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Thursday, 31 December 2009

*Happy New Year*

Happy New Year graphic by Torie Jayne
"Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year".

Thank you to all of you for your wonderful love and support this year! I have loved getting to know you.

Have a sweet year!
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Monday, 28 December 2009

Christmas candy jars

Candy Christmas tree jar
Christmas candy jar
Glass Christmas tree
Candy Christmas tree
As a regular reader of my blog you will know I love Candy jars! Christmas is no exception and I now have four glass Christmas jars to fill. I bought my first one in 2006 from House of Fraser, the two smaller ones are from Crate & Barrel from 2007/2008, and my newest one is the very large one at the top from Busy Bee. I filled the two smaller ones with M&M's, the oldest one with foil wrapped chocolates and for my newest one I took a trip to Mrs Kibbles.


Candy shopping
I looked all over the internet for Christmas tree glass jars to add to my collection and could not find any! Then just moments ago I found these.


Milkhouse Creamery Set of 2 Festive Tree Shaped Candles from QVC
Milkhouse Creamery Set of 2 Festive Tree Shaped Candles

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Sunday, 27 December 2009

Flickr Faves 2009

My Favourite Flickr faves
For the last Flickr Faves Sunday of the year I wanted to share with you some of my favourite mosaics that I have featured this year.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (each row across from left to right):
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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

My Christmas wrapping

Christmas ribbon
This year I am wrapping my presents in paper to match my decorations.


Christmas wrapping paper
Above pic from left to right:
Torie Jayne-designed paper for small gifts
Red/white spot paper from M&S
Blue/white spotty paper from Tesco
Shooting star paper from Cath Kidston
Christmas print paper from Cath Kidston

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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Handmade Christmas pastel chocolates

Handmade pastel chocolates
Handmade chocolate gingerbread man
The chocolate skulls I made at Halloween seemed to go down well with my family, and with one of my sisters in particular. For Christmas I wanted to make her some suitably themed chocolates.

I was in Selfridges looking at the silicone chocolate moulds, which were rather expensive, when I saw they had silicone ice cube trays at a third of the price! I could see no real difference between them so went for the cheaper ice cube trays. I love how they turned out! Now to sort out some pretty packaging...

To make these chocolates, I tempered the chocolate, coloured it using natural pink and green food colouring, poured the mix into the trays, and left them to set in the fridge.


Christmas ice cube tray by Torie Jayne
Gingerbread man ice cube tray

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Handmade reindeer head

Handmade reindeer
This is my handmade reindeer, using the pattern and instructions from Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle by Tone Finnanger. I hand painted the nose and eyes using a black fabric pen. I have another three that I would finish if only I could find where I put their antlers! Made from Tilda fabric and ribbon.

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Monday, 21 December 2009

Hand painted wooden Christmas trees

Hand painted wooden Christmas trees
Hand painted wooden Christmas tree
Hand painted wooden Christmas tree
Hand painted wooden Christmas tree
It has been a busy few weeks at work and I am now on Holiday, which will give me a chance to finish all my Christmas projects in time for Christmas Eve. I'm hoping to share with you, my lovely readers, as many as I can.


Wooden Christmas tree by Torie Jayne
When I saw these small wooden Christmas trees in Hobby Craft I thought they would look cute painted white with coloured pots to sit on my Christmas table.

I decided to paint the pots in colours to match my Christmas theme. I went to the DIY store and found tester pots in the following colours: Bubblegum pink, Marina blue (Homebase matt emulsion), and Pea pod green (Crown matchpot).

I painted each tree in a water-based white wood primer; a couple of coats were needed.
I then painted the pots in the three different colours.

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread houses
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the prettiest Gingerbread houses with these gorgeous pics. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Christmas wall decoration

Santa Sign
To go with my bright vintage fifties theme I got the polka dot chain kit shown above. It really reminded me of being a kid as I stuck it all together!


Deer head
from Marks & Spencers, vintage polka dot paper chain kit from Cloth-ears, and Santa arrow sign from Cloth-ears.

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Sunday, 13 December 2009

A pretty pastel Christmas

Pretty pastel Christmas

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a pretty Christmas palette of pastels with these gorgeous pics. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):
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Sunday, 6 December 2009

A bright Christmas

A bright Christmas
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a bright coloured palette with these gorgeous Christmas pics. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):
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Thursday, 3 December 2009

Pretty Kitchen

Living etc. March 2005
Pretty kitchen storage by Living etc (March 2005).


Fluted mini pie dish in pink by John Lewis
Fluted mini pie dish in pink for £5.75 from John Lewis.


Fluted rectangular baking dish in blue by John Lewis
Fluted rectangular baking dish in blue for £11.50 from John Lewis.


Pink hearts mixing bowl from Cargo Home Shop
Mason Cash large pink hearts mixing bowl for £12.99 from Cargo.


Ice cream scoop from Cargo Home Shop
Zyliss colourful ice cream scoop for £10.00 from Cargo.


Pink rolling pin from Pots and Pans
Miniamo pastels 23cm silicone covered rolling pin in pink for £3.99 from Pots and Pans.


Large food storage cabinet from Ella's Kitchen Company
Large food storage cabinet in Norwegian blue for £439.00 from Ella's Kitchen Company.


Pastel enamelware from Lytton & Lily
Pastel enamelware from £15.95 at Lytton & Lily.


Tiered pastel cake stand from Great Little Trading Company
Tiered pastel cake stand for £25.00 from Great Little Trading Company.


Pink enamel cake tin from Pod
Pink cake tin for £7.75 from Pod.

I adore that first image! I have had it in my interiors file for many years now and have now been able to use it as inspiration for my first gift guide. I have been looking around for gifts to buy my loved ones and I wanted to share with you some of my pretty finds!

Click on any of the blue lettering to be linked straight through to that item.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Mix in the white

Photo by Martin Cederblad
Photo by Martin Cederblad
Photo by Martin Cederblad
Photo by Martin Cederblad
Photo by Martin Cederblad
Photo by Martin Cederblad
This is the beautiful home of Martin and Thérèse Cederblad. Their painters thought they were mad when they painted the entire house white! But I think it works wonderfully as a backdrop to all their beautiful treasures.

Found on Skona Hem.

Have a sweet day!
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