Lots of lovely Rainbow Drops

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I’ve been sitting in my kitchen for a while now thinking of ways to brighten it up a bit, but not with too much block colour.

Having made the roman blinds a while ago in the red gingham and I’ve painted the bookcase a turquoise colour, I still felt there wasn’t enough fun – and being a kid at heart, there needs be lots of that.

There are some brands that you love from the off, for me – Cable and Cotton are one of them because they are so distinctive. I first spotted their shop whilst wandering around Brighton a while back. I hadn’t thought of putting some of their fairy lights up to complete the makeover, don’t know why. But luckily, they very kindly contacted me recently to ask if I would like to try some out. So, I’ve placed them over my flamingo print from Etsy.

You can choose your own colours and length of lights at Cable and Cotton plus they also do sets with 20, 35 or 50 on a string. The ones I chose are Rainbow Drops.

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If you are a regular reader, you will know that I do love a bit of fair trade, so am pleased to know that the lights are handmade in Thailand by skilled craftswomen who work in the lovely open air ! Making the lights for Cable and Cotton is ensuring a year round income for these people and their families .. and in fact an entire community. :)

A great brand for sure !

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My Guest Post for Artist – Jessica Zoob

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 11.09.56 A quick update to tell you about my guest post on the very talented artist Jesssica Zoob’s blog. She very kindly asked me to write about LucyLovesYa.

Jessica trained at Central School of Art and Nottingham University and worked as a theatre designer for 7 years at venues such as The Royal National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. For 14 years now though she has worked exclusively as a contemporary artist from her home and studio in Sussex. She exhibits around London and her work is shown worldwide in private collections.

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 11.08.11 I love Jessica’s style and find her use of colour really emotive. It’s easy to lose yourself in her work, I think it’s partly because of the different textures she uses in the process. I could stare at her paintings for hours ! If you’d like to see or read more about Jessica Zoob then click here for the website.

My post can be found here.

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All images copyright of Jessica Zoob 2014.

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Me, me and erm …. me …. :)

acting pics - lucy Last night we had our first read through of a play that I’m doing for The New Eye Theatre Company, which is a new professional theatre. It’s going to be on in September. Not too long. Having not acted for a while now, and having done more TV in the past I was a little bit nervous but loved it. Quite excited that one of the cast is a regular in The Archers !

Next week, I have some meetings with agents in London – it’s all come around quite quickly.. but I’m not complaining. Grateful to be honest.

Recently, Sara Thomas took some new photographs – which I was really chuffed with. I highly recommend her. Not one to enjoy having my photo taken usually, she made me realise that it’s actually good fun. We ate cake afterwards in the sunshine, so that was nice too. :)

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In a few weeks, my blog is being re – designed and the lovely artist Kitty Finegan has designed an amazing new logo. I can’t wait to show you. She also created this caricature. Clever girl isn’t she ? Feel very lucky to be working with her.

It has been a funny time for our family recently – and these people probably have no idea how much they have helped get me through it – and to keep focused. Enjoy this sunny day – and look out for the new design soon !

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Images copyright of Sara Thomas and Kitty Finegan 2014.

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Not just your average Journal ….

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This gift of a journal from Anglesey Paper Company couldn’t have arrived at a better time here, what with all the different things I’m currently trying to juggle. Script learning notes, sewing, Summer hols ideas…  Need to write everything down !

It’s from a selection on their site  - and what is particularly appealing about the company, is that all of their products are fair trade and environmentally sound. This journal is tree free, acid free – made in the Nepal, the inner bark of a Lokta Bush … which apparently grows in the Himalayas at an altitude of up to 3000 metres.

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They produce all sorts of things including Kindle and iPad pouches, wrapping paper, sketchbooks and also handmade lampshades, including this vibrant flower print one. You can see the full selection if you click here.

Have a good start to the week. :)

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2014 Rustic Trends – Tactile Textures

I was doing a bit of searching around recently on t’internet for trends this year because we’ve been doing some work on our home.

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Rustic is a top trend for 2014 so I have put together some images of what I would use for a bathroom with tactile textures.

I really like this Cambridge Free Standing Bath from C. P. Hart Bathrooms. I would ideally have some exposed brickwork which really breaks up a room, adds extra character and accentuates the shape. I do have some in my sewing room but would’ve loved to been able to do this in the bathroom too. I do like a splash of colour so would go for a wooden floor – and would some boldness in the accessories – like this Liberty London floral fabric for the blinds and some chunky towels.

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The board is on my Pinterest ( I strongly recommend doing an inspiration board if you are thinking of designing a new room ) of how I would accessorise with this bath – and have added some of the pics to this post too.

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A lovely earthy candle scent would add to the overall feel of the room – and a few pops of colour dotted around against the white walls to finish it off and a heavy duty wire rack. I don’t think you can go wrong with an old style radiator – again, this one is by C. P Hart Bathrooms – who incidentally have a broad range of bathroom showrooms, ideal to gain some inspiration and get a true appreciation of the look and feel of their products. Also, for professional and interior designers, they have a trade section on their website that is well worth exploring. if you need some when you come to do your own bathroom.

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This post is in collaboration with C P hart – all opinions are my own.

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Festival finds

Glastonbury is here -  and I’m happy to say that I will be watching it from my the comfort of my sofa. I love the whole idea of it but there’s only so much you can do with wet wipes and I do love a good bath so it’s for the best ! That doesn’t mean to say though, that I’m not getting into the spirit of things and have found some really cute items for the whole season whether it be actually at a festival or partying in your own garden.

sun-shelter_kartingorange_610c Deckchair stripes have a massive amount of accessories, fabrics and home, garden and seaside products with all the colours that you can imagine. Their sun shelters are brilliant for sunny days and fold up really easily – much more practical than fighting with a tent on the beach. :)

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original_cactus-candles-set-of-threeI couldn’t tell at first glance whether these cactus were real or not. They are in fact candles – perfect for sitting out in the evening. I found them on Not on the Highstreet by Bonnie and Bell. You can buy all 3 or individually.

original_tissue-pineapple-decoration A few decs around the place, hanging in trees maybe ? Peach Blossom sell various styles – my fave is the pineapple. Amara have some Anorak Kissing Rabbits picnic blankets ( currently in the sale ) that would brighten up any garden space. They have matching cool bags, plates and cups. I like ! 1kissing-rabbits-picnic-blanket

Last but not least – in fact one of the most important things you will need is a barbecue. This bucket shaped one, although it looks small is big enough for 6 people. It’s from Not on the Highstreet. original_large-portable-barbecue-for-six-persons

Have a great weekend, whatever you’re doing ! :)

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Tatty Devine Bunting Necklace

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Whoop ! It’s here. For once, it’s not bunting that I’ve made – but an acrylic necklace by Tatty Devine. No secret that I’m a huge fan of theirs ! Bunting makes everyone happy doesn’t it ? It always reminds me of fresh lemonade, strawberries and tombola’s.

If you want to grab one of these necklaces before they all go then hurry because it’s half price !  So are lots of other goodies on their site.

If you cast your mind back – I did a  little interview, a while back with Harriet and Rosie, the founders of Tatty Devine. You can read it here if you wanna !

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Hey, I’m going to Ibiza…

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Birkenstocks. Maybe the most comfortable sandals ever – but I have an up and down relationship with them. One year I like them lots and then the next I feel a bit fuddy in them.

I’m quite taken with these Madrid style ones though because they have a Liberty London floral print. It’s real pretty !  I’ve talked before about how tricky it is to find non leather shoes and up until recently have been wearing my Converse but the Summer has got the upper hand and I needed something cooler.

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I bought these denim joggers from Warehouse too. I haven’t bought anything from their store for years but have been looking for ages for a pair and almost made some but saw these for £45. I got them to go with the Birkenstocks. Splendid do a really nice pair too in a darker shade.

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Lowie have some cute little numbers at the mo – am thinking of treating myself to their jersey coral t-shirt to round the outfit off. I am going to Ibiza soon and will be wearing this on the way.

Do you have a favourite brand ? Do you have your eye on anything in particular this summer ?

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Trugging along

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We have literally talked about growing our own vegetables for years. I don’t know why it has taken us so long to get on with it, but finally, we have.

It’s a small step but I’m glad to say that after 7 days we actually have some shoots appearing through the soil. Of course, I didn’t think to label where I planted the seeds but pretty sure the ones with dark red stems are beetroot and the grassy ones are carrots. We’ve also put in some spring onions, spinach and butternut squash ( which, it turns out, no-one apart from me likes ! ) so hoping for a good little crop.

We are using a VegTrug that we bought from Suffolk Food Hall because it means I don’t have to keep bending down all of the time ( sore knees from running ) and hopefully the produce won’t get eaten by slugs. Because I don’t do slug chewed spinach. :)

The plan next is to get a greenhouse and get some tomatoes, cucumbers peppers on the go. Apparently you can grown these things inside the Trug but I am pretty sure that I would get myself into sixes and sevens.

It’s quite exciting for all of us. nice to be giving my daughters home grown food  - and for us, the sense of achievement will be great. I’m always checking the packets of salad in supermarkets and there is rarely much that has been grown in the UK. Let alone organic. I want to know what we’re eating !

Let’s hope that our first attempt is a success. My 5 year old helper is out there every day watering the shoots and is keeping a close eye on it all.

Any tips from you – greatly appreciated because I haven’t a clue what I am doing :)

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Cheers, George !

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Hope you are having a good week ?

I’ve been a lucky girl this week as George at Home have sent me some of their products to add to my ” favourite hub ” which is currently my kitchen.

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As you may know, I am no stranger to colour and prints so as I looked through all of the ranges, I was very excited to find leopard print mugs, bright mixing bowls – and flamingo and pineapple glasses amongst lots of other tempting products.

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I will be serving up popcorn in this star print bowl tomorrow for a kids sleepover and pouring smoothies with glass pink jug.

We are really getting into baking so the digital jug scale will be really useful, as will the “dry measure” cup – it’s got a retro look to it which is fab and a very good price at £3. Cooking is much more fun when you have the right tools. So now we do !

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Really like these cake and biscuit tins. They’re simple but vintage in style.

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As our pepper and salt grinders have seen better days, these battery operated Russell Hobbs ones are most welcome ! They even light up… if we are eating in the dark. :)

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The thing that I am most looking forward to using is this CoolGear collapsible Bento Box. If you remember – we attempted some sushi recently. This box has a base with a plate for your teriyaki salmon or and a top layer to put your rolls, dips, rice etc. Or just good for a packed lunch.

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