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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Primrose & Plum

Primrose and Plum
Distressed Cream Iron Wall Shelf by Primrose and Plum
Pretty Lisa Stickley Laptop Case by Primrose and Plum
Willow baskets by Primrose and Plum
Retro glass bottles by Primrose and Plum

This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Primrose and Plum, where I bought my third bird apothecary jar that I featured yesterday.

Primrose and Plum is a small independent boutique run by best friends, Selina and Lisa. Their style is an eclectic mix of vintage glamour, classic rustic and stylish contemporary. The website is clear and informative and everything is beautifully styled and photographed at many angles so you can see the texture and quality of their hand picked items. Each item has been picked for it's uniqueness and because they love it!

On my wish list is the retro glass bottle with cream ceramic lid: a stylish way to store my fabric conditioner, perhaps?

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Pretty cloakroom apothecary jars

Bird glass jars
Pretty filled bird glass jars
Glass bird jars
Bird Apothecary Jar filled with spotty emery boards
Hair bobbles

I have had my two larger bird apothecary jars since last November when I ordered them on holiday in Florida from Modern Chic Home. At Christmas they were filled with coconut mushroom candy and chocolate sticks for my Winter Woodland themed dessert table. At Easter they were filled with pretty pink and blue M&M's and hand made chocolate butterflies for my Easter table. The rest of the time they have been carefully stored away. Not anymore! I finally will have a permanent home for them when they are placed on a shelf in my new laundry room and cloakroom.

After much deliberation as to what would look good and be useful in the bird apothecary jars, I filled the tallest one with hand wrapped soaps to match my colour and print theme that I showed you a couple of weeks back. For the shorter one I bought spotty emery boards from Cath Kidston and floral emery boards form Poundland. I like to display items in odd numbers, so I bought a third bird apothecary jar from Primrose & Plum. Choosing what to fill this one with was tricky but eventually I went for my small pink dotty hairbrush and hairbands to match my colour theme. Now I wait patiently for the room to be decorated so I can add my decorative touches!

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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Washi Tape

Washi Tape

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you pretty washi tape with these gorgeous pics. I have been decorating and playing with my washi tape and love how easy it is to transform basic items. 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, 25 June 2011

Pop Bakery by Clare O'Connell

Pop Bakery by Clare O'Connell

This month I'm reviewing Pop Bakery by Clare O'Connell, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Clare O'Connell, along with her daughter, Judith, is the owner of Pop Bakery in West Hampstead, London.

I chose to review this book as I love cake pops. Hailed as the new cupcake, cake pops are small moist cakes coated in candy on lollipop sticks. Claire, too, loves cake pops and wanted to create her own versions. For Claire cake pops were the ideal medium for her to share her creative flair and love of baking. After work experience in a combined bakery and confectioners for a year Claire started her business, Pop Bakery, from her family home in West Hampstead. She supplies Harvey Nichols and boutique hotels across London and was recently commissioned by Top Shop to make cake pops for their Launch Party in Bath, England.

The front cover of this hardback book says "25 recipes for delicious little cakes on sticks". I would argue that it contains one recipe of a chocolate cake pop with 25 different ways of decorating them.

Each beautifully photographed decorated cake pop has clear step by step instructions on how to create the cake pops, from moulding the cake to hand painting them. It contains some great advice on ingredients, tools, equipment and stockists. The book covers a variety of styles, from the funky on-trend leopard print ones to the cute panda & frog heads with varying levels of difficulty. Each gorgeous looking cake pop is beautifully photographed by Nicole Rees.

The only downside to this book is that it only provides one recipe for the cake pops.
At a recommended price of £9.99, I think this hardback book is a good introduction to cake pops and how to decorate them.

Some of my favourite cake pops:

Cake Pops by Claire O'Connell



Cake Pops by Claire O'Connell



Cake Pops by Claire O'Connell



Cake Pops by Claire O'Connell


To summarize, Cake pops is a good decorating book for cake pops with great tips and advice.

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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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Laundry Art

My Laundry Art
My Laundry Art

I am busily getting everything ready to decorate our new laundry- and cloak-room. Last week I showed you the candy coloured bead hangers and the pretty wrapped soaps. Today I am showing you some of my laundry art I want to put up on the walls.

I originally bought two pink baroque picture frames from Urban Outfitters; buy one get one half price! I then had to decide what to put in them. As there is going to be quite a lot of different prints in the room from, pale blue floral towels to a bird print curtain and rose printed dusters I wanted something quite graphical.

I liked the idea of them having something to do with the laundry room so went for care label meanings. I went back to Urban Outfitters and bought two more frames, one in pink and one in duck egg blue as I'd decided I wanted three of them (maybe the extra one can go in my kitchen?). I coloured the artwork in a pale blue to match the blue in my towels, soaps and prints.

Feel free to right click the below pics and print them out for yourselves.
Fabric care label meanings
Fabric care label meanings
Fabric care label meanings
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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Decorative glass jars

Decorative glass jars
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some pretty decorative glass jars 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, 18 June 2011

Pretty wrapped soaps

Bird Apothecary Jar filled with pretty soaps
We have started work on our new laundry room and cloakroom. So, after months of looking around the internet for cute, pretty ideas I have started to get my interior accessories ready! Don't you just love the part where you get to accessorize a new room?

I thought my bird glass apothecary jars from Modern Chic Home would look great in my cloakroom and would match my bird trail fabric blind (which I have yet to make!).

Today I am sharing with you my large bird apothecary jar that I have filled with hand wrapped pretty soaps and mini Cath Kidston guest soaps in colours to match my bird trail fabric. I decided it would cost me a small fortune to fill my large glass apothecary jar with the pretty Cath Kidston soaps so I bought a pack of pure vegetable soaps form Waitrose that were wrapped in white paper. I then wrapped two in blue polka dot wrapping paper, with a band of lace tape, pink polka dot ribbon, finished off with blue rik rak. Another two I wrapped in floral wrapping paper with a band of pink and white striped ribbon and a further two in pink polka dot wrapping paper.


Floral & Polka dot Soaps
Soap wrapping supplies
Hand wrapped soaps
Pretty Cath Kidston soaps


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Friday, 17 June 2011

Friday Feature - Kirsten Jones

Kirsten Jones
Kirsten Jones

Welcome to my new series of posts, Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the delightful work of painter, Kirsten Jones. I first discovered Kirsten's work at the Affordable Art Show on King's Road several years ago. I treated myself to one of Kirsten prints called "Blue Bikini" as I was designing swimwear at that time. I can't wait to hang it in my new laundry room!

Kirsten Jones was born in Hartlepool in 1968 and grew up on the island of Jersey before moving to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England where she gained a B.A. Hons Fine Art Degree.

"Kirsten is inspired by 'collections' of treasured objects and their remembered or imagined histories. Each piece has a subtle narrative,which she creates by collaging vintage envelopes, stamps, dictionary text and maps. These clues evoke memories of the places objects were found or bought. Once the collage stage is complete, Kirsten paints over the richly layered surface using gesso, inks and washes of acrylic paint."

She currently resides in Berkshire where she also runs Barn Acre Gallery, holding biannual exhibitions showing her full collection of prints and new paintings along with up to 50 other invited artists.

Happy Friday sweets!
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Folly & Glee

Folly & Glee
Folly & Glee
Folly & Glee
Folly & Glee
Folly & Glee

This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Folly & Glee. They sell a wonderful collection of Danish wrapping papers, bags and tags along with the prettiest crochet hangers, bakers twine and vintage patchwork interior treasures.

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Dreamy Ice Cream

Dreamy Ice Cream
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you dreamy looking Ice Cream 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, 10 June 2011

Friday Feature - Erin Petson

Erin Petson
Erin Petson
Erin Petson

Welcome to my new series of posts, Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the delightful work of illustrator, Erin Petson. Erin currently resides in London, where she creates her textural mixed media illustrations that are both ethereal and edgy. Her work has appeared in several publications such as Vogue Nippon, Selfridges, Elle and The New York Times.

You can check out more of her wonderful illustrations in her portfolio. Enjoy!

Happy Friday sweets!
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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Canelle et vanille strawberries

Canelle-vanille strawberries
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the beautiful photography of Aran from Canelle-vanille! A trained pastry chef whose passion is photography! I just love all her food photography and her blog Cannelle et Vanille is divine. 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 June 2011

Friday Feature - Anne Naumann

Anne Naumann
Anne Naumann

Today I start a new series of posts, called Friday Feature. I will be sharing with you the work of some of the most talented artists I find. First up is German photographer, Anne Naumann. Her photographs have such a beautiful, tranquil quality to them. You can check out more of her beautifully soft photos in her portfolio and on Flickr. Enjoy!

Happy Friday sweets!
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