Friday, 22 May 2015

Fabric Rosette Tutorial-Laura Ashley Sew & Stitch Challenge

Hello everyone, Happy Friday!

I was so delighted when the lovely people at Laura Ashley invited me to take part in their Sew and Stitch challenge, and even more delighted when a beautiful parcel of fabric arrived at my door!

I decided to make rosettes with my fabric, as not only are they easy to make (my approach to sewing is rustic at best, so if I can make them, anyone can!) but they’re also great for adding a decorative flourish to all sorts of things.  Plus these fabrics are absolutely perfect for making rosettes as they retain their lovely ruffled shape so well.  They would be lovely gathered en masse as party decorations or as a focal point in a child’s bedroom, or you could make smaller rosettes to decorate a handmade bag or cushion.

The folk at Laura Ashley are again running a lovely competition!  Head over to their blog here to see all four Sew And Stitch posts by different bloggers, if you vote for your favourite post you are in with a chance of winning a £50 Laura Ashley voucher!  


My tutorial is after the jump - if you make any rosettes for yourself, I'd love to see them, so please do share with me by tagging me on Instagram or Twitter.


Have a lovely weekend!


Tamsyn x



Monday, 18 May 2015

Styling Spring At Mine

Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend!

I was so very lucky to win a place of a floral styling workshop from my Styling The Seasons post back in April (see post here), I jumped for joy when I found out!  Especially as there were so many beautiful entries.  
So, I booked my train ticket, took a day off work and travelled down to the fabulous workshop space at Homemade London.  The whole day was orchestrated by Katy at Apartment Apothecary, Charlotte at Lotts and Lots, the lovely people at at{mine}, whilst the beautiful blooms were supplied by Bloom and Wild.  Caroline at Wild Rubus was our teacher for the day, as she guided us through making a beautiful spring wreath.  We also got to make a spring posy using our gorgeous jars from Rose and Grey.  It was such a fabulous day, playing with pretty blooms and meeting so many inspirational, lovely fellow bloggers, some of which I'd met before at Crafting The Seasons back in November (post here).  Despite a quick trip to Liberty to drool over the divine fabrics, I managed to transport my makes back to Norfolk and they made it pretty much in one piece! 

A big 'Thank You' to everyone who made it such a lovely day!

Tamsyn x

Friday, 15 May 2015

Styling The Seasons - May

Hello everyone, I hope you've had a lovely week!

I dragged myself out of bed super early last Sunday to go to a car boot fair, but it was so worth it for the vintage treasure!  Amongst other bits and bobs, I found this lovely old lamp which needs re-wiring, this beautiful gold Florentine tray, and in a move which may leave some of you saying 'What on earth was she thinking?!' this vintage Edouart Mandon print.  I've always had a soft spot for anything retro, bordering on kitsch, and whilst I'm sure most of my friends wouldn't touch this picture with a barge pole, the moment I saw it, I fell in love with it.  For a start, I love the sea and being at the beach - there's something so soothing about listening to waves crash against the shore, and this painting captures that in the most beautiful way.  It makes me so happy every time I look at it! (Tricky to photograph though without getting my big reflection in it!)

It was only when I got home that I realised I'd picked these three items and they all had a soft, golden, early summer glow to them.  Once I placed them together, they looked as if they were meant to be together.  I added a touch of blush pink (gold and blush pink = a luscious combination!) and one of my favourite Diptyque scented candles, a treat from Liberty on my London trip the other week (find it here - it's utterly divine!).

You can see lots of other beautiful and inspiring Styling The Seasons posts by heading over to Katy's blog Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte at Lotts and Lots, or by searching the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons on Instagram.  You can also join in on Instagram by styling a surface in your home according to what that month means to you (don't forget to use the hashtag!).

I'll be putting a post together over the weekend with a few snaps of my trip to London for the amazing Styling Spring At Mine event, so please do pop back!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Ranunculus

Hello everyone!

Ranunculus are one of my favourite spring flowers, so when they popped up on my local flower stall, I treated myself to a bunch.  They look so pretty displayed in vintage green bottles, and lined up on a shelf or mantelpiece. 

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my kitchen post, they really brought a smile to my face!

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Monday, 4 May 2015

Car Boot Treasure

Hello everyone!
 Happy Bank Holiday if you're in the UK!

I actually had a different post lined up for you this morning, but I nipped along to my local car boot fair, so I though I'd share my finds with you.  As you know, I can't resist a Queen Elizabeth tin, so to find two plus the prettiest tray made my morning!  My heart also skipped a beat when I found the gorgeous vintage glass door handles - one of them has gone a little rusty but I'm hoping I will be able to sort it with a bit of tlc.

I hope you have a glorious day whatever you are doing - I have a list of jobs to get done but I'm also hoping to sit in the garden and just be for a little while...my mum always tells me to stop and smell the flowers, and I think that's such an important thing to remember in this crazy busy time we are living in. 

 I hope you all get a chance to stop and smell the flowers today!

Tamsyn x

Friday, 1 May 2015

Kitchen Update




Hello everyone!

I hope you've had a good week - Happy Friday and welcome May!

It's been a crazy busy but lovely week here - I went to London on Wednesday to join lots of fabulous bloggers for the Styling Spring at Mine wreath making workshop.  I had such a delightful day and met so many lovely people - more on that on another post!
Yesterday I had a photographer and interior stylist photograph the house to go in a magazine which is very exciting!  I don't know which magazine it will go into yet, but I will keep you you posted.

I thought I'd share some new snapshots of my kitchen with you, as I have slowly been finishing off bits and pieces in there over the last month.  I still have some work to do on the cupboard doors which my clever dad made from old pallets- inspired by the beach huts in Southwold I painted them pastel shades, but I'm still tinkering with the colours.  My dad also finished the tiling all the way round to the fridge, luckily we were easily able to buy a box of tiles to match the ones that were already there.  I've been grouting them with varying degrees of success!  I absolutely love how it's all come together, here's a reminder of what it was like on the day I moved in!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Tamsyn x

Friday, 24 April 2015

Magnolia

Hello everyone!

I hope you've had a lovely week.  
I made my annual trek up to Chapelfield gardens in Norwich on my lunch hour on Monday, to photograph the cherry blossom trees.  However when I arrived, their buds were still closed, not yet ready to burst into their pink fluffy pompoms.  Instead I found this gorgeous magnolia tree, which looked magnificent against the bright blue sky, with it's luscious raspberry ripple cupped petals.

I was lucky enough to win a place on a floral wreath making workshop next week in London, after my Styling Spring At Mine post last week.  I feel very honoured to have won a place, and I'm so looking forward to meeting some amazing bloggers, and catching up with some of the ladies I met at Liberty back in November (see my Crafting The Seasons post here).  Another exciting event next week is that a photographer is coming to photograph the house for a magazine - cue me running around with a paint brush and wall filler trying to finish bits of decorating here and there!  I will keep you all posted on both my adventures!

Tamsyn x