Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Bicycle helmet

Yakkay smart one bicycle helmet
So I have found my dream bike, and what I think is the most adorable bicycle basket. This got me thinking about finding cool bike helmets because as much as I would rather not wear one, I realise it's better to be safe than sorry. After much searching I found this cool one from Yakkay.

"Yakkay 'smart one' is a new smart design that differs by its rounded ear straps and adjustment buckles in polished stainless steel. But the real difference shows when one of the many different covers is attached to helmet – It changes from its characteristics of a helmet to a hat and becomes an accessory to your outfit. You adjust the helmet to your head with a number of adhesive foam circles which have the added advantage that air can circulate between them. When you are riding your bicycle, air will be pushed into the helmet, and pleasantly cool down your head. In addition, your head will stay dry in rainy weather, as the covers are designed without open holes."

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Flickr faves Sunday

Flickr faves
I love Flickr. It's what got me started on my blog, so I wanted to highlight here some of my Flickr Favourites (view them all here). I will endeavour to bring you four of my Flickr Faves every Sunday from some of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Pretty! Oh, so pretty! Some beautiful shots that I have favourited (clockwise from top left):


Saturday, 27 June 2009

Designers Guild sale

Designers Guild sale
It's the time of year when all the sales start, so I have pulled together a few of the beautiful items on sale at Designers Guild.


Friday, 26 June 2009

Bicycle basket

Carrie bicycle basket
So as I said in one of my recent blogs ("I want to ride my bicycle!") I have been dreaming of owning a bicycle with a basket on the front. Well, I've found what I think is the most adorable bicycle basket: the Carrie bicycle basket from Design Stockholm.

"Carrie is an unique bike basket designed for the urban cyclist. The designer Marie-Louise Gustafsson selected the ornate material as it reminded her of the Swedish crochet tablecloths on which her grandmother used to serve afternoon tea. Also doubles as a shopping basket."

Saturday, 20 June 2009


I recently helped to organize a tea party for my friend who is getting married in a few weeks. To decorate outside we made bunting to match the outdoor tableware that we were using. I designed and printed out different triangle patterned pieces, cut around the edges, punched holes in the top corners, and threaded them onto rick rack tape. Voila! Matching bunting.

Please feel free to use the bunting patterns below for personal projects. Just click on the pics below for a larger version ready for printing.

Blue polka dot bunting
Pink polka dot bunting
Red polka dot bunting
Green polka dot bunting
Blue gingham bunting
Pink gingham bunting
Red gingham bunting
Green gingham bunting

Friday, 19 June 2009

Bird door stop

Cast iron bird door stop from Anthropologie in the craft room
The above cast iron door stop is from Anthropologie and has a really lovely weathered vintage effect to it. Sadly, they don't sell them anymore but Cast in Style sells them unpainted (see cast iron door wedge in rust effect finish below).

Cast iron bird door wedge

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Sequin jars

Jars of sequins in the craft room
Over the years, I've collected so many sequins that it seemed a shame to hide them away in boxes. So now they proudly sit on my window sill!

The two large jars are old bath cream jars from M&S. The small one is a spice jar from Habitat. I tied 3mm aqua ribbon around their necks to match the colour scheme in my craft room.

The butterfly clip was from Tchibo, but unfortunately they only stock items for a couple of weeks, if you're lucky!

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Tin signs

Garden metal sign
I love the way old-fashioned tin signs evoke nostalgic memories and I have many dotted around my house. My garden metal sign hangs on the wall on the side of my house leading to the garden. There's also one hanging on my garden shed.

No Junk Mail metal sign
Next, I'd really like this No Junk Mail one above to hang on my front gate.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Curio Cabinet

Curio cabinet in the craft room
Open curio cabinet in the craft room
I have finally got around to completely filling my curio cabinet and blogging about it. I always loved the print trays that my Dad used to hang around my parents' house and really wanted one myself. After seeing this curio cabinet on one of my many internet searches I had to have it for three reasons. One, because it has a door; two, because it is deep enough to hold a variety of nicknacks; and three, because of the vintage weathered look.

Here's what I decided to put in it:

Curio cabinet top shelves in the craft room
Curio cabinet middle shelves in the craft room
Curio cabinet bottom shelves in the craft room

"I want to ride my bicycle!"

Pastel Blue Pashley Poppy bicycle
Over the past few sunny days I have been dreaming of having my own bicycle with a basket on the front, and cycling along the river wearing a tea dress with the wind in my hair. I've found my dream bike, too! The new Pastel Blue Pashley Poppy above. I love the old-fashioned look of it with the tan brown leather seat and the cream tyres.

Blush Pink Pashley Poppy bicycle
It is also available in Blush Pink.

As the song by Queen says: "I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like"!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


Linen and lace trims
Recently I covered my tailor's dummy in trims, in shades of white, cream and aqua that I have collected over the years from antique fairs, markets and haberdasheries.

My favorite antiques fair to find trims and fabrics is The London Vintage Fashion Textiles and Accessories Fair, which is held every four to five weeks in London. It is a magical place with over a hundred vintage fashion clothing dealers, selling an array of handbags, linen, lace, embroidery, shoes, hats, gowns, chiffons, beaded dresses, textiles, needlework accessories, necklaces, gloves, trimmings, fashion magazines, and costume jewellery.

"The show is the brain child of Paola Francia-Gardiner and Alberto Ricca (Paola is the creative force and Alberto the organisational supreme). An experienced antique dealer, Paola used to buy, sell and indeed wear vintage fashion in the late 70's. At that time, she got to know lot of people who were selling vintage clothes. By the early 90's the market was almost dead - no one was buying the clothes because the fashion scene had move on. The dealers were complaining to her that they had lot of stock and did not know what to do with it. With an innovative approach, in 1999 she decided to organise a fair that incorporated not just vintage clothes but also accessories and textiles."

V V Rouleaux trims
For new trims and ribbons, I often visit the treasure trove that is V V Rouleaux. Their delightful shops are literally full to the brim with ribbons, tassels and trimmings: perfect for inspiring new ideas and elegant touches.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Alfresco dining

Alfresco dining table
I like to make the most of dining outside in the summer months. Over the past couple of years I've collected everything I would need for entertaining outside in a colour palette consisting of pale pink, pale blue, green and red.

In the picture above, the dip bowl set was from Tchibo, the colour coordinated pink and blue cutlery from Cath Kidston, and the blue ribbed table runner from Casa Domani. The small glass green votive contains lemongrass scent from Restoration Hardware.

Alfresco dining close-up
In the picture above, the striped red and white bread knife is from Tchibo, the bread basket is from a local store, and the bird print napkin is from Cath Kidston.

Alfresco dining Cath Kidston style
Great for summer garden parties or everyday eating (not just for kids!), I went for these large and small floral and bird melamine plates from Cath Kidston on the bottom and top, with smaller dotty melamine plates in the middle from Green Gate. The salad bowls, small bowls and red spot salad servers are also from Green Gate.

Tea towels

I have been looking for some new tea towels in pale blue and pink to match my kitchen. Here are some of my favourites:

VW camper van tea towels
I'm loving the hand illustrated VW camper van ones above. So pretty and retro.

Colt circles in seafoam tea towels
Colt circles in seafoam from fabulous online store Etsy.

Pink scooter tea towel
Blue bubble car tea towel
Pink scooter tea towel and blue bubble car tea towel. I love the simplicity and so retro.