Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ninth Birthday Party

Hello everyone!

I hope you've been enjoying the sunshine this week!  Apologies for the picture heavy post, but we've been in party mode over the last week, and we've had so much fun!

I held a little vintage style tea party for my daughter and a few of her friends last Saturday.  (Here's my party post from last year here).  As you know, I do love to go all out when it comes to decorations, so I had great fun decking the craft room out with paper baubles and bunting - even the summer house got decorated with tissue paper pom poms!  The very lovely Stacy at Style My Party gave me some gorgeous party supplies to play around with too, including the gorgeous pink and white striped bunting, straws and little sweetie bags, which I filled with candy bracelets, and the beautiful star table confetti.

I normally try to do some baking for the children's birthday parties, but alas, time was not on my side this year.  So, I armed myself with a value pack of Morrisons cupcakes, a can of Dr Oetker's buttercream icing and some pretty sprinkles, and got the children to decorate the cupcakes for me.  Pink milk in mini bottles went down a storm, and I went to Aldi in the morning and came back with an armful of their £2 roses - absolutely beautiful, peachy coloured blooms which still look gorgeous four days on.

I have lots more party and birthday photographs I'd love to share, but I don't want to bombard you, so I'll stagger my posts over the next couple of weeks so as not to overdo the pastel and pretty!
Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Peonies and Fairy Lights

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to share this snapshot with you of my birthday peonies, as they looked so beautiful sat on my glazed dresser.  Plus fairly lights make everything look so magical don't you think?
We had a wonderful party afternoon yesterday, and shortly we are off to a lovely local cafe for breakfast. We're looking forward to a quiet day today ahead of the excitement of my daughter's birthday tomorrow!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Chandeliers

Hello everyone!

I chose these chandeliers when we moved into my old house, from a beautiful antique shop in Holt, Norfolk.  I got my trusty electrician to take them down a week before the moving date, and it felt like the end of an era as I packed them away into cardboard boxes.  My lovely friend stored them for me in her attic until a few weeks ago, when I released them from their bubble wrap prison, and got my trusty electrician to put them back up for me!  It felt like I was finally giving my ceiling roses the decoration they really deserved.  I need to nip up a ladder at some point and re attach some of the strings of glass beads that have come loose, but they look so at home now - and they sort of represent the start of a new era for me.
It's my daughter's birthday on Monday, and she is having a few friends round on Saturday for a little vintage tea party.  My mum has come up to help and we're going to decorate the house with lots of tissue pom poms and pretty things.  I shall take some snaps to share with you all next week!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday Snapshots

Hello everyone!

Some snapshots from my phone from the last few days - it was my birthday last week, and the Roberts radio was a gift from my parents.  I've been lusting after one in this colour for years, so I'm a very happy bunny!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tamsyn x

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Chair Renovation Project

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

This chair was a lucky auction buy last year, and it has been in storage until I was ready to put it in my house.  It cost about £30, and I love the shape and proportions.  I'm no expert at all, but judging from the dark wood and ornate carving, I think it might be early 1900's.  I love it and I think once I've painted it and re-upholstered it, it will fit in beautifully in my living room.  Whilst I am the queen of unfinished projects, and really don't need another to add to my list, I'm really excited to get going on this!  I can only do very basic upholstery, so it's going to be a bit of a challenge, plus I need to keep the cost down so I'm thinking of using old vintage woollen blankets.  Watch this space!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Glastonbury Festival

Hello everyone!

Apologies for the lack of posting the last couple of weeks, it's been crazy busy! 
As you can see, I was lucky enough to attend Glastonbury Festival this weekend.  I'm still recovering, and it feels strange not to be walking through mud in my wellies!  I worked out that this was my 8th time - my first festival being back in 1993!!  I absolutely love music, and this weekend was one of the best I've been to because of all the amazing bands and performers I saw, including Dolly Parton in her gorgeous rhinestone studded jumpsuit.  The rain came down hard and heavy hence the lack of photographs, but I had to get a shot of the gorgeous pink and white bell tent, and the beautiful silk flags.  Here's last years post where I managed to take a lot more snapshots up in the Green Fields, due to the sunny weather.
I'm looking forward to taking some photographs later this week of my bedroom and garden, so much progress has happened recently and I can't wait to share it with you!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Freshly Sanded Boards

Hello everyone!

I had a really lovely week last week, which included a trip to Manchester to celebrate my dear friend Lucy's birthday.  We only went for 24 hours, but we squeezed in a spot of shopping and some lovely food before going to see Kings of Leon and letting our hair down, rock chick style!

I also had my floor sanding man back to do the floorboards in my bedroom.  It meant moving all my furniture out and putting it all into the children's bedrooms which was a bit challenging, and a couple of nights on the sofa for me, but it is absolutely worth it because he has yet again done an amazing job, the boards look absolutely beautiful.  I took these snapshots yesterday afternoon, straight after he finished, and I then managed to get two coats of my favourite floor paint down. (I'm using Ronseal White Ash floor varnish, for a pale, milky, almost Scandinavian look).

This morning I'm moving furniture back in, and I'll share some more pictures of my progress.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tamsyn x