• Gardening

    Sweet Peas Success Secrets

    Sweet peas are absolutely gorgeous flowers and the scent is exquisite. As a bonus, the more you cut them the more they flower. If you grow them in your garden you can have them as cut flowers in your house all summer. This can be from June until October. To maximise the number of flowers and to get flowers as early as possible you should sow your seeds in autumn (October to November). Here I will run through the best way to sow your sweet pea seeds for success. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only…

  • Craft

    Felt Mouse Pattern Review

    I have been looking at the House of Zandra patterns and kits for a few years and I finally got on with it and bought one for a felt mouse. Here I will tell you all about my experience with the pattern and provide any tips I can to help you succeed with it. House of Zandra produce patterns for felt animals and they sell complete kits to make animals including the pattern. Once you have purchased a pattern you can make as many animals as you like and sell them if that is your wish. I just purchased the pattern without the felt, thread, etc.  It was £6 but…

  • Craft

    Doorstop – Full Tutorial

    This summer we had the doors and windows open a lot and doors were banging shut so we needed at least one doorstop. They tend to be rather ugly or boring so I had a go at making one. It was actually quite easy and looks great in my dining room. It is certainly more elegant than the temporary one it replaced (details of that later). You will need: Fabric of your choice (o.5 yard or 0.5m is plenty). I used a thick hard,wearing fabric. Wadding (optional) Filling (dried beans, pulses, rice or sand work well) Matching thread Sewing machine (optional) Scissors and ruler or rotary cutter and cutting mat…

  • Gardening

    Free Fuschia Plants from Cuttings

    I love my fuschia plants in the summer. I have them in baskets and planters around the outside of my house. They are tender varieties so I have to replace them or overwinter them in my greenhouse. I also increase my plant stocks by taking cuttings and it could not be easier. Who wouldn’t want gorgeous free plants? You will need: Fuschia plants Sharp scissor or secateurs Container for water and cuttings, a glass works well. (I used a set designed to keep my cuttings separated so that I know which ones came from which plants) Water Multi-purpose compost and small plant pots Equipment Step 1: Cut some growing shoots…