Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Roald Dahl bedrooms and GIVEAWAY

Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors. I love the BFG and Matilda and Elle and Mia love them just as much as i do. Elle has started to read the books and we love the films so much. Wallpaper Direct do a whole Roald Dahl range which are perfect for children and i just love them! As well as the Roald Dahl sets, Wallpaper direct do so many more products such as Emma Bridgewater, Laura Ashley and Orla Kiely wallpapers. The whole website is just so inspiring!

As today is my 8th wedding anniversary and it is my birthday next week, i am teaming up with Wallpaper Direct to give one lucky reader £100 to spend on their website! You could get some beautiful wallpaper, country cottage fabric or some beautiful bedding! I am so excited to be offering this for you and i cannot wait to see what the winner picks! The giveaway ends at midnight on the 7th July. You can enter using the form below. Good luck everyone!

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A strawberry picking adventure

                                                        (Girls dresses c/o Cath Kidston)

Something I love to do every year is take the girls strawberry picking. We have a pick your own farm around 15 minuet drive from our house. We love it there and they also have piglets each year too and the girls love going to look at them. I love creating and doing these little traditions each year and i hope we have many years ahead of us at this wonderful strawberry farm. Looking back at last years pictures, i cannot believe how much both of the girls have grown!

We are hoping to go back in the next week or so with Gilles as he is away with work. I am already looking forward to our next trip there!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Capturing their story

Starting this blog many years ago, i wanted to share my photography. I had a separate Livejournal blog that i would write on but here, i would just share my photography updates and new work. Elle was a baby and i wasn't quite sure where i was going with my photography or really what my style would end up being. I didn't share anything about Elle or parenting here and i wasn't really sure that i wanted to share. After Mia was born, i ended up starting a new blog solely for updating about the girls. I blogged there for about a year but i wasn't happy having two blogs and after a while, i decided to transport that whole blog over here and set all my previous posts back to draft. I was happy here and loved sharing updates on the girls as they grew.

I have always loved taking photographs of the girls but i was working more on personal work when they were younger. As they grew and we started going on more adventures, i really loved capturing them, capturing the memories and capturing the little moments that would have just been forgotten. I feel like i am creating the most wonderful keepsake of them all for the girls. Not only am i helping create their childhood story but i am capturing their story for them too. They will always have these photographs and films to look back on and i cannot wait to see where the next few years takes us.

Gingerlillytea has been shortlisted in the MAD blog awards for best craft blog. I would love a vote which you can do here. Thank you so much!

Friday, 19 June 2015


 Having a roll top bath and a huge bathroom is one of my dreams. I love relaxing and having long soaks in the bath and having a shower bath that doesn't have a slope at one end makes for a very uncomfortable bath! All of my bathroom wishlists and inspiration boards are full of beautiful roll top baths, traditional style sinks and mirrors and wooden floors.

I have spoken previously about C.P.Hart and my love for their bathrooms and they have just launched a new website. Within the website you can click the heart on any product you like and it moves it into your very own moodboard collection. I had great fun with this feature and it is such a great way to shop because you can select any product you want to create your board without having to go back through pages. All of your favourite products end up in your moodboard so you can start to see how things will look together. You can delete anything you prefer not to have in your board very easily too.  The whole website is so user friendly and designed to help the customer have the best shopping experience. As well as the product pages, there is an inspiration page as well as a live chat function which allows you to speak live to a bathroom expert. The product pages are easy to navigate. You can select the product type such as basins or baths and then it offers you a variety of different options of products to click through onto such as washbowls or corner basins. You can find exactly what you want quick and hassle free.

The inspiration page has so many great features. My favourite section is the style finder which shows your galleries of finished bathrooms so you can find your perfect style and also see how different products compliment each other. In this section you will also find the blog, further information about the brands and then helpful articles on installations and the buying guide.

When you first go onto the website, there are actually two options to the site. You can stay on the main site as a consumer or you can select the trade section which allows trade people to store their favourite products, address and access a full trade account with discounts and further support. Again, this is showcasing how user friendly and helpful the site actually is. I have had a go at putting together my own mood board which i managed to do so quickly. I just searched through the products, clicked on the heart next to the product and it was automatically in my moodboard waiting for me to see. This is my dream bathroom and i cannot wait until i am one day able to have that roll top bath!

(this is a collaborative post)

Monday, 15 June 2015

A wallpaper crown garland and competition

I am very excited to announce that i am working along side House of Hackney on their new #HOHCREATES competition. The aim of the competition is to create a diy using samples of their new wall papers and you can win 4 rolls of your favourite wall paper from House of Hackney! I am helping to judge the winner and i have created my own diy using their Sumatra wallpaper from the new conservation series. For my DIY i used the wallpaper to create a crown garland. Perfect for the summer to hang for evening bbq's or parties.

1. Cut strips of the wall paper. You can do any size you wish depending on how big you want your crowns.
2. Cut triangles from one side of the strip.
3. Using glue, stick the two ends together to make the crown.
4. Use twine/string to string up the garland. I made little holes on each side of the crown and threaded the twine through.

It is such a simple diy to do but can create such a lovely statement. I shall be making a few more of these to hang in the girls rooms.

If you want to join in the competition, all the details are here.

Good luck! I am so excited to see all of the entries!!

Fathers day gift guide

(bbq from HomeSense/wooden watch from WeWood/gardening gloves from HomeSense/Turntable from Argos/Tool draws from Argos)

Fathers day is this Sunday! I love celebrating it and showing my husband what he means to us. Unfortunately, he is going to be away with work but we will celebrate with him when he gets back. I have a few ideas in mind of things to get him including a handmade item! The girls are wanting to do their cards and paintings for him and i love how excited they get. I hope you all have a lovely weekend celebrating!