19 June 2019

Hyacinth In A Teapot!

It's now the depths of winter here in the Bay Of Plenty in New Zealand.
Today has been the coldest day so far...
a mere 4 degrees at 10am this morning.
I am not a fan of the cold. 
 I am so grateful the beautiful Bay offers a Spring, Summer and Autumn with warm, hot, warm temperatures.
It really is a grin and bear it scenario in winter.  
When the weather is just awful and you are stuck indoors, what do you do?
Well, you fast forward Spring, and jazz up your home decor a bit, that's what you do!

So today I potted up a gorgeous blue-purple hyacinth into a funky teapot.

The white teapot was $8 from KMart.

The Hyacinth sourced from Bunnings.

A hyacinth in a teapot you ask?
Well, I say - why not!

Indoor Bulbs
It's a bit quirky, and once placed onto a French style tray, makes a super winter table centrepiece.
I also made a new table runner.  
You can find out how to make a 'DIY TABLE RUNNER' HERE.

It looks pretty. It smells divine.
And it's a reminder that Spring is coming!

Once the Hyacinth blooms have finished flowering which will be in 2 or 3 weeks time,
 I will plant them out into the garden border where they will rebloom next winter.
Hyacinths have a delightful scent and a stunning form.
If you grow them potted indoors they require a warm position with good light conditions.
Only keep the soil lightly moist as too much water makes them grow too tall!
It is best to place a wood orchid stake in the centre of the pot and make a thin wire loop to thread through the flower stems 3/4 of the way up, to pull stems together so as to avoid the weight of the flowers drooping over.
They do tend to grow towards the strongest light source, so turn the pot regularly to keep the plant in shape.
You just cannot beat the beauty and perfume of the Hyacinth.

#hyacinth #springflowers #bulbsindoors

12 June 2019

Arty Painted By Sharpie Rocks...

Painted Rocks
'Arty Painted By Sharpie Rocks' is an easy decor 'pick me up' idea, 
that is also a great school holiday project for the kids.
Super easy to create.
The design can be as simple or as complicated as you like.
You can use simple shapes or line art images.
For ideas - Google 'simple black and white line art images'.
For this project, I used three designs.
A simple twig, tiny daisy flowers and a more tricky - rose. 

You will need some clean dry flat rocks.

Paint the rocks using a prime and paint spraypaint like Rustoleum white gloss.

Leave rocks to dry for at least one hour before the next step.

Once the painted rocks are dry, you can draw your design in pencil first onto your rock, and then go over the outlines in black sharpie pen.

Or you can freehand draw your design.
If rocks will be indoors leave as is...but to put outside you will need to put at least two coats of sealer or varnish over the paint and design.

Black and white craft
I have used mine inside on a side table as funky arty decor accessories.

Rather fun, don't you think?

#paintedrocks #artrocks #rockcrafts #kidscraft

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