Friday, 29 August 2014

What's in my cupboards?

 Pretty Tea Sets!

flower, tea,
Violets and Roses!


It's Friday and nearly the end of August, so I'm popping in to share some of my favourite pretty vintage tea sets we've been using this Summer.  All pictures are taken from Crafternoon teas this Summer, so you may spot the odd kettle, tea towel or cake in the background!

My love of china started about ten years ago and five years ago I started to collect in the run up to our Wedding.

white roses
I love white china as it really shows off the food with a pretty gold painted edge. Also, I take a peek at the stamp on the bottom as I like British made china.

Pastel coloured china in duck eggs, pale pinks and greens is probably the biggest colour palette in the china cupboard. It looks really vintage and nostalgic and compliments the rest of the china.

And finally my favourite!

And it's all washed up by hand so it doesn't crack but with patterns this pretty, we don't mind!

Happy Friday,


Friday, 22 August 2014

Grow Your Roses!


Just popping in on this super chilly August day to share some of my beautiful roses from this Summer. I've been working on these beauties for about three years! Wow, writing that sounds such an age.

It's been lots of pruning, feeding and good soil but I am sharing as it been worth it. I've been cutting beautiful roses since June, not only have I saved a fortune on cut flowers but they smell gorgeous and for me, they are worth it 100%.

If you are inspired to grow your own, start looking for rose bushes at the garden centre now or wait until the DIY centres get rose roots in store in the Spring. Make sure you feed and plant your plants so they can get enough feed from the ground. Check out this video to get blooms next Summer. Roses, if looked after well and cut correctly twice a year (Spring and Autumn) will get you the most wonderful flowers.

As you can see I've a mix of roses! I tend to plant similar bushes in rows such as Queen Elizabeth roses above in one bed to block colour. Then statement roses like this lovely one below in corners to add colour to what would be an empty corner of the garden.

 I could write and write about my roses, so if you have any questions drop me a comment below!

Bye for now,

Samantha x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Two Years of Homemaking

So, I've been blogging for two years now about my homemaking journey as a new Mamma and leaving my career girl days behind. I've been hosting Crafternoon teas for a year and this is getting exciting now. Gosh time has really flown. I've chosen this picture of Little L's Christening as she looks so very happy and this was taken the week before I started blogging! As you can see I look very tired as she was still waking up in the night and also I was at the start of getting my teeth fixed so they look a little goofy here!

Two years ago I was blogging whilst Little L was sleeping away.I was using nap time and any down time to take photos and work my way around twitter and blogger! Here is my favourite post, this really cute storage for her nursery, an un-edited photo I just uploaded!

And a cot tidy to match...

One year ago in 2013, I was discovering vintage crafts and creating Crafternoon projects...she was sleeping less and I was looking at bringing my ideas to a commercial project. Also, I was getting a bit more web savvy with layout, pictures and working on the style of my blog a bit more...

Looking back,I've made so many lovely blogger friends over the last two years. I love to write and share and be encouraged by the blogging community (that's you!).

I've still tonnes of projects still to do and whilst Crafternoon teas is now a growing business and Little L is at pre-school, I want to keep on working on home projects and lovely sewing makes. I still want to do so much more!

So what will the next year bring...?

Bye for now,

Samantha x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

August far



I'm taking part in #craftyaugust over on Instagram thanks to the lovely Beak Up Crafts. Here is a snap of the best bits from my month so far ... my beloved storage box, cupcakes for my business' first Birthday do and lovely flowers from my English Country Garden!

Each day Kate has coming up with a crafty theme and we post a new picture, so far we have covered sparkle, storage, love, pastels and our favourite makes! Thank you Kate, really enjoying it and thank-you for putting me in touch with all the lovely new crafters I've met so far this month. I'm getting a post together as I type.

So for more crafty inspiration from Kate at Beak Up Crafts check out her lovely blog and why not try her pretty paper lanterns. 
Geometric and pressed flower paper lantern - Beak Up Crafts

How pretty!

 Thank-you Beak Up Crafts, looking forward to the rest of August and the challenge!

Bye for now,


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Hello Summertime makes!

craft, summer, food, makes
Summer time makes
Hello Dear Blog Friends,

I've been away for a while but still making and creating and ready to blog again. I guess the blogging break was natural as I didn't have enough time to give it the love and attention it needed but it sat here waiting!

I have had an amazing couple of months with my little family, on my start up business and whilst not blogging, I've read up, crafted for fun and generally taken stock. Create it Samantha is back and I've got some great reviews, end of the Summer makes plus some crafty people to introduce to you and maybe a competition or two!

See you for my next post on one of the above...

Bye for now,

Samantha x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Bunting Making for a Windmill Wedding

Happily Ever After! 

Last Saturday I hostessed a bunting making Crafternoon tea in a pretty village hall in Derbyshire. Each Crafternoon tea is always to a brief, it makes it bespoke, unique and personable.

The bunting we were making was for a windmill wedding in Norfolk in September. The colour palette was to reflect the sea and sunshine around the venue, so blues and yellows were chosen from the fabric swatches I had for the party planners.

I worked with the groom to get the colourway perfect for the big day...and the bride has no idea what her lovely groom was planning for the Crafternoon (exciting!). When she discovered what we were making in the big reveal and how much effort he had put in, she was delighted. This is what I love about my job making something unique for a special day!

Each Crafternooner cut out, stitched on our vintage Singer sewing machines and decorated the bunting flags whilst we served them a Derbyshire cream tea on vintage china.

Thank-you so much for a lovely day ladies and all the best for the big day!

Samantha x
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