• Gardening

    Plants by Post – what to do with them!

    Have you ever bought plants by post? Have you ever seen them advertised and wondered if it is a good idea? Do you worry about the quality? Or indeed, what to do with the when you get them. Well, this article will answer all your questions and set you off to buy your plants on line confidently. You really can save a lot of money particularly on summer bedding plants that you probably want lots of to get a strong display. This article will cover buying your plants and what to do with the once you receive them. It can seem daunting but it is actually really easy to take…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Simple Applique to Decorate Fabric Items

    What is applique? You may be wondering this? Well, strictly it is defined as ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are attached to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. So, lots of decorative sewing is applique. If you attach fabric onto other pieces of fabric then you are probably appliqueing. People often think that it is hard and that there are lots of ‘rules’. Well, there aren’t. Applique can be as complicated or simple as you like. This tutorial is going to show you very simple applique that I did to a bedding set but you can repeat it with any shapes that you like and…

  • Craft

    Easter Chick made from Pompoms

    Easter is a great time of year and one of the traditional symbols of Easter is the Easter chick. This has come about because of the connection between Easter and eggs. The eggs represent new life and are also associated with the Easter Bunny bringing them.  This Easter chick is so easy to make with pompoms and is really cute. He can be used as a gift or a decoration, perhaps with some eggs. It is a great craft for kids to get involved in and they can all personalise theirs with different coloured wings or different eyes, etc If you want to know how to make the pompoms then…

  • Craft

    Pompoms – How to Make them with Cardboard and Yarn

    Pompoms are so quick and easy to make and have many uses. Don’t you just love a pompom? They are great for garlands, hat decorations (everyone loves a bobble hat) and cute little toy animals. Great craft idea for kids and adults. But, do you realise how easy they are to make and that you do not need a pompom maker? This tutorial will show you how to make your own pompoms of any size with just the yarn and some cardboard. You can do this! 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…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Easy Drawstring Bag to Sew- great for gifts

    This adorable little easy drawstring bag is such fun to make. YOU can make one any size you like even if you are a complete beginner. They are superquick and you can make them for lots of different uses. From cute gift bags that are a gift in their own right to sports storage bags, they really can be scaled up or down for your own needs. Throughout this tutorial I will show you the instructions while making a little bag for a car key. Why not attach it to your house key I hear you shout? Well I share the key with my son so it is easier to…

  • Craft

    Stool Makeover (DIY) – a detailed tutorial

    You may well have an old stool at home that you like but is a little old and worn. Perhaps, like me, it is a piano stool but to be honest the process is similar whatever stool you have. You probably do not want to throw it away because it has sentimental value or you use it all the time. Well, why don’t you give it a makeover? Yes, you can do it without too many tools or special skills. I have never been trained and while I would not tackle a sofa I can work on small pieces and so can you! Just think about how it will look…

  • Craft

    15 Valentine’s Day Gifts (DIY) – the best craft tutorials on the internet

    Valentine’s Day Gifts can be tricky to get right. Do you want to show your other half how much you care on Valentine’s Day? Show them how special they are? What is the best gift you can give them? Hint: It is a finite resource that is the most precious thing you have. I am, of course, talking about your time. Spend as much time as possible with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day but really melt their heart with a hand made gift. No matter how crafty you are (or are not) there is a great creation for you to make. This article will show you some of the best…

  • Craft

    Re-cover a lampshade – coordinate your room on a budget.

    Re-cover a lampshade! When you re-vamp a room you want your lampshade(s) to match but they can be so expensive. You have painted the walls, bought new furniture and soft furnishings but what about the lighting. It is so expensive, even for new lampshades. Getting lampshades to match perfectly is often impossible. So instead of buying new what about upcycling the ones you already have. This tutorial will show you exactly how to re-cover a lampshade to match your new decor. This lampshade is being covered with a beautiful burgundy fabric to match my bedroom curtains (that I made)! Tip: If you buy your curtains ask if they have fabric…

  • Craft

    How to make a folded napkin arrowhead

    In this series of napkin related posts I have been guiding you to make your own fabric napkins which can be found here and to fold them into a rose which you can find here. This post will show you how to fold them really quickly and easily to form a folded napkin arrowhead. These are great if you need your napkins to lie quite flat or, like me, you like symmetry in your displays. They will help you make a stunning table display especially if you have double sided napkins like the ones I am using. You will need: Fabric or paper square napkins   Step 1: Make sure…

  • Craft

    How to fold a napkin into a rose

    In an earlier post I showed you how to make double sided napkins really easily. You can find that here ‘Fabric Napkins Tutorial‘. Well, now I am going to show you how to make a folded napkin rose. Your table will look fabulous and your guests will be so impressed. I won’t tell them how easy it is! These roses really do look impressive especially with the double sided napkins. Quick and easy to make and easy for your guests to unravel. So, jump in and get started. You will need: Fabric (or paper) napkins Step 1: Take a square napkin and fold it in half to form a triangle.…

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