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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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Summer Dream

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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

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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

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Cherries

Cherries
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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

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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
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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

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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.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Dotcomgiftshop

Dotcomgiftshop

Today on shops i love I bring you Dotcomgiftshop, the purveyor of all things by Rex International. I have featured Dotcomgiftshop before and it is my go-to place when I am looking for all kinds of whimsical party supplies, cute kitchen tools or great gifts for friends and family alike.


Dotcomgiftshop
I love the mini milk bottle crate I got from there last year, and I use it time and time again, accessorized with hand designed labels, striped paper straws and ribbon.


Easter milk bottles


Mini milks

Dotcomgiftshop currently have a Summer sale on with 40% to 90% off, which I made the most of and bought some pretty spotty melamine party pizza plates that would work brilliantly for slices of cake in the garden! Originally £1.95, down to 59p each!


Metal hearts
I also bought some metal hearts to hang in my garden, originally £3.95 each, down to 39p!

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Hello Kitty raspberry jelly candies

Hello Kitty raspberry jelly candies

This Summer I will be making my niece Molly's third birthday cake. For her first birthday, I made a pastel coloured jungle themed cake to match her gift of a jungle bench I hand-painted in pastels with matching cushion. For her second birthday, I made a cute little house cake to match all the gifts I made and gave her for her playhouse. This year she has asked for a Hello Kitty cake. I'll be making a few other Hello Kitty treats, too. In preparation I have started playing about with ideas...

After a few attempts at making fruit flavoured Hello Kitty jellies, I finally got the taste and texture right. Here's how...

Raspberry jelly candies (makes 24 jellies)

Ingredients
  • 1 pack of raspberry jelly (Jello) (135g)
  • 4 sheets of gelatine
  • 80ml water
  • 3 tbsp condensed milk

Tools & equipment
  • Hello Kitty mould x2
  • Pipette

Making Hello Kitty candy

Cooking instructions
  1. Place gelatine sheets in cold water and leave for at least five minutes
  2. Place raspberry jelly cubes in a microwaveable jug
  3. Add 80ml of water
  4. Heat for approx. 1 minute
  5. Stir until completely dissolved
  6. Remove soaked gelatine sheets from bowl of water and add to dissolved raspberry jelly mix and stir till dissolved
  7. Using a pipette, carefully squeeze melted jelly mixture into Hello Kitty bows & noses
  8. Place the moulds into the fridge
  9. Add the condensed milk to the remaining melted jelly mixture and stir thoroughly till you have an even colour
  10. Remove moulds from fridge and pour jelly mixture into moulds
  11. Place in fridge overnight to set
  12. Carefully turn out Hello Kitty raspberry jellies

Hello Kitty serving
Hello Kitty & friends candy
Home made Hello Kitty candy, yummy!

Now I want to play with the colour, as I think the pink looks too dark against the red bow!

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