Monday, 28 February 2011

Inspirational Pins - I Love Macarons

I Love Macarons by Torie Jayne
Today in my series of posts "Inspirational Pins", I bring you gorgeous pink macarons inspired by my I love Macarons Pinterest board.

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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Hampton Blue giveaway 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 Hampton Blue Giveaway is...

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

Christy from the lovely blog Sweet Tidings. Who would like to spend some of her voucher on the East of India mug in a box. Please e-mail me your details.

Congratulations Christy, you will receive £30 worth of store credit for Hampton Blue

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


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Pretty in Pink Macarons

Pretty in Pink Macarons
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the prettiest pink macarons wit these gorgeous pics. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (From left to right):
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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Sweet treats to make, decorate, and give by Laura Tabor

Sweet Treats to make, decorate and give by Laura Tabor
This month I'm reviewing sweet treats to make, decorate and give by Laura Tabor from illustrated lifestyle publishers, Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Laura Tabor is a successful British jewellery designer. After an acclaimed and successful graduate show from Central St Martins Laura launched her eponymous label, which adorns boutiques and department stores in and around London as well as internationally. After moving to a new home with a fabulous kitchen, and having just completed a collection called Sweet, Laura decided to turn her hand to one of her childhood passions, baking! I chose to review this book as it sounded a great fun baking book full of magical ideas!

In my opinion this is a wonderful hardbound book full of whimsical sweet treats. It combines beautifully styled photography with great recipes and ideas.

Sweet treats to make, decorate and give contains over 35 delicious decorating ideas for cakes, cookies and candies. Laura Tabor has combined her passions for jewellery and baking, producing a range of beautifully decorated edible gifts; from shimmery marshmallow pearls, Fabergè-inspired Easter eggs to a pretty fondant Valentine's rose locket.

Each culinary treat is styled beautifully and photographed by Stuart West. Not only is it a delight to look at, but as you leaf through the pages it is full of practical instructions that are clear and easy to follow, with lots of photos, hints and tips to help you get it right first time.

The first chapter, covers the equipment you will need, basic cupcake and cookie recipes, how to's on icings and butter creams and pretty gift wrapping ideas. The second chapter, entitled 'Beautiful Treats for Girls', has jelly gems that catch the light, intricate art nouveau dragonfly and butterfly cookies and beautiful chocolate cameos. 'Gentlemen Adorned' has recipes for eccentric peppermint monocle cookies, cute button bites and peanut butter filled moustache lollipops. 'Celebration Gifts' is packed with ideas for all occasions, like the stained glass and rosette cookies, teeny baby cakes adorned with milk chocolate golden safety pins, mini wedding cakes and romantic juicy jelly hearts set with real gold leaf. The final chapter, 'Fun for Children' has easy-to-make bright candy necklaces and bracelets; from the gobstopper ribbon necklace, cookie charm necklace to the rice paper blossom jewels.

At a recommended price of £14.99, I think this book is good value for money as it offers inspiring ideas with very clear step-by-step instructions for the novice baker, while more experienced cooks will be inspired to create uniquely different sweet treats.

Some of the sweet treats that really caught me eye are:
Sweet Treats to make, decorate, and give by Laura Tabor



Sweet Treats to make, decorate, and give by Laura Tabor



Sweet Treats to make, decorate, and give by Laura Tabor



Sweet Treats to make, decorate, and give by Laura Tabor


To summarize, sweet treats to make, decorate and give is a wonderful book full of recipes and ideas for uniquely different sweets, all with clear, informative instructions.

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

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Friday, 25 February 2011

Laundry room finds

Laundry room finds by Torie Jayne
  1. Provence Rose laundry bag
  2. Set of six bird pegs
  3. Washing symbol washing powder box - clay
  4. Laundry hooks, Wooden laundry sign
  5. Pink peg enamel bucket
  6. GreenGate Home Accessories
This week in my series of posts, "Friday Finds", I bring you a selection of pretty laundry room finds inspired by Monday's Laundry room inspirational pin board.

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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Pretty Laundry Supplies

Pretty Laundry Supplies by Torie Jayne
This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I bring you a selection of pretty laundry supplies.
  1. Eco-friendly dryer sachets
  2. Retro vintage-inspired embroidered laundry bag - Be A Lamb and Wash
  3. Ironing board cover - Larkspur birdie
  4. Fabric covered clothespins springtime flowers, set of 4

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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence
Dear Prudence cards
Dear Prudence cards
Dear Prudence Cards
Dear Prudence paper
This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you another brand I discovered at Top Drawer. Dear Prudence, started by textiles and fashion graduate Laura Ruth Vickers in 2009.

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2006, Laura worked on prints and graphics for Alexander McQueen and Emma Cook. This led to working with other renowned fashion designers such as Missoni, Vera Wang and Calvin Klein on textile prints and illustrations. She then went onto selling her innovative prints on greetings cards at Brick Lane market. Now living in the Yorkshire countryside, Laura produces unique and stylish prints on cards and paper inspired by the beautiful wildlife surrounding her new home.

Dear Prudence is available online from gift company, Lasso the Moon.

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The Conran Shop - What's your style this Spring?

The Conran Shop by Torie Jayne
1. Seletti Daily Aesthetics Cake Stand, 2. Geodesis Candle, Aloe , 3. Cake Stand White, 4. Blue Spotty Breakfast Plate, 5. Babell Cake Stand White, 6. Blue Spotty Mug, 7. , 8. Blue Spotty Breakfast Bowl, 9. White Bird Candle, 10. Hand Smocked Cotton Wave Cushion Cover, 11. Turquoise America Chair, 12. Hand Pleated Origami Cushion.

I am loving the handmade Blue spotty casual dining range, looks so fresh and fun, perfect for Spring! You know how much I like a cake stand, so I am coveting the whimsical Daily Aesthetics cake stand and the Babell cake stand would be a wonderful place to serve all my sweet treats in the Garden. I can't resist showing you an apothecary jar to fill with candy and something Birdie, and this candle one is so cute!

To inject a pop of colour into my craft room, I would go for the Turquoise America Chair and to add some Boudoir chic to my bedroom I would go for the bang on-trend origami inspired cushion covers.

Share your new season style update with The Conran Shop and you could be one of their weekly winners of £100 to spend on accessories at The Conran Shop.

Over the past three weeks, The Conran Shop has been unveiling their new season’s accessories, together with pieces chosen by some of their favourite homes magazine editors to update their interiors, but they’d love to hear about the designs that you have earmarked for your own home this spring.

Simply grab a pic from their website of an accessory (costing £100 or less) that has caught your eye and tell them what you like about it – using the hashtag #conranstyle – via Twitter.

Alternatively, you can enter via your own blog – just tweet them a link to
your entry. See their T's & C's for full details.

The competition started on the 7th February and runs for four weeks, finishing on the 7th March. So, get your entry in for the last week and the winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend at The Conran Shop. They’ll also get a dedicated blog on The Conran Shop blog, Conran Talking shop and their choice will appear on the website’s home page.

Good Luck, x
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Terrace & Garden

Terrace and Garden
Terrace & Garden
Terrace & Garden
Terrace & Garden herb pots
Terrace and Garden
This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you another brand I saw at Top Drawer. Terrace Garden is a small British based online store selling wonderful items for gardeners. Galvanised planters, hanging baskets, twig obelisks and my favourite, glazed pots, vases and candles in beautiful colours bearing the Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew Gardens stamp.

On my wish list are some of the Kew Garden plant pots in tiffany blue and lavender - a great way to add colour to my patio all year round.

To see more of my pics from Top Drawer check out my Top Drawer Flickr set.

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Monday, 21 February 2011

Insiprational Pins - Gorgeous Laundry Rooms

Gorgeous Laundry Rooms by Torie Jayne
Today in my series of posts "Inspirational Pins", I bring you gorgeous laundry rooms with pops of colour inspired by my Laundry Room Ideas inspirational board.

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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you wonderful Laundry room pics with these gorgeous photos.
We have started planning our new laundry room, so stay tuned for more laundry room inspired posts this week!

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (From left to right):
Have a sweet day!

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Hampton Blue Giveaway

Hampton Blue
Clockwise from top left:

I'm so pleased to announce a giveaway of £30 worth of store credit for Hampton Blue, and it's open to readers worldwide!

Hampton Blue is the online boutique for jewellery, accessories and gifts. Started by two sisters with a passion for travel, a little adventures and all things nice! You will find an array of treasures on their site, from beautiful Lisbeth Dahl beaded clutch bags, to candy coloured scarves, to pretty heart hooks.

To enter, please visit Hampton Blue and then leave a comment below this post letting me know what you would spend your store credit on. The giveaway ends on Saturday, February 26th at 10pm (GMT) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Sunday, February 27th.

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/twitter

For the first two, please leave a comment below with the link to your tweet or blog post.

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

Good luck and have a sweet day!
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Friday, 18 February 2011

Easter chocolate / candy moulds

Easter egg mold
Easter egg moulds
  1. Farringdon collection 12 piece tinplate chocolate / candy moulds
  2. Technique 9 piece Easter baking set
  3. Baking mould Easter egg white choc, Easy choc silicone chocolate mould Easter
  4. Easter assortment chocolate lolly mould, 5 on 1
  5. Cute rubber duckies chocolate mould 11 on 1
  6. Silicone zone 16 piece pig chocolate mould

This week in my series of posts, "Friday Finds", I bring you a selection of fun Easter egg moulds. Early I know, but best to be prepared!

All the shops in the above links have a large selection of other chocolate / candy moulds for all other occasions, too.

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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Linkel Designs

Linkel Designs by Torie Jayne
This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I bring you a selection of gorgeous jewellery from my new sponsor, Linkel Designs.
  1. Brass songbird necklace
  2. Cherry blossom ring
  3. Truly - vintage locket necklace
  4. Soaring antiqued brass bird necklace

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Elena Deshmukh

Elena Deshmukh
Elena Deshmukh Cards
Elena Deshmukh display
Elena Deshmukh Cards
Elena Deshmukh cards on display
This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you another brand I discovered at Top Drawer. Elena Deshmukh, who designs and creates her own exclusive range of embroidered stationery, grew up in Milan before moving to London where she studied Fashion / Textile design. After graduating she worked for a textile agency, designing for Kenzo, Moschino and Donna Karan among others. In 2001 she started her own business and continues to work with fashion textiles and does bespoke projects.

Each card is individually embroidered and handmade by Elena. Her cards are stocked in many beautiful boutiques including The Conran Shop.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Lena Granefelt

Lena Granefelt
Lena Granefelt
Lena Granefelt
Lena Granefelt
Lena Granefelt
One of my ambitions for 2011 is to take more photographs of my treasures, and to get better at taking them. So, today I am sharing with you some of the beautiful photographs from Swedish photographer, Lena Granefelt. I love the soft dreamy look to them and of course the colours!

Lena was born in 1966 in Stockholm. She works as a freelance photographer, focusing on editorials and advertising since 1992. Lena is with the photo agency, John, and is represented by Agent Molly & Co.

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Monday, 14 February 2011

Inspirational Pins - Happy Valentine's day

Happy Valentine's day by Torie Jayne
Today in my series of posts "Inspirational Pins", I bring you gorgeous Valentine's Day treasures inspired by my Sweet Valentine inspirational board.


I love making mosaics!

Have a Happy Valentine's day!
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Sunday, 13 February 2011

I love Cookies

I love Cookies!
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, as Valentine's day is just around the corner, I bring you some beautiful heart biscuits. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (From left to right):
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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Belle & Boo

Belle and Boo
Belle & Boo decorative tape
Belle & Boo cushions
Belle & Boo
Belle & Boo
This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you a brand I have featured before, Belle and Boo. I caught up with them at the Top Drawer show. I am just loving how they have expanded their range to include decorative sticky tape covered in Mandy Sutcliffe's adorable illustrations. They also do a small range of clothing based on the clothing worn in the illustrations. Oh, and the cushions and bedding are so sweet. Not forgetting the adorable new dress up dolls. I love it all!

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Call for sponsors

My creation
I love posting about interior design, home accessories, crafts, baking, Etsy, and sharing with my sweet readers my ongoing projects including inspirational photos and more. Sponsors are chosen based on their relevance to Torie Jayne readers and the topics covered here.

The Torie Jayne blog was chosen last month as one of the Top Ten UK Interior Design blogs.

I am currently looking for sponsors for 2011.


Torie Jayne Giveaway
I also run giveaways, including a fabulous one coming next week from Hampton Blue, so please feel free to contact me if you'd like to sponsor a giveaway with a product or voucher from your store.

If you have any questions you can reach me at toriejayne@gmail.com, and I will respond to all enquiries.

Thank you for your interest in sponsorship of Torie Jayne!

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Friday, 11 February 2011

Valentine's gifts

Valentine's gifts by Torie Jayne
  1. Cream linen LOVE cushion
  2. Together penguin mug
  3. Paper heart bunting
  4. Sticky notes, Paris
  5. Pyjamas gift set
  6. Limited edition roses mini pink candle, diptyque

This week in my series of posts, "Friday Finds", I bring you a selection of pretty Valentine's gifts.

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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Vintage Kitchen supplies

Vintage Kitchen supplies on Etsy
  1. Vintage turquoise silverware drawer organizer
  2. Sweet pea pink pitcher
  3. Vintage sweet pea pink mixing bowl
  4. Glasbake mugs

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I am featuring pretty vintage kitchen supplies inspired by Monday's post, Inspirational pins - Vintage Kitchen.

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