Fancy a Tatty Devine Jewellery Making Party ?

Tatty Devine Workshop Brick Lane
You may remember a while back I interviewed the lovely Rosie and Harriet, the founders of jewellery brand Tatty Devine ? I am a very big fan of their colourful jewellery and wear it as much as I possibly can.

Well, this week I was lucky enough to be invited to their new jewellery party workshop space which is located at the back of their Brick Lane store.

Tatty Devine Workshop Space

Oh … it is colour galore with a fun atmosphere and the kind of environment that instantly makes you want to get creative.

It’s perfect for celebratory get togethers or hen do’s as you can sit around the table adorned with everything you could possibly need. You can chat and catch up while you all make your own unique pieces to take home at the end. There is a Tatty Devine expert on hand to guide you through the making process.

 

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Apparently there are two different types of parties that you can book ….

The first is the Original Party which is £40 each for between 8 – 12 guests, where you all have a choice of creating the Original Bunting Necklace, Heart Bunting Neclace, Star Bunting Necklace or a Charm Bracelet. It also includes a Fentimans soft drink ( love those .. ), popcorn and sweet treats and you can decide on your own playlist and a cheeky 15% off any other jewellery on the day.

The second is very aptly called The Devine Party which is £50 each, again for between 8 – 12 guests and you have the same choices of jewellery to make as the first one. The host gets to take home a complimentary name necklace. There is also a glass of prosecco on arrival and a tote bag to take home for everyone. You get all those lovely treats I mentioned earlier too plus the playlist and the 15% off too.

They happen on Wednesdays and Saturdays and you can find out all you need to know on their parties page.

Tatty Acrylic Tatty Devine Workshop

I am thinking of booking a party for my next Birthday  – it’s nice to go and do something a bit different plus you can go for a yummy curry on Brick Lane afterwards.

Bunting NecklacesHope you like the images ?  I had fun taking them and chatting to the girls. In fact I didn’t want to leave – so much inspiration all around. I got some great Tatty instagram pics and some cool street art too  – so do keep a look out.

Acrylic Necklace Tatty Devine

What do you think of Tatty Devine’s new parties ? Tempted ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Have a wonderful day.

Lucy x

Vegetarian Curry Recipes

Vegetarian Curry

I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned my Dad here on my blog ?

As well as being a screen and stage writer – and my inspiration in so many ways, he is also an incredible curry cook. He worked very hard when I was little at honing his talent, by spending time with authentic chefs and trying out every type of curry you can imagine. As a result, we sure know our onions when it comes to a good Ruby Murray – and I’m really excited to share a few of his recipes with you.

Aloo Tarka Dhal & Saag Chana Chat

 

Because I’m a vegetarian, he has come up with some nice, quite simple ones that are meat free and bursting with colour.

You can add as little or as much chilli powder ( or fresh chillies ) as you like – and don’t forget your coriander,  lemons and of course natural yoghurt mixed with some mint to cool things down too. Goes without saying that you will probably want to do some rice with the dishes.

Onion Bhaji Recipe

Onion Bhaji

Ingredients

2 large Onions

1 mug Gram Flour ( Chickpea Flour )

Salt to taste

1 egg

Handful coriander leaves

Pinch Chilli Powder

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon paprika

Method

Mix the ingredients together until a smooth consistency is formed. Don’t feel tempted to add water as the onions will provide a natural liquid if allowed to stand for an hour before frying.

To cook – ladle individual bhajis into a frying pan of hot oil. When they are golden brown, remove and serve. A squeeze of lemon all over is always nice and maybe a dash of natural yoghurt.

All ready to serve.

Tarka Dhal Recipe

Aloo Tarka Dhal ( Potato and Garlic Dhal )

Ingredients

1 mug of rinsed red lentils ( Masoori dhal )

12 small potatoes

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 large bay leaf

4 cloves

4 green cardomans

1″ cinnamon stick

8 garlic cloves

8 onions

Vegetable ghee

Pinch of salt

Method

Pre boil the potatoes then put to one side. Simmer the lentils with the turmeric powder, large bay leaf, cloves, green cardamons, cinnamon stick and sea salt. Remove any residue from the lentils and once soft but ( but not dry ) remove the excess water and put to one side.

Slice the garlic cloves and finely dice an equal amount of onions. Fry them together in vegetable ghee until golden brown and then add the lentils mixture and potatoes.

Ready to serve.

Saag Chana Chat

Saag Chana Chat ( Spinach and chickpea curry )

Ingredients

1 tin of rinsed spinach

1 tin of rinsed chickpeas

1 tablespoon of mint sauce ( optional )

1 handful coriander

1 piece of root ginger- diced

Salt to taste

Tablespoon curry powder

1 large finely diced onion

2 cloves garlic – chopped

1 handful chopped coriander leaves

4 medium tomatoes – diced

1 handful Methi leaves ( fenugreek leaves ) if available.

1 teaspoon of garam masala

A squeeze of lemon juice

Drop of water

Ground pepper to taste

Method

Fry the diced onion and both garlic cloves with the diced root ginger in oil until onions are soft and then add the curry powder and further fry for 5 minutes. Add a drop of water if necessary to prevent sticking.

Introduce the chickpeas, spinach, mint, coriander leaves, diced tomatoes, ground pepper and methi leaves.

Cook for 20 minutes on a medium heat and then add the garam masala and the lemon juice.

Mix and serve.

Veg Curry Recipe

You could do just one of the dishes or all for a fabulous feast. I can vouch that this is really tasty. I hope you try it and love it too. Let me know if you do or if you would like any extra cooking advice by leaving me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog … will get right back to you.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Sharing The InstaLove

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Did I mention that I’m a total Instagram nut ? Ah yes, I did. It really is my favourite social media platform at the moment, I think mainly as it’s so creative and supportive.. and colourful.

These last few weeks it’s been exciting as I have been featured several times by brands that I love. Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess, one of my most favourite blogs has shared two of my images – which is a real treat as I follow them avidly. I particularly like their tutorials. Recently,  I took a picture in Aldeburgh by the coast of a cute diner there which caught their attention and then a few weeks later, I visited the The Royal Academy to see their Summer Exhibition and had to take a pic of me on the striped stairs by artist Jim Lambie – they chose to regram this one too.

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Now, you know that I am a colour geek, right ? So much so that I own a Pantone colour wheel just for fun … well, a while back we had these beautiful tulips that matched some of the purples perfectly so I shared it with my insta friends. Pantone liked it so much they shared it with their 269,000 followers. Wow, I was chuffed.

To add a cherry to the top of the cake – HIBS100 have chosen me as Instagrammer of the month so any day now, I will be on their website. Keep a look out. Their site is well worth a read to find some lovely interior and craft blogs who are currently in the top 100 in the UK.

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Feeling very grateful.

In other news ….

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These wonderful green scarves were a display at The Design Centre Chelsea when I attended a Colour and Pattern MasterClass at the KLC School of Design. I was one of several bloggers who were invited by Amara ( kicking off their 2016 Interior Blog Awards ) to a really interesting talk. It was really helpful and inspiring, personally – I would love to do a part time course with KLC.

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A little while back, artist Horace Panter had a preview on with his latest work. Being a music lover I fell in love with this cassettes print. It now lives with us here. You may remember my Inspire Me interview on the blog with Horace about his career both in art and The Specials. I’m a fan of their music so it makes having one of his pieces extra special.

It’s been a busy time and I have an online shop opening in the near future so looking forward to telling you more about that soon.

What is your favourite social media ? Do you love Instagram too or do you prefer pinning and tweeting the most ? I look forward to hearing your thoughts and looking at your favourite images … :)

Lucy x

 

Summery Colour Palettes

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What with this very sunny weather, I thought it would be a good time to share some colour palettes that I have made up from some of my photographs. Maybe, like me you’ve got some DIY lined up or just enjoy all of the hues of Summer.

This first one would be ideal for a living room or an outdoor area. It’s quite girly too – the darker tones could work as accessories ?

I love pink and green together, feminine and earthy. A winning combination.

blue house

This cottage door surrounded by a wonderful fresh aqua, by the sea,  caught my eye recently. I could see it in a nursery or play room – where would you use it ? It’s so happy and blue is one of the most popular colours globally. I guess with the sky and the sea – it’s a colour that we trust and it’s nice and cool. The lavender will add a pretty purple too once it flowers.

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Being a bit of a macaron fan – I had to take an instagram picture of these. The palette is playful and ideal for a kitchen against a white canvas or a Summer party even. How could you ever feel anything but cheerful sitting amongst bursts of these colours ?

I’m about to do our garden room and think I will use some of these for inspiration. I look forward to showing you it. :)

What colours do you like to use together ? Leave me a comment or tweet me lucylovesyablog.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Crafts and Candy Stripes

Kids Craft Area

With the Summer hols just around the corner ( how did that happen ? ) I’ve been having a think about what we can do to fill the days. To start with, we can definitely spend some time here at home learning how to knit properly and the girls can make stretch their sewing knowledge by making themselves a dress or two…

They now have their own workspace, to try and contain the madness, just a little .. and so that they can sit down and make something without having to plan it.

It is looking relatively tidy at the moment and I wanted to show you a few of the lovely goodies that we were sent to review from Flamingo Gifts.

The oh so cute Party Ring Biscuit has gone down a real treat here. Unfortunately we can’t eat it but we can enjoy its comfiness while we sew. Great for Betsey to sit on too for a bit of extra height.

Kids Wool Storage

We totally love the set of 3 Retro Bright Suitcases. They are ( as well as the cushion ) are by Sass & Belle – one of may brands stocked by Flamingo Gifts. They are absolutely perfect for storing wool and other craft bits.

Kids Craft Room

How did they know that we love colour so much ? ;) The candy stripe string of lights finish off the area and add to the playful look. How I would’ve loved some as a child … but, hey, we have them now ! Thanks Flamingo Gifts

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With our new additions washi tapes, stationery and  scrapbooking cabochons, I think it should keep them busy for a while …

Flamingo Gifts Cushion

What do you have planned for the Summer ? Any craft ideas or places to visit – leave me a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you .. :)

Lucy x

Pantone Hotel – Colour Central

Pantone Hotel Chairs

How could you not be intrigued by a Pantone Hotel if you love colour ? If you also love good chocolate, then Brussels is probably a good place to be.

Luckily, Andy ( my lovely man ) has been in Belgium, rehearsing for Glastonbury Festival , so I finally got to do a Pantone post as he dutifully went and took some pictures for me … and you !

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A white canvas gives a nice clean feel – and the saturated colourful pops add warmth and a heart.

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There are strong and more delicate palettes depending on which room you stay in. Which colour would you like to stay in?

The Hotel itself is very central so you are close to lots of restaurants and also the train station. From what I can see, it is quite good value too … a very good excuse for a visit with the family. We would like to see Mini Europe which isn’t far away.

Pantone RestuarantOutside Pantone Hotel

I’m a total Pantone obsessive and use my colour wheel all the time. It felt like Christmas being sent these images by Andy. The one thing I forgot to ask him to but me some of their mugs. Doh ! I really will have to go soon …

Have you stayed here at the Pantone Hotel or been to Brussels before ? Any recommendations for places to eat or see, would be fab. Please leave me a comment under this post ..

Lucy xPantone Hotel Reception

Achica Cheeky Peek In My Living Room

Lamp from AchicaI do love a peep in to peoples homes – all the interesting little nooks and spend much of time looking on Pinterest for inspiration. Being as I’ve had a little change around here in the living room, I thought maybe you’d like to see a colourful corner of mine ?

Last week I painted a few mini crates to display some of our garden perennials to work nicely with the colour wheel print above and my new cushion and chrome and white lamp sent over by the lovely folk at from Achica. The lamp is perfect for evening sewing and reading.  It’s nice to have a lamp that will work well anywhere – I will probably use it at my sewing table too.

The cushion is bold and refreshing and perfect for Summer. Citrus is in this season so a fruity print cushion is my contribution … :)

Citrus Cushion Print - Achica

Achica ( if you aren’t already aware ) is a luxury lifestyle online store offering exclusive, daily promotions on lots of home interiors and fashion accessories. Worth a look if you like discounted designer goodies.

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Do you like the crates ? I bought some sample pots and it took no time at all to paint them. Inside I popped in some jam jars. They work well as window boxes too if you want to dress a sill or too. Actually, I nice little teachers gift for end of term too ? Not long now ..

Close up Achica lamp

If you have any DIY tips for adding colour to your home or want to just say hello – leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you are having a fabulous day ..

Lucy x

I was sent the lamp and cushion by Achica for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.

Tea For Two With Extra Sprinkles

Cakemart DecsWhat do your kids say when you offer them a little tea party with not only my quaint cups and saucers filled with their favourite fruit juice … but also cake pops and cupcakes and extra sprinkles. No brainer. They said .. ” Yesssss Mum ” ..

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I’ve never made cake pops before although have been intrigued as to how you do. Actually, they were quite easy. I did have a book that came with the set so that helped. Funnily enough my girls were really happy to help out as much as possible ! The candy melts are meant to be microwaved but I did it over the hob with a saucepan and a bowl and turned out fine…. the fiddly bit was covering the sponge but we had fun with it.

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We also made some cupcakes that I have to say, were delicious. I’ve tried loads of times to ice cakes with a piping bag and quite frankly made a mess, but this time I used a one hand decorator and it was a doddle. The sprinkles added some lovely colour and a little bit of crunch. I love the bright polka dot cases – they go so well with the multi colour toppings.

Meincupcake spotted,my love for colour, recently, so sent me these delights to try out. I’ve had lots of fun on Instagram over the last few days sharing some pics. Have a look if you like. We also made doughnuts but they are in our bellies on the cutting room floor ;)

Cakemart Cake Pop

After our little ‘ do ” we wrapped up some of extra cake pops in cellophane packs that came with the kit and some striped wash tape and took them round to our neighbours. Here you can see the girls all ready to deliver them in front of our purple front door.  It’s a nice idea for wedding and kids favour bags. I will definitely be using them for future parties. Hopefully we will get more adventurous and make some of the amazing creations on offer in the book.

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Are you a dab hand at baking ? Or like me, keen but still a bit of a novice ? Any tips either way then leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you …

Lucy x

A Fancy Frock In Blackpool

Lucy in 20th Century Cloth 2-1 copy

After attending the most amazing wedding this weekend up in Preston, we decided to stay an extra night and made a impromptu visit to Blackpool for the afternoon. On the way we stopped for a walk on the sandy beach of Lytham St Annes, where I stayed when I was 17 and doing my first ever professional theatre tour. It hasn’t changed at all. I like it when things have stay the same – it doesn’t seem to happen too often in this fast paced world.

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I wore a dress that I made with fabric sent over from 20th Century Cloth. It’s a cotton Poplin fabric and it was a joy to use, really easy and excellent quality. I chose the Modesto print as I like the little flecks of colour amongst the black and white. At 150 cm width it is perfect for dressmaking, especially for circle skirts. The dress itself is an Eliza M one – The Daisy Dress. I am going to be making a lot more with this pattern and certainly with the fabrics.

As well as selling wash and make up bags, 20th Century Cloth also hand make lampshades to order in their range of prints. Do have a look as I think they’re rather lovely. I’m pretty taken with the colourful Coranado one. Helen who is the founder of the company is a textile designer and vintage clothing enthusiast. I love her already !

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

It was quite fitting to visit The Tower Ballroom, in my frock. Honestly, the place is so beautiful and full of atmosphere – it almost bought me to tears. I told my girls all about the joy that this place must’ve bought to people over the years and clearly still does. They were especially excited about the fact that Strictly Come Dancing had been filmed there. We listened to the man playing the Wurlitzer Organ and watched novices and professionals take to the dance floor to do the Samba.

StreetArt Blackpool Red Arrows

While we were heading to ” The Big One ” roller coaster, which I tried to photograph Mae and Andy on bit they were going too fast ( but this funny street art says it all ..)  we also got to see The Red Arrows do their display over the sea. It was pretty incredible.

All of that and with a trip up the Tower with my brace face on,  left me feeling a bit giddy. Managed to take a photo looking down as you can see, but definitely didn’t dare stand on the thick glass. Oh no. …

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So after a bit of bowling fun, we trammed it back past the largest disco ball we’d ever seen and headed back to our hotel – The Barton Grange, just outside of Preston, which I would heartily recommend. Great staff.

An afternoon wasn’t long enough so next time we go, it’ll be the whole illuminated experience with bells on. We have to go back anyway because I forgot to get a Kiss Me Quick hat. :)

How do you like the dress ? … And what’s your favourite seaside town ? 

Leave me a comment or tweet @lucylovesyablog. I would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Converse Art By Adam Hemuss – A Giveaway On Instagram

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Just in the last few days I hit 1000 instagram followers. My aim was to host a little celebration giveaway when this happened … and true to my promise – there is one running as from today.

Converse Boots

Pile of Converse BootsWe had this limited edition Adam Hemuss art print framed and it site nicely above a shoe rack that I had made recently and then painted myself. As you can see its filled with some of my boots. I lined each shelf with some PVC liner to give it more character and brighten it up a little. The paint I used is Clunch by Farrow & Ball. I needed to keep our home tidy but also thought why not have my favourite footwear on show ?

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I really like the positioning of the boots in the sketch and couldn’t have picked anything better for our bedroom wall. The prints come in red, blue, yellow and white and are limited edition with just a few left. These are part of a bigger series of shoes and feet. These trainers were actually a sketch of someone’s Converse while sitting on the tube one day. Who knows.. maybe it was me. :)

Adam Hemuss has been an artist for some time as well as having worked in TV Production – something we have in common. His inspiration is all around him in The Big Smoke ” capturing the individuality of the London crowd “. He studied screen printing at LCC in Elephant and Castle.

Converse Picture

I find Adam’s work really interesting and if you check his website it is quite diverse –  really keen to see more of his collections over the next few years. If you’d like to  – you can find it here.

Now, if you are on Instagram and fancy winning a Converse print for your home, Adam has also sent me one in white, for a lucky Instagram follower – you’re only a couple of hashtags away from being entered.

Converse Print Instagram Giveaway

See you over there :)

Lucy x

I was sent a couple of these fabulous prints for myself and the winner but have received no payment for this post. All opinions are my own.