Inspiration for Easter

Spring is my favourite season of the year.  For me it’s new beginnings with flowers coming out after a long winter and I love to see the garden coming back to life.

Easter is a busy time for us as I designed a range of egg wreaths and eggs which always go down well.

We have just done the Country Living Spring Fair and were amazed how popular the Easter collection was.

Our twig and egg wreath was used on our Easter table.  I popped it on a vintage glass cake stand belonging to my late grandmother and placed a wrapped hyacinth in the centre.

I filled a glass vase with artificial Spring flowers and twigs and hung some lightweight speckled eggs on it to make an easy Easter tree.

 

The pink, blue and green speckled eggs were also placed in wire baskets which made a great feature. We had rolls of pastel ribbon gracing the table too.

 

My most popular decoration has been the Pastel Egg Wreath which has graced magazine covers and been featured in Country Living, Woman and Home, Prima and many other publications.  It even won the ‘Editors Choice Award’ with House Beautiful.

 

Even some of my gifts have been wrapped with the Easter influence.  I wrapped a chocolate bunny in tissue, cellophane and raffia.  I glued some wire to some chocolate mini eggs and tied these in on the bow.

 

I sourced lots of Spring ribbons whilst on a buying trip to Paris.  I particularly love this vibrant Bunny print one!

 

I love the pastel and vibrant colours of the Spring.  Here a garden bench is graced with bunnies and lots of fun decorations.

 

 

Kids love this display but I have to say that I love it too. It’s vibrant, fun and cheerful. Artificial eggs have been glued on to an oasis sphere to form a stunning egg tree decoration.

 

 

I also love wrapping Spring gifts in pretty wallpaper remnants and tying in faux flowers and Easter egg decorations.

 

Whilst at the Country Living Spring Fair, I loved the Easter room set that TV presenter Catherine Gee put together.

 

The rustic table was graced with bone handle cutlery, vintage china and an understated centre arrangement.  I adore this classic look.

 

Catherine tied starched linen napkins with our Grey Stripe Ribbon, adding a stamped tag and a feather.  This look is so simple and anyone can achieve it.

 

My Easter this year will be a very relaxed affair in London with friends.  There are lots of egg hunts going on in the city and I’m sure we will have fun taking part somewhere.  I will also cook a lunch and decorate napkins with my ribbon.

 

 

From myself and the team, we wish you all a Happy Easter and hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend.

Jane  x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Charity Dress Event

Our Barking Mad Charity Dress Sale was a huge success. We were so touched how many people offered to help, as well as those who donated clothes and prizes
With such a hectic diary I was concerned about the last minute logistics, but my friend and co-organiser Sarah Milne and her team and family did a fantastic job at Braceborough HQ
Days before the event it was a race against time washing and ironing clothes at all hours, rallying around finding rails, mannequins and jewellery displays
Carefully folding clothes and collecting furniture, props, a cash till, carrier bags and the last minute things
We wanted to make the shopping event a pre-loved boutique experience, that everyone could enjoy even on the tightest budget
We enlisted the help of dress agencies and retailers, deciding to price everything at a good price in the hope everything would sell. (We were delighted that this tactic worked a treat)
On the day home-made cakes and cloudy lemonade were brought in, as well as handmade chocolates and lollipops in paw print designs. These were all a huge hit and everyone enjoyed afternoon tea
Jugs of spring flowers and vibrant tissue paper pom-poms graced the hall ensuring a spring appearance and fragrance to welcome our guests
TV presenter Catherine Gee (from Escape to the Country) cut the ribbon and officially opened the sale.  We presented her with a bouquet of Spring Tulips after she cut the ribbon
Crowds flocked in and were mesmerised by the quality designer bargains on rails.  The first purchase included Vivienne Westwood, LK Bennett and Escada clothing costing £27 instead of £500!
Queues soon gathered and each item was gift wrapped in tissue and placed in a brown carrier bag tied with ribbon. Everyone loved the small touches and effort that we put in on the day.
People were delighted with their armfuls of bargains, with many designer pieces including Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, LK Bennett, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, Dior, Joules, Per Una and Jasper Conran.
There are so many people to thank including our sponsors and helpers, Country Living Magazine, Elena Alice china hire, LMRT web design, Three Counties Dog Rescue, Jayne Hitchen, the residents and friends of Braceborough, local press and many others.
Thanks also to those who donated fantastic raffle prizes including Entsorga, Leonard Interiors of Bourne, Sly Dress Agency, Glender Launders, Catherine Kaye, Wil Fry, Stamford Curves, Tricia Balson, Hester Creswell, Dawn Robinson and Lisa Hinks
The event went so quickly that we were drawing the raffle before we knew it… the afternoon was now evening and cups of tea had been replaced by glasses of Prosecco.
Our event raised £1263 and the remainder of the clothes and accessories will be sold in Stamford and Peterborough so we hope to raise £1500.
Three Counties Rescue do a superb job and work endlessly to help animals, their volunteers came along and even some of the dogs popped in to join the party (and fell asleep with all of the excitement)
It was such a sucess that we are already organising the next one in February 2014. If you would like to get involved please let us know!
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