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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Favourite Christmas Albums for 2011: For Folk’s Sake, Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler, Smith & Burrows, Kirsty Almeida

It's a bumper crop of Christmas tunes for 2011: with entire albums from the likes of For Folk's Sake, Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler, Smith & Burrows and Kirsty Almeida. Listen on and enjoy. Merry Christmas everyone!

Written by Amelia Gregory

For Folk's Sake Christmas 2011. Cover illustration by Amber Cassidy
For Folk's Sake Christmas 2011. Cover illustration artwork by Amelia's Magazine contributor Amber Cassidy.

Possibly my favourite Christmas album amongst a bumper crop is the collaborative effort from For Folk's Sake, which has been on rotation for the past few weeks to get me in the festive mood: I couldn't possibly pick out a favourite tune, but watch out for the jolly Christmas Mistakes by The Leisure Society which implores everyone to set aside those differences just for one day. 'Will Christmas cheer succumb to civil war?' it asks. Caitlin Rose teams up with Keegan DeWitt for the bittersweet You Never Come Home For Christmas. Cocos… read more

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A Review of the Crafternoon Tea Club Christmash Spesh with Etsy 2011

Crafternoon Tea Club and Etsy put on a splendid DIY craft party with an ethical message – here are our highlights from the Bevenden Street event, held on Thursday 8th December 2011.

Written by Caitlin Sinclair

Illustration by Rebecca Strickson On the evening of 8th December, close to 50 people of all ages came together for something resembling a drop-in DIY craft party – the Crafternoon […]

Favourite Christmas Indie Tunes for 2011

This year there indie bands have released a plethora of Christmassy tunes. And I'm here to present you with a round up of the best: including songs from Piney Gir, Viv Albertine, Darren Hayman, My Tiger My Timing, Flow Machines, Fairewell, Dog is Dead, Honour Before Glory, Very Most and She & Him.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ukulele Christmas Carol by Abi Hall. Christmas tunes from respectable bands have never been more popular – both original compositions and covers of old favourites – here’s my round up […]

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Lesley Craze Gallery: Christmas Late Night Opening 2011

Nestled on the edge of Clerkenwell Green, the Lesley Craze gallery is a must-go destination for jewellery lovers. I went along on their late night opening to see what new work they had on show.

Written by Miranda Williams

Photography preseves a moment forever – it marks and preserves time as it has been spent. It is, information pills to draw Barthes into the conversation, a memento mori. Amy […]

An interview with illustrator Gareth A Hopkins, as featured in Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration

Gareth A Hopkins is a name that regular Amelia's Magazine readers will recognise as a long term contributing illustrator. He also appears in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration and has been busy with all sorts of interesting projects in 2011, including The Intercorstal, Chelmsford Arts Trail and London Fashion Week.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Shinsuke Mitsuoka by Gareth A Hopkins. Gareth A Hopkins is surely one of the most committed and original contributors to Amelia’s Magazine, producing many illustrations of consistently good quality over […]

You Me Bum Bum Train in New Oxford Street, December / January 2011-2012: Review

The You Me Bum Bum Train experience is like no other.... here's my lowdown on what to expect from this intriguing participatory theatrical experience... plus news of how to get yourself a ticket for the extended run.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Writing about You Me Bum Bum Train is hard work: for understandable reasons visitors, and especially pesky reviewers such as myself (a necessary but somewhat unruly mob) are asked very […]

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Christmas Gift Ideas 2011: Jewellery and Hats

The first in my Christmas gift round up features jewellery and hats from the likes of Rosie Wonders, The Aviary, Ridley and Dowse and Spirithoods. Plus much more!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Rosie Wonders Dala Horse Necklace by Janneke de Jong. It’s getting scarily close, this Christmas malarkey. And I bet that if you are anything like me you’ve done very little […]

Lush Christmas Gifts: 2011 Product Review

My pick of extra special Lush bath time goodies for Christmas. Presents with attitude and heart.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lush Christmas products by Katrina Conquista. Lush prides itself on in-house inventions such as the solid shampoo bar and the shower jelly – and Lush inventors like to have particular […]

Review: An evening class at the London Jewellery School

An evening at the London Jewellery School re-introduced me to the charms of making your own jewellery. With a range of diverse classes, this central London school has something to suit everyone.

Written by Amelia Gregory

All photography by Amelia Gregory. A couple of weeks ago I went along to the London Jewellery School for a night of cupcakes and cocktail rings, otherwise known as a […]

Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits: a perfect idea for Mothering Sunday

It's nearly Mothering Sunday... what to do?! All mothers love home made gifts, so how about making your dear mum some delicious iced biscuits? This book will tell you all you need to know.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits. All photography by Amelia Gregory. Okay, order so I know it’s Pancake Day, and International Women’s Day. But I want to talk about BISCUITS. And […]

The Very Best Scented Christmas Candles

Christmas is a great time of year to bask in the delightful scents of high quality candles, and here are some of the best. Featuring candles from Willow Organic, Cire Trudon, Spitalfields Candle Co. and Jo Malone to name just a few.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Willow Organic Gold Frankincense and Myrrh candle by Daria Hlazatova. I don’t know what it is about candles that gets me so excited. I think it has a lot to […]

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Sparkly Christmas Songs

Glorious Christmas music! Love/Hate whatever, your Christmas wouldn't be the same without it. Helen Martin rounds up a collection of Christmas beauties both old 'n' new, for your pleasure.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Timothy Hunt. In my second round up of fabulous ideas from twitter friends for late Christmas gift shoppers I bring you the best of art, site patient jewellery […]

Christmas Gifts: Art, Jewellery and Homeware Ideas

My second Christmas gift round up features lots of handmade, upcycled and unique goodies from the likes of 123 Bethnal Green Road, London Kills Me, Tatty Devine and the Soma Gallery

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by Timothy Hunt. A couple of days ago *ahem, price medications more like a week* I put a callout on twitter for people to send me their fabulous ideas […]

Craft: christmas decorations.

This is the third and final Christmas article from Hannah Bullivant- and we're talking decorations. With illustrations by Matilde Sazio and Avril Kelly.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

v Fabric Garland by Hannah Bullivant Christmas Craft by Matilde Sazio So far you have heard me rant about the mass consumerism and waste that is now so ubiquitous with Christmas […]

Bourgeois & Maurice Can’t Dance at Sadler’s Wells: An Interview

Cabaret duo Bourgeois & Maurice are currently enjoying a run at the Sadler's Wells Lilian Baylis Studio. They are thoroughly fabulous... as this Q&A will reveal to those still unintiated in their inimitable ways.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Cher Lloyd by Gemma Pharo Wagner by Karina Yarv. Another year, viagra 60mg another X Factor out of the way. I went through a period of not watching any telly […]

Craft: Make your own Christmas cards

It is Christmas and what better way to induce a good dose of festive cheer and combat the evils of mass consumption than to do some Christmas crafting. Here Hannah Bullivant shows you how to make some simple Christmas cards. With illustrations by Emma Block, Daria Hlazatova and Ellie Sutton.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Printed cards Ebeneezer by Hannah Bullivant Illustration by Emma Block You may think that Christmas cards are harmless tokens of festive cheer, sale but there is more to them than […]

Beautifully Green – a round up of ethical beauty brands for Christmas!

If you're looking for staples to care for your skin during the winter or great Christmas gift ideas, check out our round-up of ethical beauty brands…

Written by Viola Levy

Andrea Garland, capsule illustrated by Cat Palairet If you’re struggling for Christmas gift ideas, sales or just sick of giving and receiving those dreaded ‘smellies’ gift sets produced by high […]

East End Prints launches at the East London Design Show

Original, affordable and above all else, fun. This is Helen Edwards’ new print publishing company East End Prints. Along with a hundred others, East End Prints displays at the East London Design Show this weekend.

Written by Jessica Furseth

Hang on, information pills by Fiona Watson. All images courtesy of East End Prints. After a few hours of wandering wide-eyed between the stands at the East London Design Show, […]

Graduate Fashion Week 2010: Kingston

The Kingston University Graduate Fashion Week Show, on Monday 7 June, was a riot of naughty knitwear, zesty pastels and suits inspired by the Expenses Scandal…

Written by Nina Joyce

Rebecca McClure, viagra illustrated by Alli Coate There was more than one graduate show going on during Tuesday evening… it was time for some Middlesex action. After Northampton, they had […]

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Earth Editor’s Pick: Christmas Gift Guide

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas

Written by Grace Beaumont

‘Pugs Not Drugs’ T-shirt Available from: www.gemmacorrell.com Cost: $28.00 Adorable screenprinted T-shirt by illustrator Gemma Correll. If you’re a fan of those chubby, website like this wrinkly little bundles of […]