Composure: my word for 2014


*+-{Photograph: Forever Amber} If there was one word to retrospectively describe my 2013 it would be ‘flux’. So much changed for me last year that at times my little feet barely touched the ground. Joe and I set off on our entrepreneurial journey and finally shared our plans for the Decorator’s Notebook shop at the… 

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Ten days of hellos and goodbyes


*+-A lot has happened while I’ve been away from here… … farewell Gingerline commute … farewell day job colleagues … farewell favourite shop … farewell other favourite shop … farewell Southbank skyline … farewell Crystal Palace Park … farewell first home sweet home … farewell lovely belongings … hello ice cold beer … hello four day… 

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15-minute make: twiggy plant markers


*+-Here’s a lemon squeezy little craft project for you to try out over the weekend. Spring is just around the corner so I’ll be adding a few green-fingered ideas over the coming months in celebration (anticipation). Twig Plant Markers Twigs about 20cm long and a little thicker than a pencil Sharp craft knife and cutting… 

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Possibly the best mug ever


*+-I love Toot as in Foot. Not only does it have one of the best blog names ever, author Jo always makes me laugh with her quirky tales and apparently fathomless vintage knowledge. If you’ve never seen a human jumble sale or you don’t yet know the weird and wonderful tale of Resusci Annie, you… 

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Put another log on the fire for me


*+-Brrrrrrr, it’s getting nippy out! {via Bonytt / Planete Deco / Devon Fires / Living Agency} Every house I grew up in had a roaring open fire, so when the weather turns, central heating just doesn’t do it for me. Nothing feels cosier than gathering around the hearth on a chilly evening and to my… 

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Homemade clay Christmas decorations


*+-Last year I made these snowflake decorations from air drying clay – this easy to use material was a revelation to me, so I wanted to share another lovely idea with you. {via DillyPad} You can buy DAS air drying clay in art shops or from Amazon. To make these tree decorations you could simply… 

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Festive foliage au naturel


*+-After many years of studying Christmas decorating behaviour, it is my theory that we all fall into two camps: magpies and purists. If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all it won’t come as a surprise to learn I’m the latter. Give me armfuls of holly and pine, a box of candles… 

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Silkscreen printing snippets


*+-I mentioned a little while back that I enrolled on an eight week evening class to learn the basics of silkscreen printing. I’ve only got a few weeks to go so I thought I’d share a couple of the designs I’ve printed so far. {Decorator’s Notebook} We’ve been working on two techniques. The pomegranate (I’ve… 

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