Botanical afternoon tea with Portmeirion UK ?>

Botanical afternoon tea with Portmeirion UK

When I was asked by the lovely people at Portmeirion UK to style up an afternoon tea featuring their beautiful Botanic Garden range  I was delighted as everyone knows how much I love my florals!  The iconic Botanic Garden designs are instantly recognisable with their green borders and vibrant botanical details. The range features a variety of floral illustrations adapted from Thomas Green’s Universal or-Botanical, Medical and Agricultural Dictionary (1817)  and the botanical detail in each piece is wonderful! Featuring…

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Easy meringue nests

This meringue nest recipe is super easy and perfect for serving as individual little desserts Ingredients 2 egg whites 100 g caster sugar whipped cream & fresh fruit   Method Whisk egg whites on a low setting until frothy and then add sugar one dessert spoonful at a time and continue whisking at an increased setting until all sugar has been added and soft peaks have formed. Pipe meringue mixture onto a baking sheet in a circle making it higher…

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Easter crafting

While I was pinning away on Pinterest one night I came across the prettiest little Liberty eggs by the very talented Tamsyn Morgans who I follow on Instagram. I decided to have a go at making some as I had some little scraps of Liberty fabric left over from previous projects and I also painted some eggs pink and used gold glitter and little gold stars to add some twinkles. I found some very inexpensive polystyrene eggs in The Range…

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Liberty jars

I have a stash of Liberty fabrics which is usually used for making hair bows or adding collars etc onto my granddaughter Lydia’s gorgeous little cardigans etc but I thought I’d make some little jars this year to put candles of flowers in. Spring is definitely the perfect season to bring out the florals with the birds tweeting away in the garden and the nights getting lighter! I’ve made different variations of these little jars many times for parties &…

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Easy Easter baking for kids

Easy Chocolate nest recipe for kids These little chocolate nests are super quick & easy for kids to make during the Easter holidays and they taste yummy too! You will need 2 large cakes Cadburys chocolate 6-8 weetabix micro chocolate eggs Melt chocolate in microwave for a couple mins, stopping & stirring a few times and then crush the weetabix roughly & stir through chocolate. Then put cases into a muffin tin & spoon mixture in using a teaspoon to…

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Spring table decor

When I have friends round for a little catch up I usually try and make an effort to set a pretty table and my table decor generally reflects whichever season we are in.  Spring is definitely the season to embrace all things pretty and pastel and these gorgeous vintage Colclough ballet teacups fit the bill perfectly with their delicate florals and pastel hues. I found the prettiest little vintage embroidered table cloths on eBay featuring Easter chicks, flowers & eggs…

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Spring & Easter decor 🌷🌿

Easter & Spring decorating is always lots of fun with all the cute pastel accessories and pretty pink tulips and setting an Easter table is one of my favourites.  I usually restrict my decorating to the kitchen and start it off by changing my shelving unit by displaying  some of my Hogben pottery and little Easter decorations. If you saw my Christmas decor you’ll know that I LOVE my vintage postcards and I have the cutest collection of Easter ones…

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Summer entertaining

Now that there’s a hint of spring in the air and the daffodils and snowdrops are popping up in the garden it’s making me look to warmer sunnier days ahead.  Entertaining guests in the summer months is lovely as it’s very relaxed and I like to create little seating areas  around the garden for everyone to sit and enjoy. Instead of setting a table I just have plates and cutlery next to the food for everyone to help themselves which…

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Celebrating the art of the special occasion 🌸🌿 ?>

Celebrating the art of the special occasion 🌸🌿

My current favourite crafting item is this sparkly gold fabric as it’s super pretty and it catches the light beautifully so I’ve been using it for all sorts of things! I used it to make my little granddaughter Lydia a crown for her first birthday and some blocks with her name on and here I’ve used it to make some pretty napkin rings. It comes in an A4 size sheet and for the napkin rings I just cut it into…

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Dining room revamp

Now that I’ve finally finished my dining room revamp I thought I’d take a few pics and let you see the finished result.  Emptying this room to have it repainted was a major operation as this was where I stored all my vintage china and bits & pieces that I hire out for weddings and parties.  It’s also the room that I use as a work space to show potential clients what items I have for hire etc. I have…

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