Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Floral Feast & 10% off 91 Magazine

So what does everyone have planned for the long Easter weekend?! We're going to a BBQ on Friday followed by more decorating in the new kitchen and a bit of shopping for the nursery! If you are entertaining, then I suggest you have a little peek at the lovely feature we have in the current issue of 91 Magazine. The recipes all use edible flowers and will look, as well as taste, delicious, giving a proper summer vibe to your gathering.

Lovely drinks such as cloudy clover cordial and a violet martini, a tasty fresh chicken and cous cous with nasturtiums dish and an AMAZING lilac cream chocolate cake are just a few of the recipes.

Cloudy clover cordial recipe in 91 Magazine issue 8
Violet martini recipe in 91 Magazine issue 8
Mandarin chicken and cous cous with nasturtiums recipe in 91 Magazine issue 8
Chocolate cake with lilac cream recipe in 91 Magazine issue 8
You can view a preview of the magazine here and for Easter weekend we have a special offer of 10% off on our yearly subscription, so the perfect time to sign up! This means it is only £6.30 for 4 issues including Issue 8 currently online.

Purchase issue 8 or sign up for a yearly subscription

Happy Easter all!
xxx

Images by Emelie Ekborg

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY: quilted potholder

I had actually never used bias binding before I made this little quilted pot holder. I found it was easier to use than I'd suspected, once I'd mastered it that is! So if you're in the same boat, then this little tutorial should hopefully give you a chance to give it a go on a small scale before trying something bigger!

quilted pot holder DIY tutorial
quilted pot holder DIY tutorial
quilted pot holder DIY tutorial
The full tutorial is over on the AO at Home blog along with my fabric covered eggs for Easter too! ;) Happy crafting! xxx

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fabric decorated eggs for Easter

The Easter holidays are fast approaching, woo hoo! Four day weekend, although I can't imagine I will be able to take much time off, I've so much to do before baby arrives! But if you've got a little get together arranged and want to give your Easter table a pretty pastel vibe then why not have a go at these fabric covered eggs?!

You can follow my full tutorial for making these over on the AO Blog.

pastel fabric decorated eggs for Easter
pastel fabric decorated eggs for Easterpastel fabric decorated eggs for Easter oh and you can check out some more Easter content here too including more crafts and recipes!

xxx

Monday, April 7, 2014

Styling your Smeg

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know we are nearing the completion of our kitchen project! We have been able to use it for a few weeks now, although there are still a few things for the builder to do like finish the worktop, and then we also need to decorate the entire room, paint the island and cupboards and find some extra pieces of furniture - hence the blank wall space in the pic below!

One of the most exciting things for me was finally being able to get the brand new Smeg fridge out of the box! It sat patiently waiting in its packaging for weeks, with me desperate to have a peek and my hand being slapped away by the hubby if I dared go near it! It sounds crazy to be that excited about a fridge, but it's something I've wanted for years, so it's lovely to finally be able to own an item you've patiently saved for. You can also get a peek of our new Smeg oven and hob in this pic too. We went for the white versions from their Linea range, and I'm desperately trying to keep them as pristinely clean as I can! The cupboards above and below the oven will eventually be whitewashed in case you are wondering.

kitchen makeover progress - my new Smeg


Now it seems a weird thing to think about, but I've been wondering about what I guess can only be described as styling the fridge! (ha, maybe being pregnant really is mushing my brain cells!) But I'm sure those of you with similar interior styling obsessions will understand!

Do you go with a carefully chosen selection of items atop the fridge, a beautiful print on the wall behind or a simple flower in a vase perhaps? Here is some of the inspiration I've been gathering online... I'm still unpacking our things and as I said need to get a nice dresser or unit to go next to it, so in the meantime I am pondering....

Smeg fridge styling

Smeg fridge styling with plants

Smeg fridge styling with flowers
Image via Breathe Happiness

Smeg fridge styling with books
Image via Carrie Can Blog

Smeg fridge styling with lemonade crate
Image via Jordgubbar med mjolk blog

Smeg fridge styling - simplistic
Left image via Ninainvorm / Right image via Mokkasin

Smeg fridge styling with plants and art
Image via Oh Joy

Smeg fridge styling - contemporary
Image via Varpunen

Smeg fridge styling - stacks of items
Right image via Leila.se

Smeg fridge styling - simple storage solutions
Right image via lisbeth sin lille verden blog
Or perhaps you'd prefer a 'naked' Smeg? One left to stand alone in all it's kitchen appliance glory?! 

Smeg fridge styling - plain and simple
Image via Jelanie shop
What are your thoughts Smeg fans?! Have you got one and how have you 'styled' it? Or what would you do if you were me? I'd love to hear your colour choices too - I always knew I was choosing between the pastel green or cream, and I'm so glad I went with green, it gives a lovely subtle pop of colour in the room. 

xxx

Monday, March 31, 2014

Crafting holiday in France

'Hobby holidays' have become very popular over recent years, whether it's cycling trips, yoga retreats or cookery courses abroad and I've noticed recently lots of craft-based holidays popping up, where you can spend a few days somewhere stunning, while making and crafting alongside like-minded people. Great for people who love getting away but get bored just lying by a pool all day!

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know I got married last summer in the Dordogne region of France, and have family down there, so I was excited to see Les Soeurs Anglaises run textile craft courses not too far away.

Les Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceThey offer residential courses in textile collage, bookmaking, and stitched calligraphy to name a few, with classes instructed by established designers such as Julie Arkell, Janet Bolton, Jessie Chorley and Rosalind Wyatt. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Dordogne countryside, you stay in their luxurious accommodation with heated swimming pools and stunning gardens, with classes taking place in an amazing newly converted studio with lots of space to get creative.

Les Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of FranceLes Soeurs Anglaises craft holidays in the South of France
From personal experience, I cannot recommend this part of France enough for a summer holiday, and how fabulous to combine it with a few days crafting in a beautiful setting, while also getting a chance to enjoy some relaxation by the pool and some fantastic food and wine?! bliss!

Ray Stitch haberdashery in Islington, London
Katie and Susie, the sisters who run the workshops in France, are teaming up with the fabulous Ray Stitch haberdashery in Islington, and have plans to run some dressmaking courses in collaboration with them next summer. But in the meantime, they are holding an event at the Ray Stitch shop on Monday 14th April where you can pop by and meet some of the Les Soeurs Anglaises tutors, ask any questions you have about the courses, receive 10% in Ray Stitch haberdashery and discounts on the courses if you are interested in signing up, all while enjoying some drinks and nibbles! You can find out more about how to register for this event on the Les Soeurs Anglaises blog.

Would you fancy a crafting holiday such as this? I think it would be a lovely trip for a mum and teenage daughter to take together don't you?

Post sponsored by Les Soeurs Anglaises - Visit their website for more info. xxx

Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY: Mothers Day gift boxes

It's Mothers Day in the UK this weekend, 30th March. These little gold-gilded gift boxes are the perfect way to present a little gift to your mum, whether it's some artisan chocolates, a piece of jewellery or a gift card for her favourite shop.

I've shared the full DIY tutorial for these over on the AO at Home blog and don't forget you could always scale it up if have a larger gift which requires a bigger box.

DIY tutorial for gold gilded gift boxes, perfect for Mothers Day or birthday gifts
DIY tutorial for gold gilded gift boxes, perfect for Mothers Day or birthday gifts


DIY tutorial for gold gilded gift boxes, perfect for Mothers Day or birthday gifts
xxx

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Homemade baby bibs using Heals fabric

A little while ago I was sent some fabric samples from the folk at Heals. They've just launched their first fabric collection since the 1970's, working with both established and up and coming designers to create the range.

Heals new fabric collection
With the samples I received, I wanted to make something useful, and obviously at the moment, I have got babies on the brain, so I decided, as the fabric is quite sturdy, that perhaps some little bibs would be nice. I like the fact that the patterns aren't childish either, but I thought would still look super cute as teeny tiny bibs.

I've had a really busy few weeks in the run up to publishing the latest issue of 91 Magazine (which went live yesterday!) so I decided this morning that I'd take a few hours to do something for myself, so this is what I did.

Baby bib DIY project using Heals fabrics
What you need: pieces of patterned fabric, approx 9 x 14 inches / toweling fabric / disappearing ink pen / snap fasteners / sewing machine

I found a great pattern over at Purl Bee for making these, so you can find the template you need and the instructions for making them here

And here's how they turned out. They were really simple to make, so I'll definitely be making some more as I have lots of toweling fabric left.

Baby bib DIY project using Heals fabrics

Baby bib DIY project using Heals fabrics

Baby bib DIY project using Heals fabrics

Baby bib DIY project using Heals fabrics

Baby bib DIY project using Heals fabrics

Baby bib DIY project using Heals fabrics
 What do you think?! Probably quite an unusual project for this type of fabric, but I really like them, and I reckon as the fabric is thick and good quality they should wash quite well.

Check out the rest of the new fabrics from Heals as well some of their ready made products in these patterns if you don't fancy the sewing part! ;)

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