Sunday, 21 December 2014

Rustic Wreath


Hello everyone!

There's nothing like a pretty rustic wreath at Christmas to adorn walls, frames and mirrors, and they are so easy to make.  I went foraging for twigs and greenery in the woods near my house, and with the help of some secateurs and florists wire, I made a basic small hoop with some bendy twigs.  I then added some of my dried hydrangea heads from the garden, some ivy and a dried rose.  I love the Liberty print ribbon, and I may thread some string fairy lights through the wreath for added sparkle!

If you fancy some pre Chritmas crafting, you can see the dried hydrangea wreath tutorial I did last year for Katy at Apartment Apothecary here.

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Friday, 19 December 2014

Kitchen Christmas Tree

Hello everyone!

This post is light on words today, I just wanted to share my kitchen Christmas tree with you!  I have adorned it with red and silver vintage baubles, and my Tilda tinsel.  Every day I add a few more baubles - I like to savour the process!

Have a wonderful day/evening!

Tamsyn x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Homemade Snow Globes

Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend!

I've seen the idea of homemade snow globes or mini dioramas on Pinterest lots of times.  I was feeling especially crafty the other evening and I happened to have found these Douwe Egberts coffee jars in a charity shop for 80 penceeach!  (Douwe Egberts have the loveliest jars, which make fab vases!)  I had also picked up a packet of fake snow in Poundland, and along with some battery operated mini string fairy lights and my little trees, I had everything I needed to assemble my own snow globe.  The fake snow from has just the right amount of iridescent glitter in it - the jars look so magical lit at night!

Tamsyn x

Friday, 12 December 2014

Crafting The Seasons

Hello everyone!

Back in November, I was invited to spend a gorgeous afternoon down at Liberty London, for tea, cake and crafting!  If you have seen any of my 'Styling The Seasons' posts (September, October, November) then you will have seen me mention Katy at Apartment Apothecary, and Charlotte at Lotts and Lots blog.  They invited a group of bloggers who had all taken part in Styling in The Seasons - I met some really lovely, inspirational women that afternoon.  Not only that, but we were supplied with oodles of glorious Liberty print to play with, to make some festive decorations!  It was such a dreamy afternoon, and I really got my crafting mojo back - as well as a new addiction to Liberty print!  
 I decided to make a wreath, and I took some vintage brooches to pin to it for some added sparkle.  I also covered some baubles with Liberty print in pastel hues.  I added some little rusty bells, and kraft labels which I stamped.  

I came home with lots of pretty scraps of fabric which I'm looking forward to crafting with in the New Year - I also 'accidentally' managed to get a bit lost in the fabric department on the way out of Libertys, and purchased the most delicious selection of fabrics to play with - more on that another time!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Dining Room Makeover

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

As promised, here are some pictures of my (not quite) finished dining room!  Here's a reminder of how it looked on the day I moved in...
As you can see, it was on the dark side, and needed all the help it could get to be lighter and brighter.  After painting it all white, I put up one of my huge mirrors, to try and bounce some more light back into the room.  I also painted the wooden mantelpiece that frames the amazing old range, which I use to store and display my collection of old car boot find books.  The floor, which once absorbed every bit of light there was, now bounces it back around the room.  

I love it so much, as along with the kitchen, I think it's another room that's completely transformed into a space we can really enjoy living in.  I'm having friends over for dinner on Christmas day, and I'm so looking forward to filling this room with laughter, good food and candle light.

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Monday, 8 December 2014

Still Life With Vintage Baubles

Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I love displaying old baubles in vintage baking trays.  Especially when they are such diddy, sweet little ones as these in pretty, muted shades.  I found the tiny little silver and pink ones in a vintage emporium round the corner from the office where I work.

I will be posting pictures of my dining room reveal on Wednesday, so please do pop back!

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Hyacinth Bulbs in Vintage Tin

Hello everyone!

I thought I'd just post this as a very quick, easy and thrifty gift idea.  I love planting hyacinth bulbs in containers at Christmas, so when I saw bulbs on offer at Lidl (less than a pound each) I put a few in my basket.  My dad gave me this lovely old Oxo tin, and I think it looks so vibrant with the bright green of the moss and shoots.  I placed the bulbs in the tin, still in their plastic pots.  I then filled the gaps around the pots with paper, and put a layer of moss down to hide the plastic pots.  I got my moss from a wholesale floristry supply shop, but I'm sure you can get it on good old eBay.  You could put bulbs in any attractive container - vintage tea cups and crockery look lovely with bulbs in, as well as old zinc containers, and they would look beautiful lined up on your dining table as part of your table decoration.

Tamsyn x