Category Archives: Seasons

Peace & Light ~ Memories of May

May is a beautiful month and this May has been no exception with plenty of time spent outside in the fresh air and sunshine. However, I can not post this month’s memories without mentioning the sadness has touched the hearts of so many after the awful attack in Manchester leaving many families grieving the loss of loved ones. As a mother, I can not help but want to bundle my boy up and keep him safe forever, but a big part of parenthood is to learn to let go of those little hands and let them explore their own little world. I have been reminded that the most important thing we can teach our children above all else is love – to love and be loved wholeheartedly – and to remind them that gratitude and kindness can make this broken world a better place.

My lovely friend bought me a peace lily earlier this month to bring me peace throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, which is such a lovely and thoughtful gift idea for expectant mamas in the final weeks before birth. I have put it on the fireplace in the living room and I must say it really has a calming effect. We have just a mere few weeks to go before welcoming our baby into the world and I have begun to gather things together in preparation for his arrival. I know newborns don’t need an awful lot, but it does make me feel happy to fold tiny vests and to get organised. I have also hung a sweet cloud mobile above our bed which a friend made for us after Arthur was born.

The weather here has been super this month and we’ve not been governed too much by the pressures of time, allowing for a slower pace in which to enjoy just being together. We have been out for lots of walks, planted up an old sink with herbs, we made a (pretend) campfire at the bottom of the garden under the big tree and I have even surrendered to taking daytime naps whilst my boy sleeps next to me. Sleeping in the day is not something I usually like to do but I’m beginning to feel the need to rest up whilst I can.

Hope you had a good month.

A Garden Gathered Festive Garland

Between the rain showers the other day I headed out into the garden to gather some flowers and foliage to create a festive garland for our mantle piece, a styling challenge set by BloomNation – an online floral market place. It was one of those grey days where the mist was so dense I could feel it on my face, it felt so refreshing to breath in the cold air having spent most of the day inside. Don’t you just love getting wrapped up warm and stepping out on a cold winters day!

The garden is pretty bare at the moment (next year is going to be the year where we transform the space into somewhere that will be lovely to sit in the afternoon sunshine, we have been putting it off for far too long! There, I’ve said it now… It must happen) However, the hydrangea is still looking ever so lovely despite all the rain we have had lately. I gathered a large bunch of the fading blooms along with some ivy and some evergreen.

To create the festive garland I built up the display in layers, starting with the ivy as the base. Then I positioned the silver glass tea-light holders, candles and reindeer before adding in the hydrangea and evergreen (start in the centre and work your way out for a balanced look.) Once I was happy with the position of everything I added in the fir cones which I have painted the tips with white chalk paint to give the overall display a wintery feel.

The lovely thing about using hydrangea blooms in this way is that they tend to dry beautifully and so there is no need to use an oasis or moss to keep it moist. Once the petals have dried out and I take the display down after christmas I will keep them and use them as props in Instagram photos like this one here because they are so so pretty.

If you are an avid Pinterest user like me, pop over to BloomNations page and take a look at all their beautiful floral pins for inspiration, they are stunning. 

Have a lovely weekend friends.

Festive Matchbox Favours With Etsy UK

Happy festive season to you all, is this not the most magical of all seasons? Im thrilled to be sharing a little craft project with you over on Etsy UK.
I love gathering my mum and sisters together to spend and afternoon Christmas crafting. it has become a little tradition to make our own christmas crackers for the christmas table, however this year we have made something a little different filled with sparkle and wishes for the year ahead. 
Pop over to Etsy UK (here) to read the full post.Happy festive crafting.

Hedgerow Pressed Flowers

 A few months back I received a sweet little gift, a vintage Observer book on plants, to my delight when I leafed through the well loved pages I discovered pressed flowers and petals scattered throughout like little gems, it really inspired me to have ago at pressing some florals myself. I was delighted to find a Laura Ashley flower press which comes complete with parchment paper between the cardboard layers ready to use.

With spring well underway and the hedgerows in full bloom with all sorts of British wild flowers, like bluebells, forget-me-nots, cow parsley and daisies, I took my basket out one sunny afternoon and foraged a few wild blooms to bring home and try out my new flower press. 

Here I have placed the flowers and petals on the parchment paper in a few different ways, hopefully this will give me a variety of different shapes once pressed. There are enough sheets of paper and card to press lots of small wild flowers and it only takes a week to get the finished result.

Catch up with me next week when I reveal just how these little blooms faired beneath the press and a sweet little craft idea using the pressed flowers.