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Wed, 05/30/2012 - 16:00

Back home and the antlers are installed. A great way to stash hats!

Ruffled icing

Sun, 05/27/2012 - 08:43

I'm so loving this ruffled icing. I want to have a go myself and do a fabulous cake in ice-cream colours.

Try this excellent tutorial from the Yummy Wedding Food blog which explains the equipment and method needed to get you ruffling in grand style!


Cheap Chic Tip of the Week

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 09:02

It's time to get your slippers on!

Slipper shoes are a real trend right now - but if you can't afford a designer pair - head down to M&S

and pick yourself up some -  slippers!

They only cost about £12 - but look good enough to sport around town.

I even got away with wearing them to work. No-one batted an eyelid!


Leaving Clifford Chambers

Thu, 05/24/2012 - 09:46

Here I am with the marvellous Sarah Hosking packed up and ready to leave my 3 month writer's residency in 

Warwickshire - Clifford Chambers, courtesy of the Hosking Houses Trust.

I had a really interesting stay and met many inspiring people, 

and even managed to squeeze in a few trips to the RSC in Stratford.

Oh, I've also written half my new book!

Cheap Chic Jubilee Tip of the Week

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 17:23

With all these street parties and Jubilee events in the offing you're going to need a right Royal fascinator with which to wow the crowds!

Rather than spending your hard-earned cash, why not make and decorate your own little hat for a completely unique look?

You could even organise a get-together with tea, cake and bunting whilst your crafting your little hats.

The Clifford Chambers plant sale

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 15:19

So this is what people in the countryside get up to of an afternoon!

Long live afternoon tea.


Cheap Chic Tip of the Week

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 10:31

I often find shop windows terrifically inspiring and yesterday I spotted this display in the window of Oasis in Birmingham.

I'm really loving the Princess & the Pea styling - and it struck me  that  it would be pretty simple to

make your own mattress just like the ones in this window (after all, that's just what they've done!).

Washington Post

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 19:33

Am really pleased that The Washington Post 'gets' my book. Hope it catches on out there! Click on the link for a read.


B+B's with an arty twist

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 15:48

If you're looking for a craft-friendly place to stay in London then check out Sinead Geary's B+B as featured in my April Stitch in the City column in Sew magazine. No cream and beige here - instead the warm aroma of freshly baked scones and mismatched china!

You can find Sinead at Dolly Divine (where you'll also be greeted by wonderful birdsong!).

Quite a weekend!

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 15:13

I was left in charge of assorted animals this weekend in Warwickshire where I'm currently living writing my next book. There's nothing like looking after someone else's livestock to make you feel responsible. So imagine how I felt when the river started flooding! First job was to move the duck, currently sitting on no less than 13 eggs (unlucky for some?!) in the rather smart house you can see here.


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