Mosaic Table

Mosaic Table

As I suspected I had some left over mosaic tiles from when I started making my mosaic plant pots so I started covering everything!

https://modernmrsbeeton.blog/2017/04/04/mosaic-plant-pots/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

I ordered some more tiles and more glittery grout from eBay (www.ebay.co.uk) and went hunting around the house for something more significant to cover and I found an old glass table with a metal base in the garage. I think it was in the house before I bought it but it was quite dated and I didn’t really love it. I went searching online and bought some glue that would stick to glass. I found this article from Hobby Craft (www.hobbycraft.co.uk) on different glue types which you might find useful.

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/supplyimages/wf1002/how-to-which-glue.pdf

From everything I’d read you are meant to place all your tiles out before you start to make sure you have enough and the pattern works but I had so many tiles I just went for it. I stuck my favourite mirrored tiles in the centre and they were slightly raised so seemed a better place on a table if you are going to attempt to balance a glass of wine on it later in the year!

Then in waves I added more glue and stuck the tiles down in a circular fashion. It takes quite a while so don’t add too much glue at a time as it will dry and prepare to do it in two sittings unless you have a whole Sunday afternoon free.

Once dry and like I did with the mosaic plant pots mix your grout with some water so it’s the consistently of toothpaste and smooth over the tiles. Everyone recommends using sponges to really push the grout in but I used a paint brush and did it in two waves drying in the middle.

Don’t let the grout dry too much on top of the tiles and wipe off with damp kitchen roll after about 10 minutes or it’s really difficult to scrape off later. Once completely dry use some glass cleaner to really shine it up and voila…summer wine table!

Mosaic Table

Mosaic Table

Some items to order if it helps you copy this:

Mosaic kit

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07HKHCL8Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07HKHCL8Y&linkId=7b51598a87be7eabb0de1be56fad5da9

Glue

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07BKYVYVZ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07BKYVYVZ&linkId=65863f2ad9ffbf7917ba0910d17d63f2

 

 

 

​Pretty Garden Bunting (Fast method)

I love bunting and have bought and made lots over the past over the past few years. I’ve got it down to an art form of making it quickly and cheaply.  You can spend a fortune now for such a simple item.
Materials:
– Scraps of pretty material
– Wonderweb (magic iron on tape)
– Long piece of ribbon or elastic
– Iron or even hair straighteners
– Scissors
Method:​
1. Folder your material in half and iron/flat iron so there is a crease
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2. Cut into triangle shapes leaving the crease at the top of the triangle (so the ribbon/elastic can be thread through it)
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3. Cut a square and a triangle of iron on tape and iron onto the inside of one of the triangles
4. Peel off the other side and place the triangle at the point of the ribbon/elastic you want it and folder the other half over. Iron over to stick together
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5. Repeat until you have the length of bunting you need
6. If you fabric frays a lot you can hem in the edges either with iron on tape; sew or even use pinking shears (the serrated edge scissors) to make neat
You can use pretty much any fabric you like. A nice touch for outdoor bunting is to use oil cloth as it’s waterproof but to be honest I’ve had lots of normal fabric out in all weathers and it looks great for an entire year.
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Growing Cat Grass for Molly Moo Cat

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Every since I’ve had my cat Molly Moo (who you have met before in Blog https://modernmrsbeeton.blog/2017/04/13/pom-poms-for-molly-moo-cat/) I’ve regularly grown her Cat Grass. Cat Grass is really good for digestion in cats and often I’ve seen Molly when she’s had a big meal or seeming a bit lazy go straight for her grass and then she’s running around like a crazy lady in no time. Apparently if you have a long haired cat it can also really help with furballs but Molly is short haired so I have no experience of this.
You can buy seeds pretty much anywhere but I’ve included an Amazon link below.
Simply grab a plant pot with potting compost; add a layer of seeds and water Then grow like wild fire and are super resilient.
A few tips are to sow them densely as Molly likes a good chomp across a few blades at once; remember to water and give them sunlight. Don’t make the mistake of leaving them out in your garden unless you enjoy other cats visiting (but you may well like this!). I also like the plant pot method rather than just sewing into your flower beds as Molly can then have it inside on a rainy day and you can keep them controlled.
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Mosaic Table

Mosaic Table

As I suspected I had some left over mosaic tiles from when I started making my mosaic plant pots so I started covering everything!

https://modernmrsbeeton.blog/2017/04/04/mosaic-plant-pots/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

I ordered some more tiles and more glittery grout from eBay (www.ebay.co.uk) and went hunting around the house for something more significant to cover and I found an old glass table with a metal base in the garage. I think it was in the house before I bought it but it was quite dated and I didn’t really love it. I went searching online and bought some glue that would stick to glass. I found this article from Hobby Craft (www.hobbycraft.co.uk) on different glue types which you might find useful.

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/supplyimages/wf1002/how-to-which-glue.pdf

From everything I’d read you are meant to place all your tiles out before you start to make sure you have enough and the pattern works but I had so many tiles I just went for it. I stuck my favourite mirrored tiles in the centre and they were slightly raised so seemed a better place on a table if you are going to attempt to balance a glass of wine on it later in the year!

Then in waves I added more glue and stuck the tiles down in a circular fashion. It takes quite a while so don’t add too much glue at a time as it will dry and prepare to do it in two sittings unless you have a whole Sunday afternoon free.

Once dry and like I did with the mosaic plant pots mix your grout with some water so it’s the consistently of toothpaste and smooth over the tiles. Everyone recommends using sponges to really push the grout in but I used a paint brush and did it in two waves drying in the middle.

Don’t let the grout dry too much on top of the tiles and wipe off with damp kitchen roll after about 10 minutes or it’s really difficult to scrape off later. Once completely dry use some glass cleaner to really shine it up and voila…summer wine table!

 

 

Mosaic Plant Pots

I love gardening but I’m really surprised that there aren’t many pretty plant pots out there in the market. There are lots of plastic or metal ones but they often don’t have drainage holes in the bottom or rust as they get wet so these have never made any sense to me!

I adore therefore traditional terracotta plant pots. They look great as they are especially of they’ve aged a while but even more so if you pretty them up. Now I will caveat this with my mistakes I’ve made so please don’t make the same ones… For example do not use non-waterproof paint if you are putting them outside or don’t get carried away and paint the inside as the compost/soil and water tend to mix and can poison your plants.

Keep it simple and just use some acrylic or outdoor spray paints you can get from my hardware stores. You can spots; stripes, whatever you like really. I tend to keep them quite plain though.

I prefer to add mosaic tiles to the rim of my plant pots. The easiest way to do this is to buy a kit online (http://www.ebay.co.uk/) for mosaics or you can now buy online loose bags of craft mosaic tiles and the grout separate. I like the grout that has glitter in (see the header picture of this blog) as it limage1ooks great in the sun. Material costs less a few pounds and you can do as many old pots as you like.

Simply grab some glue and stick each tile on the pot with a little 2mm or so space between each one. Don’t be too precious or straight as it all adds to the look. Once dry mix your grout with a bit of water and apply with a paint brush. Once it starts to dry which will only be about 10 minutes use a damp cloth or kitchen roll and wipe away the excess dry grout on the tiles. If you don’t do this it’s so much more difficult to get it off later. Once completely dry repeat the process! You will now have left over tiles so you’ll find yourself covering everything. Coasters are quite a cool object to cover e.g (http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/dolphin-mosaic-coaster-kit/614493-1004?queryFromSuggest=true&userInput=mosaic).

in this example the flowers I used came from a dried flower gift I had which I wasn’t a major fan of the red roses in it so I grabbed some gardening shears and snipped off the fake flowers I liked and simply stuffed them tightly in the pot.

Growing Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Sunflowers are super easy and look amazing once they grow large. Once you’ve planted your seedlings make sure to not transplant them to outside until they are between 10cm and 20cm large because from experience I will tell you that slugs adore them. Also, once they grow you’ll need to support them with canes or tie them to a wall or some trellis because some of the varieties can get taller than you! Sunflowers

At the end of the summer once the flower heads have dried up I like to cut them off the stem and hang them in the garden via string as birds adore them. I read an article once whereby a lady hang strung them into a wreath shape and hung it on her garden shed for the birds and it looked amazing.

https://www.britishbirdfood.co.uk/blog/dried-sunflower-heads-just-the-ticket

If you want more information on planting seeds and planting out please see my Book section. https://modernmrsbeeton.blog/buy-books

Good sources for seeds:

http://www.burpee.com/flowers/sunflowers/?cid=PPC&gclid=CjwKEAjwq5LHBRCN0YLf9-GyywYSJAAhOw6mtkdICWnACxxUdcPKrySRxK0mB3Z5HFeWtICEFgMJvRoC3Dnw_wcB

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B079V573XP/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B079V573XP&linkCode=as2&tag=melmosparkly-21&linkId=32a8514cf35340f961288f7415458296

 

 

 

 

Growing Basket Herbs

Growing Basket Herbs

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I love cooking with herbs but buying them is so expensive. I have a large array of dried herbs but fresh herbs are really useful for pastas or even cocktails such as minty ‘Mojitos’. You can grown herbs in anything really.

Good recipe: (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mojito_85338)

I like to have a couple of pots on my window sill and a nice basket outside because outside they water themselves.  Also, you can cheat if you want to and buy some herbs from the supermarket that are in little pots already and plant them up. Instant herb garden. I will say though, be careful with mint. I love it but it takes over anything you grow, so keep that one in its own little pot.

Don’t grow what you think you should, but grow what you actually like to eat or drink with. I had a lovely coriander once, only to realise I hate coriander. It tastes of soap.

If you start an outside basket in the Winter or early Springtime I’d recommend starting off the seeds indoors first until they are few cm large.

Ingredients:

  • A basket with some form of liner (you can buy the liner or use paper) or plant pot on the kitchen window
  • Compost or good soil
  • Seeds for the herbs you like e.g. parsley, basil, chives
  • Watering can

Method:

  1. Fill your lined basket with some compost.
  2. Add the seeds and water.
  3. The more the you cut back the herbs and use them, the healthier the plant becomes so I’d recommend doing it regularly. If you have excess herbs you can always freeze them in ice cube trays in water to preserve them until you have a recipe ready for them.

Some nice kits and seeds to buy to get started:

Herb Seeds

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00S4QQ7EU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00S4QQ7EU&linkId=c2294789d2d5a262a85e5e9bcc75423a

Plant Pots

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OTOLRUA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00OTOLRUA&linkId=f8e982f69ad7b22cb42097575ac64399

Hanging Baskets

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JKIUNXW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00JKIUNXW&linkId=dc7d646288084e0faf8f745a1f85c55f

Window sill box

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OQ7UE0Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00OQ7UE0Y&linkId=edd449846d9bd9407a7055eaa4598691