Friday, 23 December 2011

Gift wrapped

Pretty gift wrapping

How are your plans for Christmas coming on? I am slowly but surely getting there, fingers crossed....

I have wrapped my presents in a combination of four printed rolls of wrapping paper using double side tape so no tape is visible, tied them up with velvet and raffia ribbon and trimmed them with gift tags and candy canes.


Pretty gift wrap



Gift wrapped



Gift wrapping



Gift tags


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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas tree card holder

Christmas tree card holder

Yesterday I showed you my upcycled wooden Christmas trees, today I am sharing with you my upcycled Christmas tree photo holders that I did the same thing with. I am using them to display my Christmas cards.

This brings me nicely on to the gorgeous Christmas cards from Portuguese graphic designer, Filipa, from Kids and Babies design. Filipa wrote to me a few weeks back to ask if she could use my Winter Wonderland colour palette as her inspiration. Of course I said yes; I loved what she did for her cards and she kindly sent me a set.


Christmas cards

After working for several years in some design studios and publishers, Filipa decided to create a personal project, the "Kids & Babies Design", a printable party shop where you can find, among other things, vintage and shabby chic custom design partyware and personalized party printables. All her pieces are unique, customized and inspired by their recipients and made to order.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Dee Puddy Seasonal accents

Dee Puddy Seasonal accents
Dee Puddy Seasonal accents
Dee Puddy Seasonal accents
Dee Puddy Seasonal accents
Dee Puddy Seasonal accents

Today on label love I am sharing with you some lovely seasonal accents from online store, Dee Puddy. How cute are the little family of deer?

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Snowflake hair clips

Snowflake hair clips

I loved making the snowflake hair bobbles to put in my advent house for cute Molly: they were so quick and easy to do! I had quite a few snowflakes left and thought they would look sweet on pretty hair clips so I bought a bunch of glittery pastel hair clips to stick them to.

Snowflake hair clips
Tools and Materials


Snowflake hair clips, How-to step by step
Snowflake hair clips
Using a hot glue gun, place a small dab of glue on the end of the clip, immediately stick a felt snowflake to the glue and leave to dry. Cut out a small rectangle of pretty card and, using a ribblet punch, punch holes in centre. Clip hair clips to card by threading through holes in card.


Snowflake hair clips

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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Delicate...

Delicate...

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some gorgeous delicate details from prouaPolkovnik, whose gorgeous photo stream I discovered this week whilst looking for gingerbread cookie photos. To see more of Kadri's beautiful photos and crafts visit her blog Polkovniku Butiik.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites:

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg

Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg

This week I'm reviewing Decorated Gingerbread 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 I love making gingerbread houses for Christmas!

The book is split into four main chapters, starting with the basics which includes spiced gingerbread and chocolate gingerbread recipes. How to make, tint, pipe and flood fill cookies with royal icing.

Next up is Cute, which is full of cookie ideas children will love, like the shaped teddy bears, kooky clowns and scotty dogs. Then there is the Pretty section, which includes the scattered sprinkle cupcake cookies, pink love hearts and autumn leaves.

Last up is Festive, which shows you how to make my favourite snowy village scene with candy glass windows. Decorative stars, ornaments and the prettiest snowflake cookies.

The Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg is a cute hard back book book full of sweet gingerbread cookies. At a recommended price of £9.99, I think this hardback book is a good buy as it is has some great tips and sweet cookie ideas.

Some of my favourite shots:

Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg



Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg



Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg



Decorated Ginger bread by Annie Rigg



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

I really must go and start this year's gingerbread bird house!

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

North Rock Gallery

North Rock Gallery
North Rock Gallery

From left to right:
Jewellery storage tree, sparrow key ring, oak tree tray, mushroom shaped sponge, fairytale bird soft toy , ceramic bird, toadstool pen, apple blossom and wild berry candle, owl beaker, red hare print, twig colouring pencils

Today on label love I am sharing with you North Rock Gallery, which I was recently introduced to. It's a great online boutique full of gorgeous Scandi-chic interior pretties, Nordic inspired art and a host of gorgeous woodland inspired decorations.

Northrock Gallery was opened in May 2009 by textile designer maker Suzanne and her landscape and architecture photographer boyfriend Mark. Located in the Shetland Isles, Scotland, they sell well known Scandinavian brands such as Sagaform, ISAK, Rice DK, Blafre, Pluto Produkter, and Maileg, as well as some stylish British brands such as Orla Kiely, Mini Moderns and Bold and Noble.

In 2010 they launched their web shop to help them reach a wider audience, where they sell a large selection of the products available in store online and are currently expanding the artwork available to buy online, selling the work of several of the artists who's work they exhibit in their gallery.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Samsung G Series Three Door Refrigerator Review

Samsung G Series Three Door Refrigerator
Samsung G Series Three Door Refrigerator
I was recently asked if I would like to review a G Series Three Door Refrigerator from Samsung but having recently fitted a new kitchen into my home, as much as I loved the idea of this refrigerator, there was no way it would fit in my kitchen. On the other hand, my recently engaged little sister and her fiance are renovating their new home.

I immediately went and checked out this cool sounding refrigerator on Samsung's website. It looked so shiny, stylish and chic, boasted so much space inside and to top it all it had an ice maker! I thought it would look great in their kitchen! After ringing my excited sister, they checked over their kitchen plans and after taking the measurements into consideration they agreed it would be a perfect fit. It would also come in very handy as I'm chief wedding planner and will need plenty of space to store all the sweet treats myself and their friends and family are making for their special day.

So this past weekend I went down to visit her and her fiance in Devon. We spent Saturday trying out recipes I would like to make for my Christmas dessert table (recipes coming soon!) and planning out ideas for her wedding, which I will be sharing with you here over the next year!

We thought this was a great opportunity to put their shiny, sleek new refrigerator through its paces. My sister and I made panna cotta, gluten free key lime pie and chocolate mousse in mini glass jars, and chocolate raspberry cupcakes. All of the items easily fitted on the shelves and we didn't get in each other's way as we moved things in and out of the refrigerator due to the huge opening. The storage space is amazing due to the thin wall insulation technology which gives you extra space inside. As the desserts set we played about with the height adjustable balconies inside the door and everything fitted so well, from the tall bottles of soda to the mini milk bottles and the clever can dispenser that you can angle for easy can removal.

We loved the G Series Three Door Refrigerator. Not only does it look fabulous but Samsung have really pulled out all the stops. With its LED lighting it makes even the corners bright! It is roomy and can be configured in so many ways by using the foldable, flippable and slide out shelves. It has two fresh-safe, large vegetable drawers that provide the optimal humidity level to preserve vitamins and nutrients in fruits and vegetables. The water and ice dispenser is state of the art and provides continuous filtered water and crushed or cubed ice at the touch of a button. The water and ice dispenser is also tall enough to fill jugs and has its own lighting. The healthy water filter system ensures that water and ice from the refrigerator will always be clean and fresh.


Thank you Samsung, we love it!


Samsung G Series Three Door Refrigerator
Raspberry & Lemon soda
Samsung G Series Three Door Refrigerator
Strawberry Milk
Cocktails

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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Vintage Amethyst

Vintage Amethyst

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some pretty treasures from Vintage Amethyst. To see more of the gorgeous finds that she sells in her home and gift boutique visit Vintage Amethyst.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites:

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