Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Bunting, Peat Pots & Gourds

Greetings lovely friends & readers

Just trying to squeeze in one last post before we wave goodbye to May.

My dear friend Jane asked if I could please make her a white doiley bunting using a mixture of crochet ones & vintage embroidered ones.  Luckily I had a fairly substantial stash πŸ˜‰ as Jane wanted it 4 metres long.

Bunting is really quite tricky to photograph unless you hang it somewhere.


I did send Jane the above photo of Miss Pip very kindly "ironing" the doilies for me ... & promised to pick all the ginger hairs out before giving her the bunting.

Jane was absolutely thrilled with her bunting & I have yet to go visit her & see it hanging up. πŸ’•

On my last visit to Mum's I very briefly caught up with my friend Joy from " the Joy Within ".  Joy presented me with this little kitset above in case I wanted to do some crafting while at Mum's.  The kit included some peat pots, chalk paint, mod-podge & a beautiful selection of serviettes.  Joy holds workshops in her "she shed" where she teaches chalk painting & I had seen the peat pots done but never had a go.  I thought this was so incredibly kind of her.  

Let me tell you dear friends ........ those peat pots are Sooooo addictive!!  
In fact they are so addictive that I found myself driving to Mitre 10 hardware store in the middle of a thunderstorm to purchase more !!!  You just dry brush the chalk paint on & then embellish with the serviettes to your hearts content.  So Much Fun!

I decided to make up a little gift package using 3 of the peat pots for a dear friend.   I filled One with lovely choccies, One with a tiny baby tears plant & the other One I made up a small French Pear Soy Candle into a glass container that just fit perfectly in the pot.

I cut up a cardboard cereal box & covered with scrapbooking paper (& a paper doiley) to sit my 3 peat pots on .......... 

.......... before wrapping the whole thing in cellophane & adding a tag.  I left it in my friends porch to surprise her 😊when she got home.

Way back at the beginning of September in * this post * - Sid & I planted some Dinosaur Gourd seeds.  We finally harvested them last week & below is what we grew from the one packet of seeds.

I'm not too sure why they called them dinosaur gourds but Sid pointed out to me that the long one looked a bit like a Brachiosaurus's neck !

Speaking of Sid ... he had his school disco last week & it was dress up.  He went as a Tiger & his Mum sent me this photo above just before he went out to the Disco.  🐯

Yesterday I had a Baking day.  I made Banana Cake from some bananas that were turning, & then a no-bake Apricot Slice with a delicious cream cheese icing.  I plan to give most of this away as otherwise I am tempted to eat it & those jeans didn't get tight all by themselves Julie !! πŸ˜‰

I saw the above Verse on Instagram & it really appealed to me.  Things are "very messy & difficult" with matters relating to my Mum of late & I just have to keep going & trust that it will be okay in the end. 
Thank You dear friends - as always - for your visits here today,
Remember to be kind to yourselves & to each other,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x


  1. I hope they played Tiger Feet (Mudd) for Syd at the disco! The peat pots are a pretty idea :)

  2. Lovely bunting and beautifully packaged gift and contents for your friend. The little pots are gorgeous. Hope things work out for your Mum soon. xx

  3. Love the pots, what a great idea & they made a lovely gift for your friend. Those cakes looks yummy. Hugs,

  4. What great Pots , I love them and I must give them a try , what do you use to glue the pictures on the pots.
    Another lovely full post of beautiful goodies .

    I know it's so hard looking after our loved ones , I had to look after my mom when she had a stroke , and after my dad untill he got to bad and went into a home , I was an only child so there was only my husband and myself .
    It was hard work for many years . I miss them so much .
    But we do have our life back now . Enjoy your week hugs June.

  5. Who's this May, Julie..? Is she a new follower..! :).

    HaHa! I think Miss Pippi is also making sure there in
    a straight line..Bless!x
    I do like the peat pots to..though l'd be a bit wary of
    the candles, outside would be o.k. but not inside!
    I tend to have those smelly oils around my home,
    much safer..!

    And look at the size of those dinosaur gourds...Wow!
    They've done very well..and Sid certainly knows his
    dinosaurs..and gourds..and looks great in his tiger
    costume..my favourite animal of all..well done Sid..! :).

    HeHe! Love the verse at the bottom there..found it a
    bit heavy going though..perhaps l ought to get on my
    knees and read it again..
    But! I shall definitely 'keep' going..! :O).

    Well..must get on..got a bagful of shopping to see to,
    busy week, ladies coffee tomorrow here at my abode..
    Thursday~Friday bank holidays..Queens Jubilee...and
    more going on, on Saturday~Sunday..Lot's more going
    on in and around the UK..Street paties...etc..
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  6. The bunting is so pretty and very original. X

    1. Thank you so much Kay - that is so sweet of you to say. xx

  7. The bunting is just so pretty, Julie and I love the idea of the pots. Did you stick the serviettes on with the Modge Podge? I fear that we will be at the same stage with my Mum soon. It's not going to be easy to navigate my way through things, either with my Mum or my awkward sisters. Good Luck. xxx

  8. Four metres of white doily bunting; how lovely. Those pots are fabulous. Thinking of you, dear Julie, as you navigate this difficult time. Take care. Sending you hugs.

  9. Well, Miss Pip certainly has a way about her, checking out all new items. You know you need that stamp of approval before you can give away or sell anything and she certainly gives you the paws up. I think those peat pots are great way to do some decorating, as the Terracotta ones that used to be so popular here, are getting too expensive just to buy and paint and set aside. And I like the fact that the peat pot can be recycled into flower plantings. We're getting hot here for a few days as you start to cool off. But I'm not complaining just yet. I'm sorry to hear that things are up and down for you and your mum. I know how it was when I lost my mom now 21 years ago. Hang in there and enjoy all the fun things you do have which includes your grandson Sid.

    1. Thanks so much Lynn & Precious. I have another Order for two more buntings & Miss Pip is right there on the floor with me ..... helping sort out the doilies πŸ˜‰ - as you can imagine!!! I hope the nice weather continues for you - I am off down to my Mums again. xx

  10. I've not seen a doily bunting anywhere else. Such a pretty idea, and you did a lovely job of it.
    That was a thoughtful gift from Joy, and led you to some thoughtful gifting of your own.
    Those gourds look like they should be named eel gourds instead of dinosaurs.
    Sid's costume is very clever. Looks like a fun day for him.
    Love that closing thought you found! Sorry things are especially messy for you right now. Sometimes it is very hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  11. Love the bunting, so does the cat! He is such a smart cat and knows quality.

  12. Yes, change is messy... take deep breaths often! Love the bunting and the pots and especially Sid's disco outfit. The gourds are fun -

  13. Gosh that bunting is a great idea, what was your friend using it for?
    Might have to visit Mega Mitre 10 myself and buy some peat pots, you've given me some ideas for gifts.
    Sorry things are not going well with your Mum. This sort of thing brings out the worst in family members as we are both finding out.
    Make sure you take some deep breaths (and don't forget to breathe out) xxx

    1. Thanks so much Pam ... the peat pots are honestly such a fun & simple project. Yes I do take lots of deep breaths lately ... my youngest son asked me "why are you sighing Mum" πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

  14. What a lovely bunting. So delicate.

    The peat pot idea is great and I really like what you did with some of them. They make a wonderful gift idea.

    God bless.

  15. Lovely doiley bunting Julie, and beautiful peat pots, might give that a go myself, Sid makes the cutest tiger, hope he is enjoying school. Your so good with your baking Julie, I just cannot be bothered doing it any more, unless I absolutely have to, have a great week, we are having horrible weather for the first day of Winter. Chris xoxo

  16. So much work in that bunting, and what a beautiful finish! And those pots...oh Julie, why do you bring out the green eyed monster in me???? LOL!

  17. Oohh Julie those doilies look fab in the bunting, I want one!!! Love, love those peat pots, you did a fantastic job of them and the gift looked gorgeous. Keep faith re your Mum, you are doing a wonderful job, I know it's hard but all will be ok . You know what I'm saying, we have talked about it . Hugs and have a lovely long weekend.

  18. That is a nice idea to use the doilies in a bunting and the little pots are so adorable and your cat!....Nancy

  19. Jane's bunting is beautiful Julie. You've done a fabulous job. Those pots look great too. I bet Sid was happy with his dinosaur gourds. Your baking looks delicious! xx

  20. Hi Julie I love the bunting and how good do those pots look,well done. Gee Sid is getting big now and gee what funny looking gourds I have never seen ones like these ,take care lovely lady πŸ’•πŸ€πŸ’•


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