• Gardening

    June Top 10 Tasks for the Garden

    Summer is well and truly here. It is time to get outside and enjoy the garden. Sit out with friends, hold a barbecue and most importantly admire all your gorgeous plants. You still need to find time for a few jobs to keep it all looking beautiful. Here are my top 10 jobs for June.   1) Prune summer flowering shrubs Any shrubs that have already flowered in the spring can now be pruned to keep them in shape and encourage bushy growth. Examples of spring flowering shrubs are philadelphus and lilac. It is also worth noting that if your clematis have already flowered then they can also be pruned.…

  • Gardening

    Planting up hanging baskets and pots for summer

    This post is all about planting up your hanging baskets and pots with summer bedding for glorious summer displays. I will share how I do mine and any tips that I have. So, find your plants and favourite pots and let’s go!   You will need: Plant pot or hanging basket multi-purpose compost plant food water storing granules (optional) plants water   Tutorial 1) Setting up Set up your work area with you pot or basket and a supply of compost. I am currently using a mix of multi-purpose compost and peat free multi purpose compost. I am trying to go peat free but I am having mixed results so…

  • Craft

    docrafts decoupage greeting cards – how to make

    I like to have a go at making my own greeting cards and often ‘have a go’. I picked up some docrafts foiled decoupage sheets from The Works and decided to have a go with them. The sheets I selected contained some pretty scenes that would be suitable for any occasion and some new baby pictures. I am saving the new baby ones until I want them. If you want to have a go you will need: blank cards and envelopes foiled decoupage sheet glue (eg PVA glue) small foam squares that are sticky on both sides   Instructions: Select your sheet of pictures and identify the correct ones for…

  • Craft

    Decoupage Tutorial and Project Ideas

    This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. How to decoupage your life and make it a little bit prettier – no great skill required! I am sure that you have seen lots of items that have been decoupaged but are you aware how easy it is to do. I have decoupaged quite  a few items and there are pictures of some of them at the end of this post. It is a very relaxing craft.  So, I am going to show you a step by step tutorial to master decoupage…

  • Gardening

    May Top 5 Tasks for the Garden

    May is a really busy time in the garden and it is looking fantastic. The variety of greens is spectacular and there are many flowers to enjoy. So get outside and enjoy it! My top five jobs to do this month are: 1) Plant hanging baskets and pots in May May is the time to plant up your hanging baskets and pots if you are doing your own. If you are anything like me you have lots of tender summer plants waiting to go outside. They need hardening off gradually by exposing them to the elements in the day and protecting them at night. I actually leave them protected all…