Thursday, 26 July 2012

{ Interior Inspiration } Seaside Watercolours

St Ives, Cornwall is rather well known for its artistic flare. There are a handful of fantastic galleries and art shops that continue to pull on my purse strings annually. This year was no exception and I couldn't resist these two little watercolours. 


They're by an artist called W. Eaton, who, I was reliably told by the gallery owner, comes to St Ives every year on his holidays to indulge in the crystal waters and sparkling sands. These are original watercolours on 6"x4" white cards depicting the bay at St Ives. When I look at them, I'm transported back to that magical place, listening to the  lapping waves and cheeky seagulls, relaxing in the summer sun and dreaming of seaside delicacies. Last year Dave and I purchased a square oil painting of the coast at Gwithian and these new additions fit into the frame cluster wonderfully.


Do you find yourself hopelessly tempted by watercolours? Or is there some other vice you find on the shelves?

Love and lacery,

Leah

Saturday, 21 July 2012

{ Scrapbook } Cornwall

Cornwall is one of my favourite holiday destinations - even when you take into consideration the whole host of foreign places that can be reached! The sea and sand are beautifully clear and the little Cornish towns are so spectacular. The weather didn't hold out for us this year, however, but it was still nice to get away and have a relaxing time in a different location. 

Our holiday was filled with:
- Moody skies
- Paddling in the sea
- Visiting fishing villages
- Experiencing a new place (St Michael's Mount)
- Scouring the pebbles for sea glass and shells
- Enjoying the sun
- Eating seaside food
- Spending time with family

I hope you've been having a fun time these past two weeks!

Love and lacery,

Leah

Thursday, 5 July 2012

{ Interior Inspiration } Lemon and Blueberry Loaf Cake

I thought I'd share another recipe this week as it's such a good'un! I found it on the Good Food website. Loaf cakes are a tea party staple but are so easy to make, plus hold lots of flavour, that there should always be some excuse to have one every so often. This recipe is for a lemon and blueberry variety.



Ingredients:
- 175g butter, softened
- 100ml Greek yoghurt
- 2 tbsp lemon curd
- 3 eggs
- juice and zest of one lemon
- 200g self raising flour
- 175g golden caster sugar
- Punnet of blueberries

Method:
1) Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.
2) Grease a 2lb loaf tin and line with a long strip of baking parchment.
3) Put the yogurt, lemon curd, the softened butter, eggs, lemon zest, flour and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl. Mix until the batter just comes together.
4) Scrape half into the prepared tin. Sprinkle half of the blueberries into the tin and scrape the rest of the batter on top, then scatter the other half of the 85g berries on top.
5) Bake for 1 hr 10 mins-1 hr 15 mins until golden, and a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.

You could decorate with icing sugar mixed with lemon juice, but it's scummy left as it is.

Love and lacery,
Leah

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

{ A Snapshot } Holiday Preparations



This week has been spent:
- Packing, packing, packing
- Imagining the beautiful beaches and Cornish villages
- Looking forward to rock pooling and wandering around the cobbled streets
- Planning time with family
- Being so excited about a trip away!

Love and lacery,


Monday, 2 July 2012

{ Over the Weekend }


Wow, did this weekend go past quickly!

- On Saturday afternoon Dave and I nipped over to the museum to survey the Flying Legends air show. There were a whole array of airplanes on show and the sun was shining nicely. We also had a saunter around the stalls that had pitched up alongside the runway - some of the paintings and books were beautiful!
- After the air show we had a BBQ in our little back garden. It was most enjoyable and included a couple of refreshing Gin and Tonics.
- We also got most of our packing sorted for the Cornwall trip next week (sure do like to be prepared!). I am so excited! There are so many fantastic places to go and the beaches are so picturesque - all white sands and clear blue seas. It'll be nice to have a whole week to relax and spend time with DG as well.

Did you get up to anything this weekend?

Love and lacery,

Leah