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Cushion makeover time

I've been stockpiling lovely vintage fabric for quite a long time now and am so pleased to finally get round to making something with it. I decided it was time to change our cushion covers - a relatively cheap and easy way to refresh our living space. The first challenge was to choose which fabrics to use....

I knew I wanted something happy and bright to cheer us up during these dark winter months, so this led my choice for this first lot of cushions. I used fat quarters for the fronts, but needed bigger pieces for the backs, as I decided to go for the envelope style. Turns out that I don't actually have that many bigger pieces - need to hunt down some more vintage sheets :)

Fronts on the left, backs on the right:

For the second lot, I had bought some gorgeous aqua, green and purple fabric (once an old bedspread I think) that I hoped would co-ordinate well with the aqua theme in my bedroom, and my aqua owl shelf. I was so pleased with how they turned out and how they look in situ - such beautiful colours! I used a vintage sheet for the back of the cushions.

The last lot of cushions were dominated by purple. I thought the bold print would work well with the blue and purple barkcloth lampshade in my sitting room :) I used the same vintage sheet for the cushion backs as before - one sheet goes a very long way! Not so sure about the purple M&S fabric one in the middle, though, am feeling like I need a bit more pink now! Might have to go and have another rummage in my stash....

Friday Favourites ~ Blooming lovely

Everything's blooming in the garden at the moment in this glorious sunshine, so what better theme for my Friday Favourites this week :) I just adore this time of year. There are so many lovely floral treasures in the Etsyverse - I've whipped up a selection of my faves below for you. Do pop by and say hello!

Friday Favourites ~ Blooming lovely

I couldn't resist adding a few photos from my garden as well this week - I just adore Hydrangeas! This one is called Endless Summer - what a beautiful name...Wishing you a glorious weekend - enjoy the sunshine!

Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love

A very floral Sunday

Columbia Road Flower Market

Third time lucky, the lovely Candy Pop and I finally managed to make it to the Columbia Road flower market last Sunday. It was the perfect time of year to go as the stalls were laden with Peonies and Hydrangeas - my favourite flowers. So much prettiness and colour everywhere. And so many people! I wasn't quite prepared for the crowds - it made it rather challenging to get any pictures that were in focus! But it was fabulous all the same.

Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market

After the craziness of the crowds and a potter round the lovely shops we headed to a quiet side street for a few outfit shots. The window boxes were so pretty - this is the kind of street I'd love to live in.....well a girl can dream!

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What I'm wearing: Floral top & cardigan: Joules | Jeans & scarf: Boden | Bag: Clarks | Coin purse: Jane Foster | Nails: Revlon ~ Eclectic

A trip to London wouldn't be complete without a spot of shopping, now would it? So, after a much needed pit stop for lunch at Byron, we headed to Orla Kiely in Covent Garden and they happened to have a sale on....everything is just so delicious I wanted it all! But I satisfied myself with this gorgeous number. Still can't quite believe it :)

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A thing of beauty

And just down the road on Monmouth Street is a fabulous little shop called Pop Boutique stacked to the rafters with vintage goodness. I tried on a dress with a fabulous 60s print, but sadly it didn't fit me. On the way out, I spotted this doggy in the window - I've been after one of these for ages (ever since I saw Shevie's sitting proudly on the Fine and Dandy counter top), so he just had to come home with me. I could hardly contain myself ;) And then it was on to a very special shop for the lovely Candy Pop's mission - but I'll leave her to tell that tale. All in all, a most fabulous day!

This doggy in the window came home with me