52 weekends No. 29 – Pottering

What beautiful weather we’re having this weekend! There was no doubt how I was going to spend this weekend… in my garden. First day of the year I’ve spent time out there, I love just wandering around admiring the plants and flowers I’ve grown – the garden was empty when we moved in so everything out there is all my own work. I had little tidy up, put up some new trellis, brought out the garden furniture and gathered together some tired looking pots and an old broken watering can which I decided to bring to life. I was also given an old chimnea recently and I decided to set that up a planter. With £10 spent in Morrisons on new plants (that included a Wisteria and Clematis, which I also potted) and some old paint I had stored in the garage it was a happy little weekend project that brought some more colour into the garden and gave me a good dose of vitamin D.

52 weekends Pottering | Garden inspiration | Stacy Grant Creative Photographer 52 weekends Pottering | Garden inspiration | Stacy Grant Creative Photographer

52 Weekends No.28 – For The Love of French Knitting

I’ve had my French Knitting doll since I was five years old, it’s had it’s pin replaced over the years but I still love it. It’s easy and fun to do, it’s also very handy to carry around with you (I took mine out  with me yesterday and knitted whilst the kids played in the park). The dilemma is what to make with it once you’ve made a string. You can thread wire through it and make words or shapes (like hearts) or use it as chunky wool and knit with it. Or like me add a big button and make a lovely bracelet!

French knitting | 52 Weekends | Craft inspiration project | Stacy Grant French knitting | 52 Weekends | Craft inspiration project | Stacy Grant

(You can see me modelling it on my Instagram feed)

52 Weekends – No Sew T-Tote

This weekend was perfect, it ticked all the boxes. We went out to watch a band on Friday night, Saturday I had a fun photoshoot followed by lunch with friends and on Sunday I had the most inspirational and fun day – we went to the Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs exhibition displaying the amazing detailed sets and models from the movie, they also recreated the noodle bar to actual size and were serving. We then went onto The Other Art Fair and saw some truly amazing artists and there work… very inspiring!

I did also find time to fit in some weekend craft… as I’m currently loving discovering all the things you can make from old T-shirts… I bring you 52 Weekends No.26 – No Sew T-Tote!

No Sew Tote | 52 Weekends | Stacy Grant No Sew T-shirt Tote | 52 Weekends | Stacy Grant

52 Weekends No.24 – Handmade Mother’s Day

The weekend, a time for you, to relax, spend time with the people you love, doing the things that you enjoy. My ’52 Weekends’ is here to help inspire you with things to do, places to visit, things to make and to bake. 52 Weekends No.24 – Handmade Mother’s Day Gift (because every mum loves a handmade gift). I bought the cross stitch kit from Hobbycraft and Ive had the material that I covered the hoop with in my sewing basket for years. It took a lot of hours to complete (check out all those French knots) but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Mother's Day Gift | 52 Weekends Projects | Stacy Grant  | Creative Photographer Mother's Day Gift | 52 Weekends Projects | Stacy Grant  | Creative Photographer

52 Weekends No.22 – Sugar Hand Scrub

I love the weekends – guilt free relaxing, lazy breakfasts, lots of coffee, reading books, hanging out and watching movies with the family. I find weekends especially lovely at this time of year – sunny and warm inside, cold and crisp outside, however this weather is playing havoc with my skin so this weekend I decided to make a lovely sugar scrub to give my poor dry hands a pamper.

It’s super easy – I used equal amounts of sugar and coconut oil (but you can use less sugar if you prefer the texture less abrasive) and two drops of pure lavender oil. The sugar is a great natural exfoliator, the coconut oil is the perfect moisturiser for dry hands and the lavender oil calming – the aroma when mixed together is sweet heaven! I found this cute little jar in The Range for £1.29 which is perfect for storing this scrub and has a handy little wooden spoon for scooping it out… also this would make a lovely handmade gift especially with Mother’s Day approaching!

Coconut Sugar Hand Scrub | 52 Weekends | Stacy Grant | Creative Photographer Coconut Sugar Hand Scrub | 52 Weekends | Stacy Grant | Creative Photographer

T-Shirt Yarn Macrame

52 Weekends No.21 – T-Shirt Yarn Macrame. I’ve been loving the recent trend of hanging house plants and I’m currently refurbing our bathroom with a tropical theme (or Vietnam Flashback as my husband has affectionally named the style) and my plan is to fill it with hanging plants. So this weekend I thought I would try my hand at Macrame for the first time, using t-shirt yarn (as it’s cheap. easy to make and lovely to work with) I had enough left over so I made a mini plant pot holder too. Give it a go… great sense of achievement.

T-Shirt Yarn Macrame | Stacy Grant | Craft Photography T-Shirt Yarn Macrame | Stacy Grant | Craft Photography

52 Weekends No.20 – Valentines Pressed Flower Keepsake

Love is in the air this weekend as Valentines Day approaches, which makes it the perfect weekend to make a Valentines Keepsake for this weeks 52 Weekends Project.

Just before Christmas my wonderful Husband bought me a beautiful bunch of flowers to cheer me up, in the bunch was some Gypsophila sprayed with gold, it was so lovely I decided to pressed it. I knew it would look great framed in my cute little Oliver Bonas kiko frame along with this beautiful quote ‘If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.’ The perfect valentines gift.

Valentines Pressed Flowers | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends | Creative Photographer

Valentines Pressed Flowers | Stacy Grant | 52 Weekends | Creative Photographer

 

52 Weekends No.19 – Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Palace

52 weekends is inspiration for craft projects, things to do or places to visit. This week it’s a little bit of everything. To celebrate my Mum’s birthday I’m treating her to a traditional afternoon tea at the Orangery at Blenheim Palace as a surprise. So I designed and made a cute little invite to surprise her with, I used one of my vintage tea cups to draw from and used tissue paper for the pattern, the idea is the tea bag being pulled out of the cup… I’m really pleased with how it turned out and Mum and I had a fabulous day!

Blenheim Palace | Traditional Afternoon Tea | Invitation | Stacy Grant