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The Long Weekend DIY List

There is nothing like a long weekend to inspire a long list of DIY projects, am I right? I personally decided to take on a cosmetic lift on our ensuite. Full of enthusiasm, I removed plastic accessories that were the height of fashion back in the late 90s when they were originally installed, gave it a lick of paint, and replaced the handles on the vanity to bring it into today.

With 4 full days off, many people seem to have the same idea, and get inspired to tackle projects around the home that they just can’t seem to find time for ordinarily. Maybe it is getting into the garden, or spring (autumn) cleaning, maybe you decide to reorganise the furniture. Whatever the case, a long weekend, gives you an opportunity to concentrate on the task at hand with less distraction.

Here are 5 DIY projects you could set your mind to this weekend that will add atmosphere, relaxation and entertainment to your home.

1. Vegie Garden

If you want to get a head start on your garden this weekend, this is certainly the way to go. Did you know that some vegetables can regrow from a small scrap? YEP! OMG, talk about a game changer. Not only will this give you a head start, it is cheap too. Buy your vegies once, and regrow them for a lifetime.  The best method is to place the scrap in a small amount of water for the growth to begin, but once it gets going, it should be transplanted into the earth for full growth. This can be done with many of the common vegetables and herbs you will have in  your home such as celery, lettuce varieties, cabbage, lemon grass, green spring onions, leeks, garlic chives, buk choy and fennel. For me, this makes incredible sense particularly for celery and lettuce. I find that I tend to cook more casserole/stew style meals for the family in the cooler months, and often the base of the sauce starts with celery. But I honestly find it hard to warrant buying a bunch of celery, when all I really need is one stalk.

Celery stalks should be trimmed them placed in a shallow bowl or saucer of water. And miraculously, new growth will begin to sprout from the centre. A similar technique can be used with lettuce; Cos Lettuce works particularly well with this technique. After the plants begin sprouting you can plant them in your garden and be well on your way to harvest!

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Image; Google

2. Create your own Budget Firepit

Firepits seem to be the latest rage- and they are not cheap to buy. But creating your own budget version can be fun and rewarding. When the lights are low, and the fires burning, it ain’t really going to matter if you took out a small loan for your firepit, or made it with your own two hands. For the full tutorial head to A Beautiful Mess.

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Image; A Beautiful Mess

3. Bird Feeder

Attracting bird life requires very little effort but can be interesting and rewarding.  Each and every home potentially will attract its own unique birdlife. This cute teacup bird feeder is utterly charming and can be customised by choosing a colour concept that will suit your home, or better yet, put those odds and sods to better use!

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Image via Bite Sized Biggie

4. Create a Succulent Ball

Drought resistant plants are generally easier to care for, so this succulent ball makes a great project for just about anyone. They can spruce up an indoor or outdoor empty space, suspended from the ceiling. Try pairing 2 together at different heights for some added interest, or if space allows it try a cluster of three in different sizes.

By choosing a variety of succulents you till be able to create interest with colour and texture. If you feel creative, you could spray paint the wire cage before you begin to match an existing colour scheme. I think a bronze/copper or deep aubergine/chocolate frame would look amazing teamed with similarly coloured succulents 😍

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Image; Drought Smart

5. Garden Bench

There is nothing better than having a quiet space somewhere at home where you can sit, have a cuppa, contemplate and reflect. The garden is an ideal place and this garden bench will provide the perfect spot to sit. Made from Cement blocks and wood, this easily constructed piece of garden furniture will be the perfect project to undertake this weekend.

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Image; Bees and Roses

Whether you have a luxurious escape somewhere planned this weekend,  or are going to get busy around your home, we wish you all a very Happy Easter break.

And, if you are getting on to the crazy roads throughout Sydney or the rest of the country, be safe.

Fwf x

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Any Budget

It goes without saying that everyone’s situation is different, and what one can afford, another cannot. But that doesn’t limit you in terms of showing your love, so we’ve come up with three simple ideas to suit any budget.

Cash to Splash:

If money were no object, what would you buy for your special someone?

A car?

Exquisite jewelry?

What about a single rose…..but not just any ordinary rose…..a rose dipped in your choice of silver, gold, rose gold, or platinum? Any why stop at one?

WOW?

Wow.

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For around the cost of a dozen long stemmed roses, you can buy a single stem of rose preserved forever in your choice or precious metal.

These roses are handcrafted from real roses. The roses are grown in glasshouses, and picked at the perfect stage of bloom, at the peak of their beauty, and then coated in a durable lacquer shell to preserve the detail of the rose. Next, they are dipped and plated in your choice of precious metal creating a unique masterpiece. Creating each rose is a time consuming process with some 40 steps and up to five days of work by skilled artisans and technicians.  Each rose is designed to last forever so I would suggest that this is not the kind of gift you give for your first Valentine’s Day. And, what’s more, they guarantee their work. No exceptions.

Precious Pennies:

If budget is a concern, but you do have some money to spend, I would suggest spending it wisely. Avoid the obvious restaurant crazy, and cook outdoors or pack a picnic for the National Park or a favourite lookout. You can spend your money on your favourite things to eat and drink, AND give yourself a tad more privacy.

Think outside the box. Sure, buy her flowers, but what if you make them a jar of hibiscus flowers that you can drop in her champagne and watch open as you sit down and enjoy a quiet drink together. This is the perfect compromise to pack in the picnic basket without forgetting to bring her flowers.6d756498db902e2992f517b481e9a934

Plan a romantic midweek getaway. Money goes further midweek, so instead of just one night, perhaps you can stay two in a secluded resort. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, many will spread the celebrations across the weekend from Friday to Sunday, so why not avoid the madness and start the new week off with some R’n’R.

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Small Change:

Things a tad on the tight side right now, but still want to show your loved one they are cherished? Some of the best things in life are free, it’s true!

Home cooked meals, or rather, a meal you haven’t had to cook yourself, always tastes better. ALWAYS. It’s as simple as that. And whether it is breakfast in bed, a picnic lunch for two, or a romantic candlelit dinner, choose something you know he/she loves, and you will be winning.

Simple touches, like a vase of handpicked flowers on the breakfast tray, or heart/love themed meals will win extra points, and don’t cost a thing!

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We are now on the countdown!  There is only 3 days to go til Valentine’s Day is upon us, so don’t delay. If Florist with Flowers can help you with a delivery of fresh flowers in Sydney, check out our gorgeous range of gift ideas here. It’s simple! You can order online via the link, or alternatively call one of our team to discuss your particular requirements.

Hope you all get a good dose of loving 😉

Fwf x

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