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Monday, 30 July 2012

Blueberries

Blueberries
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Today on Inspirational Pins I bring you another seasonal fruit: blueberries.

Blueberries belong to the Ericaceae family of plants, which includes cranberry, azalea, rhododendron, and heather plants.

To see more blueberry recipes check out my Pinterest board, Blueberries. I want to have a go at the baked blueberry cheesecake!

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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Candy Pink spray paint

Pretty bicycle planter
Yesterday I showed you my wheelbarrow that I spray painted candy pink. I didn't stop there! I also gave my bicycle planter a healthy dose of pretty...


Bicycle planter
Bicyle planter with Petunia's

My bargain plastic bird bath...

Pink bird bath in my garden
Pink spray painted birdbath
Before: Plastic bird bath


Pretty pink birdbath

I used Rust-Oleams painters touch Candy Pink gloss spray paint.

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Pink wheelbarrow planter

Flower filled kids pink wheelbarrow
My wheelbarrow from when I was a kid
I was recently given the old wheelbarrow that I had as a kid. Oh, how I loved that wheelbarrow, I used to help my dad collect up the leaves from the lawn with it in the autumn and gathered daisies into it in the summer to make daisy chains with. But after thirty years hidden in the corner of my parents' garage, it needed a little love!


Undercoat of white paint
After giving it a good clean, I painted it with white undercoat exterior paint.


Spraying it with candy pink gloss
Then I sprayed it with Rust-Oleams painters touch Candy Pink gloss spray paint.


Pink kids wheelbarrow
I think my five year old self would have loved it as it is now pretty in pink!


Spray painted empty food tins
Upcycled tin can plant pots

I wanted to fill it with pretty potted plants but couldn't find the right size pots to fill the space. So I up-cycled some tin cans with spray paint and potted them with some pink and purple flowering plants.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

My corner etagere

Herb Etagere

Yesterday I showed you my handmade herb labels, so today I wanted to share with you where they sit...

On my new corner etagere! I bought it in the sale from Greenfingers.com and gave it several coats of Cuprinol garden shades in Pale Jasmine paint. I then filled it with Kew Long Tom plant pots in a variety of pastel shades I bought from Terrace & Garden. It now brightens up the corner of my garden outside my kitchen french doors and is perfectly placed for snipping herbs whilst cooking!


Corner etagere from Greenfingers.com


Handmade Thyme herb label


Handmade Origanum herb label in Kew pot

To see all My Garden - A Transformation photos so far, check out my Facebook page. Warning: there are some very ugly before photos!

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Ib Laursen

Ib Laursen

This week for my 'labels i love' page, I bring you one of Scandinavia's leading trendsetters, Ib Laursen.

Ib Laursen was started in 1971 in the old streets of Ribe with furniture design, applied art and gifts. Their assortment of well-designed cosy products are for both the garden and home.

Today I wanted to share with you their gorgeous, vintage-inspired garden treasures like the birdcage plant shelves, tin strawberry signs and array of glass cloches.

Ib Laursen
Ib Laursen
Ib Laursen
Ib Laursen

Come on Sun, come out and play, I really want to finish my garden projects! Pretty please!

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

My beads and sequins organized

All my beads and sequins stored!

I have finally finished sorting all my beads and sequins! I had dozens of plastic bags, pots and tubes filled with sequins and beads and could spend ages rifling through my boxes to find what I was looking for! So, after buying a bunch of small, plastic, stackable pots and some clear drawers from Muji I was well on my way to getting them organized. On a recent trip to Tiger I saw they had some larger stackable pots and at £2 a stack they were considerably cheaper than elsewhere. I bought some and finally all my beads and sequins had a home!

I love how easy it is to find what I am looking for now and because the pots can be attached to each other in any combo, if I get new beads and trims I can re-arrange them in colour order!

Organized beads & sequins
Organizing my beads
Organized beads & sequins
My organized beads & sequins

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Friday, 13 July 2012

Rebecca Newport

Rebecca Newport
Rebecca Newport
Rebecca Newport
Rebecca Newport
Rebecca Newport

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the beautiful work of stylist, Rebecca Newport.

Rebecca Newport is a London based freelance stylist for interiors, still life and food props. After studying Textile Design at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art she started life out as a fashion and homeware buyer for BHS and Marks and Spencer. Since then she has turned her attention to styling and her delightful work can be seen in Elle Decoration, Country Living Magazine and Country Homes and Interiors magazine, to name a few.

We are having such miserable wet weather here, even by British standards, so I am dreaming of the sun coming out because I really want to play in the garden! But until it does (ever hopeful) I am loving looking at Rebecca's gorgeous outdoor, stylishly unique shoots.

To see more of Rebecca Newport's work check out her inspiring portfolio and beautiful blog.

Happy Friday, sweets!
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Monday, 2 July 2012

A Tala review

Funfetti gluten free cupcakes

I was thinking the other week how I needed to get myself a new bun tray as I only have one and I often want to make more than twelve cupcakes at once. So I couldn't believe my luck when I was offered to review some of Tala’s baking products to coincide with the launch of their new Tala bakeware website. The website allows the community to discuss their Tala bakes, and to add photos and recipes. You can also find their own added recipes, top tips and pictures of their pretty collection of bakeware:

"Tala is the British home cooking brand that has been an integral part in kitchens nationwide since 1899, known and loved for its innovative baking, icing tools and gadgets"


Tala 3 tier cake stand and bun tray

The lovely peeps offered to send me a bun tray and a pretty card, three-tier, pastel cake stand to review. I, of course, said yes!

The 12 hole bun tray is perfectly sized so you can bake both cupcakes and muffin sized cakes and has a nice weight to it that makes it feel feels robust and strong. With a double layered non-stick coating, the other great news is that it is dishwasher safe!

The Tala 3 tier card cupcake stand is made from thick card that is easily collapsible for easy storage and transportation. I love the idea of taking it with me on my next bicycle ride picnic. If only the sun would come out to play! The cake stand is easy to clean with a wipe of a damp cloth and cam be reused over and over again.


More funfetti cupcakes

To sit on my pretty new cake stand I baked twelve gluten-free creamy lemon cupcakes and twelve gluten-free blackcurrant swirl cupcakes in my new bun tray. I topped the orange ones with creamy buttercream frosting and the blackcurrant ones with a cream cheese frosting. After Saturday's post, I just had to decorate them with funfetti! After rifling through my baking cupboard I made a mixture of funfetti using colours that matched the cake stand. Later this week I will of course share with you both of the recipes for my funfetti cupcakes!


Pretty Tala cupcake stand
Funfetti cupcakes
Tala cupcake stand filled with funfetti cupcakes

*I was not paid for this review - I was sent a bun tray and a three tier card cake stand. Torie Jayne does not accept payment for any of her posts.

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