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Seasonal Crafts

Bath Tea Bags

Bath Tea Bags

These muslin sachets, often called Tub Teas, can be hung form the taps, so the water runs through them while you are running your bath. Each bag can be used twice. Dry thoroughly after the first use, then use again before discarding the mixture ready for refilling. *Instead of herbs you can use the contents […]

By November 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Gifts for Gardeners Ideas

Gifts for Gardeners Ideas

Elizabeth McCorquodale creates some easy-to-make, fun and personalised home-made Christmas presents, many using either home-grown or recycled materials I love making things from scratch, and throughout the year I set aside interesting bits and pieces – pretty jars or bottles, old cutlery, even old cans – that I can use later to make something for […]

By November 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Gift ideas – Herbs

Gift ideas – Herbs

Julia Squires has created a cottage business supplying herbs in unusual containers. Here she provides tips on creating a handy 24/7 kitchen herb garden Here at Coombe Cottage, since leaving the rat race, our new life has opened up many exciting doors for us – one of which is growing and selling herbs. I have […]

By October 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

So many recipes for extracts are designed to produce amounts which could keep the WI going for months on end, so I’ve reduced the typical quantities here to make this a bit more realistic for the average-sized kitchen and the requirements of a ‘normal’ person. In each case the preserving of the extract in vodka […]

By January 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Simple Clock Make Over

Simple Clock Make Over

I spotted this rather sad and dated clock in a charity shop, the mechanics worked fine, it even had a working battery so well worth the £2 being asked for it. Here’s how I brought it ‘back to the future’. YOU WILL NEED Coarse, clean scouring pad Wrapping paper (strong, good quality ‘Kraft’ type is […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Bonfire Toffee

Bonfire Toffee

This gorgeous, chewy confection is synonymous with Bonfire Night and Diana Peacock’s (of City Cottage) recipe is super easy and doesn’t go brittle. She urges you to use a thermometer as it takes all the guesswork out of making it. If you don’t have one keep a couple of saucers of ice-cold water to hand. […]

By October 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Simple Holly Wreath

How to Make a Simple Holly Wreath

Jayne Neville shows how to make a simple holly wreath with things you already have growing in the garden or find readily on walks. See also: Making a Giant Bird Food Wreath Making a natural Wreath How to Make a Rag Work Wreath   Any evergreen foliage can be used: holly, of course, but pieces […]

By November 26, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Crochet Christmas Garland

Crochet Christmas Garland

We’ve teamed up with the great team at Wool Warehouse using wool from their DROPS Alaska range for this festive crochet Christmas garland. See also: Knitting Cosy Slippers Egg Cosy Pattern Free Cabled Hat Pattern   TO MAKE THE STARS Using DROPS Alaska shade 02 (off white) with a strand of DROPS Glitter in shade […]

By November 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Make Your Own Mulled Wine kit

Make Your Own Mulled Wine kit

You can very easily make your own mulled wine kit of spices and attach it to a bottle of wine to make a simple present seem just that bit more thoughtful. Simply gather together the following ingredients – you could very easily adapt it to suit the intended recipient. See also: Limoncello Raspberry Gin   […]

By November 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Rag Work Christmas Wreath

How to Make a Rag Work Christmas Wreath

Years ago, before telly, ipads and, yes, even electric lighting folk would sit in the evening cutting up strips of fabric from clothes that had seen better days and refashion them into rugs. These rag rugs, with their hessian or sack backing, required no sewing – a big bonus when lighting was an issue. What […]

By November 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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