I hope you’re all enjoying the sun and extra bank holidays (if you’re in the UK). We’ve certainly been taking advantage and visiting several local attractions. During the Easter Weekend we took a long overdue trip to Lea Gardens in Derbyshire. The wonderful thing about the gardens is the amount of paths and plants which meant plenty of shady spots to escape from the very hot sun.
Lea itself is a small Derbyshire village where two notable figures have lived. Florence Nightingale was brought up here and the knitwear designer John Smedley started his famous business from Lea Mills.
The gardens themselves are celebrating being in business for 50 years this year and all the plants are currently in full bloom. The upper part of the garden has numerous gravel paths between rhododendrons and azaleas and then further down the hill the garden becomes a woodland area with mud paths, trees and many bird boxes.
The gardens were so beautiful we think we took more than a 100 photos (such is the wonder of a digital camera) so it was very hard to chose just a few to show you here. I hope you’ll enjoy the selection. Of course the next big event in the calendar is the Royal Wedding. Unfortunately we have not been invited (I can hear you all crying about the injustice from here he he) but not to be deterred we will be celebrating Angel Eden style on Friday, if you are braving the crowds in London you have my full respect and admiration, I just hope this lovely weather holds for both you and the happy couple
As any regular reader of this blog will know, I love upcycling! The idea of taking something old and/or unloved and giving it a new lease of life really appeals to me whilst also being environmentally and economically friendly. So when I received a copy of Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Tea Towel to review from GMC Publications I was very excited!
The book features more than two dozens projects to transform your tea towels into everything from a bag to a halter top or pair of slippers! The projects are beautifully photographed and the book itself would grace any coffee table. Anne had recently bought a rather lovely handprinted tea towel. I often see these kind of tea towels, too expensive and pretty to want to actually use, so this book seemed like the perfect solution.
Anne chose a shopping bag as she thought this would be the most useful item for her and we set about following the instructions to repurpose and reinvent. The project was very simple and very clearly explained and the bag was finished in very little time. The only addition to the tea towel needed was some fabric for lining and handles and any trimming you fancy.
Would I recommend this book?
Yes, I think it is a wonderful idea to take an everyday item and make it into something more interesting. It also gives a brilliant excuse to buy pretty tea towels. As I said before it is beautifully photographed and would make a lovely gift.
Could it be improved in anyway?
Erm… I can’t think of anything in particular. Infact I’d loved to see a second book with yet more ideas. Some of the projects weren’t completely to my taste, but that’s personal preference rather than a fault. I honestly think this book meets all it’s claims.
Title: Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Tea Towel
Author: Nathalie Mornu
Publication Date: May 2010