Spring and Summer Event with B&Q & Some Pretty Meringues Too.

I was thrilled to be invited to the Spring/Summer B&Q event in London this week.  I needed to get out of the house and away from the freezing fens to get some new inspiration.  After a journey down in pouring rain and a lovely chat with a cabbie, I arrived to find lots of yummy looking meringues at the entrance.

Of course, as a  blogger I am always obliged to take a photo of something so pretty. I’m sure the trade professionals thought I was mad, but they looked amazing and yes they tasted as good as they looked! They were in the colours of the new paint and home range which I thought was just a bit inspired.

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Back to the visit though.  This awful weather has me looking forward to spring, and I’ve decided this is going to be the year of us finally getting some grown up garden furniture. Barring anything else breaking *glares at the guttering which destroyed last year’s budget*. I’m fed up of having wobbly BBQ’s on some dodgy £5 table I bought at a car boot sale 20 years ago and 3 Ikea fold up chairs which I think are as old. I want to introduce a bit of luxe to our garden.

I’ve spent ages looking online at Rattan (plastic but realistic looking) furniture for the garden and trying to decide what to buy. I was very impressed by the dark brown/black set they had which was a sofa, two chairs and a storage box/coffee table for the cushions which come with it and it should retail for £299 which from what I’ve seen is a bargain.

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Then I promptly fell in love with a low 2 seater set, which was amazingly comfortable and stylish – would look great on my patio with a bottle of wine next to it! I didn’t catch the price though, so fingers crossed it’s in budget?

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B&Q I think have changed quite a lot in the last few years and have become more design led than before and today really showed that. They had a great range of accessories which are pretty inexpensive but look fantastic.

Top Left: is of a Solar Lamp for the garden (and you know what I sucker I am for those!).

Top Right is a cool knitted ball, which would be fun for children to sit on or in our house just play with.

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Bottom Left: Trees in pots of all shapes and sizes to give your seating area a little more class and interest. Also they could screen you a bit from neighbours.

Bottom Right: Gorgeous, gorgeous jars to put flowers in…one of those is going in my fireplace!

I was very taken with the large map canvas below which would look amazing in a dining room or kids bedroom, especially if you had stickers to mark off where round the world you’d been – thanks to the lovely buyer I met for that idea! Also since the weekend when I hung a new canvas with some command strips, I’ve become a massive fan for the first time in my life of not knocking nails into walls. These are now much easier to hang which is the problem I’ve always had with canvas prints before.

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The room set which captivated me the most was the beach look, I just though it looked very restful and calming. The back wall of the photo below although it looks like tongue and groove painted up is in fact a lovely tactile wallpaper. It’s no messing either you just paint the wall with paste and shove up the wallpaper, no messing about with tables etc. My kind of DIY!

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All in all I had a lovely morning and got back some of my designing Mojo, I’ve got some more ideas for the patio and the dining room which is up next for a makeover. Thanks for a great day out B&Q.

**Full disclosure I was paid travel to attend and I got some yummy meringues which Miss L ate and I didn’t get near!**

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Planning the Veggie Patch

I was watching The Great British Garden Revival last week and got inspired by the kitchen gardens they were showing. I felt bad as  I didn’t do much with the veggie patch last year,  so this year I’m planning ahead and I’m going to do more in the beds themselves and in patio pots.

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So I’ve been having a think about what we eat the most of:

New Potatoes

Carrots

Salad

Tomatoes

Raspberries

Strawberries

Blueberries

Sweetcorn

Squash

Herbs

Pears

Apples

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I think I’m going to do a mixture of seeds and plug plants, my sweetcorn plants never seem to turn out well if I set them from seed for some reason. Maybe it’s the windy Fens?

I also want to plant a small amount of fruit trees down the end of the garden too, now I know they aren’t going to build lots of houses right up against my garden fence. I’d love some more apple trees and pear would be great too.

First off I need to clear out the raised beds and the de-ivy the flower beds , there is ivy all over the place! It’s going to be a nightmare getting it out of the beds, it’s also gone all over the apple tree. My fault I ignored it last winter and then when it got to spring it made me ill when I tried to get rid of it.  So maybe a little removal every day is the way forward, rather than going mad and getting bored with doing it?

Do any of you have any good recommendations for good online plant or seed stores? I’d love to try some heritage varieties this year too and see how they do, but I don’t know where to start looking.  All suggestions welcome!

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Plans for the year and a new look

Happy New Year!

Better late than never eh?  I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year? We pretty much hibernated for the whole of the holidays, but had a nice family time.  What did you all get up to?

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So it’s a new year and finally a new look Violet Posy from me! I wasn’t as brave as Yvestown and wiped my whole archive, I’m too much of a digital hoarder for that! But I had a look at my Stats and I realised that most of you are coming in from iPads, tablets and phones so I’ve made over the site so it’s easier for you to read on mobile devices, whilst still *fingers crossed* looking good on computers too.

I love, love, love the little hydrangea in my logo. It came from the very talented Angie Makes  as did the social buttons. I am a little bit obsessed with her cute images, I need the flower pots from her site too – just gorgeous!  It’s quite nice when you spend your days making websites to be inspired by someone else’s art and not have to make everything yourself. Cheating I know but they were too cute not to resist.

What else has been going on? I’ve been drawing up a list of jobs to do this month, inspired by Apartment Therapy’s ‘Cure’ so here’s what’s on the list. I’m hoping that if I publicly shame myself then I won’t procrastinate and they’ll get done. Here they are in no particular order:

  • Book cull to charity
  • Old Clothes cull – I really don’t need/or fit into a Christmas party dress from 1998
  • Finish painting the hallway.
  • DVD’s….we have too many and their storage is taking over the dining room. Need to find a better solution.
  • Sort out the Office
  • Post Christmas Toy Clear out.

The book one is half done, I’ve had Mr VP sort out some old geeky Java books (poor Oxfam I’m sure they didn’t want them but I suppose they can sell them on?). I’m hoping a couple of half hours here and there over the next couple of weeks will take care of all these little jobs, rather me trying to ignore them.

Do you guys have some small jobs, around the house that you’ve been ignoring too? Would love to know I’m not the only one!

 

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