Autumn Colour in the Lake District

Autumn in the Lake District

I love the Lake District at all times of year but a sunny day in Autumn is particularly beautiful. The fells turn a rusty red and the trees are a kaleidoscope of colours, intensified by the golden light. Morning mist clears to reveal a timeless landscape. “The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is […]

Autumn Flowers for a Celebration Party

Flowers for Table Decoration

A couple of weeks ago my brother-in-law & sister-in-law held a ‘125th’  party to celebrate their 50th birthdays and 25th Wedding Anniversary. I was very happy to arrange their flowers and stationery. I am not a trained florist but have always loved flowers and many years ago took a short course with the well known florist […]

Paper Flowers

Paper Peony

Paper flowers have enjoyed a resurgence recently. In Victorian times and again in the 50s, paper flower making was popular as a craft and past time.  An interest in all things vintage has revived this once more and people are increasingly valuing the individuality of hand made items as an antidote to factory and mass made products. At […]

Scotland in June

Isle of Coll, Scotland

I spent a few days in Scotland at the beginning of June with my family. The scenery was stunning, the weather perfect and it was just gorgeous! We drove north from Glasgow through the Loch Lomond National Park – a stunning area of lochs & mountains. We stayed in Oban, a lovely small port on […]

1st Anniversary Gift Ideas

First Anniversary Paper Heart

The 1st Wedding Anniversary is traditionally represented by paper. Recently we were featured in the ‘Top Ten Best Gift Ideas for your First Anniversary’  in The Gazette Review . Here are our most popular paper anniversary gifts; Paper flowers make a perfect first anniversary gift and we have roses, lilies, peonies, sunflowers and hydrangeas, all beautifully hand […]

Table Plan Ideas for Weddings & Parties

Table Plan

Wedding & Party Season is gaining momentum and is due to peak in July. For an informal party it often works well for guests to help themselves from a buffet and sit where ever they choose. For a larger, formal party and especially a wedding then a table plan is essential. The ‘top table’ must […]

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

DIY Marbled Easter Eggs

I can’t believe that Easter is almost here, time has flown this year (and Easter is actually very early). I have been looking at Pinterest and there are some amazing egg decorating ideas which I hope to try next weekend. Above are these beautiful DIY marbled eggs from Alice & Lois. This ‘egg angel’ from Flax […]

Creative Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Creative Ideas

Mother’s Day in the UK is early this year on 6th March due to the fact that Easter is early, which in turn is down to the moon which is full this year soon after the Spring equinox of 21st March.  It all seems quite complicated! In the UK the celebration’s proper name is Mothering Sunday. […]