In my vase this week is honeysuckle, feverfew and a froth of Lady’s Mantle.
Pop across and Ramble in the Garden with Cathy to see her Vase and those from gardeners across the globe.
This honeysuckle pleases me hugely because I grew it from a cutting. The flower is not as beautiful as some honeysuckles but the scent is magnificent, especially in the evenings.
Look how it has grown! All from a cutting, isn’t nature amazing! I grows through a Clematis Montana, which flowers in the Spring.
I have been having A-Good-Clear-Out in the kitchen, thus ticking off a few of my 17 for 2017 Aims/Goals/Challenges.
Goal: Sort out 13 shelves, boxes, cupboards or shelves. I have done 5 this week (that’s 12 altogether!) – Well done me! 😀
A. I have a 3 drawer filing cabinet with files stuffed with papers from goodness knows when – I’ve been through all three drawers and discarded everything that is no longer needed, either shredding the paper for compost, (P) or rolling it into fire-lighters (P)
B. These shelves
needed painting, and so did the wall behind them.
Do you recognise some vases from previous IAVOM posts?
How was I going to get the shelves off the wall by myself?
(C. see that desk top – I could not have shown you the toppling heap of stuff that was on there – far too embarrassing – number 3 surface cleared!)
I could have asked a neighbour to help, but I get a kick out of ‘The Power of One’ solutions! So ……
I put chairs piled with stuff to rest the shelf on as I undid the screws – it worked.
A clear wall, with a mist coat painted onto the raw plaster. I’m using some of my Mum’s old paint – Dulux Barley White, it must be ancient but it still seems ok. (P)
I have quite a few things that need sanding so I treated myself to a Detail Sander and sanded the shelves
I do love a gadget. It cost just £30, well worth it!
The sanding was needed to create a surface for the Dulux ‘Quilted Calico’ Eggshell to key in to
And then of course there was D. Under the Table to deal with – a whole tub of used flower pots – luckily I have found a Garden Centre, Groves, about 20 miles away that will recycle them (P) in the Pot to Product Scheme.
I used to live near there, so I can combine the trip with meeting up with old friends. (P)
And the last of the 5- E. The top of the filing cabinet which houses the paper shredder and piles of office related detritus (no ‘before’ picture here either!) A broken child’s chair is acting as a shelf (P)
There are several great ideas for using chairs as shelves on Pinterest – here’s one
And a vase of flowers – just the thing to celebrate the transformation.
I removed over 40 old redundant business cards from the letter rack. They have gone in the collage cupboard and might be used as collaged tags in journals – oh dear – not thrown away yet then!
Have you noticed a few (P)s in the text – can you guess what they stand for?