Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cute stuff from Solitaire

Some cute gift ideas from Solitaire shop.... a husband and wife team design the products inspired by English tradition, birds, vintage crockery and tea!
Teatowels, cushions and lavender bags... sweet! :) 

Visit the shop here

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Rustic Christmas

2011 has definitely been the year of the voucher - for me anyway - I think I may have a bit of a reputation for only doing or buying things if I have a voucher! We've had trips away and ate in places we'd never usually be able to go, and bought things I probably wouldn't have, all with a voucher! So when Voucher Codes asked me to take part in their Christmas Home Styling Challenge, I thought why not, and it is such a fun idea to come up with lovely Christmas ideas for decorating on a budget, everything for under £50....

For me a neutral, classy theme is the only way to go at Christmas, so my picks have a distinct rustic feel.... 
Some lovely model horses on wheels - An Angel at my Table from £25
Set of 4 wooden decorations scented with cinnamon - Plumo £15

Rusty Metal Candle Wings - Re Found Objects - £5

Pine Cone Garland - John Lewis - £15

Rustic heart decoration - not on the high street - £4.95

Vintage Tin Star - not on the high street - £25
And essential for that rustic christmas - lots of greenery indoors! I've used off cuts from our Christmas tree, to decorate the mantelpiece, and plan to buy some pussy willow, (M&S are doing bunches at £7) but also eucalyptus stems, thistles or for some colour, red berries.... available at all good florists.
And don't forget to check out Voucher Codes before you buy! ~You might just get a few pounds off! 
Companies include The White Company, Zara Home and Oliver Bonas
flower pics via Green Parlour and Twenty Two Pleasant

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Stencil It

With so many of us pulling in the purse strings in the last year, we have to get creative to make things special, especially at this time of year! One way of adding interest to anything thats plain is stencilling.  The great thing about it is it can apply to so many things....
The most obvious is on your walls, but rather than stencilling a few things here and there, create your own wallpaper by designing a repeat pattern.....
Or create a wall calender in your office space with some number stencils....
And why not extend it to furniture which you've customised? A couple of old chairs from the flea market with a bit of sanding and a detail with a stencil will give a lovely rustic feel....
 On a smaller scale, its a lovely idea to stencil designs onto cakes and other food, its so easy to make your own stencils for this kind of thing too - and you can do it with food colouring or with icing sugar...
And to save you a few pounds on gift wrapping this Christmas, just buy plain brown or white paper, and then decorate with your own stencil designs! Anything from letters as in the pic below, or snowflakes, stars, trees will look fab!
If you fancy trying a bit of stencilling, check out Stencil it - the latest book from The Stencil Library founder Helen Morris.  lots of lovely ideas, plus it includes 20 stencils that you can use!
More info on the book here

Saturday, December 3, 2011

New to Patchwork Harmony

I'm really excited to introduce a new product to the Patchwork Harmony range! They are truly beautiful and will make a lovely gift!
The butterfly illustrations are printed on lime veneer, laser cut, then framed in custom made box frames.  A modern take on the Victorian butterfly collection!
We have 4 butterflies to choose from: Blue Morpho (Tropical); Monarch (Tropical); Green Veined White (British); Brimstone (British)
Buy individually or as a set of 4.

I am totally in love with these! Would love to hear what you think.
Available now at Patchwork Harmony

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Today I am loving....

this bug cushion by Patchwork Butterfly... it is hand embroidered onto vintage fabric, and the backing is a dusty pink crochet with a vintage button. Beautiful. View more work from Patchwork Butterfly on their website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Merry Magpie Photos

Thanks to everyone who popped along to the Merry Magpie Xmas Boutique on Saturday! And thanks to all our lovely stallholders - your stalls all looked fantastic!

 We are still adding up the funds raised for Dress for Success London, but we are hoping it will be over £250 which is great, so thank you! xxx

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Saturday! Merry Magpie Christmas Boutique.

I've been busy busy busy preparing for our event which is happening this Saturday in The Book Club near Old St! If you don't already know, we are holding a pop-up boutique with Y.E.S! London, to raise some cash for the charity Dress for Success London! I've just started to get in the Christmas mood, and I think this weekend I am most definitely going to be humming a few of my fave xmas tunes! (Step into Christmas: Elton John & All I Want for Christmas: Mariah Carey, if you must know!)
So why don't you pop along and join me?! :) Here's a little taster of what to expect, although we have around 17 stalls so this is just a small selection!
As well as some gorgeous stallholders with gifts, homewares, clothing & accessories, jewellery and baked goods, we will also have the lovely Lynne from Papermash running a gift wrapping stall - have a go at wrapping your goodies with some of her lovely stationery. 
Also, we will have a make up, nails and massage area, so you can pamper yourself in between shopping! And of course enjoy a festive drink and try your luck on our tombola!

So put it in your diary now - Saturday 26th November 2011 from 12pm-4pm at The Book Club,100 Leonard St, London, EC2A 4RH.  I'd love to hear if you can make it!

 PS, if that gets you in the mood for a bit of Christmas shopping, there are more events on in London this weekend too - On Sunday, check out Got Craft in Tooting Broadway and also on Sunday Bust Magazine Craftacular over in Bethnal Green.  A weekend of 'not on the high street' shopping awaits! 
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