Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Winter Wonderland Advent House

Winter Wonderland  Advent House by Torie Jayne

When I saw the wooden advent house on Panduro Hobby's site I just had to buy it. The only problem was that time was getting on so when it arrived at the weekend I quickly got on with decorating it in time for tomorrow! Once I had painted the house and filled it with the pretty patterned drawers I fell in love! This is something I want in my house all year round; I think it would look great in my craft room and is an ideal place to store my bits and bobs! I decided to go for little glittered number labels that could be removed after Christmas instead of my original idea of numbered stickers.


Advent House to decorate

Winter Wonderland Advent houseTools and Materials


Advent House, How-to step by step

Advent House steps 1-4

Remove the drawers from the house, and carefully pull out the handles that are glued in. Paint all sides of the drawers in white paint excluding the already painted white front, and leave to dry. Then paint the inside of the drawers in a colour and leave to dry (I painted mine in pink, duck egg blue and teal).


Advent House steps 5-8

Cover the exterior of the drawers in strips of patterned washi tape and trim off any excess with a craft knife. Brush a thin layer of PVA glue over the top of the washi tape to seal it and leave to dry.


Advent House steps 9-12

Place the drawer front onto a sheet of printed card and trace around edge. Cut the traced out shape from the printed card, leaving a 7mm border around edge. Brush PVA glue onto the front of the drawer and stick in the centre of your rectangular pattern piece and leave to dry. Brush PVA glue onto sides of drawer front and fold card over each edge, hold in place for a few seconds until card begins to bond. Trim off excess card at corners. Using a sharp pair of scissors, punch a hole through the card to the pre-existing hole in the drawer front. Dab the end of the drawer handle in PVA glue and push into hole. I covered mine in 24 different patterns.


Advent House drawers
Advent House steps 13-16
Place the house on its back and masking tape around the edges of the roof to get a clean painted edge on the roof and chimney. Paint two coats of duck egg blue onto the roof and the top of the chimney and leave to dry.

Lay the tag on a flat surface and rubber stamp a number to the front using a glue pad. Liberally sprinkle the tag with glitter, tap to remove excess and leave to dry. Repeat rubber stamping until you have 24 number tags.

Tie the tags to the drawer handles and trim off any excess string. Place drawers back in the house in a random number order.


Day 1 - Mint lip balm



Adding gifts - hand-made lip balm


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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Candy filled stars

Candy filled stars

I love hanging candy on my Christmas year and this year is no exception. I loved how my candy filled Easter eggs turned out, so I bought some plastic stars and filled them with juicy pear, vanilla, bubblegum and blueberry flavoured Jelly Belly beans to match my colour palette.

Candy filled stars

Tools and Materials


How-to, step by step
Jelly Belly stars steps1 - 4
Wash and dry the plastic stars before you start. Fill half the plastic star with as many jelly beans as you can, and carefully push the lid on top. Starting at the top of the star, wrap washi tape round the closed sides and trim off any excess. Thread ribbon through the two holes at the top of the star, and knot ends together.

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Monday, 28 November 2011

Hand-made cake stands

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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Nevie Pie Cakes

Nevie Pie Cakes

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the gorgeous hand painted sweet treats from the talented Natasha of Nevie Pie Cakes. I just adore her work ! To see more of her beautiful baking check out her blog Amelie's House.

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

How to marzipan bird cage shaped cake

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Friday, 25 November 2011

My birdcage shaped, gluten free Christmas Cake

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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Hand-made cool mint lip balm

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Camel & Yak Winter 2011

Camel & Yak Winter 2011
Camel & Yak Winter 2011
Camel & Yak Winter 2011
Camel & Yak Winter 2011
Camel & Yak Winter 2011

Today on shops I love, I bring you the latest gorgeous goodies from one of my favourite stores, Camel & Yak. A great place to find fabulously bright and colourful gifts like the bird hooks, melamine cups in an array of colours and gorgeous tins of bunting.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Hand-made sparkly strawberry lip balm

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Monday, 21 November 2011

Pink and Turq Christmas decor

Pink and Turq Christmas decor

Over the past few weeks I have been sharing with you my inspirational pins for a Winter Wonderland Christmas. Today, its all about pink and turquoise Christmas decor. To see more inspirational pins for a Winter Wonderland Christmas, check out my board on Pinterest.


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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Beautifully Wrapped

Beautifully Wrapped
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some beautiful packages in lovely neutrals from some of the most creative people on Flickr. I can't wait to start wrapping my gifts!

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):
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Saturday, 19 November 2011

Original gift - Vintage Playing Cards

Vintage Playing Cards framed "Samuel"
Vintage Playing Cards framed "Samuel"
Vintage Playing Cards framed "Samuel"
Vintage playing cards

Looking for an original, design conscious gift? Look no further!

I had been looking for a gift for my sister, who is the proud mum to my adorable nephew Samuel. When the sweet folks at Vintage Playing Cards offered me the opportunity to review one of their creations, I jumped at the chance and asked for the word "SAMUEL". I love it and my sister was delighted with her stylish gift, hanging it in Samuel's new room.

The name is spelled out in individual cards sourced from a 1930s spelling game. The cards are double mounted with cream and black, and presented in a stylish black wooden box frame. I love how it is very sleek and timeless and I am sure Samuel will love it when he is older. A real conversation piece that had 'Gramps' telling us all how the 1930s game was played! So, today I am sharing it with you as a great gift.

As well as bespoke names, they also do vintage playing cards framed clocks that spell out ‘time’ and ‘tick tock’ and a VPC teatime range of stylish clocks made from vintage china. They also have a vast collection of stylish greeting cards that feature vintage playing cards. My favourite for Christmas is the Deers under the Tree greeting card made from an original art deco playing card depicting deers under a tree.


Deers under the Tree

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Gift Guide - She ❤'s Fashion...

Gift Guide - She ❤'s Fashion...

Holiday help is here once again! Today is a collection of gift ideas for the gal who loves fashion.

Bang on trend this Fall...

1. I am loving the rosy sepia tones of the on-trend python curse scarf in 100% wool, featuring two frayed trims and a hand painted print snake-like pattern. 2. For subtle, preppy glamour, wear this metal bow fabric hair clip over your ponytail. 3. On my wish list is this vintage looking corsage and stone beaded bando to add some daytime glamour to my hair!

4. 'P-Helio' taupe ballet flats. Flats? Tick! Patent? Tick! Cosmetic colour? Tick! These shoes tick all the boxes and would look great with skinny grey jeans. 5. For chilly days, the skin-tone flattering cream scarf adds bags of snuggle factor to a wintry day. Wear to add warmth and a textural edge to a sleek winter look. 6. Work some cute chic into your off-duty look with the addition of a chunky knitted beanie hat. With a cable design and broad, ribbed turn-up, topped with a fluffy pom pom it comes in a flattering shade of cream with pinkish undertones to highlight a rosy winter glow.

7. Essie nail polishes in glamour purse, lady like, and power clutch are all from the Fall 2011 collection and update the nude tones of last year. 8. The diamante feather clip in tonal colours with delicate feathers and eye catching faceted beads will add some vintage glamour! 9. Top of my wish list is the 'And Mary' cutout swallow leather purse, made from super soft, Italian leather with a cut out swallow design in gold. Beautiful almond colour and birds: a match made in heaven!! 10. A practical, chic and glamourous metallic shopper is perfect for shopping trips.

11. So you don't miss important dates with the girls for cocktails and cupcakes, get the Swatch soft carnation watch . 12. This tough but pretty real leather honeycomb metal cuff is overlaid with a chunky gold honeycomb bracelet. Wear with girly dresses to toughen up your outfit! 13. The plated chain Maya necklace with glass drop details from All Saints would look great with a white tee and jeans for some girly rock chic! 14. Keep your travelcard in style with these metallic oyster card holder. You could use them for credit cards or business cards, too...

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She ❤'s Fashion...
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Thursday, 17 November 2011

An Iconic gift - Dualit toaster

Dualit Toaster

If you're looking for an iconic gift for one who is near and dear, then this Dualit toaster could fit the bill. It comes in a range of colours and finishes to suit any kitchen decor and is perfectly practical and kind on the environment; all parts are repairable or replaceable - you don't throw a Vario toaster away! The 2 slice Vario toaster gives you full control, allowing you to make perfect toast.

Vario toasters feature Dualit's award-winning, patented ProHeat technology to increase the life and toasting efficiency of the elements. The Ice Blue one above is £104.90 from Go Electrical

Dualit Toaster



Dualit Toaster



Dualit Toaster


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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Gift guide - Bathing Beauty...

Gift Guide 2011 - She sews...

Today's gift guide is for the bathing beauty.

Bathing beauty...

1. I just adore the delicate print of vintage flowers, birds and bird cages on the pretty packaging of the Lolita luxurious botanical hand cream in the scent of flowering Willow and Lotus with traces of Orchid, Rice flower and warm Coconut milk mixed with notes of Mandarin and Jasmine petals. 2. Inject a splash of colour in to your bathroom with the hard wearing resin rainbow free-standing mirror in bright pink, ideal for applying make up! 3. Oh, how I love the pink Portobello glass cabinet with distressed finish from Nordal; so pretty and useful.

4. I love the birds of paradise cotton robe from Pip Studio; such a cute print! 5. The bottles of Paul & Jo nail enamel in poodle pink come in lovely vintage styled bottles and would look great on a dressing table and on your nails. 6. My absolute favourite candle in the world is the Tocca Cleopatra candle and I have several dotted about my home, as the scent is divine and I adore the pretty duck egg blue labels.

7. A great stocking filler is the designer Paul Smith pale pink toothbrush, which is stylish, pretty and practical! 8. My favourite go-to place for loungewear is Hush, so these Winter bloom pyjamas are on my wish list. They come packed in pretty boxes and the pyjama set, which is made up of an oversized shirt with scoop hem and a wide leg low rise trouser, comes in a matching drawstring bag. Perfect for lounging about in on chilly nights.

9. The Savon Pur wild soap is made from pure vegetable content and this classic wild rose soap is traditionally created using natural ingredients with no use of colouring agents. The bright pink wrapping paper of this soap can even be folded into sea-orientated origami, making it a perfect gift! 10. Keep your soaps tidy in this sweet blue, round soap dish.

11. I have the birds of paradise towels in my cloakroom and always get lots of compliments, so for that reason they have made it to my gift guide. 12. Another great bathroom brightener is the beautifully packaged organic shea butter Lucia soap in sea watercress and chai tea from Canada. 13. Finally, make your bathroom feel super luxurious with this powder room print shower curtain.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Gift Guide 2011 - She bakes...

Gift Guide 2011 - She bakes...

Holiday help is here again! Today I am showing you my perfect stylish yet practical gifts for bakers, all in candy colours!

She bakes...

1. I love the quirky tea cup cake moulds, perfect for cute cupcakes. 2. The magnetic retro timer means you will always know when it's time to check on those cakes a-baking in the oven! 3. The whimsical Russian doll measuring cups are so cool you will want to leave them on display in your kitchen. 4. What a pretty pink can opener, a great way to add a splash of colour to your utensils jar!

5. I have this oak spice rack for 6 jars hung on my kitchen wall with the tiny flip storage jars full of pretty cupcake sprinkles; I love how it looks. 6. Kitchen Aid Pro set of 3 mixing bowls in pink 7. I just bought these floral scales because they look good enough to hang on your wall, and you'll be pleased to know they can be, as each one is also designed with a digital 'time of day' clock function.

8. The prettiest sieve on the high street and a snip at 90p! 9. I love these melamine serving spoons ,perfect to serve your pretty coloured macarons on! 10. A traditional icing pen with nozzle - fill it up with lots of icing and keep your hands steady! 11. Just because ice cream sprinkles will be so much more fun with these melamine short spoons.

12. This bright, happy melamine bowl set - Naughty Green from Rice DK is so practical with their plastic lids and they stack inside each other for storage. 13. Loving the reusable silicone muffin cases in the prettiest ice cream shades, and a snip at £2 for 12! 14. This funky sky blue silicone wooden spatula, because bakers can never have too many spatulas! 15. For grating oranges and lemons, this pale blue stainless steel grater is perfect for cake bakers who use citrus.

Baking supplies


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Monday, 14 November 2011

Gift Guide 2011 - She sews...

Gift Guide 2011 - She sews...

Holiday help is here! Over the next few days I will be sharing with you my favourite gift ideas of the season. The best part is that you don't have to leave the comfort of your home as they are all available online. From stocking fillers to finding that elusive gift you know you have seen on a blog but can't remember where!

She sews...

1. The Crochet kit in a book tin is a wonderful printed tin gift set that is a perfect introduction to the traditional art of crocheting, full of all the supplies you need to make a colourful patch cushion. 2. We have all seen the beautiful ribbons wrapped around bobbins this year in blogland, and this white ribbon holder from Tilda is a pretty yet practical way to store them. 3. Every seamstress needs a tape measure and this tea roses tape measure from Cath Kidston is pretty neat.

4. I love my polka dot, duck egg embroidery scissors for crafts on the move; they came in pretty handy as I was stitching my felt birds on my train journey to work! 5. The mini book pink pin tin is so super cute you would want to keep it on display in your craft corner. 6. This ever so pretty Summer blues tin set is on my Christmas wish list as I think they would be perfect to store my craft bits and bobs in and will add print and colour to my open shelves.

7. Wooden bobbins are the perfect way to store ribbons, so why not buy some gorgeous ribbon and wrap them around the bobbins to give as gifts! 8. & 10. The sewing needles and embroidery needles that come in candy coloured pebble holders mean you always have the right needle for the right job. 9. The pink Flamingo pin cushion is a fun, quirky addition to any sewing basket.

11. For those who love an enamel tin there's the House Doctor sewing kit tin at only £6! 12. Who doesn't love some kitsch pom pom trim in their lives and this blue pom pom ribbon from Sass & Belle comes wound on cute card. 13. The pretty Rose tape from Japan is perfect for the washi tape lover!

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Sunday, 13 November 2011

Call me Cupcake

Call me Cupcake

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the gorgeous white dessert table from the very talented Linda of Call me cupcake.

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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Pink glittery deer ornament

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Bird house key hooks

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Polka dot print deer

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Berry Red

Berry Red
Nordal Multi Colour Cluster of Frames by Berry Red
Flower baskets Frida blue
Swallows in flight by Berry Red
Retro kitchen scales by Berry Red

Today on shops i love, I bring you the bright and beautiful lifestyle store, Berry Red. They have a brick and mortar store in Hereford, England but there's also a fabulous online store with loads of my favourite brands, like Nordal, Green Gate, House Doctor and Rice DK to name a few.

Their emphasis is on colour and pattern, from Green Gate's pretty patterned stoneware to Cath Kidston's retro printed Roberts Radios. Everything is beautifully styled and photographed and the site is a delight to peruse. I am loving the mini fir trees planted in whimsical woven baskets adorned with cute pink and red birds, and the colourful cluster of frames I featured a few weeks back from Nordal.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

More pretty baking supplies

Kitchen Aid in duck egg blue

I plan to make lots of sweet treats in my kitchen this Christmas using my beloved duck egg blue Kitchen Aid, a Christmas gift from last year. Oh, how I love it!


Striped paper straws
I have wanted American style, retro striped paper straws that I am sure you have all seen in wonderful blogs the world over for ages now. Christmas seemed like a good excuse to finally get some, so I opted for pink, turquoise and green to fit in with my Winter Wonderland Christmas colour palette and will be using them to make my lollipops sticks super cute!


Divine bakers twine
I also bought some bakers twine in matching colours to tie around my cookies, hang my hand made tree decorations from, and to adorn gifts!


Mint & pink twist ties
When I saw these pretty twist ties on Etsy I just had to have them! I mean who knew they came in such sugary colours? I will be using them to keep my sweet treats fresh and pretty!


Bird tin
Winter Bird Tin, because I needed somewhere to store my mince pies, and it was too perfect for me to resist...

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Monday, 7 November 2011

More Winter Wonderland dessert table ideas

Winter Wonderland dessert table ideas by Torie Jayne

A few weeks ago I showed you my inspirational board for this year's dessert table in my Winter Wonderland colour palette. Since then I have been pinning lots of lovely ideas on my Pinterest board, Christmas Winter Wonderland dessert table. So today I am sharing some more of my inspirational ideas. I am thinking intricately decorated sugar snowflake cookies are a must!?!


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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Felted Mice

Felted Mice

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the adorable intricate needle felting work of Felted Mice by Barby Anderson. I adore the toadstool house with the pretty pink shutters, delicate lace windowsill and embroidered flowers.

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Winter Wonderland bird house

Winter Wonderland bird house
I love decorating mini wooden bird houses, from chocolate nest filled ones and butterfly-adorned ones at Easter, to candy covered gingerbread, advent ones and pretty, patterned ones as key hooks. So when my Mum kindly gave me one from a recent trip to Michaels that she bought on her vacation to visit her best friend from High School. I was delighted! I painted it in colours from my Winter Wonderland colour palette, gave it a glittery coating and hung it from pretty pink ribbon. Perfect for my Winter Wonderland themed Christmas tree. Thanks Mum!

Winter Wonderland bird house
Tools and Materials


Pretty wooden bird, How-to step by step
Winter Wonderland birdhouse steps 1-4
After removing the rope loop from the top of the house, paint the entire house white and leave to dry. Then, carefully paint the roof in pink and leave to dry. Turn upside down and paint base of house in aqua colour, leave paint to dry. With a small paint brush, paint white paint on to peak of roof to give it a snowy look. Once the entire house is painted and dry it is now time to glitter. Brush PVA glue onto the pink paint so you have a nice even coat, then immediately sprinkle with pink glitter before the glue starts to dry. Tap house lightly to remove excess glitter and leave to dry. Repeat PVA glue glittering technique with each coloured section of the house, until entire house is glittered. I used a coarse white glitter for the "snow" on the roof. Leave to dry.


Winter Wonderland birdhouse steps 5-8
Make the ribbon into a loop and thread ends of loop through top of house and out the star hole. Placing a pencil, or similar, through the top of the loop so you don't accidentally pull the ribbon out. Thread a pink bead onto the ends of the ribbon and then knot off the ends so the bead is secured. Pull the top of the ribbon loop up so the bead disappears into the house. Carefully cut a small circle of tissue paper so that it is a little bigger than the star hole. Brush PVA glue around the inside edge of the star. Carefully push tissue paper into star hole and, using a skewer, through the hole in the roof, placing tissue paper in position. Remove skewer and brush PVA glue into the hole in the roof to secure the ribbon in place. Leave to dry.


Handmade Christmas tree decorations

Can't wait to decorate my Christmas tree!

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