Sunday, 29 August 2010

Vintage Cream

Vintage Cream
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the wonderful work of design and colour consutant Frances Tobin. 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!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Polka Dot Kitchen Giveaway

Polka Dot Cake by Country Living

I am so excited to bring you another giveaway, this time from Variete stores. Variete stores has 36 niche stores from bedroom furniture to lighting to cookware. I have chosen for you a selection of their pretty polka dot kitchen textiles.

Polka dot kitchen linens from Variete by Torie Jayne
The winner of the giveaway will receive all of the above items: flamenco pink polka dot apron, oven glove, double oven glove and tea cosy; flamenco blue polka dot oven glove, double oven glove and tea cosy. Altogether these items are worth over £50!

To enter, please visit their cookware shop (click link to visit) and then leave a comment below this post letting me know what else from their range you would like to see in a polka dot print. The giveaway ends on Saturday, September 4th 2010 at 10pm (GMT) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Sunday, September 5th.

To increase your chances of winning this fabulous prize, you can gain one additional entry for doing each of the following:
  • tweeting about this giveaway
  • blogging about it
  • following/subscribing to the Torie Jayne blog
For the first two, please leave a comment below with the link to your tweet or blog post.

This giveaway is open to readers from the UK only.

Good luck and have a sweet day!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith by Torie Jayne
This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy", I am featuring the gorgeous ceramics from Whitney Smith, whose designs are based around her love of flowers, birds and other organic forms found in nature.
  1. Bird Ceramic Vase in Vintage Green
  2. Five Nesting Ranunculus Rose Bowls
  3. Bird Cupcake Ceramic Stand
  4. Dogwood Flower Ceramic Lidded Vessel in Vintage Green

Have a sweet day!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Front Yard

Front Yard design - after
Front Yard design - before
A couple of Mondays back, I showed you how I changed the front of my house in House exterior colour scheme. This week I am sharing with you how we changed the front yard.

If you read that post you will know we replaced the picket fence and changed the layout so the path down the side of the house has no gate at the front. Also, we removed the paving stones and replaced them with pea shingle. I bought some cheap wooden planters from Primrose London, painted them in Cuprinol garden shade Beaumont blue and planted them up as below.

Front Yard design
Butterfly Blue
In the square planters:

Scabious (Butterfly blue) - Masses of lavender blue flowers from April to November above neat, compact foliage.
Hardy perennial.
Height: 40cm, Spread: 30cm.
Position: Full or partial sun in well drained soil.
Care: Remove faded flower heads regularly to promote further blooming and cut down all stems to 5cm in Winter.

Silver Anouk Lavendula - Anouk is a compact, upright, evergreen shrub with narrow, silver-green foliage. In summer it has showy heads of dark purple flowers, arranged in vertical stripes, topped with pale purple bracts.
Height: 40cm, Spread: 40cm.
Position: Suitable for any garden.
Care: After the first blooms are out flowered they can be pinched out and the plant will make new flowers on the same stems. After blooming, trim back 50% of the plant. This will ensure flowers for the second blooming period of the year.

Blue Wheat Grass - Forms clumps of intense blue foliage.
Semi evergreen.
Height: 35cm, Spread: 45cm.
Position: Suitable for any garden.
Care: Well drained soil.

In the rectangular planters:

Lobelia - A charming display of colorful, dainty blues.
Height: 13cm, Spread: 25cm.
Half Hardy.
Position: Sun to part shade. Borders, beds, window boxes and containers.
Care: Best in fertile, well drained soil kept evenly moist.

Nemesia - Trailing blue.
Height: 18-30cm, Spread: 40cm.
Half Hardy.
Position: Full sun. Borders, beds, window boxes and containers.
Care: Best in fertile, well drained soil kept evenly moist.

Have a sweet day!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Summer Sorbet

Summer Sorbet
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a Summer sorbet 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 sweet day!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Jungle Bench

Jungle Kids Bench
Jungle Kids Bench
Jungle Bench
Molly on her new bench
For my niece Molly's first birthday we decided to get her a child's bench that she and her friends could sit on in the garden; something she could treasure for years to come as I still have my little wicker chair from when I was a kid. After much searching I found this one at Gardens and Homes Direct.

Animal bench from Gardensandhomesdirect
My other half put it together for me and painted it white using Cuprinol garden shades, Pale Jasmine and I hand painted the animals in a variety of pastel paints. I had some 5cm foam cut to size and made a removable cover using a pastel print jungle fabric from Fabrics Clearance.

Jungle fabric by Torie Jayne
Have a sweet day!

Friday, 20 August 2010

Sweet Blancmange finds

Sweet Blancmange finds by Torie Jayne
1. Mrs White's old fashioned porcelain rabbit jelly mould
2. Sweet Treats gift tags
3. Jelly and cake wallpaper
4. Large vintage jelly mould
5. Mrs White's old fashioned porcelain jelly mould
6.Cavallini sweet treats gift paper

This week in my series of posts, "Fridays Finds", I bring you a selection of sweet blancmange-themed goodies!

Have a sweet day!

Thursday, 19 August 2010


Fairground on Etsy by Torie Jayne
This week on Wonderful World of Etsy I bring you the pastel hues of pretty fairgrounds.

  1. Vintage Ferris Wheel - 8x10 Fine Art Photography Print
  2. Childhood Dreams. Carousel Flower Bracelet.
  3. Ava and the Carousel
  4. The Roller Coaster 8x12 - Vintage Inspired Photography Print

Have a sweet day!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Mrs Stokes

Mrs Stokes Vintage China @ Vintage at Goodwood
Mrs Stokes @ Vintage at Goodwood
Vintage China @ Vintage at Goodwood
Vintage China @ Vintage at Goodwood
I recently discovered Mrs Stokes at Vintage at Goodwood. What a pleasure it was having a peek at her beautifully presented pretty vintage tea sets.

Her passion for vintage china shines through and she gave up her job at a national newspaper at the end of last year to pursue her obsession, by selling vintage teacups and saucers at Portobello market in London, England. She has since moved to Bath for a more idyllic life where she sells them at the local Green Park Station market and also on her online shop.

If you live in London, don't forget to look out for her once a month at Portobello Market. It will be well worth the visit!

Have a sweet day!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010


I don't know why, but recently I have been dreaming about eating blancmange; something my grandmother used to make us as kids which I have fond memories of.

Supposedly anyone under the age of 80 has little idea what blancmange is. I beg to differ! But for those of you who don't know, blancmange (pronounced "blaw-mawnzhe") literally meaning white dessert in French, is an English summer jelly-like milk dessert stiffened with cornflour and set in a mould. It is often coloured pink.

So, as this week on Torie Jayne I am showing you all things vintage in a homage to Vintage at Goodwood I decided I would make some blancmange. I was strolling down the baking aisle in my local supermarket ready to pick up the ingredients I needed to make one when I noticed a box of strawberry, vanilla, raspberry and chocolate blancmange. So yes, I cheated and bought a box from Pearce Duff, which turned out not to be exactly cheating as the brand started in 1847. I borrowed a couple of vintage moulds from my mother who had had them passed down to her from her mother.

Birds Blancmange, 1940s by
After seeing this vintage Birds advert, I decided to make mine in tiers of flavour.

If you want to make one from scratch, I found this recipe from 'Modern home cookery in pictures' contributors, Blanche Anding and Joan Robins; photographs by Tanner circa 1955.

Blancmange recipe from Blanche Anding

Cornflour Blancmange

1 1/4 oz cornflour
1 pt milk
2 oz sugar
Pinch salt

Cooking instructions
  1. Smooth the lumps (if any) out of the cornflour and shake with a very little of the milk.
  2. Put the rest of the milk on to boil with the sugar and a pinch of salt.
  3. When almost boiling pour the hot milk on to the slaked cornflour and mix well.
  4. Pour all back into the saucepan and boil for three minutes, stirring all the time.
  5. Rinse a mould or small moulds with cold water and pour in the cornflour mixture.
  6. Allow to set and then turn out.
  7. If flavouring is used it should be added after boiling and just before pouring the blancmange into the mould.

Have a sweet day!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Acorn & Will

Acorn and Will @ Vintage at Goodwood
Pretty shelves @ Vintage at Goodwood
Pretty Brooches @ Vintage at Goodwood
Acorn & Will @ Vintage at Goodwood
Acorn & Will @ Vintage at Goodwood
Pretty lilac bird brooch
As you may know, I went to the Vintage at Goodwood festival last friday, where I fell in love with the super cute brand, Acorn and Will.

Born out of Daniella's passion for all things vintage, she has created a range of goodies that are both lovely to look at and practical to use. I love the way she breathes new life into her vintage fabrics by making them into the prettiest of rings, brooches, mirrors and cushions. She also has an excellent eye and sources the most beautiful vintage homeware, including glasses, china and kitchen jugs.

I couldn't resist buying something, and went for one of her pretty lilac bird brooches, although now I'm really regretting not buying those pretty mint bowls as well!

Have a sweet day!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Vintage Mint

Vintage Mint
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, in keeping with my Vintage week, I bring you a vintage mint 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 sweet day!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Vintage at Goodwood

My Vintage at Goodwood
Yesterday I went to the UK’s first vintage festival "Vintage at Goodwood", tucked away in the simply stunning surroundings of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. Billed as fashion's answer to Glastonbury, it is the brainchild of Red or Dead founder/designer Wayne Hemmingway and his wife Geraldine, and is a celebration of five decades of British music, fashion, film, art and design, from the 1940's to the 1980's.

After being fitted with our retro watch wrist tags we walked through an almost magical woodland with twinkling lights hanging from the trees. I could feel the excitement building inside me. As one teenage girl beside me declared, "I love it already!". Upon entering the festival arch we were greeted by an array of gorgeous vintage cars and the cute film set-style "High Street" at the hub of the Town. We headed over to the Yellow Brick Road in the vintage marketplace, passing teams of girls swanning around with gorgeous vintage-style hair do's that they had had done at the aptly named Beauty Bar.

Acorn and Will @ Vintage at Goodwood
There was stand after stand full of gorgeous vintage and vintage-inspired treasures. My favorite stand was Acorn and Will. In fact, I loved it so much that I will have to dedicate a whole post to them later, including their pretty bird brooches, reels of fabulous polka dot ribbons and an array of pastel kitchenware.

Pretty dresses at Vintage at Goodwood
From the Yellow Brick Road we strolled down Eclectic Avenue, admiring the pretty lace dresses in hues of washed out pastels adorned with feathers and gems.

Retro Butlins at Vintage at Goodwood
At the end of Eclectic Avenue there was plenty for the kids to do at the vintage Butlins camp.

Bunting at Vintage at Goodwood
After having a peek around a few of the beautifully presented display caravans and Airstreams that were decorated with lots of bunting and kitsch florals, curiosity got the better of us and we headed over to the group of photographers who had assembled at the Beach BBQ.

Bathing Belles at Vintage at Goodwood
Aha, you can see what all the fuss was about! Who could resist these bathing belles in their cute swimsuits!

Vintage Fairground at Vintage at Goodwood
As we meandered around the fairground, I got distracted by the Vintage Food Quarter.

Slice of cake? at Vintage at Goodwood
Candy Camper at Vintage at Goodwood
I couldn't help myself and bought a quarter of strawberry bonbons at the Candy Camper. The draw of the film set High Street became too much and we headed up South Street towards the clock tower.

Clock Tower at Vintage at Goodwood
Revelers at Vintage at Goodwood
Mingling around the shops with the perfectly dressed revelers.

Vintage Makeup Artist at Vintage at Goodwood
Watching festival-goers getting vintage make overs and enjoying all the eye candy and tunes the festival had to offer.

Have a sweet day!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Bright, Happy Birds

Bright, Happy Birds by Torie Jayne
  1. Early bird cushion
  2. Bird and tree coat hooks
  3. Tropical birds wallstickers
  4. Bird breakfast plates
  5. Bird tea light runner, pink love bird candle
  6. Singing bird in a cage
  7. Hanging bird metal ornaments - set of eight
  8. Storybook romance dishtowels
  9. Rice bird candle holder

This week on Friday Finds I bring you my entry in the Summer Home Styling Challenge from, who have stacks of brilliant savings at top stores from Habitat and Graham and Green to Lombok and The White Company.

The challenge is all about updating a room without having to fork out to re-decorate it from scratch. I was given a budget of £50 per-item and asked to come up with my dream summer room additions. I, of course, went for a bird theme in a bright happy summer colour scheme!

Have a sweet day!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Loving Macarons

Macarons on Etsy by Torie Jayne
This week on Wonderful World of Etsy
I am loving all things macaron, from the cute illustration to the adorably cute Macaron place card holders.
  1. Macaron Study 1 Photography Print
  2. Macarons Art Original Watercolor Painting
  3. Sweet French Macaron Necklaces
  4. Macaron Place Card Holders

Have a sweet day!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Rice Autumn/Winter 2010

Rice by Torie Jayne
Tea Cosy by Rice
Deer head by Rice
Deer head by Rice
Jewelery stand by Rice
This week for my 'shops i love' page I bring you the delightful Danish brand, Rice DK.

As always their new collection is full of bright colours and whimsical details, like the hand-crocheted bird atop the tea cosy. The new collection is aptly called "cool and cozy" with the prints are centred around a mix of berries, flowers and peacocks in hues of jade, peacock green, blue, yellow and raspberry. There's lots of plush velvet and toadstools popping up everywhere!

Have a sweet day!