You can never have too much storage, right? Especially if you’re like me and you’re forever picking up cute little thingmebobs at car boot sales and love to receive little trinkety gifts from friends. But that does mean that I have a lot of ‘things’ yet don’t really have anywhere to keep them. No, I can’t just have a clear-out and get rid of them; everything I’ve kept has a memory attached to it and I want to cherish my belongings and the happy times that came with them. The only thing I don’t want to do is pack my precious items away in boxes. Even though this might be a neater solution than having bits and pieces on every surface, I want to actually see them and enjoy them daily. So what’s the solution? More storage of course! Okay, there’s only so much space in my little vintage caravan and, to be honest, it’s all rather awkward. Conventional cabinets just don’t seem to fit, and there always seems to be a wheel-arch or a window that needs to be worked around. So this week I’ve finally found something that fits in the space and gives me the display solution I need. Continue reading “My little vintage caravan – DIY display cabinet makeover” »
This week I decided that it was an appropriate time of year to create my annual autumn flowers display in the living room. It’s usually more of an October thing, but I’ve been feeling decidedly autumnal after kicking up the leaves last weekend, writing about my favourite autumn colours and textures on Tuesday Shoesday and blackberry picking (which resulted in a yummy blackberry tart). The squashes that we’ve grown in the garden played a big part in my decision to bring autumn indoors, because they have finally ripened and hardened so were ready to pick.
I want to share some photos of the growth of the squash because I really couldn’t believe my eyes when this tiny plant took over the garden, with it’s tendrils travelling all the way to the back fence, sprouting small yellow balls as it went. In the end the plant produced about 30 potential mini-squashes, but the seed packet told me that the plant should only produce 2-3 fruits. I was confused about why my plant was doing so well, but decided to I leave it to do it’s thing and grow as many as possible. Only a couple of weeks later I found out that it had self-selected 4 balls to grow into mini-pumpkins, while all the other fruit balls shrivelled up. Amazing really! Here I’ve used the squashes in my tablescape along with a massive marrow – the courgette that hid away under a massive leaf and managed to grow itself to it’s full potential!
I decided to go in search of some suitably autumnal flowers to complete the display and I found this ‘Autumn Fields’ bouquet from Debenhams Flowers (use discount code BLOGG33 for 33% off if you want to get your own bouquet for an autumn display!). I was pleased to find the bouquet packed full of orange gerberas, purple phlox and even orangey ‘cherry brandy’ roses – what a great colour combination for September/October and it’s these colours that really recreate the feeling of autumn for me. These really are luxury flowers and it made my sideboard look fantastically seasonal. I will probably add to the arrangement as I collect more conkers, autumn leaves and berries on my countryside walks, but for now I think it adds a lovely splash of colour to the room, and it definitely creates a feeling of warmth. It’s at this time of year that I really appreciate our mid-century modern living-room décor, as the teak furniture, leather sofa and orange wallpaper work together to ad warmth to the home and it really does look as autumnal indoors as it does outdoors.
Let me know if you enjoy creating floral displays in your home and get in touch if you’ve ever had an out-of-control plant in your veggie patch – I’d love to hear about it! Please leave me a comment below 🙂
Over the weekend I went for a lovely chilly walk with my hubby and collected a few bits and pieces for my harvest display. I’d planned to decorate my home for autumn (as we discussed in this previous blog post) and I’d finally found the time to nip out to collect together nature’s freebies to add to my sideboard. unfortunately I don’t have a mantlepiece in my home, so I couldn’t arrange my decorations around a fireplace, but my retro teak sideboard was a good substitute and provided plenty of space for a big display.
I started with a few hydrangea heads from the bush in my garden and added some rosehip buds and thistles, which created the floral centrepiece. I then added a second vase of grasses and poppy seed-heads and a bowl full of apples and oranges. After adding a few candles here and there, I decided to scatter around some conkers and acorns, elderberries and some more rosehip branches. And what autumn display would be complete without a big orange pumpkin?
Paper flower making can be fun, it can be relaxing, and it can take considerable talent to turn them out. The flowers can last a long time, add colour and beauty to a room, and can make a lovely, personalised gift. All it takes to make them is paper and a little time. What’s not to like?
Paper flower making has plenty of scope for letting the imagination run wild. Almost any type of flower can be made with paper, from carnations and cabbage roses to peonies and poppies. They can be made out of card, paper, newspapers, recycled paper, tissue or crepe paper, and can look almost like the real thing and certainly last longer. They can be used to decorate gifts, form a long-lasting bouquet, or be used as a hair decoration.
How to display paper flowers
Paper flowers obviously do not need water to keep them alive, so why stick to a conventional vase when putting them on display? Considering the time and effort that goes into making each flower, they deserve pride of place in any home. Look at objects differently and there will be plenty of items available around the home that can take the place of a vase and really individualise the masterpiece that is the paper flower.
An empty wine bottle is perfect for those long-stemmed flowers, such as lilies or tulips, that look good as a small group. These look best in a country-style kitchen, displayed on a table, dresser or a windowsill. For a really rustic look, reuse empty tin cans – with or without their labels – for short-stemmed flowers such as daisies. Again this will look best in a kitchen area, especially if the labels are kept on. Perhaps not quite so aesthetically pleasing, but useful nonetheless, is an empty soft drink or water bottle. Go quirky and use a squat teapot for those flowers that have an abundance of petals, as the volume of the flowers will complement the rotundness of the pot. A coffee pot works equally well. Try an empty popcorn carton for tall flowers, which will create a perfect display for any retro living room. Other kitchen and dining ware could make the base for a great display, such as gravy boats, sugar bowls, pitchers and jugs.
Image from Married 2 Craft blog
For a vintage look, retrieve some of those elegant champagne flutes and other crystal glasses that lie at the back of the cupboard. These make an elegant setting for a single flower and can even look like a petite version of a regular crystal vase. They will add a touch of sophistication and are perfect for living rooms, dining rooms and even bedrooms. For a more simple yet just as vintage look, use plain glass jars and bottles. For something a little different, why not try tying twine or copper wire around the necks of the jars and bottles and suspending them from the ceiling to create a hanging display of flowers?
Let me know if you try making your own paper flowers and how you prefer to display them – tweet me @CassiefairyTutu with your photos 🙂
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