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Natural Beeswax Food Wraps

In a bid to live a little more with good intentions and be a little more mindful of the things I buy and consume I have been looking into natural and homemade things for our home to help make the “everyday” chores and necessities a little more joyful. Reusable, natural beeswax food wraps are the perfect alternative to using clingfilm and tin foil to keep food fresh, not only do they look and feel more beautiful to use they are also a good choice to make when thinking about cutting down on waste and making an intentional decision to do our bit for the environment.

I find making things for our home to be both joyful and satisfying, even more so when the finished result serves a good purpose and is something really useful. These beeswax food wraps are really simple to make, just sprinkle a few natural beeswax pellets onto a piece of clean, natural, unbleached cotton and pop in the oven* on a low heat for five to ten minutes. Once the wax has melted into the cotton it is time to take them out and allow to cool.

The wraps can be used over and over again for months providing they are kept clean between use. Use a little soap, rinse with cold water and leave to air dry. The warmth of your hands is enough to make them malleable enough to wrap.

Here are some great reasons to give them ago:

  • Natural beeswax has antibacterial properties and is safe to use with food.
  • The wraps can be used again and again eliminating waste
  • Eco-friendly
  • The process of making something useful for your home is highly satisfying
  • A beautiful alternative and it won’t get all tangled up like clingfilm tends to do

Do you like to make things for your home that are both beautiful and useful? Please do share your makes with me I would love to hear them.

Laura xxx

*use an old baking tray

 

Memories of March

March has been a beautiful and busy month with lots of lovely spring weather. And, it has been our last month with a one year old! I thought it would be a nice idea to document and share a series of monthly pictures from the goings on around here. With or little boy turning two it got me thinking about how the seasons of our life are turning so quickly, too quickly, in fact, I find it hard to believe we have been a little threesome for two years already and it amazes me just how fast we are growing and transitioning. Not only will sharing a monthly series of pictures be a lovely journal for me to look back on in years to come, it will be a good discipline for me in which to capture some canded everyday details of our life and home.

So here are some favourite moments from the month of March:

  • A beautiful bunch of spring blooms, and possible the last ranunculus of the season
  • A linen cupboard makeover to brighten a dark corner of our home (and quite possibly the start of nesting)
  • Burning the lime and basil Hudson & co. candle its fragrance is really uplifting, I am especially enjoying lighting it in the morning to start the day
  • A rare picture of myself and my growing baby bump taken by my husband and one that I will cherish forever. I am feeling a lot more calm about this pregnancy and so glad to have the moment captured on camera
  • Fostering a love of creativity in my son, I wrote a blog post here about my needs to be creative now that I am a stay at home mum
  • This is the magnolia season and I am obsessed with the beautiful blooms
  • And the best memory of the month was our little boys second birthday

Linen Cupboard Update With Chalk Paint By Annie Sloan

We have a beautiful old linen cupboard that once belonged to a great uncle, then my aunty, before being passed on to us. I love its shape and it’s the perfect size for our family needs.

It’s a beautiful old cupboard and has sentimental value because it was loving restored by my aunty, but the wood was too dark for my taste as I like our home to feel light and bright. Thanks to Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan I was able to give this little linen cupboard the perfect makeover to freshen up one of the darkest little corners of our home. I love the results so much.

I have painted lots of furniture here at home in the past, in favour of giving old pieces a new lease of life and creating a calm and relaxed vibe by choosing pale colours. Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan are my favourite because they are so easy to use and the variety of techniques available means you can achieve some really beautiful and creative finishes. I have often opted for the simple paint and wax technique which I have always been really pleased with, but this time I wanted to try something a little bit different. I love the rustic french chipped paint look which can be achieved in a couple of different ways using two or three different colours from the range.

I simply gave the cupboard a coat of Old White Chalk Paint first allowing it to dry fully before painting all the edges with Scandinavian Pink. Once the pink was dry I waxed the edges with Annie Sloan Clear Wax, this meant that once a final coat of Old white was added to the whole cupboard I was able to chip back the top layer (with a pallet knife and sandpaper) along the edges revealing the pink beneath it, creating a rustic chipped paint effect. And finally, I waxed the whole cupboard to seal the paint and protect it.

Do you love to upcycle old furniture? I love the words on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint paint mixer (see the fourth image down) PAINT EVERYTHING! yep! that’s what I like to do here!

Laura x

This post was written in collaboration with Annie Sloan who kindly sent me the pots of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan brushes to use. Thank you for supporting the brands I love.

A cozy bedroom with Soak&Sleep

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I was thrilled when Soak&Sleep very kindly asked if I would like to share their new bedding range with you. It is all really beautiful and honestly priced making it perfect for a little seasonal spruce. I chose the navy blue Artisan bedlinen with matching pillowcases. I love the subtle pattern and mid-century craft look, with a thread count of 220 woven in unbleached cotton it feels so very soft and every bit luxurious. To add to the feeling of comfort and warmth when the evenings are really chilly I have also added a vintage style quilted bedspread in soft stone which I absolutely love.

One of the things I love to do, when I can, is decorate our home with small jars of flowers from the garden, we have plenty of fading hydrangeas at the moment and I have added them to various jars to brighten up our bedroom room, I feel, bringing nature into our home throughout the year is really important, it connects us with the season and adds a sense of life and spirit. I have also bought my very first little succulent, I love its sage green leaves with purple tips.

Do you like to make little changes to your home to welcome a new season?