1) I didn’t have another basket handy and I didn’t think I could do much with the foliage to hand and a plant pot
2) It was cold outside on Thursday night and surprisingly dark
I decided to go with a variation of the plastic bag Christmas wreath for my Mum’s plot. So courtesy of Tesco for the background and Billabong for the flowers here it is.
Because I didn’t feel up to rummaging in the glory-hole for a small embroidery hoop (let’s face it you have to be in the mood for that short of thing) I decided to use two pieces of cardboard – not one of my best ideas, it eventually tears so I ended up sticking the torn hoop, with cool glue gun glue (I wouldn’t like to deal with a hot one), to a cardboard background and then sticking the remainder of the strips in a continuation of the circle and popping just a few in the middle to fill it out. It’s only dinky about 8″ across.
To finish it off I made some flowers as per this template here and glued them on too. I have made these flowers before from fabric and they are very simple and very effective especially if you bunch them together like a mini bouquet and you can always throw in a leaf or two depending on the look you want.
Things I learned – it takes more glue than you think to stick plastic to cardboard and do not under any circumstances mix plastic bags with a lap top. The strips and more importantly little off cuts become so staticy they stick to EVERYTHING – you, your jim jams, the floor, the desk, each other, the door frame and the small furry family member and thus migrate (even though you think you have got them all) to the landing carpet, downstairs and the bed!
Oh and because the Hetty (vacumn) was downstairs on Thursday night and I didn’t want to risk carrying it up to hoover the landing I had one of those moments that you normally only see in comedy programmes with a friend yesterday.
We were going to take Bud for a walk – Chris isn’t completely settled with him yet but getting better – so after we’d been to the dentist, a retail park (rug – no, dog food – yes, a foot pump – yes), B&Q quick bite to eat (I realise this doesn’t count as going out) and some light bulbs not the ones we went for because even though B knew exactly what we wanted when faced with all the choices – he didn’t! After two furniture shops on the way home where we bought two settees (we’ve had the others about 15 years so I think we’ve had our moneys worth) we arrived home to find Chris had been outside for about 10 minutes.
B opened the garage, Bud went crazy, we’d been out three hours, and then B went crazy as Bud had chewed some more door frame. We went in the house and left Bud and B ‘discussing’ it. Chris nipped to the toilet. When we were out walking she said…
‘Er, I think Bud might be in extra trouble.’
Chris: ‘Did you see the state of your landing carpet, with all those bits?’
Me: ‘It was like that before we went out!’
Chris: ‘Oh, I thought Bud must have done it while you were out!’