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

Chinese New Year 2018

Today is Chinese New Year! I’ve been experimenting with making my own spring rolls and came up with this simple recipe.

Stir fry a bag of prepared stir fry vegetable mix with a sachet of Oyster sauce (or your favourite stir fry sauce)  then spoon a portion of the mix onto one end of one sheet of filo pasty (the has been cut in half) and roll the veg up tucking in the ends half way through the rolling. Brush the end down with melted butter. Repeat with the rest of the mix, it should make about 6 medium sized spring rolls. Place them all on greaseproof paper on a baking tray, brush the tops with melted butter and bake at 180c for 20 mins. Serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce… yum!

Spring rolls | Chinese New Year | Stacy Grant | Food 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