Saturday, October 31, 2009

All the Luck in the World...

I am loving this little shop I just came across called All the Luck in the World, based in the Netherlands and run by graphic designer & artist Jane Schouten. It sells vintage and re-styled items and has a really eclectic feel...

you can also buy online, but mostly I've just been enjoying browsing Jane's flickr page which has lots of lovely images of her products, inspiration and her home....

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

recycling wallpaper samples

Its probably taken me about 2 months to make a decision on which wallpaper to go for in our hallway! Its such a difficult decision! and I seem to have ended up back at my very first choice anyway... (i think!)

Harrys Garden by Louise Body....

So then I thought I want to do 'something' with the leftover wallpaper samples which are all lovely and seems a shame to throw them away....
I love this image from a recent shoot Selina Lake & Debi Treloar styled and photographed for Homes & Antiques magazine..... and it has actually got at least 2 of the samples I have in there!

see more from this feature on Selina's blog.

I'm just a bit worried I might not be able to make it look as fab as this, or if my other half will allow! So I think my plan is to do it on a smaller scale and use them to create a noticeboard for my office.... something like the one here.....

So now I'm on the hunt for a great frame! It would be really easy to pick up a plain wooden frame and paint it, but I am envisaging something slightly more ornate.... I'll be keeping my eyes peeled at the car boot this Sunday!


Blog Birthday winners!!

Thanks so much for all your blog birthday wishes! I cannot believe its been a year!
Now it is time to announce the winners of the giveaway - thanks for all your entries!

First prize winner of a set of my chocolate mould decorations is.....

And 2 runner up prizes of £5 gift vouchers for Patchwork Harmony are....

Congratulations to the winners! I will be in touch to get your goodies off to you.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Baby Boom bedrooms

There is most definitely a baby boom happening at the moment... either that or I'm just at that age where everyone you know starts having kids! 2 of my best friends are expecting their first little bundles in the new year (congrats again!) so I thought I'd do a post about pretty nurseries, for any of you out there getting ready for that new little life in your life! x

love this detail on this door! how sweet!

how great is this dolls house style shelving?!

shabby chic for kids....!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Prize Giveaway!!

This is a spur of the moment giveaway, as today I finally reached 100 followers, AND I realised it is my blog birthday next Monday 26th Oct!!

So to celebrate these 2 little milestones I thought I'd do a small giveaway to say thanks to everyone who has read my blog, given their comments and supported the launch of my little online boutique in April this year! It really does mean soooo much to me. xxx

SO! to the prizes!
First prize will be a set of my lovely vintage chocolate mould decorations which I told you about in my post yesterday.... A mixed bag of 5 to adorn your Christmas tree this year!

And there will be 2 runner up prizes of £5 gift vouchers for

TO ENTER: Just leave a comment on this post between now and Monday 26th October, be sure to leave a contact email, or link to your blog so I can contact you if you are a winner! And be sure to spread the word - its open to everyone!

Good Luck!

Monday, October 19, 2009

'Moulding' a style!

Is anyone else as in to vintage moulds as I am?! Its weird as I couldn't actually tell you what it is about them that appeals, but I just like the look of them!
It appears I am not the only one, as I have actually sold a few of these lovely glass jelly moulds in the Vintage section of my boutique!

And now I'm excited to tell you about a little Christmas project I've been working on involving vintage chocolate moulds! I've been gradually collecting up a varied selection of chocolate moulds, some of which are slightly rusty and worn, and no longer fit for making chocolate in... and they have been recycled into cute Christmas tree decorations!

They come packaged in mixed sets of 5 - different sizes and shapes - with 5 different shades of ribbon to dangle them from your tree! You never quite know what you might get (like a box of chocolates! tee hee! :) ) What do you think?! Buy here for £6.95

I thought I'd check out what else can be done with moulds... candles are definitely a fave it seems!

For something a little different, I LOVE these Pendant Jelly Lights from Re Found Objects! £48.

You don't even need to transform them into something else for them to look fab, just create an interesting display on a shelf, or on the wall, like this pic.... what a great collection!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This is my Habitat

wow, where has the last week gone?! and don't even get me started on the speediness this weekend has flown by in!
Thanks for all your comments on my chair makeover! This morning I picked up a cute little bedside cabinet at my local car boot for £4.50 so no doubt you will be seeing its transformation on here soon too! :)

Anyway, in case you haven't seen it yet, Habitat have just launched a new campaign - This is my Habitat - and they are actually running a competition to become of the face of Habitat!
Just upload a photo of yourself with your fave Habitat piece to be in with a chance to win!
I am still contemplating entering, anyone else think they might do it? could be fun! :)

Here is some inspiration from Habitat... and even if you don't enter it is still fun to check out other peoples photos in the gallery!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My 1st furniture makeover!

When we moved into our new house a couple of months ago, we had lots of bits and pieces given to us to get us started, so we at least had something to sit on and something to eat off!
We were given some cute little wooden chairs and I've been dying to get to work on a little makeover project, and here are the results! Its not massively ambitious, but remember it is my first go!! Let me know what you think!


and after!

here it is next to its original matching buddy! I think I want to do this one differently, maybe covering it with some french grain sack material and painting the wood red perhaps?!?
any other ideas anyone?!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Butterfly Effect

I've just added a lovely new product to the website and I thought I'd share the story behind them with you...

These beautiful ceramic butterfly magnets are handmade by fresh new designer Christine Sterlini, and as well as looking absolutely delightful on the fridge, they also support people with mental health problems in the UK. With every purchase, a £1 donation is made to MIND, a charity which works to combat the stigma & discrimination of mental health problems in our society.

The butterfly magnets come in a large size, a small size and a mixed bag of 3 - prices start at £3.75
Colours, shapes and sizes vary slightly as they are handmade and are completely unique.

The Story behind the butterflies....

Christine Sterlini, a graduate from Central St Martins art school, started producing the ceramic butterflies as part of her degree.... Inspired by the UK’s dwindling number of butterflies, Christine adopts these beautiful and cherished creatures as an emblem and earlier this year she placed her beautifully crafted ceramic butterflies around locations in London for the general public to find, with a link to a website I Spy a Butterfly explaining the project and the theory behind it.

Christine says:

“I really wanted people with depression to be seen in association with something unique & valuable, but also fragile- vulnerable to the destructive nature of social stigma. It's upsetting if they break when we handle them, how much more upsetting though when we break people with our clumsy handling."

Christine hopes the project encourages us to reflect on our views & actions, & rectify any prejudices on mental health we may be unconsciously harbouring. Indeed the butterflies are small, but true to the 'butterfly effect' they have the potential to change views around the world.

Butterfly magnets - from £3.75 - Patchwork Harmony
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