Letters to Matilda + Alfie’s Studio giveaway

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We’ve been writing a lot of letters to Matilda. Cards, mainly – ‘I know! Let’s make a card for Tilly and send it with the postman’, as we come through the door after another long day.

So, we sit at the kitchen table and pull out the glitter and glue. Stickers are stuck, envelopes stuffed. She traces my lettering to write the envelope, then dictates a message for me to put inside.
I don’t know where she’s got her notion of cards from, but her notes are usually about parties and toys, telling Tilly how much we miss her, asking her to come back soon. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking all at once, because there’s still a gap in our home where that strange feathered beauty used to be.



A chicken isn’t a conventional pet; I understand this, yet to us, she really was one of the family. She pecked at the windows, slept on the sofa, perched by my laptop when I worked. After five years together, it’s still second nature for me to save scraps and leftover pasta for her, ’til I catch myself. I tip it into the bin with a heavy heart every time, a waste in every sense.

It isn’t fair that she was killed so horribly. It isn’t fair that my little Spud misses her so much & hatches harebrained schemes to bring her home = ‘we’ll send her my pink scooter, and she can ride all the way home on the road!’. It isn’t fair, but life never is, & so we’re carrying on. But we miss you, Matilda x


On a happier note, it’s giveaway time again! The card-making kit that Orla’s used for much of her chicken-correspondence, above, is from Alfie’s Studio, the local graphic design studio that created my branding here on the site, as well as a whole host of covetable paper, print and poster goodness. They’re giving away Β£50 in store credit to a winner worldwide, to spend on notebooks, christmas wrap and any other glorious essentials you fancy from their online store.

Rose gold Christmas cards, anyone? ?

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Enter here for Β£50 voucher. Open worldwide. Entry closes in one week.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Best of luck. Have a wonderful week!

  • Tracy K Nixon

    I love the

  • I love the

  • Sarah-Jane Laycock

    I simply adore the Coastal Collection Set – such vibrant and beautiful prints! Oceanic Awesomeness x

  • I love the Christmas cards


    I love the botany collaboration xxxx

  • CaliMel

    I know technically I shouldn’t be looking at Christmas stuff in the stores yet, but it’s all sooo pretty this year. Those cards are gorgeous. I’m sorry about Tilly, your post makes me want to give you both a hug because losing pets no matter what form they are in, is hard. Especially in such a tragic awful way. I’m sorry for your loss. The cards are a beautiful tribute.

  • CaliMel

    Sorry for the two comments, didn’t feel appropriate to put the contest entry one with the other. But my favorite product is the card with the little VW van on it and the tree on top that says Happy Holidays. I love the little van!

  • Jacqueline Roberts

    Loving the Christmas cards, and also liked the wrapping sets

  • Amanda Johnson

    We would love the MAKE YOUR OWN CARDS – SKATE DECK SET, we always find it hard to find nice boys cards, we have loads for little girls but struggle to find or even make cards suitable for the boys school friends. These would be brilliant.

  • steven

    I love the Make Your Own Cards Pirate set, my nephew would LOVE this πŸ™‚

  • ashleigh allan

    I like the make your own card sets – the under the sea one is nice!

  • Sarah Buckley

    I love the Travel Collection – Departures card!

  • This post is just so sweet. Bless little Orla and her huge heart. It was very tragic news hearing about poor Matilda and the way the whole situation was handled. Sending hugs.

  • MrRichTea

    Def.Christmas Cards πŸ˜‰

  • Patricia Avery

    The make your own card sets would be lovely for my grandchildren πŸ™‚

  • Andrew Hindley

    Traditional Wrapping Set

  • GCforever

    The NZ BOTANICAL FIELD NOTES are fab but I also like the Traditional Wrapping Set.

  • Ane S

    Love the Traditional Wrapping Set!

  • alisa moore

    Coastal Collection Set

  • cathrynbowen

    traditional wrapping set x

  • Sarah mackay

    Loving make your own Christmas card sets

  • Kat Lucas


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  • Jon Sellers

    The Christmas Cards get my vote , very classy

  • Ruth Harwood

    I love the Christmas Cards xx

  • Paula Readings


  • jmr224

    you’re right – those rose gold Christmas cards are deliciously cozy yet sophisticated! I also love the simplicity of their wrapping paper!

  • Jodie Harvey


  • Amy Fidler

    I love the happy holidays cards with the VW on and the neon wrapping set x

  • It’s such a sweet idea <3

  • Kelandab

    Love the neon wrapping set

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  • Kathi

    So sweet of you two to make those cards for your Matilda. It is amazing how pets have such a presence and personality in a family, I fear the day my cat Oskar won’t be here any more.
    I also find it interesting how different children are in remembering people and pets. My little au-pair boy didn’t seem to think about any of his friends after moving house.

  • Claire Woods

    neon wrapping set

  • Lou | Littlegreenshed

    those cards PLEASE!

  • Kasia

    Edible Botany Field Notes – Month View Calendar

  • maria hackett

    English Botanical cards are my fav, so pretty and unique xx

  • Rebecca Phillips

    i love the make your own pirate set

  • Gina M

    I love the make your own card sets especially the pirate one and the tropical one. …. and the under the sea one, and the garden party too actually. They’re all gorgeous!

  • Lizzy Cooper


  • My eldest daughter has started sending pictures to our friend abroad. The thrill of getting and sending post is something I miss and love to share with her.

  • Donna Caldwell

    Make your own cards pirate set

  • Viv Jones

    The set of botanical cards πŸ™‚

  • Nancy Bradford

    My daughter is sitting with me telling me to put the make your own cards tropical set.

  • Victoria Prince

    I love the Coastal Collection set of greeting cards πŸ™‚

  • Grace Wise

    Traditional wrapping set

  • Erica Price

    The tropical card set

  • Claire

    Tropical card sticker set

  • Natalie Crossan

    The set of botanical cards πŸ™‚

  • supastar1501

    I like the childrens make your own card sets, especially the ‘Under the Sea’ one x

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