Graphic designer Stuart Gardiner makes some lovely tea towels – you might have seen them – with colourful tables showing which fruit and vegetables are in season; handy guides to pairing wine with food; and a cute design covered in flowers that attract bees (you can see some of them at the bottom of this post).
Not only are they incredibly cool, but they’re made of really good quality cotton that wears really well and feels soft and absorbent even after dozens of washes.
Now he’s launched two fab new tea towels, one with tips, recipes and sayings all about coffee, and one all about tea, above. They’d make brilliant, easily-postable gifts (you could even pair one with a box of tea/coffee or a nice mug?).
All his tea towels cost £10 each (plus just £1 P&P) from http://www.stuartgardiner.co.uk.
Like his style? His site sells oven mitts, bags, mugs, prints and even chopping boards too.
Time to ask a favour…
I LOVE writing this blog, and I hope you love reading it.
If so, I’d be eternally grateful if you’d consider nominating me for a Cosmopolitan Blogger’s Award. It takes under a minute, promise.
The two categories I’m eligible for are either ‘Interiors blog’ or ‘Lifestyle blog’, and the URL for my blog is http://www.thetreasurehunteruk.com (don’t forget the ‘uk’ bit in the address!)
You can fill in the nomination form here. You need to click through to the second page to get to the form – there’s a little ‘next page’ button on the bottom left:
Better be quick though – nominations close at midnight on 3rd June.
What’s almost as good as Cadbury’s Mini Eggs? Mini Egg-inspired nails!
Pastels continue to be a big trend, but if they’re a bit wishy-washy for your liking, why not add a twist with one of these quite frankly genius speckled egg-like nail varnishes from posh beauty brand Illamasqua.
There are five colours to choose from: Scarce (pink), Fragile (blue), Freckle (nude), Mottle (green) and Speckle (lilac).
Okay, so at £14.50 per bottle (from http://www.illamasqua.com) they’re not a bargain, but if you’re anything like me, a bottle will last a lot longer than a packet of Mini Eggs will!
Want to update your garden, but short on space and cash? Forget huge clunky brown wooden garden furniture and invest in a compact bright bistro set instead.
Smaller and less expensive than ‘proper’ tables and chairs, it’ll fold away tidily when not in use and add a stylish flash of colour. What’s more, you can pick up some very nice ones indeed for under £90. Not bad eh?
My picks: the hot pink Blooma set from B&Q (www.diy.com), £89 (table, £59 + chairs £15 each), above; or the Courtado set in tomato red or mint green, £79 from Marks and Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com); the pale blue set from Homebase, £69.99 (www.homebase.co.uk); or the great quality wooden set in either retro orange or olive green, £80 from Wilkinson (www.wilko.com), all below.
A workmate of mine used to have a gorgeous gold-plated ‘Baby Bee’ necklace (above) that she bought for her wedding day – and then wore every day since. It was small, simple, and went with everything from summer dresses to cable-knit jumpers. The necklace in question is by designer Alex Monroe, and costs £130 from Liberty (www.liberty.co.uk). Ah. That’s why I never bought one for myself.
Until yesterday. Idling away ten minutes in Accessorize in Kings Cross station, I spotted the perfect homage – okay, it’s almost a copy – a little gold ‘Bella Bee’ on a chain for just £6:
Well, it would have been rude not to get it, don’t you think?!
Want one for yourself (or as a great gift for someone)? It’s available now in Accessorize stores and online at uk.accessorize.com
Don’t like necklaces? You can also buy ‘Bella Bee’ stud earrings from Accessorize for the unbelievably bargainous price of £2 a pair:
In the second of my summery posts this week (and the first of many on the subject of sprucing up your garden), I had to share these cool chairs with you. Modern, bright garden furniture is usually so expensive – in the hundreds of pounds – so I was pleasantly surprised to spot this retro-style acid green and hot pink Moretta seating from B&Q (instore and online at http://www.diy.com).
A chair costs £60 and the bench, £99 – not bad for a real statement piece that’ll instantly pimp up your patio.
And if you like these, there are matching rocking chairs, £69 each and a cute egg-shaped charcoal grey table, £40, too (below).
Last week’s glimpse of the sun has got me feeling all summery, so I had to be physically restrained this weekend when I went to my local Sainsbury’s and saw their new range of AMAZING plastic picnicware (above).
In candy colours and printed with gorgeous graphic ice creams and lollies, I wanted to buy the whole lot.
My top picks? The gorgeous large tray platters, £4 (below right)…
…the cute bowls (perfect for everything from sweets to salads), £5 for the large or £2.50 for the small…
…and the reusable double-walled plastic drink cups with straws, £2.50 each…
Someone in the Sainsbury’s design team obviously loves their lollies, as they also feature on mega cute notelets, £3.99 for 12; a range of stationery (£2.99 for a notebook); and on disposable paper plates and napkins, £1.50 a pack, all below. Yum!