We’re having a little party at our house next week, fingers crossed the weather will be nice as we are hoping to have it in our garden. I love making my own decorations and have lot’s of lovely things I plan to make this week including table decorations pretty cake toppers and bunting. It’s a great chance to use some of the bit’s and bobs in my craft cupboard which I’ve been stashing away.

There’s going to be quite a few craft tutorials coming up on the blog as I’d love to share some of my makes, so you can have a go too. These would also be great ideas if your planning a home-made wedding and want a little inspiration.

So first up is a little button bouquet centre piece for each table. I’ve seen lot’s of gorgeous bridal bouquets made using buttons so I used this idea to create a cute little feature. These are so easy to make and my 8 year old daughter helped out making the button flowers.

You will need:

Lot’s of buttons – I used a mixture of new ones and vintage ones which I picked up at car boot sales.

Floristry wire and pliers

A metal plant pot

Floristry foam cut to fit in your pot

Step One: Cut your wire into 25cm lengths.

Step Two: Choose 2 or 3 buttons and arrange them into a stack.

Step Three: Thread your buttons on your piece of wire.

Step Four: Twist your wire securely and repeat into you have lot’s of button flowers.

Step Five: Place your foam into the pot and begin arranging your flowers inside.

Step Six: Keep going until you’ve filled your pot.

I love how bright and colourful these came out. If you have a colour scheme for your party or wedding why not use buttons to match.

I’ve managed to make two so far. But I’m planning to make 3 or 4. What do you think of this little make? Will you be giving this a try?

There’s nothing I love more than a big stack of books, especially craft books, recipe books and of course books on vintage fashion. I was a bit over excited when I heard that one of my favourite publishers Pavillion Books were having a £1 charity book sale. They have so many books that I love so it was a great chance to have a big stock up of inspiring reads.

The sale was being held because they are moving offices and needed to get rid of mountains of books. I’m delighted that they decided to donate the money to charity too. Good deeds all round!

It’s probably a blessing that I didn’t take my car along and opted for the tube, or I would have gone even more crazy than I actually did. Knowing I had to carry my haul made me put quite a few books back. In total I managed to drag 15 brand new books home and I’m so happy with my choices.

I use books all the time for wardrobe and blog inspiration and having had a quick leaf through this stash I feel totally inspired. So here are my choices…

I’m going to attempt to review as many of these as possible as I miss the days when I used to write book reviews all the time on here. These are all perfect for this blog as well, as I like to mix fashion, sewing and baking in as much as possible.

Did anyone else make it to the sale?

I’d like to say a little thank you to Grace from Ideas and Inspirations for spreading the word about the sale. I may have slightly damaged myself carrying them home and be £15 poorer, but I’m delighted with my new bargain books.

Fay came with me and nabbed a total of 18 new books! I’m sure she’ll be posting her purchases on her blog soon.

While I’m leafing through my books tonight I’ll be indulging in my new favourite drink  Tea Pigs Green Tea with Mint – so delicious!

 

Today I’m sharing one of my favourite cake recipes. I absolutely love anything lemon flavoured, so these muffins are a real favourite with me. They’re really easy to make and taste absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

2 large lemons

2 eggs

200g caster Sugar

250ml whole milk

125ml vegetable oil

400g plain flour

3tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt

 

For the glaze:

juice of 2 lemons

100g caster sugar

How to make:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a muffin tray with 12 cases.

2. Beat the eggs and add the lemon zest, oil and milk.

3. Add the sugar and whisk until fully mixed.

4. Add the flour baking powder and salt and mix well.

5. Fill the muffin cases until they are about 2 thirds full.

6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked all the way through.

7. For the glaze mix your sugar and lemon juice with a whisk until dissolved.

8. Remove the muffins from the oven and place on a wire rack, while they are still hot pierce the tops of each muffin several times with a cocktail stick and pour over the glaze. I usually do this twice until it is all absorbed into the muffins.

9. Serve with a large mug of tea and enjoy!

 

I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox since January, and had planned to write a review each month of all the things included in my box. However it’s now got to May and I have yet to do one review. So 5 boxes in I’m finally getting round to it.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s  a monthly beauty box which you subscribe to in the same way as you would a magazine. When you first sign up you fill out some details about yourself and your beauty requirements and every month you receive a selection of sample sized high end beauty products as well as the occasional food size. There are also bonus items which often include a food item occasionally. There is also a monthly mini magazine which is a useful little read.

Some boxes have definitely been better than others, but at £10 a box I’ve always been pretty happy. The May box is by far my absolute favourite. Not only is the box really pretty the contents are also fantastic. I’m not going to write a full review for each product just a brief description and my first impressions.

Firstly there was a sample size Benefit They’re Real mascara. I’ve wanted to try this for ages, but I’m really fussy about mascaras so didn’t want to spend £19.50 on a full size one and risk not liking it. When it comes to mascara I want something thats going to do everything, I want volume, separation and length and a really dark black colour. This definitely ticked all the boxes. When this ones run out I’ll definitely be re-buying.

Next was a full size Soigné Nail Lacquer, this isn’t a brand I was familiar with but I was delighted to get a full size product which would normally cost £11. The colour is a really pretty classic pink shade and is perfect for a subtle everyday shade. it’s also non toxic which is a big plus for me. The packaging is gorgeous and I like that it came in a little box for that touch of luxury. This went on nicely in two coats and I’ll definitely use this one a lot.

Then there was an Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil. This lovely blend of essential oils smells absolutely divine. The bottle is tiny but I’m sure I’ll get a couple of uses out of it. I haven’t actually used this in the bath yet, just sniffed it a lot so I can’t say how well it works yet, but I love it for the scent alone. A full sized bottle is £39 so however much I love the smell I doubt very much it will be a repurchase at the moment.

There was also a little treat for my hair in the box. A Beauty Protector Shampoo and Conditioner set. These luxury hair products are absolutely divine. After using them my hair looked and felt absolutely amazing. The smell is also gorgeous and gave me that fresh from the salon feeling. Again I was really impressed. I also loved the lack of chemicals and use of natural ingredients. Full size bottles of these cost £14 each.

Lastly was a product I have heard so much about and was desperate to try. I’ve seen so many reviews of The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and they’ve all sung it’s praises. I’m a huge fan of hot cloth cleansers anyway and this one is fantastic. I found it took all my makeup off easily and left my skin feeling clean and refreshed.

Well done Birchbox you did good! I’m so happy with my little treats and the value for money this month. I feel well and truly pampered.

As a bonus this months box also came with an amazing subscription offer for Harpers Bazaar, offering 12 issues for £12 – Amazing!

I’ll try and do a monthly Birchbox review from now on. If you’d like to get your hands on your own subscription, check out the Birchbox website here. *this is my ‘refer a friend’ link. 

Today I’m sharing another outfit of the day. I managed to pick up another skirt which I absolutely love from Primark. I’m a bit obsessed with skirts at the moment and I’ve been really impressed with the range available in Primark at the moment. There are lot’s of very full skirts with pretty novelty prints that look perfect styled in a vintage way.

Hair Flower – Rosie Alia Designs on Etsy

Necklace – Vintage – Car Boot Sale Find

Top – New Look (old)

Plastic and Bakelite Bangles – Vintage

Skirt – Primark

Shoes – Primark