Posts Tagged ‘garden’

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I’m still decluttering my studio, which is taking forever: I have so much stuff in there.  Yesterday I rediscovered a pack of replica vintage garden ephemera that I bought at the Chelsea Flower Show many years ago.  I’ve used a few bits from it, but the rest had been chucked in a drawer and forgotten about.  I’ve chosen a few cards with which to decorate my studio, and today I turned the remaining bits and bobs into a notebook.

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how useful a curved needle can be, especially when one is binding envelopes into a book.

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I ended up using the biggest garden leaflet to make the cover (which is lined with card from some posh shirt packaging that came into my possession), the leftover garden bits and some repurposed paper (brown paper that had been used as packaging in something I received in the post, and some squared paper from an old maths exercise book) became the pages.  I found some old envelopes lurking in another drawer so those got thrown in too.  It’s turned out beautifully!

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Enjoy the view

No sketches to share this week, so here’s a view of my studio instead. Just imagine yourself surrounded by the scent of roses and honeysuckle.


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Something  a little different for our street art this week.  I sometimes take our dog to Emslie Horniman Pleasance, and it wasn’t until my second visit there that I spotted this very subtle piece in the Quiet Garden there.

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Doesn’t look like much so far does it?  Then you take a closer look at some of the bricks.

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Wise words indeed.

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Not the most thrilling title, and not really the most enthralling subject for a blog post either!  Still, I’ve had a chance to do a little more reorganising in my garden and thought I might as well pop it up here.  The last bit of pallet recycling involved turning some wooden pallets into a bench for my studio (click here to view that post – you’ll need to scroll down quite a way to see it).  However we did have some bits of pallet left, which was annoying as (of course) that means having to dispose of them.  Hmm.

So, since November I’ve been pondering on and off how best to use up the rest of the leftovers.  I stumbled across a great idea at A Beautiful Mess for creating a vertical garden using old pallets (click here to view); which I loved, but it didn’t really fit right with my own garden, as I have a lot of pot holders which need to hang off horizontal supports.  Still, it provided enough inspiration for me to go back to basics and just use the pallet as is.


Just adding a wider board (another leftover from another project!) to the top to make a shelf, on which I will sit troughs full of vegetables come the summer, and voila!  One handy pot hanging space, which might not look much now but if you pop back in the summer it’ll be blooming.  I may even paint it, you never know.

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My attack on the stash of calendars in my studio continued today, and the follow up to Dali was Alan Titchmarsh’s 2004 calendar:

I decided to make another portfolio with this, but using my preferred coptic binding instead of the accordion binding I used last time.  All twelve of the calendar pages were used to make envelopes/pockets, and then bound in chronological order so that this portfolio is the perfect place to store notes, plant tags or small packets of seeds throughout the entire gardening year.

A close up of one of the pockets:

The front cover of the calendar was used to create the covers for this portfolio.

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I’d planned a day in my studio, but when I went downstairs this morning I was seized with the very strong urge to build something.  I probably should have gone for a lie down until the urge passed, but instead I sat and pondered for a while and then managed to knock this up out of most of the remaining leftover timber I had.

I’ve been hankering for one of those beehive wormeries for ages, but have never been able to justify the cost.  This is a compost bin rather than a wormery, but should suit me just as well.  It’s quite small (approx 40cm square, and about 60cm high), but my garden doesn’t generate a huge amount of waste so hopefully it will suffice!

It’s stacked, so the sections aren’t joined, for ease of access.  The front of the bottom section is loose so that it can be pulled off when I eventually need to get at the compost.

I’m really pleased with it.  It was much easier to build than I thought it would be (and, amazingly, I didn’t chip my nail varnish – this is a small but very pleasing fact!), it used up most of the timber that had been cluttering up the garden, and it looks lovely.  I’ve already started filling it up with the garden waste I had lying around (I had a bit of a tidy up on Tuesday afternoon), and I’ve instructed my mother to start saving the veg waste and teabags 🙂

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A magical light…

I’ve been wanting to add some fairy lights to my garden since I finished the landscaping phase, but finances have held me back somewhat.  I’m still broke, but I spotted a bargain at the Chelsea Flower show and snapped up two sets of fairy lights (50 lights on a 5 metre string, £10 each – bargaintastic!).  On Friday I painstakingly wound them around two of the posts in my garden (the ones with the Trachelospermum jasminoides and the Clematis cirrhosa, for those who are interested in the fine details), and I loved the effect so much that on Sunday I went out and treated myself to some flower-shaped fairy lights (Sainsburys, £19.99 per set – 20 lights per string – currently on BOGOF).  These were even more troublesome to put up.  I wound one set very carefully into my contorted hazel, and it took the best part of 45 minutes to get just right.

Well worth the effort:

And a photo taken in the daylight to show that they really are just as pretty when they’re not lit:

The fairy lights on the posts have proved much more difficult to photograph, so here is a very bad photograph just because I doubt whether I’ll be able to take a better one:

You’ll just have to trust me when I say that the fairy lights look much prettier in the flesh!  I still have one set of the flower lights, and I’m holding onto them until I’m absolutely certain about where I want to put them.

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