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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):

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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):

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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
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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!

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Blancmange

Blancmange
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 Vinmag.com
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

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

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.

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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!

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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):

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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.

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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!

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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Pretty Birthday

Pretty Birthday
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you a Pretty Birthday theme 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, 7 August 2010

Butterfly cupcake toppers

Pink Butterfly cupcake topper
Paper Butterflies
Pink Butterfly cupcake topper
To decorate my peachy white choc cupcakes I made some pretty pastel butterfly cupcake toppers.

Butterfly Cupcake Toppers

You will need:
Pink, blue, yellow, green paper
Butterfly multi-detail craft punch
Cocktail/bamboo sticks
Double sided tape
  1. Punch out ten butterflies of each colour
  2. Cut a 3mm slither of double sided sticky tape.
  3. Stick to top of cocktail stick so there is an equal amount of tape on either side of stick
  4. Remove backing paper
  5. Press one pink butterfly into double sided tape on one side
  6. Press another to the double sided tape on the other side
  7. Gently fan wings out
  8. Repeat until you have five of each colour

I baked my cakes in pastel coloured silicone cupcake cases.

Peachy white choc cupcakes

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Lisbeth Dahl Autumn/Winter 2010

Lisbeth Dahl by Torie Jayne
Living by Lisbeth Dahl
Bathroom by Lisbeth Dahl
Kitchen by Lisbeth Dahl
Accessories by Lisbeth Dahl
This week for my 'shops i love' page I bring you the delightful Danish brand, Lisbeth Dahl. This year's Autumn/Winter collection is called "A journey through a Magical Universe" and what a magical journey it is just looking at the catalogue; filled with pretty, shiny, shimmery objects, plush cushions and beautifully engraved patterns.

On my wish list is one of their pretty etched glass lidded cake stands.

Cake stands by Lisbeth Dahl
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