Imitation, as they say, is the sincerest form of flattery and lately I’ve been a bit of a copy cat. So Sadhbh, Helen, Julia and Clare should all be feeling very good about themselves and their brilliant blogs now.
I am a huge fan of The Busy Mama’s blog, so I started my bout of imitation by making Helen’s granola. With nuts, oats, cinnamon and coconut, it combines a lot of my favourite flavours PLUS it is much cheaper than the bought stuff AND it is unsweetened, which is great. I love it with honey and greek-style yogurt.
Last week was a particularly good one and I found two projects that really grabbed my attention. First up was Julia from Rainbeaubelle’s fairy garden. It reminded me so much of the kind of thing I used to love to make when I was a little girl. Gathering moss, stones, twigs and shells to make mini gardens was something I enjoyed a lot.
Even now, thirty years on, I still have great fun fiddling about with miniature things, so when I saw that Julia’s children had made a very cute fairy garden in a flower pot, I couldn’t help but have a go at sprucing up a flower pot I had outside the front door with a few forget-me-nots in it. Half and hour and some copper wire, twigs, feathers, beads and moss later I had my own fairy garden.
Also linked up to #homeetc was Maybush Studio’s jam jar upcyle. Clare had written a blog post about upcycling jam jars for storage of bits and bobs in her she shed. The idea fit perfectly into my weekend plans to re-activate our outdoor kitchen, since I store the tea bags, sugar, etc. out there in normal jam jars.
Last year we had a bit of a red theme in the outdoor kitchen. This year I was tending towards blue. One can of spray paint later, I had all my jam jar lids matching in a nice, shiny blue, a lovely match for my teatowels and paper napkins.
Last Thursday while browsing Facebook on my phone and waiting for the kettle to boil, I spotted a quick and colourful craft on Where Wishes Come From (don’t you just love the name?) – pencil pinwheels. Blogger Sadhbh is such a crafty mama and has brilliant ideas for crafts for childen. As soon as my cuppa was made, I grabbed some origami paper, a pencil and a thumbtack. Within 5 minutes I had a pretty pinwheel to cheer up Number Two who had fallen and was resting on the sofa with a cool pack.
Do you get much inspiration from blogs? Do you act on it and bake, bake or re-create what you’ve seen?
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