Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

Sewing made simple: an outdoor apron for kids

I love a simple sewing project. Something whereby the results belie the limited skill and knowledge that I actually possess. The desire to create is there but the time to practise, often not. Sitting down at a sewing machine makes me feel all creative but straight lines don’t come naturally to me and my dream of knocking up a chic little shift dress is potentially an unobtainable one.

My first attempt at planting in pots

My first attempt at planting in pots

Having lived the majority of my adult life in a city centre apartment with a small balcony and then in a new build house with only a marginally bigger outdoor space, it’s safe to say that my gardening skills are somewhat lacking. Even naming flowers is a stretch for me. Pretty? Yes. Identifiable? Hmm, not really.

Gardening books for beginners

Gardening books for beginners

When I first started thinking about our garden and potential plans for it, I turned to gardening magazines for inspiration. While they did offer a few useful features, they also whisked me back fifteen years to when I bought my first home and thought it would be a good idea to look at architect and interior designer-owned abodes in Ideal Home for inspiration.