Ellen : "I pick the Anzu 'Silk slipper' card. 18th century in style, and decorated with painted peonies and holly berries, and hand-embellished with Swarovski crystals it is festive without being obvious".
It's been lovely to see the Christmas markets in Germany this year. The carved wooden decorations, giant nutcracker men, chocolate and marzipan, and snowy scenes. Love the stars on top of the tents in Berlin, and below the elaborate displays in Stuttgart.
I love anything to do with angels and this card is very Christmassy but not in the conventional way. I would also love to have this as a piece of jewellery, especially with the Swarovski crystals that are on the card!
The weather has unfortunately plummeted, and it seems Winter is truly here. This means more tea, hot water bottles, and blankets for the Anzu team. The Patchwork Teapot card sums our mood up perfectly: vibrant quilt fabrics and a pot of tea to cheer us up!
The other day I went to Petersham nurseries, which as you know if you read this blog is one of my favourite places. It is more a place you associate with a bright, sunny day but seeing it when it's dark before Christmas was also really lovely. Candlelight, chandeliers and lots of Christmas trees gave it quite a magical feel.
They are also holding a candlelit Christmas fair, Christmas floral displays by florist Ronny de Kooning and lots of Christmas gift goodies for sale. Sounds fun to me!
It was quite dark to take photos but I just loved this combination of fern, rose and nice glassware.
'I pick Anzu's Party shoes card as I am going to a party this weekend, and will be taking this and a big armful of multi-coloured roses! This card is perfect for the festive season and I also plan on wearing an equally glamorous pair of shoes'.
I love this shot (so fun) and that the latest craze in Tokyo is to wear kimonos and yukata again but in a modern, more relaxed way. I think it is always sad when national traditions, costume or food get lost - they should just be reinvented for modern life, so this is great to see.
Although I'm a fan of email, twitter etc somehow there is nothing that quite beats handwritten correspondance, whether it is on a letter or in a beautiful card. The handwriting, the choice of stamps, the beautiful paper. Each step conveys personality and thoughtfulness.
I think these illustrated letters by Vincent Van Gogh are beautiful. It's also interesting to see the stationery that people pick.
This is so Marilyn - the nude/flesh colour, the softly embossed name and the tactile texture of the paper. Everything about it is sensual.
We are happy to say we have just launched Anzu junior crests over on www.notonthehighstreet.com . Each crest is hand-painted bespoke individually for each baby or child. Simply choose the template shape, tell us the child/baby's name and the things they love and we will hand-paint a crest for you.
The crest above was created for 2 year old Chloe. Chloe loves monkeys, kites and the colours blue and green.
10 year old Sophie absolutely loves her horse Star and spends all her time after school riding Star in the beautiful fields that surround her home. When she's not busy horse-riding, Sophie also loves ballet.
7 year old Jack is not into football, but loves taking things apart to find out how they work, and his favourite toys are trains and lego.
After you have purchased your crest, the original piece of art will be delivered to you mounted and cello-wrapped. There is then the opportunity to buy cards and letter paper with your crest on them. Baby Mila Lavinia had a funny birth story involving carrots, and as daisies represent innocence her Mum felt they were the perfect choice for her newborn. This crest was then applied to birth announcement cards and letter paper.
If you would like to buy or know more simply visit www.notonthehighstreet.com and look for Anzu crests or click here
How amazing is this? Swedish architects Visiondivision have designed and are working on this two storey leisure area.
Ten Japanese cherry trees will be bent and pruned over the next 100 years - yes 100! If only they could speed it up! As my Dad says, when you think of things in tree years you suddenly realise and appreciate how short time is.
www.visiondivision.com discovered via Another Magazine