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This week: win tickets to the new Wild Things exhibition at The Royal Academy, plus join the Christmas tree workshops at John Lewis.
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It's cosy if you can get to the chair first

Scottish woven Lambswool blankets for only £39 each are a lovely way to keep warm and cosy through winter. And if you have a dog or two to curl up with, all the better.

Choose from red or green check and call 0845 659 9944, or visit

Cath Kidston sewing kit

All sewn up

Cath Kidston
The queen of the florals’ pop-in shop has just opened in Spitalfields.

For the next 10 weeks, her trademark vintage-style, from cottage kitsch sewing kits (left) to stripey towels, can be found at 113 Commerical Street, E1.
Arta Mezzo salt and pepper grinders

Good Idea

If you find that pre-cut slices of cheese taste of plastic, get the new Chef’n Slicester, a gadget from the US that will give you perfect slices in one of three thicknesses of any cheese of your choice. It costs £9.95.

Or take a look at the company’s colourful Arta Mezzo salt and pepper grinders, at only £6.95 each (right). For stockists and mail order, call 01730 811811, or visit

Get up to 80 per cent off traditional handmade furniture
Get up to 80 per cent off traditional handmade furniture

Get 80 per cent off handmade furniture this weekend

Restall Brown and Clennell
Bespoke furniture makers Restall Brown & Clennell employ only the most experienced craftsmen and polishers to create handmade, traditional English furniture. This weekend, get up to 80 per cent off at their two-day sale.

Choose from three different collections - the Traditional collection features a wealth of original designs from the past 100 years and is complimented by the Classically Inspired and Art Deco collections, offering a wide range of pieces to fit within both traditional and contemporary room settings.

Don't miss the two-day sale this weekend - Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November. The Old Imperial Laundry, Battersea, SW11. Call 020 7627 1298 or visit

Umbra wine rack

And the wine flowed

Keep all those bottles of wine in order this Christmas with a Vinello wine rack from Toronto-based design company Umbra by designer Alan Wisniewski.

It is made using a single ribbon of rolled and fastened painted steel, holds seven bottles and costs £137.50. Available from Liberty, Heal’s and Selfridges. Visit

John Lewis Christmas tree workshops

Rockin' around the Christmas tree

John Lewis
John Lewis Oxford Street is holding three workshops next week to show customers how to dress a Christmas tree. They are free but places are limited.

To apply for a space on either Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, or Friday 20 November 2009 (11am start and lasts 45 minutes), send an email marked ESH&P, to with your name and address.
Successful applicants will also receive a free copy of Make Do and Mend.

Royal Academy sculpture exhibition

Wild about sculpture

Royal Academy Ticket giveaway
The Royal Academy has 10 pairs of tickets to give away to see its exhibition Wild Thing, which looks at the work of sculptors Jacob Epstein, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (whose Red Stone Dancer of 1913 is pictured) and Eric Gill, and runs until 24 January 2010 at Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 (visit


before midnight on 25 November 2009.

Dear Russian Diary 2010

From Russia with dates

Dear Russian Diary 2010
Childrens’ book illustrations from the Soviet Union during the 1920s and 1930s were one of the few areas in which the artists and graphic designers of the day could express themselves without fear of reprisal.

Much of the work was both highly pictorial and quirkily entertaining, such as Lidia Popova’s illustration for The Fire Horse by Vladimir Mayakovsky USSR, 1928, here used as the cover for Redstone Press’s 2010 diary, edited by Julian Rothenstein.

The diary costs £14.95 from selected retailers, or visit

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