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Green Fingers

Gardening is currently enjoying something of a renaissance. What with The Great Allotment Challenge over on BBC2, growing your own is becoming the new cool. Whether you have an outdoor garden or are filling indoor spaces with pots and planters, the good news is that there are lots of innovative products emerging to uphold gardening’s new rep.
Before we get carried away with all the shiny new things you can get your hands on, let’s start with the basics: watering cans. Indoor and outdoor gardeners alike will need a trusty can to seem them through the seasons.
For those of you who really like to look the part, then you can do no better than a Haws watering can, the classic staple of the gardening world. These beautiful cans come in both the indoor and outdoor variety, so no matter what sort of gardening you do, you can do it in time-honoured style. 
If you’re more of a finger on the pulse of all new trends type then Shahar Peleg’s Rainmaker is sure to make you smile. Adorably cute, there is also something quintessentially cool about this little cloud shaped bottle topper in it’s mimic of nature.
Being a reader of this blog, we’re going to assume that, like us, you’re a lover of the printed word. The Balcony Gardener’s Bookend Bloccon Indoor Watering Can mixes our love of bookshelves and plants perfectly. 

We also love these ceramic vases which are cleverly disguised as hardback books and definitely wouldn’t look out of place on our shelves. Fill them with your favourite blooms to make a cute book-themed flower display, perfect for when it’s your turn to host book club!
Words by Laura Peebles

Kelsey Genna

Whilst flicking through the new campaign from Kelsey Genna we were transported back to the ’90s and the wardrobe of our childhoods – who remembers floral cycling shorts?!   
Designer & Founder Kelsey has been creating floral sportswear for herself since she was a teenager, and is helping to bring that nostalgia to her collection, featuring everything from floral crop tops to leopard leggings and swimwear.
See the rest of the collection here

Jar of Hearts

We’ve recently discovered the cute blog Oh Happy Day and boy is it right up our street. Jordan, who is an event planner by day, shares her inspiration on home decor, party planning ideas and some great DIY projects!
So this weekend we knew exactly where to go for a quick DIY to keep our idle hands busy… where we came across this fab idea to spruce up some glass jars we had filling up our recycling box. These cute paint dipped jars make cute vases for a  party or even just to pretty up your house –  and what’s more is that they’re really easy-peasy! 
Just choose your preferred colour paint (we opted for a pastel mint colour) pour into a bowl and then dip the bottoms of your jars in, let them dry and voila. 
Let us know if you give this a go, we’d love to see the results! Or perhaps you’ve got any easy DIY projects of your own?
All images courtesy of ohhappyday.com

Window Boxes for Dummies

Are the first rays of spring sunshine giving you the urge to grow something!? But what do you do if your green-finger clock is ticking but you don’t have even a stamp size patch of outside space?
Assuming you don’t live underground and you do have natural day light, why not get a window box? These little contraptions might seem like a puny compromise when you’re yearning for an orchard, but with a little bit of careful planning and love, you can quell your gardening pangs, and brighten up your view.
Handy hints:
Drill (or hammer) some holes into the bottom of your box. If water can’t drain, your greens will drown.
Line the bottom with cracked pots (ask the garden centre as they’ll always have broken and unsellable ceramics) to aid drainage.
Choose a selection of plants that will flower at different paces. This increases the longevity of your box, as there will always be a new plant in bloom.
Select low lying bedding plants. Taller plants will lean toward the sun, making the box look lopsided.
Give your plants space to spread; this will fill out the box without costing a fortune.
If you’re thinking of growing herbs, try single seed plants like chives and parsley as they will grow in abundance in any space. Avoid mint at all costs, as it’s an aggressive plant(!) which will dominate the space and squeeze other herbs out.
Happy growing!

Paint the Town


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How cute are these bottles… and the best thing is they’re really easy to make! We’re always looking for new ways to brighten up our rooms so these pastel coloured bottles seemed like the perfect answer. 

All you need to do is find some nice shaped bottles, remove the labels, clean the inside and let them dry out completely. 

Next, pour a good size dollop of paint into the bottom of the bottle then slowly rotate the bottle so that it covers the entire interior. We recommend using two coats, and don’t worry about using glass paint, acrylic is fine (as long as you don’t fill it with water afterwards!)

Then just let it dry thoroughly and then you can sit back and admire your handywork!