Decanted

Items have a tendency of coming in and out of fashion, and cut glass decanters seem to be one of those items. They seemed to go through a phase of being tucked away in cupboards rather than on display but I feel they are far to beautiful to not be seen. When put in front of a window, the light shimmers of their cut angles….simply beautiful.

We had a party a few weeks ago and used the decanters that my Mum gave to be (which were given to her by my Grandmother) and made individual labels for each, hung by scrap pieces of fabric that I had lying around the workshop. Simple, yet effective.

001450e21b8427e58569003679289d54

photo

{Images: 1, 2}

 

Romantic Touch

This weeks inspirations have come from a collection of images, which don’t at first sight link but do all possess a romantic element.

I adore the subtle colours, the precious textures and the calming effect that they bought upon me when I view them….

Happy Friday!

0fa49d1c29d869197f60f169ffee5d18

0f231db1357decc4e85963ac2ebafb1e

59d89911e344ae36c2f6bb96e92fc45f

0869cb623759eb884480deb838038363

{Images: 1, 2 , 3, 4}

Magic Blooms

I love to gift friends and family with flowers and beautiful plants, not only is it a nice gesture but it can also be inexpensive. I always buy blooms from the supermarket and take them home and work my magic to make them personal. You can use brown postal paper, cellophane and bows, wrapping paper, tissue paper and twine… the possibilities vast, but there is nothing nicer than receiving something that has had thought and love injected in to it!

93795c46ad1e73807fb6d21cd20232c6

{Image: 1}

Wrap Up

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is wrapping the presents. It’s a brilliant opportunity to go all out with your creative inspiration and give a gift that is not only beautifully presented, but also a touch hand crafted.

I’m a big fan of ribbons (I even have a ribbons drawer!) and think that recycling is ideal when it comes to gift wrapping. This year I plan on wrapping my presents in news print, using neon ribbon knotted in large bows and stitching my gift tags myself.

How will you wrap yours?

44473115039771898_NsvTpQEX_c

202943526927998440_baQRB4TH_c

81487074479047086_b3RGBBhc_c

85357355408376135_DinpuzgI_c

{Images: 1, 2, 3, 4}

Candle Cup

I love to have my home filled with the scent of burning candles.  I’ve been collecting vintage tea cups, cut glass tumblers and glass jelly moulds in the hope of getting round to making my own candles. Not only do they look cute, they also make the perfect gift for friends and family!

Here are a few simple steps on how to make your own and what you will need…

* A pouring pot or saucepan

* A thermometer

* 1 pound of palm wax

* Aromatherapy scents of your choice

* Candle wicks

* Fill the pouring pot or saucepan with the wax and heat until it reaches 85 oc

* Choose the tea cup or holder that you’d like to use for the candle
* Add your chosen scent to the melted wax. It’s lovely to mix different scents together
* Fill your tea cup or chosen holder to the top and wait for 5 minutes
* Insert the wicked into the middle of the candle wax 
* To ensure that the wick stays in the centre of the candle, use a bamboo stick. Make sure that you remove it after a few minutes to prevent an indent being create. The candle now needs to be left for a few hours until it is completely solid.
* The wick can now be trimmed to about 0.5”
* Light your candle and enjoy! 
{Images & instructions: Cupcakes & Cashmere}

Bloom

So, it’s almost the weekend and I’m off to a friends to celebrate the Bank Holiday. I always like to take a small gift with me when going to friends houses or parties, as a gesture of thanks for the invite, and I think a beautiful bouquet is perfect.

Check out the lovely instuctions below on how to make a scrumptious bouquet …

 You don’t need to do this with Peonies, but I absolutely love them and think they should be used whenever possible! There are several things that make them great flowers, but the best thing is they can be purchased quite easily when they are in season. However, once the peonies have bloomed out, they are somewhat delicate so look after them nicely! To do this bouquet you’re going to need the following:

 *A couple of meters of floristry ribbon

* Scissors

* String

* Peonies or any flower you like! (I’d go for 10 stems in a few colours)

*You need to get the flowers by re-cutting the stem on a slight angle and placing in a bucket of water for a few hours as this will prevent them from opening too quickly.

* Remove the flowers that will be inside the vase once you put them into water.

* Take a few flowers and place them in your hand and begin to group the remaining within the bouquet in groups of 3. As you begin to do this turn the bouquet to the left as this will manipulate the stems to spiral.

 * Tie the stems of your bouquet with the string.

* Now cover the string with your chosen ribbon and down towards ther bottom of them stem and you have a beautiful arrangement!

Perfection.

 {Images: photography/instructions by chelsea of frolic! via delightfully engaged}