Monday, 20 October 2014

Pumpkin farm...









Its become a yearly tradition now to go and choose our pumpkins from the nearby pumpkin farm. I love how much choice they have there, its amazing to see so many different colours and sizes all in one place. They make the most wonderful displays too, like this Spitfire and D Day landings mural, depicted in a huge variety of pumpkins and squash.

We came home with far more than we had intended to buy, as usual. Archie chose a regular pumpkin, (which he carefully decorated with felt pens when he got home) while Elizabeth and I chose some of the scalloped flowery shapes and a few tiny ones we couldn't resist. I'm hoping I'll get away with having to carve one this year, opting for a simple display of different shapes and colours instead.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Driftwood Feather Holder DIY....




Since we've been making our collections, we've managed to gather together quite a few different feathers. We do have a little pot for them, but I also wanted to make something we could put a few of our favourite feathers in, as a way of displaying them. I used this piece of driftwood collected from the beach and drilled some holes for them to stand in. The kids really love this, choosing which feathers to position where.




You will need -

* A piece of driftwood or other wood
* Feathers
* Pen and ruler
* Drill




First choose your piece of wood. I quite liked the chunkiness of this piece and it also had nice flat edges, making it easier to drill the holes.




Mark out where you would like the holes to be, making sure there is plenty of space for each feather. I used a white chalk pen so I was able to see the markings clearly, and could also remove any mistakes easily.

Drill the holes into the piece of wood, going in about an inch or so. I used a slightly thicker drill bit for the back holes so I could put the bigger ones with a thicker quill behind, and the thinner and shorter ones at the front.




And that's it! Once the holes are drilled you can play around with the positioning of your feathers.

Let me know if you try anything similar, I'd love to see it!

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Happy Friday, wishing you all a super weekend! xx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Lately...















▲ Early morning sky at the beach
▲ Everything looking very Autumnal at the park
▲ Monkey nuts for the squirrels - I love watching them bury them away at this time of year!
▲ Hello!
▲ Another Autumny walk in the sunshine
▲ Rainbow weather
▲ Playing with babies in the garden

Wishing you all a wonderful week! xx

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Leaf Crown...






On the weekend, Elizabeth and I made a leaf crown, using some leaves and feathers we'd collected at the park the previous day. It was a sweet little project to do together and she loved wearing it for the rest of the afternoon!

To make the crown, we used a length of bias binding and glued along the inside of the fold. We then selected the leaves and cut off the ends to make a flat edge. We placed the leaves all the way along the inside of the binding and once complete folded the edge over, making sure all the leaves were secure inside. To finish, we measured the crown around the head and secured at the back with a couple of staples.

The leaves actually went a bit floppy after a while, so I think this would work better with something a little taller to support them. A piece of folded card to tuck the leaves inside could work well. That way they could always decorate the band afterwards with ribbon or sequins.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Diana Mini Camera Giveaway...




Last week I finally got the photos developed from my Diana Mini camera. There is something so exciting about collecting actual prints, not quite knowing how they will turn out, or even what they are of when taken over a long period of time.

I've been using it over the summer, taking it out and about as a change from my 'big' camera! It's so nice to take something so light and small along. I loved playing around with multiple exposures and overlapping images, like this one of Archie above, playing in the sand. And the one below of Elizabeth at the beach, double exposed with a floral background.

I chose to stick to square images, but you can also switch to half frame, giving you 76 photos per roll of film. You can see more on the lomography site here, and more inspiration on Flickr here!




I have another Diana Mini to giveaway! The camera comes with a little 'shoot forever' book, full of ideas and inspiration.




To be in with a chance of winning just enter below.

The giveaway ends on the 24th October and I am happy to post worldwide. Good Luck! xx


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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Weekend...



















▲ Hello Autumn!
▲ Football at the park
▲ A beach walk
▲ Cakes from the bakery
▲ A walk in the woods
▲ At the playground

Wishing you all a happy week! xx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

DIY Pressed Flowers Plates




I have really enjoyed pressing flowers with the kids this Summer, we have quite a collection now. I especially love these Hydrangea blooms with their varying colours, picked at different stages. I wanted to create something where I could display some of the flowers and came up with this Idea for some decorated plates for hanging. I used some cheap white plates I picked up, but this could easily work with some vintage plates too!

You will need:

▲ Pressed flowers
▲ Plates
▲ Mod Podge or PVA glue
▲ Small brush
▲ Sticky plate hangers for hanging
▲ Cotton buds or wipes





1. First decide on the positioning of the flowers on your plates. I took a quick picture on my phone once I was happy with the arrangement, so that I could refer back to it whilst sticking them down.




2. Use a small brush to paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge or glue. Adhere to the plate, gently pressing down the petals.




3. Continue to stick down all the flowers in place. Use a cotton bud to wipe away any excess glue from around the edges of the flowers.




4. Once the plates are complete, use sticky plate hangers to hang the finished plates on the wall! You could try a line of plates running down, or maybe decorate various sizes and colours and hang at random possitions.


Do you have any Ideas for using pressed flowers? I'd love to hear them! xx
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