If you’ve been reading Growing Spaces for a while, you’ll know that nothing in our house stays the same for long. I’m constantly changing, tweaking, rearranging. It’s not a seasonal thing particularly, it’s something that I do all the time. I might pick up a new idea from another blog, or from social media or Pinterest. I might have bought a new vase/plant/stool/cupboard that needs a home created for it, or it could be that I just want to embrace the chance to potter around. I find creating a new little display both relaxing and exciting – I’m in the… View Post

Crafting essentials from Lotts & Lots I was totally bowled over by the wonderful creativity shared on last month’s LOVE-themed Create Make Share linky, hosted by myself together with Anthea from Zing Zing Tree and Emma from Kids Craft Room. So many amazing ideas, from kids’ craft activities, to beautiful handmade cards and gifts, to mouth-watering sweet treats. Thanks to everyone who joined in – I had such a fab evening browsing through all the entries. Clockwise from top left: Lotts & Lots; Muminthemadhouse; The Gingerbread House; Apartment Apothecary; The Creative Pair; Crafternoon Cabaret Club My favourites from the month… View Post

After my post about ways to give terracotta plant pots an update, I decided it was time to get out the paintbrushes and have a go myself. A lot of of my houseplants needed replanting into larger pots, but I needed to find a cheaper DIY alternative to buying a load of smart, new plant pots. So I had a rifle through the shed to find some old pots of paint and gave some old pots a new look. This week’s Heather’s Space video (have you subscribed yet and if the answer’s no, why not do it right now?!) is… View Post

There’s something wonderful about picking up a long-neglected project again. I slightly ashamed to admit that it’s been two years since I started hooking this granny square blanket for my husband. In fact, I bought the wool as an anniversary present to him for our 7th wedding anniversary. I’d crocheted myself a blanket and blankets for each of the twins, but he didn’t have one of his own so it seemed only fair. I mapped out a design, and started with great enthusiasm. The blanket has even travelled with me to New Zealand (where I picked up some yarn to… View Post

What a treat the first month of Create Make Share has been. I’ve loved all the festive projects that have been shared, from mouth-watering recipes to inspiring crafts – thanks so much to everyone who added their link and joined in. I’m definitely leaning towards a simpler Christmas this year, and this approach influenced my favourites from the linky. Top: Apartment Apothecary Middle (from left): Katie Denbury; Jenny.Bee13 Bottom (from left): Inside Out And About; Thinly Spread I’m a big fan of crafting but I’m also very partial to a time-saving short-cut, so Katy’s wreath-making for cheats was right up… View Post