Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumn Craft Ideas

Everywhere we go just now there are lovely autumn jewels to find which are perfect for making crafts. From conkers to acorns, pine cones to leaves, read on for some great ideas of things to make when you are tired out from jumping on leaf piles! 

Autumn crafts are heaps of fun

Monday, 3 October 2016

How To Prune Roses...

Hey everyone. Did you know that whilst we call the sharp spikes on roses "thorns", they are actually prickles! Well this blog isn't just full of useless facts like that, it also has some top tips on how to prune roses as well as a review of some secateurs we have been trying out recently. I'm off to make some rose perfume whilst you have a wee read...

Having a smell of some roses at Alnwick Gardens

Monday, 19 September 2016

Fairy Gardens Revealed

I love gardens and I love fairies so put the two together and whooosh, it's like a fairytale ending! In this latest blog I have soooo much to tell you including some AMAZING fairy gardens to go and visit. AND (yes, there's more!) how to make your very own fairy garden. Come on, let's go see...

This way for the Fairy Trail...
I am a very lucky girl as Tilda and I have been to visit two fairy gardens recently. Last week, when we were on holiday, we went to Alnwick Gardens which has a fairytale treasure hunt in it. I have already blogged all about that in A Garden of Fairy Tales so click on the link to go read all about there.

Heading to the Fairy Village in Balfron
Last month we also visited the Fairy Woodland Experience in Balfron which I want to tell you all about. When you arrive you get a map to guide you around the woodland and there are cute little log with arrows all around the paths to keep you in the right direction. On the day we arrived there was a bit of a panic as the key which opens all the fairy doors had been lost and it was up to us to find it and make sure the fairies could get back in and out of their doors!

Make a wish, press the button and see what happens next...

When we arrived at the Fairy Village we were met by two real life fairies.We were given our fairy names (my name was Rose River and Tilda's was Glimmer Thistle, cute huh?) and some quiz sheets. On the treasure trail there was a lot to find such as who lived behind the pink door and who lived at number 72. Thankfully we managed to find the missing key (phew) so that solved that crisis. In the village there was loads to see and do - lots of fairy doors to spot, a wishing chair, a worry tree and loads more. 

There are fairy doors hidden in LOTS of places

We carried on round the larger woodland walk and found lots more fairy doors and it was a pretty walk through the woodland. We even stopped for a wee picnic on our way.

Back at the hub there was free tea, coffee, juice and biscuits as well as colouring in to do. There's also a cute shop selling lots of lovely fairy merchandise. My grandma bought Tilda and I fairy doors which we used to make our fairy garden which I will tell you about in a minute.

The worry tree takes all your worries away

We would HUGELY recommend the Fairy Trail. It is only £4 per person (under 2s are free) and we spent hours and hours there. It is open Thursdays and weekends through September and open through the October school holidays. It will then become the light experience and then the Santa experience before the fairies allow us back to visit again from next March. 

There are even more doors to find on the woodland walk

Inspired by our visit to Balfron, Tilda and I decided to make our own fairy gardens. Here is how we made ours:

Make Your Own Fairy Garden

You will need:
  • A wooden tray (or an old shoe box)
  • Some artificial grass (you can get free samples sent out to you!)
  • A fairy door (get one at the fairy experience when you visit)
  • Bits & bobs and your imagination to decorate the garden

To make:

1. My clever daddy made me a wooden frame for my garden. You could use a tray or even an old shoe box would work.

Daddy made me a tray to put some artificial grass into

2. We had some off-cuts of artificial grass which we cut to size. You could ask your grown up to send off for a sample of artificial grass which you could use. 

We added our fairy door to one end and then decorated it
3. We decorated our fairy doors with the stickers which came with them and glued them to our frame.

We made some sparkly clothes & a washing line for our fairy

4. We then went wild and designed our garden. Luckily I could get some top tips from M&D who are garden designers. They said we needed to allow a path to the door and somewhere to sit. I made a hopscotch path and we made decks out of lollipop sticks! I made a pond from some mosaics as well as some trees. I found some flowers and used pine cones as shrubs. I also made a wishing seat from a painted stone and made a sign. I even made a washing line and some glittery clothes for my fairy! Tilda made some cool garden furniture using little wood circles and stones. Some toadstools finished off our gardens perfectly. 

Tilda made a stripey deck and some furniture for her garden

We left buttons outside our fairy doors so fairies know it is empty and they are welcome to come and live there. I hope some come to visit soon! 

Our completed fairy gardens, waiting for some fairies to move in...

Hugs & kisses,

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Perfect Picnics

It may officially be Autumn but the weather (mostly) is still good enough to get outdoors and have a picnic. This blog is as tightly packed as our picnic basket with loads of great stuff including reviews of some innovative picnic products and a cool game you can play for free at your picnic...

Tilda & I LOVE a picnic

Monday, 22 August 2016

Dinna Dinna Dinna Dinna Bat Night!

It's International Bat Night this weekend (27/28 August) so don your best super hero costumes and get outside and do some bat spotting. Here are why bats are important (including my own favourite reason for loving them!) and how you can help them...

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Flower Power

I was recently sent a lovely flower pressing kit by my buddies at BigJigs to review. As an expert flower grower I had plenty of choice of pretty flowers to pick in the garden and see how they looked once they pressed. Read on to see what I thought of the flower press and what you can make from your pressed flowers...

A pressed cirsium looks like a funny moustache! 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

"The Children's Garden" - a book review by Lulu Burt

Hey y'all. I am always on the look-out for new ideas for things to do outside in the garden. You may have read my recent blog which had 19 Great Ideas for Summer Fun In The Garden. Well, now I have even more ideas to share with you thanks to a great new book called "The Children's Garden" by Matthew Appleby.

I am so excited about my new book I can't open my eyes!

Monday, 11 July 2016

19 Great Ideas for Summer Fun in the Garden

The summer holidays are stretching hazily out far in front of us. There's no school (nursery) for weeks and weeks. There will be late nights and long lies. Playing with friends. Days out. Picnics. Now, I don't want to be hearing any murmurs of "Muuuuuuuuum, I'm bored". The garden is your oyster and I have loads of cool things for you to do outdoors this summer....

Have fun in the garden this summer

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Strawberry Fields Forever

I had a lovely weekend playing at farm parks with my friends. I had two favourite parts - one was horse-riding for the first time with my friend Georgia; the other was strawberry picking with my BFF Euan. Here's a little story about it along with some strawberry facts, an awesome tip from my clever Mummy to make your strawbs' last longer and a strawberry craft idea for the summer holidays...

I've only got eyes for yummy strawberries!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Chalkboard Planter: The Perfect Gift for Your Teacher

As school holidays beckon, it's time to say thank you to our wonderful teachers for all their help and care over the last year. But are you fed up with the same old gifts for teachers? Are you feeling crafty and want something special and personal to give. Well, here is my step by step guide to a great idea which combine crafts and plants, my favourite things!

A unique chalkboard planter for my lovely teacher Mrs Sneddon