Monday, 4 August 2014

Lavender Bottles

I'm carrying on with the 'lavender' theme today as my room is full of drying lavender and smelling gorgeous!  Today I have used fresh lavender to make a lavender bottle.

I recently found a book on lavender at a cheap bookstore that is closing down for just 50p.  As well as lots of lavender information, there are some ideas of things to make with lavender.  This idea for lavender bottles appealed to me as you use fresh lavender on the stalk and weave ribbon into it so that when it dries out, the lavenders stays inside of the woven ribbon 'bottle'.

These were made in Victorian times to use for keeping drawers and cupboards smelling fresh and lovely.

I need to get some purple ribbon to match the lavender!  It uses quite a bit of ribbon and as I have a large roll of the red gingham I used that!

I'm quite pleased with it and I'm sure that as I make more of them, my technique will improve!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer's Here!!! Make a Lavender Heart!

Well we are having some glorious weather here in the UK.  Yesterday was very hot and today is supposed to be hotter!  We did experience alot of thunder and lightening last week which meant that some local events had to be cancelled last weekend which was a shame.

Anyway, with the hot weather comes insects and moths!!  I like to keep my bedroom window open during the summer as my room has the sun on it all afternoon so becomes very hot.  I get an army of moths and they are divebombing at me the whole night!  I picked a bunch of lavender from my garden and tied in with some jute the other day and hung it up and that night I didn't get a single moth come to visit!!

Yesterday, I remembered that I had bought a couple of willow heart wreaths at Wilkinsons for 50p each in the sale after Christmas so decided to cover one of them in fresh lavender.

It looks lovely and so simple to make using a glue gun!  I think that once it dries the lavender may drop off but I sprayed some hairspray lightly over it to hopefully hold it abit longer!  Anyway - it smells great and last night there were still no moths in my room although I did have a grasshopper!!

Here is the finished lavender wreath


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Upcycled Chair

Afternoon everyone!

I have been wanting to tidy up this wooden chair for ages.  I use it in my bedroom to sit at my desk and it really was looking sad and tired!!  We have had this chair since the 70's and we still have the extending table that came with it!  We use the table in a spare room for everything from crafting to decorating and more.  Sadly we only have 2 of the chairs left!

Here is how the poor chair looked before the makeover!!

I chose some nice heavy cotton with a pretty strawberry and gingham design on it to recover the seat.  I also bought some wadding to pad it out abit more as well.  Armed with my staple gun I secured it to the bottom of the seat.

For the chair itself, I used a shade called 'Wolf' from the Wickes Chalky Flat Matt range.  It is a taupe kind of shade which goes well with the fabric.  I sanded the chair down and then put several layers of the paint on it. I then lightly sanded it again and distressed it and then waxed it to seal it.

I am pleased with the finished result and it looks much cleaner and nicer now!!

Here is a before and after photo side by side so that you can judge for yourself!

Thanks for popping by!

Friday, 27 June 2014

A day out at Portabello Market

I've been doing a few little days out recently and as a friend of mine was over from India I caught the coach up to meet her.

We had decided that we would spend the day at Portabello Road Market so hopped on the tube to get there.  Nice and easy and not too many people until we hit Portabello and then it was packed!!

There are some lovely properties as you walk away from the underground station towards Portabello.

We met this fella along the roadside and he was so colourful that we got photos taken with him!!  This is me with the Mad Hatter!  Very nice happy chappy.

There are some lovely stalls at Portabello Market with some interesting old objects.  I don't think you will get much of a bargain price wise but you will be sure to pick up something unusual there!

These people were also on the pavement!!  It looked very strange as their heads are inside of their coat giving the impression that they are headless.  It looked very real!!

There were lots of lovely food stalls

Look at the different varieties of mushrooms on this stall!  Who knew there were so many!!

We were exhausted from walking so much on an extremely hot day!  My feet felt ready to fall off!  I made my way back to Victoria ready to catch the coach home after a very enjoyable day in London.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

A day out at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Last week I had a lovely day out in Devon with my friend Lucy.  Lucy lives in Devon so I caught the train down to Paignton to meet her.

We spent the day at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.  Wow what an awesome place!  It is huge and as well as lots of animals in good natural type enclosures there is alot of greenary - it's full of trees and bushes so wonderful to walk around.

If you are not able to walk, there are mobility scooters to hire very cheaply which is what my friend Lucy did.  The zoo and it's staff are very geared up to help anyone with mobility problems and make sure that their day is enjoyable.

The weather was good to us, it was very hot and sunny!  So armed with our packed lunches we set off!

There are large playparks built for the gorillas and orangutan with lots to keep them amused.  It was abit hot for them the day we went though so they didn't jump around too much.

The orangutans were hidden inside so didn't see too much of them.

Here are some more photos from my day out.

I'd really recommend spending a day at this zoo.  The place is well kept up, the animals are in very good condition and the staff are keen to make you feel welcome.  It's not a cheap day out - zoos never are but if you have a few people in your group there are various ticket options available as well as day and family tickets, you can also purchase annual tickets or there is another option to visit again using your day ticket if you pay alittle more.  Looking around the park I could see that the entrance fees were put to good use and that the place is kept up together very well and I think that it is worth paying the entrance fees to see the zoo.  You can certainly spend some pleasant hours here.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Facebook Page Giveaway.

Just popping in quickly to tell you about a small giveaway over on my Bumble Bee's Craft Den Facebook page.

The giveaway is for a string of my mini bunting which is made up of 10 small flags. Each flag is approx 6cm x 4cm and on a natural jute string. I normally sell these for £5 plus P & P. All you need to do is to 'Like' my Facebook page and share the giveaway post on Facebook with your friends - more details over on my Facebook page. 

Sorry this is only open to people in the UK due to stupid postage costs to post anywhere else. The closing date will be the last day of June which is 30th. I will do the draw using on 1 July and post on Facebook the winners name.