Friday, 30 March 2012

Something for the weekend....

Drink Shop and Do often hosts adult craft nights - from fascinator making to playing with clay Lionel Ritchie stylee. What's more, they have a huge selection of loose leaf tea, and with names like Alice in Wonderland and Arabian Nights, its pretty tough to resist trying one. And if that's not enough to get the creative juices flowing, they have a selection of cakes that would put your Granny's to shame! Try the lemon drizzle cake... just do.

But its not all just craft and afternoon tea (Crafternoon Tea?). Hidden downstairs is a dark, but not at all dingy, nightclub where they serve original cocktails - Oh So Pretty with gin, lychee and lemon, and Ms Middleton, perhaps named after our Princess herself? 

 This Saturday (31st March) they are running a Dunce Hat Disco to bring in April Fools Day. Make cardboard dunce hats for your friends and dance the night away! Free entry and open till 2am.

Drink Shop and Do, 9 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX

By Eve Hegarty

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Summer sounds

As the days get longer and our shorts get shorter, there's nothing like some feel-good music to get us in the summer mood.  With honky-tonk toy piano, twanging banjo strings and banging drum beats, coupled with a classically trained vocal just on the ride side of screechy, Alex's Winston's debut album King Con is just the ticket.  

The current single Velvet Elvis is reminiscent of funfairs at the seaside on sunny days, and if that’s not enough, the rest of the album is sure to brighten up the most dismal of British summer days.  And it’s not just her music that’s undeniably girly - her quirky vintage style should make her a strong contender as a new style crush. King Con is available now, and anyone interested in seeing her play live can catch her in London in April. 

By Eve Hegarty

Monday, 26 March 2012

Jar of Hearts

We've recently discovered the cute blog Oh Happy Day and boy is it right up our street. Jordan, who is an event planner by day, shares her inspiration on home decor, party planning ideas and some great DIY projects!

So this weekend we knew exactly where to go for a quick DIY to keep our idle hands busy... where we came across this fab idea to spruce up some glass jars we had filling up our recycling box. These cute paint dipped jars make cute vases for a  party or even just to pretty up your house -  and what's more is that they're really easy-peasy! 

Just choose your preferred colour paint (we opted for a pastel mint colour) pour into a bowl and then dip the bottoms of your jars in, let them dry and voila. 

Let us know if you give this a go, we'd love to see the results! Or perhaps you've got any easy DIY projects of your own?

All images courtesy of

Friday, 23 March 2012

When I Grow Up...

For this months instalment of When I Grow Up... We interview the lovely Sarah Corbett, the brains behind the innovative Craftivist Collective to find out just what they do, and what they have planned for the future.

For those of us that don't know, what is Craftivist? How did it come about?
Craftivism is activism through craft methods. It's provoking people to think about global injustices in a non threatening, non preachy way, normally through street art and other craft methods.
The Craftivist Collective came about in 2008 when I came to London. I googled craft and activism groups and the term craftivism popped up. I contacted Betsy Greer who coined the terms and asked if there were groups I could join but there weren't any, so I just started doing it alone.

What made you want to start it all up?
There were many reasons I started doing craftivism. I felt like a burnt out activist, like many activists do. Going on lots of marches, signing lots of petitions, going to activism meetings etc and not feeling like we were getting anywhere. Plus I'm not a natural extrovert so didn't like doing stunts, dressing up, talking to strangers and I don't like some forms of activism that are too aggressive and demonise people.
I'm creative, and I love encouraging people to be the best they can be and use their gifts and talents to make the world a better place whilst they are on this planet. Craftivism works perfectly for me, as my brain comes up with ideas all the time.

Where did you get your inspiration from for Craftivist? Who are your inspirations?
I get inspiration from anywhere. Our Don't Blow It project came out of getting a pack of old hankies from a family friend and thinking about how I could use them in a craftivism way. Our cross stitch graffiti came out of seeing so many grids covering windows and thinking I could do giant cross stitch patterns on them with wool. I also love Miranda July's projects on Learning To Love You More website.

What do you do when you're not doing this?
I think about doing it! I can't stop doing or thinking about it! I do love going to the cinema (especially with the Q&A's with Directors in Curzon), going to galleries, walking around cities with my headphones in, watching TED talks whilst stitching. I also love reading new and independent magazines on fashion, art, culture etc.

Do you have any events coming up?
We do monthly free Stitch-Ins at the Royal Festival Hall every 3rd Thursday of the month 7-9pm. People can come and bring their own craftivism project do to, buy one of our kits and get a free tutorial from one of our experienced craftivists or just come and have a look, chat and see if they want to get involved. We also do workshops where you learn about the history of crafitivism, the benefits, some craft skills and can discuss justice issues with other attendees. Plus I get booked in to do talks and workshops for organisations (in the past they have been with Southbank, Tate Gallery, Hayward Gallery and others).

What does the future hold for Craftivists?
More talks, workshops, exhibitions, and collaborative projects. I'm working with a core group of craftivists to create our new craftivism project. We're making tomato jam from a recipe I got from an inspiring woman in Kenya. Tomatos are used in the jam because Kenya suffers from drought and they are more drought resistant than other fruits. We are going to stitch cloth lids with messages about climate change and gender inequality, and offer the jars to MPs, business people and friends to talk about her inspiring story and how we can support each other. Jazz Domino Holly (Queen of Craft author, Founder of Shoreditch Sisters) is going to do the instruction video with me for it in May.

And finally do you have any advice for anyone thinking of setting up a similar organisation?
Go for it! Remember that people will want to join in if you are friendly, positive and welcoming and become friends. The stronger the friendships: the more productive and effective the group is.

By Lizzie Evans

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Bunny Love

If you're not familiar with Miss Fifi Lapin, you really need to be! Fifi is a a very stylish, and very important bunny blogger. The illustrated hare-ess (her words, not ours) is a renowned socialite, who loves a designer number or two. And what better way to share that love, then to do a collaboration with none other than fashion heavyweight Juicy Couture...

The range, which was so popular it's now nearly sold out, is made up of a number of quirky scarves, notebooks and accessories, all at affordable prices. 

If you missed out on the Fifi action this time around, but want to keep up with what the furry fashionista is doing, check out her uber-cool blog for everything from her favourite designers, to who she's rubbing tails with.

By Lizzie Evans

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Country House

We are loving the new campaign shots from Aubin and Wills, which features the gorgeous Irina Lazzareanu and Alex James no less! We're huge fans of the brand's cute dresses and along with the perfect mix of classic styling and liberty prints - it definitely has us pining for summer!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Something for the Weekend

Marilyn Monroe was, and still is, one of the most famous and talented women that has ever graced our screens. She embodied glamour, beauty and true sex appeal.

And to commemorate 50 years since Marilyn's untimely death, Westfield Stratford City and Getty Images Gallery are presenting an exclusive exhibition capturing the legend in action.

To kick off the celebrations for the much missed starlet in style, one of the world's most famous tribute artists, Suzie Kennedy, will be hosting an exclusive preview event on Thursday 22nd March.

From 6-9pm, there will be an array of fun activities and unmissable offers happening including a special red carpet, a swing dance band and a retro film set. There will also be hair and beauty services from Toni & Guy. Don't forget to put your finest rags on either, as the dress code is strictly glamorous!

Places are very limited so RSVP this weekend to be in with a chance to get tickets. Closing date for entries is Tuesday 20th March. Email for your chance to attend!

If you don't get your hands on a ticket, or simply can't make next Thursday the exhibition itself will be staying around till the 3rd June, so there's no excuse to miss out!

By Lizzie Evans

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Just Another Manic Monday

Mondays are notoriously the worst day of the week... but that wasn't the case this Monday evening when we headed over to The Bedford in Balham. 

The Globe Theatre - round, just like Shakespeare's - inside the pub regularly sees music acts perform live - for free! Previous names that have graced the stage include the likes of Ed Sheeran, James Morrisson and Kt Tunstall. So we couldn't resist popping in for a few drinks, in a great venue with great music. Each of the four acts playing performed two songs, giving us a little taster of their music.

Jack Harris

One of our favourites, Jack Harris, won us over with his folky/blues-y style and emotive lyrics whilst our other fave Wise Children - the alias of singer Robin Warren-Adamson and  - mixed acoustic folk with a sprinkling of electro and vocals that could melt hearts.

Wise Children

Nothing beats some live music with a few drinks on a weeknight. Next time you're in the area, we strongly advise you to pop in!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Window Boxes for Dummies

Are the first rays of spring sunshine giving you the urge to grow something!? But what do you do if your green-finger clock is ticking but you don’t have even a stamp size patch of outside space?

Assuming you don’t live underground and you do have natural day light, why not get a window box? These little contraptions might seem like a puny compromise when you’re yearning for an orchard, but with a little bit of careful planning and love, you can quell your gardening pangs, and brighten up your view.

Handy hints:

Drill (or hammer) some holes into the bottom of your box. If water can’t drain, your greens will drown.

Line the bottom with cracked pots (ask the garden centre as they’ll always have broken and unsellable ceramics) to aid drainage.

Choose a selection of plants that will flower at different paces. This increases the longevity of your box, as there will always be a new plant in bloom.

Select low lying bedding plants. Taller plants will lean toward the sun, making the box look lopsided.

Give your plants space to spread; this will fill out the box without costing a fortune.

If you’re thinking of growing herbs, try single seed plants like chives and parsley as they will grow in abundance in any space. Avoid mint at all costs, as it’s an aggressive plant(!) which will dominate the space and squeeze other herbs out.

Happy growing!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Pie in the Sky

National Pie Week. Now that’s our kind of week! And what better way to celebrate a food that’s been around since 9500 BC, than to eat it!!

Here are Cellardoor’s top 5 pies

Steak and Ale Pie: classic combination of tender red meat and earthy thick gravy, topped with pastry. Served with buttered greens and beetroot mash, this could tempt you from the edge of a window ledge in a second.

Chicken, Leek and Ham Pie: This savoury yet creamy concoction helps you use up Sunday Roast leftovers, yet manages to create something which is greater than the sum of its parts.

Scotch Pie: A double-crusted meat pie, which is mixed with various spicy herbs (the exact recipe is a secret, apparently!) and very popular in Scotland (unsurprisingly) and Canada. The double crust and lack of gravy makes it easy to eat by hand, and therefore very common at footballs games and good for picnics.

Cottage Pie: As this pastryless wonderpie already incorporates a pie’s best friend, you don’t need to serve the potato on the side. The result? Extra pie!

Apple Pie: The most popular of fruit pies, typically served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Hot pie, cold ice cream. A mouthful of this will whisk you back to childhood times in an instant.


Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Behind the scenes

You’ve seen the shoot in our mini issue, but now find out what went on behind the scenes…

Photographer Flora and her team headed over to Richmond park on a cold wintry day – perfect weather for the shoot they had in mind! Despite the huge amount of props they had to get there, they all managed to squeeze into fashion stylist Olivia’s little car. Set designer Yui created a huge ball of wool and some fantastic headpieces to make the shoot a little bit different to the usual “shots in the woods” style.

For even more visual effect, the team had brought smoke bombs with them – which almost went to waste when they couldn’t find anything to light them with but Olivia and hair and make-up artist Michelle saved the day by popping to a local shop to buy a lighter before the sun went down and the day was a wash out.

In the end the team were pleased with the results and we think it turned out pretty well – so much so that it made our Mini Winter Issue cover. Let us know what you think of the shoot!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Spring Scones

It might only be the beginning of March but it feels as though spring is springing (don’t want to tempt fate by saying “It’s sprung”!). The sight of cherry blossoms on the trees, optimistic but cold people in blazers and that odd ray of sunshine... bliss!

So why not get fully into the spirit, crack out the clotted cream and treat yourself to an easy-peasy spring scone?

Makes 8
* 225gself raising flour 
* pinch of salt 
* 55g butter 
* 25g caster sugar 
* 150mloz milk 
* 1 free-range egg, beaten

* Heat the oven to 220C
* Mix together the flour and salt and rub in the butter to form tiny crumbs
* Stir in the sugar and milk to get a soft dough.
* Tip onto a well floured work top and knead lightly till it forms a ball.
* Pat out (don’t use a rolling pin as you’ll squeeze too much air out) till it’s 2cm thick.
* Use a 5cm scone cutter and place the rounds on a lightly greased baking sheet.
* Knead together the rest of the dough and stamp out more scones till it’s all used up.
* Brush the tops of the scones with the beaten egg.
* Bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden.

Serve with cream, jam and cup of tea for maximum sunshine enjoyment!