kyna Boutique, Noodoll and many more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

This Christmas I find myself with child for the first time – there he is above – and so naturally thoughts have turned to gifts that babies of Snarfle‘s age […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best Design Gifts For Men

Stuck for ideas? Here's the perfect selection of gifts for men who love design. And women...

Written by Amelia Gregory

In Love With iphone cover by Bianca Green. Most men love a bit of gadget based frippery, and there is an almost endless choice of iphone decor out there. Amidst […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: 13 Top Jewellery Designs

I love jewellery: and so do lots of women, hint hint :) Here's my pick of some fantastic pieces available on the web for your delection.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I love so many amazing jewels it’s hard to know what to share, but here’s a selection that tickle my festive fancy. I discovered Alex Ramsay at the recent Craft […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: 12 Top Kitchenware Designs

Choose from ceramics, oven gloves, sustainable plastic ware, wooden trays and chopping boards made from felled trees of London.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve brought you the best cushions, the best mugs and the best tea towels, and now here is the best of the rest of the homewares I found whilst scouring […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Top Ten Best Tea Towel Designs

Tea towels: useful objects for the kitchen and handy places on which to display great art. Here's my favourites for the season: including lots with fab lettering!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Like cushions, tea towels provide the perfect surface to showcase artwork: is it any wonder there are so many great designs to choose from? For some reason I seem to […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Top Ten Best Mugs by Illustrators and Designers

Wondering what to give for Christmas? The shops are full of mugs for a reason: they make great inexpensive gifts with character. And I've found the best designs for you online...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Beaver Mug by Lisa Jones. I *love* beavers so I was super excited to find this. No really, don’t laugh. Next up: my recommendations for mugs. Yes, a whole blog […]

Christmas Nail Art and Nail Varnish Gift Guide 2012

Nail Art obsessed: and there is so much fun to be had in the run up to Christmas. Read on for ideas aplenty, including an exclusive Christmas nail art video tutorial.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christmas Beauty by Sine Skau. The beauty and fashion world’s obsession with fabulous nails seems to show no sign of waning: in fact, the speed with which images appear on […]

Christmas Guide 2012: Artist & Designer Christmas Cards

Steer clear of mass produced Christmas cards this year and go direct to the designers who've made cards themselves: here's my round up of the best ones to buy online.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christmas card by Matthew Land. Christmas is nearly upon us, yes really. And to start my lengthy round up of gift recommendations for the entire family I firstly give you […]