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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Rainbow Cakes

Rainbow Cakes
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some bright fun rainbow cakes with these fab photos. Last year I made a three colour cake for Molly's Birthday, this year I want to make a rainbow coloured cake. 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, 29 July 2011

Nine tier star cake

Nine tier Birthday cake
Glitter stars and gingham ribbon
Blue glitter stars and gingham ribbon
Top tiers
Nine tier star covered cake

Yesterday we celebrated George's 90th birthday. To say that George likes fruit cake is an understatement. Ever since I made him the Star Christmas Cake I have been making him fruit cakes every few months, decorating them for Easter, Halloween etc. He likes to have a slice with tea everyday so for his 90th birthday I decided to make him a nine tier cake. He ate the top two tiers yesterday and his party guests shared tier four, leaving him with seven tiers to last him until Halloween!

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley

This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Laura Ashley, a well renowned British High Street favourite.

Laura and Bernard Ashley started printing fabric on their kitchen table in London in 1953, following a Women’s Institute exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum on traditional handicrafts. From there it has grown into a large company selling interiors, womenswear and girls wear with growing franchise operations all over the world, including the Far East, Australia, Scandinavia and South America, as well as increasing numbers of licensing projects for products including carpets, eyewear, towels and tiles.

I am loving their new Autumn/Winter 2011 catalogue full of gorgeous inspiration. My favourite is Mid Winter; a warm cosy collection with a colour palette of cream, biscuit and duck egg blue. I am coveting the cable knit cushions and Florence bird lamp base from Mid Winter. I am also loving the nightingale bird grey linen cotton cushion from the Indulgence collection and I love the picture frame display in the second picture.

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Friday, 22 July 2011

Friday Feature - RubyJu

Rubyju
Rubyju
Rubyju

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the gorgeous, stylish dessert tables and candy buffets from RubyJu.

RubyJu is the work of best friends, Bec and Tammi, who found their combined love of fashion, entertaining, design, and all pretty handmade things brought them together to create RubyJu. The pair are based on the Gold Coast of Australia and there they create their unique dessert tables and candy buffets. I love the colour palettes and the intricate detail in their tables, from the satin ribbon wrapped macarons to the mini wedding cake pops and rose topped cupcakes.

To see more of RubyJu's work check out their pretty site and cute blog.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Pipii

Pipii
Truly Scrumptious Canape Flags by Pipii



Pink Stripy Paper Straws by Pipii



Aqua Bakers Twine - 10 metres by Pipii



Dome Shaped Vintage Florals Favour Boxes by Pipii


This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Pipii; the home of ideas and creative inspirations for any kind of party and celebration. They have a unique selection of goods and are one of the only places where it's possible to buy a variety of coloured bakers twine and striped paper straws in the UK, both favourites of mine which I have seen used in so many stylish ways across blog land. If you have a party, gathering or just want to make your sweet treats and gifts look extra cool this is a must visit site!

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Nest Decorating

Nest Decorating
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some of the beautiful photos from Nest Decorating. I recently featured Tamar on my Wonderful world of Etsy series of posts. So when I saw these lovely photos on her Flickr photo stream I knew I needed to share these gorgeous pics from her home. 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, 16 July 2011

My Baking Pretties

Baking supplies
Cupcake wrapper storage
Edible glitters
Cupcake wrappers and matching supplies
Bright Non Pareils

My collection of edible glitter was starting to get a bit unruly in my baking cupboard so I bought some acrylic stacking pots from Muji and dispensed my glitter into them. I love how easy and compact they are now. No more little tubs flying out the cupboard at me! Now I want to get all my baking pretties organized!

My collection of cupcake cases has grown of late and I would like a new spaghetti jar to put all the red yellow, green and blue ones in. I have my eye on getting another flip storage jar from Jamie Oliver, this time in duck egg blue and some more tiny flip storage jars for my new brightly coloured non pareils and sugar strands that are precariously perched atop my neatly stored jars.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Squires

Squires
Ice Cream Van with 12 Cups and Spoons by Squires



Patisserie Cupcake Box by Squires



Set of 3 Ceramic Pouring Bowls Pink, Blue and Green by Squires



Diamante Letter by Squires


This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Squires Kitchen. Squires Kitchen's mission is to be the leading provider of creative and innovative products and services for those who share owners Beverley & Robert Dutton's passion - a passion for food and cake decoration!

They have been making and selling home baking products and cake decorations for over twenty five years. They now have over 5,000 products and continue to grow. They are the one stop shop for baking and making the prettiest sweet treats. Selling a large choice of food colourings, glitters, glazes, shimmers and lustres to colour your creations. Moulds, cutters and nozzles to create great shapes. Pages of ribbons, cake boxes and cases to present your sweet treats in. For chocolate lovers and creators there are chocolate moulds, transfers, colours and pre coloured chocolate.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

M&M World comes to England

M&M World, London, England
M&M World, London, England
M&M World, London, England
M&M World, London, England
M&M World, London, England

When I heard that M&M World had opened in Leicester Square, I just had to stop by! I usually have to rely on my trips to the US to stock up on M&M's in a variety of colours from their twenty two different ones. I love using them for the roofs on my gingerbread bird houses and filling candy jars with them to co-ordinate with my candy tables. Now I can get them in all twenty two colours within a short trip after work!

M&M world opened it's first store in 1997 in Las Vegas, in 2005 in Orlando, Florida and a year later in 2006 they opened one at Times Square, New York. On Monday 13th June 2011, M&M's World store in London officially opened to the public, in Leicester Square. It is the world's largest candy store, at 35,000 sq ft, bigger even than the store in New York City. It sells a variety of M&M merchandise from clothing and sporting goods to home wares, stationery and toys. The London store is decked out with a London red bus, giant M&M's dressed up as knights and guards and, of course, lots and lots of M&M's!
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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Sweet Fudge Treats

Sweet Fudge Treats
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some sweet fudge treats 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, 8 July 2011

Selina Lake

Selina  Lake
Selina Lake
Selina Lake

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the delightful work of stylist, Selina Lake: a long time favourite of mine.

Selina Lake is a UK-based stylist with a background in Surface Design and author of Best Selling Interiors book, ‘Bazaar Style’, published by Ryland Peters and Small. Her beautiful work has appeared in Living Etc, Ideal Home, House Beautiful and Country Homes and Interiors, to name a few.

I love her eclectic style of mixing vintage with modern and the bright pops of pink seen in a few of her pics. To see more of Selina Lake's work check out her portfolio.

Happy Friday, sweets!
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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen
Rie Elise Larsen
Rie Elise Larsen
Rie Elise Larsen
Rie Elise Larsen

This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you label love Rie Elise Larsen.

Rie Elise Larsen is a Danish stylist and author who, in the Spring of 2008, launched her own collection of home accessories. It has gone from strength to strength and is now available in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the UK, Belgium, Austria, Holland, The Faroe Islands, Switzerland, and Japan.

Rie Elise Larsen's collections feature folded paper lampshades in evocative colours and prints that you can hang using one of the fabulously colored cords. For the kitchen there are brightly embroidered tea cosies, varnished metal trays in bright pops of colour and a range of tea-towels in an array of colours (this season patterned with stripes and stars). You'll also find an extended stationery collection of quirky printed boxes, delightful wrapping paper and ribbons.

Available in the UK from Berry Red.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

My laundry wire baskets

Wire baskets for my Laundry room
Basket of dusters
Basket of cleaning sponges
Baskets of cleaning cloths, dusters and towels
Pretty storage baskets

I have been loving the wire basket look for a while now and treasure my vintage duck egg blue basket I have had for years. So, when on a recent work trip to HK with my day job I spied the white wire baskets in Jusco (HK's version of a pound/dollar store) and I immediately bought four. Now I am wishing I had bought more as they were so cheap!

As my dusters, sponges and cloths are in an array of pretty colours and prints it seemed a shame to hide them in a cupboard so I have filled my wire baskets with them and will be placing the wire baskets on open shelves above my washing machine.

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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Wire Baskets

Wire Baskets
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the wire basket with these gorgeous pics. Later this week I will be showing you my new wire baskets for my Laundry room. 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!
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