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Waterpark Barn Weddings

I was delighted recently to be invited along to meet with the lovely Sharron & Brian who run Ayrshire’s latest exclusive wedding venue. The stunning venue itself is literally a few fields away from my home and I’m really looking forward to working with the team on a few projects soon. The venue provides beautiful limewash chiavari chairs teamed with rustic tables and in a venue like this less is most definitely so much more; just the simple addition of some of our rustic pieces and twinkly fairy lights could work well for the tables together with perhaps our hanging jars as pew ends. Meanwhile here are a few photos I took on my visit of this stunning local rustic laid-back venue which I know is going to be such a huge hit with couples looking to tie the knot soon…but if you fancy having your wedding here, best be quick to view it as it’s so exclusive there are only 18 dates available per year!

Follow this link to the IG page for Waterpark Barn Weddings to keep up to date with all their news.

Thanks for reading,

Love Joanna X

Elopement & Rustic Wedding Reception

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Julie and Chris eloped to Glasgow together with their little daughter Grace around Christmastime. After lots of careful secretive planning, their day went to perfection, just the three of them. They stayed in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow prior to the wedding and were married in the City Chambers, Montrose Street in Glasgow. Afterwards, they had a walk around Merchant City and the funfair in George Square followed by a lovely meal at The Bothy – the photographers Gail & David  also acted as their witnesses!  The photos  look simply magical and you almost feel as though you were there with them!

After the elopement Julie and Chris quickly settled into happily married life and when friends and family heard the news they instantly asked when and where  the wedding reception would be! So on with some more planning – little Grace is a keen bowler and so it was settled, the wedding reception would be held in the hall of the Bowling Club she belongs to.

And that is where I came in – Julie described her vision to me and shared some ideas but wondered would this even be possible in the plain hall – I assured her I would transform the venue for her and she was thrilled with the results on the night. I used lots of fairylights and created a fairylight drape on the ceiling together with some paper lanterns and bunting from Party Pieces and the result was stunning – on the tables fresh flowers in  hessian and lace jars made by Julie were placed on log slices over lace tablecloths.  Tealights in little jars and some  with some extra greenery and flowers were placed around the room and hung along the balustrade. I used these cute hanging jars  also from Party Pieces which are perfect for either little flower posies or tealights.

Their rustic wedding cake was placed on an upturned crate with mini bunting and  by placing sweet treats made by family and friends on our vintage cake plates we created a lovely dessert table.  All the guests loved the decor and I feel it shows that by using just some simple key pieces and a bit of creativity it really is so easy to transform any venue into something chic, elegant and magical.

Chris is a chef on the local Arran ferry and had made most of the sweet treats for the dessert table – the tablet was especially delicious and I was delighted when he handed me a little package of tablet to take home.

Hope you have enjoyed reading about Julie and Chris’s elopement and celebrations, I wish them and Grace all the very best in their future together.

Love Joanna. X

Venues City Chambers  Bothy Glasgow

Wedding Photos in Glasgow by Gail & David  Rooftop Mosaic

Julie’s Dress  Oleg Cassini, David’s Bridal

White Bunting, Lanterns & Heart hanging jars, Party Pieces

 

Red Gooseberry Jam

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This year our soft fruit shrubs in the garden were the best they had ever been and so this meant we had an over abundance of fruit;  I decided to make some jam with some of the red gooseberries.   With the loganberries I have left over I plan to make some cordial and will share the recipe on here too. davAs I like to use easy no fuss recipes with natural ingredients I settled on using the one I found on BBC Good Food.  As gooseberries have a lot of natural pectin, there is no setting agent required, just 3 ingredients of gooseberries, sugar and fresh lemon juice. I have shared the recipe below.

 

 

I used the BBC Good Food recipe and you can either click the link or use the copy from their page below.

bbc good food gooseberry jam

 

Once the jam was ready I poured it into the sterilised jam jars and made some labels using plain white paper and double sided sticky tape – I find it best to put these on when the jam is still piping hot in the jars as it seems to adhere better. davmde

I added a little tissue paper jam pot cover to the jars and secured with a piece of twine.  And that’s it!  Easy yummy jam to enjoy a taste of summer through into winter.

Thanks for reading.

Love Joanna X

 

Lavender & Lemon Drizzle Cake

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I make this lemon drizzle cake on a regular basis as it is my husband’s most absolute favourite but in summer I like to give it a little seasonal twist by adding a few pieces of lavender.

We recently visited Yorkshire Lavender while on holiday in England and I bought some plants for the garden together with some fresh bunches of lavender to dry and use at home in herbal remedies.

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So this is the lavender I used to bake the cakes today and here is the easy recipe.

Lavender & Lemon Drizzle Cake

3 eggs

6oz caster sugar

6oz soft margarine

6oz self raising flour

zest of 2 lemons

2 sprigs of lavender petalsdav

 

Mix all together in bowl using an electric whisk

Spoon into 2  x 1lb lined loaf tins and bake at 180 deg fan oven for around 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

While the cakes are in the oven, prepare the drizzle by squeezing the juice from the 2 lemons you used the rind from earlier and add enough icing sugar to have a pouring consistency – I would recommend around a cup and a half of icing sugar, this makes the cake so moist and yummy!

Whenever you remove the cakes from the oven, whilst still in the tins, use a metal skewer to pierce them all over right to the bottom of the tin.

Immediately add all of the drizzle and sprinkle over some more lavender petals as a decoration.

Once cooled a bit, remove from the tins and leave on a cooling rack until cool.

Slice and enjoy!

Thanks for reading,

Love Joanna Xsdr

 

 

Bedroom Refresh with Laura Ashley

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As a long time Laura Ashley fan I was thrilled to collaborate with them again, this time  on a bedroom update using some key pieces from their collections.  It is so easy to update a room and give a completely new look on a relatively small budget by simply using new accessories.

The above candlesticks are Laura Ashley items I have had for quite a few years now so I gave them a lick of paint and tied some ticking bows around them to bring them up to date.pro-cam

This room was previously a brassica shade of purple with the silver grey bed and antique furniture being painted in Annie Sloan Paris Grey but I felt it was time for a change so I painted the wall behind our bed in Rosebud and ordered the agreed products from Laura Ashley.  I already had the Kubu baskets also from Laura Ashley and used these to display fresh flowers in some jam jars.

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The grey ombre pleated Lampshades were just what I had been looking for and I popped them onto my existing lamp bases.  I always use crisp white bedlinen but to accessorise this and dress the bed I chose the Nigella cushions in blush and Lizzy blush soft blanketand these are just the perfect items to add a bit of luxury and comfort.pro-campro-cam

The Josette range of items is simply timeless; I popped a print I already had into the mirror frame and used the ribbon the soft blanket  had arrived in to make a hanger for the frame – It now looks perfect hanging on the wall.  I also used the Josette tealight holder as a mini vase for some fresh flowers.

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Many thanks again to Laura Ashley for providing these beautiful timeless items as part of the collaboration.

Thanks for reading,

Love Joanna X

Kate’s Floral Tea-party.

When Kate recently celebrated taking part in her First Holy Communion her mum Tracey asked if I could provide some décor and pretty pieces to decorate their dining room as they were having a small family celebration back at their home following the church service.

The Ditsy Floral partyware from Party Pieces was just right for what Tracey had in mind and so together we chose which pieces would work best. The products in this range are really good value for money with the quality of the products being first class. The Party Paper Cups and co-ordinating floral straws from the same range worked well with a Cath Kidston floral cotton tablecloth and matching runner I already had. The cute napkins edged with rose gold together with the alternating floral and polka dot plates completed the table settings to perfection.

As a centrepiece for the dining table, Tracey had purchased some gorgeous seasonal flowers; I placed the rose gold ditsy floral garland around the vase to add some glamour and sparkle.

On the cake and dessert table I used the Cath Kidston floral runner with some gold crackle mercury vases in which I placed some pretty white and pink silk hydrangea blooms by Jane Packer. I used a footed glass cakestand for the main cake paired with some tiered china cakestands for the little cakes. A set of rose gold string lights was placed along the front of the sideboard and that area was also now complete.

Lastly, no party I plan is complete without some personalisation so I made a little frame for Kate to place on her cake table and a keepsake KATE bunting to match that she could then keep and display in her playroom after the party was over.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing how Kate’s party was planned and displayed,

Thanks for reading,

Love Joanna X

This was a collaborative post in association with Party Pieces who kindly provided the partyware for this pretty event.

Summer Cordials. (Elderflower)

bstpro-camThere is nothing more refreshing in summer than a cool glass of iced cordial and it is so simple to make – here I used elderflower heads from the hedge that borders our front garden – just a few more ingredients, a large heavy based pan and a muslin cloth makes you a delicious home made cordial in just a short time. dav

Ingredients.

Around 45 small freshly cut elderflower blossom heads

6 unwaxed lemons

2 limes

750g sugar

 

Boil 1.75 litres of water in a large heavy based pan and gradually mix in the sugar until  dissolved. dav

Gently wash the elderflower heads and place them into a large roasting dish with the zest of 4 of the lemons and pour over the water and sugar, placing the 2 sliced limes and 4 sliced zested lemons on top of this. davdav

Mix everything together then cover with a clean linen tea towel until all the juices are absorbed and mixed well together – overnight or a full 24 hours if possible.

Pour over a muslin cloth into a large jam pan and leave to drip – the fruit will all be on the top of this cloth so you will have to peg the muslin to the sides of the pan using clothespegs to secure and avoid the fruit collapsing into the pan. After an hour the cordial should have all dripped through the muslin and  before pouring into sterilised kilner style bottles, squeeze and add the juice of the 2 remaining lemons to the cordial stirring through.

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This  cordial will keep for a few months in your storecupboard or fridge and is best enjoyed chilled diluted  with some tonic water, lemonade or just tap water, some ice          and a sprig of fresh mint.

Enjoy,

Love Joanna Xpro-cam

 

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