Saturday, 27 June 2015

Car Boot Treasure

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to share a few snaps with you of my finds from last Sunday's car boot fair, as it was a particularly fruitful trip out!  The metal ampersand was such a lucky find, and I paid a whole £1 for it.  I'm not sure whether to paint it white and leave it outside so it rusts a little, or whether to leave it as it is. The embroidered tablecloths are absolutely beautiful, and one day (one day!) I shall turn them into cushion covers, or frame them.

My birthday party I have been planning for 6 months is one week today!  So this weekend is all about last minute preparations and final gathering of props.  I have a theme, and I can't wait to share some snaps with you of the props I have made and collected from car boot fairs - can you guess what my theme is? :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Thank You Laura Ashley!


Hello everyone!

I just want to say a huge 'thank you!' to the lovely people at Laura Ashley who have featured me as their blogger crush for this month - I'm absolutely thrilled and so honoured!  If you haven't seen it, you can see it over on their blog here.  If you have a browse on their blog, you can see lots of lovely features, interiors inspiration and tutorials, so it's well worth sitting down with a cup of tea and taking a look!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Still Life of Petals

Happy Thursday everyone!

A very quick post from me today but wanted to share this snap with you that I took on my phone -a little still life of petals, feathers and cotton reels against the peeling paint of my garden table.

Have a fab day!

Tamsyn x

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Styling The Seasons - June

 

Hello everyone!

For this month's Styling the Seasons post, I wanted to keep it pale, understated and calm.  As you all know, when it comes to decorating my home, I have never been, nor ever will be, minimalist.  What can I say, I just love stuff!  Lots of pretty, vintage stuff!  I'd stack it up to the ceiling if I could!

Coco Chanel once said "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off" and I do try to apply that rule in my home too.  So, for this month's Styling the Seasons, I did try to go for a 'less is more' approach, which I think reflects what I am craving in my life right now.  I seem to be living life in the fast lane - crazy busy at work, making sure my children (who are growing up before my eyes) are where they are meant to be at the right time, planning and preparing for a big party I am throwing at the beginning of July (yes I'm on the precipice of turning the big Four Oh...trying not to freak out completely!!).  Not only all this, but my beloved blog has moved into a different strata, and I'm embracing it fully.  This blog is my baby, and I'm so excited that I'm starting to work with some amazing companies and meet some fabulous people.  I feel more inspired than ever.  I just need a few more hours in the day!

With all this going on, I felt I needed a little area of calm and tranquility, and there is nothing like cool mint green to soothe the senses.  Green glass is easy enough to find by hunting at car boot fairs, but I did buy the big beautiful jar from The Old Haberdashery, a treasure trove of gorgeous vintage finds in Ticehurst, East Sussex, which is where my parents live.  Sonia has a real eye for the unusual, has the most beautiful window displays, and is absolutely lovely, it's always a joy to catch up with her when I'm visiting my folks.  Plus I always leave with a bag of vintage treasure!  She usually has a few of these jars in stock, often filled with cotton reels or other pretties.

As always 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 hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Style by Portobello

Hello everyone!

As well as being passionate about vintage home and decor, it follows that I also adore vintage fashion and accessories.  I love to display my collection of vintage beaded bags in box frames and on my bedroom wall, I have a thing for 60's and 70's psychedelic scarves and old parasols, and I have a few vintage sequinned gowns and prom dresses which I love to hang from my wardrobe .  I had a bit of a 1940's thing going on last year, but this summer I'm absolutely loving the 70's vibe that's around at the moment, with lots of tassels, satchels, denim, round sunglasses, heavy fringe - I love it!  I'm taking my daughter to Latitude festival again this summer, and I'm looking forward to rocking my Woodstock look in the sunshine!  (Please let there be sun!)

  Not everyone has access to great vintage or thrift shops though, and that's how the lovely people at Style by Portobello came up with their idea to bring a bit of Portobello Market by post to the discerning vintage fashionista.  It works on a subscription basis, and every month you get sent one of their gorgeous style boxes containing hand picked jewellery, scarves, bags or belts.  My box couldn't have been picked better for me, with the most gorgeous scarf and the perfect brown leather mini satchel.  The scarf might even go up on my wall, displayed as a piece of art as the colours are so beautiful.  Check out their gallery here to see what goodies previous boxes have contained, and their Instagram page here for more fabulous vintage inspiration.

Have a wonderful day! 

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Evening Sunlight

Hello everyone!

Is there anything more beautiful than evening sunlight streaming through the window?  I'm not afraid to say that hese aren't the best snaps, but sometimes you just have to grab a camera, and capture a moment or a mood.  It still makes my heart sing when I walk in this room and see this golden light cascading in through the windows.

I am very excited because I am heading down to London today.  I have been invited to the Laura Ashley Autumn/Winter Press Show, where I will get to see their beautiful homewares and fashion which will be in their shops later this year.  Not only that, but they are launching a new crafting range which I can't wait to see.  I also get to meet up with the lovely Emma from The Vintage Good Life blog for the first time, so it should be a really fun day!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Car Boot Treasure

Hello everyone!

Just wanted to share a few of my car boot fair find from this morning with you...I love the embroidered table cloth which is in the washing machine as I type!  I'm thinking of making cushion covers from it.  I can't resist a vintage tin, and the rose fabric is just so pretty.  I also bought a nice wooden garden chair to go round my garden table (I haven't shared my garden with you yet, have I?  Once my hydrangeas are out I will take some pictures!).
Have a wonderful day - the weather in Norfolk is glorious today, I hope you all have some sunshine wherever you are!

Tamsyn x