• Archive for March, 2010

    Homemade Easter decorations

    by  • 29/03/2010 • Country style • 6 Comments

    I think Easter is a lovely time. This year it seems more poignant, for me, as it really does represent the start of Spring; a time of renewal after such a long slog of a winter. These days there are lots of pretty Easter buys and accessories for the home. I love the twiggy trees hung with wooden painted eggs that have become so popular in the last few years. And for the April issue, Sara Bird, Country Homes & Interiors’ Deputy editor, created these lovely ideas for the Easter table. The magazine is on sale until Wednesday if you want the instructions and templates. or just use these pictures as inspiration for your own ideas.

    Fabric decorations

    These bird, butterfly and egg shapes made from pretty Spring fabrics are a good way to create a stylish centrepiece


    Make little egg-filled presents for the table


    Jazz up knives and forks with a flowery tie


    Applique egg motifs onto a linen tablecloth or napkins

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    150 years of Sanderson

    by  • 26/03/2010 • Country style • 1 Comment

    I have just spent a lovely morning looking around Very Sanderson: 150 Years of English Decoration at The Fashion & Textile Museum London. The exhibition leads you through the company’s amazing journey since its foundation by the entrepreneurial Arthur Sanderson in 1860. From the original embossed leather French wallpapers that Arthur imported to the chintz of the 1970s, this English brand has moved with the times – always appealing to the English middle classes. If are interested in textile design, country house style  or just want to peep into the way our homes have changed in the last 150 years, this a real treat. The exhibition runs until 13 June.


    To celebrate its momentous birthday, Sanderson has also launched a Vintage fabric and wallpaper collection. My favourite is Eglantine. Designed in 1957 by the Parisian studio, Polet, Eglantine is a charmingly romantic composition of rose branches and blossoms, illustrated in a painterly style typical of French design. It’s timeless, I think…

    Eglantine from Sanderson's Vintage collection

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    Make an Easter felt wallhanging

    by  • 24/03/2010 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    I’ve recently found this great blog designed to help mums and dads find projects to do with the kids over the school holidays. Holiday Crafts and Creations has makes that cover everything from Valentine’s Day to Christmas and all include links to templates and even illustrations for embroidery stitches. It really is a great one-stop shop for practical, easy-to-do makes. Top of my list for over Easter is this wonderful felt wallhanging. Click on the link and have a go.

    The wallhanging is made up of three felt panels joined by pretty ribbon.

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    Paper treats

    by  • 19/03/2010 • Country craft, Country style • 4 Comments

    I’m so pleased to  have discovered this delightful on-line shop that sources all sorts of unique paper crafts from different independent designers. The Papermash range includes these pretty doilies and decorative lace tape to patterned notebooks, string and tags. If, like me, you enjoy creative wrapping then visit the website for more ideas and unusual finds.

    Mini Doilies, £4.50, Papermash.

    Mini Doilies, £4.50, Papermash.


    Lace tape, £3.75, Papermash.

    Lace tape, £3.75, Papermash.

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    Lucykate Crafts

    by  • 18/03/2010 • Country craft • 2 Comments

    I recently discovered Lucykate Crafts, a blog by designer/maker Amy Adams with updates on her needlecraft makes. She shares tutorials for lovely projects – the owl egg cosy caught my eye and would brighten up a breakfast table. For more inspiration take a look at Amy’s craft kits, which include all the templates and fabric you‘ll need, or browse her handmade soft toys at Etsy for gifts. 

    Find inspirational makes at Lucykate Crafts.

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    Quirky country style

    by  • 12/03/2010 • Country style • 2 Comments

    I’m fast becoming a big fan of textile designer Emily Bond. Her range includes a line of  fabrics and co-ordinating must-have items for the home, from tea cosies to oven gloves, cushions to jolly draught excluders. She draws her inspiration from all things country but with a fun and contemporary twist. If you’re a dog owner and like to pamper your pet, I’m sure you will also love her range of luxury dog beds, hand crafted leads and stylish dog collars.

    Red Dachshund fabric, £39 per metre.


    Jumping Horse Tea Towel, £12; Red Dachshund Oven Mitts, £29; Red Horse Tea Cosy, £29.

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    An idea for Mum

    by  • 11/03/2010 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    Looking for a card to send my Mum for Mothering Sunday, I came across this British-made idea called Postcarden. It’s a fun and simple card that transforms itself into a mini living garden. My favourite is Allotment, but you can also choose from City or Botanical. Just open the card, scatter the cress seeds and sprinkle with water. Then watch your garden grow. My Mum will love it!

    The front of the Allotment Postcarden

    The front of the Allotment Postcarden, £7.50



    Watch your garden grow!

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    Print and Pattern

    by  • 10/03/2010 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Following on from yesterday’s lovely Liberty moment, I’ve found a blogger who has created an online album to celebrate her love of print and pattern.  She manages to find the most gorgeous greetings cards, fabrics and textiles, such as these teatowels designed by Pat Albeck for Emma Bridgewater:

    Bright Cats and Bright Hens teatowels by Pat Albeck for Bridgewater


    At the moment the blog is showcasing her favourite Mothering Sunday  cards. Go and have a look!

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