Thursday, 20 August 2009
I was recently reading the National Trust Magazine and saw an article about allotments. In particular it mentioned how the NT are allocating 1000 plots for the general public on their land. I think this is a great idea, imagine having an allotment on a beautiful NT estate?!
I saw a link at the end of the article for a website called landshare.net
I think landshare.net is a fantastic and helpful website
It connects growers with landowners and visa versa
If you live in the United Kingdom and would love to grow your own vegetables, but don’t have the space, then landshare.net is the site for you.
Browse listings in your local area to connect with people who may need to share an allotment, have too much garden and not enough time to maintain it, or organisations which require help with community gardens.
Similarly, if you have some spare land that you would like to put to good use, then you can submit it to the Landshare site.
you can read more about how it works here
Growing your own produce if a great way to keep fit and cut down on food miles!
So if you've ever wanted to give it a go but lack the 'growing room', check out the Landshare website
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
I had a pleasant surprise yesterday when I saw this green leaves reversible market day tote featured in an Etsy Finds: Green with Envy email
Following on from that, I received an email this morning from Country Homes & Interiors Magazine saying that the same tote would appear on their Country Days blog
You can read the full feature here:
An online treasure trove
It's always lovely to get positive feedback and know that people like your work!
Thursday, 6 August 2009
I picked up this lovely sewing cabinet a few weeks ago from a local furniture project. It was an absolute bargain at just £5! It's really well made, in great condition and perfect for storing my sewing and craft paraphernalia.
It is made from gorgeous honey coloured wood with pretty and understated floral detailing on the front.
I think buying furniture from local second hand stores and furniture projects is a fantastic way to find gems such as this. I love a mooch round Ikea or other furniture stores as much as the next person, but sometimes it's good to reject buying a new item and opt for second hand instead. By supporting second hand furniture stores you reduce the need to use fresh wood, glass, metal and other materials. Consequently purchases such as this put less strain on the world's resources.
Also, sprucing up or upcycling second hand furniture can open up an exciting world of DIY projects where improvements are made on the original piece. Plus it lets you put your own stamp and identity on your home. There are lots of 'before & after' projects featured on the Design*Sponge blog. Check them out for inspiration for your next recycling project!