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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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Birthday tea for two …

Charlie Meyer illustration

Charlie Meyer illustration

It was my fellas Birthday a few weeks ago and for once I knew exactly what to get him.

A friend of mine, Charlie Meyer is a book illustrator, so I commissioned her to do a picture of our two daughters. Andy was really touched with this gift – he loves it and so do I.

Charlie has them both down to a tea and we will cherish this illustration as they get older. Clever lady, hey ?

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 Image copyright Charlie Meyer 2013.

Je m’apelle Lucy et je suis un accro du tissu ….

IMG_1826I haven’t updated for a bit because we went on a little Summer trip.

We ferried it over to Calais then drove to Boulogne to stay nearby at Hotel Chateau Clery. A beautiful building inside and out, set in stunning grounds with friendly accommodating staff. I took some interior pics but my camera packed up on me and when I got it working again – they’d disappeared !

Two night on and many attempts at communicating with the lovely people ( learning to speak more French is now high up the to do list ) we headed back to Blighty and on to Brighton.

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I have written about good ol’ Brighton before because we used to live there –  I love the place and miss it. Personally, I find an abundance of inspiration each time we go and if we could right now  – we’d move back. IMG_1928

There was an extra special reason for this visit ( update in a few days once the cling film is off … hint hint ) but apart from this we did our usual on the Pier action even though it was pouring and of course, wandered The Lanes. I acquired some more cool prints from Ditto Fabrics ( had to keep my blinkers on in there ) the floral one was chosen by elder daughter for her next project!  Also spotted a  few kitsch bits too from some great little independent shops. I got the shopper in a Bet Lynch version as well for my Mum. :) kitsch

Hope you’ve had a good few days – what have you been up to ? Tweet me @lucylovesyablog or leave a comment :)

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Happy Holiday !

IMG_16435Finally, the Summer holidays are upon us. Woo flippin’ hoo ! It’s helpful being able to focus on sewing when the kiddies are at School but the best thing ever is just spending time with the girls and hanging out. So far I’ve completed my second 5k this weekend with my bro ( they were brilliant supporters, cheering at the side lines along with my Mum and Sister ! ) and we’ve painted the new Summer house in the garden. It was my youngest daughters last day at Pre School on Friday – a very bitter sweet milestone. She has had the most amazing, lovely teachers and has really flourished there. She’s ready though to move on so it’s all good.

How do you say thank you ? I’m sure they receive lots of choccies and wine so I got them some plants and put them in teeny terracotta pots. It was nice to get everyone a little something and it didn’t cost too much. dresses

It’s scary how fast the years pass – I can’t believe both my Daughters are so grown up now. I was having a little sort out of their clothes recently and found the first dresses that I ever made them when I was learning to sew – McCall’s M5033 and Simplicity 3510 patterns – they were huge a few years ago and now they’ve pretty much grown out of them !

That’s why we’re going to make the most of the next few weeks  – quality time and we’ll make sure we enjoy every moment !

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Inspired and tidy !

Remember the Inspiration Challenge that I ran up until last month when the lovely blogger Cassie Fairy took over from me ?

Well, Cassie found some beautiful vintage sewing machines for May’s project and I immediately knew which fabric from my stash to use for this – but wasn’t so sure as what to make.

After a day of sewing last week and searching for my scissors under piles of material what felt like the gazzilionth time – the light in my little brain went on – ping ! A scissor tidy – Oh yeah ! Also good for keeping them out of harms way if you have kids.

I quilted it as you can see –  …. it’s kind of hypnotic once you get going :) I used a pretty pink cord on the backs, no-one is going to see it but I know it’s there. The bias strings can attach to two hooks – I guess you could also back put a sturdy back on it and do something really fancy like put it in a frame. Hmm – why didn’t I think of that at the time. That would look cool. Sewing through all the layers at the base with the bias was a bit of an ordeal but only because it was half term and I’d lost my marbles slightly, I am normally neater than this – ( I like to think ) …. :)

Anyway, Cassie has her post up now with everyones offerings for this challenge and they are fab – really impressive. I just love seeing lots of different perspectives and all the talent around. She also has the fresh new challenge for June – Beautiful beach huts ! – here’s the link. Take a look and maybe get involved … :) What would you make ?

Have a nice day and hope you feel inspired !

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Ps – only 1 more day to go to enter my Fancy Moon Fabrics Giveaway where the winner will receive 3 metres of their chosen fabric. Enter here. :)

Giveaway – Ginger & Mora set of 6 icy coloured shot glasses – CLOSED.

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Hello, how are you today ? I have been in Scotland for the last week on a little holiday and have some photo’s of Edinburgh and the Loch Ness to share with you in a few days…..

In the meantime – I have a very nice Ginger & Mora giveaway for you.

Ginger & Mora is an online store founded by sisters, Natasha and Vanessa who source beautiful, unique and hard to find accessories for your home and garden. They don’t over stock so you are guaranteed something rather special every time.

When they got in touch recently I was more than happy to collaborate with them to offer my lovely readers the chance to win one of their sets of 6 ” icy coloured shot glasses ” perfect for several uses. Obviously, they are perfect for shots but also, in Italy they are used as espresso glasses or used for desert wine because they are heat resistant and can hold 70 ml. A nice way too to add a splash of colour to your glassware collection – and a great talking point when you’re all sat around the table, I think.

You will find lots of contemporary, up – cycled and vintage pieces on the Ginger & Mora website – made mainly in Europe. Natasha and Vanessa travelled around a lot before they’d even entered their twenties, to countries such as Ecuador, Italy, Colombia and Ireland. Their family home was always full of an eclectic mix of objects from these places  – as a result, their love for decorating and design began. IMG_2488

They love to work with small producers and artisans, meeting with all their sources regularly. The largest of their producers has been around since the 15th Century. Now, that’s what I call vintage. :)

I recommend you have a look at the Ginger & Mora blog too – I have been enjoying their posts about vintage inspiration and some beautiful interiors of a building near Florence. Really interesting.

You can also follow them on Twitter @GingerandMora or become a fan on facebook.

I guess now you might like to know now what you have to do to enter this giveaway ? Here are the details :):

1. Leave a comment under this post telling me why you would like to win this prize ( compulsory )

2. For an additional entry – Tweet the below quote:

I’ve just entered the @lucylovesyablog giveaway to win a set of 6 beautiful @GingerandMora shot glasses. Enter here: www.lucylovesya.com

That is it ! Yes, really that simple. :)

T’s and C’s

This giveaway will run until Monday 20th May at 4pm. I will pick the winner at random. I will then contact the winner via email and add their name to the bottom of this post.  24 hours will then be allowed for the winner to get back to me with address details  – if I do not hear back – a new winner will be picked.

One entry per person ( as in one comment and one tweet allowed ).

Prize not redeemable for cash and no alternative offered.

Postage supplied – this giveaway is open to UK readers only due to the delicate nature of the prize.

The winner of this giveaway is Jo Williamson. Thanks for your entries !

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Make Roman Blinds – a Tutorial

As promised recently, having shown you my new sewing room roman blinds – here is a tutorial on how to make one for yourself. I’ve had some emails and tweets asking where my fabric is from – Kingdom Interiors and it’s Perroquet by Nina Campbell.

Before we get started, you will need:

Main fabric ( we will work out how much shortly.. )

Interlining ( Optional )

Blind lining fabric

Thread and sewing needle, scissors, pins, fabric chalk, tape measure, scissors, sewing machine, staple gun

Wooden baton cut to size inside or outside recess

Dowel rod and base bar – both of which you will need to cut to size.

Eye rings, blind cord, blind acorn, screw eyes and 1 cleat with screws.

All of these things should be obtainable from your local fabric shop, if not, try eBay.

Measuring up

Main fabric

You will either want the blind to sit inside or outside the recess. As you can see the one I made sits outside. You can do either as I have instructions here for both. Either way this tutorial is based on you using a 20 mm deep wooden baton. There are other methods but this is how I like to make them. If you are going outside the recess, the width of the window sill is your guide on how wide to make the blind and cut the baton.

Whether making for inside or outside the recess – measure vertically and horizontally , the top of the blinds will be stapled to the very top of the baton so remember to add allowances in the fabric length for this –  plus 5cm for a return at the top and 12 cm hem for the bottom. Each side of the blind will need 5cm return = 10cm total.

Work out all of these measurements below before buying your fabric to ensure you have enough – make sure too that your fabric width is wide enough for your window. Unless you have a plain fabric or a non obvious pattern you won’t be able to use the fabric sideways.

Horizontal: Desired width of finished blind + 2 x 5 cm ( 10 cm ) = Total width to cut.

Vertical:  length from very top of baton down to window ledge or desired finished drop + 17cm ( return and hem ) = Total length to cut.

NB. Before you cut, if the fabric has an obvious pattern – make sure you have decided on which parts of this you want to use and that you have it the right way up. In other words, frame in your mind the finished blind and how you want the it to look. I made sure on mine that the birds were as central as possible.

Interlining ( optional )

Same measurements as main fabric. I like to use this as it makes the blind more sturdy and it blocks out some light. You could use black out lining instead if you are making a bedroom blind – this will make your room much darker when they are down.

Lining fabric

Horizontal: Finished width + 4.5 cm either side ( 9cm ).

Vertical: Finished drop + 5cm return for top edge.

You will also be adding rod pockets to the lining – so will need to also add on 2.5 cm per pocket ( dependent on size – the larger the blind the more rod pockets will be required )

Putting your baton up

I recommend cutting to size and stapling the rough side of your velcro on to the top before doing this. You can always do it afterwards but if you have little space between baton and ceiling it will be trickier once it’s up.

Making the blind

Cut out your fabrics. Double check you have the right measurements ( above ) and go for it. Do the same with your lining fabric.

Starting with your main fabric – lay out flat with wrong side facing up. Place the interlining on top of the main fabric so that all corners match up and press both sides towards you by 5 cm. The interlining should be sitting inside the main fabric. Snip the corners ( see pic below ) off the interlining at the bottom of the blind to avoid too much bulk later when you mitre them ( you will see what I mean .. ). Then fold the lining fabric in by 5cm each side too and press.

Now, you need to work out where the rod pockets are to be sewn in on the lining fabric.

To give you an example – my blind has 3 rods and so is divided into 7 sections ( the number of sections is always the number of rod pockets multiplied by 2 then add 1 ) from the base of the screw eyes to the bottom of the finished blind is 121.5 cm so divide this by 7 and each section measures 17.4 cm – therefore the spacing between each rod pocket is 2 x 17.4 cm which = 34.8 cm.

Making sure the wrong side ( the side you have pressed the seams into ) of the lining is facing up Stick a pin where each rod pocket is going to be and then mark 125mm either side of each pin. One by one, fold and press each pocket so that the marks are facing each other ( each ” loop ” should total 2.5 cm ), press them and then machine sew all along the widths of the blind. You now have your rod pockets.

As above, lay out you main fabric ( if you have added interlining this should still be sitting inside ) with right side facing up. Lay the lining on top, wrong side up – checking that the top and bottoms of the main and lining fabric are adjacent and that the lining is placed centrally, you’ll find that the lining is just short in size of the main fabric – about 2.5 cm each side. Ease out any wrinkles, then mitre ( fold corners ) the bottoms of the main fabric inwards ( this is why you cut the the corners off the interlining ) so that they are the same width as the lining and pin to the main fabric. Machine sew a 1 cm line along the width off all of these layers to hold them together.

Turn the main fabric and lining out the other way so that the right side of of each is on the outsides. The interlining is now in the inside, still folded inside the main fabric. Pull the top of the lining up so that it matches the top of the main fabric and ease out any creases in all layers and then pin all along the top and sides. The recess bottom of the blind should look like this:

Give the blind a pressing all over. Double check for any creases because you are next going to machine sew a 1 cm line all along the top width of layers. Once you’ve done this, either machine or hand sew the soft side of the velcro all along the top of the wrong side of the blind ( above ).

Place the base bar inside the bottom of the blind. They generally come in metre lengths so you may need to cut to size.Now, from the very bottom of each side, herringbone stitch the reverse of the main blind to the lining. Don’t yet stitch up the rod pocket as you haven’t inserted them yet :)

Hand sew eye rings 5 cm in on each rod pocket and then space others in between, depending on how many cords you are using vertically, to pull the blinds up ( I used 3 on my blind ) and then stab stitch just under each of the rod pockets. I tend to do two stitches as find it holds all layers together better, especially if you have interlining.

Insert your cut to size dowel rods and then sew up the ends of the rod pockets. 

Screw the screw eyes into the base of the baton. They need to be directly above the threads and one above the cleat – time to decide here if you want this to be on the left or right of the window. Screw the cleat in half way down the window ready.

On each bottom eye ring attach a cord by tying a knot and then thread up through each eye ring above then to the left or right, dependent on which side the cleat will be.

Putting the blind up

Velcro the blind together at the top. Now cut and thread the blind cords up through the relevant screw eyes above and then if going left thread all cords through each screw eye including the one above the cleat or vice versa if you are going right. Gently pull all cords down at the side so that the they are all taught at the back and threaded without any loose cords and then braid all cords together down the side ( this is for safety too ). Cut the braid where the cleat is and attach a weight on the end by threading the plait through and then knotting it underneath.

When you pull the braided cord the blind should pull up evenly ! It might take a few days to sit “right” so I recommend leaving it up for a few days for the folds to settle.

Giveaway! 5 pairs of tickets for The Ideal Home Show – THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED

DSC7951Here at Chez LucyLovesYa we are really looking forward to this years Ideal Home Show in Earls Court, London. Stacked with Interiors, Homeware and Garden inspiration – there’s also a shopping area with accessories, gifts, toys and new technology… and then chill out time in the Champagne Beauty Bar. Only a few weeks to wait now…

I have 5 pairs of tickets up for grabs for 5 winners – courtesy of the lovely people at the Ideal Home Show and you only have to do a two things to be entered for this giveaway.

Here’s a bit more about the Show and details and what you have to do…. FINAL-Celebs

WIN TICKETS TO THE IDEAL HOME SHOW 201

From 15th March – 1st April 2013, the iconic British Home Show will return to Earls Court, London for its 105th Year and we have 5 pairs of tickets for our lucky listeners to win!

With seven dedicated show areas catering to every need and taste, and boasting over 600 exhibitors, the Ideal Home Show is the only place to visit when making your home ideal. From ideal Interiors, to ideal Home Improvements, with ideal Gardens, and ideal Technology, plus ideal Food & Housewaresideal Shopping and ideal Woman, the enhanced sections give you more choice and bigger brands, all under one roof.

It’s a great day out for the whole family – shop, see new product launches, explore full scale show homes and gardens, visit the revolutionary Technology Hub, powered by Virgin Media, and enjoy a glass of bubbles in the Ideal Gardens champagne bar, sponsored by Hydropool. You can even celeb spot and enjoy a spot of lunch in the Celebrity Chef restaurant.

Not forgetting the fantastic Celebrity Ambassadors and Experts that will be on hand at the show, both on the Super Theatre stage, and B&Q’s own DIY theatre, to share their knowledge and skills through 1000s of demonstrations and workshops. Don’t forget to stop by the Drinks Theatre, sponsored by Regina, for tips and tipples too!

Plus this year you can see a very special interiors makeover on a very famous TV home and visit the ITV ‘Love your Garden’ show garden, sponsored by Oceans. IMG_5910

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

For your chance to WIN 2 tickets to this year’s show:

1. Simply answer the question below by leaving a comment under this post.

In 2013, how many years will the Ideal Home Show have been in London?

2. Tweet or facebook the following quote:

I’ve entered the @lucylovesyablog giveaway to win a pair of tickets for the @ideal_home_show. 5 pairs up for grabs ! www.lucylovesya.com

That’s all ! :) Make sure you do both to validate your entry.

Terms and conditions

1. This offer is only open to UK residents – one entry per IP address.

2. Giveaway will end at 7pm on Wednesday 6th March 2013. Winners will be picked at random.

3. Postage supplied.

2. Complimentary tickets are valid for one day only, on any one day of the show between the 15th March – 1st April 2013 at London’s Earls Court

3. Tickets are non transferable. One pair of tickets per winner only.

4. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated.

5. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show.

6. I will notify all 5 winners as soon as the giveaway ends by email supplied on entry. If I do not hear back from you within 24 hours  – a new winner will be picked.

7. Travel and accommodation will be your responsibility.

8. No purchase necessary.

For those not lucky enough to win, you can still get a great deal booking in advance. Visit www.idealhomeshow.co.uk / 0844 858 6763

Find out the latest news for the 2013 show @ideal_home_show

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Nothing you can see that isn’t shown…. :)

I couldn’t let Valentine’s pass by without a cheeky little “Amour” post.

So, here’s an eclectic, loved up array of goodies from some of my fave online stores….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Dragon heels – Every Season Vivienne Westwood / Melissa come up with perfect colour combinations. These dove blue ones are from Coggles.

I Love You Necklace – Tatty Devine aren’t mincing their words here – the feeling’s mutual !

Kinky Knickers by Mary Portas -These are from Liberty London. Doing your bit for supporting British design too… :)

Heart ring – by Tarina Tarantino. Three rows of Swarovski crystals. Pink. What’s not to like ?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Tattoo Bag – Dolly Dagger have a really nice selection of heart themed treats. This is by Kate Garey and can be found on the Dolly Dagger site. The Fascinator below is also made exclusively for them.

Heart earrings – I’m quite a fan of MeandZena – they’re always coming up with quirky new pieces – these above are a collaboration with Saatchi Gallery.

BugJewelled Heart Scarf – by Elizabeth Kate. Silk Crepe De Chine fabric. The colours are beautiful.




 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irregular Choice heels – Just one word for these Thumper heels – KITSCH ! Okay.. maybe two – CUTE !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the crafty…

Colourful Heart pins – I have some of these, they’re from Nettle Green.

Bias Binding – from SeamStar. There is a great range of trims and all sorts on their site.

Floral Hearts fabric – from Fancy Moon I have to get some of this to make a skirt. It’s perfect !

Blue and Pink Heart fabric – from Fabric Rehab. So many possibilities with this – what would you make with it ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Heart Stamp – this one is from Liberty London. Love it ! :)

Heart Mug – these are from Clothkits. Have you also seen all of their sewing kits ? Great site.

Heart Plate –  I’m alway banging on about my love of Pip Studio. This pretty gift boxed plate is from What a Lovely Shop.

Cushion – Remember my interview with Jennie Maizels a little while back ? Here’s one of her fabric prints cushions. Gingham. tick. Hearts. tick. Love. tick – lovely !

Oven gloves – Love Cake ? Me too ! Great gift idea from HunkyDory Home.

Hot Stuff trivet – by Square Pear Designs at Not on The Highstreet.

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