Friday, 12 September 2014

Me? Crazy?!

I love my friends, I really do! I especially love the ones - you know who you are - who, on receiving a slightly random request in a text message from me on a Friday afternoon, just smile to themselves and delve around in their recycling box hoping to help me out in my randomness! Yes, I'm like that. And my friends are like that too! Thank you.

Let me explain....

Next weekend I'm organising (or perhaps I should say 'curating' according to the new buzz word on organising events!) an Afternoon Tea Party for a friend's 40th birthday. I'm gathering vintage crockery & tablecloths, baking cakes, working out exactly how many sandwiches we'll need and just where I'm going to store the numerous tissue pom-poms required to decorate the space, as well as furiously making bunting and worrying about whether there will be enough food, and and and...the list goes on.

But on Friday I decided I needed to work out the easiest - and cheapest - way to put a few flowers on each table. Glasses, maybe. Spice jars, too small. Jam jars, maybe. In a flash I realised the answer - tin cans, covered in tissue paper with an added paper doiley! Yippee! Simple, yet pretty and pretty much cost-free. Provided I could find some cans of course!! My friends really are ace - I managed to get 8 out of the 12 needed and have now procured the rest!

Here's what I've done with them....

Start with a clean tin can, outside paper removed.

Pick your favourite colour of tissue paper and cut a piece to size.

I think for these cans the paper needed to be 110 x 250mm

Take your can and cover it in PVA glue. Carefully place the tissue paper on the can. Line it up with either the top or the bottom and smooth it around the can.

Once in place, paint some more PVA over the top of the paper to add a varnish. Allow to dry.

Next, take your paper doiley and cut it in half.

Carefully put some PVA onto the outside of the can & place the doiley on top. Smooth into place. 


Leave to dry, then add some flowers and water. 


Now I'm off to count how many vintage plates I have in my garage...

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Read any good books lately??

I really love the summer holidays, I do! In the run-up with at least 101 things to do every day, I can't wait for school to break up. I absolutely love knowing that the alarm won't be going off, that I won't have to shepherd small-ish people out of the door by a certain time, and that most of the running around from here to there will calm down. Suppose I look forward to not having so many responsibilities and pulls on my time.

In my head we would have all the time in the world, every day. We girls could craft and cook and visit and play and read.... In my head I would have more time for reading. I even gathered a pile of books that I would work through (see below). In days of yore, holidays were all about reading. I'd take a pile of books away with me & often wish I'd brought more! Not so much these days with children to keep an eye on. But still I like to have a few good books lined up...

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell (because my girls are so very different, because I want to be sure they understand how much I love them, because I think it'll be an interesting read)

The Fault in our Stars by John Green (recommended by a good friend)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (this month's Book Club Book)

Ruby Redfort : Look into my eyes by Lauren Child (recommended for my 8yo. She likes me reading to her so the books need to be enjoyable for both of us!))

Spanish for Dummies (we're going on holiday in 2 weeks! Last year I vowed I'd learn Spanish before our next visit! Ha!)

In reality, time still flies by! There are just not enough hours in the day! Our days are indeed filled with craft and cooking and visiting and playing and reading, but not always in quite the relaxed way I had in mind!! C'est la vie!!

So, my reading list....suddenly I'm not so sure I'll get through any of them! 

I'm going to have a quick peruse of the Spanish book in the hope that this year I can say more than Holá! and Gracias.

Since my eldest daughter loves me to read to her at bedtime, I think Ruby Redfort is the only one I can guarantee will be finished before school starts again! 

The Fault in our Stars looks to be a fairly easy read although the topic is a bit close to my heart which makes me slightly wary. Self-preservation and all....

The Five Love Languages will be a 'dipper', I'll read a bit here and there and gradually make my way through it. Some books are good like that, aren't they?

I desperately want to read The Goldfinch since I've heard such good things about it, but wow, it's a big book with teeny tiny writing! Is it just me or do others find that daunting, too? I'm not sure I'll be able to read this in time for our next Book Club!

I've been reading more books on my Kindle app recently but I really do love holding a real book (and find reading in the bath too scary with my iPad in my hand!), so thought I'd get this in hard copy. I'm now wondering if I shouldn't have bought the kindle version after all! Perhaps this will be my true 'holiday book'. Perhaps lying beside the pool with the sounds of the kids splashing about in the water might be the ideal time.

What's on your summer reading list? Do you even have a list??