• Craft

    Crochet bunny plant pot cover and blanket update

    Crocheting is a very new skill to me and I am enjoying it. I saw a great idea on the hobbycraft blog and I went for it. It is a bunny plant pot cover, brilliant for Easter but gorgeous at any time. Full instructions are available on the blog that I have linked to for you. This is a picture of my bunny cover. Bunny Plant Pot Cover I am really pleased with it despite the ears not being quite how they are on the hobbycraft pictures! I am not brilliant at increasing or decreasing yet so I suspect that is where mine ended up a little curved. It adds…

  • Gardening

    Tasks for the garden in late March

    Late March is when it starts to get busy in the garden. It is not obvious when you look but I am very busy. I have been making pots, planting on seedlings/plug plants, moving snowdrops and tidying up a bit. Biodegradable Plant pots Firstly, I have been busy making newspaper plant pots which I have explained in detail in an earlier post. They are great for seedlings as the plant’s roots do not get disturbed when they get planted out into the garden. I plant the whole thing out. Summer Bedding During the week the first of my plug plants arrived by post. I was expecting them by the end…

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    Free Biodegradable Plant Pots from old newspapers

    Free biodegradable plant pots sound good but is it too much effort? I don’t think so and I will show you how to make them and I will convince you of their merits. If you have concerns about you local newspapers and their ‘green credentials’ then consider reading this article by permaculture news. If you are still concerned contact your local newspaper to ask about their dyes and bleaching agents.   It is that time of year when we all need lots of pots for seedlings or plug plants. However we do not want to keep using all that plastic. It is not biodegradable. It is in the news daily…

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    5 Top Tips for having a go at crafts

    As you know, I love having a go at different crafts so I thought that I would share my top tips for ‘having a go’. 1) Research Do your research. Make sure you know what you want to achieve and how you might do that. It is really tempting to stand in a shop and just decide that you want to do something and buy everything you need. We have all done it! However, if you can restrain yourself it is much better to think about the craft, research it a little and then decide on the best way forward. Maybe you will go back to the shop and buy…

  • Gardening

    Top 5 Early Spring Garden Flowers

    In my opinion these are the top 5 early spring garden flowers in the UK. I will explain why I have included each flower. Daffodil Who could fail to love daffodils? Daffodils are so bright and cheerful and so early in the year. They cheer up many a dark corner in spring where nothing else will flower this early in the year. They look beautiful planted ‘en mass’ on a banking or in a flower bed but they can look just as beautiful in a small clump. I particularly like the dwarf varieties as in my own garden the full size varieties often suffer a lot of wind damage and…

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    Spring in the garden – yes, officially

    Yes, it is officially spring so it must be in the garden too. In case you are not convinced Gardener’s World is back on the BBC on a Friday evening. These are a few photos from my garden this week. There are a few more flowers than there were in February so spring must really be here.                   I have included the hyacinth as I really think it represents the beauty to come. It is not much to look at now but you know that it promises great colour and fragrance later in spring. This week I happened to be in Aldi when…

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    Crochet Blanket – Apres Ski Design

    I have had it in my mind for some time that I would like to learn to crochet. I have had a go in the past but never really progressed beyond absolute basics. This time I was determined. I bought myself a book to teach myself from. It is called ‘A little course in Crochet’ and is by Dorling Kindersley. It is really good and really is a step by step guide. I must say that I paid considerably less than £9.99 so shop around. If you prefer being shown how to do things there are lots of tutorials on Youtube that show you the basics. I also bought a…

  • Craft

    Tealight Holders made quickly and easily

    I wanted to make some quick and easy gifts to give friends and family at Christmas. Tealight holders seemed like a good idea. These were very quick and easy to make. I actually made quite a few in the end and still have some of them! As you can see, my ribbons are a bit wobbly. Remember that the glasses are small and the wobbles are hidden in the overall effect. If you have a steady hand yours may be perfectly level.   I used: 8 Shot glasses I purchased from a charity shop for £1 Festive ribbon I purchased for £1 Double sided sticky tape Vanilla Scented Tealights (you…

  • Gardening

    Start of March – sowing sweet-peas

    There really is not a lot to report in the garden this week. Firstly it was snowy and then everywhere was frozen. This was followed by a lot of heavy rain, definitely not conditions for gardening.  So, I have been doing something indoors that is sort of gardening. I absolutely adore sweet-peas. In the summer, I love cutting some for the house and enjoying the scent. I have planted some sweet-peas that I found in a kit form in Home Bargains. I have included a link to their website but I bought the kit in an actual store rather than online so it may only be useful in finding your…

  • Craft

    Dovecraft Felt Ornament Kits

    In my ICHF craft show post I mentioned that I had bought two small Dovecraft kits. Well, at the weekend the weather was appalling so I tackled them both. These are the results.               I really enjoyed making them. Partly this was because they were quick to make. The butterfly took the longest at just under an hour but the hearts only took about half an hour each. If I had never done any sewing before I suspect that they would have taken longer. Each Dovecraft kit contains everything you need to make two spring ornaments. One kit contained two butterflies and the other…