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.

Lucy in 20th Century Cloth-1 copy

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. …

BlackpoolBlackpool Disco Ball.

 

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

Coverse Boots Image

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 ?

Converse Boots 1

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.

From Notting Hill To Neals Yard And Back Again

Colourful Homes

Most of the time, I blog about brands or designs that I love amongst the projects. It has been quite some time since I wrote about some of my favourite places.

We had a day out recently, a much needed family trip as life seems so hectic at the moment. You know that saying … Stop the world, I wanna get off … Well, it’s been a bit like that. A merry go round. But, it’s all good, really. Just a bit of a whirl. One of my favourite places in the UK is the Notting Hill area of London. Not because of the film, you understand. I have spent lots of time their over the years at the markets and maybe a few pubs…

Notting Hill Bunting Colourful Homes 1

It was our first port of call at the beginning of a day with something for everyone in the family. I snapped a few colourful moments along the way. Looking up is essential in London, otherwise you miss lots of interesting stuff and colours… and it would not be worth missing some cheery bunting on your travels, don’t you think ?

Electric Cinema

The Electric Cinema has been on Portobello road for over 100 years, it’s had its up and downs but still standing . Isn’t it good to know that there are still some buildings being used for their original purpose.

Rough Trade on Ladbroke Grove too has been there for nearly forty years. It was the first one to open and it’s heart warming to see it busy. I hope that with the resurgence in vinyl buying, it will encourage some more new record stores to open up again.

Rough Trade Cool Car

We will definitely be travelling with Karma Kabs given half the chance. Their flowery decorations apparently represent that ” the journey is more important than the arrival ” … a sentiment I agree with. Love the retro Morris Oxford car. Fits perfectly in the area !

Flowers

Talking of flowers – I wanted to fill our car with all of these. Oh, the colours, makes me want to burst in to song ! Which are your favourite ? I think the white roses with the delicate pink centres are mine.

Fabric Liberty

I will spare you the pics of Hamleys. It was fun as ever and full on. While my girls chose a toy with Andy, I nipped around the corner and got my Liberty London fill. They have revamped the haberdashery area and made it bigger. Lots of images will be popping up on my Instagram over the next few days if you’d like to see. But for now, here are some of the beautiful ones spotted.

Neals Yard

A rickshaw ride later we arrived at Covent Garden where we ate an absolutely massive pizza at Homeslice in the Neals Yard Courtyard . It was as good as authentic Italian pizza and I’m still wracking my brain on what ingredients they used to make it so tasty.

I spent so many years working in and around this area and miss it, so a leisurely trip there was most welcome. The buildings are so bright, happy and inviting and the aromas of essential oils are heavenly.

HummingBird Bakery Cakes

After a little meander around Selfridges – we got back to West London via some neon stripes under a bridge,  just in time to get ourselves a cupcake each from Hummingbird Bakery to take home.

Colourful Wall Pic

A lovely day had by all. What’s a perfect day for you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Disco Disco Disco Party

Disco Necklaces

My blogging has been a bit slack of late. Only because I have a new business in the pipe line that I am dying to tell you telll about – not long now and I can. It hasn’t stopped me Instagramming like crazy though – too many colourful moments not to be missed.

It was our beautiful daughter Mae’s 9th Birthday this weekend. She wanted a disco, so I made all of the girls an acrylic necklace to take home in a little fabric pouch tied with some ribbon. The charms were made by SV Charms at Etsy – I chose the design and the colours – and once they’d been cut, they were sent over for me to make in to jewellery. I really enjoyed it and hope the girls all loved finding them amongst their sweeties on the way home.

bags

The party bags were from Petra Boase at Not On The Highstreet. They came as a mixed selection with beach ball stickers – couldn’t resist them.

Balloons

Mae wore her new Papaya Jumpsuit from Monsoon. You can see it here, strewn across the chair – a bright fruity affair with pineapples, flowers and birds. A girl after my own heart ! She had such a good time with her friends. Well worth every moment of preparation.

cake

We went to see the movie ” Home ” recently and all fell in love with the alien called ” Oh “. So a themed cake was inevitable. Here is Mae sitting next to Oh having a picnic.. .. I’d like to say that I made this but it was actually by the very lovely Heidi from Cute Little Cupcakes. She made the amazing Wizard of Oz cake a while back too. So talented and so modest. Mae’s face was a picture when she was presented with it to blow out her candles. Pretty sure she made a wish.

I hope some of these links are helpful to you if you have a party underway. If you have any party ideas please do leave a comment.. or just say hi anyway ! I would love to hear from you.

Wishing you a lovely day. More blog posts on their way … :)

Lucy x

Out There Interiors In The Craft Room

Out There Interiors Stool 3

I’m back after a few weeks off due to the kids holidays. Did you have a good one ?  SO match to catch up on – to start with, I realised that I haven’t posted any pics of my craft room recently, and it is looking unusually tidy at the moment. A rarity, so, here it is !

As you can see, I am finishing off some necklaces in fabric pouches that I had made for Mae’s friends as it’s her Birthday party coming up. More on all of that in the next few weeks.

Out There Interiors Stool 2

Back to my room .. My old, vintage Ercol stool is getting a little weary, as lovely as it is, so I felt very lucky to receive a brand spanking new seat from Out There Interiors. They are a company that I have been aware of for some time as they sell many colourful goods for the home and garden.

I needed something that was sturdy with character, so I chose this replica modern classic iron Tolix Stool. It’s the perfect height for my sewing table and apparently stackable if you buy more than one – good for a compact kitchen. There’s already quite a colour palette going on in my room, making the neutral white stand out in the middle of it all. It’s the perfect height for my sewing table – would also be good for a kitchen diner or a compact area as the stool are stackable. Will be nice and safe for my girls to sit at the table now and cut out their sewing patterns.

Out There Interiors Stool 4

Out There Interiors stock a diverse mix of brands –  originals and reproductions, such as Charles Eames, Seletti, Bloomingville and their own designs too.

They currently have 5 pages worth of different styles and colours of stools. They also have lots of on trend pieces of furniture for every room – also the conservatory and garden –  retro style pieces , deco, modern.. check out their Polka Dot Bombe Chest of Drawers – a colour explosion ! Oh, and their Wicker Rocking Chairs … Love :)

If you want to take a look at their website  – it’s www.outthereinteriors.com.

Do you love the classic brands ? Are there any particular trends that you are keen on at the moment ? Leave me a comment below or tweet @lucylovesyablog.

Have a good day .. and keep an eye out for more posts on their way :) x

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

Clarke & Clarke Chair 02

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.

Clarke & Clarke 2

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. :)

Clarke & Clarke Chair 3

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

koko kids 2

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.

Koko Kids 3

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.

koko kids 1

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

EASTER IDEAS

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

Spandex

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.

Lucy on common 1

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.