Seasonal

Home Sweet Home Gift Guide

Home Sweet Home! Wherever home means to you, there’s no place like it at Christmas. Cute home gifts are some of my favourites to give and receive – I love being cosy at home surrounded by things that make me happy or remind me of who gave them to me. I’ve included some sweet sesaonal decorations, perfect print presents, some secret Santa winners and plenty of decorative beauties to help tick off your present list.

  1. Annie Dornan Smith Peace and Joy Prints – I absolutely love everything Annie designs and hugely admire how she creates and runs her lovely business. These prints are very special with their shiny gold detail. I think they would make a great couples gift!
  1. Birthday Cake Candle – These Ryan Porter candles make me laugh, they all have great names and this one gets bonus marks for being filled with sprinkles!!
  1. Nikki McWilliams Biscuit Cushions – Perfect for cookie monsters and biscuit fiends these cheery cushions make me want to get cosy on the sofa with a cuppa.
  1. Afternoon Crumbs 2022 Wall Calendar – I think we are all ready for a sweeter 2022! Make it fun with this calendar and a whole year of cake!
  1. Kitty McCall Christmas Stocking – I’m such a huge fan of Kitty McCall’s work – I have her prints hanging in my hallway! Kitty’s bright and colourful patterns make me so happy and I love her take on a Christmas stocking.
  1. Hutch London Hand Painted Ceramic Bird Decoration – These super cute painted robin decorations make me smile. I put one on my Mum’s Christmas present last year and she loved it.
  1. Red Hen Trading Globe Light – We have one of these globes in the shop and it’s such big hit with both kids and adults. They make great night lights or brighten any shelf.
  1. Petit BooChe Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Banners – I adore these colourful banners and I definitely want to be in both these Clubs!
  1. Cotton Clara Christmas Embroidery Kits – I took up embroidery over lock down and love Cotton Clara’s kits. They would make a great gift for someone to relax with over the festive period.
  1. Katie Gillies Terrazzo Coasters – Katie’s work is so beautiful and I love watching her work over on her instagram stories. The colours in her new collection might be my fave to date but head over quick as her stuff flys out her shop!
  1. Pepper Loves Ho Ho Ho Candles – Add some fun to your Christmas table with these colourful dinner candles – check out the whole range of cute and cheeky wording.
  1. Gemma Wightman and Emma Giacalone Ceramics Don’t Forget To Stop For Cake Plate – Lauren gave me this special plate and I have it in the shop as a lovely reminder to slow down and appreciate things.
  1. Viktorija Illustration The Art of Gouache Book – We have collaborated with Viktorija for many years now and watching her work on our collaborations has been one of the highlights of our business so far. She’s just released an incredible book all about her love of gouache and showing you how to create your own masterpieces. The lovely bright colours will look great on any shelf!
  1. LostFoundKeep Clay Boob Pots – These boob pots are all lovingly handmade and celebrate being a woman. The perfect little gift for your breast friends ;)
  1. La Basketry Mini Basket Kit and Handwoven Bowl – Tabara makes the most wonderful baskets that are full of colour and beautifully crafted. Lauren has them on her bedroom wall and did one of her kits over Lockdown and loved it too.

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Gift Guide for Festive Foodies

It’s the most wonderful time of year…for food! We love all the delicious treats that this season brings and we’ve rounded up some festive food inspired gifts from pretty postal bakes, cute wrapping and lots of other goodies perfect for stuffing those stockings or gifting to your sweetest friend or relative…or of course for yourself ;)

  1. Afternoon Crumbs Gingerbread Wrapping Paper and Gingerbread Enamel Pin – inspired by our signature Gingerbread Men & Woman this wrapping paper is here to make giving even sweeter! Plus our new jolly gingerbread pin will bring festive cheer to any outfit and comes ready to gift on a backer designed by the wonderful Viktorija Illustration!
  1. A.R.D Bakery Christmas Chocolate Box – I’m in awe of the incredibly cool and creative cakes that A.R.D Bakery make. I love their bold colours and shapes and their chocolates are equally beautiful!
  1. Ask Mummy And Daddy Merry Christmas Sweets Selection Set – filled with Gingerbread Men gummies, Candy Cane sweets, Snowman Jellies and Candy Poles this cute set makes the perfect stocking filler or keep for yourself for present wrapping snacks!
  1. Bird & Blend Gingerbread Chai – it’s definitely the season to cosy up with a hot drink and this one combines two of my favourite flavours. Be sure to check out their whole range of festive flavours!
  1. Dee’s Basement Christmas Traybakes – Dee makes amazing bakes and I love this year’s cute and kitsch Christmas designs. Her traybakes are mega good as are her madeleines!
  1. Katie Tinkler Mince Pie and Christmas Pudding Decorations – the queen of food illustrations, Katie’s hand painted wooden decorations are perfect to hang on the tree or decorate the presents of any festive foodie!
  1. M + H Cake Christmas Pudding Brownie – Abigail creates awesome postal bakes – these personalised pudding brownies would make great table settings for Christmas Day !
  1. Oh Squirrel ‘Eat, Drink and Be Merry’ Bottle Bag – I love anything with Katie’s beautiful handwriting on and these bottle bags sum up perfectly how we feel the festive season should be celebrated!
  1. Freya Niamh Design Christmas Pudding Print – we love Hannah’s fun and vibrant prints in her signature oranges and pinks – a non-traditional twist on Christmas!
  1. Afternoon Crumbs Reindeer Cupcakes – our cute Rudolph the Reindeer cupcakes make the perfect gift, after school treat or reward for finishing all your present wrapping! They are available for collection from our shop in Claygate, Surrey throughout December. Don’t worry if you’re further afield – we also have Gingerbread and Vanilla Biscuits coming soon that can be posted UK-wide!
  1. Radio Lamington Seasonal Selection Box – we fell in love with Lamingtons on a trip to Australia (so much so that I even made a cupcake version!) and have since become hooked on these ones from Radio Lamington. We love trying their seasonal flavours – their Christmas boxes have a new Gingerbread Sticky Toffee flavour. Even better, for every box of Lamingtons purchased they deliver another box to NHS workers!
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Afternoon Crumbs Turned One

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I wrote anything here. In fact I wasn’t even sure I would remember how to upload anything or even write something that wasn’t a short email or Instagram caption. I’ve been having a little break after Christmas and the start of a New Year is better time than any to look back on some of the highlights of last year and take time to appreciate it all.

I’m going to start with the fact that

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Conker Cake

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When October 1st rolls around and I can snuggle into an oversized sweater, eat all the pumpkin things and go for long walks in the leaf-covered woods, I’m finally in my element. I can stop the silly business of trying to dress for Summer while trying to still look like an adult and pull on thick tights and boots and enjoy the combination of an amazingly sunny yet crisp cold morning. The feeling I used to get when going back to school, the air smelling like bonfire and cinnamon slowly creeping into my baking from now until Christmas makes Autumn my absolute favourite.

This is why when I was asked this week to make a birthday cake inspired by conkers and Autumn leaves my heart sang a little bit. I went for a wander and collected some stuff to inspire me including lots of amazing leaves in all their beautiful colours. I made the leaves by

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