Hello! I thought I’d re-emerge for a moment, to tell you about the Christmas cards I’ve made! There are four designs, and they are currently available in my shop. I hope you like them!
I’m selling the cards in packs of six (with two designs per pack).They can also be bought individually (the individual cards are hand-decorated with acrylic rhinestones, which I think looks extra cool).
I realise that frogs, kiwi fruit and dinosaurs are not exactly traditional Christmas imagery. However, I think the cards look festive and joyful, which is what the Christmas season is about for many people. I hope they make you smile!
Click here to buy cards from my art shop! (Oh, and keep in mind that art prints make great Christmas presents, wink wink.)
p.s. I baked the cupcakes and gingerbread robots featured on the cards – I can confirm that they were very tasty.
Posted by thefty on 01/12/2011
Hello! COLLECTIVE 5 is a weekly project involving readers’ photos. Anyone can join in! The rules, as well as next week’s COLLECTIVE 5 theme, can be found over here.
Here are this week’s photos:
1. German Santas, by Abi Lucy.
2. Focus on the Present. By Kerry Tucker.
3. By Alaka Prodhan. (Is that Santa glowing in the background?)
4. SantaDog, by Gareth Dickson.
4. Christmas glow, by the Edinburgh Cafe Enthusiast.
Click here if you’d like to join in next week! Come on, join in!
Posted by thefty on 24/12/2010
Fact of the day: In Greece, Santa Claus is called St. Basil…and he visits on new year’s eve.
1. Hanging out on Brick Lane.
2. Hanging out on the fridge door.
3. Will the real Santa please stand up?
4. My incredible, stackable Santa tea set.
5. Ho, ho, ho.
Posted by thefty on 23/12/2010
I made a huge batch of gingerbread this Sunday, to take home to my parents. I tried to make them look less…uh…blinding than the last batch I made (see picture #2). I think gingerbread cookies are my favourite Christmas treat. What’s yours?
1. Festive cupcakes! (I’m liking the tiny red gingerbread man.)
2. Gingerbread…apparently decorated by a child on a sugar high.
3. Proper mulled wine.
4. Choc-peppermint donuts, endorsed by Santa himself.
5. And, of course, a hefty Christmas dinner.
I was very sad to leave out candy canes and mince pies, let alone the selection of Greek Christmas sweets and biscuits that I grew up with. Ah well, next year.
Posted by thefty on 21/12/2010
My mother says that I didn’t like dolls when I was very young. I beheaded my Barbies and stashed them behind my bedroom door. I preferred playing with empty jars that I took from the recycling bin! Despite this, I think I turned out fairly well-adjusted. I hope.
2. Give us a kiss, love.
3. Some rather odd party decorations.
4. From a bizarre game played in an office I once worked in.
5. Sinister dolls at the Danse Macabre.
Posted by thefty on 20/12/2010
Our living room is currently dominated by a 7 foot, aggressively sparkly tree. But don’t worry, my boyfriend assures me it isn’t tacky because, ‘it’s not gold, it’s champagne!’ Frankly, I’m happy either way.
1. A garish miniature beauty (the tree, that is).
2. Wicker in the countryside.
3. All aglow.
4. A Dorito/Twiglet delight.
5. Tinsel and elfin slippers.
Gosh, Christmas turns me into a child. I love it.
Posted by thefty on 14/12/2010
We had a real fireplace in the house I grew up in. My mother would always leave out carrots (for the reindeer) and beer and cookies (for Santa). However, she always left the fireplace guard up, and it always made me suspicious – how on earth could Santa exit the chimney if that heavy metal thing was in the way?
1. Selfridge’s Window Dressing, christmas 2008.
2. Santa line-up (exhibit a)
3. That’s Sausages & Mash, in case you’re wondering.
4. Santa line up (exhibit b)
5. The great Santa Fun Run: 3 miles in a Santa suit, for Charity.
Posted by thefty on 24/12/2009
The Christmas conundrum: masses of pretty lights VS excessive energy consumption on a global scale. Maybe wind-powered Christmas lights should be the next step. Ha.
1. Brick Lane, London.
2. This lady’s house, London.
3. Brick Lane, London.
4. Little Clarendon St, Oxford.
5. Shoreditch, London.
Posted by thefty on 23/12/2009
This year I’ve hung my baubles on glittery gold branches. My boyfriend refuses to acknowledge my version of a Christmas tree, and cheerfully refers to it as ‘the twigs’. I suspect he may be the grinch.
1. A very alternative Christmas tree. (Even more alternative than mine.)
2. A flaming Poinsettia (aka ‘the mother-in-law’s tongue’, in Greek).
3. London’s Columbia Road flower market is extra-beautiful at Christmas.
4. The yule log is a strange concept. I mean, it’s a dead-tree-shaped cake.
5. The masterpiece; the highlight of the season.
Posted by thefty on 22/12/2009
When I was very little, my mother would go to town with Christmas decorations (in fact, she still does). I used to share a room with my brother, and we’d get our own garland-laden mini Christmas tree, and enough flashing lights to induce a seizure. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it any other way, and I’m happy to acknowledge that I’m turning into my mother at an alarming rate.
1. Domesticity at its finest.
2. A festive gammmmmon roast.
3. Party fallout: candy canes, santa socks, bottle caps and streamers.
4. A sticker on the street: ‘Merry crisis and a happy new fear’.
5. A Nigella Christmas is surely better than a white Chistmas, no?
Posted by thefty on 10/12/2009
It is officially December, so I feel like I’m allowed to start bombarding you with Christmassy images. It’s not my fault – London just looks too cool at this time of year.
1. Huge foil balloons floating over one of my favourite places to shop.
2. Carnaby Street again (I couldn’t resist the fluoro reindeer).
3. The Natural History Museum boasts a carousel AND an ice rink.
4. Oxford street: The land of many gifts (in shops and in the sky).
5. Harrod’s is dressed up as The Emerald City, for one Christmas only.
Posted by thefty on 01/12/2009