Tuesday, 4 July 2017

New this Summer!

Have you seen the latest products we have in stock? There are some beautiful new homewares just perfect for dressing your home for the summer. From gorgeous kitchen & dining items to stylish storage baskets, and some stunning vases for your seasonal blooms!

These baskets come in three sizes and have the most gorgeous rose coloured sequins on the bottom half. Storage at its prettiest! Our new paddle/chopping boards are proving very popular for your kitchens this summer. Both the mini two tone marble & wood board and the aged French wood board have a wonderful rustic country kitchen feel to them, but would be equally as at home in a contemporary kitchen. Our cutest new addition to the shop has to be our little brass snail spoons. Utterly adorable and a perfect little gift, particularly for those of us who are nature lovers! 

Use our beautiful new ribbed glass jar, handmade by artisans from recycled glass to serve your summer drinks in style, or even to hold some flowers! If you are looking for a vase then look no further than our stunning large glass vase, beautifully shaped to hold your big summer bouquets! As for your smaller flower pickings, our wildflower jars are extremely popular. With a rustic mesh lid that rests on top of the vase it's perfect for holding those more delicate wildflowers. I love filling mine with lavender from my garden too!

Summer trips to the market, shops or the beach wouldn't be complete without our gorgeous French market style shopping basket. They are hand woven with plenty of room in them and long leather handles for carrying. Bring on the sunshine!
As for some lovely finishing touches around your home, you don't have to wait until Autumn to start lighting candles. I love to have candles lit during summer evenings both inside the house or out in the garden. The stunning square glass and antique brass candle holder is perfect for adding some cosiness to your home, whilst the top can be removed so that you can create a display inside it. I'm personally very excited about all the styling possibilities throughout the seasons, from filling it with dried flowers and foliage, to pine cones and pumpkins! We also have some new little hanging glass tealight holders. They have been handmade and have a gorgeous hammered glass effect. They would look wonderful outside in the garden!

 Finally we have some lovely new frames in stock, distressed white wooden hanging frames and antique brass hanging frames. Both designs have a glass front and back. They look wonderful with photos in them but you can also frame pressed flowers or mementos such as tickets or postcards. Have fun with them!

Grab yourself a cup of tea and have a browse of our website to see these and many more beautiful homeware and gifts. We hope you love our new products as much as we do. Have a lovely week!

Tanya x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Celebrating Hooper's 1st Birthday!

Last Friday we celebrated our Labrador Hooper's 1st birthday! I can't quite believe our little fury boy is a year old already, it has flown by! We spent the day spoiling him with presents, which included lots of yummy dog treats (anyone who has ever owned a Labrador will know how much they LOVE their food!), he also got a new ball and a soft toy fox (he loves both but I'm not sure how long 'Foxy' will last!). Hooper also got to enjoy a special dog friendly birthday cake.......which he loved!

I spent the day reminiscing about how tiny he had been when we first brought him home 10 months ago, and how much our lives and home have changed since he arrived. We have bald patches of carpet, a lawn covered in holes, we're constantly cleaning dirt marks on the walls, and no amount of hoovering in the world seems get rid of all the dog hair during malting seasons! We get less space on the sofa, and if you dare to get up to pop to the toilet or make a cup of tea it's almost guaranteed you'll walk back in and find he's stolen your seat! I don't mind admitting he was very hard work as a puppy and there were times right at the beginning where I wondered if we had done the right thing. We most definitely had! Although he still has his naughty days, and we have plenty of training still to work on, he is turning in to the most sweet, gentle, rather daft, wonderful dog. He's so much more than a dog to us, he's our family, our boy, and we couldn't imagine our home or life with out him.

He's grown in to such a handsome boy now but look how tiny and cute he was last summer. I certainly couldn't pick him up in my arms these days!

I love this boy with all my heart and I feel so lucky to have him, he really is my super Hooper!

Tanya x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Styling the home for Spring.

If like me you adore flowers, you are probably loving all the beautiful seasonal blooms that instantly give your home that colourful Spring feeling! We may not sell flowers at The Cosy Corner House but we do have a gorgeous selection of homeware and accessories to help style your home for the season.

I've been loving filling our new white flower pot full of tulips, and of course our wildflower coasters are just perfect on the dining table. I have also filled a jug with pussy willow to hang some decorative eggs on. I found mine at John Lewis.

Our own Woof & Wilson Designs collection is all about Spring at the minute too! From tulips and snowdrops, to sheep and bunnies, these charming fabric freehand machine embroidered pictures will bring a touch of the English countryside to your home. Designed and handmade in our studio in Buckinghamshire, England.

The sets of glass tealight holders are new on our website and come in clear or grey glass. They are gorgeous, and I've also been putting little bunches of flowers in them too! One of my favourite products at the moment has to be the beautiful hanging herb drying rack. Lovely for those of us growing herbs and also perfect for drying flowers. It definitely adds some country charm to your kitchen!
There are plenty more items on our website www.thecosycornerhouse.co.uk to help bring Spring in to your home, so do pop over to take a peek!

Finally as a gift to you this Easter weekend I'm giving 15% off everything on our website across this Bank Holiday weekend!  Simply use this code at checkout -

(Offer ending at 23.59pm on Monday 17th  April 2017)

Have a wonderful long Easter weekend. Let's hope we get a little bit of sunshine!

Tanya x


Friday, 24 March 2017

Farmhouse Chocolate banana loaf

I've been asked a number of times on social media and by friends what recipe I use to make my favourite chocolate banana cake, so I thought I would share it on here! It's a Green & Black's recipe and I've always had good results with it. It's not hard to make either, which is a bonus for me as I'm not the most competent or confident baker!

You will need ~

225g Self-raising flour
100g Butter at room temperature
175g Caster sugar
Pinch of salt
2 Large free-range eggs, beaten
2 Very ripe bananas
3 Tablespoons of milk
100g Dark (70% 0r 85% cocoa solids) chocolate, chopped into very small pieces (I personally have some of my chocolate in bigger chunks too, but it works with both very small pieces or slightly bigger chunks.)

 Method ~

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
  • Line a 23 x 13cm loaf tin
  • Sift the flour and salt
  • Cream the butter and sugar together, this is easier done in a food processor. Add the eggs, milk and bananas and mix together thoroughly. Then add the flour and salt but stop mixing as soon as the ingredients come together.
  • Fold half of the chopped chocolate in to the mixture. Use a spoon for this NOT a food processor.
  • Pour the mixture in to the lined loaf tin. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate on top of the mixture, pushing the pieces in slightly.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted in to the middle comes out clean.

Then sit back and enjoy a slice with a cup of tea!

I hope you enjoy making and eating this as much as I do, it's a firm favourite in our house!

Tanya x

(PLEASE NOTE ~ This post was not sponsored by Green & Black's, it is simply one of my favourite recipes from their book that I thought I would share with you!)

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Managing expectations

Managing expectations can be difficult when you live with a chronic illness or disability, mine being a complex congenital heart defect (CHD). It's not just about what others expect from you, but about what you expect of yourself. I would like to think that by now my close friends know me well enough to understand the reasons I can't always make it to social events. Simple things like no parking close enough to our destination will mean I either can't go or I need a lift so I can be dropped outside the restaurant/venue, or that I will simply be to exhausted by the end of the evening to drive myself home! Even being a little quiet at some point while I'm in social situations makes me feel like I'm being rude when the truth is that I have to shut down for a while to recharge my batteries as socialising is exhausing for me. All of this can make you feel like you are letting people down (repeatedly sometimes) or even being a bit of a nuisance. I believe however that the hardest expectations to manage are those we put on ourselves.

I frequently get cross with myself if I've not managed to achieve the list of things I planned on doing on a particular day or weekend. Some days it's hard enough just getting up, showered, dressed and doing work without the extra chores we all have to do around the house. I work from home which suits my health brilliantly but also leaves me feeling that I should have more time to do household chores than other people. I'm very lucky that I get a lot of help around our house from my other half, he does all the housework I can't physically manage anymore or really struggle with. He also does all the dog walking, with me just joining them when I'm able to manage it. Sadly that's hardly ever when the weather is cold! I'm terrible for comparing myself to other people and wondering how they manage to do everything they are doing as well as in many cases having children too! I don't get half as much done and we don't have children (unless you count our naughty puppy)! So what I'm trying to practice lately is being a little kinder to myself and not setting my expectations too high. It's good to have goals but it's also important for me to understand that I can't always do it all. I'm managing to run a small business and going for numerous blood tests and hospital appointments frequently. Our home is comfy and cosy, and most importantly it's a happy home. So does it really matter if I haven't managed to get to the florist this week for some fresh flowers or bake the cake I keep saying I'll do but still haven't got round to making, or that our garden looks a mess, or the bathroom isn't gleaming? No, it doesn't, it doesn't matter at all!

I'm going to try to gently remind myself that I may not manage as much in a day as other people, but everything I do manage is done with a single ventricle heart and incredibly low blood oxygen levels and all the symptoms that come with it. As long as my work gets done and our house is in some sort of decent order I should be happy with that. I'm not going to tell myself off any more for not being like other people, and I'm not going to feel guilty for needing more rest than others. This was a New Year's resolution I made to myself and slowly but surely I'm getting the hang of it. My world can't, and doesn't always look like an Instagram photo. So I'll applaud the times that do look and feel photo perfect, and I'll pour myself an extra cup of tea and remind myself that I'm doing okay on the days that aren't so perfect.

Be kind to yourselves.

Much love,
Tanya x

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Winter Sale!

It's that time of year when it all seems a little flat after the sparkle of Christmas and Spring feels a long way off. I use these frosty, dark weeks to ramp up the cosiness in my house as much as possible....it's all about hygge! Over on The Cosy Corner House website we still have our winter sale on until Sunday 29th January. Get yourself over to pick up some lovely homeware and gifts to make your home feel cosy!

We also have some beautiful products in the sale which will be perfect for those Spring/Summer days which are hopefully not too far away!

I hope you enjoy browsing our sale!

Tanya x

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Waving goodbye to Summer.

So with September arriving it's now officially Autumn (although I'm hoping we are still going to get a few weeks nice weather). It has been the most wonderful Summer! We introduced a new member to our house when we got our Labrador puppy Hooper at the beginning of July, so Summer has seen many lovely dog walks. We also got to explore beautiful Norfolk for a few days and have enjoyed several family BBQ's. I've personally really enjoyed being able to use our garden more this Summer and am enjoying slowly transforming it (it's taken rather a battering with a new puppy though!).

I thought I'd say goodbye to Summer with a few photos of the little delights that nature has given us this season.

The tiniest but most important creatures are some of my favourites. I have big plans to make my garden even more bee and butterfly friendly next year!

I'm hoping that Summer isn't coming to an end just yet as I really want to enjoy the garden and some more sunshine a little longer but I won't mind when Autumn does arrive as it brings it's own magical set of delights! Personally I'm rather looking forward to the cosy darker evening that Autumn brings. How about you, are you an Autumn fan?

Much love,

Tanya x