Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy new year

Happy new year to all our readers and followers. Thanks for all the support over the last year.... Here's to 2012!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Bag Ladies




We hope Santa has heard our pleas for a Mulberry bag under the tree this year, but just in case he hasn't we've found the perfect solution. Maude and Tilda, the sister company of Locher's Paris, have produced these quirky canvas bags which just about fill the tote shaped hole in our hearts.  
All the bags are 100% unbleached and hand printed onto cotton and there's 10% off in their store if you hurry!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

What we'll be wearing on Christmas day...

 

So now all the presents are carefully wrapped and put under the tree, the next problem on your list is what to wear on the big day. We've had our eyes on the Aubin and Wills Derring dress above, with it's cute metallic polka dot detail it has just the right amount of sparkle.

Here are some more of our picks....





Monday, 19 December 2011

50/50


Bored of the usual festive flicks on the TV? Then why not head down to your local cinema this week and check out the amazingly witty and thought-provoking 50/50. Based on a true story, the film follows 27-year-old Adam (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) after he finds out he has a rare spinal cancer that leaves him with a 50/50 chance of survival. Levitt's performance is both inspiring and compelling as we see his emotional journey through chemo, and is balanced out nicely with Seth Rogen playing his best friend Kyle, whose usual comic one-liners help to keep such a touching subject from being too heavy. And that's not forgetting Anjelica Houston's heartbreaking portrayal of Adam's struggling mother, caring for both her sick son and her husband suffering from Alzhiemer's disease. The film is both beautiful, and tear-jerking, and is well worth watching. If you don't cry, there is definitely something wrong with you!

By Lizzie Evans

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Ho Ho Ho... Jammy Christmas


So, you want to make a homemade present, but you can’t sew and you hate to bake? Why not try your hand at jam making? All you need is a few empty jam jars (a good excuse to finish the Nutella?) and you’re good to go. No knitting needles required.



Recipe:
2l bs blackberries
1 lbs apples
3 lbs sugar

Method:
Peel, core and cut the apples into slices.

Wash the blackberries in cold water to remove dust and debris, then remove any remaining stalks and any ugly ones (well not ugly, that’s cruel... mouldy ones).
Place the apple slices and blackberries into a preserving pan (or heavy based sauce pan).

Add the sugar and slowly heat the berries and apples, stirring all the time.

When the sugar is dissolved and the pan contains a liquid rather than dry fruit chunks, bring the pan to the boil.

Continue boiling the jam, and removing any scum that appears on the surface.

Test the jam on a cold plate and when a sample of jam sets, pour the jam into prepared (scrubbed and sterilised in a hot oven) jars.
Cover the lid with some pretty fabric, and tie with string for a pretty jam which tastes as good as it looks.

NOTE: To be eaten with scones and clotted cream. To use in a jam sandwich would be a jammy crime!

By Yvonne Dickson
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

DIY Wrapping Paper

Now that we've bought lots of pretty things to give to our friends and family for Christmas this year, it seemed such a shame to wrap them up in bog standard festive paper. So we went on a mission to find some creative ways to wrap up our presents and we think these two ideas have come up trumps!



Geri gave us the very clever idea of printing our very own patterned paper, complete with tags. It's quite fiddly, but we love the idea of putting our own stamp on them!


However, if you're not feeling that artistic Ellie showed us how to transform some plain stripy paper with  some cute doilies. And we just love the vintage labels too!

Voila. The perfect finishing touches. 

Friday, 9 December 2011

Something for the Weekend

Fancy doing something a little different, and a little festive this weekend? Then why not pop down to the Dogstar in Brixton and check out the Crafty Fox Christmas Market.



Situated nicely just around the corner from Brixton tube station, the Crafty Fox Market was launched last year to 'provide a platform for emerging designer makers to showcase their work in a community-driven and creative atmosphere.'

With three whole floors of handmade heaven at your feet, there is bound to be something for everyone, with the market boasting over 40 unique designers and makers selling everything, from hand-made jewellery to customised cutlery.

And let's not forget about the jam-packed schedule of activities and workshops ready for you to have a go at! Why not try your hand at bunting making? Or maybe even making your own Christmas decorations? The possibilities are endless!

If you're just looking for a more relaxing afternoon out, you could always head over to 'The Tea Knees', Crafty Fox's very own pop-up tea room. Here you can sit, listen to what the Crafty Fox DJ's have on offer, and treat yourself to one of their delicious traditional cakes and cupcakes. Mmm!

Entry to the market is free, with some additional charges for selected workshops. The first 50 people through the doors on Saturday and Sunday will also receive a free tote bag from Etsy UK. And while you're at it, any vintage fans out there might want to keep their ears and eyes peeled at what's going on down the road at the Living Bar!

Check it out! 10th-11th December (11am-5pm) 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9

By Lizzie Evans

Friday, 2 December 2011

Love Loaf

The countdown is definitely on! The prospect of fairy lights, tinsel and mince pies are all very exciting, but the sight of an empty Christmas present ideas list is definitely not.

If you’re seriously lacking in ideas and money this Christmas, here’s another little frugal but festive idea for you.

Cellardoor Love Loaf



No one could turn their nose up at a homemade, edible gift. FACT. And this Love Loaf is idiot proof and can be baked in bulk:

Ingredients:
4 oz raisins
4 oz currants
4 oz sultanas
2 oz chopped candied peel (you can buy this, so no tedious peel-chopping for you!)
4 oz Demerara sugar
2 oz of Pecan nuts
5fl oz of Earl Grey
½ an egg beaten with 1 tsb milk
225g self raising flour

Method:
Place all the fruits, including the candied peel, in a bowl then dissolve the sugar in the hot tea and pour over the fruits. Cover and leave overnight. Heat oven to 170 degrees, put nuts on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for 6-8 minutes. Once cool, chop roughly
.
Next, add the beaten egg mixture to the bowl containing the fruits. Then sift in the flour, add the toasted nuts and give everything a really good mixing.

Pop in a loaf tin and bake for 75-90 mins till it feels springy in the centre.
Turn them out and leave to cool.

Wrap in pretty rustic paper and tie with a ribbon for a pretty pressie, or served sliced, toasted and covered in butter!

By Yvonne Dickson

Thursday, 1 December 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The first of December means only one thing for us, yep that's right..... we can finally open the first door on our Advent Calendars! So take a peek and see what's behind Cellardoor's first door .....


A very She and Him Christmas


She and Him, the musical pairing of 500 days of Summer actress Zooey Deschanel with American singer/songwriter M. Ward, have outdone themselves with their third album. This Christmas offering is comprised of 12 classic Christmas tracks sung in Zooey’s melancholy tones, accompanied by the most part with the ukulele, which gives these classic Christmas oldies a new twist. Covering songs such as Elvis’s ‘Blue Christmas’, ‘Baby its cold outside’, to my personal favourite ‘Rocking around the Christmas tree’ the duo have crafted an album which is true to the She & Him sound, acoustically soft and dreamy, with a whimsical edge, yet not overtly sickly, like many in your face Christmas records.We'll definitely be putting up our tree to this beautiful album!



By Siobhan Frew