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New This Week… Stripe A Pose!

This week we’ve a selection of lovely new ceramics in from Holland. Designed by Anouk and manufactured by Kleverling – our Brushstroke Series consists of a Stripes Brushstroke Vase (£24.95), a Spots Brushstroke Vase (£24.95) and a set of four Brushstroke Tumblers (£24.95). Hand-painted, a bit wonky and rocking some great pastels – we’ve really got a soft spot for this playful and eclectic set.

Below are some of the directions we took when shooting and styling the pieces – we played around with block colour, paint brushes as props and painting directly onto the back drop. We hope you like the end results!

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New This Week… Our New Children’s Bookshop is here!

We love books in our household so have decided to start stocking beautifully illustrated children’s books on Howkapow. They make treasured gifts and are such a delight to read and share with young little minds.

We started off with two publishing houses that specialise in highly illustrated children’s books – Wide Eyed Editions and Big Picture Press – and have a selection of books covering all children’s age ranges. We have fiction, non-fiction and art and design books appropriate for ages 2 to…. 80! We strongly believe they can be loved by both adults and children alike.

In our image below we sampled illustrations from a selection of our books – including Colours and Counting by Aino-Maija Metsola, and Ralf by Jean Jullien to create a colourful cacophony of creatures. See the little bookworms in there too?!

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5 Best Baby Blankets!

1. Catch Some Zzzzzs Blanket by Wee Gallery

 

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2. Personalised Baby Blankets by Giannina Capitani

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3. Merino Wool Colour Blankets by Anna

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3. Forest Blanket by Donna Wilson

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5. Lambswool Forest Blanket by Sally Nencini

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Jacopo Rosati

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Purple Fish Bowl

Oooo hello quirky, surreal Japanese-inspired outfits by Purple Fish Bowl!

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5 Best Kooky Cookie Designs!

1. Friday Night Pizza from Lolas Cookies!

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2. Bacon & Eggs from Oh Happy Day!

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3. Tetris Cookies from Sugar & Cloth!

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4. Lollipop greatness from The Biscuiteers!

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5. General amazingness from American cookie maker - Holly Fox.

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Ok…. we’ve gone to 6 but we just couldn’t help including these from Hungry Hippopotamus!

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Santa Polenta Jewellery

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How To Make: Painted Rock Cacti!

I can’t take any credit for this tutorial on how to make these amazing faux Cacti I’m afraid – it is all the creative genius of American artist Brie Zachar from Like The Cheese. These little beauties are made from painted stones, and won’t die on you like my cacti always seem to. I know, I know…

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Supplies

  • Smooth Flat Rocks
  • Three Different Shades of Green Paint
  • White Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Small Brush for Details
  • Terracotta Pot
  • Dirt
  • Gravel

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  • Start by cleaning your rocks and making sure they are dirt free.
  • Paint a few good coats of green paint on each of the different rocks, using a foam paint brush.
  • Using a smaller brush for the details, add some “cactus” patterns.
  • Fill the terracotta pot with soil and “plant” your rocks.
  • Use the gravel to secure the rocks in place and make it look pretty.

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New This Week… Ola Studios!

We’ve beautiful new foil-blocked A5 and A6 Notebooks in from Bristol-based Ola Studios in this week. We have over 18 new designs to choose from – we couldn’t decide between them all so we thought we’d get as many as we could!

Ola was founded by Katy Goutefangea in 2014. Her dedication to craft and love of process and materials stem from her background as a studio printmaker and bookbinder. Katy brings the knowledge and experience gained during her fine art degree to her work as well as her ongoing research into historical design and traditional techniques.

Each Notebook from Katy’s collection is a quiet celebration of pattern, influenced by architecture, abstract geometry and artists such as Sol LeWitt, Anni Albers and Donald Judd. Her prints are gradually drafted on paper, then hand-printed at her Bristol workshop to test and refine the designs before being handed over to her makers.

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