Sunday, 9 October 2011

Christmas Cards and Heat!

The weather has finally turned from a blazing Indian Summer to a much cooler Autumn, damp and grey, with the nights drawing in closer every day. Last year we had such a cold winter, working from home in the kitchen was not fun, when the boiler decided to stop working and we were reliant on stand alone heaters to give us warmth. Luckily this year we are prepared! We managed to find this wood burner last year (for a princely sum of £30!) and it has since been sitting in our front room like an elephant, uninstalled and not working, with a great big hole where the fireplace should be. But finally, we have it installed and working and  looking forward to a winter with heat! Ok, it's not as posh as the beautiful models in the homes magazines, but i love it, and i'm sure it won't be long until Polly, our cat finds her natural home in front of it too.


So with the first fire of the year lighted, and the nights closing in, you might forgive me for mentioning Christmas cards. 
I must admit, i'm not one for all singing and dancing designs, so these cards really reflect my love of simple designs with just a hint of Christmas thrown in. Valerie from Acorn Moon suggested a theme of the Twelve Days of Christmas in a previous post, and it made me think about the Three French Hens and how lovely it would be to have a design on a card. There's also a very simple Christmas Tree design. All the cards have been hand printed, and are signed and dated at the bottom, so each card is an original lino print. You may argue that the French Hen design isn't very Christmassy, but i think it is sometimes nice to have an alternative to the traditional designs associated with Christmas.

Hand Printed Cards

Three French Hens 
Three Trees.

Cards are available in packs of three of each design and will soon be available on Folksy and Etsy

13 comments:

a.c.hewitt said...

So smart!!!! Hope they are very successful for you :-)

Janey said...

Geat cards, I can't believe Christmas is coming round again already!
And I love your woodburner, what a bargain :-D

Stocki said...

Beautiful! I love both designs... :)

Mangle Prints said...

Thank you : ) It's amazing how we take the simple thing on life for granted....until we don't have them ! Great to know we can be cozy and warm this year :D

Melanie Wickham said...

That stove looks soooo cosy, I don't think I'd move all winter! Cat paradise.
Really love the cards too, great to have more subtle designs rather than glitter everywhere...

Line Katrin said...

I like your wood burner. It's so different from the one we have in Norway. And your Christmas card- love them! You are a truly great artist with beautiful work:)

Mangle Prints said...

Thank you Melanie : )Line, hello and welcome to the blog, your work is lovely, especially the beautiful little birds, such gorgeous colours! Amanda x

Lizzie said...

I love the woodburner... I am officially jealous, as we only have a "pretend" woodburner - an electric heater that looks like a woodburner, but is only pretending. One day, we will have a Real woodburning stove, like yours (wherever did you get it for only £30? some of them cost hundreds & hundreds...)

And the Christmas cards are so fab. I do love the Three French Hens design and think it is entirely suitable! The trees are sweet.
I may have to buy some... :-)

Dotty Peach said...

Your wood burner looks wonderful as good as any in a magazine, they are so cosy a friend of mine had one put in last winter and loves it. Your cards are beautiful I think the colour makes them look very christmassy Lorraine x

acornmoon said...

I love the new designs so much I am on my way to your shop right now!

Chloe said...

Beautiful cards!

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D said...

Love your work, love your woodstove, but please do not store your wood so close to the woodstove, a definite fire hazard.