Filed under: Vintage, eBay | Tags: kitchenalia (3), oxo tin, vintage tin (3) | October 12th, 2010
Yet another tin to add to my small, but growing collection. I really do like the tins that are quite old and knackered looking. This is yet another eBay purchase, and it really did take a while to find one that wasn’t too ‘new’ looking.
I haven’t yet got a plan of exactly where I’m going to put these tins, or if I’ll store anything in them (although I doubt they could hold much – it’d have to be something like buttons or something else non porous that won’t get affected by the general mankyness of the tin!). But I’m sure when I eventually find my dream home, I’ll find somewhere to put them all! And what shabby chic home would be seen dead without a vintage Oxo tin – it’s about as much of a shabby chic staple as a Cath Kidston tablecloth (not that I’ve got one of those…yet!).
Filed under: General | Tags: baking, birthday cake, shabby chic baking | October 10th, 2010
Now this technically isn’t really to do with anything shabby chic, I don’t think I’d even say this was a shabby chic birthday cake… but I guess being in the kitchen and cooking is all part of the shabby chic lifestyle!!
So anyway, building upon this rather tenuous link… I baked this cake for my best friend Ann-Marie. It was her birthday so since I love baking I said I’d make her a very special birthday cake. I used a Victoria Sponge recipe from my Tanya Ramsey cookbook, which came out perfectly.
I then sliced it in half and filled it with homemade chocolate butter cream icing and spread a layer of the icing on the top. Then I split Kit Kats in half (so I had two fingers stuck together still), gave it a lick of the icing and stuck them to the side of the cake. I felt a bit like a brick layer doing this bit!! I used two multi packets of Kit Kats to do this (I should make this disclaimer now that this is NOT a healthy cake by any means!!). Then, I got two big bags of M&Ms (no peanuts) and poured them into the top of the cake. I initially only had one bag, but amazingly it didn’t quite cover the top properly, so I had to dash out to get another bag!!
And the result was amazing!! Ann-Marie loved it. She said it was the best cake she’d ever had. And I have to say I was actually pretty chuffed with it myself!
Leave me a comment if you want the recipe for the Victoria Sponge, it really did taste delicious.
Filed under: Kitchen, eBay | Tags: ebay (3), fruit bowl, kitchenalia (3), shabby chic fruit bowl, wedgewood | October 8th, 2010
I’d like to introduce you to my new fruit bowl! I’ve been on the hunt for a nice fruit bowl for ages… and I honestly mean ages!! I’ve had an idea in my mind what I’ve wanted and just couldn’t find anything to match it. It had to be cream, ceramic and raised. A lot of cake stands looked very similar and I think would have been okay, but really for a fruit bowl you need it to be .. well, a bowl! A cake stand might be nice to store lemons and limes on or something, but a proper fruit bowl needs to be a bowl otherwise you’ll be getting apples and pears falling off and rolling all over the kitchen floor! And no-one likes a bruised pear do they!!
So after scouring local shabby chic shops in Southampton, Winchester and Chichester, I eventually turned to ye old trusty – eBay! As I said, it took a while to find a bowl that matched my shabby chic expectations, but I think this one really hits the nail on the head. And it’s Wedgwood too which is always nice.
It’s got lovely little ram heads on either sides, which also double up as handles/grips when carrying the bowl (not that I’m really going to be carrying it much!). It’s a good size too – holding about two bags of apple, and a load of other fruit and grapes quite well. Overall I’m really pleased with it. It was well worth the wait!
I was pleased to find out I’d been a winner of the @LuckysLondon chocolate brownie giveaway on Twitter last week! I won one of their chocolate covered, chocolate brownies. Being a chocolate lover (like most women) I was pretty pleased about this!!
It turned up earlier this week, and my oh my, it did not disappoint! I showed incredible will power and didn’t eat it until later in the evening – and I even shared it with the BF! Aren’t I good?
So it was a chocolate brownie with pecans and white chocolate, covered in a thick layer of chocolate. A bit like the old ‘if you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit, join out Club’ (only I had a Club the other day – they couldn’t use this strap line anymore, there’s was thin, tiny layer of chocolate on the biscuit! Rubbish!). Anyway, back to this delicious brownie… basically, it was delicious! I’d never seen or heard of a brownie covered in a thick layer of chocolate, but it’s a bloomin brilliant idea. And the actual brownie itself was all moist and luscious!
You can find out more about Lucky brownies on the Lucky’s London website: http://www.luckys-online.co.uk/.
And if you wanted to reminise about the good old times, when Club’s actually did have a lot of chocolate on them… watch this:
Filed under: Cath Kidston, Shops | Tags: Cath Kidston, patchwork quilt, Sew, Shabby Chic Shop, Winchester | October 4th, 2010
Another favourite shabby chic shopis the Cath Kidston shop in Winchester. For anyone who loves the shabby chic look, Cath Kidston is bound to be one of your regular haunts!!
Her fabrics are great – really kitch. I love how you can buy the fabric and make items yourself or just go ahead and buy pre-made items. I’ve got a wonderful tea pot and four huge matching mugs which my sister gave me for Christmas last year. It’s a great item and the mugs are massive!! I’ll probably post an item about those in the future too!
The shop in Winchester opened in July 2009 and as far as I know it’s doing really well (this is based on the fact that it’s always mega busy every time I go in there! Not a terribly scientific way of measuring business success, but I think it’ll do!). It sells a really wide range of the Cath Kidston items - fabrics, clothes, bags, accessories, crockery – pretty much everything. It’s a really large shop and they’ve done it out really well – everything from the wonderfully branded receipts, to the patchwork curtains in the changing rooms. The staff are nice and knowledgeable and overall it’s a great shopping experience.
I really want to sew a patchwork quilt. Has anyone done this? I think it’s something that’ll take hours and hours, but I don’t think it’s technically too difficult. I did do a dressmaking course a couple of years ago at Itchen College and made a dress that was very Cath Kidston-esque. I’ve put the Cath Kitston Sew book on my Amazon Wish List so hopefully someone kind will buy it for me for a Christmas present!!
If you’ve used any Cath Kidston fabrics to create anything fabulously shabby chic let me know! Send any images to me and I’ll feature the best in a future blog post.
Image courtesy of LiveLifeLove.
Filed under: TG Green, Wish List | Tags: coffee jar, cornish blue (2), cornishware (3), sugar jar, T.G.Green (2), tes jar | October 2nd, 2010
These tea, coffee and sugar jars look just gorgeous! I have seen them sold on eBay, but since T.G.Green have made so many different versions of this in the past I worry that if I bought them separately they might not match properly. So my goal is to wait until I actually buy my house and splash out on these as a little shabby chic present to myself (as if the house itself won’t be present enough!!).
I’m going to have to be careful not to go to OTT on the whole cornish blue look – I’m aiming for a few bits I can put on a display dresser and a few bits I can actually use. These jars will be used – I’m thinking they’d look nice on my kitchen worktop maybe.
Do you have these jars? Send me a picture if you do and I’ll add them to a future post. It’s always great to see how others display their collections.
Filed under: TG Green | Tags: cornish blue (2), cornishware (3), ebay (3), shabby chic kitchen, T.G.Green (2), The Kitchen Dresser Company | September 30th, 2010
Another bit of T.G.Green has arrived today! A lovely sugar bowl. Again, I’ve said this before, but I never thought at the age of 28 I’d be getting quite so excited over crockery! But I just love the classic look of cornishware. It’s simple, yet really stylish. I absolutely cannot wait to get into my nice shabby chic home and get a gorgeous dresser (ideally from the Kitchen Dresser Company) and put all my T.G.Green items proudly on display.
So this is an older sugar bowl and has some marks on the inside (although I think with a bit of scrubbing a lot of this will come off). I don’t think I’ll be using it as a sugar bowl since we don’t really use sugar in our household. The BF doesn’t drink tea and coffee anyway, and I don’t take sugar in my tea (and recently I’ve been taking to drinking green tea – it’s actually really nice and has some great health benefits – I’d recommend you give it a go!).
So I’m not sure what I’ll put in it. I’ll probably leave it empty, but I like the idea of keeping something in it – it’ll look a bit empty and sad if I don’t. Maybe loose change – that’s always handy to have lying around the kitchen.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received!! Leave them in the comments. Thanks!
Filed under: Kitchen, eBay | Tags: herb pot, Hovis tin, kitchenalia (3), vintage tin (3) | September 26th, 2010
I never thought I’d get so excited about an old, knackered bread tin!! But I saw this on eBay the other day and loved it straight away. Since buying it, I’ve actually found other ones that are in much better condition, but I like the way that this one is all bashed up (it’s even got old crusty burnt bits on it!). I like how it’s been well used – to make lots of lovely home made, Hovis branded bread!
I’m going to get some herbs or some kind of plant to put in it. I think it’ll look lovely on a shelf or windowsill in my kitchen. Unfortunately I don’t have a very good track record of growing or keeping herbs alive, so I might have to cheat and get a good quality fake plant to put in it!!
I am also tempted to buy a newer, usable one, as I think the idea of having some fresh bread with ‘Hovis’ stamped on it is quite a nice idea. I’ve got visions of having people round for lunch and carving up a nice freshly baked loaf…. I can hear my friends gasps of delight already…”Oh wow – isn’t this great, this loaf has ‘Hovis’ baked into it! Such a great idea”!!