Friday, 24 April 2015

Magnolia

Hello everyone!

I hope you've had a lovely week.  
I made my annual trek up to Chapelfield gardens in Norwich on my lunch hour on Monday, to photograph the cherry blossom trees.  However when I arrived, their buds were still closed, not yet ready to burst into their pink fluffy pompoms.  Instead I found this gorgeous magnolia tree, which looked magnificent against the bright blue sky, with it's luscious raspberry ripple cupped petals.

I was lucky enough to win a place on a floral wreath making workshop next week in London, after my Styling Spring At Mine post last week.  I feel very honoured to have won a place, and I'm so looking forward to meeting some amazing bloggers, and catching up with some of the ladies I met at Liberty back in November (see my Crafting The Seasons post here).  Another exciting event next week is that a photographer is coming to photograph the house for a magazine - cue me running around with a paint brush and wall filler trying to finish bits of decorating here and there!  I will keep you all posted on both my adventures!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Snapshots

Happy Sunday everyone!

I just wanted to share some of my favourite Instagram snaps with you from the last week...the bottom picture really made me smile.  A few years ago, my mum bought me two little ornamental cherry blossom trees.  When the time came to leave the old house, I felt so sad at leaving them there, so I dug up on of them and brought it with me.  (I'm so glad I did, as the new owners of the old house have extended, so they probably would have ended up in a skip anyway.)  I planted my little tree in spring last year and it looked a little bit touch and go as to whether it would settle it - it had no blossom last year.
I came home from work last week and my little tree was laden with fluffy pink blossom pom poms, and being the ridiculously sentimental person I am, it made my heart sing!  
It has finally found a place where it can bloom happily. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Monday, 13 April 2015

Styling The Seasons/Styling Spring At Mine - April

Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend!

For this months Styling The Seasons post, I decided to get outside into the fresh air, and fling open the doors to the summer house now that spring is finally here!  I wanted to make a little reading nook for my daughter, somewhere where she can bury her head in one of her favourite books.  I also wanted to make her a little desk area to try and tempt her into doing her homework, something that she finds a bit of a challenge at the best of times!  I decided to gather some items that might inspire her, so I filled a vintage Kilner jar with seashells we found on trips to the beach.  I asked her what she would like to put in the other one, and she brought down her marble collection.  I found the copy of Little Women at a car boot fair recently.  I've bought a few of the beautifully designed Puffin Classics for her, which she has really enjoyed reading, with the added bonus that they look very pretty when lined up on a shelf!  My first ranunculus of the year came from my local market, one of my favourite spring blooms.

You can join in with Styling The Seasons by decorating any surface in your home, and posting a picture on Instagram using the hashtag.  This month is particularly exciting because Katy and Charlotte are running a competition, where a few winners can join them in London for a gorgeous floral workshop! (See more details on their blogs here and here).  There's not much time left so post before Wednesday using the hashtag #StylingSpringAtMine for a chance to take part - good luck!

In other news, the house is being photographed for a magazine at the end of this month, eek!  Cue lots of frantic decluttering and finishing various DIY jobs!  

Have a wonderful week!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Pastel Laura Ashley Cushions

 
Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break!  

Now it's true that my sofa has seen better days - it has withstood two newborns nestling on it along with a very tired mummy, lots of friends, family gatherings and wine spillages, and it's has been used as a trampoline for at least the last 7 years (and it still does!).  I find Smarties, Lego, popcorn, Moshi Monsters and loom bands down the back of it, but alas no hard cash.  One day I will buy a beautiful button back sofa on which to recline regally, but for now, this is just fine, especially when I can pretty it up with cushions and throws.  You may remember that I was lucky enough to win a Laura Ashley voucher for my Styling The Seasons post for February.   I bought these delicious candy coloured cushions (find them here) to adorn my sofa, along with some beautiful wallpaper and fabric which I will share with you another time.

In other news, I have ventured out into the garden to start the big spring clean.  I know I still haven't shared my garden transformation with you, so once some blooms are out I will take some snaps.

Have a wonderful day!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Liberty Print Eggs

Hello everyone!

I've had fun over the last few weeks making these pretty Liberty print eggs.  I found the polystyrene eggs at good old Poundland, and thought I'd make Easter decorations, taking inspiration from my Liberty Christmas decorations I made for my Crafting The Seasons post (which you can see here).  They're so easy to make by generously brushing PVA on your egg, and glueing snippets of fabric on.  I had intended to attach wire hoops and ribbon to the top of the eggs, but time has run away with me!  Maybe next year!  For now I enjoy their simplicity in this rustic bowl.  You can see Liberty's range of gorgeous range of haberdashery fabrics here.

The children and I are spending Easter at my parents in East Sussex, so we are looking forward to a few days of family time.  My brother Ross, who lives in Leeds, is also joining us - we are planning an Easter Egg hunt, lots of good food and laughter!

I hope you all have a really lovely Easter weekend!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

DIY Memo Board

 Hello everyone!

I'm so excited to share this post with you - when the lovely people at Laura Ashley asked me if I'd like to do a memo board tutorial using some of their gorgeous fabrics, I jumped at the chance!  As you know, I can't resist a floral print, so I chose Francesca Apple Green Linen Mix with it's gorgeous turquoise hues, and Orchid Apple Green Linen.  I gathered some vintage postcards, antique letters and vintage brooches to display on my memo boards - why not make one to display jewellery on?  These are super easy to make and take no time at all, although it is worth spending some time working on the positioning of your fabric, especially if it's a large print like I used.  Head over to the Laura Ashley blog here to see lots of lovely interiors and craft ideas!

See the tutorial after the jump!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Little Vintage Lamp

Hello everyone!

I found this lamp on Sunday at my local car boot fair.  It's fair to say it's seen better days, but I couldn't resist it, especially as it has a little leaping deer on the base!  And of course I adore old chiffon lampshades, this one is the perfect shade of pale vintage pink.  

My post tomorrow is in collaboration with Laura Ashley, a little DIY craft tutorial for you!

Tamsyn x