Sunday, 27 July 2014

Pastel Chairs

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to share the fruits of my labour yesterday.  The children and I spent the day pottering in the garden, alternating between the shade and the sunshine.  I have an attic stacked full of unpacked boxes, junk, and random bits of furniture which haven't yet found a home.  I pulled these vintage chairs out which I've had for years, and made it my mission to get them painted.  They're such a pretty shape, and I think they look lovely in their pastel hues.  I'm thinking of making some cushion pads for them out of vintage fabric too.  

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Pickings from the garden...

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a fab week!

These balmy summer evening are so perfect for having a potter around in the garden, and I find it so therapeutic to pull a few weeds up and rearrange some pots after a busy day at work.  I loved my little garden so much at the old house, that I thought it was going to be one of the things I missed the most when moving here.  Especially as the garden here was completely unloved - tatty, parched, overgrown (and with a broken fish tank in the corner for some reason!).  The first time I stepped out onto the broken concrete, I was filled with fear at the task ahead of me.  
However, after bringing many of my beloved hydrangeas and box balls from the old garden, and with the help of an amazing landscape gardener, it has been turned into an oasis of calm, and I'm so close to sharing my garden makeover with you.  The landscaper is coming back next week to put a shingle path around the summerhouse, and then it is very nearly finished.
So, these are a few of my first pickings from my new garden.  The Limelight hydrangea was one that I brought from the old garden, where it never seemed to thrive - it has doubled in size since I planted it here.  One of the roses was a bargain £2.99 QD purchase, the other was a gift from a friend, and the blue hydrangea was another one from the old garden.  I think that being able to pick blooms from your own garden is one of life's most lovely, simple pleasures.

Tamsyn x

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