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Miranda Loves: Alice Stevenson Christmas Cards

Alice Stevenson Christmas Cards

You know how much I love Alice Stevenson’s beautiful illustrations, so I was thrilled to see her latest collection of Christmas cards. Apologies for mentioning the ‘C’ word before December, but as I like to get my Christmas cards out on the 1st of the month if possible, I thought it only fair to share some of my favourites in advance. I love of all of Alice’s lovely designs, which perfectly capture the season of goodwill and merriment.

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Which is your favourite card? I find it impossible to choose!

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Miranda Loves: Rhodia Notebooks

Rhodia Notebooks : favourite notebooks of creatives

Whenever it’s back to school season, I always get the urge to spend a fortune on stationery. When I was a student, the part I enjoyed the most about returning to school in September was definitely the shopping! I’d carefully select my new subject files, folders, backpack, pens, pencils and highlighters, as well as an attractive academic diary and fresh notebooks.

Luckily for me now, I get to fill my notepads with blog and story ideas, rather than dull history or geography facts, and even more luckily, I was sent a lovely new notebook from the people at Rhodia. There’s nothing quite like putting pen to paper, and when I’m in the creative process of brainstorming ideas, I much prefer to write them down with a trusted pen that scrawls navy blue ink so satisfactorily across a page.

Rhodia Notebooks : favourite notebooks of creatives

Rhodia Notepads are reportedly a favourite amongst writers, designers and general creatives, not least because of the bleed resistant paper, which means you can use a fountain pen without the aggravation of the ink smudging everywhere. I also really like the way the notebooks fall open easily, but without breaking the spine. I’m determined to do a lot more ‘free flow’ writing over the next few weeks, where I spend time each evening writing whatever I want, and it’s marvellous to have a brand new notebook to use!

What are your favourite notebooks, or do you tend to reach for whatever paper is to hand?

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Miranda Loves: Kate Spade Pencil Case

Kate Spade Pencil Case

I always love Kate Spade designs, and I was excited to spot that Bentalls in Kingston is now stocking a range of Kate Spade stationery and jewellery. Of course, my eyes instantly went to this bookish pencil case, which I think is gorgeous, and which I fully intend to use as a little clutch. At £25, it’s a steal, and I think will look great paired with jeans, strappy sandals and a striped top.

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Miranda Loves: Linnea Poster Calendar 2016

Linnea 2016 Poster Calendar

I’ve been buying Linnea Poster Calendars for years, and I still look forward to each year’s fresh designs. I love these calendars so much – and they sell out so quickly – that I always get them well in advance. I’ve already ordered the 2016 calendar, and it looks like, as usual, it won’t disappoint! I think I love the ‘June’ illustration especially (you can see the rest here – scroll down to see the month-by-month designs and explanations).

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Does anyone else get their calendar weirdly early, or is it just me?!

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Miranda Loves: Liz Mosley

Liz Mosley | Miranda's Notebook{Dream Big and Make Plans print.}

Yesterday, my lovely friend Siobhan (of Bless the Weather) opened her brand new online shop, Calder & Byrne. The shop is full of beautiful accessories, stationery, jewellery, beauty products and ceramics that are all handmade in the UK by independent designers (do pop on over to take a look – you may recognise the model for some of the pieces too, ahem :D). I love absolutely everything in it, but I was especially delighted to discover the work of Liz Mosley, a graphic designer based in London. Liz’s prints and cards are so delightfully quirky and fun, it’s hard not to fall in love with them instantly! I bought the above Dream Big and Make Plans print, and I’m very tempted to get some more for friends and family! Here, I’ve picked out some of my favourite Liz Mosley products, both from her Etsy shop and Calder & Byrne:

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Liz Mosley | Miranda's Notebook{Hello card}
Liz Mosley | Miranda's Notebook{Keep it Simple print}

Discover more about Liz Mosley on her website | twitter | instagram | Etsy shop. Which of her prints do you especially like?

Images via Calder & Byrne and  Liz Mosley.

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Miranda Loves: Kiran Ravilious

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In a wonderful moment of serendipity, I stumbled by chance on Kiran Ravilious‘ work soon after seeing the fabulous Eric Ravilious exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Kiran Ravilious is a designer and printmaker who married Eric Ravilious’ grandson, Ben Ravilious. The beautiful, muted palettes of her designs remind me of Eric Ravilious’ artworks, and I love the hint of the tropics that is incorporated into her work in celebration of her own heritage. I was fascinated by Kiran’s account of meeting her husband and her connection to such an artistic family that is given on her website:

Soon after arriving in Leicester, on a very cold summer’s day, I met Ben. On one of our first dates, I showed Ben these little paintings that I had been doing and he asked me if I’d heard of his grandfather Eric Ravilious. I had not! We hit it off anyway and and were soon inseparable!

I am definitely influenced by my love of nature and the colours of the tropics. I also love visiting and spending time with Ben’s aunt, Anne whose house is filled with hand printed loveliness and who has inspired me by telling me stories about Peggy Angus and her mum Tirzah Garwood and by showing me their beautiful handmade works. My illustrator mother-in-law Robin Ravilious who has a great eye for colour and detail is my biggest fan and is always encouraging me and giving me her honest opinion on my work.

I’m completely smitten by Kiran Ravilious’ beautiful notebooks, cushions and homeware. I have some important birthdays coming up soon, and I have a feeling quite a few gifts will be bought on the Kiran Ravilious website!

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