Month: June, 2011

The Matchcarden: grow-your-own in miniature

A while back I posted on the postcarden – a little packet of happiness comprising a pop-up watercress garden in a postcard shaped box that the chosen recipient unfolds, waters and watches grow.

Now the people at Another Studio have come up with the matchcarden – the same sort of thing but based on a sliding matchbox. Slide the little garden out of the box, pop it up, water, and wait.

The designs revolve around two themes: The City Street, a little street of townhouses, and The Quaint Village, which includes a village church, thatched cottage and the soon-to-become-a-thing-of-the-past local shop.

You can even customise your design by adding a little paper chimney or a pair of lovebirds.

At £3.95 each they’re a bargain.

My miniature cactus from Kew

On a trip to Kew Gardens yesterday I bought this little cactus. He is green and white and nestled in an old Sophie Conran egg cup next to my duck measuring cups.

I am now planning for a little cactus family, housed in a hotchpotch of unloved chinaware.

Missoni Bubble lamp

This new season pendant lamp by Missoni is a fun mix between ethnic luxe and DIY style and I like it a lot. Allowing customers to choose from a selection of seventeen colourful prints – all in keeping with the laid-back-loud that Missoni do so well – and small and large pendant frames, complete with removable coverings, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you hang where.

The only limitation may be the price: $910.00 – $2,420.00 exclusively at

Potting the proper way

Much like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and most birthdays, I find that Father’s Day tends to creep up out of nowhere, and while I don’t normally pay too much attention to what people are trying to flog to celebrate it, I just saw this and think it is great. For a father, for yourself, for anyone who has a garden or a shed or the inclination to plant something somewhere.

It is also available with alcohol-free elderflower for the more sensible gardener.

The Real Ale Potting Shed pack, £36, by Whisk Hampers at