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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Everything Alice: The Wonderland Book of Makes by Hannah Read-Baldrey & Christine Leech

Homespun Style by Selina Lake

This week I'm reviewing Everything Alice: the Wonderland Book of Makes by Hannah Read-Baldrey & Christine Leech. Hannah is a successful props and fashion stylist whose work has appeared in leading international publications such as Vogue, Elle, Red and Cath Kidston magazine. Christine is a trained illustrator with over 15 years experience designing and art directing magazines, including Buzz, New Woman, Marie Claire, Look and ASOS. Three years ago the avid crafters met whilst working on the newly launched HobbyCraft magazine, and they have been working together ever since. I chose to review this book as I love all things Alice, especially the Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Everything Alice is a super stylish, enchanting collection of fifty craft projects to make, bake and decorate all in the theme of Lewis Carroll's novel, Alice in Wonderland.

The book starts by meeting the creative authors: "This book began as a little idea – a little idea hatched within an ordinary conversation over a cup of tea. We were having a chat – standing at the bottom of a staircase in a location house, which was dressed up for Christmas Day, even though it was July – and simultaneously we both exclaimed, 'How we would love to make a craft book with the theme of Alice In Wonderland.' Everything Alice is our first book (one of many, hopefully...) and we couldn’t be prouder!" They then go on to explore Lewis Carroll's past at Oxford University in the fun form of 'On The Trail of Alice'.

After being given a list of essential items in the form of a 'Craft Kit' and a 'Cookery Kit' the real fun starts with...

Time for tea jewellery, which is a cute selection of charm jewellery you can make out of miniature doll's house furniture and accessories, all with clear explanations. Next up is the handsome dandy white rabbit, complete with bow tie and pocket watch. The book then seamlessly leads the reader through a host of projects to decorate your home and garden, from fabric covered furniture, to Wonderland mobiles and lavender mice. All are interspersed with treats you can bake, like the heavenly lavender-scented Duchess Macaroons and Wonderland cookies, complete with how to make your own cookie cutters and decadent looking red velvet cupcakes. For Alice-inspired parties there are tea set invitations, chic Mad Hatter hats and playing card bunting to name a few. Each of the fifty projects are beautifully photographed and styled with accompanying easy to follow clear instructions and photographed instructions, including templates where necessary.

Everything Alice: the Wonderland Book of Makes is a super practical book brimming with highly effective ideas. At a recommended price of £14.99, I think this book is a must for crafters, bakers and lovers of quirky vintage who admire Alice!

Some of my favourite ideas:

The dandy white rabbit


Vintage cake stand


Red Velvet cupcakes


Wonderland mobile


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


Everything Alice


To go with this fabulous book the two lovely authors are running Mad Hatter weekends to teach you first-hand how to make many of the creations from the book, all set in the stunning, award winning Bedruthan spa hotel in Cornwall, England. To find out more please visit Everything Alice.

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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Candy Easter Eggs

Candy Easter Eggs

Last year I made candy filled Easter eggs and they went down a treat with the kids when I hid them in the garden as part of my Easter egg hunt. So this year I made them again, but this time filling them with vanilla, bubblegum and blueberry flavoured Jelly Belly beans to match my colour palette.


Candy Easter Eggs
Tools and Materials

Candy Easter Eggs, How-to step by step
Making candy filled eggs for Easter

Start by washing and drying the plastic eggs. Then wrap a line of washi tape around the bottom half of the egg top, follow by wrapping a layer of lace tape over the washi tape. Cut ribbon to size and knot ends, thread through hole in top of egg and fill egg with jelly beans or small candy and carefully snap together.


Candy filled eggs
Trims for candy filled eggs

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Paper Flowers for Easter

Paper Flowers for Easter

This past weekend I started to make paper flowers for my Easter tree and the little bunnies wanted one each! So now I have a few less for my tree, but don't they look cute!


Paper Flowers for Easter
Tools and Materials

Pretty Easter Egg boxes, How-to step by step
Making paper punch flowers
Making paper punch flowers

Start by punching out the petal pairs until you have a pair for each flower you want to make. Place one of each petal on top of each other and tuck one punched petal shape into another to create a beautiful flower. Then carefully push the craft pick through the centre of each flower so you have a small hole in the centre. Thread a sequin onto a stamen and thread the stamen through the hole. Glue in place.


Butter dish to fill
Flower Bunnies
Twig napkin holder

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Monday, 26 March 2012

My Easter decorations part 2

My Easter decorations part 2

Continuing my Easter colour scheme of mint, peach and gold, I designed an Easter bunny lace print in mint and white which Hello Canvas kindly printed onto a large canvas for me. I've started making paper flowers to adorn my Easter tree with and filled plastic eggs with pretty candy, all of which I will be sharing with you here this week, so stay tuned!

Also don't forget there's still time to enter my Oodles of Eggs, giveaway.

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

Homespun Style by Selina Lake

Homespun Style by Selina Lake

This week I'm reviewing Homespun Style by Selina Lake, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Selina Lake is a freelance interior & lifestyle stylist based in London, and has featured in many magazines and catalogues. Selina is also the author of 'Romantic Style' and best selling 'Bazaar Style', both shot with photographer, Debi Treloar. I chose to review this her third book as I love Selina's style!

Homespun style is a homely, crafty look that has been given a modern twist with bright colours, whimsical patterns and textural fabrics: an interior style that is unique to the individual creating it. But don't worry if painting or crafting is not your thing, Selina shares with you an abundance of great places to source one of a kind gems to create this look for yourself.

The book is split into three main chapters, starting with "Elements" of the look. In this chapter Selina covers homespun modern craft, how to use colour & pattern and how to customize & recycle. In Modern Craft she shows you some great ideas on storing all your craft needs in a creative, aesthetically pleasing way. In Colour & Pattern there are some fabulous shots of patchwork walls and cushions and in Customize & Recycle she shows you cute vintage bunting ideas and adorable cupcake wrapper garlands.

The second chapter "Details" looks at homespun textiles, furniture & lighting and display. In Textiles there are some whimsical cushions that layer crochet over prints and delicately adorned buttons give a chair a new lease of life! Furniture & Lighting is all about choosing display furniture and the quirkiest lampshades. For great wall art and statement pieces, Display has all your needs covered.

The last chapter "Spaces" shows how the homespun style can be used in all the rooms in your house including creative spaces, outdoor living and children's rooms. Kitchen spaces are kept practical and fun with lots of bright colours and an array of prints while children's rooms are adapted and changed to suit their evolving lives of baby, toddler to confident school goer.

Homespun Style by Selina Lake is an adorable hardback book full of bright and beautiful, unique, inspiring decorating ideas. At a recommended price of £19.99, I think this hardback book is a brilliant buy as it is has so many great tips and I can't stop pouring over the gorgeous photos!

Some of my favourite shots:

Homespun Style by Selina Lake


Homespun Style by Selina Lake


Homespun Style by Selina Lake


Homespun Style by Selina Lake


Homespun Style by Selina Lake


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

To go with this fabulous new book Selina is having a book party and homespun market event next month, which I for one can't wait to go to!


Homespun market event by Selina Lake


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Friday, 23 March 2012

Fanni Williams

Fanni Williams
Fanni Williams
Fanni Williams

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the beautiful Easter photography from London based photographer, Fanni Williams, an ice cream lover and graphic designer whose natural light photography is so so beautiful.

To see more of Fanni's gorgeous work check out her site and creative blog, and for her inspirational pins check out her Pinterest boards. For her graphic and illustration work check out her Fubumedia.

Happy Friday, sweets!
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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Easter mini bottle labels

Easter mini bottle labels

At Christmas I made mini labels for my bottles and filled them with flavoured milk. I don't know who liked them best, the kids or the grownups! So to keep my Easter Egg hunters' thirst quenched, I have made some pretty lace bunny and polka dot labels for my mini bottles that I will fill with milk or fresh peach lemonade! Please feel free to enjoy the labels for yourselves.


Easter bottle labels

Easter mini bottle labels
Tools and Materials

Easter mini bottle labels, How-to step by step
Mini bottle labels
Start by printing off the Easter lace bunny bottle labels onto a label sheet. Carefully cover the printed labels in sticky back plastic and carefully cut out. Stick cut out Easter lace bunny bottle label around bottle.


Easter milk bottles
Easter milk bottles
Easter milk bottle labels
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Organizing my Craft Room part three

My Craft room

Today, instead of my usual shops i love I wanted to share with you how my craft room is looking so far. I am loving my new wrapping paper storage, an alternative use for a metal laundry bin from Next. The washi tape attached postcards on the wall are from Belle and Boo and the ribbon spool storage is from Panduro Hobby.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Pretty Easter Egg boxes

Easter Egg boxes

On Saturday I launched my Oodles of Eggs giveaway and showed you how I shall be packaging some of my gold eggs to hide in the garden. Today I wanted to share with you where I bought my turquoise egg boxes (a snip at £3.50 for 30!) and share my labels for you to enjoy.


Easter lace bunny labels

Pretty Easter Egg boxes
Tools and Materials

Pretty Easter Egg boxes, How-to step by step
Pretty packaged chocolate eggs

Start by printing off the Easter lace bunny labels onto a label sheet and carefully cut out. Stick Easter lace bunny label on to top of egg box. Fill box with shredded paper and push cupcake wrappers into egg grooves, and fill papers with foil wrapped eggs. Tie ribbon around box to secure and there, all ready to be hidden!

Easter Gift
Oodles of eggs packaged
Milk chocolate egg

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Monday, 19 March 2012

My Easter decorations so far...

My Easterdecorations

After deciding to go for a colour scheme of mint, peach and gold this Easter, I have designed pretty lace bunny labels in peach and mint to stick on my chocolate filled egg boxes and mini bottles (labels for you to enjoy coming later this week). I dressed my bunnies with peach and gold trimmed ribbon bows and filled their bellies with Oodles of Eggs, the latter of which you can win in my latest giveaway. I also managed to sequin a few more eggs.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Balcony Gardener

The Balcony Gardener
The Balcony Gardener 2012

Today on shops i love I bring you The Balcony Gardener. The Balcony Gardener was set up by Isabelle Palmer after her own experience of owning a small balcony in the city. She believes your own outdoor space, whatever size, should be a special place where you can sit, relax and grow your own little bit of green in the city.

She has put together a wonderful collection of treasures from plants, seeds and window boxes to pots, planters and garden furniture.
I would love the paper pom poms for alfresco parties and, for indoors and outdoors, the quirky bird chandelier and the pretty duck egg blue herb planter pots for my kitchen window sill.

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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Easter Cupcakes

Easter Cupcakes

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some cute Easter cupcakes from colourful floral ones to cute bunnies!

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites



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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Nevie Pie Cakes

Nevie Pie Cakes

I finally got to meet the delightful Natasha of Nevie Pie Cakes at The Vintage Wedding Fair. I have admired her beautiful, whimsical cake and cookie designs for so long so it was lovely meeting her. How gorgeous are her cakes?

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Friday, 2 March 2012

Friday Feature - Jon Day

Jon Day
Jon Day
Jon Day
Jon Day

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the beautiful Spring-inspired photography of award winning British photographer, Jon Day. Based in Central London, Jon specializes in interiors and lifestyle work.

To see more of Jon's beautiful work check out his site.

With all this talk about weddings and the sunny days we have had recently I have started to dream of Spring! I am looking forward to leisurely bike rides along the river as the evenings get lighter, the garden beginning to bloom and a spot of decorating. How about you?

Happy Friday, sweets!
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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Vicky Trainor

Vicky Trainor on Etsy

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I wanted to share with you the gorgeous vintage inspired wedding stationery from Vicky Trainor, who I had the honour of meeting at The Vintage Wedding Fair. How gorgeous, stylish and unique is her wedding stationery?

She makes all of her pretty products by hand from recycled, re-cherished vintage linens and haberdashery that have been lovingly sourced, mended and cared for.

Her pretty stand at The Vintage Wedding Fair:

Beautiful Wedding stationery from Vicky Trainor
Beautiful Wedding stationery from Vicky Trainor

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