Styling The Seasons x at {mine} - Competition Winners

Friday, 17 April 2015

I'm so excited to finally announce the winners of our Styling The Seasons x at {mine} competition. We had over 300 entries, each one so individual and inspiring (if only we had 300 places). We've all had such a hard time picking a favourite and deliberated endlessly as to who should join us, we finally decided and here are all our winners 

Top Picture - Emma, A Quiet Style - Something I Made, Katy, Apartment Apothecary - Harry and Frank, Heather, Growing Spaces - This Little Corner, Teri, The Lovely Drawer - Rida
Olivia, Bloom & Wild - Tamsyn Morgans, Lou Little Green Shed - Isabel MatysiakHeather, Growing Spaces - This Little Corner, Cate, Cate St. Hill - Fall For DIY, Jeska, Lobster & Swan - Janice Issett

Ia and Helena - at{mine} - Rosehip Lou, Sarah - Lou, Lapin Blu - Ceramic Magpie, Caroline, Wild Rubus - Borrowed Light, Emily, Make Light - Ruth Garner

My winner - Xanthe Berkley

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, we really appreciate the efforts you have all gone to make such wonderful posts and photos. Winners, we will get in touch with you if you don't have an email on your blog or Instagram please could you drop me an email so I can send you further details. Have a super weekend everyone. xx 

Spring Projects

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Spring feels like it has finally sprung. I have managed to spend sunny days in the garden, sorting my greenhouse and planting seeds (I saw my very first sweet-pea shoots yesterday which very nearly brought a tear to the eye!) Anyway I hope you bare with whilst I get working on some new projects - I have a long list and a few days of making scheduled so new projects are on the horizon. If there is anything you would like to see please drop me a note. 

Until then here are some of my favourite DIY's

Flower Crown 
Multi Strand Charm Bracelet
Floating Driftwood Shelf
Simple Leather Purse 
Brass and Bead Necklace 

Happy Making! x

Travel - Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

It's been such a whirlwind since I got back from India I haven't had a second to even think about it but today I'm finally sharing photo's from our first stop - Fort Cochin, Kerala.

We had about 12 days in Kerala in total and made it to four different areas, I loved The tea plantations in Munnar (more on that soon) but was disappointed with the beach at Varkala (more on that too). Our first stop was the Fort Cochin, we found really cheap Emirates flights on Expedia that flew into Cochin so it made sense to start there and get acclimatised.
We stayed at the Heavenly Homestay run by Patrick and Mary who were great hosts, the breakfasts where delicious and plentiful and rooms spotlessly clean. It was about a 10 minute walk from the main centre which took us past so many colourful houses with the most incredible contrasting tropical plants and flowers - gorgeous!
Fort Cochin isn't a huge place we were there for two days and that was plenty, if you plan on visiting the backwaters then you could add on an extra day. As we arrived very early on the Monday morning so didn't feel like doing too much - we had a wander past the Chinese fishing nets and down Princess Street. It's fairly touristy but not too bad - I really recommend paying a trip to the shop on the corner of either Burgar/Princess Street and Bastian Street  to stock up on 45p plastic baskets, spices and tamarind paste.
Full of breakfast on the second day we walked past the fishing nets and bus station along Calvathy Road. It takes you through the old spice market, which is more rows of shop fronts than a market market all the way round to Jew Town. I loved seeing all the old dilapidated buildings with all their beautiful faded colours and shutters, you could really imagine what Cochin was like in its heyday. Between the faded buildings were really modern galleries, there was a big art exhibition going on whilst we were there. We had a brief stop at The Pepper House to look at modern Indian interior things and a welcome air con stop - there was a cafe too but we didn't go in.
Jew town was really touristy but also a great place for finding Elle Decoration style doors and shutters - ideal if you have an unlimited budget and a husband that doesn't freak out about excess weight allowance. I didn't, so bought a camel bone handle for £2.50 instead! We stopped for a quick drink at the Ginger cafe which is right on the river (and has a good loo!).
I'd heard mixed reviews about Fort Cochin before I went but was pleasantly surprised. On the return leg of our trip we stayed on Willingdon Island, which I wouldn't recommend as there is absolutely nothing there. We stayed at the Hotel Trident which was great it had a pool, hot water and the comfiest   beds, it was perfect for our last stop as we wanted a day of rest before coming home but as a base for exploring I'd definitely stay in Fort Cochin. 

My Fort Cochin recommendations

Sleep - Heavenly Homestay
Eat - The Old Courtyard (we had a great dinner for £6) and they have ice-cream next door
Visit - The Old Spice Market and Princess Street
Buy - Colourful baskets and spices.
Pack - Loose cotton clothes and sandals. I'd also pack some kind of cooling leg gel, my feet puffed like a beast after the flight and with the heat.

I'll be back soon with our next destination, the tea plantations of Munnar.

Garden Inspiration

Monday, 6 April 2015

I hope everyone has had a good bank holiday, there has been so much family time and eating. I have managed a little garden time, sorting my greenhouse and planting lots of seeds (fingers crossed something grows). Everything is slowing coming back into bloom, the hydrangea that I thought was dead has some very optimistic shoots and my tiny camellia has burst with flowers - I can't believe how exciting its all getting!!!

Last week Debenhams alerted me to a competition they were running to win some garden goodies, it couldn't be more perfectly timed as my focus is now all about the great outdoors. My inspiration is a colourful rustic garden, filled with abundance and blooms. I have created a wish list of items below, all perfect for making the most of the garden in the warm months to come. 

Romance Table and Folding Chairs - seating is a big priority, this pretty table would be ideal

Cream Floral Lantern - I have grand plans for candlelit dinners so need the right lantern

Cream Beaded Scroll Table Runner - I like to embrace beads even in the garden, this runner is too pretty to resist

Verdi Rectangular Planter - Once all my seeds grow they'll need a planter to be displayed in.

Verdi Potting Bench - I'd love to give my beloved greenhouse a treat, how fab would this bench be?

Wicker Two Person Heart Picnic - It's a heart picnic basket!

Have a great week and wish me luck!

Images  - Green House/ Table/ Windows/ Flowers/ Poppy / Door - you can find follow my Outside Spaces board here.

Spring gift wrapping

Friday, 3 April 2015

Good Friday everyone, I'm so grateful for a much needed long weekend. Before the weekend comes and goes I'm want to share some spring wrapping ideas with you all. Whether you're planning on wrapping Easter treats this weekend or are looking for some inspiration to pretty up parcels, I have a few simple ideas that can be made using supplies from your craft cupboard/box/area.
Hand painted paper - I never buy brown paper it just seems to multiply in my wrapping box, if you don't have any then I recommend this is one supply that you buy pronto (you'll never be stuck for wrapping again). I mixed red and white acrylic pink to get a soft blossomy colour, using an eye-liner brush (this was all I had to hand) write spring-y words onto your paper, leave to dry. Before you start its good to work out which way your parcel will be wrapped so the words go in the right direction. 
Leather flowers - I have quite and abundance of leather and jewels, if you don't have such a supply coloured card or hand painted watercolour paper would work equally well. Use buttons, beads, contrast paper for the centres. Cut three flower shapes one larger than the other and three leaf shapes, assemble in a cluster and either glue or use double sided tape to stick together. Add your centres and stick to your parcel using double sided tape.   
Embroidered tags - I love stitching onto paper, its so relaxing. I have been making a few of these tags for my sister and mum's birthdays. Draw a tag shape on watercolour paper, I drew around the top of my phone, which is the perfect size! Embroider little flowers (take at look at my Pinterest board if you need inspiration) you don't have to go crazy with colours three max. will be perfect. Glue a piece of paper on the back to cover up the stitches and cut around the shape. Punch a hole in the top.

Tulle puffs - I think these are my favourite, I made these at Christmas and substituted the organza for Liberty Print. To make cut rectangles of dress net approx. 8 x 12cm (don't be too precious about the size) and strips of organza and ribbon the same length. Alternate net, organiza/ribbon four times. Concertina fold the net/organza pile and fasten in the centre with wire or thread, pull the edges open to make a puff shape. If any edges are looking a bit too large then just give them a trim, its all very loose! 
For a professional finish I always wrap with double sided tape. I used the same colour vintage ribbon on all the parcels to create a sense of unity between them, I always use this trick at Christmas so presents look similar under the tree. So the only additional purchase I made was this gorgeous marbled paper from The Conran Shop, I always buy nice paper but never end up using it as its too good, I think its time to stop stashing and start using! 

I hope these have given you some spring time inspiration, if you can't go all out pretty this time of year when can you? Have a great weekend, I'm off to make, bake and nap. Happy making! x

Styling The Seasons - April

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

An exciting Styling the Seasons for you today, Katy and I have teamed up with at {mine} to host a very special competition. We are holding a floral wreath making workshop taught by the wonderful Caroline from Wild Rubus with flowers supplied by Bloom & Wild and Lou from Little Green Shed with taking us through May Day posies. The workshop will take place Wednesday 29th April 1030 -1230 at Homemade London. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is style a surface in your home to reflect what the month means to you, upload the image to your blog, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #StylingSpringAtMine  and of course be available to attend the workshop.

One of the many brilliant things about this competition is there are 13 places to be won, each of the at mine bloggers - Emily, Emma, Cate, Teri, Sarah-Lou, Jeska, Heather and Lou - will pick a winner as well as Katy, myself, at {mine}, Caroline and Olivia at Bloom and wild. The competition is open from today and closes 15th April. Good stuff, hey?

After that excitement let's move into April's post, if March was a month of muddle then I feel like April is a fresh start. After falling in love with these beautiful flowers that Bloom & Wild supplied I decided on a clean white theme for my mantle. Bloom & Wild send out bouquets that can be posted through the letter box, it was fab to come home in Thursday to such a lovely treat. I love how you can split the bouquet and create lots of different arrangements, there were some gorgeous purple lisianthus which I put in another room as I loved the crispness of green and white together.
The room was ready for a refresh, I loved my after Christmas mantle but felt it was time to swap out fairy lights for more spring pieces. I added bell jars (this little one is from H&M) along with bottles (Fentimans bottles make great candle holders I've discovered), jars and various other bits I have collected - like the birds nest, heart shaped stone and ceramic egg. Of course my birdcages from Rockett St. George always feature (I love them so much), I filled these with more flowers.
It wouldn't be a post of mine without some handmade element. My mum made this bunting for my wedding but always kept it at her house, she's recently had a bunting swap so I've taken over ownership. It's so simple to make, she used plain a4 paper and simply folded it in half and quarters and cut out shapes.

After using this room for almost a year and throughout the seasons, there are a few changes that I'd like to make. Our coffee table isn't working for us, it's too heavy and far away to be useful so I want to switch that for a more flexible option. I'd like to add a few more pictures and maybe give the cushions a shake up - its good to come back to a room every few months as I find I can see it with fresh eyes.

If you haven't already been on the at {mine} site then make sure you do, it features so many beautiful real homes that have given me loads of ideas to add to my house, I spend hours scrolling through the gorgeous images. All the featured bloggers posts will be on the site this Friday so make sure you take a look if you need some ideas I just know they're going to be amazing. 

This month, more than ever I really hope you take part in Styling The Seasons, there is such a fabulous community full of inspiring, supportive and creative people to join in with. I can't wait to meet some of you lovely people in person on the 29th so make sure you get your images uploaded by 15th April. 

Styling The Seasons - March Review

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Wow March went by in the blink of eye or was that just me? I can't believe that we are at the end of the month and I'm looking back at all the beautiful posts for this months Styling The Seasons. There have been so many gorgeous and inspiring entires, everyone seemed to be filling their homes with spring flowers and boughs of blossom, which made me so happy. 

My all time favourite post was the above from Rebecca at Really Pretty Useful, her potting bench would make even Monty and Nigel swoon. I loved the rustic simplicity - it has given me serious motivation to clear my green house so I have a lovely potting area too (I don't think the dining room table is the best place for plants!) 

Yellow is one of my all time favourite colours guaranteed to put a smile on my face and what could be more cheery than this sunshine phone? I really enjoyed Catherine's first Styling The Seasons post. 

I've featured Emma and Lou in my Styling The Seasons reviews before but I just love both their blogs. Emma's bedside chair gave me hope that I can have a clutter free bedside and Lou's gorgeous wardrobe had me swooning, you know I can't resist this colour
Catherine's post was a just full of prettiness. I love the blossoms and soft colour palette it made me feel so calm scrolling through all her lovely pictures. 

Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part this month, I wish I could feature you all. Here are all the posts for the month if you fancy a very inspiring read or two. 

Capture by Lucy / Borrowed Light / Littlegreenshed / The Vintage Good Life / Makelight /Claireabellemakes / Lobster and Swan / Allt Om Kerstin / Really Pretty Useful / KT Robbins Ceramics / Beak Up Crafts / Gathered Cheer / A Quiet Style / Lapin Blu / Growing Spaces / We Made This Home / The Villa on Mount Pleasant / Sew Simone / Afkes /thevintagehousethatcould / Becoming Gezellig / Coconut Bloom / Geoffrey and Grace /Camellia Rose / Sprunting / Cate St. Hill / The Lovely Drawer / Tea with Ruby / The Cabinet Maker’s Love Tale / Mummy of girl boy twins / The Ordinary Lovely / The Fairytale Pretty Picture / Apartment Apothecary / Lotts and Lots 

Come back tomorrow when Katy and I have a very exciting Styling The Seasons competition for you all to take part in. 

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