Christmas Round Up

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Hello! We’re back from stuffing our faces with chocolate oranges, smoothing out wrapping paper to be used again, and tutting at Back to the Future being on every day (but watching it each time anyway). I trust you all had lovely Christmases and New Years?

I wanted to do a quick Christmas round up, as it’s been a month since our last post and we’ve been up to all sorts of mischief since then.

For a start, last year’s readers will notice the site has a shiny new look. Ta da! The old theme was nice enough, but there was a lot that needed improving to make it easier to navigate and just more aesthetically pleasing overall. Hopefully we’ve achieved that!

Thank you to Phil from Pipdig for your swift work, beautiful design and huge patience.

So, Christmas brought with it new letterpress designs!

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It brought our first market experience at the Balham Craft and Vintage Fair!

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I’m going to write a separate post about the market as I’ve a fair bit to say on it, not all of it particularly positive I’m afraid to say… but more on that later.


Christmas also brought some incredibly beautiful things in form of PRESENTS, and I was so happy that many things were from designer-makers and independent shops.

Tom Pigeon Ruler - Inky Collective BlogGorgeous Copper Ruler from the amazing Tom Pigeon

Violet and Percy Desk Organiser - Inky Collective BlogBeech Desk Organiser from Violet and Percy

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Papermaking Starter Kit from Pulpitations

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Bonsai Tool Kit

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Art Nouveau Creative Papers Book by Pepin Press via The Pippa and Ike Show

Wholemeal Toast by Charlotte Mei - Inky Collective Blog

Wholemeal Toast Tile by Charlotte Mei

Notebooks - Inly Collective BlogNotebooks! Left by Jamie Mitchell via Ohh Deer. Right by Paperchase

But the pièce de résistance was an incredible letterpress font designed by my husband (and crafty Collective member), Wrighty.

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Bespoke Maple Letterpress Type from Laser Wood Type

Wrighty designed the font based on Times New Roman, but with an art deco theme. He found a gent in Wales who would laser cut it to his specifications, and it was a bit of a race against the clock with the above pieces arriving on Christmas eve!

As you can see, a few of the letters aren’t finished yet but I am so over the moon with it as it is, and can’t wait to see them all complete. Such a thoughtful and original gift, and the detail in each letter is astounding.

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I love the fact that the grain and knots in the maple are really clear. Beautiful.

What did everyone else get for Christmas? Lot’s of lovely stationery and independently made delights all round?

Jen Wright

Jen Wright

Letterpress printer, maker and freelance writer. I blog about the people and things that inspire me, in the hope that I will inspire you.
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  1. That is a really lovely bunch of presents. I had two big presents – a Kindle and a second hand overlocker. Both wonderful but I do miss the smaller bits. More reason to treat myself to handmade loveliness this year.

    • Oh wow, great gifts though! Sewing is on my To Learn list this year :) And yes, treat yourself to all the lovely, little flotsam and jetsam bits in the sales!

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