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It may be grey and miserable out there, and the snow we were promised never materialised, but hey, let’s not feel blue! Instead, let’s embrace this wonderful colour in all its glorious hues! Bring the blue skies of spring into your home with some of my picks…

 

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It’s been aaaages! But I’m back. The kids are older, the nights marginally less sleepless and with so many beautiful things to coo over, I thought it was high time to blog. So dust me down, here are my top picks for March:

Pretty painted glass from Berry Red

Pretty painted glass from Berry Red

Add some spring style to the table with this rather sweet painted glass vase – perfect for tulips and daffs – it really cheers up the kitchen table! Only £7 from Berry Red.

Nostaliga and chocolate: How marvellous!

Nostaliga and chocolate: How marvellous!

Easter is a mere month away so my head is already being filled with eggy chocolatey goodness and ideas for the kiddlies’ egg hunt – aren’t these egg holders divine? These Beatrix Potter Easter Egg Paper Containers come in 2 sizes and 3 different designs. What’s not to love?

Pretty floral print straws from Pipii

 
Pretty floral print straws from Pipii

These flowery paper straws will add a vintage touch to your drinks and beat the boring old plastic versions hands-down! £4 for 25.

Pretty paper blooms on Etsy

Pretty paper blooms on Etsy

How’s about some handmade paper flowers? I spotted these over on Etsy. They just make me feel good. You get 8 in a pack. She does all kind of colours – just so pretty! Blossom Pink Handmade Spiral Paper Flowers by Crazy2becrazy, £2.27 .

Felt bunny pouch by Mer Mag

Felt bunny pouch by Mer Mag

Lastly, I really want to make one of these: felt bunny pouches created by MerMag – check out her oh-so-brilliant blog Mer Mag where you can download the template too.  What a simple but sweet idea for Eater gifts!


Owl storage jars

With Spring in the air (yes and snow and sleet etc too) I thought these woodland kitchen accessories would bring a touch of whimsy to the kitchen….

Owl biscuit barrel £32, Owl storage jar, £35, Owl spaghetti jar £37…

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How about your eggies in a birdy egg cup? (£12.95 a pair) – all Graham & Green.

There are loads of fox designs about at the mo, but Felix the Fox by designer Sarah Young is by far my favourite! This brilliant foxy cut-out-and-make cloth kit doubles as a tea towel – neato!

Felix the fox cloth kit Felix the fox tea towel

Available from  Notonthehighstreet.com for £11.

 


This rash of hot weather has put me in the mood for the great outdoors. So to help you all feel the spring time vibes, here are a few nice little finds from around and about…

First up, check out this great little site. Idyll Home . There is a lot of amazing stuff here, be warned, but I have picked out a few things that made me smile…

This super swish indoor outdoor plastic mat would look rather good in my little courtyard garden – it comes in a few colours, but I like the purple: £27.

Next another purple pretty: this kitchen storage box makes me want to spring clean my cupboards! £12.

Bring the springtime bloom into your bedroom with this stunning ‘Fluttering light’ curtain  – but have a look at the other curtains in this range from Anthropologie…breathtaking!

Happy shopping and enjoy the sun (while it lasts!)


Ahhh a breath of fresh air and a ray of sunshine, both desperately needed at the moment amid this dreary February weather – even my birthday was awash with snow and drizzle 😦 So in order to perk oneself up on such a day, I opt to shop and why not inject a splash of sunny colour into our homes.

I came across this Panton lamp which I find both bold and beautiful – ok so it’s a tad on the pricy side at £760 but it comes in some delicious colours and would certainly brighten up my living room!

How pretty are these retro flasks? Don’t they just make you hanker for spring time picnics? Wet grass and daffodils, lemonade and ploughman’s lunches? Good old Rose and Grey – £17.50 a piece.

Make your table sing like a songbird by dressing it with this sun-drenched felt yellow table protector from Notonthehighstreet.com. It costs £72 and is designed by Michelle Mason. I loves it!

Another lovely from the very same talented lady is this juicy Seville cushion. I can see it perched on a Lloyd Loom chair with the sunlight spilling in over it (God, I really need spring to hurry up!)

I hope these inspire you to feel better about the miserable weather!


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I have been busy seeking out some sumptuous treats for your delectation this Spring and have found some truly exquisite pieces for the taking (and some that will be appearing soon on a wall / cupboard / sideboard in my home!)

First off, let’s say we need some new threads. The winter cardies and trousers, tights and scarves were great for the nippy weather, but not now the sun is shining, the birds are singing – that means a whole new wardrobe!

Over on Plumo there are some really stunning dresses, below are a few that have tickled my fancy.

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I love this yellow vintage tea dress, it’s all cornfields and sunshine and costs  £159 from Plumo (it is made of lovely silk georgette, mind.)  Or this pretty folk dress below for £139.

 

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I’m really liking this folksy vibe that is hot at the moment, it’s the ultimate femine look and makes me feel like sipping home-made lemonade in the garden. For a cute accessory, I rather fancy this Bali bag – what a fab shade of green! It too is not the cheapest in the world but I would fork out the £59 for it in a heartbeat!

 

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Finally, from Plumo, I adore this little leather purse (£25) I think I had something similar which I purchased from the caravan site shop on holiday in Wales many moons ago. Ah the nostalgia!

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Over at Toast, I am really loving the uber blue shoes they have such as this soft nappa sandal and this strappy azure blue beaded thong sandal – both £89. Like wearing the sky on your feet!

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So to the home front. Old reliable Graham and Green have got a great 20% off voucher code running at the moment and I’m tempted to splurge on a few things I have had my eye on for some time such as this lovely branch vase below which cost between £37 and £42.

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Or these beautiful angel wing mirrors as seen in Living Etc – they are really unique and totally worth the £189 G & G are asking.

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Ok, so I have been a little preoccupied by fashion recently, mainly because of my addiction to some brilliant fashion blogs out there (Only Shallow, kingdom of Style ,Bluebird Vintage)

So to redress the balance, here are some lovely new fabrics, fresh in for spring courtesy of Sew Mamma Sew. I have selected a few of my favourites:

At the beginning of the post is one from a new collection by Urban chicks as is the sample below.

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I also adore this Perfect Pattern Tea print by my old fave,  Alexander Henry or what about getting graphic with some monotone prints like these below which come as a fat quart – great for craft projects.

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If you fancy getting your hands on some of these little beauties, get over to Sew Mamma Sew and type in the code: INLIKEALION at the check-out for a 10% discount – every little helps!