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How to add a little Flower Power to your home

With spring in full swing, there's no better time to turn your mind to your home and garden, and with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show blooming once again onto our calendar, there's plenty of inspiration to be found. Floral fabrics are a great way to put that touch of spring into your home, from just a flourish of cheerful accessories, or a complete rejuvenation. So, no matter your favourite flower, we've come up with a few examples of how to help your home flourish.

Roses

The romance of roses is known worldwide, but don't reserve them just for Valentines Day. Considered to be the most popular flower in Britain and worldwide, their iconic appearance and range of colours suit every home. Rose patterned fabrics can range from bold and beautiful to simple and stylish, and help your home feel reinvigorated.

Chatsworth

Tulips

The Netherlands alone sell over 3 billion tulip bulbs a year, making them a firm favourite across the world. With over 150 species and 3000 varieties of tulips, they come in all sizes, shapes and shades, and can help to bring a burst of colour to your home. Even the most neutral fabric can take on a whole new lease of life when patterned with a bold tulip design, creating a fun and yet traditional appearance.

 Tulipa

Poppies

Symbolic throughout the world, the poppy is known for it striking scarlet colour. Just a small touch of this vibrant shade can completely change a room’s appearance, which is exactly what is sometimes needed after the grey winter months. Some bold curtains may just be a simple solution, but the change you'll see will have your home blossoming with new found energy!

English Poppy Fields

Lilies

Just like roses, the different colours and species of lilies take on different symbolic meanings, such as the flirtatious day-lilies. Some ideologies even believe that lilies bring good fortune, so bring a little luck into your home with some lily embellished decor. Lilies have a defined appearance, so can suit a more muted shade whilst retaining their floral vigour, so can be a wonderful choice if you don't fancy the bold and bright!

Lillies

Wildflowers

Wildflowers bring all colours and designs together in an entirely unique way, and though they may be busy, they're also beautiful. For a completely contrast, or just a lively look all round, a William Morris fabric can suit your home perfectly. The design feels completely fresh, but retains a traditional and elegant feel, helping to add colour and reflect the spirited feel of rural England in the comfort of your home.

Strawberry Thief

With so many ways to bring your favourite flowers from the garden and through your front door, your home can have that new lease of life and feel truly serene. If you're attending the RHS Chelsea flower show, enjoy, and we hope you all have a relaxing bank holiday weekend.

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5 ways to make your house smell like Christmas!

One of the most memorable things about this time of year is the smells we associate with it. Whether that be fresh pine, cinnamon, clementine or vanilla, you can be sure that when that familiar smell is around it will take you straight back to your childhood and your favourite festive memories. Here are a few ways to induce those much-loved yuletide aromas!

1. Festive Simmer Pots

Simmer pots are simple to make and will create a warming welcome for guests over the festive period.  This pot from Half Baked Harvest uses spices, tangerines, and cranberries; you can tailor your pots with your favourite ingredients and scents.

Simmer Pot 

2. Roasted Chestnuts

So good even Nat King Cole couldn’t help singing about them! The smell of roasting chestnuts is sure to get your guests’ taste buds tingling so it may be worth buying a few extra as I’m sure these will be in high demand.  We love this simple recipe from The Framed Table.

 Chestnuts

3. Mulled Wine

Nothing quite says Christmas like a warming cup of mulled wine.  Most fruits are perfect for adding to mulled wine so you can be as inventive as you like with the recipe (although this one from the Taste Food Blog is particularly good).  If wines not your thing, why not try spiced apple juice or cider?

Glogg Wine 

4. Homemade Orange Candles

This idea is slightly trickier than the others and will take a little bit of practice to perfect, but once you do theses cute little candles are really effective for creating both a lovely ambience and a gorgeous smell.  For any that fail along the way, simply follow Delia Creates advice and add a tea light to the centre instead to create a similar effect!

 Orange Candle

5. Homemade Garlands

This is a great activity to do on a cold winter’s day and even better if you have children around to keep entertained.  This tutorial from 5 Orange Potatoes uses cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to create these pomanders as well as some sweet little ‘acorns’ to hang on the tree.

 Acorn Pomander 3

Every family has their own traditions at Christmas and trying some of these ideas could be a great way to start some new ones!  If you have any great ideas on how to make your home smell like Christmas please share with us in a comment below… 

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The Best DIY Christmas Activities

Christmas is an exciting time of the year, however after all the frenetic parties and shopping it can be quite nice to sit, relax, and do something creative. With this mind we’ve put together some great festive DIY activities for you to relax with. 

Make your own snow globe

This DIY Mason jar snow globe is one of the prettiest we’ve found on Pinterest, and would make a great gift or decoration for the mantelpiece.  Find the guide on how to make this on Simple Craves & Olive Oil.  Once you have mastered this why not make a few in various sizes to create a real centrepiece for your Christmas dinner table?

Snow Globe Jar  

Gold tipped Paper Feathers

We love how sophisticated these feather gift decorations are, and they would certainly make your gifts more memorable.  Lia Griffith has a PDF you can print out to assist you to create your own.

Gold Dipped Paper Feathers 

Make your place settings

We found these sweet and effective Christmas candy cane name holders on Fun with Holiday Crafts.  To create these inexpensive holders all you’ll need is Candy canes, ribbon, a hot glue gun, and cards printed with your guests name in a font of your choice.

 Candy Cane Name Holders For Christmas Table

Make your own wreath

This DIY wreath is so inventive and will help to use up all those left over bits of wrapping paper.  Pinterest is filled with ideas on how to create your own and we love this one! Its delicate nature means it will probably be best kept indoors for your guests to admire.  To see the full step-by-step guide head to Centsational Girl

Gift Wrap Wreath Hutch 

Build a gingerbread house

There’s something really satisfying about building and decorating your own gingerbread house. To bake your own house take a look at the queen of baking - Mary Berry’s recipe here, however if baking is not your thing, don’t worry you can pick up sets of premade pieces and ready-made icing easily. We love the winter wonderland theme of the house below which we found on Biscuiteers.

 Gingerbread House Low Res

Activities such as these are a great way to get into the festive spirit and can also create a welcome break from the busy weeks around Christmas.

We hope you find these suggestions useful and from everyone at Plumbs, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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DIY Gifts your friends and family will love this Christmas

Struggling to think of gifts to buy for friends and family?  Then why not get crafty and create your own!  We’ve searched blog tutorials and Pinterest boards for the best DIY gift ideas this Christmas.

Chalkboard Cheese Stone

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a tempting cheese board.  This DIY gift is perfect for crafty beginners as it’s quick and easy to make, and your recipient will love it since they’ll be able to put it to use straight away!  All you need to make this is a slate tile, chalk paint, and a foam brush.  See the step-by-step guide on frankieheartsfashion.com

Cheese Board

Mason Jar Cocktail Gifts

If you know someone who loves a tipple during the festive period, then why not treat them to their favourite cocktail in a jar? This quirky gift is simple to make and can be personalised to suit.  Find the full guide on how to create these on somethingturquoise

Diy Mason Jar Cocktail Gift 

Peppermint Cocoa Christmas Ornaments

These ornaments are not only pretty to look at, they contain the ingredients for a deliciously indulgent hot chocolate, too. Once you’ve mastered this recipe why not tweak it to create more inventive flavours? You can add a touch of cayenne and cinnamon to make a Mexican hot chocolate, or a touch of rocksalt and some caramels for that crowd-pleasing salted caramel taste. Just remember to make extra as you may want to keep these baubles for yourself! Find out how to make them on lecremedelacrumb.

Peppermint Cocoa Ornaments

DIY Wood Coasters

These wooden coasters are perfect for the party season, and the design can be as simple or as elaborate as you dare to stencil! We found these pretty ones on the3thavenue.  You should be able to pick up a set of plain wooden coasters on eBay for under £5.

Diy Coasters The36thavenuecom  

DIY Gold Letter Mugs

Pinterest is filled with great ideas on making your own personalised mugs, and we love these simple gold and white ones from pinegateroad.  If you prefer bolder designs you could swap the gold for a brighter tone, or how about swapping the initial for the lyrics to your giftee’s favourite Christmas song?

Diy Monogrammed Gold Sharpie Mugs Pinegate Road 

What’s great about all these gifts is you can put real thought and imagination into them and you can be sure your gift will be both unique and much appreciated. We hope we’ve inspired you to be creative with your presents this year, and you can always find more ideas on our Pinterest board.

Are you planning on making any of your gifts this year?  Share your ideas with us below…

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