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pom rouge by engel_ 5

I love pom poms at the best of times but these ones come with the coolest packaging!  These sweet tissue paper versions are from Engel and they come in soft muted pastels as well as poppy brights but its the box it comes in that makes it super pretty – what a cute gift for a papercrafting friend! Each box contains three pom poms in coordinating colours (45, 47 or 50cm diameter) Buy from Life’s A Party for £17.50 paper tissue pom pastel 72dpi(2) ENGEL_ pom pom large copy

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Cup cake box printable

I just had to blog these super sweet cup cake / party favour boxes which come as downloadable printables from Claudine Hellmuth – she sells them over on her Etsy shop. Reminiscent of old dolls houses with a good dash of 1950s retro chic, I simply love them. What a sweet idea! They even have a removable cupcake tray!

You get five oven colours in the kit (no need for fancy software either!) as well as little flags and cute oven-mitt gift tags to embellish your boxes with. Totally perfect gift idea!


frankie leaves

 

Here are the first photos from last weekend’s photo shoot for Seven – a quirky little shop set up by design duo, Zena and Dom. The full feature will appear in Suit Yourself magazine after Christmas but I couldn’t wait until then to show these images. I did the hair and make-up – creating a funky retro rockabilly style for our lovely model Frankie. These wonderful pics were taken by ace photographer Elena – one to watch fo sho!

 

frankie close-up

Frankie close-up

rob close up

 

Rob outside Seven

 

frankie rob cu

 

Frankie and Rob – check out that light!

frankie full length

 

Frankie looking fierce!

frankie mirror

 

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall…

 

Photos: Elena Goodrum

Styling: Zena Jones

Hair and make-up: Verity Gough

Models: Frankie and Rob

 


Elsie Riley in Venue!

Well, our little shoot has been making the headlines – this time in Venue magazine. It’s great to see the images in print even though our other feature has not yet been published – Elsie Riley’s owner, Katie was so pleased with the pix that she is using then as her own promotional images now – praise indeed!


The long-awaited Shop Dutty article and fashion shoot is finally in print! Yes, the latest issue of Suit Yourself Magzine has hit the streets. Click here to read all about it ( we are on pages 71 – 73)

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lace wallpaper

Apologies for my lack of blog posts recently, I am up to my eyes doing the PR for The Bristol Design Festival at present but have stolen a moment from work after spotting this fabulous wallpaper created by Lene Toni Kjeld.

 

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I am really into lace at the moment, I actually bought some lovely old lace doillies from a charity shop recently, for £1 – bargain! The craftsmanship is fabulous and there is something really grand about putting home-baked goods on a lovely lace doilly – I feel a baking session coming on just thinking about it!!!!

marcel wanders lace table

Image found here. This is a trend that is sneaking into interiors in more than one way – so if vintage is not your thing, you can make what is thought of as an old trend bang up to date – for example,  Marcel Wanders’ lace table (above) is a thing of beauty and could hardly be accused of being ‘old fashioned’.

After a poke about on Flickr, I came across the quirky and truly unique style of Dottie Angel whose creative use of lace and other vintage ecoutrements make for some beautiful images. Here are a few of the lacey lovelies she has in her photostream:

family room

Who said tablecloths were for tables?

dotty angel sitting room

 

dotty angel 2

I also really love the use of lace and crochet on her aprons and detailing on this cute wall hanging (above). If you get a chance, check out her excellent blog here.  Very inspiring!

dotty angel apron


origami

I have always loved the beautiful Japanese art of origami and can just about make a waterlilly out of a napkin, but recently I have  come across some creative and stunning examples of unusual paper-folding and thought I would share…

The image above (found here)  is simple yet eye-catching and saves buying fresh cut flowers! I plan to have a bash at these myself this weekend as I curl up in front of Eurovision, one of my many guilty pleasures.

origami post it flower

 

I adore this origami flower made of post-its created by Abbey Lanes – simple but so pretty. If you fancy having a go, here is the tutorial.

 

origami on flickr

What about this image (above) found on Flickr for a different approach to wall art…courtesy of Capo Luiz’s photostream.

 

origami dollar tee

While Vaguely Artist’s photostream includes this dear little dollar origami tee-shirt! There is even a link to the website that shows you how to make them!

 

hydranger

 

Finally this exquisite hydranger by Eric Madrigal – I am going to have a go at one of these too – having spotted that Habitat is doing a range of lovely origami flowers, for a tenner, I too want to have some in my house!

Happy weekend!