It has come to my attention that I don’t have green fingers. I follow lots of people on Instagram who share photos of their lush green houseplants and I turn to look at mine and I have to admit I have Plant Envy. I water them, feed them, gently wipe their leaves and try to find the right light and temperature for them, but many (not all) still refuse to live. I’ve killed so many that I’ve resorted to tucking artificial plants in high places where you really can’t tell the difference! Consequently, I have lots of empty plant pots whose inhabitants have long since gone to the composter.
It was shortly after I returned from said trip to the bottom of the garden, carrying a now empty little blue pot, that I realised it could become a paint brush pot and not join the other pots piling up in a cupboard …. so out came my Sharpies.
“I paint flowers so they will not die” Frida Kahlo (Seems like an appropriate quote!)
Back in October last year my son mentioned he didn’t have any egg cups at his flat so the next time I was in the supermarket I bought two, but they were plain white and very boring. What could I do to brighten them up? Yep, that’s right, personalise them, of course!
Using ceramic paint (I used Pebeo) here’s a brief outline of how I did it :-
Following the paint manufacturers instructions bake in oven and then enjoy boiled egg and soldiers for breakfast!
Click the link below to watch my YouTube tutorial for more details
Earlier this year I collected fallen branches from the woods so I could make a Christmas stick tree again. My last effort was made from big branches and it was VERY heavy, so this time I was more selective! (Yes, I am that woman with leaves and twigs in her hair, seen dragging things back to the van!) This year I was determined to be more successful!
I was so lucky to find the little hearts and stars in a charity shop and they were perfect for the tree. I also bought some new lights (such a great price, from B&Q).
It looks so pretty all lit up at night and I’m definitely going to keep this one for next year too. It’s amazing what you can do with a pile of sticks!
The beauty of papier-mâché is – if you don’t like it, stick something over the top!
Some of you may remember me posting a photo of a cardboard impala covered in a dark red paper ….
As much as I loved the red paper, something wasn’t working for me, so I found a lighter, brighter paper and covered it again. this time in a pretty blue.
But it was still lacking something. Eyes?
Some time ago I bought two candle holders from a charity shop; each with three roses on the base. I had intended using them for a mosaic but I thought they’d be perfect for this. Anyway, after enlisting the help of my husband and a Dremel I now had a pair of peepers.
Well, in actual fact I think they look like fluttery eyelashes!
Finished on new year’s eve, (party animal that I am!) this patchwork quilt is for my daughter, Nicole and has been a while in the making, mainly due to us selecting the right fabric. As you can see, we’re not afraid of colour!
And, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without my hand-sewn label
My favourite place to walk our dog has to be the woods. Walking under the canopy of leaves is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I could stroll for hours taking photographs of birds or picking up leaves.
On some of my walks I’ve found some beautiful skeleton leaves and have taken them home and pressed them in a big heavy book. Recently I went through my collection and framed some of my favourites.
The skeletons have been highlighted with a sprinkling of glitter and mounted onto acid-free card. All available to buy in my newly opened Etsy shop
I’m well known for having too many projects on the go so I’ve decided that I really must finish off as many as I can before starting any new (haha, famous last words!!)
I took crochet lessons at a local wool shop two years ago. Armed with a beginners knowledge of basic stitches I then made a nest of colourful baskets and also started “a winter project”, a granny square blanket for our campervan. Over two winters I have made 144 little squares, sewed them all together, tied in all the ends (insert crying emoji here) and added two or three rows of border.
This has really been a mammoth task and although I love the finished blanket, I am in no hurry to start another. I am very slow at crochet and lack the confidence to look away from the hook at any point, and I found the sheer size of the blanket weighed me down in more ways than one (even though it could probably have been larger – one of us is going to feel a slight draught in the camper!!)
I finished off the border with these adorable pompoms.
Does anyone remember making pompoms at school? We used to cut out two cardboard circles with a hole in the middle, sandwich them together and wind the wool round and round. Well not much has changed except there is now a little plastic gadget that doesn’t bend or disintegrate after one pompom. Genius.
A couple of things I’ve been working on recently are gifts so it goes without saying that I can’t spoil the surprise by sharing what I’ve been doing before the recipient sees it first. This particular gift is special because it’s a Christening present for my daughter’s two friends baby. I’ve been busy making her a patchwork quilt.
Playing around with fabric was good fun. I eventually left the blue material out and went for an all pink mix.
I’m glad I started with a cot size because having never made a patchwork before, I had a lot to learn. YouTube tutorials were a great help.
I bought good quality 100% cotton padding (batting) which is recommended for babies.
The material I chose for the backing wasn’t wide enough so I decided to add a border using some of the leftover fabric from the front of the quilt. I’m glad I did because I think it breaks up the underside by adding more colour.
I hope the baby is warm and snuggly under the quilt. PS. Thanks to my bear for modelling
A couple of years ago I bought two wooden garden chairs on Ebay. One wasn’t very sturdy and didn’t survive the winter; the other was in good condition and has been sitting in my workshop waiting to be painted. So, I had the chair and I had the paint, I just needed to get on with it.
After lots and lots of rubbing down and several coats of paint it’s now brightening up a shady corner.
I also had some material left over from making new curtains for our camper, so I made a cushion cover too. Such a good quality fabric from Ikea and I love the birds design too.
It’s such a comfy chair and I love the style.
I got the blue bird for a knockdown price because the beak had broken off. It was a clean break and glued together perfectly. I’m really happy with this little corner of my garden.
Last December I went to the house of a local artist who was hosting a craft sale and she had the most amazing tree in her kitchen. It was like nothing I had seen before. Twisted and contorted wire branches, bedecked with personal decorations and lights. I went home laden with her fantastic glass and wire crafts and a photo of the tree on my phone. Christmas came and went and I could not get that tree out of my head …..
Moving forward a couple of months, I took the plunge and asked Cheryl if she would mind teaching me how to make a tree of my own and I was over the moon when she kindly agreed. I had two days in her studio and I now have my very own version
And the beauty of this tree is, I can decorate it whatever the season!
I am very grateful to Cheryl, not only for sharing her design but also for all the help she gave me whilst making it (and for the never-ending cups of coffee!)