Sunday, 28 February 2010

We love Amy!

We Love Amy!
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some gorgeous handmade treasures using Amy Butler's fabric 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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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Butterfly packaging

Butterfly packaging tools
Mini butterfly cookies
Butterfly cookie bag
Packaging

You will need:
White sweet bags
Tonic Studio Butterflies Accent Punch
Tonic Studio Edger Punch 3
Tonic Studio Border Punch System
Cavallini butterflies rubber stamp tin
VersaColor Small Stamp Pad - Pink
VersaColor Small Stamp Pad - Seafoam
  1. Place the paper bag centrally onto the border system
  2. Move the left and right markers to 3.5cm
  3. Place butterfly punch into system
  4. Make the first punch and then move the bag left so that the edge of the outer butterfly matches the centre line of the marker, and repeat all the way to the edge
  5. Repeat the last step in the opposite direction
  6. Place edger punch 3 into the system and do as steps 4 and 5
  7. Stamp butterfly pattern onto bag and leave to dry

Butterfly punched paper bag by Torie Jayne
Butterfly and lace edged paper bag by Torie Jayne
Butterfly printed paper bag by Torie Jayne
Butterfly tag
For the gift tags I used a pop up butterfly punch.

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Felted cute

Felted cute
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some needle felted treasures 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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Thursday, 18 February 2010

Butterfly blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry butterfly cheesecake
Blueberry Cheesecake (makes 3 butterflies)

Chocolate butterfly case

Ingredients
600g white chocolate
Blue food colouring

Cooking instructions
  1. Temper and colour white chocolate
  2. Coat inside of silicone mold with chocolate
  3. Leave to set in fridge overnight

Biscuit base

Ingredients
8 digestive biscuits or Graham Crackers
6 tbsp caster sugar, ("superfine" sugar in US)
100g unsalted butter ( Sweet butter )

Cooking instructions
  1. Coarsely grind biscuits
  2. Melt sugar in saucepan until it begins to caramelize
  3. Add butter, stirring continuously
  4. Add ground biscuits and stir
  5. Tip out onto greaseproof paper and leave to cool

Blueberry sauce

Ingredients
300g blueberries
2 tbsp caster sugar ("superfine" sugar in US)
1 tbsp water

Cooking instructions
  1. Place blueberries, water and sugar in a pan and heat on medium heat until blueberries begin to soften
  2. Place in cup to cool

Cheesecake filling

Ingredients
400g cream cheese
600ml double cream ( heavy cream )
6 tbsp icing sugar ( powdered sugar)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 vanilla essence

Cooking instructions
  1. Whip double cream until stiff peaks form
  2. In a separate bowl whisk cream cheese, icing sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth
  3. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mix
  4. Fill chocolate lined mould with cream cheese mixture
  5. Sprinkle over biscuit mix
  6. Leave in fridge overnight
  7. Turn cheesecake out onto plate, by placing mould upside down and carefully peeling it away
  8. Spoon blueberry mix around edge of cheesecake
  9. Dust lightly with icing sugar

As I have to have a gluten free diet, I use gluten free biscuits.

Silicone Butterfly cake mould

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Butterfly themed tea & cakes

Butterfly Mosaic
I spent this Valentine's day at my adorable niece's Christening. My sister's wedding was butterfly themed so she asked me if I could make some butterfly cupcakes in pink and turquoise with which to decorate the Christening cake. Well, how could I refuse! I adore little Molly and wanted to make the day really special for her.


Christening cake
Butterfly cake
Butterfly cake
Butterfly cake
As is tradition in England, the bride keeps the top tier of her wedding cake for her first baby's Christening. To decorate the cake I removed the original organza ribbon and crystal trim and replaced it with a single row of polka dot ribbon and pink rik-rak. I then attached the pink and blue iced butterflies with a spot of royal icing. My Mum made a second square cake and iced it for the bottom level. On this level I used two rows of polka dot ribbon and pink rik-rak and attached butterflies as above.

I will soon be posting the recipes and how to make all the butterfly themed goodies!

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Monday, 15 February 2010

Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen's Copenhagen home

Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen's bedroom
Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen's dining room
Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen's living room
Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen's bathroom
Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen's hall
Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen's candles
Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen shelving
Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen's bench
Whist looking into DAY Birger et Mikkelsen for last month's post I came across the most delightful pictures of founder Keld Mikkelsen's home he shares with his wife, designer Marianne Brandi. I just adore the simplicity and glamor in their hallway and all the embroidered cushions and quirky accessories scattered around their home.

All images from Living etc

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's day!

Red & White sweet hearts
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a Valentine's theme of beautiful heart cookies 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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Friday, 12 February 2010

Love Hearts

Hanging heart by Jan Constatine
Hanging heart


Beaded decorative heart by Attic
Beaded decorative heart


Rose garland by Attic
Wired 6ft Rose garland


Hanging heart lantern by Heart and Parcel
Hanging heart lantern


Heart napkin ties by Meggymoos
Heart napkin ties

Bring a little love to your home with these decorative heart shaped treasures for Valentine's day. I am in love with the last ones and think they look so cute wrapped around napkins.

Brigitte Herrod button badge heart picture
Brigitte Herrod Button Badge Heart Picture


Scrabble LOVE YOU Picture
Scrabble LOVE YOU Picture

Or hang some gorgeous Valentine's day inspired art!

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Monday, 8 February 2010

Polly George

Butterfly pen pot
Butterfly mug
Just before Christmas a friend and I were wandering around Brick Lane in the heart of London's bustling East End when we discovered Luna & Curious, a delightful shop run by seven designers in collaboration, which showcases an eclectic mix of fashion, jewellery and interiors.

I immediately spotted the beautiful butterfly ceramic collection from Polly George. My sweet friend then surprised me at Christmas with a beautiful gift: a Polly George butterfly mug, which I am using as a pen pot in my craft room.


Cake stand by Polly George
Toast rack by Polly George
Bottles by Polly George
Egg stand by Polly George
Polly George is an English ceramicist who started her career in the mid 90's creating miniature framed collections of everyday objects. Most recently she has been adorning functional items such as teapots, cake stands and cups and saucers with a host of simply charming butterflies, roses and birds. Her all-white bone china pieces are hand made and individually decorated in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Butterfly blue

Butterfly blue
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a montage of blue butterfly pics 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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Thursday, 4 February 2010

Vintage finds

Patchwork mirror
Patchwork mirror


Steel chairs by Baileys
Steel chairs


Arrezzo mirror by Chandeliers and Mirrors
Arrezzo mirror


Flamingo wallpaper by Cole and Son

Flamingo wallpaper



Inspired by Tuesday's post about Vintage interiors I had a look around for some cool vintage inspired pieces for the home. Enjoy!

If you are looking for a tailor's dummy check out my Tailor's dummy post!
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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Vintage interiors

Dressing area at Myddelton House
Fireplace at Myddelton House
Bedroom at Myddelton House
Rocking horse at Myddelton House
Dining room at Myddelton House
Flamingo wallpaper at Myddelton House
A few weeks ago I showed you the gorgeous houses in Appach Road and Stradella Road, used for still location shots and bookable through 1st option. The last house I have to show you is Myddelton house. It is full of gorgeous finds like the tailors dummy, vintage bird cages and radiators. I know, radiators! But I just love the look of them. And how whimsically gorgeous is that flamingo wallpaper!

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