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4 Great Books To Get Creative And Crafty

Handmade-Interiors

I thought it a good time to share some reviews of books from publishers DK on the blog. You might be looking for a new hobby or in need of some ideas for things to keep the kids busy at the moment – I know I am !

Four books here that are all different types of craft books so hopefully will suit you or someone you know.

HANDMADE INTERIORS

This is packed full of projects for new sewing enthusiasts and the more experienced. There are well laid out, step by step tutorials with easy to follow images. It teaches you how to measure up, make and install your creations. It’s hard backed with a huge selection of soft furnishings to try out. My favourite section is ‘ Using Colour and Pattern ‘.

Here’s the cushion I made with some Liberty fabric. Lovely print, eh ?

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EMBROIDERY STITCHES

This book is so detailed ! I have never attempted embroidery before, I think because I’ve always thought it will take ages to finish a project  – but it has made us girls here really keen to make something. There is every possible stitch you can imagine with lots of tutorials. Written by Lucinda Ganderton, it starts with the history of embroidery with the following chapters talking about equipment needed, techniques and a gallery of close up stitches. For novices like us, the information is easy to understand. See… we’re having a go at some of the more basic stitches here …

 

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ONE BALL OF WOOL

A great idea for a book. The cool, contemporary images are brilliant, showing what you can achieve with just  ‘ One Ball of Wool ‘. My favourite knitting and crochet projects are the texting gloves and the Dapper Dog Bow Tie .. as you can see. As I don’t knit ( yet ) a lovely lady called Pam made it for Sandy and she enjoyed it. Other things you can make are slippers, toys, scarves … 25 in total. Not only is the crafting confined to wool – there are also some rubber tubing and wire ideas. It’s a definite eye opener ! It’s only £9.99 which makes it a really good price too.

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MY SEWING MACHINE

What a fabulous book for kids, written by Jane Bull. It is brimming with colour and with loads of easy things to get them started. The layout of ‘ My Sewing Machine ‘ on each page is really engaging – it is clearly designed to inspire. There’s nothing too tricky and the wording is simplistic and fun. It’s good that the start of the book is all about getting to know your sewing machine which is sometimes more daunting than the sewing itself. It also points out the safety aspect of using the machinery.

What I like the most about this book is the ‘ How to make paper templates ‘ section. It’s a good way of getting kids used to the idea of starting from scratch and who knows – might encourage pattern cutting later on.

Here is our ‘ Flutterby ‘ party streamer that we tried out. They both found this very straight forward to cut and sew. We will definitely will be making more for the next birthday party.

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Hope you have found my thoughts on these books useful. If you want any more details or just want to leave a lovely comment under this post … please do. I will reply as soon as I can. :)

Lucy x

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.

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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

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.

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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 …

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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

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 … :)

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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 ..

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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.

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.

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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

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…

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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