Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Whats going on in the garden?

After a week away in the sun I was a little bit apprehensive about what may have been going on in my garden.





We have invested in some new planting for this year moving the focus away from vegetables and moving towards a cottage garden style.  As we have already invested a lot of cash into the summer house I have been trying to pick up plants without paying too much for them.






I lost 4 Lupin plants to the slugs, I was in a dilemma as to weather of not I should buy some little blue pellets to kill the little blighters off but I know they are harmful to the eco system as they are taking food away from birds and hedgehogs so I decided to sacrifice the Lupins on this occasion but I will give it another go next year and I try to grow them in a pot and see if I get better results.






I have tried to select plants that will either come back again or will shed seeds.  There are some bedding plants that have added colour in the short term and they can be replenished next year or replaced with something different.






  I think that it will be at least 3 years before the garden will start to look something like my long term vision and as it is a garden it will continue to evolve.





I am a self confessed haphazard gardener and like Mother Nature to have a hand in my garden so I am looking forward to seeing what survives and what perishes along the way.

What have you been up to in your garden this Summer? and do you have any tips on dealing with the slugs?

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Summer house

We have had a major change in our garden this year, we have filled in our garden pond. With baby Esme on the scene it seemed like a good idea, also the lining had been split for a while and it would have needed time and money to sort it.  Out of the blue we decided that a small summerhouse would be perfect to fill the space so savings were counted, a base was laid and a giant "airfix" kit was delivered. We used a company called Garden Sheds they were significantly cheaper than anyone else for the same product, this is their photo of the style of summerhouse we have brought.  I can't get a decent pic at the moment as we are still working on that area of the garden.



Chatsworth Summerhouse



I painted the outside in Cuprinol Garden Shades, Dusky Gem, I thought it was grey but it sometimes looks blue and other times takes on a purple haze!  The interior was painted using Cuprinol Garden Shades in White daisy, it is designed so that the grain of the wood shows through, however the light colour also showed all the mish mash of brush strokes that I had made, so three coats later they are less visible but so is the wood grain.  I do like it even if it is not exactly what I had in my head.

It was tempting to go for a beach hut theme but I felt that this lends its self more to the apex roof type summerhouses.  I wanted it to be more of an extension to the garden so I opted for the white interior with green and pink bunting, there will be cushions to follow once we sort out a couple of cane armchairs.  The colour scheme was inspired by the apple blossom on our old Bramley apple tree and I might sort out a sign for it saying apple blossom or apple bough.




We have added some insulation to the roof in the hope that we can extend the amount of use we can get from it and I fully intend to make it into a Christmas grotto and go down and drink mulled apple juice or wine in there or maybe even a "winter Pimms"

I got a cracking bargain with this metal light fitting from dotcomgiftshop,, it was only £12.95 in the sale and comes compete with a vintage style brown covered flex.  It strikes the perfect balance between utility and style and the soft sage green is just what I wanted.  I finished it off with an old fashioned style bulb from Wilko for three quid so less at 20 pounds all in I was very happy.




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I am trying not to fill it with too many nik naks and treasures and there is a huge temptation to just go on ebay and Amazon and buy loads of cute stuff that would look great in there, but it is far more fun to potter round charity shops and such like so I am holding back....for now



I did downloaded these free botanical prints from The Grapics Fairy  there are loads on there and I intend to print new ones off and change them to reflect what is happening in the garden.


All we need now is for the sun to come back out so we can fully test it out or should we just resign ourselves that this is the English summer and so we will be squelching down there to go and sit and look at the rain drops dripping down the window panes







Sunday, 30 July 2017

Baby Esme's quiet book

Well its safe to say that the photo challenge went by the wayside as my real life took over!

I did find myself a little bit of creative time and started to put together this little felt book for my granddaughter.  She has got a recent fascination for untying shoe laces and I thought I would do a page with some ribbons or laces on that she could undo to her hearts content or as often as her Mum will retie them!   Once I looked on Pinterest I saw so many great ideas for quiet books that I found it hard to limit myself!

I am currently working out what I can sandwich in the pages to give them a bit of noise when she plays with them.  To "bind" the book together I am planning to include a couple of loops of tape or ribbon on the edge of the page and then tie them together with a double knot and hope she can't undo them!

We have a friends wedding next weekend and I am hoping this is going to live up to it's name and keep her quiet for at least 5 minutes.



She loves twiddling with labels so I thought these mini bunting flags might work for her.


I stuffed the apple tree with off cuts and scraps of the felt I had accumulated, I thought this would give a bit of texture when  she is handling and bashing the book about,


Glad to say this didn't challenge my zip sewing phobia!


She is too young at the moment to understand the concept of putting something into the envelope but she will love the button and the lift up flap.  If it survives I will make a little something later that can be slipped in there for more fun and games.



I know she will enjoy tugging and pulling these loops of ribbon around, she already has toys with short strips of ribbon and she love grabbing them, usually followed by trying to eat them! well she is 8 months old.




Last but not least a couple of shoe laces which were the catalyst for this project.

I like the idea of the book being tied together so we can remove pages that are no longer relevant and replace them with whatever new and exciting thing that entertains and educates her.  There are some superb examples on Pinterest and I look forward to bringing my take to some of them in the future.

Any advice or ideas for future pages would be very welcome.




Saturday, 15 July 2017

July photo challenge - part one

Hi

Here is the round up of the first few photos I posted on Instagram as part of my July photo challenge


CLOSE

 


WOOD



SHADOW





TOOLS


CLOUDS



If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that there were a couple of other photos published that I have not included.  I have got a small technical hitch that I am working on and I will include these in my next post.

The challenge started very well with me posting daily, however, this week I haven't posted at all, as usual real life got in the way.  Knowing me I will meet the challenge of posting 31 pics in the month with a flurry of activity at the end of the month!

Have a good weekend




Thursday, 29 June 2017

July Photo Challenge

I am still shilly shallying about if I should continue to blog so I have come up with a mini project. I intend to post 31 pictures on Instagram over the month of July and I will do a weekly round up on here, I will be using the camera on my phone so that I can snap things as and when I see them.

This is the list, I will do them in no particular order so that I can interpret them as and when an opportunity arises, until I get near the end and panic!


  • Tea cup or mug
  • Something blue
  • Bunting
  • Cutlery
  • Light
  • Cotton reels
  • Fruit
  • Glass
  • The number 7
  • Close
  • Distant
  • Flower
  • Something white
  • Leaves
  • Door furniture
  • The weather
  • Car
  • Shadow
  • Stacked up
  • Tools
  • Clouds
  • Buttons
  • Wood or wooden
  • Path
  • Water
  • Architecture
  • Stripes
  • A sign
  • Dandelion
  • Gate
  • Something I have made

Wish me luck you can find me on Instagram classicmini66 if you want to keep on eye on my progress or pop in here for the round up.


I would love to hear what you are up to, do you have any projects on the go or are you chilling out and enjoying the summer?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

In a quandary

Hi All,


I am in a quandary about my blog, the observant among you will have noticed that there haven't been any posts for a while.

I am finding that I have had less free time to do my little makes and anything I have made I haven't even thought about photographing it or making any notes.  I do enjoy the blogging process and am always really thrilled when anyone takes the time to leave a comment, however, I have also felt liberated from my self imposed blogging schedule.

So do I close my blog down or do I keep it open in the belief  that I will pick it up again?

In the short term I am going to leave it open and if I haven't made any useful posts in the next few weeks I think that will answer my own question.

thanks for dropping by :)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Pom Pom garland for Easter

Woo hoo I have completed my first make to take away with us for our Easter break.




I hasten to add this will be my first and only make this Easter, I had a miserable cold last week so I am playing catch up this week.  It was simple and quick to make and is very suitable for getting the children involved with.





I made about a dozen pom poms using orange and yellow cotton yarn, that I have had for quite a while, they came from Lidl about 3 years ago when they had a sale day, a bit of a bargain at only 50p for 4 balls of yarn!   A combination of single shades and some mixed colours along with a few different sized in pom poms stops it being too uniform.  I left long strings when I tied the pom poms off and then tied these together to make the string I tried adding tassels over the joining knots but it just looked a little bit odd so I decided to embrace the honesty of them and let them show.  I will see what it looks like in situ and adjust the spacings accordingly.





I used a pom pom making kit like this one from Hobbycraft. I know how easy it is to cut out a couple of circles out of a cornflake box and do it the old fashioned way but this kit really does help to make it fast and they are reusable.  There is also a method on Pinterest using a fork that I have not tried yet.




Although it is fairly short ( I plan to hang it on the mantlepiece providing it doesn't cause a fire hazard) it is incredibly easy to get tangled up on itself so I have utilised my Mothers day card to wind it round and secured each end with a dob of washi tape.

I am happy with the end result and think it will add a  nice splash of Easter colour to our rented holiday apartment.

I wondered if anyone has tried making pom poms using "the fork method"? or are you a fan of the pom pom making kits?


Happy Easter to you all I hope you get lots of treats and remember they have no calories if you eat them in your PJs :)