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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.

Tatty Acrylic Tatty Devine Workshop

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

Summery Colour Palettes

pink flower

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.

blue house

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.

macaroon

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 …

Flamingo Gifts Cushion

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 … :)

Citrus Cushion Print - Achica

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 ..

Close up Achica lamp

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.

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. …

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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 !

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

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

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.

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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.

 

Make Mum’s Day with a BonBon Balloon – 20% discount for my readers …

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BonBon Balloons have been on my radar for quite some time. I am such a big fan of this company. There’s something completely mesmerising about their perfectly round, beautifully coloured, confetti filled bonbon balloons. Their strings are all individually hand crafted.

We received the string of bows bonbon as a little gift this week and I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I was super excited to open the box. You can see my girls enjoying it over on my Instagram. Not sure I will get a look in.

Confetti Balloons

The bonbon floated out of the confetti decorated tissue paper and at the end of the string was a personalised note which was a lovely surprise. I felt really chuffed. :)

Balloon Collage

BonBon balloons, based in East London started in 2012 and have been featured in many magazines since including Harpers Bazaar, Brides Magazine, Stylist and Perfect Weddings.

They offer a bespoke service for private events such as pop up installations, weddings, parties and corporate events – they explore colour with each individual client.

There is also, of course, their fabulous online shop. Total eye candy. Bonbons for lots of occasions – Birthdays, Births, Weddings, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s .. you get the picture ?

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We thought, what with Mother’s Day coming up soon, that my readers might appreciate a nice 20% discount on any orders placed by Thursday 12th March. Lots to choose from .. pop over and have a look. All you will need to do is add lucylovesya as a coupon code at the checkout.

Enjoy !

Lucy x

I was sent a BonBon Balloon as a gift and have received no payment for this blog post.