Sunday, 17 October 2010

Make and Do Sunday

Not so long ago I went to Westonbirt Arboretum and brought back leaves, conkers and eucalyptus pods and today I finally got around to using them.

With the leaves I made this mobile. It looks lovely now ('scuse the bad paint job in the background), but making it was a royal pain in the arse. The thread I used was so fine and they kept getting tangled up. I mean to add more leaves to it, but maybe not just yet.

I finally got around to having that eucalyptus infused bath too.. didn't work very well. The pouch smelled gorgeous, the bath smelled of..well, nothing really. But no matter, radox came to the rescue!

And just because it surprised the hell outta me, look what I woke up to this morning. Frost!

And if you look really closely, you'll see the conkers I collected in the shed windows. 

And you know what? They DO keep the spiders away! I now have an excuse to go conker collecting every year. Score!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

How to give a cupboard door it's sexy back

A while ago I did a pretty up job on our living room cupboard door and then promptly forgot to blog about it. Far too busy sitting back and admiring my handy work you see.
So seeing as I'm currently juggling a granny blanket, making a Sunday roast, updating this blog and drinking a cup of tea (I know, I'm a multi-tasking extraordinaire), here's a very quick looky at the before and after pics. 

Before (Obviously. The fact that it's lying on my decking and not attached to the door frame kind of suggests as much.)

This is what it looked like when it was attached to the cupboard door frame. That corner never looks as clutter free as this normally. I'd just finished painting the wall so all crap had been moved to another corner instead.

And et voila! 
What do you mean you can't see a difference?
Oh gawd, ok so I realise it doesn't look that much different, but I promise you it does in real life. It's been sanded, varnished with a warmer coloured wood stain and had new knobs added. It's got it's sexy back, although you might just have to trust me on that one. 

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

4 Simple Goals Update # 2

So, it's been over a month since my last 'Me Day' so I booked today off work and decided to have a lazy one. I did a few bits here and there in between all the laziness. One those "bits" was to organise my granny squares so that I could finally start sewing them into a blanket. I think it's going to look good!

There's 104 squares there. 

And then into the garden where I am growing/have grown strawberries, sweet peppers, garlic and check out my parsnips!

And then I decided to make myself a little insect nest. We had a lot of ladybirds in the garden this summer and since I've taken down all the sunflowers I was worried they wouldn't have any where to hibernate for the winter. So hey presto, now they have this!
Ok, so it doesn't look like much, but I'm assured the bugs will love it. 

I wedged it under the decking to keep it dry and sheltered from frosts and winds. 

And those folks, were the highlights of my second Me Day. S'cuse the waffling, it's actually quite late and I'm tired, but wanted to finish this post because I go to bed. 
And I'm done, night! x

Sunday, 3 October 2010

I Heart Autumn

I bloody love this time of year! My only complaint is that it really doesn't seem to last very long. And with that in mind I badgered the bloke into going to Westonbirt Arboretum with me yesterday to see the trees in all their autumn finery. He in turn, badgered our friends to come along, who in turn brought their dogs and a brilliant day was had by all.

Well by me at any rate, I can't speak for the others, although I suspect the bloke enjoyed himself despite being a full time grumpy sod. Here are some of the pictures from our day, I was doing my usual 'hoarder' thing and ended up bringing half of the woods home with me!

I collected a whole load of leaves which are currently being squished between two very heavy books. I've got a couple of ideas as to what I'm going to do with them, but that's for another post.

I don't care how old you are, you've got to collect conkers! I did more than my fair share, although I do have an excuse. I heard somewhere that conkers deter spiders. I'm going to put them in the conservatory/shed/kitchen corners this winter to see if it works. I'm sick to death of sharing my house with spiders every year!

Luckily there were flipping tonnes of them just lying on the ground, all lonely and unclaimed..

Eventually I was dragged away left of my own accord with 62 conkers!

Gorgeous colours were seen..

..and eucalyptus seed pods were collected. I'm going to crush them and have a eucalyptus infused bath tomorrow night. Mmmmmm...

And to wrap up, here's a picture of a handsome moo cow who played the part by also being autumn coloured. Good old moo!

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