Did you know this stuff grows in the wild in so many public places across the UK for about 4-6 weeks of the year. And it comes back again every year.
Something we trrrry to do is go on an elderflower foraging hunt at this time of year. We come back with a bag of freshly picked elderflower and love turning it into something yummy.
Over the years we’ve made, gin, cordial, wine, but this year we found a fab recipe for orange and elderflower jam. And I can proudly confirm after nearly finishing a loaf of bread, it’s delicious on toast!
Where can I find it?
Elderflower is abundant throughout the UK, in woods and along roadside hedgerows. From late May you’ll see masses of tiny white flowers hanging in sprays which develop into purple elderberries later in the summer.
What does it look like?
Credit: Pete Holmes / WTML
The flowers are flat-topped clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers, the fragrance is sweet and summery.
If you come across any on your daily wanders, why not take a little home to make something yummy too!
Here’s a few recipes we’ve enjoyed over the last few years to inspire you!
To celebrate our 7th birthday we’ve made a beautiful printable for you to make and use at home, either for celebrations, as gifts, or decorations for the home.
All you’ll need: string, a hole punch and some scissors.
Print out this floral bunting by clicking on the link below.
You’ll find the first few pages are the letters ‘happy birthday’. If you would like to create your own personalised message, I’ve designed the whole alphabet, so print out the letters you need for whatever phrase you would like to create.
Print onto paper or thin card, then cut out the flags.
Hole punch or use scissors to make teeny holes in the top corners.
Thread the flags along the string (in the right order) and there you have it.
To add some va va voom, before making holes, you could mount these flags onto different coloured card or paper.
Use the bunting for a wall, along the edge of a table or along a curtain pole. Keep somewhere safe and flat, and reuse again and again!
Credit: I used a stunning photo taken by Georgia de Lotz to create this bunting. Thank you Georgia! 🙂
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The best gifts are handmade and this one’s an easy one for anyone to make.
You’ll need a plain mug which you can pick up from most homeware shops, a few coloured sharpie pens and a packet of alphabet stickers, both can be purchased from Hobbycraft or a general Craft Store.
If you’re gifting this for someone, you could personalise this by using the first letter of their name. Choose your letter or letters and stick them on the mug. Then with your sharpie pens, draw hundreds of tiny dots around the letter. For added effect, use a few colours and gradually fade and make the dots more spaced out the further you get away from the sticker.
Once you’re happy, peel off the sticker from the mug and you’re left with an outline of the letter.
There you have it, fill it with treats, their favourite teabags or a packet of biscuits and you’ve got a beautiful hand personalised gift.
A quick note, these dots won’t survive in the dishwasher, so handwash them only 🙂
Wanting a little inspiration for some baby shower decoration ideas? Or wondering what to do to bring a little fun to an upcoming baby themed party?
We had the pleasure of providing decor for a yummy mummy’s baby shower. We created a few handmade, decorative bits and bobs full of colour. Including a nappy wreath, lace bunting, pink tissue blossom tree and nail varnish favours.
It was a beautiful afternoon full of laughter, cake and baby clothes galore! If you have an upcoming party you’d like some creative decor ideas for we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch here.
Need some help thinking of baby shower decoration ideas, we love helping people get creative with their events. We’ve got a baby themed board on pinterest for other ideas too. Get in touch or check out our catalogue of decor available to hire for your next event.
Looking for an anniversary gift idea? This creative make could be the one.
I created this fancy number to give to the husband as my 2nd wedding anniversary gift. I secretly knew I would appreciate this much more than he would, I also knew my hallway would look that lil’ bit cuter coz of it too! The husband of course is blissfully unaware of my crafty tactics!
Traditionally, 2nd anniversary is cotton, so I wanted to incorporate cotton fabric in there some how and came up with this…
I bought an ikea box frame (£3.50 in white or black), and got 2 spoons personalised by ‘Washed Up Wood’, they can engrave anything you like onto a spoon! Covered the backing of the frame with fabric and held it in place using super glue on the back of the board.
I tied the spoons together using coloured string and then tied this string around the board and made a knot at the back. It held in place naturally due to the tightness of the knot at the back, so no need for glue here.
I attached a flower to cover the knot on the front of the spoons and placed this into the box frame.
Rustic wedding signage is all over pinterest at the moment.
We wanted to create a few new signs suitable for rustic weddings and today we officially welcome this uber cute new lil’ sign to our prop collection.
This bespoke handmade signpost has been designed to be placed at the start of the aisle. It could also work at the entrance of your venue. We’ve used left over fencing to create it and handpainted it with white paint.
It’s available to hire for £15 for a 3 day period.
If you want unique bespoke signage at your special event, get in touch we love getting creative and would be more than happy to build you a one of a kind sign! Rustic wedding signage, copper signage or floral displays, you name the style and we’d love to create something unique for you.
If you’re looking for a handmade gift idea, here’s one for a friend or loved one.
Do you like receiving happy mail? Me too, I’ve been given a few packs of beautiful postcards and notelets which I can now send to some of my friends when I want to say hello, or thank you in the post.
I wondered if I could make my own notelet kit for my friend who LOVES sending little cards and notes. So I made this little kit filled with lots of love and decorated paper to use to send to people.
2 sheets of A4 card
Double sided tape
All of these can be bought from most craft shops like Hobbycraft. Take one piece of A4 card and cover it in your decorated paper, I used this pink stripy paper shown in the photo below. Use double sided tape to stick it to the card (I find you get less air bubbles/glue bumps). This will become your cover of your writing kit.
Now lightly score 2 parallel lines where the cover of your book will fold. I made mine to have a spine of about 1 inch thick which is just enough to hold several letters and envelopes.
Next take the second sheet of card, hold it landscape, and cut a vertical line down the middle of the card so you end up with 2 equal sizes of A5 card.
Score 4 parallel lines along each sheet of A5 card of where you want the folds for the pocket to be. See the photo below for help on how I folded mine. These 4 fold lines will create a ‘tab’ that will be the actual bit that sticks to the inside cover of your book.
Before you stick it down, cover in your decorative paper, maybe use a different one to the one on the main cover. No need to cover the whole of the tabs as these won’t be seen. I then used double sided tape on the tabs of the pockets, and stuck them down.
Once stuck down, I stuck a little bit of string on the inside of each pocket at the bottom which ensures nothing falls out. I used Sellotape for this. You shouldn’t be able to see the string on the outside of the kit.
Next the fun bit… Decorating the letter paper and envelopes! I used my alphabetical stamps, washi tape and some embellishments I had in my craft box. See some ideas you could create…
Then, cut a piece of string to go all the way around your book plus extra to tie a bow. Tie it into position, tying your book firmly shut. Then cut out a rectangle of decorative paper and stick this on top of the string on the front cover, holding the string in position. I then decorated this rectangle personalising it for my friend using lettered stickers and ribbon.
Fill up your writing kit and your sorted! You could add a loop of material to hold a pen if you’re keen. Add stamps to the envelopes and you’re good to go! A lovely little handmade gift idea for any budding writer!
A barn wedding is always such a privilege to decorate. Most of the time, the barns are so magnificent, it doesn’t need a lot to impress your guests! I love the look of the brown wood against the lace and white fabrics of the table cloths.
We recently helped the lovely Nicky & Oliver with their beautiful barn wedding. The venue looked stunning, we loved all of their great ideas they chose – my favourite was their table numbers.
Our hessian chair tie backs all behaved themselves adding a touch of vintage to the room. Take a look through some of the photos we shot.
If you’d like help decorating your venue, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Nappy cake designs! Here they are, we’ve made a fair few, so I thought I’d save some of our favourite designs all in one place. I’ve also included a tutorial of how I made my first ever one.
If you’re looking to try making a creative gift for the next baby shower you attend, this handmade gift will be pretty unique and incredibly useful! It will also remove the chances of you turning up with the same gift as someone else!
My first ever nappy cake:
about 60-70 nappies (I’d recommend buying size 3, they’re a good width and if the mama has a big baby they’ll fit!)
All of these except the nappies can be purchased from a craft store e.g. Hobbycraft.
Start by rolling up each nappy, into a toilet roll shape, and secure with a small rubber band. Then when you have enough to make the base layer of the ‘cake’, stand them all up and make a circular shape. When you’re happy take a piece of string and tie it around really tight to ensure all the nappies are behaving! Then repeat this and make the remaining two other layers of the cake.
I then measured the height of each layer and cut a long piece of wrapping paper to wrap around the edge of each tier (like where you would ice the cake) I wrapped it round and stuck down with a piece of sticky tape. Then tied a pretty ribbon on top of the wrapping paper, around the middle of each layer. I added a chocolate lollypop at the top which had the ‘happy birthday’ message on, something that my niece could actually enjoy! Et voila 🙂
Here’s some of our other nappy cake designs that we’ve created more recently:
If you love travelling this one’s for you – a crafty way to capture all the holidays you’ve treated yourself to in a glance!
I bought a cheapy canvas and covered it in a shabby wallpaper to give it the effect of a wooden fence post.
I then sourced a cork map of the world, (all purchases via eBay!) it comes with one side covered in adhesive so I literally just stuck it onto the wallpaper. I thought the red and white parcel string would work well for this project and tied a tight knot around each aeroplane pin then pinned them into all the destinations we’d been to.
Next print out your fav picture from each holiday, something that represents all the shenanigans you got up to! Then use my trusty lil friend (who never ceases to amaze me – super glue) and stick everything in place (string and photos).
I’ve been wanting to make this project for a while now, and I’m very proud it’s finally complete and hanging in our lounge (husband probably not so much!)
This idea could be used though for other projects, there could be a country you just keep going back for more to, or a road trip around America. You needn’t buy the whole world map just the country/continent that you prefer 🙂
If you love a navy wedding theme this one’s for you!
We had the opportunity to let our creative juices go to town by providing some handmade bespoke props for a beautiful wedding held in West London which had a navy wedding theme.
We both had a great time cutting, sticking and sewing, getting all the different props ready for Saturday morning. Then when everything was in place, we stopped, we looked around and I’m sure my hearty did a backflip with excitement – it looked beautiful.
We had our homemade picket fences standing proud at the front of the venue with a personalised chalk board – these always help add that bespoke feel to any event.
We designed the seating plan in line with their navy theme, adding a touch of romance with roses intertwined around the frame.
The perfect handmade gift for any chocolate fan! A mini parcel filled with all the ingredients you need to make the best hot chocolate known to man!
First I melted my fav chocolate into a heart shaped ice cube tray, once it started to set, I pushed a disposable wooden teaspoon into each cube and left to harden. (Teaspoons and ice cube tray are on eBay at super cheap prices)
Then I filled clear mini cellophane sachets (also bought from eBay) with lots of sweet treats, some with marshmallows, some with deluxe hot chocolate powder, some with chocolate sprinkles. I sealed each sachet with a handmade sticker by stamping snowflakes onto plain white parcel stickers just to add a Christmassy touch!
Once my heart shaped chocolates (with wedged in teaspoon) had set, I removed them from the ice cube tray and put each one into a clear cellophane bag – and sealed the same way with a sticker.
When you have all the different sachets filled, pack them into a mini bundle, one of each one. I used clear display bags with a gold pattern on and tied with a ribbon.
I then printed out instructions on how to enjoy and decorated the reverse for an additional decorative touch and tied to the ribbon.
Here’s a gift I’ve made for a few of the ladies in my life! Skittle flavoured vodka!
I bought a few 250ml Kilner clip top bottles, filled them with vodka and popped in about 20 of their favourite coloured skittle. It’s best to stick to one colour of skittle type in each bottle as it could look quite mucky in colour if you went for the fruit salad option!
Leave them to stand for about 3 days, and by the power of magic the skittles disappear! You’ll need to filter them a few times though to drain away some of the sugary sediment left at the bottom of the bottle. To do this, either grab some muslin and pour the vodka over it into another container, or a paper coffee filter works well. When you’re done, pour the magic juice back into your bottles and design a tag to go around the neck.
I wrote some serving suggestions of ways best to enjoy – with lemonade and ice or neat on the rocks!
Great prezzy for alcohol drinking chummys – it taste delicious and is handmade with lurrrrve 🙂
This handmade gift idea is such a lovely thing to make for any friend, partner or family member.
I made this gift for my husband. I thought of 52 reasons why I love him and listed each one in this handmade gift. To be honest I think I probably appreciated this gift more than he did! (He’s not a handmade gift kinda guy shall we say!)
Personalised deck of playing cards
I ordered a pack of playing cards which I had personalised with a photo of the two of us. (You can type into google “personalised playing cards” and there are many online retailers to choose from)
Once the pack arrived, I designed two playing card sized covers, one for the front and back. I used thicker card for this.
I decorated the front with alphabet stickers – that said “52 reasons why I love you”.
I then hole punched everything and thread coloured string through each playing car to create a mini book.
Then with a marker pen I wrote a reason on each card. I gotta admit some of the reasons did stretch my imagination! But call it a test to your relationship! Can you name 52 reasons for your loved one?
This would be a great gift for any loved one, I personally think it’s adorable!
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