29.5.15

HOW TO MAKE CRYSTALLISED FLOWERS.

You will need edible flowers, I like violas/violets. One egg white whisked. Castor sugar. Baking paper and a fine paintbrush.

                  

Firstly clean your flowers, also make sure no pesticides have been used on them. Whisk your egg white and lay out your baking paper, in another bowl pour 2 tablespoons of castor sugar.


                    

 Using one hand to hold the flower, paint on the egg wash with the brush until there is an even coating. Next put the brush down and sprinkle over the sugar with the hand you held your brush in, this way only one hand gets sticky and you don't end up in a congealed sugar mess.

Lay your flowers on the paper and store in the airing cupboard overnight.

                  

The next day pop in an air tight container and store in a dry place, your flowers should keep for a few months. Then adorn your cakes and creations when needed.

                    


  Emma x




27.5.15

POP UP TEAS IN THE GARDEN.

It has been a while since I hosted a pop up tea party in my cottage garden. I've been thinking about doing some more this year, as we've decided to stay put (did think of moving), the house is finished, the garden is looking lovely, and I found these pics of the last one....


        

                                          

                                          

        

This one was rather special as it was also a crafternoon tea for a bridal shower!

I'm just thinking of opening the garden casually for pop-up tea and cake maybe on a week day afternoon. What do you think?

 Emma x

*Please note, the kitchen at The Haven is registered with the local authorities and has been awarded 4 stars. Should you wish to do any kind of catering from your home you need to complete a course in basic food hygiene, and inform trading standards so they can check your kitchen. Don't let this put you off, it really isn't as daunting as it sounds! 



NORFOLK BROADS BOAT TRIP

Oh I do love to mess about on the river! And there is no place better than the Norfolk Broads.

      

As most of you know, my second home is our vintage van in Suffolk, and I have been spending almost half my time here since I was born, so I'm ashamed to say I don't go on the broads nearly as much as I should. 
However, yesterday we decided to take a boat out, it was hilarious to say the least, and we all had a go at driving it. But enough of that, what I really wanted was to show you some gorgeous house pics!!

The one above is my favourite, but I also loved these...

                                   

                                   

                                   

                      

How amazing would it be to live somewhere like this and have your own little boat!

Emma x






26.5.15

MY VINTAGE CARAVAN.

We've had our second vintage caravan about a year now, it was sad to say goodbye to our old one but we had outgrown it and needed something bigger.
Slow but steady I have been restoring and making pretty our great big old hobby van.

I've taken a few snaps so far...

                       

Meet Hans... I know he's a boy van but boys can love pink too! Right?... I've painted his once brown stripes in candy pink, and the dark horrible units have been painted in a pleasing mix of +Farrow & Ball  'All white' and 'Vert de terre'.

                               


         



I made new curtains last year from Clarke and Clarke fabric in 'Nancy', and the bunting is from +Talking Tables 

                                      

                                

                               

The pastel theme continues in little finishing touches from mugs to pretty things for the kitchen, and I'm slowly wallpapering my collage walls throughout.

                              

                                             

                                     

We still have our work cut out though as we need to replace parts of the floor and we are ripping the beds out and re jigging them. When it's finished I know I'll want to do another one, it's in my blood!

                                     Hope you enjoyed my pics. Have a lovely rest of the week.

            Emma x









23.5.15

HOLIDAY MUST HAVE!




These stylish wash bags are the latest addition to my store.
Handmade from linen with a pretty oil cloth lining.
Just £10.95 from my store.





Stars make-up bag with linen lining.
Handmade.
£10.95 from my store







Happy holidays everyone.

Emma x





22.5.15

MY FAVOURITE FABRIC COLLECTIONS.

Cottons and Linens.


Blue birds and roses.

Artists stripe.

Charlotte.

Pink tatty roses.
Happy Friday everyone!
And a bank holiday, how fabulous!

These are some of my favourite cottons and linens from my fabric collection.
I'm in love with my 'Charlotte' linen that I designed for the birth of our Royal Princess.
It features beautiful pink roses and little crowns, just fit for a princess!

My 'Pink tatty roses' linen would look lovely as a table cloth for outdoor parties, and I will be making more napkins from the 'Blue birds and roses', perfect for afternoon tea!

You can view my full fabric collection here.

Have a lovely week end!

Emma x




21.5.15

PERFECT PETALS


The spring flowers have been spectacular so far, and now my gorgeous +David Austin Roses are in full bud and ready to burst!

The rose is my most favourite bloom of them all, sure I love a peony and the frilly ranunculus, but give me the scent and faded beauty of a rose and I am a very happy lady!

They are my inspiration to paint and create.

Emma x