Ugallery – LucyLovesYa Guest Curator

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was asked by online art gallery Ugallery to guest curate on their website and also pin my current favourite pieces to Pinterest.

They have some beautiful work from talented artists for sale so it was an absolute pleasure to do so.

Ugallery have over 1million Pinterest followers so it was also incredibly flattering that they asked little ol’me. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Started up 7 years ago by Stephen, Greg and Alex, when the world was dominated by high end galleries and established artists. They decided to bring together artists, clients and their customers in a way that hadn’t been done before, allowing anyone to access high quality affordable art by emerging artists.

Now, they sell to 35 countries and represent 500 artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do pop on over to and have a look at my page with all of the artwork chosen, on their website. I feel quite proud of it. :)

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All images belong to Ugallery.

 

Fab Finds

It’s been ages since I posted a little collection of favourite finds. Really should do it more often as there are so many beautiful designs out there, and talented people.

Here are 5 things that I am currently drooling over ( I apologise now for the image in your head on that one ) …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viva Designs who are on Not on The Highstreet stock a fantastic range of printed retro phones. My old vintage style phone is falling apart … hmm ..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wowzers ! The colours, images in this Japanese inspired print. How could it not make you smile every time you study it ? Rosie Wonders is a website brimming with cute, eye catching products. I think my girls would be all over the temporary tattoos. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luna and Curious have some beautiful things – this scarf is printed in Japan using a hand printed technique. Apparently, it’s called Furoshiki which is which is used several different ways including as a scarf, for wrapping a gift ( lucky person ! ) or for attaching to a handbag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dolls on the Lapin and Me website are so adorable. I could look at them for ages. It’s the combination of colours with the sweet little faces. Aww.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I must have at least ten tape measures dotted around the house. I love this though. I’m pretty sure any sewing enthusiast would. It’s from Liberty London in Margaret Annie print.

What do you think of this little selection ? Has anything caught your eye recently ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog

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Right up my Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish I could offer you a scratch and sniff service with my blog !

As scented candles go – this Jonathan Ward candle is a truly sumptuous one. Carnation, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Patchouli, Amber and Cedarwood. It comes in a really nice stylish box and it’s from Lost Laundry in London via the new website StreetHub.

I was asked to do a a little review of their website and used their service to get this ultra cool retro tape cassette desk tidy too from j – me store, which is perfect for all of my bits and bobs in my sewing room.

StreetHub is essentially a click and collect website, brimming with tasteful and unique gifts, clothing, accessories, homeward and artwork boutiques. Currently covering London – they are expanding to cover the UK. You can find all the nice stores local to you on the site, with what is available right now. If you within a 3 mile radius then you can even have the purchase delivered to your day on the same day.

If you’re like me, I faff around for ages in shops looking for the perfect gift, but also have quite a busy lifestyle which leaves little time for doing the faffing in the first place – so StreetHub is a great solution.

What I did was have a look around the site at all the different Boutiques items and then clicked on the 2 things that I needed and reserved them. Shortly after, I received an email to confirm the items were in stock and then picked them up. Job done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had such good fun looking at all the unique things that are on offer and have also seen a Kokeshi lamp which might just a fair swap for my Birthday money. ;) It can only be a good thing to support these businesses and you can do it all under one roof.

So, you probably get the picture that I’m giving StreetHub a thumbs up. :)

Looking forward to watching them grow over the next few months. Coming to your neck of the woods very soon.

Oh, and if you subscribe to their updates, you will receive a £7 voucher code.

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This weeks project plans …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have two personal sewing projects on the go this week – one is a very simple vintage style dress in either a large black and white polka dot or leopard print, for my Birthday celebrations. The other is 2 roman blinds for the kitchen in red and white gingham. We’ve lived here for 4 years now and I have only just got around to making them. A plumbers tap always drips ?

 

 

 

 

 

Because the third window is really wide, we had a roller blind made up in the same fabric but I can’t get out of making the other two. :) Not sure whether pom poms for the romans will be too much, but will give it a try and see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s also project number 3; wooden chairs for the kitchen table that need reupholstering and painting. They are currently all colours of the rainbow, covered in tester pots. I love Designers Guilds colours, especially their bold ones. I want the colours in the room to be contrasting.

The upholstery fabric will need to work with the paint colour and the gingham blinds too – I love a bit of clashing, but don’t want to create something that will end up making us feel nauseous !

 

 

 

 

 

These fabric prints are really nice and kitsch, Love the map one from Fabric Rehab and the patchwork one is from Fancy Moon fabrics. Maybe though, something floral would work better.

Once all done, I will blog it ! I should also mention, that after over 2 years of blogging, there is finally a follow option for LucyLovesYa ! It’s the top right hand side of my home page. If you’d like to ready my updates – please do add your email.

Hope you’re having a nice week so far, what are you up to ?

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Papa has a brand new home …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It restores the faith in mankind when a mutual kitsch loving online friend thinks to send you a gift that they know will make you really happy – all the way from Australia !

Last night we opened up the box to find Papa Smurf peering out at us after his long journey overseas … he’s gorgeous ! Sandy has checked him out this morning, as you can see. He approves. :)

I’m a life long fan of The Smurfs – used to collect them as a kid and literally have the t -shirt – and as I have mentioned before have an unhealthy obsession with gnomes so feel really chuffed. Cheers4Chita is very thoughtful to have sent him such a long way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will be having a good scout around to find something equally as cute and cool to return the favour !

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Giveaway – CUT IT OUT WALL sticker for you home – CLOSED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a giveaway starting today here. If you fancy having a cool wall sticker for your home, courtesy of CUT IT OUT then you may well want to enter !

CUT IT OUT are a new company whose budding graphic designers offer the latest in interior styling. The stickers are cut out of thin, matt vinyl of the highest quality. In fact, such good quality, they look painted on. The come with full instructions and are best applied to a flat surface i.e. plaster walls, glass, mirror, tiles etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have a massive selection of stickers in many colours for your living room, kitchen, bedroom, playroom or nursery. Lots of quotes too – and even personalised stickers.

To enter the giveaway all you need to do are both of these things -

1. Let me know which you would like to win by having a good old look at the CUT IT OUT website and then leaving a comment under this post.

2.  Like CUT IT OUT’s  Facebook page – here is the link.

Both of these are mandatory and will validate your entry. It counts as one entry.

Then you can also enter once more by doing the following:

3. Tweeting the following quote on Twitter ( you can use the tweet button under this post ):

I’ve just entered the @lucylovesyablog giveaway to win a @CUTITOUTsticker for my home – here’s how: http://lucylovesya.com/?p=6719

That’s it ! The sticker that you have chosen will be sent out to you in the post, should you win ! I will run this giveaway until 7pm on Sunday Februrary 2nd 2014. The winner, picked at random, will be announced shortly after on the blog.

T’s and C’s

Postage and Packaging supplied by CUT IT OUT. The giveaway is open to UK and Overseas readers. Any overseas custom charges or taxes will be the winners responsibility.

There will be one winner.

No cash alternative or alternative prize offered.

I will notify the winner by email and ask for a reply within 24 hours – or a new winner will be picked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Winner of this giveaway is Katie Skeoch.

 

Christmas Bunting and Country Baskets

So, the aforementioned vintage ladies print apron did sell yesterday. Think I might make some more. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve also made some Christmas bunting with gnomes, reindeers and polka dots on gingham string for my girls – I will be listing some in my etsy shop too.

Now, whilst I’m on this topic and have you in my grasp  …. you may know of Country Baskets ? They are the largest online wholesaler of floristry supplies and also suppliers of loads of other goodies, including crafts, home accessories and wedding products.

They have just blogged a post ” Christmas Trends For The Home “.  I was honoured that they asked me to take part and add a quote … I couldn’t help but add my two penneth about contrasting fabrics of course .. ;) They even got a photo of me and that’s quite a rarity !

If you want to have a little look, click here, there are some nice slices of advice from a few other lovely bloggers – all different perspectives on Winter and Christmas ‘ looks ‘.

If you have any Christmas ideas you’d like to share with me, please do leave a comment below ! I’m also currently looking for new blogs to have a gander at, so let me know if you know of any new good ones ? :) Thanks.

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Kawaii Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have some Christmas Fairs coming up soon and have been busy making and creating. Looking forward to the Vintage Christmas Tea Party that I will be selling at in Woodbridge this coming Saturday. I have made lots of vintage and Kawaii inspired handmade jewellery, bags and homeware. Will post about it next week.

That, and working towards my ASOS Boutique has well and truly got my head a spinning, but I’m not complaining – it’s all good. There’s nothing like having a clear focus and a great opportunity to get you going !

Think I must have learnt more in the last few weeks about manufacturing and business than I thought possible. I’ve also met and dealt with some really interesting people and they have all been really encouraging. :)

More updates about it all on my facebook page soon, if you fancy being kept in the loop.

I would love to know what you are up to at the moment ? Anything Christmassy yet ? ;)

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Love from Rosie – Green Gate Product Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m always happy to oblige if a company with good taste gets in touch to collaborate !

Online store Love from Rosie sent me a couple of items from their Green Gate range to review – an oven glove and tea towel, both in the April Mint pattern.

First impressions – very carefully wrapped in tissue paper ( great for Christmas ) on arrival with vintage style string. Lovely.

I found both the Green Gate products well made and have taken a few snaps here of my sister, modelling them with my homemade leek and potato soup, made yesterday to warm us all up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The contrasting patterns look very homely – these products are good quality and 100 % cotton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really like the Love from Rosie website. They have an excellent range of vintage inspired and shabby chic home accessories, furniture, outdoor item, gifts – their traditional kids toys really bring out the nostalgia in me too !

Think I might be paying them a few online visits for Christmas pressies ! If you want to have a look at more of their items their website is www.lovefromrosie.co.uk.

Have a good Sunday …. :)

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I have received no payment for this post  - just the products to review. :)

 

Joules Lunch Bag – product review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was asked by clothing and accessories brand Joules to review their pink girls pony print lunch bag.

A lunch bag isn’t something I would normally get too excited about but actually, my girls and I think this is quite a cool one !

It has compartments which makes it nice and easy to pack everything in and it’s surprisingly roomy. We like the removable sandwich box – good idea. There’s a zip up pocket on the front too which could come in handy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inside is wipe clean, insulated and overall the bag is very well made. Love the print – I had noticed the pony pattern in the Joules range of girls clothing – some pretty dresses and tunics in the very same.

At £14.95 I would say a fair price. Would be happy to pay that. My only issue with this bag is that both girls want it !! :-/

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I have received no payment for this post – just the lunch bag to keep and review. All opinions are my own :)