Tuesday 29 November 2011

Christmas Goodies

We have a tree! Yes in November. Early I know but since moving to the country Christmas has seemed all that more exciting and festive. As a family we went to what can only be described as a barn of magical sparkle. Redhouse Barn is surrounded by fields of Christmas trees and you can even visit their reindeers. A great place to see Father Christmas or just browse the many decorations whilst sipping some spiced hot apple. We always like to buy a real tree and I can honestly say this years is looking the best yet. We even managed a Chevy Chase moment as we strapped the tree to the top of the car, it was possibly one of the windiest days too so an interesting drive home!
Every year I try to add to the collection of decorations, here are this years:

I was looking at last years table for inspiration:

This year I think less of the silver stars and more white sparkle snowflakes.

An easy festive crafty project is to use fabric to make a gift bag for any bottles you give away this year. So easy, just measure a piece of fabric using a standard sized bottle. Then sew the edges or cut with pinking shears and sew the 2 edges and the bottom together, making sure you sew them inside out, then turn the right way and pop your bottle in, use some ribbon to tie at the top.

I also wanted to add this, my favourite decorative find online at notonthehighstreet.com

Friday 18 November 2011

Charley Harper 1922-2007
"I don't try to put everything in. I try to leave everything out"

Monday 14 November 2011

Vintage Art

I was first introduced to vintage travel posters and artwork when my uncle gave me 2 postcards of Whitley Bay, a beach town near Newcastle where I spent some of my childhood and where some of my family still live. I love the use of such vibrant colours and graphical elements. The artwork was produced in the 1950's for British Railway attracting people to visit Whitley Bay.

I found more vintage posters like these available and so many were in an Art Deco style. A style I have always found inspiring for it's simplicity and graphical looking pattern. I used an Art Deco pattern for my wedding stationary, simple and elegant.
Essex born Peter Kelly produced many colourful cityscape posters 

I love the idea of using this vintage art in the home, having posters of places you have visited that hold special memories. I found most of the prints I like at art.co.uk in a range of sizes, they have a large collection of Vintage Art to choose from.

Love Lemon x

Sunday 6 November 2011

All in a day...

I went out for the day with my mum and my little boy last week. Despite raining all morning the sun came out so we headed for the coast to Thorpeness in Suffolk.

We found another little gem called Emporium that sells collectibles, antiques and crafts. It was full of so many lovely things, all at reasonable prices. I picked out an ottoman for my mum who I have been giving interior design advice to for her new home and it was only £25. I am going to look for some pretty pale blue fabric to re cover it. I also found a few nice Christmas pressies to get me started. The place seemed to be full to the brim with jewellery, crockery, books, vintage clothes, enamel kitchenware and furniture. I even spotted a favourite of mine, an old school desk with lid. It was only £10! I will definitely be heading back soon.

I saw these Teapots outside a cafe. What a great idea.

Such a relaxing place to visit, we watched the swans on the meare and had hot roast beef sandwiches for lunch.

On the way home the sun was setting on a lovely day had by all.

Love Lemon x