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Geometric Paper Christmas Decorations

Having spotted Mince Pies for sale in the supermarket this week, I decided it was officially not too early to start making Christmas decorations. I had a folder of small ‘scraps’ of gift wrap left over from last Christmas…you know, the pieces that seem to accumulate as they’re not quite large enough to wrap a present with, but are too big to throw away. With the spirit of ‘waste not want not’ in mind, I had a look online for some paper decoration tutorials and found some printable templates which looked perfect! I decided to make an evening of it…

Sardine Tin Diorama

Type the word ‘diorama’ into Google images, and prepare to be amazed! A few weeks ago, I did exactly that and then proceeded to scroll through the resulting images with a dropped-jaw. There are some absolutely incredible miniature ‘worlds’ out there, made by some very talented and imaginative people. Inspired by all of the amazing dioramas I had seen online, I got out my paints and spent the afternoon immersed in paper-craft. You could make your diorama in any type of container….a match-box, a car-sweet tin, or a small shoe box for example. But, in line with the launch of…

Thornback & Peel Chicken and Carnation

Pick Your Own Flowers

Having planned a relaxed, outdoor supper party at the weekend, I wanted to decorate the table with flowers and candles. Armed with my Chicken & Carnation tote bag and favourite scissors, I headed to my local ‘Pick Your Own’ farm in search of some brightly coloured blooms. ‘Garsons’ in Esher has been a firm favourite day-trip of mine for many years, and I feel very lucky to live so close to this gem. Their PYO fields are an absolute joy to visit and the variety of produce available to pick is just incredible. The availability of crops changes regularly of…

Thornback-and-Peel-Christmas tree table setting home

How to Create a Magical Christmas Table Setting

There is something wonderful about bringing out the same decorations for your Christmas tree every year. The joy at remembering how each one came to be part of the box. We feel the same about the way we decorate our tables for the various Christmas feasts. We love to see the familiar table linen and placemats. It is sweet how the whole family enjoys this, the children delighting in the traditions as much as the older generations. Start with the end in mind – that moment everyone you love is gathered together around the table. Why not begin some new…

Thornback & Peel Christmas Is Go!

Christmas Is Go!

It’s never too early to get started on your Christmas prep. This year, why not let us help you take the pressure off with our three step plan to getting ready like a pro with our Christmas essentials… 1. Write Those Cards Sending and receiving Christmas cards is one of the great joys of this time of year. We have Sir Henry Cole to thank for the tradition, which started in the UK in 1843. Sir Henry, best remembered today as the founder of the V&A, needed a quick way to send seasonal greetings to his wide circle of friends. We love this tradition, our cards are left…

Thornback & Peel's recipe for Pumpkin, Rosemary & Ginger Soup

Pumpkin, Rosemary & Ginger Soup Recipe

The nights are drawing in, there’s a definite autumnal chill in the air, and Halloween is just round the corner. So what better way to celebrate this time of year than with a hearty bowl of pumpkin soup? The addition of the rosemary and the ginger add a lovely fresh zing to this recipe. Pick Your Pumpkin I often cook butternut squash soup, but this time I decided to head to my local pick-your-own farm to explore the different pumpkin and squash varieties available.     For this recipe I picked this sweet harlequin squash, a confection squash and a racer pumpkin, but…

Screen printing hand printing inks pear

Design Inspiration: Pear

Introducing our newest print for autumn Embrace the changing of the seasons with our latest print, a quintessentially English design that recreates the beauty of espaliered Pear trees.   Designing the print This darkly shaded two-colour illustration is something of a departure from our usual colour palette. We experimented with mixing the inks to create deeper tones of mustard yellow and golden brown which lends the design a slightly Victorian, gothic feel. Serving suggestion! The print works well as an accent colour in the dining room and kitchen and would complement the current trend for rich teals, intense blues, anthracite greys and dark wood interiors. (For…