Friday, January 30, 2015

Do It Yourself...

Now that I'm sharing my home with a collection of cactuses I need something to put them all in! Planters or plant pot covers are the perfect way to display house plants as you can just leave the plant in it's existing plastic pot but hide it with something pretty!

Here's a roundup of five of my favourite DIY planter tutorials...

1. I absolutely love this geometric clay pot tutorial by Delia from the brilliant craft blog Delia Creates. The technique she uses to create this multifaceted geometric shape is so clever and I really like the way this tutorial makes use of the natural texture of the clay! As Delia mentions in her tutorial, air dry clay isn't water tight so you wouldn't be able to re-pot your plant directly into this bowl but I reckon with a bit of modification you could make the bowl the right shape to accommodate a small plastic plant pot?

2. These sweet little house shaped planters are made using oven bake polymer clay! The tutorial shows you how to seal the edges to make the planters water tight so you could plant directly into them if you wanted to. Head over to Say Yes for the tutorial and be sure to check out Claire's beautiful blog, Fellow Fellow.

3. Another great painted plant pot idea - I love the way this gold dipped plant pot carries the colour of the dish through into the pot itself. Pastels and metallic look so great together!

4. These faux copper plant pot covers by Brittni Mehlhoff at look so slick - I can't believe they're actually made out of contact paper (or sticky backed plastic for us UK folk!). Such a simple but effective idea!

5. I love the colours of these dip dye plant pots by I Spy DIY - think of all the colour combinations you could do! If you're a crafter in a hurry you can buy everything you need for this DIY (minus the plants of course!) as a kit!.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Succulent Situation...

I picked up this sweet little Money Plant last week at my local garden centre - a few more spiky succulents might also have jumped into my basket at the same time ;) I'm reading up on how to take care of these bad boys but in the meantime this little dude needs a cosy home. There are some brilliant planter DIYs popping up on some of my favourite craft blogs at the moment - I'm looking forward to sharing a few of my favourites later in the week!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

So fresh and so clean...

Hello 2015 - oh I do love a fresh start! 2014 was one hell of a year - I haven't really spoken much about childbirth and motherhood and all that here. Mainly because there is just too much to say and I wouldn't know where to begin. Eva Wiseman kind of says it all perfectly in her recent article for the Guardian - go take a peek!

I'm so excited for this year. I feel like I've finally hit my stride with motherhood and am really enjoying my days with sweet Orla. Now that Orla goes to bed at a reasonable hour I've suddenly got my evenings back again so am hoping to get some good sewing done this year - as usual I have a million ideas buzzing round my head and am itching to get started!

Last year was understandably sporadic on the posting front but I'm hoping to get back to some kind of regular schedule this year. I love sharing my projects and tutorials here and personally, I find blogging and being part of the craft blog community just gives me that little shove towards picking up my scissors and making something rather than just daydreaming about it. Blogging for me right now is all about making and doing and sharing the love!

I haven't made any resolutions this year - I'm just kind of in the moment and it's a good place to be!