2014 Christmas Cards

emma block christmas cards emma block christmas cards emma block christmas cardsIf you follow me on instagram or facebook you’ve probably seen plenty of photos of my new Christmas cards. I’ve designed Christmas cards for clients before, but this year I wanted to make some just for me. I decided to include lots of my favourite things, which is why there are plenty of sausage dogs, snuggly knitwear and a major 60s vibe. I created the originals with gouache paint and coloured pencil then added textured painted backgrounds digitally.

They are available to buy on my etsy shop, they will also be stocked in The Shop at Forty. If you’re interested in stocking some please get in touch for wholesale prices. emma block christmas cards emma block christmas cards emma block christmas cards emma block christmas cards

Kazinczy Street

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One of my favourite things about Budapest was the area we stayed, in which was part of the Jewish Quarter in District 7. We stayed in a lovely studio apartment on Kazinczy Street, which in my opinion is probably the coolest street in Budapest. It contained so many wonderful bars, restaurants, cafes and cool shops. The coolest of all was Szimpla Kert, the world famous ruin bar.szimpla kert budapest
Szimpla Kert is a bar set in the ruins of a building, with live music, art exhibitions, a farmer’s market on Sundays, animation screenings, excellent food and drinks, including cocktails and soft drinks (they do amazing freshly made lemonade). It was established 10 years ago and has been voted third best bar in the world by Lonely Planet users. It also offers great value with pint of beer costing less than £2.

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Across the road is the Szimpla Cafe, the perfect place for breakfast. They do great coffee, hearty muesli and tasty cake (that’s a pear and almond cake in the picture). Breakfast for two was about £3.

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Kirakat is a very stylish, very chilled out bar. On Tuesdays they have a special offer that means all their gourmet burgers are just 890 forints (£2.25).

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The weather was great while we were in Budapest (about 27 degrees) so it was lovely to sit outside in the evening with a drink. Ellato Kert is one of several outdoor bars offering tasty street food, cheap drinks and plenty of atmosphere.

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Around the corner from Kazinczy street is the Blue Bird Cafe, another great spot for breakfast. Their cinnamon buns are insane and the decor is gorgeous.

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There were some great vintage and design shops around Kazinczy Street. My favourite was Szputnyik, a shop selling a  mixture of vintage and new items. I picked up a very cute needlepoint handbag.

szputnyik shop 2 szputnyik shopIf you’re going to Budapest I definitely recommend checking out (or staying in) this amazing area.

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