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Friday, 30 April 2010

Woodland themed baby shower!

Woodland cupcake toppers



Woodland gingerbread house



Woodland fairy cakes



Marzipan ladybird



Berry almond muffins



Wooden deer



Chocolate squirrels



Woodland dessert table



Woodland meringue



Chocolate bunny cookies



Woodland cookies



Cake stand


Woodland themed table

The invitations were sent, so I got busy organizing the baby shower which was being held at the mum-to-be's house. All the guests were excited by the theme and everyone offered to bring some Woodland themed sweets!

I made a woodland themed gingerbread house for the center piece, with mushroom gingerbread cookies, petal paste ivy, berries and ladybirds to decorate my shop-bought chocolate rolls and matchmakers. I also made woodland cupcake toppers to decorate cakes and handmade chocolate squirrels.

The sweet guests brought handmade butterfly cakes, chocolate squirrel cake pops inspired by Bakerella, fresh raspberry and mint decorated fairy cakes, chocolate bunny cookies, flower sugar cubes and berry almond muffins. One guest visited three patisseries that morning where she bought the cute marzipan ladybird, the enormous meringue and red currant topped chocolate brownies. Another bought the cute caterpillar chocolate rolls and another picked up the cute toadstool biscuits and acorn biscuits from a Japanese supermarket in North London.

We set up the table and the host was over the moon by her woodland themed sweets table. Gifts were given and we spent the afternoon chatting and laughing as we made our way through the yummy goodies on the table!

Cupcake toppers
Click the image above to open above in a separate window so you can print and make your own.

Have a sweet day!
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Monday, 26 April 2010

Cath Kidston tiles

Rose sprig Cath Kidston floor tiles by harveymaria
Rose sprig Cath Kidston floor tiles by harveymaria
Rose sprig Cath Kidston floor tiles by harveymaria
Spot blue Cath Kidston floor tiles by harveymaria
Spot blue Cath Kidston floor tiles by harveymaria
Cowboy natural Cath Kidston floor tiles by harveymaria
Cowboy natural Cath Kidston floor tiles by harveymaria

As a big fan of Cath Kidston, I was delighted to hear of her latest collaboration with Harvey Maria to create these fabulous new vinyl floor tiles. Hard-wearing and practical, they are a great flooring solution for laundry, bathroom and kids' rooms due to their durable, easy-to-clean nature. They come in the pretty rose sprig design, funky spots and a retro Cowboy print to add colour and pattern.

I love the idea of the rose sprig ones in the bathroom above but personally would love to get my hands on the spot stone ones. Oh, the possibilities!

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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Delights of Spring

Delights of Spring
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some pretty delights of Spring 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, 18 April 2010

Pretty Spring interiors

Pretty Spring interiors
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you pretty interior shots 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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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

New Kitchen

cute kitchen cupboard



Pastel tea set



Mini Le Creuset



Pretty kitchen utensils



Cute baking!


I am so excited! We are going to put a new kitchen in our house! Our current kitchen has electric blue skirting boards, a brass hood, missing lino floor tiles, missing handles, doors etc, a beige sink and a fridge freezer that covers the window. You get the idea, it is one nasty kitchen!

As kitchens are once or twice in a lifetime projects I want a kitchen that has longevity, with a classic design but one that feels modern. I am looking at white door and drawer fronts as white is definitely a classic in kitchen design. It gives a light and airy feel, yet is elegant as it is not the most practical colour for a kitchen. I'm hoping it will work as a classic backdrop to my colourful kitchen accessories and personal style.

I will share with you here the great finds and pretties I find along the way!

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Sunday, 11 April 2010

Stylish Baby Shower

Stylish baby shower by Me Old China
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a stylish baby shower by Me Old China 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):

Have a sweet day!
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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Egg topiary tree

Egg topiary tree
Egg topiary by Pottery Barn Kids


I fell in love with the Pottery Barn Easter egg topiary tree from my Easter tree post. Unfortunately, as I live in the UK there was no chance of getting one. During a visit to Hobby Craft I noticed they were selling pots of small plastic eggs so I purchased two of them with the idea of making the tree in the same colours as my wooden bird houses. It took some working out, but I am pleased with the result.

Egg topiary tree

You will need
36 small plastic eggs
polystyrene cone
paint
wire
plant pot
cream roving
needle felting needle
small wired paper flowers

How to
  1. Using an embroidery needle, punch a hole in either side of 35 of the eggs.
  2. String 3 eggs together using wire, and make into a circle, twisting the end of the wire to secure. Fold twisted wire so it points inwards.
  3. Repeat step 2 with 7, 9 and 11 eggs.
  4. Paint eggs in desired colours, leave to dry.
  5. Paint plant pot and leave to dry.
  6. Place the circle of painted 11 eggs over a polystrene cone, then the circle of 9, circle of 7 and so on.
  7. Glue one painted egg at the top.
  8. Place a small strand of cream roving over the wire in between each egg. Using a needle felting needle, push roving into polystyrene cone at the top and bottom of each egg. This will secure the eggs in place and cover the wire.
  9. Push wired flowers into the gaps.
  10. Place egg covered cone into plant pot.


Topiary tree components
Painted plant pot
Wire strung eggs
Wire strung eggs
Egg topiary tree by Torie Jayne

I used the following colours Woodland Glade, Willow, Ice Pink, and Amethyst (all Focus matt emulsion), which you can buy in small tester pots.

Have a sweet day!
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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a bright coloured Easter palette 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):

Have a wonderful Easter!
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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Easter chocolates

Chocolate bunny lollipops
Chocolate bunny eggs
Handmade chocolate eggs
Easter egg mold
Honeycomb filled chocolate bunnies
Handmade honeycomb filled bunnies
This year I decided to make my own Easter chocolates. As the homemade honeycomb went down such a treat at Christmas I also wanted to add honeycomb to my chocolates. So, after making a fresh batch of honeycomb, letting it cool down and then breaking it into small pieces, I started tempering my chocolate. I made large bunny heads filled with big chunks of honeycomb, bunny lollipops with a honeycomb crumbed back, honeycomb-filled chocolate eggs and lots of chocolate bunnies.

I better get back to finishing!

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter!
x
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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Nearly Easter!

Jar of eggs



Hand painted eggs



Hanging Easter eggs



Easter house



Hand painted egg cups



Easter bunnies



Easter bunny



Bunny bowl



Easter cupcake cases


Easter is almost upon us and as usual I still have a lot to do! But I thought I'd share with you where I am up to. Thank goodness tomorrow is a holiday so I can spend all day baking and adding the finishing touches. How's your decorating going?

Have a sweet day!
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