popcorn hydrangea

Popcorn hydrangea

Silly name, beautiful plant.  As soon as I spotted this plant in the entrance to Brackenwood garden centre, I knew it had to be mine. I’ve had this now for over a year and it’s still alive which is pretty much a record, and I even think it’s grown a bit.

popcorn hydrangea

I like the shape of the flowers but the green/blue/purple colour of their buds is what I really love about this plant.

popcorn hydrangea

As everyone knows though, hydrangeas change colour according to ph level of the soil so mine is already turning pink.

popcorn hydrangea pink

I read somewhere that you can add certain things to the soil to make it stay blue so when I re-pot it, that’s what I’ll do.


Perfect patterns

Oh my gosh I love pattern. And colour. And pattern and colour. And Pinterest, where beautiful patterns flow about, ready to be collated and poured over for months to come.

Here are a selection of some of my current favourite prints where the colour and pattern are both, in my opinion, going for it.

Helga White by Hamburgerliebe on Spoonflower

Childhood a Tana Lawn by Liberty Art Fabrics

Helen Dardik, although it was difficult to pick just one.

Beautiful gift wrap from Leah Duncan at Betty & Dupree

Leah Duncan Triangles,

Put a lid on it by Michael Miller available from Fancymoon

Put a lid on it by Michael Miller

Amy Butler Water Boquet Midnight fabric available from onlinefabricstore

Amy Butler Water Bouquet Midnight Fabric

Annabel Grey – cut flowers

Annabel Grey cut flowers hanging

Studio Lisa Bengtsson – Tyget “Baronessa” Rosa/Gul

Tyget "Baronessa" Rosa/Gul

Seagull by Jenny Lee-Katz


New baby card

So many of my cards feature a cut out shape stuck onto some folded card. And that’s it. But I’m fine with that, I love the simplicity and speed and I’m sure there will be plenty more cut out shapes stuck on card from me in the future.

Toilet roll plane

Ah, the summer holidays, what fun we’ll have. Early on I realised this would only be possible if I planned each day, including craft activities in advance. I envisioned a timetable bursting with fun, yet educational activities designed to entertain my children whilst preparing the eldest for school at the same time. I would plan using Pinterest and all would be merry. Once again, things haven’t quite worked out that way but hoorah anyway for Pinterest and the ability to type in ‘toilet roll plane’ and discover a craft activity that will keep the attention of my 4 year old son whose interest is vehicles and nothing else.

We used this amazing plane tutorial to make this beautiful plane and my son was entertained for at least 2 hours plus I can throw it in the bin guilt free when it gets damaged. Bonza.