Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Hope you all have a wonderful time over Christmas, with love from everyone at Anzu xx

Image: Anzu patchwork reindeer card

The windows at Fortnums

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

I love the windows at Fortnums this year with a 50s showgirl theme! Fun and indulgent - everything Christmas should be!

Anzu pick of the week, by Ellen

Friday, 16 December 2011

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".

German Christmas markets

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

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.

Anzu Pick of the Week: By Jasmine

Friday, 9 December 2011

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!

More studio inspiration...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

As the studio gets closer to completion, I'm looking at different interior images for inspiration.
I love the gold leaf wall sculpture and just the whole interior of this office.

I like the wall panels, and just the general layout of this room. As you can tell, we're going on a general white, gold and grey colour theme here..

Inspiration boards look great and are just a must.

Grey, antique gold and chandeliers.

Images via: Rue magazine, and sorry unknown for the rest

Anzu pick of the week, by saffiah

Friday, 2 December 2011

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!

Petersham Nurseries

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

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.


Monday, 28 November 2011

Love these Marilyn photos that were found recently. Gorgeous. Looking forward to the Week with Marilyn film too!

And below the Anzu So Marilyn card.

Anzu pick of the week, by Ellen

Friday, 25 November 2011

'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'.

Anzu in December's German Vogue

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

We are delighted that our Christmas cards decorated with Swarovski crystals have been featured in German Vogue's December issue, and in such a deliciously sumptuous issue too.

We also LOVE all the rich, indulgent and glamorous photo-shoots and products they have put in this issue. Just gorgeous.

Modern Kimono

Saturday, 19 November 2011

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.
via the Satorialist

Anzu pick Of The Week: Ben

Friday, 18 November 2011

This week I gave the Mr. Moneybags card from our humorous Men's Cameo Range to congratulate a friend who has recently got a new job in oil exploration. Wishing him luck and success on his quest!


Thursday, 17 November 2011

In the office, we're loving these indulgent and rich images from Wendy Bevan. They seem perfect for these dark evenings somehow.

Letter writing

Monday, 14 November 2011

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.

Strong, understated, stylish. Pure Paul Newman.

Hand-painted Junior crests

Thursday, 10 November 2011

We are happy to say we have just launched Anzu junior crests over on . 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 and look for Anzu crests or click here

'The Patient Gardener'

Monday, 7 November 2011

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. discovered via Another Magazine

Crystal Christmas

Thursday, 3 November 2011

As part of the Swarovski Crystal Christmas that Harrods are doing this year, this Ralph and Busso dress worth £230,00 has been created and will be displayed in the store.

Like Anzu cards, the dress is decorated completely with Swarovski elements. The dress features more than 150,00 stones and took hundreds of hours to make.
Anzu will also be participating in the Swarovski crystal Christmas with some designs that are only available in Harrods (more to be revealed later).


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Wear these two together at your own peril!

Shoes by Charlotte Olympia, Bag by Valentino

Lori Nix

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fantasy landscapes from photographer Lori Nix. Always love stories or photos of nature taking over so these really appeal to me.

You can see more of Lori's work here