Monday, 30 July 2012

Blueberries

Blueberries
Source 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Summer Dream

Summer Dream


This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you these gorgeous dreamy summer pics.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites:

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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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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Pretty wooden bunting

Pretty wooden bunting by Torie Jayne

To add some colour and interest to my boring green fence behind my new corner etagere I decided to make some wooden bunting. I bought some wooden triangles from Craft Shapes and using their fab "drilling holes service" - I requested that they drill two small holes at the top of the triangles. I then painted them in a range of pastel shades using Cuprinol Garden Shades to protect the wood from the damaging effect of the weather. You can order 30ml mini tester pots from Cuprinol for £1 each! I made the Lavender and Beach Blue colours paler by mixing with Pale Jasmine. I strung them with bakers twine and attached them to the fence using cup hooks.

Pretty wooden bunting
Tools and materials

My wooden garden bunting
Start by painting the bunting wooden shapes in several coats of paint till you have a solid even colour on all sides. When paint is completely dry, thread bakers twine through the holes and hang!


Pretty bunting hanging on my fence
Pretty outdoor bunting

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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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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Bird house herb labels

Bird house herb labels by Torie Jayne

This past weekend the sun finally came out to play! I finally get to show you some of the crafts I have been working on for my garden. First up are my birdhouse herb labels, which I painted in Cuprinol Garden Shades to protect the wood from the damaging effect of the weather. You can order 30ml mini tester pots from Cuprinol for £1 each! I made the Lavender and Beach Blue colours paler by mixing with Pale Jasmine.

Birdhouse herb labels
Tools and materials

Making birdhouse herb garden labels - Part 1
Start by painting the birdhouse wooden shapes and lollipop sticks in several coats of paint till you have a solid even colour on all sides. When paint is completely dry, glue lollipop stick to birdhouse shape.


Making birdhouse herb garden labels - part 2
Print labels onto a regular sheet of paper so you can check the labels for size and colour. Once you are happy with the size and colour of the labels, print them on to the glossy coated side of the decal paper. In a well ventilated area, and with newspaper laid on the ground to protect the surface, coat the printed labels with an even coat of clear varnish. Leave to dry for about 30mins. Next, carefully cut out the labels. Place cut-out labels into a bowl of water and leave for up to 30 seconds. Before placing the decals onto the painted birdhouses, wet the surface of the birdhouses so you can slide the decals into position easily. Remove label from water and place it facing up on your birdhouses. Carefully slide the decal paper slightly and attach the corner lip of the decal onto the birdhouse shape. Once you have the lip attached to the birdhouse shape, gently pull the backing paper away and adhere label to birdhouse shape. Once the decal is attached to the birdhouse shape, carefully slide it around to your desired position. Then gently rub the label with a lint free cloth to remove any air bubbles and leave to dry for 3-4 hours. Finally, spray birdhouse label with a coat of clear vanish.

Tips: Use clear varnish spray in a well-ventilated area and protect your work surface from overspray with a newspaper. To start the paint flow properly make sure you have shaken the paint enough (refer to directions on can) and spray first on to newspaper. Spray varnish 30cm away from labels and spray in a sweeping motion maintaining a constant distance from the printed labels. Ensure labels are fully coated in varnish or there will be a leakage of ink when placed in the bowl of water at the later stage.

Mixing up pale turquoise outdoor paint
To make my pale aqua colour I mixed Pale Jasmine with Beach blue.


Handmade Origanum herb label

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Cherries

Cherries
Source 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, 6, 7, 8

Today on Inspirational Pins I bring you another seasonal fruit: ripe, sweet cherries.

Cherries belong to the stone family of fruit which includes almonds, peaches, apricots and plums.

To see more juicy cherry recipes check out my Pinterest board Cherries. I am loving the look and sound of the double cherry ice cream. How about you?

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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Holly Pickering's Flora & Fauna

Holly Pickering's Flora & Fauna


This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the gorgeous styled flora and fauna photography from Holly Pickering. To see more of Holly's gorgeous styling check out her blog, Adventures in Renovating.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites:

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Friday, 20 July 2012

Making Magazine - Beach Beautiful

Making Magazine issue 24 August 2012
Making Magazine issue 24 August 2012

Woo hoo! A few weeks ago I told you how busy I had been and promised to share with you some exciting news ...

Yesterday morning on my way to work I ran into the newsagent and bought the latest copy of Making magazine (I couldn't wait for it to be delivered!). I excitedly opened it and was delighted to see my shell mirror on page 3 with a lovely introduction about me and my blog by editor, Emma.

"New to Making this month is designer Torie Jayne. I recently came across Torie's website and fell in love with her simple ideas and clean fresh colourways and spent the next hour fantasizing about living in her uncluttered world, before returning to my own very cluttered one and contacted her with an invitation to share her ideas with Making. Happily she obliged and has made some gorgeous projects to add a little more seaside magic to this issue"

Making Magazine issue 24 August 2012


Making Magazine issue 24 August 2012





Thank you to Emma and the lovely team at Making - beautiful crafts for your home magazine - for the lovely feature and for inviting me to be part of this great magazine, which is full of Beach Beautiful craft ideas like the beautiful sequin-trimmed Grecian dress, sun lounger makeover and the prettiest paper windmills, to name a few.

For a sneak peak at one of the two crafts I have made for next month's issue check out page 81!

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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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Monday, 16 July 2012

Strawberries

Strawberries
Source 1, 2, 7 & 8, 4, 3 & 5, 6

Today on Inspirational Pins I bring you my first "seasonal fruit" inspiration: juicy, summery strawberries.

Here in the UK strawberries are in season for only six weeks from early June to mid-August. The Elsanta variety accounts for 80 per cent of the British fruit sold in UK supermarkets, however other varieties are available at "pick your own" farms.

Strawberries are synonymous with the British summer and during the Wimbledon tennis tournament roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten!

I love baking with fresh fruit and now when I need inspiration for my strawberries I can peruse my Pinterest board, Strawberries. Top of my list of things to try is the mini eclairs with strawberries but I will need to adapt the recipe to be gluten free!

What's your favourite strawberry recipe?

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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Cintamani's fruit

Cintamani's fruit

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the gorgeous fruit photography from Cintamani. I love how she has styled the fruit and how bright and dreamy the photos are.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites:

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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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