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Granted I should have posted this a few weeks ago but hey, there’s only 341 days till Xmas 2014 so maybe we could look at this as an early gift for next year?

Liberty have launched a lovely online sewing magazine to complement their revamped Sew Liberty website. The magazine has interviews with creatives and makers – yes, I am one of them this issue, talking about how I decorate my house for Christmas (like I said, oops.) – also step by step projects, tutorials, helpful crafting hints plus the ease of buying anything you see in the magazine with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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So, this was a fun way to spend an afternoon, a virtual shopping spree through all the lovely homeware goodies on the Marks and Spencer website.

easter table

Why was I doing this? Well, I spotted a competition being run by Jen at lovechicliving and Jenny at thetreasurehunter asking bloggers to create a dream dining scheme for a special occasion and I just had to have a go at entering it (you never know I might win £200 of M&S vouchers!). As Christmas is well and truly over I thought I’d plan a scheme for the next big feasting occasion: an Easter breakfast (I basically love the Cow creamer so based my scheme round her). Having started the scheme with the creamer I felt that the Sketch range of china and teatowels complemented her slightly quirky feel as did the mix and matchiness of the plates and bowls. The bright pops of colour from the Andante range and the fake alliums and hydrangas give the table a nice spring feeling and the little accents of gold on the mugs and coasters add a touch of sophistication.

Here’s everything I used for my scheme.

Colour Hit Tumblers £3.00
Andante Dinner Plates £3.00
Spot Mugs £7.50
Sketch Hen Side Plate £7.50
Deco Geometric Cereal Bowl £9.50
Lombard Cereal Bowl £4
Sketch Hen Egg Cup £6
Ceramic Glaze Coasters £12.50
Maxim Cow Creamer £5
Sketch Tea Towel £7.50
16 Piece Cutlery Set £29.50
Ercol Dining Chairs £439.20
Eva Jacquard Cushion £35
Wexford Dining Table £399
Chevron Tealight Holders £7.50
Carafe £7.50
Tribal Zig Zag Vase £15
Artificial Allium £7.50
Hammered Votive Tealight Holder £12
Trifle bowl £19.50
Artificial Hydrangea £7.50
Two Toned Filled Candle £15

(If you’re a blogger why not have a go at entering the competition yourself and if I win I’ll send you all a Percy Pig*)

*subject to availability*

*If I ever remember to buy some.

Ikea is a wonderful place. Meatballs, cakes made from Dime Bars, those clippy things for half opened bags of food that you buy Every Time You Visit. Oh and the odd piece of furniture. Eight years ago I bought a simple wooden cabinet to provide some much needed storage in my old house. I’d always planned to do something ‘jazzy’ with the doors but as it was hidden behind my sofa I never got round to it. Fast forward to the New House and the cabinet is being used as a TV stand and is much more on show.

cabinet before

I felt now was the time to get the paints and wallpapers out and give it a little make over.


It only took an afternoon of painting, I used a variety of paints, ones that I already had in the house. The yellow is a really high shine gloss and the others are all satin finish emulsions. If you are using matt paints – maybe left over from painting your walls – then using a clear varnish or wax will give a nice sheen.


1. Remove the doors and give them a wash and a light sand.
2. Masking tape all round the sides of the doors to avoid drips.
3. Prime with an acrylic undercoat and primer in one.
4. When this is dry paint with your chosen colours, I used a small roller to avoid brush marks.
5. If required finish off with a wax.

If you don’t fancy doing-it-yourself then these pieces already have the paint job done for you.


Oliver BonasMavis Chest £515


John Lewis sideboard by Leonard Pfeifer £650

Though I love my cabinet and its jazzy doors I found just the sort of cupboard I was looking for the other day. Of course it wasn’t quite right as it was so it’s currently being ‘Dad Hacked’ in Dads Garage. I reckon it’ll deserve its own post pretty soon.

P.S. If you’ve not visited the Ikea Hackers website go now. It’s full of inspiring projects to turn your run of the mill Ikea goods into unique one of a kinds.