Review: Flamingo Gifts

I’m still slaving over making the office back into a bedroom. In the middle of the book sorting madness (SEVEN bin bags went to charity!) I had an email from Flamingo Gifts asking if I’d like to try any of the items on their website. Yes I would! I really needed a nice little present to cheer me up..this job is never ending. Miss L has been having some horrible (hormone related) nightmares of late so I picked a Gummy Bear nightlight hoping that it’d be of help and it was super cute. I chose for me a horses head squirrel feeder. We’ve only recently started getting squirrels in the garden so I thought it’d be nice to encourage them. Also because I am basically a […]

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North Norfolk Half Term Day Out 4

Had the most wonderful day yesterday. The weather was amazing and OH had the day off so we headed up to Brancaster for a walk on the beach, and then to The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe for a slap up lunch.   I’d love to live in Norfolk one day, if you’ve not been I’d throughly recommend it , it’s such a chilled relaxed beautiful place. It’s definitely a little hidden UK jewel and well worth a visit.

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New Year, All Change 2

Ok that was a break and a half wasn’t it?  How are you all?  Good New Year so far? January was a whirlwind, lots changed and we had a lot to think about.  I’ve finally given up running Violet Posy Design, it was taking up all my time and I wasn’t earning a lot of money. Now OH has a full time job we can afford for me to give it a rest for a bit.  I had a great run though, and worked with some of the most amazing bloggers. I had a blast! I can’t thank them all enough for making my work days so much fun, and I made some awesome new friends along the way. That’s actually […]


Thrifty Christmas 2014 4

I’m a rubbish blogger, I’ve just not had time to run Thrifty Christmas this year as it takes up so much time. This time round I’ve started a Pinterest with all the cool ideas I’ve found from around the internet. If you’d like some inspiration have a look, there are some lovely, simple ideas there that anyone would love to receive. : Follow Liz’s board Thrifty Christmas on Pinterest.


Painted Dresser 8

I first posted about getting this dresser from eBay back in Jan 2011. I can’t believe I’ve had it this long!  And finally I’ve gotten round to painting it. Better late than never! You can’t see it from this picture, but there was some water damage down the left handside and tons of Betty scratches from when she was a large puppy.  Also it sucked the light in the room, so painting it seemed like a good idea.  I used Annie Sloan, only one coat just in case I decided that I wanted to change the colour, I wasn’t too sure about more white in the room.   I used a lot of frog tape to keep the edges sharp […]

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Christmas with John Lewis and Tree Hilarity 4

John Lewis asked me if I’d like a new Christmas Tree and £50 of baubles to decorate it with…of COURSE I WOULD!! Our old artificial tree was bought our first Christmas together as I’m allergic to read trees and after 14 years was looking a bit ropey. Also I had to weigh it down with the Argos catalogue, to stop it falling over every year because it never stood right – so classy!. We were thinking of getting a new tree for this year, when John Lewis’s generous offer came along. I had the choice of a 6ft, 7ft or a whopping 8ft tree. Now I am bit of a small child when it comes to Christmas and I firmly […]


Autumn Colours

In an attempt to get Betty’s (and my!) weight down we’ve been doing lots of longer walks lately. The colours at the moment are really beautiful. And although Betty likes to drag me round the streets, she is kind enough to stop and let me take some photos. Here are some of my favourites so far this autumn.     Not from a dog walk but just walking around town I snapped a picture of this house, which is just adorable. I love the colour of the front door, beautiful!   What photos have you taken this autumn that you love? Leave me a link to your blog or instagram, would love to see them!        

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Making a Christmas Wreath with Hobbycraft

Hobby Craft kindly sent me a bunch of goodies so we could make our our own Christmas Wreaths.  We’ve not done anything crafty in ages. Miss L is now at the age where she’s rather play a computer game or head out with her friends than sit with me crafting. So it’s kind of fallen out of fashion in the Violet Posy household, which is a massive shame. But thankfully Christmas is still a draw (hurray!) and she jumped at the chance of making a wreath for her bedroom door. We decided on a colour scheme (red and white) and then she got cracking with just a smidge of help from me attaching the big heart in the middle. Loving […]


Operation Dining Room.. 6

It’s still ongoing…seriously how to people paint their entire houses white? I swear this has needed about 3 coats and it’s still patchy. It’s slowly driving me mad! But I have finished both bookcases, gotten the curtains back up on a new pole after the old one died in spectacular fashion, nothing like it falling on your head! And the new white pole, although it felt somewhat…well very cheap and about to collapse as soon as we put the heavy curtains on it. But it’s still there, and looks a million times better than the old orange pine one. So left to do… Mirror – What can I do with it? Paint it, or leave it? I’m not sure it […]

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Battle of the Orange Pine & a Betty Update 14

Good news from our household, Betty has Polyps. Hurray!! Although it could be cancer the guy who did the endoscopy yesterday thinks it’s very, very unlikely. 6 weeks of antibiotics and anti inflammatories should hopefully fix it. Phew!! Thank you all for your lovely kind wishes on here, FB, Twitter and Instagram. Really kind of you all made me feel so much better. I know she’s just a dog but they are such a part of the family aren’t they? I’m a very happy woman this afternoon. Anyway back to regular programming…. We have a *lot* of orange pine furniture, and I although I swear it wasn’t that orange when we bought it…well it is now! It seems to suck […]


Betty 12

For once my utter laziness has paid off. I was going to cancel Betty’s pet insurance when it came through last year, it was about £250 for the year and we’d never claimed. I was starting to think it was a waste of time. She’s seven, healthy and only goes to the vets for her inoculations which of course aren’t covered by insurance.  But I didn’t get round to it and just kept paying it, as it turns out that was lucky! And then three weeks ago happened, hence my lack of blogging…. I got up to make Sunday breakfast and for a change she didn’t immediately beat me to the kitchen to shout at me for food. Weird. I […]

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