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Friday, 30 September 2011

The Cherry Blossom Girl

The Cherry Blossom Girl
The Cherry Blossom Girl
The Cherry Blossom Girl
The Cherry Blossom Girl
The Cherry Blossom Girl

I love these photos by The Cherry Blossom Girl from the ever so cute photo shoot entitled, Winter Birds. How fab are the feather face masks and decorative bird cage?! I just adore the vintage hints she adds to her delicately beautiful photos.

Happy Friday, sweets!
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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Such Pretty Things

Such Pretty Things
Such Pretty Things
Such Pretty Things
Such Pretty Things

Today on shops I love, I bring you some of the pretty treasures from online boutique, Such Pretty Things. Such Pretty Things was started in October 2010 by Jessica, an artist, designer and author of the blog Such Pretty Things. Jessica's love of pretty things started in her childhood whilst scouring yard sales with her dad. Always on the look out for something glittery, pretty and pastel, Jessica's collection has grown over the years and now we all have an opportunity to buy something from her wonderful collection. She stocks both new and vintage trims, from velvet forget-me-nots to glittered feather birds, to a host of vintage papers for the wall, to crafts. For the baker there are darling cake toppers and the prettiest shades of candy. So check out her store for some of her latest treasures.

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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Macarons by Annie Rigg

Macarons by Annie Rigg

This week I'm reviewing Macarons by Annie Rigg, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Annie Rigg has been baking since her early childhood and has spent the past seven years as a freelance food stylist and writer. She currently has five books in print and her work has featured in numerous bestselling magazines. Before this she cooked for Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones to name a few whilst on tour.

I chose to review this book as of all the treats I have baked in the past few years, macarons have been the hardest to get right. This Christmas I would like to make picture perfect, delicious macarons for my dessert table and to give as gifts.

The first chapter is all about mastering the art and technique of basic macrons with step by step instructions and a host of tips for success. Taking the basic macaron, it also shows how you can make a variety of traditional flavours, from zesty lemon to nutty pistachio to velvety chocolate. Then it takes you through the steps to make a choice of fillings from chocolate ganache, vanilla cream, buttercream, mascarpone cream and lemon curd. All of these are beautifully illustrated with dreamy photographs by Kate Whitaker.

After equipping you with all the know-how on making delicious filled macarons the book then shares with you inspiration for matches made in heaven, like the coconut shells filled with caramelized banana that sound divine or the Christmas themed almond shells filled with a gingerbread spice. Then it moves on to the creative combinations where you make up two different flavored shells and three or four fillings. This I can't wait to try as I have always made them with matching shells in the past. I love the classical autumnal fruit combination of apple and blackberry that sound yummy and look fantastic! The decadent chocolate and cherry ones also sound amazing, filled with a chocolate ganache and a cherry cream.

At a recommended price of £9.99, I think this hardback book is a fantastic book that will leave you feeling more confident and inspired to make your own macarons and is beautifully illustrated with stylish photographs.

Some of my favourite macarons:

Macaron Combinations



Apple & Blackberry



White Chocolate & Raspberry



Rose


To summarize, Macarons is a great book for those looking to master the technique of making macarons and experiment with flavours.

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, 23 September 2011

Top Drawer - Winter 2011 trends part 2

Shelter @ Top Drawer
Shelter @ Top Drawer
Shelter @ Top Drawer
Shelter @ Top Drawer

Shelter A/W 2011

A wholesome, fun trend inspired by vintage mountain ski lodges set among snow capped mountains and evergreen trees. Winter woodland motifs of trees, stags, deer and bears. Lumberjack checks and fair isles knits in a colour palette of warm, woody browns, rustic reds and icy blues.

I am now officially looking forward to Winter, getting snuggly and preparing for Christmas!

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Ornate aqua bird cages

Ornate aqua bird cages

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I bring you some gorgeous ornate birdcages, from prints to plant pots, to a light all in shades of aqua.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Red Lilly

Red Lilly
Enchanted forest place mats by Red Lilly
Fabric bird decoration by Red Lilly
Ceramic bird stopper by Red Lilly
Easter boxes by Red Lilly

This week for my 'shops i love' page I bring you Red Lilly. I chose Red Lilly this week as they have some adorable bird home and gift accessories.

Red Lilly is an online boutique selling an eclectic mix of stylish homewares, gifts, jewellery and bags. As well as their own label they also stock Scandinavian brands, British labels and exotic finds from further afield!

I adore the ceramic bird stoppers and must get more of the hand painted birds for this year's Christmas tree. Currently I have an aqua one that resides on my bird cage notice board in the kitchen and another pink one that hangs on my louvre doors.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Top Drawer - Winter 2011 trends

Winter White @ Top Drawer
Winter White @ Top Drawer
Winter White @ Top Drawer
Winter White @ Top Drawer

Winter White A/W 2011

A layered story of textures in milky whites, luscious creams, oyster and powdery grey. Ethereal wings, birds, and barely there leafy florals. Bird cages and houses. Juxtaposed materials of shiny porcelain and matt ceramics. Rustic cotton and wool against slick shiny leather and plastic. A perfect Wintry White Christmas story!

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Monday, 19 September 2011

Fun candy table ideas

Fun candy tables

I have been thinking about candy tables recently and have found some gorgeous new inspiring ones. I love the bon bons in such bright colours, and the wooden tree with the kites is super cute. I can't wait to do a candy table for Christmas this year!

To see more inspirational candy table ideas check out my Candy Table Ideas board on Pinterest.


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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Pretty Aqua Glass

Pretty Aqua Glass

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some pretty aqua glass with these inspiring photos. I so need to get myself some blue Ball Mason jars!

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):
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Bohemia leather satchel winner

Neon pink satchel from Bohemia
Baby pink satchel from Bohemia
Torie Jayne Giveaway
The fabulous giveaway ended yesterday and I just picked a winner using random.org and I am delighted to announce the winner of the Bohemia leather satchel giveaway is...

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

Nicolette, of the Tumblr blog Pink makes me high. Please e-mail me your details letting me know if you would like the baby pink or neon pink?

Congratulations Nicolette, you will receive a 12.5" pink leather satchel.

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

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Saturday, 17 September 2011

Heart Home magazine launch

Heart Home magazine
Heart Home magazine
Heart Home magazine
Hang keys

On Thursday 15th September Heart Home magazine launched its first virtual issue and I am delighted to tell you that I was one of the columnists. Some time ago I was approached by the editors of Home Heart Magazine about doing a feature for their first magazine. What an honour! After much deliberation and a few trials I decided to design and make some pretty bird hooks for my new decorated cloakroom. I love the final result and my keys are now easy to locate!

Heart Home magazine is the brain child of Daniel Nelson, Arianna Trapanni and Carole King. Their vision was to create a magazine that celebrates British design, from showcasing real homes to highlighting home-grown designers. The first issue is packed full of great images and designs. From Zoe Murphy's gorgeous studio where she creates unique seaside inspired interior products to the wonderful home of Jenska Hearne, of the delighful blog Lobster and Swan. There is also a great little shopping guide to some cool areas of London and interviews with Terence Conran and Holly Becker of Decor 8.

Thank you Daniel, Arianna and Carole for letting me be part of your inspiring magazine!

Have a sweet day!
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Friday, 16 September 2011

Tilda by Tone Finnager

Tilda by Tone Finnager
Tilda by Tone Finnager
Tilda by Tone Finnager
Tilda by Tone Finnager
Tilda by Tone Finnager

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the gorgeous work of Tone Finnager for her brand, Tilda.

Norwegian graphic designer and artist, Tone Finnanger, started her craft brand Tilda in 1999 aged 25. She is known for her feminine, whimsical, comical and naive characters in the form of animals and dolls. Her range consists of craft books, craft products for sewing and paper crafts.

I have several of her books that I have had for some time now and have made several of the crafts she writes about, from fabric birds to deer heads. This year I am in love with her winter bird range, seen in pic 2 in a colour palette of aqua, teal, pale pink and green. I have already ordered some fabric to make Christmas stockings out of and paper to wrap my gifts in.

To see more of Tone Finnanger's work check out the Tilda site and to purchase her fabrics, trims and books go to Panduro Hobby.

Happy Friday, sweets!
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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Pip Studio's new wallpaper

Pip Studio Wallpaper
Pip Studio Wallpaper
Pip Studio Wallpaper
Pip Studio Wallpaper
Pip Studio Wallpaper

Today on label love I am sharing with you the gorgeous new wallpapers from Pip Studio. Available in the Netherlands now, the rest of Europe will have to wait until January 2012. I love the new quirky colourful collection filled with all the things we love about Pip Studio, from the bright poppy envelopes to the vintage faded florals. I am especially loving the vintage thread photo print in the first pic, which makes me want to redecorate my craft room with one wallpaper wall.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Winter Bird

Winter Birds by Torie Jayne
I have started thinking about Christmas: early, I know. This year I want to freshen it up by adding aqua, teal, pink and lots of birds to last year's Winter Woodland theme. Oh, and maybe a snowy bird cage Christmas cake with holly leaves atop?!

To see more inspirational finds for Christmas 2011 check out my Christmas 2011 board on Pinterest.


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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Pretty Interiors

Pretty Interiors

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some pretty interiors with these inspiring photos. I love the white walls with colour added thru accessories like the pretty stack of books, vintage floral cushions and picture frames.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):
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Monday, 5 September 2011

Rose Cross Stitch

Rose Cross Stitch

I have been looking for cute cross stitch ideas for my hoop wall art and just loved all these pretty roses.

To see more inspirational rose cross stitch check out my Cross stitch cuteness board on Pinterest.


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