This season Marie Claire Runway is bought to you by: Pink gin. Moncler Eskimos. More crazy earrings courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana and Really Beautiful Weather.

The magazine is looking good so far, some late nights ahead but when it’s playing with fashion and fonts, who’s complaining.


Today’s post is bought to you by the letter H.

H Facts

1. This letter H is currently in the shed and it’s raining so I’m not going to get it so I can’t measure it so I’m going to guess it’s about 30cm high.
2. It’s made of wood and is an actual antique, well it’s definitely old. It’s all beaten up and scratched and beautifully worn at the edges.
3. I found it in Aladdin’s Cave, one of my favourite reclamation yards on Lewisham Way. This place really does live up to it’s name, it has loads of house and shop clearance goodies as well as old radiators, doors, fireplaces and sinks. When I first moved to Brockley I would visit there every week and always came away with some beautiful old letter for a bargain price. Now when I visit there doesn’t seem to be so many of these classic wood, metal or plaster letters but an awful lot of plastic ones spelling out Starbucks or Wetherspoons, which kinda takes the romance out of them. I would much rather imagine my letters came from H.H Croft & Sons Grocers & General Store.
4. It’s in beautiful Gill. A font designed in 1926 by Eric Gill used everywhere from Penguin books to the BBC. It is most commonly mistaken as the font of the London Underground when in fact that font is called Johnston. Look at the difference in the W!

5. Good words that begin with H: Hurrah, humdinger and hatchback.

I can’t believe it’s practically been a whole year since I held my first proper published book Everything Alice The Wonderland Book of Makes. That was such an amazing moment when Hannah and I opened up our brown jiffy bags simultaneously so neither of us would see the book before the other and we saw the result of all our hard work. Well, now our sequel Everything Oz The Wizard book of Makes and Bakes is available to pre-order from Amazon. It has over 50 craft projects and recipes all inspired by the children’s classic The Wizard of Oz. Here is a little sneak peak of what went into making the book…

We had fun times making this book; shooting in a studio on one of the hottest days of the year thinking the air conditioning was broken as It Just Kept Getting Hotter and being told on the last day that we had it set to heat not cool, then though it had not rained for two months when we went to shoot on a farm it rained solidly for two days making our trip down the Yellow Brick Road decidedly soggy and see the picture of me bottom right? Well I’d just been rung up and told I’d been made redundant from my ‘proper’ job, so this shot for me was a complete blur as I lost all ability to concentrate properly from that point on. Ugh.

The book has some beautiful craft projects in it. From Giant Paper Poppies to the obligatory Ruby Slippers. There’s possibly the dandiest Cowardly Lion Glove Puppet you ever did see and the Emerald City Sweet Cart has a feast of treats and goodies everyone will love.

Our inspiration for the look and feel of the book came from L. Frank Baum’s love of traveling theaters, sideshows and the spectacle of early movie making. Hannah has done some amazing print and papercut illustrations (I love her cover illustration, it’s so bright and engaging) and for the design I looked at many of the sideshow and circus posters of the period and of course the original book illustrations by W.W.Denslow were lovely to work with.

So if you love the Wizard of Oz, love crafting and love bargains head over to Amazon and order your copy now!

Today’s post is bought to you by the letter L.

L Facts

1. This letter L is about 22cm tall
2. It’s made of wood and plasticoated in a brilliant pink colour
3. I bought it from the glorious TK Maxx in the wonderful Lewisham.
4. According to font identification forum What the Font it’s in a font called Amasis
5. Good words that begin with L: love, limpet and Lou-Lou.
6. It had a starring role in our Everything Alice craft book