Lovely Greens | DIY Projects, Handmade Beauty, Edible Gardening, and Life on the Isle of Man

I’ve never been on a trip alone. Wherever I’ve traveled it’s always been with a partner, family, or friends and I’ve been trying to figure out why that is. I think it’s the norm for people to travel in packs and it’s only the rare wanderer that sets out on their own – a lone wolf to wonder at. Is it because we want to share in the experience of a new place with someone close? Is it for comfort and familiarity? Is it because we’re naturally social creatures? At

I absolutely love the flavour combination of strawberry and rhubarb. It’s sweet with a tart edge and is perfect for all types of desserts from cakes, tarts, muffins, jam, to my my favourite – pie. Juicy and aromatic, it sits well at any summer event, whether it’s a picnic or simple evening in. Best of all, Strawberry and Rhubarb pie is easy to make and ideal for using up strawberries that might not look their best. Strawberry & Rhubarb Pie Makes 1 Pie 3 cups of Strawberries, cleaned and halved

On the island, spontaneity is the key to fun. While a heatwave has been warming up Britain, this summer’s weekends have been about 50/50 rain or shine on the Isle of Man. In fact, as I look out of the window I see mist, light drizzle, and grey skies. Looking on the bright side, wet is wonderful for green things but when the sun does come out it’s best to make the most of it and get outside. You’ve got to jump at every opportunity to soak up some vitamin

As everyday objects, coins are often hidden away in drawers, hand bags, and cupboards despite their metallic beauty. I think that because we see them so often their colour and design has become commonplace and they end up being delegated to places unseen. My idea with creating this project was to take these underrated pieces and give them prime position in your home’s interior design. With my wall-mounted coin vaults, pennies, silvers, and foreign coins become pieces of functional art and also help free storage space. Made with inexpensive materials

Many facial cleansers can strip the skin of natural oils, leaving your skin either too dry or too oily. This is because your face can respond to over-cleansing and over-exfoliation with even more acne, blackheads, oiliness, or skin irritation. Knowing this, I tend to not cleanse my face with anything other than water on days I’m not wearing make-up, or a natural cleanser on days that I am. When I’m not using my copycat version of Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin, I also use an extremely sensitive and creamy Shea Butter soap that I make myself.

I can’t believe that I own a Volkswagen Camper… Daisy Blue is her name and she was born the very same year that I was. In fact that’s the reason I even put in an offer. Her license plate includes 79T – our birth year and the first letter of my name. If her plate had been any different I might still be camper-less. It was a sign. It’s incredible to think that she’s been knocking around for just as long as I have and I wish I could know

Yesterday I shared news of my latest gardening success story and today I have a video tutorial to show you exactly what I did. Some say that it’s not possible to divide supermarket herb plants like Basil but I’ve tried it out and have found that you can indeed! At only £1.25 a pot, live Basil plants in the supermarket are an economical buy and sometimes even cheaper than herbs that are already cut. They’re certainly less expensive than many packets of seeds! Unfortunately these plants are grown so densely

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