Spring flowers…

April 13, 2012

I’ve just spent a few days in the West Country skipping around like a sprightly spring lamb. The fresh air was wondrous and I was amazed by the amount of daffodils bloomin’ everywhere. In my attempt to bring a little bit of the country back to the city, I picked daffodils from my Mother’s garden and gathered whatever greenery I could scrounge from the local hedgerows, along the Devon lanes. I decided to display them in the many jam jars I have collected over the years, I normally use these as tea light holders but with a bit of ribbon they looked suitably pretty for my little floral arrangements that are now dotted ALL over my house…

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Spring flowers, daffodils, countryside, Devon, Spring, flower display, country flowers, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

Spring flowers, daffodils, countryside, Devon, Spring, flower display, country flowers, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

If you’re looking for a similar weekend project then this is all you need:

1. A selection of glass jars or any other interesting glass receptacles! If you don’t have many kicking about at home try The Jam Jar Shop for all sorts of shapes and sizes or raid your local car boot/charity shop for old glass bottles.

2. Scraps of ribbon, baker’s twine, brown string..whatever you fancy (I used a selection of ribbons in yellows/creams to keep to a co-ordinated colour scheme.

3. A selection of cut spring flowers from your garden, florist or supermarket and greenery.

For more country decorating ideas why not visit the Ideal Home website. Happy weekend. The sun is set to shine! – Alice

Dotcomgiftshop does VINTAGE

September 8, 2011

Check out these rather lovely reproduction wall art prints from the new AW11 Dotcomgiftshop collection (AKA Rex International, so you’ll spot these products popping up all over the place soon, too…) They’re all £14.95 each – framed! Bargainous. Do you own a ‘cycle’?

I like this village flower show print so much – it would look good pinned up in my allotment shed (my courgettes aren’t going to win any prizes in reality sadly, but I can always dream…!)

There’s a cute dog one, too:

Elsewhere in the new range there are some very stylish glass measuring beaker ‘Apothecary’ vases – they’re really huge and £29.95 each. Have a peep at the linen-effect cushions and the zinc accessories, too…

Last but by no means least, there’s a set of six tiny glass school milk bottles in a crate for £8.95. As somebody who once packed a whole suitcase full of mini milk bottles in Germany, and as a hoarder of retro striped straws, you can see why This. Makes. Me. VERY. Happy. Take them out of the twee crate and line them up on a window sill, with a single bloom in each! Great for wedding drinks/favours, too! – Ellie