Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Delicious Miss Dahl's Kitchen

I have been watching the cooking series 'The Delicious Miss Dahl' from the first episode I have fallen for the homely vintage styled kitchen. So when I discovered the home the series is filmed in (no sorry it doesn't belong to Miss Dahl herself) is in Crouch End, London and for sale for £1.45 million I checked my piggy bank, but I am quite a lot short of the asking price!

The quirky filming and an amazing sound track to each week, aired on BBC on a tuesday night, it's well worth watching.
Here are a few photos of before and after a touch of some clever styling, enjoy.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

too cute

Wendy my sister-in-law in Australia has just sent me these images and I just had to share, they are too cute. Wendy crocheted a cocoon for her friend Anne-Maree's little baby 'Autumn Rose' to be snuggled in for a photo shoot.

How adorable is Autumn Rose?

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Colourful Spring Time

I just love the styling on this photo shoot for J Crew. The pretty pastel colours and flowers in the models hair add such a delicate touch.

Spring Green Dress, Simply Divine greeting card range.

Images from my hand painted illustrations which consisted of dresses, shoes, handbags, and pretty flowers and butterflies. These designs have been licensed and are soon to be available on gift bags, boxes and stationery lines.

Simply Divine wrapping paper

There are so many pretty floral dresses and accessories on the high street this spring, it's fabulous being a girl.

1.2.3 J Crew
4.5 Cavania Simply Divine Range
6.7.8Hitchcock Blonde

Saturday, 24 April 2010

A beautiful moment

I have just found this video on Eat Drink Pretty blogspot, and it is so romantic it made Christian and I cry.

Casey proposes to Amy from One Small Instrument Pictures on Vimeo.

What a beautiful keepsake for the happy couple to treasure.
WARNING: You will need tissues to watch this video.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Free tickets for The Spirit of Summer Fair

Cavania will be exhibiting at Spirit of Summer, stand C32, with lots of very pretty girlie treats.

I have free tickets for Spirit of Summer Fair at Olympia, London., 13-16 May 2010 to give away. These are for the Cavania followers so just click and join in the right hand coloumn and email me your address details and I will pop them in the post to you.

The show is a retail fair and full of the most beautiful clothes, gifts and scrumptious foods, lots of boutique shops have stalls as well as individual artists/designers like myself. Many people visit and you will always find something to tempt you into spoiling yourself. I attended the Spirit of Christmas last November and the gorgeous supermodel Claudia Schiffer walk past and she was even more stunning in real life, so come for a beautiful day out and see who you can spot treating themselves?

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Simply Darling

My new cards are now available in our online store, click here, with a 50's retro inspired theme. Each one comes with a surface mounted diecut embellishment ' Happy Birthday' and a hand tied red polkadot bow. There are also matching framed pictures and keepsake boxes for a very coordinated gift set.

For all our blog followers we have a discount voucher you can use to purchase Simply Darling in the shop. Just type Simply Darling into the discount voucher section we you checkout to received 20% off the cards. Hurry it is for a limited time only.

If you haven't yet become a Follower of the Cavania Blog simply click in the 'Followers' box in the right hand column of this blog...... Welcome Onboard xxx.

Who's that girl?

Tuesday, 20 April 2010


Sukai from my sewing/computer room window, now what a cute view.

Meet Sukai my little Nissan Figaro, she arrived today as a present from my darling Husband. She is totally retro and driving her is like being in my own old fashioned movie, with her white steering wheel and cute dash board and dials, she was designed to look like a retro Italian 1950's sports coupe.
Built in 1991 she is now 19 years old so a classic car, only 20,000 Nissan Figaros were ever made and due to such large demand in Japan the cars had to be allocated by a raffle!

As you would have seen by some of my previous post Faye and I have loved Figaros for some time now, every time we see one we sing Figaro, figaro, figaro, we are a little crazy I know. But now she is part of our family and we will enjoy our little outings this summer with the roof down and a Cavania picnic hamper filled with strawberries and cream. Im sure you will be seeing a lot more of Sukai in the future, she is going to be a prop in a photo shoot tomorrow!
Byeee I'm off to have a poodle around the village and introduce Sukai to the neighborhood before the sun goes down.

Thank you Christian, I love you. xxx

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Pretty New Wrapping Paper

I have the pleasure in announcing the launch of Cavania's new pretty wrapping paper and it is now available for stores to order by clicking here. There are two styles, a delicate wedding themed wrap with hearts, butterflies and tiered cakes and an open general wrap with the Eiffel Tower, shoes, butterflies and cupcakes.

Wrapping Paper titled 'Congratulations' to match our greeting card range by the same name.

Also in the photos are Cavania's new Raku birds which will be available in about 3 weeks, and our scrumptious cream metal Eiffel Tower.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Pansy Display

I have a 3 tiered sandwich- cake stand that my Mum gave be for my birthday a couple of years ago and thought it would make a nice plant display stand. So a quick trip to the garden center for some pansies, small terracotta pots and using white emulsion paint I had in the shed to paint the pots. I now have a pretty display on my table which should flower the whole summer long.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Sun & Shed

It's been a glorious weekend here in the UK we had clear sky's and sunshine. So Christian and I finally managed to get glass and window frames into our little cape cod style shed that we started to build last Summer. I also did a little gardening and fussed about decorating with enameled jugs and pretty pots.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Spring Blossom

Blossom, blossom everywhere.
Have a lovely weekend xxx

1.via starshine
2. Photo by IrenaS
3. print by
4. Jocelyn Warner
5.Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

New Mannequin

Meet Adelina my new mannequin, yes I have been naughty but I just couldn't help it. I have now four mannequins two new that I have recovered and two vintage.

Adelina is a vintage edwardian french c1900s mannequin with a beautiful ornately detailed brass neck cap. I chose the french name 'Adelina' meaning Of the nobility, F, which I thought quite appropriate for such a grand lady.

She is going to reside in the corner of my bedroom and she will also make guest appearances on the trade show stands.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Flower Market, Columbia Road,London

On Sunday we took a trip into London to meet some friends and they showed us the Flower Market on Columbia Road, WOW what a sight. It was hustle and bustle, packed tight of people with arms filled with plants and flowers. The air was full of beautiful scents and the barrel boys were peddling their wares loudly. We were so impressed that we are going to go back again this Sunday, and Christian is making me white window boxes this week for the front of our house.
This year I have would like to have my garden beds filled with white geraniums, white bizzy lizzies and white rinoculous.

Columbia Road flower market and shops are open on Sundays from 8am ’til 3'ish. Columbia Road is in the East End sitting on the edge of the city with Shoreditch to the west and Brick Lane and Spitalfields nearby.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Easter Time 2010

My Easter decorating has taken on a little bit of a country cottage theme this year with lots of vintage linens and doilies. I managed to put aside two hours the other evening and make myself a new Easter apron with layers of crochet lace and embroidery anglais across the front pockets.

Whilst in Australia last Easter I found this divine hand embroidered hyacinth design table cloth in a vintage store that was owned by my sister-in-laws Mum. I loved it the moment I saw it and the pattern is in all four corners with small buds and branches scattered in the middle. Even my collection of vintage glass cake stands have made an appearance, stacked up on top of each other with lots of chicks, eggs and rick-rac cupcakes piled high.

Now for a bake-a-thon of biscuits and Easter cupcakes.
Have a lovely Easter to you all.