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Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Which quotes about homes speak to you?

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I Like This Place… wall art by Bookishly at WayfairUK.

I like to think that home inspiration can come from all kinds of places, books, films, clothes, nature and travel, I think a house becomes a home when it has things that tell the story of its inhabitants. But I also know feeling at home is a very personal thing and that for some, having a space free of clutter and belongings is what makes you feel at home.

Since I started to blog more about homes, I started looking for quotes about homes and homemaking as inspiration. The same ones seem to crop up over and again, and they can be a bit didactic, so it was refreshing to find this one.

Good old William Shakespeare. I wonder what he would have made of my house? The quote is from As you Like It, a title which in itself arguably sums up exactly how a home should be. I love that it is down to earth and practical, but has wit, fun and frivolity. That’s exactly how I picture my home.

Bookishly has a huge range of wonderful quotes about home and much more, their wall art is inspired by literature, from The Great Gatsby, to Sherlock Holmes, to The Wizard of Oz, to Little Women, there are lots of beautifully presented quotes to choose from.

This is a classic, so much so I had forgotten it was a quote from The Wizard of Oz.

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There’s No Place Like Home, from The Wizard of Oz

I love this wall art featuring William Morris, and I try to abide by it, but generally fail, so I am not sure I want it on my wall, but maybe I need it!

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Have Nothing in your Home, wall art by Bookishly at WayfairUK

Alice in Wonderland might be more fitting, depending on your household’s sense of humour.

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We’re All Mad Here, from Alice in Wonderland

But for the ultimate in romantic homefelt sentiment, you can’t beat this quote from Jane Eyre. Sadly I remember reading Jane Eyre in my summer holiday to Tunisia, with an ex boyfriend, while preparing for my second year doing English at University – funny how memories stick to things – so I am going to stick with Shakespeare’s wise words for my home.

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Whereever you are is my home, wall art from Jane Eyre

There’s a lovely story behind the production of Bookishly wall art too, each piece is unique as the background page is randomly picked from Shakespeare’s Complete Works. The team at Bookishly hunt down lovely old yellow papered books in second hand book dealers and charity shops. The frame is handmade in England by a local family business and has no glass so you can feel the lovely old page. The frame hangs flush to the wall or can stand on its own, making it perfect for a bookshelf.

Which quote best sums up your home? Do you have a mantra for your house?

I’ve gathered a few more I like over on Pinterest too.

Follow Penny Alexander’s board Home Quotes on Pinterest.

Hello Garden! Seven Garden Ideas for Time Poor Gardeners.

Something for all you time poor gardeners today! I’m finally admitting I am a time poor gardener.  I have been looking for plants and garden projects that fit in with my lifestyle and time, so I thought I would share a few here, I also have a gorgeous giveaway, perfect, if like me, you need a little gentle encouragement to get gardening.

I’ve also enlisted the help of an expert, Catherine over at Growing Family blog. Do check it out for really accessible and inspiring ideas.

Each year I hope to find a little more time for the garden, but I don’t. So I am also trying to be realistic, we travel and go exploring a lot at weekends, and so keeping on top of high maintenance plants isn’t going to work.

However, after what seems like forever, we have been out in the garden again. Mother’s Day I spent digging the veg patch and borders with my daughter, the Easter holidays gave me time to mow the lawn. I’m just about reaching the stage where I might plant some stuff.

1. Wild Flowers

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Just go for it, and quickly, wild flowers really do quickly cover up for a multitude of gardening sins.

Everyone says wild flowers need poor soil. There is debate among gardeners about whether wild flowers actually do thrive in poor soil. It may just be that they do better in soil where they don’t have to compete with grass to grow. I’ve had packets that did nothing, and packets that did everything while I did nothing. Now I wish I had written down what worked! I have also read that cheap garden centre packets are to be avoided, but I can tell you now, i am pretty sure it was the cheap packet that grew and the expensive one that failed. So really it is a case of buying to suit your soil, or a bit of luck.

2. Succulents

These can thrive in poor soil and can cope with erratic watering, and can be great fun to arrange. My Dad always has a fantastic collection, and they are very easy to take cuttings from. One of my greatest regrets is losing the money tree houseplant I took a cutting from my cousin, who took it from our grandmother. Grandma knew my green fingers came and went though, while my brother diligently dug and weeded the veg patch she would let me grow quick and easy flowers that sustained my attention. I think she would understand.

Succulents are small and contained in pots, troughs etc. They are a lovely small project that brings a lot of joy and quick satisfaction.

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3. Child Labour

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If you have kids, and get them invested, there is more chance you will remember to water things. Planting with friends, a partner or grandchildren can give you the added motivation and likelihood of keeping things alive. I asked Catherine over at Growing Family for some tips on what to grow with kids, do check out her post on this. She also suggested magic personalised courgettes…now this would make me water things!

For real wow factor with kids, get them to do some magic with courgettes.  These plants grow very easily from seed and once they start to produce courgettes, kids can lightly scratch their name onto a small one.  It will grow pretty quickly into a giant name; leave it long enough and they’ll have a huge marrow with their name on.  My kids never tire of this one!

4. Alpine Strawberries

One thing that seems to go mad whatever we do is alpine strawberry plants, they seem more robust than actual strawberries. They never make it to the table, just get picked while the kids are playing out, but for that very reason, they are a magical addition to our garden.

5. Contain yourself

Garden Containers from WayfairUK

Garden Containers from WayfairUK

Starting small can be a really good way to focus your efforts. Our first year growing veg we had a small raised bed, right near the back door and it made it so much easier to keep an eye on. Last year we decided to pot some herbs on the decking. Catherine has some great ideas for vegetables to grow in containers, including herbs, great to have by the kitchen door.

6. Low Maintenance

I looked to desert and drought loving plants favoured by Pinterest pinners in the driest parts of the US. If it can survive in Nevada, surely it can manage in suburban Nottingham? Ok, I know it isn’t quite that simple, but I am building a collection of low maintenance plants that don’t need me to water them daily. Watch this space!

Follow Penny Alexander’s board Low Maintenance Garden on Pinterest.

7. Plant a tree

Don’t waste time over this, do it sooner rather than later! The time spent deciding what apple tree to plant, digging the hole, and watering in the first year was quickly repaid. We have two apple trees and again, the fruit rarely makes it past the garden, but the bounty is so worth it! Apple trees don’t need much love to become self sufficient, watering the first year, some pruning yearly.

A Little Garden Giveaway

I have this gorgeous and useful Fallen Fruits Botanicae Tool Stool, plus these pretty and practical gardening gloves to give away. I love the Fallen Fruits garden range at Wayfair UK – it is a great mix of stuff you need and stuff you want. I also love their welly racks and gorgeous garden shelves. The tool bag unclips from the stool so you can use it as a tool bag, a stool or a stool and tool bag in one. The tools aren’t included, but these fab gloves are.

Fallen Fruits Garden Kit  To enter

1.  Visit the WayfairUK garden department, and as part of your blog post comment, let me know what you have spotted as your find of the week.

2. Follow the rafflecopter instructions to claim as many entries as you can. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions

There is one prize of Fallen Fruits Tool Stool and Gardening Gloves. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Wayfair and A Residence
Closing date for entries is 30/4/2015
One entry per person
Entrants must log into rafflecopter and leave a comment
Optional entry methods are to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and tweet on Twitter.
The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries
The winner will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen
The winner’s name will be available on request
The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address
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Find of the Week: Alessi Pet Bowls

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Tigriti Cat Bowl in Yellow, Black, Grey or Light Blue from Alessi at WayfairUK

 

Since we had most the house painted white, I have been drawn to pops of colour. Everyday practical things we have to have on show all the time can be fun too. At the moment I have an obsession with stylish or colourful bread bins, compost caddies and washing powder boxes. Everyday things can add colour to everyday living and put a smile on your face, and that includes the dog’s dinner.

 

 

Of course your cat or dog might not know any different, but if it makes you smile it’s a win! I like the idea of being able to cover up the bowl too, in between meals. Although I love the bone and the playful kitten design too, apart from looking great the bone and tail make picking them up easier too.

 

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Lupita Dog Bowl in Blue, Black or Orange, by Alessi at WayfairUK

 

 

Giveaway

I have one pet bowl to giveaway. To win your choice of Alessi cat bowl (Mio or Tigriti) or Alessi dog bowl (Lupita or Lula) in your choice of colour (where available),

1.  Wayfair have a whole host of pet supplies, from beds, to pet carriers and crates, to toys and food, clothes, leads and accessories. Visit the site and leave a comment to let me know one item you like the look of.

2. Follow the rafflecopter instructions to claim as many entries as you can.

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Check out my other giveaways here.

Terms and Conditions

There is one prize of an Alessi cat bowl (Mio or Tigriti) or Alessi dog bowl (Lupita or Lula) in your choice of colour (where available). The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Wayfair and A Residence
Closing date for entries is 30/4/2015
One entry per person
Entrants must log into rafflecopter and leave a comment
Optional entry methods are to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and tweet on Twitter.
The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries
The winner will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen
The winner’s name will be available on request
The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address
This is a joint promotion between WayfairUK and A Residence Blog.
Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

My Kitchen

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So my new home resolutions are going well, I suspect I am a little behind in sharing them, but after lots of work over the bank holiday you can expect a sudden flurry. With the hallway completed, my next mission was to make the kitchen more comfortable. All this really needed was some new seating and a lot of paint, a really thrifty way to get a new kitchen.

Most of downstairs has now been painted white and I love it. It makes everything stand out and everything matches, and it takes the hassle out of paint choices.

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Case in point, what colour to paint the kitchen cabinets. They were cream, but I was tired of the country kitchen look, and after lots of messing on Pinterest, which I confess I am learning to love – you just need to find a topic that means something to you. (Like the Northern Lights, fisherman’s cottages or dream kitchens). Anyway after looking at some pics, I decided a change might be fun.

Follow Penny Alexander’s board KItchen on Pinterest.

I try to avoid paint choices at all costs, it is time consuming and complicated – what looks good on a paint chart looks so different in reality. It took me a silly amount of time and asking on facebook, to choose between grey or grey-green, admittedly many of my facebook page likers couldn’t see the difference and I don’t blame them. Others fully appreciated the subtle nuances, grey definitely feels more industrial and green more country cottages.

Here is the kitchen before, and pictures from Pinterest of the grey vs green grey colour.

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Turns out, after all that I needn’t have bothered choosing in the end.  I picked Farrow and Ball Light Grey which, it turns out, is both grey and grey green anyway, depending on the light. So much for making a choice. Look…

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See, looks grey in some light, but green in others…

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But I love the change and considering I liked both, I now have both.  Win! I’ve never used Farrow and Ball before, but thought I ought to invest a bit as it was the kitchen units – I am really pleased with how it looks. The tin was £40 and covered all the units, so for a job like this, it seems a good investment. I should add a professional did the work.

The best bit is it goes well with all the red bits we already have in the kitchen. So this weekend I went for it and painted the bench red too – ignore the brown paper on the floor, it still needed one more coat at this point. It took me ages to choose this red for the bench too, but it feels amazing to have some big pops of colour in the house.

Do you like how that Pringles tube I stuck the tulips in came in really handy to hold some twigs my son found and make an Easter tree?

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The kitchen feels really lovely and I would definitely recommend repainting the cupboards as a great option. There are so many products out there to do this with, I even saw spray paint for this in B&Q last weekend.

I like to keep it real, and as always in an old house this rambling, projects are ongoing – so apart from leaving a few drawers open when I took these shots, the brown paper lying around, I thought I would show you some more bits from my real kitchen.

How about the layers of dust on the kid’s creations on the windowsill?

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Or what my son ‘accidentally’ did to one white wall in the downstairs toilet at the end of the kitchen, after not being able to resist the lure of the shiny red paint drying on the bench? I will be following him around for many years yet, with a jam jar of white paint. Although, I actually felt quite sad when Andy the decorator had finished eradicating his little cartoons, and marks from around the house. We’ve used endurance paint by Dulux so it is washable, for everyday mucky fingerprints.

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Or what lurks in that lovely Belfast sink when I am busy taking pictures?

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Or the surface that’s most definitely out of shot?

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Behind this is the massive washing pile.

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Back to the nice bits! These ‘picture pockets’ are great for displaying the never-ending supply of kid’s art work.

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Over time, I have my eyes on a blackboard for meal plans, a grey metal vintage box to hide the washing powder in, a sideboard, a pendant light, some slate place mats, a sideboard for more storage, some vintage style crates to hide some more clutter and some new chairs. Little things that will make a big difference.  But in all honesty, a lick of paint and my favourite people make my kitchen so much more comfortable.

Next up, the kids rooms! Did you do any decorating over the bank holiday?

Fab things to do with a printer

Printers are no longer just for printing out documents, the odd photo or tickets. You can get so much more out of your printer and make some fab things for your home or children’s play or kids’ bedrooms. Ink is also cheaper than it used to be, cartridges go a lot further, and so it is okay to mess up and learn as you go.

Print onto wood

I would never have thought of doing this, but with a bit of practice you can make wax paper transfers and make signs, slogans or add pictures to crates or plaques.

This is the simplest method, and the most comprehensive instructions I have found, from The Art of Doing Stuff

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Create gift tags

There are lots of great printables out there, so when you run out of anything you can always print one off. Amanda at The Ana Mum Diary made these gorgeous blackboard effect ones, with a pattern from Cricut Design Space.

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Get Personal

Print out your name, or child’s name. I spotted this one on Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog’s instagram, they are from thelittleumbrella.com

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Get Motivated

Pinterest is full of fab and pretty slogans, sayings and inspirations. I used some travel themed sayings printed onto photo paper and framed when I gave our hall a travel themed makeover.

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Print onto Washi Tape

A Girl and A Glue Gun has a fab tutorial on this, so easy and so useful! Make gift tags, slogan posters, notebook labels, messages for cards. The possibilities are endless.

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Make Nail Art

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Make playthings

Kids love role play and when you can print out actual name badges, or signs or pictures, it can make them really feel the part. It is also much cheaper than buying costumes and merchandise, especially when kids’ character crushes can be short-lived. Years ago we found these superhero badges and pictures and used them to turn small boxes into superhero walkie talkies and printed a city skyline backdrop to a superhero play city in a box. You can also make puppets!

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This weekend we took that a little further and turned an old wardrobe into a Tardis, now that my two love Dr Who. It was the printable signs that really made it! More on that soon…

There are lots more ideas here on my Pinterest board. You can even print onto candles and fabric. What have you tried?

Follow Penny Alexander’s board Printer Craft on Pinterest.

 

Buying a new printer

If you are looking for a new printer, check out the range of printers at the Post Office, and do check out Printer stands and trolleys at Wayfair, while you are here too.

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Find of the Week: Hounds Duvet Cover

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It’s National Pet Month and regular readers will know how much I love my hound. I always said he would never be allowed on the sofa, or the bed, but that didn’t last.  He spends his days moving from bed, to sofa, to bed, to sofa, following the sun as it travels over the top of our house.

So how about this for the dog lovers? The hounds duvet cover, by Catherine Lansfield, at £22.45 for a King Size set it is an absolute bargain. If you’re not a dog fan, instead of the hounds duvet cover, how about this stag duvet cover instead?

Are you up for a pillow fight?

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What will you be doing on Saturday? Around the world on Saturday 4th April people will join together to have some spontaneous pillow fighing fun, in some iconic locations. I thought that needed celebrating, so there may be a little giveaway today too.

In New York…

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In Canada…

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In Bologna…

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In New Zealand…

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In the UK…

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To find out where your local event is, check out Pillow Fight Day or check out #pillowfightday on Twitter. Photos are from Pillowfightday.

Maybe you will have your own Pillow Fight Day on Saturday? Just in case you use it as a chance to see out some old pillows, we have teamed up with Bedroom Athletics for a Pillow Fight Day Giveaway.

The Giveaway

Bedroom Athletics know that pyjamas are more than something you wear in bed, coming home from work and changing into something you can really relax in is so important, and a great way to signal the start of the weekend. The Pink Nina Fleece Poncho is the perfect thing to wear instead of a dressing gown when you need an extra layer.

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WayfairUK have a selection of pillows, today a pair of these Euroquilt Duck Feather and Down Pillows are up for grabs!

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I have one pillow pair set and one Nina Poncho for one lucky winner. Just follow the rafflecopter to enter. Just tell me, when did you last have a pillow fight and why? And do check out my other competitions, there are lots more at the moment!

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There is 1 prize of 2 pillows and a Nina Poncho. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Wayfair, A Residence and Bedroom Athletics.
Closing date for entries is 30/4/2015
One entry per person
Entrants must log into rafflecopter and leave a comment
Optional entry methods are to follow on twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and tweet on twitter.
The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries
The winner will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen
The winner’s name will be available on request
The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address
This is a joint promotion between Wayfair A Residence Blog and Bedroom Athletics
Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions

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Home Spa – Soothing Bath Milks

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We don’t always have time to pamper ourselves properly, but it really is so easy and cheap to do at home, and can be just as effective as a spa. I played around with three ingredients here, honey, coconut and lavender, to make three soothing bath milks.

Warm some fluffy towels on the radiator, light some candles, and take an hour out.

Milk and Honey

Just like the Egyptians…

Simply mix a tin of coconut milk with 2 tablespoons of honey and pour into a warm bath for the ultimate in skin softening time out. Coconut milk hydrates and soothes while honey is great for dry skin and has antibacterial properties, great for both dry and combination skin.

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Unwind body and mind…

For added relaxation for the mind, add a small handful of lavender to the recipe above. You can buy dried lavender easily online, just google it. Lavender is great for relaxing and unwinding. So take the time to really let the coconut work on your skin and the lavender soothe your mind.

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Lavender and Coconut

Leave to soak….

So simple, yet so effective, one tin of coconut milk and a small handful of lavender. If you are feeling indulgent use two cans and two handfuls!

Becky from Family Budgeting introduced me to these fab recipes, if you are in the home spa mood, why not check out her home made milk and honey face mask recipe too.

Enjoy!

Everest Home Improvements Giveaway: Win £200 to spend at WayfairUK

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Love these Everest Windows in cream, in keeping with a period home

A home requires constant care and attention to keep it looking its best – but some things are easier to fix than others.

Painting a hallway or getting a new living room carpet can appear to be a relatively tricky task, they are a breeze to sort out when compared to replacing faulty or tired-looking windows.

Which is why Everest replacement windows are guaranteed to last thanks to their A+ rated double glazing and a lifetime guarantee against discolouration of their uPVC windows. If you’ve not taken a look at double or triple glazed windows for a while, you might be very surprised at the effects that can be achieved for modern, older and period properties.

So, we’re giving you the chance to win £200 of WayfairUK vouchers to help keep your home looking as good as Everest windows.

Maybe you will go for new curtains, a spring makeover, or a new trend.

Megan Curtains from the Kirstie Allsop Range at WayfairUK

Megan Curtains from the Kirstie Allsop Range at WayfairUK

 

The Giveway

All we want to know is: What one thing in your home is irreplaceable?

Enter below and give your answer in the comments to be in with a chance of winning.

Good luck!

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Follow Everest Home Improvements on Twitter and Facebook to find out more about their windows and offers.

Check out more giveaways here.

Terms and Conditions

There is 1 prize of £200 WayfairUK vouchers. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered
Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Wayfair, A Residence and Everest Home Improvements
Closing date for entries is 30/4/2015
One entry per person
Entrants must log into rafflecopter and leave a comment
Optional entry methods are to follow on twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and tweet on twitter,
The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries
The winner will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen
The winner’s name will be available on request
The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address
This is a promotion by Everest Home Improvements who are responsible for supplying the prize.
Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions

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Pretty and Easy to Make Willow Easter Nests

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What have you got planned for Easter? KatchUp, the private photo sharing service for friends and family, invited me to share some of my favourite Easter activities over on the Katch Up blog today, along with lots of other bloggers, so do check the guide out. One of the ideas was an Easter Nest, so I am sharing a full tutorial here today. You might remember I reviewed Katch Up earlier in the year, it is beautiful space to collect and share your favourite photos with friends and family.

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My sister in law and I were just talking about how we really must gather up all our Easter Photos, we have a yearly ‘egg roll’, another family tradition you can also read about over on Katch Up – we need somewhere to pool our pics of this event over the years.

Making Easter nests is a lovely craft, for adults or children.

How to Make Easter Nests

These Easter nests make a wonderful table centre piece. They were inspired by a visit to the Judith Blacklock flower school, which has really inspired me to get creative with foliage. Last week I shared the flowers I arranged, this week I thought I would share how to make an Easter nest, an idea I spotted in Judith’s book. Now this is my version, but full credit to Judith for putting the idea in my mind.

All you need is pussy willow, green gardening wire, a small piece of material, a pastil bag of rolled up newspaper, some foliage from the garden, mini eggs and scissors.

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Over the summer my daughter and I made willow headresses at Camp Bestival, so the principle was similar. Soak the pussy willow, it seemed fine just in a vase of water overnight, but you can immerse it all if it seems too rigid. Warm it gently with by smoothing your fingers and thumb along it and tease it into a bend, if you try to just bend it without warming it, it will break, creating a sharp corner.

Knot the ends like this…

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We made a series of hoops like this, it is hard to tuck the willow buds through, so after a while we decided we would concentrate on the bottom half of the willow and leave the pretty tops for decorating at the end.

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I gave up at this point, it was all looking like it would never come together, but when I came back a few hours later, my daughter was sat there and had piled them up, plus someone had remembered that we had green gardener’s wire.

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We used a mixture of honeysuckle cuttings from the garden and green wire to weave it all together. Very roughly, but Judith had said that Hebe was a great plant for foliage, and for disguising thing you don’t want people to see. So I was confident we could hide it!

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We added some sprigs of rosemary, foliage and pussy willow tips to hide the messy bits. The first time we put the material and eggs in, they all fell through…

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So we wove a wire bottom. I think florists make proper wire structures you can use for this, but there was a misunderstanding between me and the florist’s son who was standing in, and I came home with ring oasis instead which I realised when I got home, wasn’t really what I had in mind.

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We stuffed an old carrier bag in the bottom to fill in the space and added some material on top. I wanted to keep it natural, and use hessian, but sadly there was none to hand, so we used this pretty floral fabric instead.

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And of course, the exciting bit, adding the mini eggs.

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My daughter wants to put it in the garden, so real birds can nest in it, I wanted it as a table centrepiece, but we both agreed that mini eggs rule.

Happy Easter, check out my other Easter ideas over on KatchUp and have a fab Easter whatever you do!

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