Is there anything prettier than a freshly-picked bunch of wildflowers in Spring? I've always been a fan of the untamed sprigs and blooms that pop up at this time of year, so today I thought I would share some of my top tips for styling a few of this season's offerings!  

Plus, as it's Mother's Day this Sunday, what better time could there be to brush up on your flower-arranging skills? In my opinion, big fancy bouquets are a bit overrated at this time of year- so why not take advantage of the abundance of pretty sprigs popping up outside and create your own little posies to dot around your Mum's house?  

The beautifully fresh blooms I've used for this post are from bloomandwild.com (as our garden is made up of more mud than wildflowers at the moment) but, if you have a good selection of flowers at your disposable then you can easily recreate these looks in a flash.


Some top tips before we get started:

* Begin by spreading your bunch out on a flat surface to get a good idea of what sort of lengths, textures and colours you have to work with.
* Cut the stems at an angle and remove any extra leaves or twiggy bits that might get drenched under water.
* When selecting and arranging your blooms, remember that nothing is final! You can fiddle around and adjust as much as you like- just trust your eye and have fun with it!    
* A good rule of thumb (if you need a little help) for grouping flowers together is to start with a green base, choose some focal flowers for a pop of colour, add some 'secondary' flowers and finish with some 'fillers' to flesh out your bunch.
* For a wild look, be sure to pull the flowers slightly away from one another to create a more natural overall shape.
* Work with the natural curve of each stem in order to create a well-structured look.    
* Have some twine and a pair of scissors at the ready for organising your bunches.
* + Finally, these little posies would work well in teeny-tiny vases but if you, like me, want to fill a jam jar or two, try using some Baby's Breath (Gypsophila, if you're fancy) to bulk out your bunches. It's super-duper cheap to buy (around £2 a bunch from Tesco) and just a few pretty stems go a long way in shaping-up your look.      


Here, I've spread the flowers out on the table to have a butchers at what Bloom & Wild have sent me. The flowers came wrapped in this soft tissue material, which was actually really handy to use as a surface for arranging the stems! As you can see, my box of flowers came with plenty of greens as well as a really sweet and colourful mix of Springtime blooms. I had a little fiddle around with stems at my disposal and eventually came up with four different bunches for each of my four containers.    


Bloom & Wild recommend you tie your posies together before plonking them in the vase of your choice, so I made sure I had some twine on hand to wrap round each bunch when I was happy with the arrangement. Creating little hand-tied bunches was quite fiddly to achieve (I felt like I needed three hands!) so I would recommend taking your time here and trying not to get too worked up if your arrangement jiggles about a bit- it's meant to look wild after all!  

Now it was time to match my posies to their containers...


1. Mini Milk bottle


I'm still absolutely in love with the selection of glass milk bottles I bought for last year's Summer Picnic Party- not only do they make the cutest alternative to glasses and cups at parties, but they also serve a double purpose as the most perfectly-sized mini vases!


This little posy was a lot thinner and taller than my other three creations, so it was a perfect fit for this narrow milk bottle. I ended up filling out and propping the bunch up with some Baby's Breath, as it was a little bit weedy just by itself, and then I flared out some of the greenery around the lip of the bottle in order to balance the whole look out.


2. Little Porcelain Jug


You can't get a more country-chic mix than wildflowers and vintage china! When I was rooting around our cupboards for some vase inspiration, I stumbled across this tiny milk jug and knew straight away that it would look so pretty filled with a little bunch of Spring flowers.


I kept this posy quite fat and short in order to compliment the round shape of the jug and not draw the eye too far away from its gorgeous blue design! Again, I chose to bulk out the posy with a couple of sprigs of Baby's Breath in order to give the overall look a more soft and natural shape.


3. Old Jam Jar


I love a good jam jar... there's nothing that reminds me of Spring more than recycling old jars to use as pots for plants or containers for foraging fruit!


This bunch needed a good deal of propping up, so again I went in with some good ol' Baby's Breath. Once I'd got the shape I was after, I spent some time teasing out the flower heads from behind all the spindly greenery in order to get a more natural, 'meadow-y' look. I love the way you can see all the freshly-cut stems at the bottom of the glass!


4. Re-used Tin Can


My final look involved a container that I would never usually consider using a vase- an old soup tin! However, once I'd peeled off the label and popped a bit of twine around the middle, I was quite pleased with the rustic-y charm of my newfound vase!


This bunch was the trickiest to arrange because, as the tin was quite large in comparison to my other containers, I'd opted to save the biggest posy until last and had, therefore, created a bunch that was quite flower-heavy! A few of the thicker stems kept twisting round eachother, battling it out for the limelight, so I did have to cut a couple of them down a bit in order to stop everything looking too overcrowded. I'm actually quite happy with the end result but I think it could benefit from a bit more height... perhaps I could add some more Baby's Breath?!?!


I hope I've inspired you to get out there in the garden and start twiddling together your own mini wildflower posies! I certainly can't wait to see my Mum's reaction when she spots these little bunches dotted around the house...

What are your plans for this Mother's Day? Do you have any little traditions or activities that you love to spoil your Mum with? I'd love to hear all about them in the comments below!


In the meantime,
All the love,

Siân x


Four Ways to Style Wildflowers

Friday, 24 March 2017


Is there anything prettier than a freshly-picked bunch of wildflowers in Spring? I've always been a fan of the untamed sprigs and blooms that pop up at this time of year, so today I thought I would share some of my top tips for styling a few of this season's offerings!  

Plus, as it's Mother's Day this Sunday, what better time could there be to brush up on your flower-arranging skills? In my opinion, big fancy bouquets are a bit overrated at this time of year- so why not take advantage of the abundance of pretty sprigs popping up outside and create your own little posies to dot around your Mum's house?  

The beautifully fresh blooms I've used for this post are from bloomandwild.com (as our garden is made up of more mud than wildflowers at the moment) but, if you have a good selection of flowers at your disposable then you can easily recreate these looks in a flash.


Some top tips before we get started:

* Begin by spreading your bunch out on a flat surface to get a good idea of what sort of lengths, textures and colours you have to work with.
* Cut the stems at an angle and remove any extra leaves or twiggy bits that might get drenched under water.
* When selecting and arranging your blooms, remember that nothing is final! You can fiddle around and adjust as much as you like- just trust your eye and have fun with it!    
* A good rule of thumb (if you need a little help) for grouping flowers together is to start with a green base, choose some focal flowers for a pop of colour, add some 'secondary' flowers and finish with some 'fillers' to flesh out your bunch.
* For a wild look, be sure to pull the flowers slightly away from one another to create a more natural overall shape.
* Work with the natural curve of each stem in order to create a well-structured look.    
* Have some twine and a pair of scissors at the ready for organising your bunches.
* + Finally, these little posies would work well in teeny-tiny vases but if you, like me, want to fill a jam jar or two, try using some Baby's Breath (Gypsophila, if you're fancy) to bulk out your bunches. It's super-duper cheap to buy (around £2 a bunch from Tesco) and just a few pretty stems go a long way in shaping-up your look.      


Here, I've spread the flowers out on the table to have a butchers at what Bloom & Wild have sent me. The flowers came wrapped in this soft tissue material, which was actually really handy to use as a surface for arranging the stems! As you can see, my box of flowers came with plenty of greens as well as a really sweet and colourful mix of Springtime blooms. I had a little fiddle around with stems at my disposal and eventually came up with four different bunches for each of my four containers.    


Bloom & Wild recommend you tie your posies together before plonking them in the vase of your choice, so I made sure I had some twine on hand to wrap round each bunch when I was happy with the arrangement. Creating little hand-tied bunches was quite fiddly to achieve (I felt like I needed three hands!) so I would recommend taking your time here and trying not to get too worked up if your arrangement jiggles about a bit- it's meant to look wild after all!  

Now it was time to match my posies to their containers...


1. Mini Milk bottle


I'm still absolutely in love with the selection of glass milk bottles I bought for last year's Summer Picnic Party- not only do they make the cutest alternative to glasses and cups at parties, but they also serve a double purpose as the most perfectly-sized mini vases!


This little posy was a lot thinner and taller than my other three creations, so it was a perfect fit for this narrow milk bottle. I ended up filling out and propping the bunch up with some Baby's Breath, as it was a little bit weedy just by itself, and then I flared out some of the greenery around the lip of the bottle in order to balance the whole look out.


2. Little Porcelain Jug


You can't get a more country-chic mix than wildflowers and vintage china! When I was rooting around our cupboards for some vase inspiration, I stumbled across this tiny milk jug and knew straight away that it would look so pretty filled with a little bunch of Spring flowers.


I kept this posy quite fat and short in order to compliment the round shape of the jug and not draw the eye too far away from its gorgeous blue design! Again, I chose to bulk out the posy with a couple of sprigs of Baby's Breath in order to give the overall look a more soft and natural shape.


3. Old Jam Jar


I love a good jam jar... there's nothing that reminds me of Spring more than recycling old jars to use as pots for plants or containers for foraging fruit!


This bunch needed a good deal of propping up, so again I went in with some good ol' Baby's Breath. Once I'd got the shape I was after, I spent some time teasing out the flower heads from behind all the spindly greenery in order to get a more natural, 'meadow-y' look. I love the way you can see all the freshly-cut stems at the bottom of the glass!


4. Re-used Tin Can


My final look involved a container that I would never usually consider using a vase- an old soup tin! However, once I'd peeled off the label and popped a bit of twine around the middle, I was quite pleased with the rustic-y charm of my newfound vase!


This bunch was the trickiest to arrange because, as the tin was quite large in comparison to my other containers, I'd opted to save the biggest posy until last and had, therefore, created a bunch that was quite flower-heavy! A few of the thicker stems kept twisting round eachother, battling it out for the limelight, so I did have to cut a couple of them down a bit in order to stop everything looking too overcrowded. I'm actually quite happy with the end result but I think it could benefit from a bit more height... perhaps I could add some more Baby's Breath?!?!


I hope I've inspired you to get out there in the garden and start twiddling together your own mini wildflower posies! I certainly can't wait to see my Mum's reaction when she spots these little bunches dotted around the house...

What are your plans for this Mother's Day? Do you have any little traditions or activities that you love to spoil your Mum with? I'd love to hear all about them in the comments below!


In the meantime,
All the love,

Siân x



Is there anything better than the promise of Spring after such a long and chilly Winter? Down here in Cornwall, we seem to be having a bit of a wobbly (and wet) transition between the seasons, so I'm certainly making the most of every new green shoot in the garden and every fresh egg the chickens eventually decide to lay!


Are you talking about me?

So, in celebration of all this newness, I thought I might set up another giveaway to help ease us all into the new season. This time, however, instead of a hamper I've put together a little hay box filled with lots of pretty and practical Springtime treats to see you through until those hazy Summer months!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me all about your favourite Springtime memory and then, if you haven't already, go ahead and like my page over on Facebook. Simple!

Side note- please make sure you do both! Last time, when I was running my Christmas Hamper giveaway, some entries (for potential winners) had to be deleted because they failed to follow the instructions properly!

The deadline for entering is 31/03/17.


Without further ado, let's go through what you could win!



Packed inside this little hay box, you will find:

* A packet of wildflower seeds to create your very own bee-friendly meadow
* A mini pack of sheep notelets
* A bar of Ginger and Lime Cornish chocolate
* A handmade, eau de nil Jane Hogben (a.k.a my favourite pottery ever) bunny mug
* and a mini, hand-tied bouquet of artificial Spring flowers



Isn't that the cutest?

I had such fun collecting all these Spring-themed bits and pieces from local shops and my favourite online craft stores. I'd love to make this into a regular giveaway competition where you could win a box of Cornish goodies with every change of season... I've already got a few ideas for Summer! If you're a fellow blogger armed with a few handy tips on how to run regular giveaways, I'd love to hear your thoughts (alongside your entry, of course) in the comments below!


For now, a few Terms and Conditions for this comp:

- This giveaway is open to UK entrants only (due to shipping costs!)
- Entrants under 18 must seek permission before entering
- Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below
- One winner will be chosen at random through the Rafflecopter widget
- The product offered to you in the giveaway is free of charge and there is no purchase necessary
- The winner will be be contacted through either the email address or twitter handle provided
- If you win and are contacted, you will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen
- The giveaway will run from 12:00 AM GMT 10/03/17 until 12:00 AM GMT 31/03/17
- All entries will be moderated and any duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
- All items are either brand new or handmade by myself + I cannot be held responsible for anything damaged in transit
- If you win, the box will be sent to you by Second Class postage


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I really loved hearing about all your Christmassy memories last time I ran a giveaway, so I'm looking forward to reading your comments all about Spring! This competition is only running until the end of the month, so get those entries in quick... and good luck!


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


Spring Box Giveaway

Thursday, 9 March 2017


Is there anything better than the promise of Spring after such a long and chilly Winter? Down here in Cornwall, we seem to be having a bit of a wobbly (and wet) transition between the seasons, so I'm certainly making the most of every new green shoot in the garden and every fresh egg the chickens eventually decide to lay!


Are you talking about me?

So, in celebration of all this newness, I thought I might set up another giveaway to help ease us all into the new season. This time, however, instead of a hamper I've put together a little hay box filled with lots of pretty and practical Springtime treats to see you through until those hazy Summer months!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me all about your favourite Springtime memory and then, if you haven't already, go ahead and like my page over on Facebook. Simple!

Side note- please make sure you do both! Last time, when I was running my Christmas Hamper giveaway, some entries (for potential winners) had to be deleted because they failed to follow the instructions properly!

The deadline for entering is 31/03/17.


Without further ado, let's go through what you could win!



Packed inside this little hay box, you will find:

* A packet of wildflower seeds to create your very own bee-friendly meadow
* A mini pack of sheep notelets
* A bar of Ginger and Lime Cornish chocolate
* A handmade, eau de nil Jane Hogben (a.k.a my favourite pottery ever) bunny mug
* and a mini, hand-tied bouquet of artificial Spring flowers



Isn't that the cutest?

I had such fun collecting all these Spring-themed bits and pieces from local shops and my favourite online craft stores. I'd love to make this into a regular giveaway competition where you could win a box of Cornish goodies with every change of season... I've already got a few ideas for Summer! If you're a fellow blogger armed with a few handy tips on how to run regular giveaways, I'd love to hear your thoughts (alongside your entry, of course) in the comments below!


For now, a few Terms and Conditions for this comp:

- This giveaway is open to UK entrants only (due to shipping costs!)
- Entrants under 18 must seek permission before entering
- Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below
- One winner will be chosen at random through the Rafflecopter widget
- The product offered to you in the giveaway is free of charge and there is no purchase necessary
- The winner will be be contacted through either the email address or twitter handle provided
- If you win and are contacted, you will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen
- The giveaway will run from 12:00 AM GMT 10/03/17 until 12:00 AM GMT 31/03/17
- All entries will be moderated and any duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
- All items are either brand new or handmade by myself + I cannot be held responsible for anything damaged in transit
- If you win, the box will be sent to you by Second Class postage


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I really loved hearing about all your Christmassy memories last time I ran a giveaway, so I'm looking forward to reading your comments all about Spring! This competition is only running until the end of the month, so get those entries in quick... and good luck!


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



If you follow me over on Instagram, you'll know that I've been aching for Spring to start with every new gloomy grey day that passes. We've certainly seen glimmers of a new season here and there in little bursts of sunshine every other afternoon and the arrival of fresh lambs in the farm down the road... but we still (astronomically speaking at least) have almost another month of Winter left to go!

So, to combat this madness, I thought I would write a post all about a newfound favourite of mine that just so happens to radiate the fresh, sunshine-y goodness of Spring: the Ultimate Lemon Drizzle Cake.

+ I won't pretend, I absolutely cannot take credit for this yummy recipe as I found it over on The Londoner whilst browsing around the web for pretty Springtime bakes. However, when I whipped up a fresh loaf of this yesterday, I knew I had to share it with you all. It's pure perfection with a cup of tea and would make a stunning bake just in time for Mother's Day!  


Be warned, one generous hunk of this cake is not enough, so if you happen to have a family of gannets (like mine, who tucked in before I could even take a snap of the full cake in all its glory!) you might want to double up on the following ingredients and make two...

To whip up ONE zingy loaf, you will need:

- 3 large eggs
- 170g (6oz) self-raising flour
- 170g (6oz) caster sugar
- 170g (6oz) unsalted butter
- 2 lemons, zest and juice
- 110g (4oz) icing sugar

1. Grease a loaf tin and pre-heat your oven to 180c/350f. 
2. Add all the dry ingredients, plus the zest of the lemons and the eggs, into a large mixing bowl and cream everything together until you get a smooth batter. Pour the mix into your tin and bake in the oven for around 35-40 mins. Note- mine took around 50 mins to bake, so just keep checking and don't take the cake out until a skewer inserted into the top comes out clean
3. Whilst your waiting, mix together the icing sugar with the juice of your two lemons. This will be your drizzle, so make sure it's completely smooth with no lumps! You might even want to sieve the icing sugar here
4. When the cake is ready, remove it from the oven and use your skewer to prod it all over with holes.
5. Pour over your lemon drizzle and leave to cool. 


I hope this wondrously light and easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy bake brings a smidgen of sunshine to the rest of your Winter. If you do decide to make it, I'd love to see a pretty Instagram or two 🍋


Do you have a favourite recipe that you always whip up in Spring? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below!


In the meantime,
All the love,

Siân x


Fresh Lemon Drizzle Cake

Friday, 3 March 2017


If you follow me over on Instagram, you'll know that I've been aching for Spring to start with every new gloomy grey day that passes. We've certainly seen glimmers of a new season here and there in little bursts of sunshine every other afternoon and the arrival of fresh lambs in the farm down the road... but we still (astronomically speaking at least) have almost another month of Winter left to go!

So, to combat this madness, I thought I would write a post all about a newfound favourite of mine that just so happens to radiate the fresh, sunshine-y goodness of Spring: the Ultimate Lemon Drizzle Cake.

+ I won't pretend, I absolutely cannot take credit for this yummy recipe as I found it over on The Londoner whilst browsing around the web for pretty Springtime bakes. However, when I whipped up a fresh loaf of this yesterday, I knew I had to share it with you all. It's pure perfection with a cup of tea and would make a stunning bake just in time for Mother's Day!  


Be warned, one generous hunk of this cake is not enough, so if you happen to have a family of gannets (like mine, who tucked in before I could even take a snap of the full cake in all its glory!) you might want to double up on the following ingredients and make two...

To whip up ONE zingy loaf, you will need:

- 3 large eggs
- 170g (6oz) self-raising flour
- 170g (6oz) caster sugar
- 170g (6oz) unsalted butter
- 2 lemons, zest and juice
- 110g (4oz) icing sugar

1. Grease a loaf tin and pre-heat your oven to 180c/350f. 
2. Add all the dry ingredients, plus the zest of the lemons and the eggs, into a large mixing bowl and cream everything together until you get a smooth batter. Pour the mix into your tin and bake in the oven for around 35-40 mins. Note- mine took around 50 mins to bake, so just keep checking and don't take the cake out until a skewer inserted into the top comes out clean
3. Whilst your waiting, mix together the icing sugar with the juice of your two lemons. This will be your drizzle, so make sure it's completely smooth with no lumps! You might even want to sieve the icing sugar here
4. When the cake is ready, remove it from the oven and use your skewer to prod it all over with holes.
5. Pour over your lemon drizzle and leave to cool. 


I hope this wondrously light and easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy bake brings a smidgen of sunshine to the rest of your Winter. If you do decide to make it, I'd love to see a pretty Instagram or two 🍋


Do you have a favourite recipe that you always whip up in Spring? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below!


In the meantime,
All the love,

Siân x


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