Topper - Teapot

Friday, 31 July 2015

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

What's been inspiring you this week? 

It's been the blues for me, especially John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and Elmore James

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Three Social Media Tips

Pinterest / Did you know you can move your Pinterest boards around? Simply left click on a board and drag it to wherever you would like it sit. This allows you to put similar boards next to each other. For example 'Kitchen accessories' could sit next to your 'Yummy recipes' board.

Twitter / Shorten your web links to give you more space to tweet with. There are a whole load of free websites out there for shortening URLs, including Google Shortener, TinyURL, and more!

Instagram / Find out how well your profile is doing through Iconosquare. This shows your average number of likes and gives you a good idea of when you should be posting.

Catch up on all my social media tips here.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Three quick sewing tips

Here are three quick sewing tips:

1. Replace the needle on your sewing machine regularly to ensure it does not get blunt and ruin your fabric.

2. Wash all machine washable fabric before sewing. There's nothing worse than making a beautiful skirt only to see it shrink in the wash.

3. Clean your sewing machine on a regular basis to remove any dust bunnies. This helps avoid potential problems when sewing.

*Fancy a bit of sewing inspiration? Check out my Sewing Pinterest board!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Adventures in the garden: Agapanthus

Grown in the ground or containers and reaching up to 60cm tall, Agapanthus are really easy to grow and they are absolute beauties!

I've inherited three from my Mum's garden. She dug them up, popped them in some tubs and kept them indoors over the winter. I left them in my porch over the spring, watering them every now and then, not really paying them much attention.

But, slowly, one by one, among the rather boring lot of green leaves, little buds started to appear and then the most glorious flowers shot up and bloomed. It has been really rather wonderful watching them gradually develop from this...

... to this...

I love how they appear to stand out from the crowd; their height really helping on this front. And the colour, well, it's like a magical sky in a fairy tale, contrasting against all the other shapes and colours in the garden. They are definitely a favourite and one I will grow again as they have hardly needed much help along the way. Oh and apparently they come in white and pink. I will have to track some of these down for next year.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Styling my home: Dresser

This is definitely a never ending work in progress. 

Eclectic finds, which steadily join over time and migrate around my second hand dresser.

My knitted tea cosy and red tea pot, my egg cups and jars of spices.

A recent purchase: original Bakelite telephone.

My Granny's tea cups and my Mexican tiles.

 Kilner jars of dry food and animal bottle stoppers.

Colman's Mustard box, full of assortments and jars for tea candles.

Mum's bowl and slotted spoon, handmade by Eskimo Blue.

Fancy a look-see at my last few Styling My Home posts? Catch up here.

See You Soon