Donna Wilson Goodies

yZg4Cd8hWbfZ4OovwEbrZPn1MYl5Mc__-7Ac-va3f5IThere are many, many talented creative people out there, in every corner of the globe. What makes us drawn to a particular designers work ? I guess for me, it’s the inspiration behind their products – especially if it is colourful and destined to make you smile.
I’ve liked Donna Wilson’s ceramics for some time now, they’re so distinctive. I’m also really loving her wooden dolls.

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They’re inspired by her travels to Japan and Scandinavia. We collect Russian and Kokeshi Dolls here at Chez LucyLovesYa ( along with fabrics ) – and might have to start saving our pennies in order to start a little collection. They’re all hand painted in the UK, have names and embody people that Donna has met in her life. Cute, aren’t they ?

Do you have a favourite brand that you’re drawn to or do you collect anything ?  I would love to hear what. Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Have a lovely day :)

Lucy x

 

Three is the Magic Number

Lucy and Andy Musical Theater Wedding093Todays is Andy and my 3rd Wedding Anniversary. It’s a real cliche to say but times does fly. It’ll be 10 years next week since we first me too. So much has happened in the last decade – births, loved ones passing, work, life changes, ups, a few downs …

I shared some photos back when we had just got wed but thought today I would post just a few more. The longer away the wedding feels, the more I enjoy the memories. If I’m honest, I felt quite overwhelmed on the day –  not the most relaxing when two of your bridesmaids are 2 and 5 and are so excited that they’re pinging off the walls all day beforehand, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way because they still remember every little detail.

It’s nice to see the wedding dress again – fond memories of making it with my friend Sarah Belinda.

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Hope you have enjoyed the images from our theatre wedding. They were all taken on the day by Laura Babb. She’s ace.

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

All images copyright Laura Babb.

Beautiful Illustrated City Maps

London MapThe other day I was lucky enough to have a good close up look at some Jenni Sparks prints from the online art store Evermade. It’s great to be able to view artwork online, but there’s nothing like studying it in the flesh, if you know what I mean ?

I’ve written about my trips to Berlin and New York before and talk about lovely London a lot because I’m a city girl at heart. These truly intricate, hand drawn map prints by Jenni Sparks really took my breath away. The latest edition – Paris took six months in total to complete. There’s lots of research behind all of the illustrations with quirky pieces of information in each area and landmark places to visit. Berlin MapNew York Map

It must be such an enlightening experience getting to know the people who live locally and where they like to hang out, whilst designing each map. The time and love that Jenni has put in to each piece is clear to see. So hoping that Tokyo is next on her list !

What’s your favourite city in the world and why  ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. Would love to know.

Lucy x

All images belong to Evermade / Jenni Sparks.

Pink Rooms Pinterest Board

Pink Vintage SofaI’ve been adding lots of new pins on my Pinterest boards recently, including some gorgeous veggie meals, a Unicorn board ( just because ) and lots of inspiring spaces in peoples homes. Todays post is a few of these from my pink rooms board to brighten up January.

My favourite is Sophie Conran’s kitchen in bubble gum pink. I think it blends really well with  all of the eclectic pieces.

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Pink Sofa ChairPink Girls Bedroom MirrorPink Rolltop BathThere’s loads of other pink rooms – and lots of other boards – 41 in total so far !

What’s your favourite colour and have you worked it in to your own home decor ? Do you think a splash of colour works best in a room or is it to best to just go for it with bold statement walls ?

Leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out my Pinterest boards

Lucy x

My Colour Inspiration on Instagram

Cath Kidston Dress Happy New Year to you. Did you have a good one ? I hope you did.

After my last blog post – I wasted no time in getting the Bus dress that I had my eye on. You may have seen it on my Instagram account. I’ve uploaded loads of pics on there over Christmas.

Here are a few ‘ Colour Inspiration ‘  images from the last few weeks …

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I tend to post something each day on Instagram – so if you love a bit of colour, like me – then click here to see more. :)

Have a great start to 2015 – it’s the weekend already – Ye Ha !

Lucy x

My Favourite Sale Finds

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Did you have a good Christmas day ? I hope it was relaxing for you. 

We had a great time and my daughters loved every minute, which was the main thing. 

Now that we’re past Boxing Day, which is traditionally when the sales start, I have made up a little online wish list .. things that I have my eye on. It’s nice to sit in the comfort of your home and peruse all the goodies, instead of queueing up in shops and being elbowed. Just can’t do it ! Here are 10 of my favourites …

1. Pip Studio produce endless beautiful things, I was quite pleased to see these reduced. Their Love Birds range is very simple but quite decadent looking with its gold edging. It’s now £70 for this set.

2. Markus Lupfer does Gummy Bears. It’s nice to see a range that is more affordable  – and even more so in the sale. This jumper is from Matches Fashion and is now £105.

3. Love, love, love Green & Spring. Everything they do, because it always smells divine with lots of natural ingredients. Asos are selling this hand wash set now for £29.

4. I did a giveaway with Mia Fleur a while back because they stock such tasteful products that I wanted to share with my readers. A pair of these Glass Bird Jars are £18.95. Very pretty !

5. Never one to miss a pair of Converse, I know I already have the Wonder Woman ones from last year but these are the white and gold version. Totally different :) .. Now £39.99 from Schuh.

6. This Starburst retro style clock reminds me of my childhood. I’m pretty sure my Nana had one similar in her living room. For that reason alone – It makes me happy. Do you like it ? It’s currently in the sale at Heals and is £96.

7. Another retro style piece. Graham and Green do vintage styles very well, don’t they ? I particularly like the colour of this bedside table. I can picture this with a bunch of flowers on and an old style alarm clock. It’s down to £139.

8. Slightly nerdy when it comes to Double Decker buses. Especially the old style ones. Would wear this dress with some sneakers. Cath Kidston £40.

9. Can’t beat a floral scented candle  – especially when it’s half price. Space NK have a great sale on .. this Wild Iris one is from their own brand and it’s £15. Ooh !

10. Absolutely adore the playfulness of this Essenza Gitte duvet set. So colourful. Again half price – the single starts at £25. From Amara.

That’s my top ten. Is there anything out there that you have designs on ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesysblog  ..

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

Kids Christmas Food Inspiration

Melted SnowmenCakesIt has been too long since I last posted. With all the best intentions in the world to keep posting all over Christmas, I have let it slip with so much going on. But today as it was blustery to venture out too much I decided to have a go at making something different to share here.

I have been keen to make these melted snowmen cakes for ages, having seen the idea on Pinterest. So easy to make – apart from sourcing the noses ( I never thought I would like awake wondering what to use – first world problems, eh ? ) I made the cakes today using a simple cake mixture and icing, then adding a marshmallow for the head, coloured icing for the eyes and chocolate chips for the buttons. The nose – starburst ! Although I still call them Opal Fruits. I’m crazy like that.

 

Grinch Christmas Pops

Again I found some inspiration online for a half healthy, colourful festive snack – Grinch Pops.  You could use banana instead but my daughters don’t like them. If nothing else, it’ll make the kids smile.

 

Christmas Cake Characters

I can’t take credit for this wonderful cake, we won it recently, but I just wanted to show it off as it’s a little cutie.

I hope you’re having a great lead up to the big day. One week left …

Are you trying any new recipes or crafting ideas this year ? I would love to hear about them. Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

You can also find my Pinterest page here.

Happy Holiday !

Lucy x

Bond and Fox Cards and Prints – a nice 10% Discount

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I want to share with you, these fab prints sent over to me from Bond and Fox. They are new to my sewing room and I do enjoy looking at ” Sir Duck ” whilst rifling through my fabric cupboard.

Bond and Fox specialise in original prints and cards for unique people with cool digitally printed illustrations and typography quotes, for lots of different occasions. They definitely stand out, compared to the mass produced ones on the market. My other print makes me chuckle – it is scarily true. We all need our Wi-Fi !

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Their products and are made with very good quality, thick card and all made from sustainable forests .. These are just a few of many.

If you’re in festive mode and love their Christmas cards (or any ranges) I currently have an exclusive Bond and Fox code for you, which entitles you to 10% off your order with them – LUCYLOVES10.

Have a good weekend.

Lucy x

Corset Story 50s Polka Dot Dress Review

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I went out for a delicious meal with some friends the other night. Japanese is my favourite food, although as usual my eyes were bigger than my belly .. but I ate it all ! :)

Anyway, I wore my new Hearts and Roses polka dot shirt dress from Corset Story. They very kindly sent me this pretty frock to review and I happily obliged as it’s my favourite vintage style which as you will know if you read about my wedding post – it’s my favourite fashion era. I’m modelling it in my sewing room – haven’t written about my room recently but it’s still going strong. :)

The dress gives you a 50s silhouette and has two petticoats and a tulle hemmed underskirt. As I was wearing it out to dinner, I was very happy with the amount of netting the dress has, but you could also add an extra swing petticoat to give it even more fullness.

It fits perfectly, the striped buttons go down to the waist and it has a tie sash which I fastened at the back, but you could also do this at the front. I never tire of this style as it’s classic, flattering and elegant. I like this longer sleeve for winter too. The length, personally, is good. I am 5 ft 5 so average ( I believe ) and it sits about two inches below the knee. Having made and altered and made this era style dresses from this period before – it’s not always easy to find ones on the peg that fit without any kind of alteration – but luckily this one does. This dress is from the Corest Story Rockabilly range and I chose my dress size by using their chart widget and my tape measure. It was accurate, they seem to know their sizing really well.

Corset Story are the No 1 corset retailers in the world and have a big range of Burlesque and Steampunk clothing along with accessories and shoes.

If you’re looking for an outfit for christmas, personally, I would recommend them.

Lucy x

My Top Tip for DIY Up – Cycling

Inspiration BoardRecently I was asked for my top tip for home DIY by Legal & General. My advice was “ If you’re embarking on a DIY project – make up inspiration boards with all the colours, materials and ideas that you have in mind – this will save you no end of time and money in the long run.” I really believe making up a board will help focus you on your goal, style wise for long term aesthetic enjoyment.

This one I made up was for when we were doing up our bathroom. Put together in the old fashioned way by pinning pics on to a board – I like doing it this way as it’s is easy to move the photos around to co – ordinate and try palettes against each other. Of course, Pinterest is brilliant for sourcing images and it’s all at your fingertips. I use it on a daily basis for my project ideas and finds.  Wall Cabinet

I also then used the Inspiration Board to choose some colours and ideas for my DIY up – cycling project which, as you can see was a little bathroom cabinet because as well as needing extra storage, I wanted to add an extra pop of colour to the room because the walls are white, as are the metro tiles, with floral roller blinds and a stripy bath mat and chrome faucets.

Key words had helped as I had wanted the bathroom to have elements of vintage but with a dash of kitsch. All of these nuggets of inspiration helped me pick a colour and knob for the cabinet.

Up Cycled CupboardHere it is finished. I plumped for a blue green colour in the end with a white Victorian style handle, which is perfect as it doesn’t look out of place being a gentle hue, but definitely adds some depth and extra character to the room.

Are you embarking on any projects in the near future ? Do you have any advice to share ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

You can find my tip ( at number 1 !) and all the other great blog advice here.

Lucy x

Sample paints in this post are Designers Guild and the knobs are by Bombay Duck.