Festive DIY Decoration Ideas with Clare Nicolson

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We featured HZ designer Clare Nicolson’s bijou London studio apartment in our Zine and blog last year. Recently she has moved into a new London home and has been busy turning her new rented place into a design-lover’s dream (her pegboard kitchen is my favourite idea so far), all of which is documented on her new blog. We thought we’d share some of her recent festive DIY ideas she’s used in her home as they’re right up our street, being very colourful and cute yet classy!


Clare’s having a colourful white Christmas this year, with this fun tree.


Clare  loves Christmas, but doesn’t always love the traditional red and green colour combo and is not the biggest fan of the endless glitter and foil the high street is trying to get us to fill our homes with every year. Therefore this year, she decided to make a minimal, wintry wall hanging to decorate her living space featuring natural pine cones and the metal of the season – copper.



Clare’s wintery DIY wall-hanging.

These are the things you’ll need to make the wallhanging.  See Clare’s blog for a full step by step guide to making one of your own.


Tools of the trade.


We love this mdf Chrismtas tree adorned with cute, colourful ornaments.

Clare made this Christmas tree alternative using some 6mm MDF, leftover paint, wooden hooks and her favourite decorations. The wooden triangle measures 120cm wide x 140cm high. Most timber yards/DIY stores can cut this for you, but if you want to downsize the tree you could create the same look with cutting the same shape out of mount board / cardboard.

Clare has chosen a lovely pastel blue shade for her wooden tree and decorated with cute colourful ornaments and tiny bauble trimming reminscent of pom-poms.


Clare’s DIY MDF Christmas Tree.


If you like Clare’s Christmas styling ideas have a look at her pastel-coloured world on Instagram and check out her blog.


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A peek into Clare’s Instagram world full of sugary-sweet pastels.

Ho ho ho!

Festive DIY Wrapping Ideas with Ashley G

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With Christmas rapidly approaching we thought we’d share some great festive DIY ideas we’d spotted by some of the lovely designers we stock at Hannah Zakari.

First up is Ashley G, from Portland, Oregon. Ashley is an illustrator and designer and we stock her wonderful prints in the Shoppe.

She has recently created a new range of stamping kits, featuring some of her cute illustrations as well as bold geometric designs which can be used in a variety of ways to create your own personalised artworks.


Ashley’s Geometric Border stamp set.


Ashley has used her stamp sets and low-cost  trimmings which should all be available from most local stores to create these gift-wrapping ideas. She  used a dense, black archival ink from Ranger Ink and white paper to create this bold repeat pattern for wrapping paper. As she has used standard white printer paper for some of these, she has suggested doubling up the paper, to avoid it looking translucent. Once created, the original images can be scanned and printed to create multiple sheets with a bold design.


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Ashley used black archival ink and her geometric borders stamp set to create this bold geometric wrapping paper.


For this gift wrapping look, Ashley  used her geometric border stamps stamps to create small sheets of wrapping paper. She used contrasting coloured ribbon on the centre and then added pom poms, silver glitter pipe cleaners and ornaments which she sourced locally to add a bit of Christmas glitz to the gifts.

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Ashley used bold shapes with contrasting ribbon to create a really eye-catching gift.


This glittery gold box looks great against the striking abstract black spot pattern, and again is finished with contrasting green ribbon, pom poms and spray-painted foliage. We think this would make a great low cost contemporary style place-setting ideal for a stylish Christmas meal.

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A nice way to decorate a glittery, gold box, we think this would look great as a table place-settting.


This gift wrapping idea is perfect for a small object, andhas been created using a small piece of printer paper and Ashley’s “painterly shapes” stamps along with pom poms, a glittery branch from and a honeycomb paper ornament from Ikea.

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Use decorations as part of your wrapping like this paper honeycomb ball to create really unique looking gifts.


If you liked Ashley’s gift creations check out her Instagram account for more ideas, where she’ll be be marking  all her gift-wrapping ideas with the hashtag #wrapthingsup. She’d love to see your wrapping ideas using this hashtag too!

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Ashley has loads of lovely unique gift-wrapping ideas featured on her Instagram account.


Ashley G’s stamp sets can be bought online here and a selection of her  illustrations are available to buy online at Hannah Zakari and in our  Edinburgh Shoppe.

Little Odd Forest: Fox Backpacks and Animal Sleep Masks!

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We’re feeling rather whimsical in the HZ Shop after a recent delivery from Little Odd Forest. Designer Lynda Lye takes inspiration from fairy tales and wanderlust and woodland adventures for her hand-made range of bags and accessories. Her range of Fox designs including the robust backpack and iPad case were inspired by the children’s book Fantastic Mr Fox, by Roald Dahl. We love how they combine a really sturdy cotton design with a twist of playfulness, and most importantly, there are many, many pockets in the backpack!

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A fox and fairytale inspired look on Polyvore with HZ accessories.



The Fantastic Fox Backpack in grey and burgundy colourway, £80.

After selling like hot cakes  last Christmas we now have the cute animal face sleep masks back in stock in four different animal designs; Deer, Sloth, Raccoon and Fox. A perfect blend of practicality with fun faces make these an ideal gift.



Deer Sleep Mask, £22.



Raccoon Sleep Mask, £22.

Raccoon Sleep Mask, £22.


You can buy a selection of bags and accessories from Little Odd Forest online or in the Shoppe.

New Collection from Hilary Grant

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Almost two months ago as we anticipated Autumn, Jenny shared her dreams of curling up on the sofa with her home comforts, craft and cat! On a drizzly day like today, I am doing much the same! Except now Christmas appears to be fast approaching I’m dreaming of drinking mulled wine, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, drinking mulled cider, eating mince pies and drinking well, mulled anything really! (In my opinion nothing beats a gently simmering pot of booze, fruit and spices.)

The arrival of Hilary Grant’s new Autumn/Winter 2014 collection along with Little Odd Forest’s cute animal sleep masks inspired me to create this little set on Polyvore.


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My dreams of hibernating with a whole bunch of HZ goodies on this Polyvore set!


Designed, knitted and hand finished in Scotland, Hilary Grant’s collection of scarves, hats and gloves combine simple, classic styles with bold patterns in sophisticated and compelling tones. Made from a soft 2 ply lambswool, Hilary Grant’s pieces are wearable, practical, playful and of the utmost quality; designed to be cherished and enjoyed winter after winter. We now have Hilary Grant’s new collection available both in the Shoppe and online, so I thought I’d share a few other items from the range.

I love this giant shawl which can be worn as an oversized scarf, or thrown over the couch for cozy nights by the fire. It’s made of 100% lambswool and so is super soft and snuggly, and is knitted in the Scottish Borders. At a large 85cm x 200cm it screams the words ‘sofa blanket’ at me!


Supersize shawl/blanket by Hilary Grant Knitwear, £140.


The cute fingerless gloves in the range are exceptionally soft and keep your hands really warm, I love the pale tones of the seafoam and picalli colourways.


Cute Fingerless Mittens in linen and seafoam offset pattern, £46.

And the mustard…


The fingerless mittens in the linen and picalli colourway, worn here with wrist warmers.



Her pom hats are really cute and are perfect for staving off those winter chills. I love the Seal and Apple colourway. Traditional mittens are also available in the Sal and Aplle colourway, but I particularly like the stunning bright contrast with the Apple and White mittens.



Pom Hat in Seal and Apple. £48.




Mittens in Apple and White, £46.


Which are your favourites? Check out our full range here.

10 gift ideas for under £10!

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One of the best things about working in indie retail is being able to support and showcase the work of so many different makers, both from Edinburgh and around the globe.  Often people seem surprised that although we stock predominantly hand-made and independently designed products we still have such a large range of affordable gifts.

So seeing as it’s our 10th birthday this year we thought we’d select 10 great gift ideas for £10 and under. These are perfect ideas for stocking fillers or a Secret Santa gift and are currently all available online and in our bricks and mortar Shoppe.


1.Geometry Tote Bag.

An exclusive design by Kirsty Thomas for Totes Amazed at Hannah Zakari. Fun, colourful, and functional.


Geometry Tote Bag by Totes Amazed, £10.


2. Silver Mini Cat Earrings.

Shiny feline friends in mirrored silver acrylic. For cool cat ladies.


Silver Mini Cat Earrings by Rosa Pietsch, £10.


3. Navy Rose Ring.

This cut cast resin rose ring is available in three colours and looks stunning in navy. In fact designer Laurafallulah’s entire range is priced below £10 so do take a peek!


Navy Rose Ring by Laurafallulah, £9.


4. Pink Fleur Striped Hair Clips.

Theses cute hair grips combine stripes and flowers, perfect as a gift and securing a hair do.

Pink Fleur Hairclip Set, £6.50 by Laura Fallulah.

Pink Fleur Hairclip Set, £6.50 by Laura Fallulah.


5. Kingfisher Ring.

A cute illustrated ring featuring a Kingfisher by Layla Amber.


Kingfisher Ring, £7 by Layla Amber.


6. Crystal Shard Tattoos

I love the delicate lines of these jewel-like temporary tattoos by The Aviary.

Crystal Shard Tattoos, £4 by The Aviary.

p Crystal Shard Tattoos, £4 by The Aviary.


7. Cocktail Nail Sticker Set.

A cute pack of assorted nail stickers featuring classic cocktails. Perfect for partying!

Cocktail Nail Stickers by Kate Broughton, £3.50.

s Cocktail Nail Stickers by Kate Broughton, £3.50.


8. Festive Beard Christmas Card

This is just one of many of Laura George’s super cute Christmas cards. Be sure to take a look at her full range for quirky cards adorned with cool creatures and cheeky messages.


Festive Beard Christmas Card, £3, Laura George.


9. Bird Badge Set.

A set of lovely illustrated badges by designer Kate Broughton. This set features classic British birds.

Bird Badge Set, £4, by Kate Broughton.

Bird Badge Set, £4, by Kate Broughton.


10.Sheriff Badge.

ThisTwin Peaks themed Sheriff badge is one of many of the designs we have by Kate Rowland which feature cult and popular tv programmes. A perfect gift for Twins Peaks fans!

Sheriff Badge. £9, by Kate Rowland.

Sheriff Badge. £9, by Kate Rowland.

New Collection by Apres Ski

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We have a brand new collection in the Shoppe and now online by Apres Ski. The Apres Ski range is by Barcelona-based designer Lucia Vergara and combines vintage and hand-painted wooden beads to create vibrant limited edition designs.

This range looks super cool and contemporary, while the colour palettes of the new collection are reminiscent of 40′s and 50′s themed fashion and design; think cutesy pastel diners, meets Joan from Madmen.

We created a set on Polyvore, combining two key pieces from the range with a fun, glamorous retro 50′s look, partially inspired by the beautiful fashions worn by Maggie Cheung in the film ‘In the Mood for Love’.


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A stylish oriental 50′s themed look featuring items from the new Apres Ski collection.



Oriental Necklace, £50, Apres Ski

Sand Bracelet, £29, Apres Ski

Green Bambino Shell Drop Earrings by Rosita Bonita, £18.

Aqua Pom Hair Pin, £9, Ann Marie Faulkenr.

Revere Pencil Dress by Vanity Project £99.

Aquamarine Postcard and Sticker Set, £2.50, The Aviary.


Here are some other favourites from the new Apres Ski range:

As well as the Orchid Necklace, (pictured above) the Ebony Necklace has an oriental twist to it’s subtle 50′s style.


Ebony Necklace, £40.

The Desert Necklace combines mustard yellow with bold black and cream stripes as well as cute polka dots and checks. Although it looks strikingly contemporary, we could also picture this piece round the neck of Joan from Madmen.


Desert Necklace, £50.


This cute double-layered combines pastels and brights with fun polka-dot detailing and accented with vintage beads.


Congo Necklace, £50.


The Dizi bracelet complements the pastel bright necklaces in the fun, combines cute pastel colours with pops of bright colour and polka dots. A perfect gift!


Dizi Bracelet, £29.


Check out the full new collection in the Shoppe or online here.

It’s Sparkle Season! Day and Night looks with Wolf and Moon.

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We’ve been busy in the last few weeks updating our website with some fabulous new stock ready for the season of sparkles, parties and yes, ok, we dare to say the word ‘Christmas!’

The latest arrival has been from HZ favourites Wolf and Moon and are now available to buy online. We put together two looks on Polyvore  using Wolf and Moon’s statement Crystalised necklace (pictured here in the horn colourway).

Crystalised Necklace in Horn

Crystalised Necklace in Horn, £40.


The daytime look combines fun, autumnal mustard shades with a touch of sparkly gold and mirrored teal complete with a much-coveted grey fleecy cape and quilted biker-style boots.

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A fun, autumnal daytime look featuring some of our new Wolf and Moon collection.


For our night-time look we’ve kept the statement necklace, but slipped into a classic Little Back Dress along with some gold T-bar heels and a cosy teal shawl to keep us cosy on these cold winter nights.

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A teal and gold twist to the little black dress with some Wolf and Moon accessories.

Here are some of my other favourites from the new Wolf and Moon collection:

 I love the bright pop of yellow in this new Saffron version of the Chevron Point necklace. Perfect for adding an autumnal finishing touch to an outfit.

Chevron Point Necklace in Saffron

Chevron Point Necklace in Saffron. £17.


This striking new hexagonal design continues the trend for all things geometric and comes in an icy Frost colourway.

Hex Ring in Frost

Hex Ring in Frost. £18.


Our last delivery of Egyptian necklaces flew out of the shop really quickly, but we now have an array of designs available in the shop and online. My favourite is the the grape, wood and gold colourway.

Eqyptian Necklace in Grape

Eqyptian Necklace in Grape. £22.


These black and gold Hex earrings have a classic, art deco style.

Hex Earrings in Black and Gold

Hex Earrings in Black and Gold. £14.


The striking Irridescent Crystal Collar Necklace is a great statement piece and looks a different colour with every turn.

Crystal Collar Neckalce in Irridescent

Crystal Collar Neckalce in Irridescent finish. £68.

The new Wolf and Moon collection is now available in the Shoppe and online here.

Check out our Polyvore sets on the Hannah Zakari page.


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Pumpkins, witches and scary spooks; Halloween is upon us at last! Without going too crazy, we have indulged slightly in some fun, spooky things in the Shoppe including gorging on chocolate eyeballs and making some lovely little kawaii decorations and garlands for the Shoppe using Asking For Trouble’s free downloadable pdf template.


Chocolate Eyeballs and Pumpkins!



Awesome kawaii ghosts and pumpkin decoration download available free from Asking For Trouble!


I also attended a really fun workshop last night making spooky flower arrangements using foraged flowers and a pumpkin as a vessel. The workshop was run by the lovely ladies from Pyrus Flowers and was held at Lovecrumbs, which meant there was a ready supply of rose and cardamon hot chocolate and pumpkin and choc chip bundt cake to keep us going!


Part of the MASSIVE flower arrangement I made at the Pyrus Flowers/Lovecrumbs workshop.



Pyrus Flowers pumpkin arrangement class at Lovecrumbs.

Whether you’re planning to don your finest zombie outfit covered in slime, or turn off all the lights, pretend you’re not in and hide from trick or treaters, we do have a few little seasonal goodies in the Shoppe to add a bit of Halloween spice to your life. Here are my favourites:

These cute leather and gold-embossed earrings and necklace are part of Rosita Bonita‘s new Black Cat range which can be bought online here:


Black Cat Drop Stud Earrings. £12.



Black Cat Necklace. £17.

This neon bright poster may seem a little morbid, but the highly factual message seems to put a smile on many people’s faces. Indeed it’s true; We’re All Going to Die!


We Are All Going TO Die Print by Lovely Jojo’s. £20.

Boo! Did I scare you? This friendly little kawaii ghost brooch  is super cute and great value at only £4!


Ghost Brooch by Asking For Trouble. £4.


Birthday Zine Interviews Pt 6: I Am Acrylic

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We’ve been having lots of fun these last few weeks, celebrating our 10th birthday and interviewing our zine contributors! Latest on the list is I Am Acrylic who we were lucky enough to hang out with in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. Again we asked them 10 questions and this is what they answered…

Brendan and Ruth - I Am Acrylic

Brendan and Ruth – I Am Acrylic

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

Ruth: Long distance lorry driver.
Brendan: I wanted to be a robot that turned into a car.

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

R & B: We’d go straight back to Edinburgh (having just had the best holiday there!)

What is the best place to visit in the town/city you live? London:

R: The Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road via Columbia Road Flower market on a Sunday.
B: Mama Thai, best place for lunch and just round the corner from us on Toynbee Street.

Tell us one thing we’d never know about you?

R: I’ve done a loop-the-loop in a glider – twice!
B: I buy my shirts from BHS Children’s school uniform dept.

What’s the best joke you know?

R: What did the cat get when she ate a ball of wool? Mittens!

B: My nephew sent me the best joke for my birthday: Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side! (see attached photo)

Toby's joke.

Toby’s joke.

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

R: I’d be a super sleuth…a bit like Jessica Fletcher (you know…..her from Murder She Wrote)
B: I’d be a robot that turned into a car!

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

R: BBC Radio 6music
B: Talk Sport – or my spotify playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/bwyfan/starred

Who is your biggest artistic inspiration?
R: It changes all the time between various members of my family and famous artists and designers…currently my uncle who made my favourite ever wooden dolls.
B: Chris Burden (An American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art)

Ruth's Uncle is her current biggest artisitic inspiration.

Ruth’s favourite wooden dolls, made by her uncle.

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?
R: Desperately Seeking Susan ranks very highly as a favourite film.
B: Die Hard

Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
R: Suck it up and stop crying!
B: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker (you know…..it’s from Die Hard)

Coming soon we’ll have our very own version of I Am Acrylic’s zine contribution – a mechanical HZ world! You really don’t want to miss it!

Lux Business Cards from Goodprint…

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It’s not often I’m offered freebies and even less often that I take them (I hate having useless stuff, even if it’s free), but when good pal Carrie asked if I’d like to try out the Lux Business Cards from Goodprint I was pretty excited!

I love the look of triplex cards but usually the choice of colours you get for the middle layer are pretty boring. Goodprint have fixed this and you can choose from 11 colours including some pretty pastels – perfect for Hannah Zakari!

Off I went designing some ‘thank you’ cards to use in webshoppe orders rather than the usual business cards. I spent a long time deciding if I should go with a pink or blue heart insignia for the front of my design but in the end plumped for pink (it is my favourite colour after all). Luckily Good Print had the perfect matching shade – just look at this:

Lux Triplex Business Cards from Goodprint

Lux Business Cards from Goodprint

When I received the cards (in about 3 days I think) they were even more pretty in real life. The finish on the card is so smooth, almost velvety to touch, the pinks matched just as well as they looked on screen and the cards are lovely and thick (I went for the 600 gsm, but they also come in 1000 gsm which is super thick!).

The perfect pink middle!

The perfect pink middle!

I’ll definitely be reordering these cards, they’re without doubt the best freebie I ever got!

the final design front and back

the final design front and back.