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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Cocktail cupcake supplies

Cocktail Cupcake Supplies by Torie Jayne
This week on Wonderful World of Etsy I bring you a selection of what I think would be great cocktail cupcake supplies. I so need to get those pretty vintage pastel cocktail parasols!
  1. 12 Honeycomb Fan Cupcake/Cake Picks
  2. Palm Tree Cupcake Picks
  3. 80 Primary Striped Barber Cupcake Liners
  4. For Tiny Rain Drops or Drinks - Vintage Cocktail Parasols

Don't forget today is the last chance to enter last week's fabulous giveaway from Jewel me Pretty!

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Monday, 27 September 2010

Home-made Vintage

Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt and photography by Lucinda Symons
Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt and photography by Lucinda Symons
Last month a lovely lady from illustrated lifestyle publishers, Ryland Peters &
Small
and CICO Books, contacted me to ask if I would be interested in receiving review copies of their books. So, I headed over to their site where I was greeted with titles like The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and Romantic Style by Selina Lake. How exciting!

I will be reading and reviewing a book a month from amongst their titles. Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

This month I am reviewing Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt. The author is the founder of country-chic lifestyle store, Cabbages & Roses, started in 2008, and Christina worked in interior design and styling before that. I chose this craft book as I love Cabbage & Roses' style, which is nostalgic, romantic and subtly eccentric.


Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt
In my opinion this is a charming book adorned with a wealth of fabulous inspirational photographs. From using scraps of fabrics to beads and ribbons, it inspires you to create an individual country cottage style home with a mix of modern and vintage.

It contains over 40 quick and easy sewing projects. Each item is beautifully styled by Christina Strutt and photographed by Lucinda Symons, with dedicated home sections for making beautiful accessories for your living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen which will brighten up any dull space and add some vintage chic. There are also clothes and accessories and a section for gifts, including stylish kitchen aprons, darling rabbit dolls, kitsch bunting and treasured pencil cups.

Not only is it a gorgeous looking book, but it is filled with great original ideas you'll want to make. The adorable hand illustrated instructions by Kate Simunek are clear and easy to understand and with sewing instructions by Jane Bolsover you can't go wrong! In addition to the illustrations and instructions the back is filled with useful templates and stockists.

If you, like myself, are a hoarder of fabrics and trims there are also creative ways to display your delicious collections.

At a recommended retail price of £12.99, it is good value for money as it contains so many great ideas. A perfect gift for those who are taking their first steps into the world of sewing.

Some of the delightful projects I'd like to have a go at are:


Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt
Seat Pillow - I would like to make a pretty duck egg blue seat pillow for my office chair, and I'm loving the big bows that secure it in place.


Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt
Cutlery roll - With some of the fabric I have left from my outdoor cushions, I think it would be super cute to make a cutlery roll to hold my pink and blue cutlery for summertime picnics.


Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt
Garden tool apron - I have some scraps of stone and white spot oilcloth that would be great for the garden tool apron. It would also match my garden shed curtains! The book suggests using the eyelets from the straps to hang it up.


Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt
Hot water bottle cover - As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, I will be giving a warm welcome to my hot water bottle by giving it a new sage green cover to match my bedroom.
Tied pillow cover - I wish I had seen this earlier, as I would have done my outdoor cushions with ties instead of buttons.

To summarise, Home-made Vintage by Christina Strutt is a beautiful book full of quick and easy ways to transform your home and delight your friends with a touch of vintage charm. You will want to pick up a needle and thread and get started, even if you have never given it a go before!

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Aqua haberdashery

Aqua haberdashery
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you beautiful aqua haberdashery 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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Friday, 24 September 2010

Tiered cake stands

Tiered cake stands by Torie Jayne
  1. Vintage pressed glass two tier cake stand in pink
  2. Blue '100 Years of Royal Albert' two tier cake stand
  3. 2 Tier Metal cake stand
  4. Josette floral 3 tier cake stand
  5. Love plates pink 2 tier cake stand
  6. Blue ceramic 3 tier cake stand

This week in my series of posts, "Fridays Finds", I bring you a selection of pretty tiered cake stands, to fill with delectably delicious cakes!

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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Jewel me Pretty giveaway

Jewel me Pretty by Torie Jayne
This week on Wonderful World of Etsy I am featuring the shop Jewel Me Pretty.
  1. Worth the wait
  2. Dear Lover - a set of rose filigree rings
  3. Peaches and cream
  4. Wishes for your Kisses - wishing well ring

I'm also pleased to announce a giveaway of $25 worth of store credit for Jewel me Pretty, and it's open to readers worldwide!

To enter, please visit Jewel me Pretty and then leave a comment below this post letting me know what you would spend your store credit on. The giveaway ends on Thursday, September 30th 2010 at 10pm (GMT) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Friday, October 1st.

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.

Good luck and have a sweet day!
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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

House Doctor Autumn/Winter 2010

House Doctor by Torie Jayne
Glass vases by House Doctor
Ceramic vases by House Doctor
Box files by House Doctor
Ribbon spools by House Doctor
Candle holder by House Doctor
Ribbon spools by House Doctor
This week for my 'shops i love' page I bring you yet another delightful Danish brand, House Doctor.

Their new Autumn/Winter collection, "Moment's", is a palette of nature-inspired faded yellow, berry tones and teal with pops of bright colours to give contrast and excitement. They also have a whole new range of gorgeous ribbons wrapped around wooden spools.

Available in the UK from Camel & Yak.

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Monday, 20 September 2010

Autumn Falls

Autumn Falls by Torie Jayne
Autumn Falls by Torie Jayne
Autumn Falls by Torie Jayne
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Tomorrow is the official start of Autumn in England. I, for one, am looking forward to wrapping up for woodland walks, hot blackberry and pear crumble and cosy nights in. What are you looking forward to this Fall?

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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Pretty Bright

Pretty Bright
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, as it is the last official day of Summer I bring you a bright summery floral 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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Friday, 17 September 2010

Pretty mugs

Pretty Mugs by Torie Jayne
  1. Pantone Mug, Duck Egg Blue 337C
  2. Cath Kidston pink spot mug
  3. "Worship Fashion" Mug
  4. Butterfly and Bird cage mug by Torie Jayne
  5. I love shopping mug
  6. Polka dot mug pink

This week in my series of posts, "Fridays Finds", I bring you a selection of my favorite pretty mugs.

Don't forget you can click on any blue lettering in any of my posts to link through to the relevant store website or blog post for more info!

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Thursday, 16 September 2010

Whoopie pie supplies

Whoopie Pies by Torie Jayne
This week on Wonderful World of Etsy I bring you all things Whoopie! I would love to get some bakers twine in bubble pink to wrap mine in. When I saw these cute 5' doilies I thought they would be perfect to serve whoopie pies on and to layer them in stacks.
  1. Elegant pastry tray in blue - 1/12 miniature
  2. Mini whoopie pies
  3. One spool, pink and white divine twine, 240 Yards
  4. Paper doilies - Leah (50)

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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Day Birger et Mikkelsen Autumn/Winter 2010

Day Birger et Mikkelsen by Torie Jayne
Sofa by Day Birger et Mikkelsen
Cushions by Day Birger et Mikkelsen
Keys and tassels by Day Birger et Mikkelsen
Cushions by Day Birger et Mikkelsen
This week for my 'shops i love' page I bring you yet another delightful Danish brand, Day Birger et Mikkelsen.

Their new collection is a palette of peacock blue, teals, warm chartreuse, browns and pale grey-greens. With motifs of leaf and reindeer heads, beautiful wool embroideries and plush velvet, they make up a glamorous, vintage looking Autumn collection.

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Monday, 13 September 2010

Dining white

Dining White by Torie Jayne
Dining White by Torie Jayne
Dining White by Torie Jayne

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As the Summer draws to an end, I am looking for ideas to update my dining room table. I like the idea of shades of white with lots of different textures.

For more of my pretty White Interior pic finds, check out my Pinterest!

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Sunday, 12 September 2010

Whoopie pies

Whoopie Pies by Torie Jayne
  1. Stonewall Kitchen carrot cake Whoopie pie mix
  2. Whoopie pies
  3. Whoopie pies by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell
  4. Raspberry-lemon Whoopie pies
  5. Classic Whoopie pies
  6. Whoopie pies

This Sunday I bring you a selection of pics from my Pinterest board, "Whoopie Pies".

Ever since I saw the title "The cupcake is dead. Long live the whoopie!" in The Times and various other articles like "Move aside cup cakes, whoopie pies are all the rage now" in the Telegraph, I have been intrigued as to what they taste like. I had bought some for my partner to taste but as I have a gluten intolerance the only way I was going to know was to make my own.

A whoopie pie (gob) is a sweet baked item which is a cross between a cookie and a cake. It is made up of two discs of round, pillowy soft, sweet cake-like cushions that are sandwiched together with a sweet, creamy filling.

A firm favourite in the US since the Pennsylvanian Amish baked them as a dessert for their husband's and children's lunchboxes in the 19th century: upon finding them they would shout "Whoopie!"

Traditionally, the cake part is flavoured with cocoa powder and made with brown sugar resulting in a dark brown finish, whilst the filling is very light and fluffy, often made with marshmallow fluff or marshmallow crème and flavoured with vanilla.

I bought the book, "Whoopie Pies" by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell which contains a vanilla flavoured gluten-free whoopie and a chocolate flavoured gluten-free whoopie amongst other non-gluten varieties. There are also plenty of ideas for fillings so you can mix and match at your pleasure.

I thought I would make the vanilla flavoured gluten-free whoopies with the classic marshmallow crème. But, as it is an American book I needed to translate the ingredients and find them! After a couple of weeks I tracked down the last ingredient, Fluff to make the marshmallow filling. Instead of buying the original vanilla flavoured fluff I bought the strawberry flavoured fluff. It was so pretty in pink, how could I resist!?

So in the end I made the vanilla flavoured gluten-free whoopies and filled them with a strawberry twist on the classic marshmallow butter-cream filling.

For those living in the UK, you can buy Fluff online from Shiny Shack.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

My garden details

My garden bird cages



Solar powered lights



Potted flowers



Bird plant trellis



Bird house tea light holder



Pink enamel pin wheel



Bird bath



Bird candlestick holder



Ice cream sundae tin sign


On Monday I showed you my garden transformation. Today, I am sharing all the details.

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Friday, 10 September 2010

Candy buffet supplies

Vintage dessert table for Brides Magazine by Amy Atlas



Candy buffet supplies by Torie Jayne
  1. Large candy jar with lid; Candy jar with lid
  2. Aluminium sweet scoop 5oz
  3. Candy stripe paper bags
  4. Decor Bon square cake stand; Decor Bon round cake stand; Lisbeth Dahl white ceramic cake stand
  5. Maxwell Williams platters
  6. Box of gorgeous ribbons

This week in my series of posts, "Fridays Finds", I bring you a selection of items for a candy buffet.

Don't forget you can click on any blue lettering in any of my posts to link through to the relevant store website or blog post for more info!

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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Mint packaging

Mint packaging by Torie Jayne
This week on Wonderful World of Etsy I am featuring pretty mint packaging supplies.
  1. Spring blue cotton decor tape 3 Set (dot, stripe, flower)
  2. Turquoise gable boxes
  3. Mint vintage-style butterflies
  4. Shabby Paris gift tags

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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Polka Dot Kitchen Winner!

Torie Jayne Giveaway
My contest ended yesterday and I just picked a winner using random.org and I am delighted to announce the winner of the Variete stores Polka Dot Kitchen Giveaway is...

Drumroll please? Without further ado, the lucky winner is...

Karen Sanders of the beautiful shop Cavania. Please e-mail me your details.

Congratulations Karen, you will receive from Variete stores a 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.

Thank you to all of you sweets that entered, to my loyal followers and new friends.

I will be doing this again! It is so much fun!

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Amethyst & Aqua

Amethyst & Aqua
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you an Amethyst & Aqua 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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Friday, 3 September 2010

Bird necklaces

Bird necklaces by Torie Jayne

1. Bird necklace by me me me
2. Bird pendant by Oria Ethical
3. Vintage style bird with hanging branch
4. Flowery bird loop necklace by Alex Monroe
5. Wishbone charm necklace by Clara Frances
6. Walnut bird on branch necklace

This week in my series of posts, "Fridays Finds", I bring you a selection of my favourite bird necklaces, because you all know how much I love birds!

Don't forget you can click on any blue lettering in any of my posts to link through to the relevant store website or blog post for more info!

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Thursday, 2 September 2010

Cupcake supplies

Cupcake Supplies by Torie Jayne
This week on Wonderful World of Etsy I bring you delightfully bright pastel cupcake supplies.
  1. Our Princess - set of 20 traditional party pinwheels
  2. Pastel sanding sugar for cupcakes or sugar cookies
  3. Shabby chic cupcake wrappers - set of 24
  4. Medium cake stand... peach lace cake plate

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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Bloomingville Autumn/Winter 2010

I have moved to Torie Jayne.com

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