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antrim, antrim, Ireland
Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Ghostly goings on

We are armed and ready for whatever tonight may bring! My daughter and I have been having fun painting and carving pumpkins, making trick or treat pumpkins, and making the ghosts above.

The Graphics Fairy is a wonderful source of free printables, where I found the lovely starlings. I ran out of ink for my printer and had to paint the poison labels myself, but similar ones can be found on Karen's blog.

Thanks to all those who left comments on my last post, they were all most helpful in helping me to formulate my ideas for the Wedding Fair.

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween with love, Linda x

Thursday, 25 October 2012

With a little help from my friends!

I saw this photo on Pinterest and thought it was a lovely idea to put 2 fairy cakes together to make a little mini cake. So I made some of my own.

Not quite as pretty as the above, but they did taste lovely.

Now then, down to business. I would like to ask you, my readers, followers and occasional pop-in(ers). If you would mind helping me out a little. I am going to take a stand at the 'Quirky Wedding Fair' in Belfast in Februrary. I am very excited about it and about moving my flower business on. I have so many ideas buzzing around my head about how I would like my stand to look, too many in fact. So, this is were you come in. I have put together some collages on Picmonkey of the sort of looks I could create, and I would very much appreciate your thoughts and comments. Imagine you are a bride to be, or a groom, for that matter, which of the themes would get your attention and why.

Theme 1 Driftwood      A beachy theme with shells, lanterns, candles and burlap. Soft pastel colours.

Theme 2 Classic Black & White    Elegant and tailored, classic white flowers, some clever back and white art work as a backdrop.

Theme 3 Rustic Country    Zinc, baskets, crates, chicken wire. Country flowers and fruit.

 Theme 4 Bling   Diamante, mercury glass, crowns, stars, pink and girly.

Theme 5 Bird's Nests & Eggs   Natural style decorations, twiggy branches and wreaths, gentle colours.

 Theme 6 Classic Country   Lots of green swags, white flowers, elegant urns and terracotta,

Theme 7 Butterflies & Birdcages    Real and paper flowers, butterflies in cloches and on wreaths. Decorative birdcages. Colours could be pastel or bright.

I do hope you enjoy looking at the images and conjuring up possible Wedding scenarios in your mind's eye.
Have a wonderful weekend, with love Linda x.

All photo's are from here or my own.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

'Land Love'

I thought I might share with you a new magazine that I purchased recently. It is not exactly new new as it is on it's third issue, and it comes out every other month, but it is new to me. The cover just sold it to me, with the lovely Robin, berries, ribbon candles etc. I mean, how Christmassey can you get!
                                                                                     Seriously though, it is a beautifully presented magazine with really interesting articles. If you are into countryside issues, nature, cooking, crafts, interiors...it has it all.

I love the fact that it is so festive, but in a non-blingy way. I do apologise I seem to be making up my own words today. You know what I mean though.

And a little sneak peek at what to expect in the next issue..................................................................

Wishing you all a fun-filled and not too chilly week, with love, Linda x

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Decorating...where to start?

Sadly, I do not possess a piece of original Art, unless you count prints, but if I did, I would make my painting  the focal point of a room, as in the image above. I love the way the soft blues and beige's in the painting are picked up in the woodwork and upholstery.

This particular painting is a little modern for my taste, but I think it is wonderfully complemented by the faded patina of the table and the simple chairs, lavishly upholstered.

My own preference would be for a seascape, or landscape or even a still-life. For the kitchen or bedrooms, something quirky or amusing. I really love vintage signs used in Interiors too, like those below.

Of course there are very clever people who can even make a display out of an empty frame.

Or how about hanging your piece of art around your neck, and when you've finished wearing it, you could place it on the mantle?

All in favour of Art in Interiors, say aye! Wishing you all an art-filled week, with love, Linda x.

All images are from here.