The Villa on Mount Pleasant

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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sunday Snapshots

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

As promised, here are some snapshots taken on my phone from our trip to Great Yarmouth a few days ago...I know I've posted about Great Yarmouth before, and how much I love the seaside funfair vibe and retro arcade facades (Post with more pictures of the carousel here and beach huts here).  Although Great Yarmouth has a reputation for being a tacky, faded seaside town, there is still great beauty there if you look closely, and the beach itself is fab, with wide golden sands.  The fish and chips are excellent and there is so much for the children to do - sandcastle building (obviously!), rides everywhere but the carousel on the pier is beautiful, seal spotting, 2p slot machines in the arcade, crazy golf, bouncy castles, treasure hunting at the shoreline, and the Sealife Centre is brilliant especially for younger children.

I have actually cheated a little bit with the pictures above - picture number three wasn't taken at the seaside at all, but I had to include it in this set as it's just so pretty - I took that snap at the Radio One Big Weekend which came to Norwich last weekend.  For those of you who don't know, I'm a bit of a festival addict with a penchant for guitar music!  So I was in my element as I saw Muse, Foo Fighters and Florence and the Machine amongst lots of other bands.  So much fun and many cocktails were consumed!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tamsyn x


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 folks 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


Thursday, 7 May 2015

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