Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Springtime Wreath

Hello everyone!

You may remember the wreath I made before Christmas from twigs and ivy foraged from my local woods, and some of my dried hydrangea heads (post here).  It has been waiting by my back door for weeks, as I was going to put it in the summerhouse for a bit of rustic prettiness, where I also had some roses drying.  So I thought, why not add the two together to make a spring wreath!  

You can see my dried hydrangea wreath tutorial over on Apartment Apothecary blog here, and you can use the same idea for any dried flowers for a more seasonal wreath.  I might even try making one entirely out of dried roses next!

Have a lovely day!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Touch of Pink

Hello everyone, Happy Sunday!

It's been a busy week here, so today we are taking the chance to catch up with ourselves!  I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago, when the sun was pouring into the hallway.  I love the colour of these roses.
Now that March is round the corner, I'm hoping to be able to get into the garden soon and give it a spruce up for spring, and plan my plant growing strategy for the year!  I never shared my garden makeover with you, so I will take some snaps as soon as everything comes into bloom.

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Friday, 20 February 2015

Thank You!

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good week!

Just a quick post from me today, but I just wanted to say a big 'Thank you so much!' to those who took the time to vote over on The Laura Ashley blog for Styling The Seasons...it was such a lovely, lovely surprise to win!  I am now the proud owner of a gift card,  and I'm so looking forward to shopping for something for the house - I will post some pictures of my purchases!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Sunday Snapshots

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day with your loved ones!  I just wanted to share some of my favourite Instagram snaps from the last couple of weeks, including some hearts and flowers...have a wonderful Sunday!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Styling The Seasons - February

Hello everyone!

I'm so excited to share this month's Styling The Seasons post with you for two reasons - first of all, I had so much fun putting it together, and secondly because it brought a much needed touch of sunshine yellow to these gloomy winter days!
Regular readers of my blog will know that I take part in Styling The Seasons every month (see my favourite posts here and here).  You can see lots of other posts by other bloggers by heading over to Katy's blog Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte at Lotts and Lots.  You can also join in on Instagram by styling a surface in your home according to what that month means to you, and using the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons.

I was so excited to learn that this month, the wonderful people at Laura Ashley were giving us the chance to work with some of their beautiful wallpaper and home accessories!  I'm a big fan of Laura Ashley and their vintage inspired prints and wallpapers, and can often be found lusting after their beautiful rugs!  After spending a long time on their website trying to narrow it down from all the pretty florals, I chose Spring Trail wallpaper, with it's sweet trailing leaves and buds, and Clarissa Chamomile fabric with it's big, blousey primrose coloured rose blooms.  I also chose an elegant ceramic urn for displaying fresh flowers in.  
Yellow isn't a colour I use a lot of in my home, but it seemed natural to run with the sunshine buttercup theme, and run with it I did!  Once I received all my lovely things, I realised that the patterns on the wallpaper and fabric, and even the urn, had a very 1950's feel to them.  So after framing sections of wallpaper and fabric in beautiful old painted frames to make a mini gallery, I went hunting round the house for vintage yellow lampshades to stack theatrically (can you believe I found three - I have an addiction to old lampshades!).  I thought it would be a lovely idea to cover some mini vintage suitcases too - they look so sweet stacked on top of each other.  The only flowers that would do were yellow roses to echo the blooms in the Clarissa fabric, for the finishing touch.

Please do hop over to the Laura Ashley blog here to see mine and my fellow bloggers posts  - Laura Ashley are running an exciting competition to vote for your favourite Styling the Seasons, and you can be in with a chance of winning a £50 Laura Ashley vouchers just by voting for your favourite!  

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Upcycled Chandelier

Before...
Hello everyone!

A few months ago, whilst browsing in the vintage home shop around the corner from the office where I work, I found this huge, beautiful chandelier.  Although not really vintage (I'd say it's about 10 years old), it was on sale for £45 and so I snapped it up.  (You all know how much I love a bargain!)  It was very grubby, but had all it's glass drops, and I knew that with a bit of a re-spray I could make it look beautiful.  The metal was very yellowy so I used this craft spray from B&Q in a soft off white to re paint it.  (Tip - when spraying, always lay lots of dust sheets down as the fine paint mist drifts - and always do it in the garden, the smell is pretty strong!)  

I had planned to have it put up in the craft room, but once I'd had the kitchen done, I knew it would look perfect in there.  I added some of my pastel glass baubles, and some pink glass teardrops which I found at a car boot fair a few years ago for some whimsical prettiness. 

I'm posting my February Styling The Seasons tomorrow - this month the wonderful people at Laura Ashley gave us some goodies to play with, so do pop back to see what I came up with!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Rose Petals

 Hello everyone!

Some pretty petals for a Wednesday...even fading roses have a certain beauty about them.

I'm very excited to share my February Styling The Seasons post with you soon.  This month we've had a little help from Laura Ashley and it's been so fun playing with some of their beautiful products for my photographs  - watch this space!  

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x