Seaside living with Tilda

Do you enjoy life at the beach?

Obviously I do. . . I live at the beach. . . but I think most people enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a day at the beach or coastal living.



Norwegian designer Tone Finnanger has breathed some invigorating creative air into the coastal theme with her latest book Tilda’s Seaside Ideas.

From maritime to playful whales. . . jellyfish, sea urchins and a doll with rubber boots and a sailing jacket . . . life at the beach never looked so good.




I’m right into whales at the moment as the Humpbacks are migrating north right past our coastline. I’ve been lucky enough to spot them on many an occasion as I walk along the beach. . .  and every time they fill me with awe and wonder at their sheer size.

No surprises then that I’m so totally in love with the Tilda whales incorporated into the decor items in this gorgeous book. It’s a theme that carries on through several projects too. I like that when decorating.

The first half of this book provides lots of lovely ideas for spring and summer decorating; all inspired by life by the sea. . .  while the second half is filled with pretty projects inspired by holidays at the beach and beachfront living.

How adorable are these Tilda summertime girls with their little knitted cardigans. The pattern for the cardigan is in the book and even I have been inspired to get the knitting needles out. Let me just say. . . knitting is my least enjoyed craft, but these tiny cardigans are just too cute not to make them!




I’ve already made lots of cards and paper-crafts from the beautiful papers from the two ranges featured in this book. The Country Escape Collection has a nostalgic summer feel incorporating soft pinks and pale aqua, while the Seaside Life Collection with its blues and greens is perfect for adding a nautical touch to your summer decorating projects.

I’m still totally in love with the Country Escape paper collection even after a multitude of projects. I guess it is just one of those ones you don’t tire of. It has the prettiest petite floral prints and vintage postcards, roses and graphics. Maybe it’s the muted tones. . .  or the nostalgia. . .  or maybe it is just because I’m a vintage kind of gal and this collection makes my heart sing.




I’ve re-opened the Tilda shop in the Boutique today and with stock very low at present I’ll be placing a substantial order this week. . . please let me know if you’d like to order some Tilda gorgeousness.

The lovely people at Tilda are getting ready to release beautiful new ranges to join The Seaside Life, Country Escape, Winter Memories, Sewingbird and Gardenparty Collections. To make way for these new products, many of Tilda’s earlier releases will no longer be available. I have a few items left in stock from the discontinues lines, which you can see on my Tilda home page.


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  1. the tiny cardigans are so sweet, kerryanne! and i LOVE your paper charms!

    • Kerryanne says:

      They are a bit cute Lynn.
      I love working with the beautiful papers and accessories in the Tilda Collection.

  2. Those papers are fabulous – love the colour combinations.
    Oh and those Tilda knits are just adorable.
    Toni xx

  3. Judy Navariz says:

    How do I purchase one your dolls?

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Judy, I don’t have any dolls available to sell right now, but hope to have some before Christmas. In the Tilda Boutique right now I have fabrics and paper craft goods available.
      Kerry 🙂

  4. G’day Kerranne,I have been trying to knit those cute little cardigans,but,the pattern seems incomplete! How on earth did you finish them?Love your help if your able,cheers Kaye

    • Kerryanne says:

      Kaye… I’m with you on this. Tilda instructions lose something in the translation to English unfortunately and I often end up making up my own directions – lol. That said, Tonne Finnanger is an amazing designer and I LOVE her beautiful designs. Good luck with your little cardigans.

  5. Hello,
    I am trying to knit the Tilda doll knitted cardigan. Do you have the complete USA instructions. It looks so simple but I am having trouble. I would appreciate your help.
    Thank you!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      The author of the Tilda books, Tone Finnanger is Norwegian, so they have been translated into English (and British knitting dimensions). Unfortunately, they do lose a little clarity in that translation. Usually I wing it with the Tilda designs and they turn out okay. I’m a really lousy knitter, so not comfortable giving instructions on how I did it… (I might really confuse you), but if you are really having a difficult time I’d suggest getting onto one of the Tilda forums and see if someone has re-written the instructions using the USA conversions.
      Good luck 🙂

    • I have tried to find the updated pattern to the little cardigan sweaters but can’t find anything. The arms aren’t printed. I’m so confused.

    • Did you ever find the sleeve insrructions to the Tilda doll cardigan.

  6. absolutely stunning work 🙂 I’m new to collecting Tilda goodies, so looking forward to creating, thanks for sharing 🙂

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