• Craft,  Xmas

    Christmas / Xmas Decorations for Knitters – DIY

    These really are the perfect Christmas /Xmas decorations for knitters. Make them for yourself or for the knitters in your life. They will love these to decorate their tree and it will show them how well you know them and how much you appreciate their knitting. You can easily put one of these together in under 30 minutes. This tutorial shows you how to make them but adapt them to suit your requirements and what you have available. I did! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust.   You…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Autumn / Fall Leaves made from Felt

    It can be tricky to know how to bring that fall / autumn feel into your home. This week I am making some autumn / fall leaves from felt. They are super easy to make and very effective. There are lots of ways to make your leaves from felt but these are the easiest in my opinion. They look great in so many different craft projects. Perhaps hang them in the window, make a wreath, design a brooch, decorate a card, make a table runner and mats or produce a pretty picture for your wall. You could even simply place them around your home during fall / autumn. This page…

  • Craft

    DIY Magazine Holder from a Cereal Box

    How about making yourself some stylish magazine holders from old cereal boxes? We all have magazines and papers that we need to keep organised and available. You can select the size you want your box to be to suit your needs and you can decide on the colour scheme. How long it will take you depends on how much you want to decorate your magazine holders. The basic holder takes less than 15 minutes! Why stop there? Why not continue and make all your desk furniture match. Keep reading and see how! You will need: Old cereal box Marker pen and ruler Scissors White Paint (optional) Decorative paper or decoupage…

  • Craft

    Bring Autumn into your home with a DIY fall leaf bowl / basket

    The best thing about autumn (or fall) is the fabulous colours on the leaves. This autumn /fall leaf bowl brings those fabulous colours into the home with very little effort. If you love fall / autumn then you will love this leaf bowl in your home. Complete the bowl in less than 30 minutes and then just wait for it to dry. It really brings some seasonal joy into the home. It is quite delicate (that is part of its charm) but it would easily hold some pot-pourri. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only…

  • Gardening

    Plant a lasagna bulb pot for fantastic spring colour

    You may or may not have heard of a lasagna bulb pot but I assure you that they are fantastic. For a little bit of work in the autumn (fall) you can guarantee weeks and weeks of spring colour in your garden / porch /patio/ etc. The idea is that you plant your various types of bulbs in layers (kind of like a lasagna) so that your pot will have a succession of bright flowers throughout spring. So easy but incredibly effective! This year I am also doing it with an old wheelbarrow so a little bit of upcycling too. There are no rules about what you can use as…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Fabric Covered Notebook

    Turn any inexpensive notebook or diary into a luxurious, top of the range product. Make a fabric cover that slips on and off. You can even transfer it from book to book as you fill each one. A fabric covered notebook is a great gift idea. How about personalising them for those special people in your life? I have made one for a trusty notebook to carry around and one for my next diary for 2020. This tutorial will show you step by step how to achieve a great finish. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you.…

  • Craft

    Yarn Doll (Dammit Doll) – How to Make

    A yarn doll is really quick and easy to make and is a fantastic use for leftover yarn from other projects. I first encountered them many years ago as ‘dammit dolls’. I have included a free printable sheet of the labels to use if you would like ‘dammit dolls’. These make great gifts or craft items to sell. However you can just make them to play with as countless generations have done already. Involve the kids in making them with you! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. What…

  • Gardening

    Free Shrubs from Cuttings!

    Everyone likes something for free and I am definitely no exception. Free shrubs are a great way of saving money and developing your garden. I love growing things in the garden from seed or from cuttings. If you are interested in growing from seed then take a look at my posts ‘Successful Seed Sowing‘ and ‘Transplanting Seedlings‘. Cuttings are great because you can replicate a shrub around your plot or even better, get free shrubs from a friend’s shrub. Next time you are admiring a shrub ask for a cutting or two and take the following steps. Most gardener’s love sharing their garden in this way. Obviously it is also…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    How to Make a Pincushion (that sharpens your pins!)

    This tutorial will show you how to make a gorgeous pincushion that you can use for all your sewing tasks. If you include wire wool in your pincushion it will also sharpen your pins whenever they are inserted. You can use any item you like to make these. As you can see, I used various containers but I must confess that my favourite are the little bucket and the teacup and saucer. This is the first in a series of tutorials showing you how to make various items to help you with all your sewing so keep coming back to the blog for some more ideas. The set includes how…

  • Craft

    Quick Inspirational Framed Picture

    This is a super quick but effective way of creating some beautiful individual art for your home. This inspirational framed picture is so easy to make. On the internet and social media in particular I often see inspirational quotes. However, they can seem a bit bland to form a picture on their own. This is a little project to brighten up any quote. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a little commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You Will Need: A 3d or box picture frame (Hobbycraft stock a good range) Paint (optional) Printed quote that…

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