Category: thrift corner

Butterfly mug by Luna & Curious

Handmade fine Bone China mug, £18, Luna & Curious

Curious for more? Check out the Luna & Curious online shop, or go see them in Shoreditch.


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.

Cash vs. credit: Barbecue Buckets


Purple BBQ bucket, £15, Sainsbury’s; Fire BBQ bucket, £35.74, Nigel’s Eco Store



1001 Nights plates by Sentou

Bright, plastic, trip-tastic. €27 for four,


Recycled paper animals by Mibo

They’ve come out of hibernation and are ready to play. All you need are scissors, glue and a ruler.

Fox, Badger, Squirrel and Hedgehog


The Carrot Crew

The Yolk Folk

Wise Guys

Meet them all (including their Christmas friends) at Prices start at £6.


House & Home by Lisa Stickley

A while ago I did a post on London-based designer Lisa Stickley, whose quirky prints and scribbles always make me smile.

I read yesterday that she has done a diffusion line for Debenhams called House & Home. A little skeptical, I had a cursory snoop online and there are a few pieces that I think are great – little green ceramic houses for tea or general kitchen stuff, and wonky, chaotic little text prints on cushions and quilts. The rest is less striking but at £16 for a cushion and £5 for a bowl I guess you can’t really go far wrong.


Cash vs. credit: butterfly cushions

Butterfly cushion cover, £45, Conran; embroidered butterfly cushion, £156, Lulu & Nat

Art to love from Print Club London

Because chocolates are too dull for words, and you can never have too many cool little prints, Zoe (still in bed with a broken leg) has picked her favourite Valentine’s designs from her latest discovery: Print Club London in Dalston, where you can learn to make prints yourself as well as simply buy them.

They run beginners’ workshops, so you don’t need any prior expertise, and have a membership scheme which allows you to use all their equipment and bits and bobs.

So if you forgot about a special someone, or just want to try something new, go make one – and even if it’s a little late it will be packed to the brim with love.

Or, quickly buy one now and pretend.

Cold Hands Warm Heart by Fran Marchesi

Sunshine of My Life by Anthony Peters

Ketchup by Hani Boy

And finally, Fran Marchesi has also done the art work for the new song by Sempha and Jessie Ware, Valentine. You can buy the song from Young Turks, and the records are shaped like hearts.

Cash vs. credit: fish salt and pepper shakers

Kissing fish salt and pepper shakers, £4.99, Amazon UK; Jonathan Adler fish salt and pepper shakers, £46, Heal’s

DIY Christmas decorations: it’s not too late

And baubles always break.

Crochet Christmas decoration patterns (stocking, star, red robin and tree), £1.50, The Tree Bridge at