Vintage treasures: Midwinter ‘Country Garden’ Staffordshire egg cup

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Midwinter’s Country Garden range is absolutely beautiful – it’s one of my favourite pottery prints, in fact. Jessica Tait designed it back in 1967 and its colourful, kitsch pattern will brighten up any kitchen, dresser or breakfast tray.
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Letterpress love

Bobbin bloggin letterpress wooden letters

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Who doesn’t love letterpress? It’s such a fun and creative craft. There’s also loads of very cool products made and sold on sites such as Etsy, Folksy and DaWanda for you to fill your home with. Here’s a quick roundup of my favourites, plus a guide on how to do it yourself…

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Vintage treasures: Hornsea Saffron spice jars

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I discovered this little trio of beauties at a car boot sale a few months back. The pattern is gorgeous, as are the wooden lids. After doing a bit of research online, it seems they were made in the late Sixties/early Seventies. Not too sure what to store in them just yet (too good for spices, right?)… maybe I’ll pop some buttons in ’em.

Craft tutorial: Teabag bookmark

Handmade teabag bookmark

Looking for a low-cost DIY gift you can stitch in a flash? Make a fabric teabag bookmark! Whether it’s a last-minute birthday present, a Valentine’s Day treat, or something for yourself, these felty page holders are the perfect addition to a novel or sketchbook.

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Afternoon tea!

There’s no denying that a piece of homemade cake and a freshly brewed cup of tea is a match made in heaven. Therefore, with the smell of freshly baked lemon cupcakes lingering in the nostrils, here’s a roundup of the most beautiful afternoon teasets in the shops. Some are particularly pricey, but why not indulge in a piece as and when you can afford it?Alternatively, scour local charity shops for odd cups and saucers – it’s an excellent way to form your own, bespoke teaset at a fraction of the price.

 
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Flour pots!

I don’t know about you, but I buy flour that’s packed in paper bags and it drives me crazy when the bag harbours excess flour in the folds of the paper, or rips, then goes everywhere. So, in an effort to combat this, I decided to embark on a hunt for alternative storage methods. Here’s what I found, and, as always, just click on the images to be taken directly to that product page.
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Carrot cake mini muffins

homegrown carrots for carrot cake

My homegrown carrots made a tasty addition to my cake

Now here’s the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon tea: carrot cake mini muffins. They’re incredibly easy to make and taste oh-so-good. The recipe and ingredients are below. Enjoy!

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Top of the ’pots!

Greetings! If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to enjoy more time with friends, or if you just really like drinking cups of tea, then you’ll love our roundup of the best teapots out there to buy at the moment. There are plenty here to suit all styles, tastes and budgets, and they’re all guaranteed to go perfectly with a slice of homemade cake. Take a peek and see what you think.

 
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Winter warmers: bedspreads

This silky little number is sure to keep you snug and stylish this winter.

Since British summertime officially ended today, it’s time to snuggle down and warm up with this selection of lovely bedspreads. Have a gander through this little lot and see what you think. As usual, clicking on the images will take you directly to the product. Enjoy!
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Piece of cake

Knit your own slice of Battenburg.

Knit your own slice of Battenburg.

These knitting patterns from Prima prove that there is such a thing as calorie-free cake!
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