Easter DIY, Southwold Love and Fancy Florals

Southwold Pier

It has been another busy Instagram week. I can’t stop myself taking more pictures. Love sharing them and checking out all of the amazing Instagrammer accounts – truly inspiring. The colours blow my mind. So, as it’s the end of the week, I am adding just a few of my photos in the lead up to Easter. We are very happy to be on our break now and looking forward to some lie ins. :)

Beach Huts SouthwoldColourful Doors

We had a trip over to Southwold last weekend which as ever was great. It never disappoints. Candy stripes and colourful front doors. It just makes me happy.

Flower FormationHerbal TeaEaster DecsDaffodilsEaster Chick WreathMy Mother’s Day flowers were coming to the end of their life so I made a little formation with the flower heads. I made the image up really quickly , not realising just how effectively that blue works with the pinks, yellow and reds. Kind of reminds me of those vintage style swimming hats. :)

I’m only drinking herbal tea these days, and I couldn’t resist a bit of Easter chocolate with it from my local chocalaterie  – Coco Mama. It’s so good. Too good. Another colour moment.

We made an Easter Tree with some Pussy Willow. It’s so easy to do and the catkins are perfect for hanging the little eggs off. I stuck them in to some Oasis in the bucket.

The Easter Wreath was so much fun to do. An abundance of fluffy chicks, a polystyrene wreath, yellow paint, a ribbon, some pins and a hot glue gun. They’re all marching clockwise. I just pinned the ribbon on at the top. A fab activity – really recommend it.

If you’d like to see more of my colourful photos you can find me here – @lucylovesyablog .. leave me a comment with your Instagram name too, would love to see your pics too.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Are you up to much over the Easter break ?

Lucy x

My Retro Chair Covered in CLARKE & CLARKE Chico

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You know when you have an idea in your head of how you want something to look ? In this case, a retro style chair, bought a few years ago that needed a bit of colour loving, I felt. But nothing jumped out at me for a while. My all time favourite colour is turquoise so eventually and luckily Clarke & Clarke sent over some of their latest samples recently which led me to one of their latest prints – Chico.

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The Chico design is from their Zanzibar collection, inspired by Spice Markets, full of bold geometric patterns embroidered on linen, teamed with rich jacquards and bold plains. The Aqua that I chose to use is one of several palettes that form this contemporary range – the others are charcoal, indigo, sunset and fuchsia.

Although I say contemporary, actually, I see this particular pattern as quite retro and ideal for the chair – that’s what I love about design – it’s all relative.

I made a little bright pink velvet cushion to match the flamingo print – and to finish the overall look. After that I sat down and drank that hot chocolate in my favourite Vera Wang at Wedgewood cup and saucer. :)

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Hope you like the new look chair ? What’s your favourite colour ? Let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting @lucylovesyablog. Would love to hear from you.

If you want to have a look at some more of their wonderful fabrics. You can find all of Clarke & Clarke’s stockists on the website – www.clarke-clarke.com.

Have a nice day …

Lucy x

I was sent this fabric for the purpose of this post. All opinions my own.

The Whole of the Moon

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As we have just had the eclipse ( didn’t see a thing as it was overcast but it definitely went all kind of dusky and still ) I thought it topical to show you Mae’s new wall sticker from Koko Kids.

I’ve come across lots of stickers over the last few years but this one is by far my favourite. It’s so detailed, being able to see all of the craters and ridges. Mae is over literally over the moon with it – excuse the bad pun …. :) The stars finish it off perfectly and add extra atmosphere.

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Gill, founder of interiors and gift store Koko Kids was introduced to me through a mutual friend, Jo, who loves their designs too. I’m so glad she did as we were looking for something interesting for Mae’s room and she loves astronomy – Gill kindly sent me the sticker to review.

Koko Kids do a very tasteful range of wall stickers with a retro, graphic twist, for nurseries right through to teens with everything in between. The good thing about their products is that they can be removed and re – applied and have are vinyl free which means they have no BPA or phthalates so ideal for kids rooms which is reassuring. They have all kind of designs such as butterflies, cherry blossom, deer, pop art and confetti – well worth checking out – here.

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We painted Mae’s room ‘ Stone Blue ‘ by Farrow & Ball which has turned out even better than expected as I thought it might give a cold feel but it really hasn’t, it all works well together, I reckon. What do you think ?

Lucy x

Colourful Easter Treats

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Spring is my absolute favourite season, the sudden pops of colour everywhere and the gentle breeze twinned with a hint of happy sunshine. It seems to change peoples moods and brighten us all up generally.

It’s not too long now until Easter is on our doorstep. Which means  a chocolate frenzied time in our home, but I guess not everyone is as obsessed with Easter eggs as we seem to be here. That said I have spotted some rather delicious, unusual choccy goodies as you can see above but also lots of other colourful cute items that might tickle your fancy…

1. Make Your Own Chocolate London sounds like a plan to me. I’m not sure how long it would last until we’d scoff it up like King Kong but it’s well worth the fun. Belgian chocolate too. Yum. £12.99 from Choconchoc. £12.99.

2. Just so sweet. A string of little chick lights. It would be difficult to take them down after Easter. They are from Dotcomgiftshop and are £19.95.

3. Matroyshka might love these Petite Poupee dolls by chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. A unique take on the usual style of egg. Selfridges from £13.90 each.

4. You may wonder why I have added some astro turf ? You could dress up a table with these mats and coasters by adding some bright napkins and Easter themed bits. You can find them on Etsy by Artificial Landscapes. Set of 6 – £19.95.

5. Oh, I had one of these as a kid and wish I had kept it. It’s a lovely classic egg cup and yellow chick – a lovely gift. Liberty – £12.95.

6. What about this Harlequin inspired, handmade bunny brooch ? It’s pretty reasonable at £10. From SketchInc at Etsy.

7. Daffodils. They’re everywhere at the moment, I love ‘em. Laura Ashley do some mini candles tea light candles – £10 for 6.

8. More chicks ! This time a medley of fluffy ones which would combine pretty well with number 7. They are from John Lewis. £4 for 12.

9. Rubber stamps are definitely big at the moment. You could use these hand carved ones to make cards, maybe ? £4.25 from Not On The Highstreet.

10. Some bunting to colour in would make a lovely little gift as an alternative to chocolate. Will keep them busy for a bit over the holidays too. It’s £3.99 from Not On The Highstreet.

11. I just added this Hungry Bunny Night Light because it was too sweet not to. Dotcomgiftshop have lots of lovely ones. £3.95

12. A rainbow coloured ” Happy Easter ” egg garland will add a seasonal touch. Nice and vibrant. £6 from John Lewis.

13. If you want to get really themed up, some yellow nails will do the job. The yellow reminds me of all things Spring like. From LoveLula  – £5.15.

14. This company make the coolest cards. This lamb is a little magnet that you can remove. They have their own store and also stock on Not On the Highstreet. Pango Productions – £3.

15. Gisela Graham are doing a lovely range of kitchenware at the moment. This jug is £11.99 and you can find it at Mollie and Fred.

Hope you like these goodies. Please share if you do by using the links below :)

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Leggings Made With Funkifabrics Spandex

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I’m going to start this week off by putting on my dressmaking cap as I have a stretchy spandex based post for you.

I’ve never made anything with this  material before and to be honest I was a bit uncertain as to what to make, as I had a feeling it was going to slip slide all over the place, like silk does. How wrong I was. It was a delight !

Funkifabrics sent me 3 metres worth of their spandex – I chose which ones I want to work with. Naturally – leopard print and tartan, but I also really like their star print, so opted for that too. The width of these fabrics are 145 cm so a metre for each pair was definitely going to be enough.

The quality of the spandex was the first thing that I checked and it’s really good. The print colour is also incredibly rich on colour which is important to us.

Funki Fabrics Leggings

I used a pattern to make the leggings as I was a little short of time, and altered each one slightly as all of them had to be taken in at the waist ( several times ) and also on the inside legs. It took no time at all for the alterations and they also overlocked like a dream. The elastic for the waists went it well too.  Stretch wise – we have worn them for a full day and they are just as fitted. I love them and am chomping at the bit to make some more.

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They’re so comfortable, as we were having a relaxing day when we tried them out I wore mine with a t shirt dress and some Converse – and to add an extra bit of colour – my Tatty Devine bunting necklace.

Often I buy leggings from American Apparel as they do some brilliant ones but think I will make my own as much as possible from now on and will definitely be using Funkifabrics as they offer a huge range of cool prints.

Girls LeggingsFunki Fabrics with Trainers

The girls really like theirs too and think that they’re extra impressed to have some leggings that are unique to them. There was enough fabric left to make something else. A little skirt each maybe.

Funkifabrics design and print all of their materials in the UK. They are dedicated to providing stretch fabrics only  – and are constantly coming up with new brightly coloured patterns with their in – hour graphic team who work alongside high profile fashion labels as well as keeping their loyal customers happy too.

I think their foil decorated prints are definitely worth checking out. A great selection.

Hope you like our new leggings. What kind of prints would you use for a sewing project ? Do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

I have received no payment for this post. I was sent 3 metres of fabric for the purpose of this review.

 

Latest Instagram Images

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I have lots of collaborative posts coming up, that are really exciting. Currently working away on one that I will post later this week.

In the meantime, I have put together some of my favourite latest Instagram images, that I’ve taken at home in my sewing room and out and about. Some beautiful flowers, spotted on my Birthday, My favourite phone box (it has stained glass ), tactile artwork that I saw in Cambridge and lots of other colourful moments.

If you’d like to see more of follow my account then here is the link. Or you can click on the right hand Instagram photo in my sidebar. I tend to update with new pics every day.

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Hope you are having a good week ? I would love to see some of your pictures too – so please let me know your Instagram name by leaving a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Make Mum’s Day with a BonBon Balloon – 20% discount for my readers …

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BonBon Balloons have been on my radar for quite some time. I am such a big fan of this company. There’s something completely mesmerising about their perfectly round, beautifully coloured, confetti filled bonbon balloons. Their strings are all individually hand crafted.

We received the string of bows bonbon as a little gift this week and I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I was super excited to open the box. You can see my girls enjoying it over on my Instagram. Not sure I will get a look in.

Confetti Balloons

The bonbon floated out of the confetti decorated tissue paper and at the end of the string was a personalised note which was a lovely surprise. I felt really chuffed. :)

Balloon Collage

BonBon balloons, based in East London started in 2012 and have been featured in many magazines since including Harpers Bazaar, Brides Magazine, Stylist and Perfect Weddings.

They offer a bespoke service for private events such as pop up installations, weddings, parties and corporate events – they explore colour with each individual client.

There is also, of course, their fabulous online shop. Total eye candy. Bonbons for lots of occasions – Birthdays, Births, Weddings, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s .. you get the picture ?

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We thought, what with Mother’s Day coming up soon, that my readers might appreciate a nice 20% discount on any orders placed by Thursday 12th March. Lots to choose from .. pop over and have a look. All you will need to do is add lucylovesya as a coupon code at the checkout.

Enjoy !

Lucy x

I was sent a BonBon Balloon as a gift and have received no payment for this blog post.

Latest Stationery Haul …

Stationery1As promised … more on some of the stationery that I bought recently. A few bits from Liberty London and then a few more sneaky online purchases.

The heart stickers, typewriter print book, Kate Spade polka dot notebook and Big Apple Sticky Notes and postage stickers are from Liberty – the others are from various stores.

It doesn’t help having daughter’s who love scrapbooking, crafting and letter writing – I do too and there are so many beautiful bits n bobs .. let’s just say that I don’t exactly discourage it !

Staionery faves

The Kokeshi pen is incredibly cute. I’ve been after one of these for a while to add to my ever growing Kawaii collection. Love the little Big Apple sticky notes. They’ll come in very handy one day. Honest.

The stamp is such a great idea for adding a date and comment to our photo’s ( I am currently Huggle Up’s featured blogger for their square prints ) or notes. You can change the phrase and date by using its roller.

Ever since my last trip to New York, I have been totally obsessed with washi tapes. It’s the pretty prints. Far too attractive to actually use ! :)

Did we really need these parcel stickers ? Yes of course ! Everyone needs them, don’t they ? Think we will also use them on Birthday gifts. They will contrast well with polka dot or striped wrapping paper.

Rubber Collection

I also just had to show you Mae’s eraser collection. Did you have one when you were little ? I had some strawberry and bubble gum scented ones and we used to swap them at lunch times in the playground. Not sure she could fit this lot  in her school bag though. She spends her pocket money each month on new ones. I love the colour and intricacy of them nowadays. Amazing how you can take them apart in to little pieces. Clever !

Do you collect stationery too ? What are your favourite pieces ? Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

 

A Liberating Birthday

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This time last week it was my Birthday. I couldn’t believe it when I opened the blinds here and saw blue skies. A beautiful start to the day.

We decided to head in to London Town for the day and make the most of the half term. The sun was shimmering on the Thames as we arrived at The Tower of London ( not sure that was my choice but it was fun all the same ) and then we cabbed it over to Selfridges for a nice veggie lunch, followed by a wander around one of the best stores in the world. Liberty London.

I know I’ve talked about this before so I won’t repeat myself but took a few pics to share with you. The store is looking really inspiring at the moment  – the Liberty print hanging decorations are so effective. Andy took the girls off to spend some vouchers in Hamleys which meant I got some quality time just enjoying all the designs.

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Andy bought me a wonderful Meyer – Lavigne vase, I’ve been a fan of theirs for ages and I filled it with some flowers as soon as I could…

Meyer Lavigne Vase

 

We also stocked up on some gorgeous stationery in Liberty. Another post will be coming on that soon. Washi tapes, stickers, stamp sets and notebooks.

It really was a perfect day spent with my little family. The only disappointment was that they really wanted to go and see the Queen and were not happy to hear that you can’t just pop in for tea.

Fudge and Meringues

My friend Corne had made some fudge and meringues and put them in giant cups and saucers. A thoughtful present – she makes the best fudge in the world !

What’s your favourite shop for inspiration  .. or just with things that you love ?

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

Flora Family Fun Guide – Put on a Puppet Show Review

sewing puppet We’ve had a really good half term. Think we might need another week to relax after everything we’ve been up to, but apart from that – it was great. My Birthday was on the Tuesday … more on that soon.

We were also asked by Flora if we’d like to get a bit crafty with their Family Fun Guide written by award winning author Tanith Carey, over the break – which you might have noticed if you follow me on Instagram.

We produced some very tasty ” Easy Peasy Cupcakes ” – Betsey pretty much made them all herself, which made her feel very proud. Mae made the Pasta Gems Necklace ( second batch a success, first one got eaten by our dog when our backs were turned ! ) .. and we will be making the ” Cinnamon and Raisin  Cookies ” later today for packed lunches tomorrow.

Our favourite project from the Fun Guide has been the ” Put on a Puppet Show ” – we had a great time in my sewing room creating some colourful little sock characters.

I like the Sunny Day Suggestions on each page – for this one it gives tips for taking the show on the road. Also the ideas for younger or older kids is helpful too.

We named the socks Tom, Tim and Jim – and the first performance went rather well. We will be taking them on tour later this year… coming to a town near you. :)

The instructions are written very succinctly for children and the things you need for this, and actually all of the games and recipes are easy to buy or you’ll more than likely have most of the bits in your home already. Preparation times are kept to a minimum too – my kind of book, this is !

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The book is lightweight and well thought out. I really want to try out some more of the activities  – they are a great reminder of how easy having fun together and using our imaginations can be. We had a good laugh and some nice chats while we were sewing and glueing.

Flora Puppet Show

Look out for our cookies later on Instagram …

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

The Family Fun Guide and Boredom Busting Basket were provided by Flora for the purpose of this review.