Category Archives: DIY

Pressing flowers

  Its fun to see how many wild flowers you can find in your locality – I have reached 150 over the summer with one visit to the Suffolk coast and one to Wiltshire.  A good way of learning wild … Continue reading

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Last minute Christmas presents

Still wondering what to get that last aunt, sister or daughter?  Why not make her a necklace?  These shown below are made from egg boxes, wallpaper and magazines. The round beads are simply egg boxes torn up and soaked in … Continue reading

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How to make a driftwood lamp

Here is an excerpt from my book An Illustrated Country Year – nature uncovered month by month for August Half the fun of making a driftwood lamp is hunting for the driftwood itself. Some beaches have a dearth of wood … Continue reading

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Sea glass jewellery

I’ve got a bit carried away making earrings and pendants from bits of sea glass this week. A project for the book I’m working on about the seashore. Its delightfully easy, you just need some 20 gauge beading wire and … Continue reading

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Birch twig coat or hat rack

  Rather a lot of sawing involved with this project and I have to admit it was a little difficult to get the twigs the exact right length, but my trusty glue gun came to the rescue.  The edges are … Continue reading

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What to do when paintings go wrong

As an artist, and particularly a printmaker I frequently have paintings or linocuts that have gone wrong – what a waste of paper!  So here is a good use for it.  If you aren’t an artist you can still make … Continue reading

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Unique idea for a chandelier

For some reason I’ve always longed for a chandelier but somehow they were always too small or too expensive.  Why not make your own, I thought.  Sadly I couldn’t make the actual light fitting so that had to be bought. … Continue reading

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