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British by birth, New Yorker by nature.

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TGIF-18/12/15

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Holy smokes it's a week until Christmas! Let the bells ring etc and so forth (and make sure to check out my gift guide for any last-minute present ideas). Isaac and I, like you I'm sure, are hitting up a whole bunch of holiday parties this weekend, so here's to getting down to this while drinking one of these. Also you guys, let's take it slow in the moments between the festivities. The holidays are, no doubt, such a beautiful time, but all that onus on family and togetherness can get a little hectic, not to mention a touch heartsore for those who might be missing someone this Christmas or who find themselves far from home (raises hand forlornly). For me, this shall be remedied by super long pre-going out bath tub sessions, walks around the park to catch the last of the leaves before they wave us off to deepest Winter and some good deep thinking about what I'd like 2016 to bring to me and me to it. More on that next week. My usual link roundup below.

Christmas in New York by Harper Lee


So chic. Pimp up your coffee game pronto!


Yep


There's a photo of me cuddling with my fave art dog, Pickle, here. Also a great interview with my mate, artist Ethan Greenbaum :)

I've been listening to this on audio book and it's predictably wonderful

Being a Girl


Music for your morning meditation/ stretches. Don't try and tell me you're not doing either. Do it, dude. It's good for you.


Divine objects


A foraged bouquet for your Christmas table


My favourite entrance to a chat show of all time

True-blue heart-swelling romance, right here


The Virgin Mary (wow wow wow)
 


A Meaningful Homemade Wedding Card

Love and Marriage, Books & WordsAlexandra kingComment
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Wedding cards can be tough. They all seem to be the same, saccharine levels of sweet, lots of gold embossing and cheesy cursive, seemingly destined to sit, forlorn, on the "gift table" unopened and covered in cake crumbs. At a good friend's recent wedding I wanted to do something a little different. I knew she and her fiancee were getting married in a flower field upstate, so I figured I would gather some blooms and leaves from the meadow where they had their ceremony, and press them for the card. Individual, beautiful and meaningful! 

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Making it was a piece of cake- at the wedding I simply picked a few flowers and leaves from the beautiful meadow where my friends were wed, stuck them in an envelope in my handbag, popped them between the pages of my book back at the hotel, and then took them on the train back to Brooklyn, where I pressed them into further submission under the ever-dependable nemesis that is The Oxford Book of English Verse.

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6 weeks later, et voila! I used a good quality blank card stock (purchased from here) and a smidgen of glue stick. That's it. 

The only drawback is that waiting for those flowers to totally dry out means you can't send your card right away, but I think as long as you send a message in the days after, and finish off with this show stopper, all will be forgiven etiquette-wise.

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There you have it! Do you have any unique home-made card ideas or tips? I'd love to hear.