My Tiny Indoor Garden by Lia Leendertz

If you have no garden and are thinking you are never going to have enough space to have your own or be able to grow your own salads look no further than My Tiny Indoor Garden. House plants are having a moment just now, we use them for styling so many projects, they are something we can all have and everyone wants to be in on the act. This delightful book by Lia Leendertz with beautiful images by Mark Diacono is packed with space saving indoor gardening ideas and even people living in the most restricted spaces can join in. It includes lots of ways to display flowers and plants as well as a wealth of tried and tested growing tips.

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Before I go any further R&B have to declare an interest in this title and tell you team member Amanda Russell was one of the case studies featured. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty more case studies and very doable projects we want to enthusiastically immerse ourselves in.

Image1 - Photo credit to Mark Diacono

There’s lots of detail on plant maintenance and how to keep them in prime condition from the people growing the plants. There is a pretty succulent garden in a porch with a useful demonstration on how to take cuttings to increase your plant collection. Cookery writer Deborah Robertson shows us the secret of reinvigorating mint plants to keep them producing flushes of beautifully scented leaves. And who couldn’t linger over a fabulous multicoloured hyacinth jar collection, attractive with or without blubs in them.

Image2 - Photo credit to Mark Diacono

Full of beautiful images and information this book would have our shelf space for a long time even if Amanda wasn’t in it. It’s a great gift to take out again and again as well as being a reliable and in depth reference book.

My Tiny Indoor Garden

By Lia Leendertz

Published by Pavilion Books

Images Mark Diacono

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Cath Kidston Mother’s Day Corsage

We made our rosette using Cath Kidston fabric and ribbon and decorated the center with an embroidered button saying Mum. We made an alternative version by covering the button with a piece of vintage embroidery found in a charity shop. We sewed on a safety pin but you can use stick on magnets and put the rosette on the fridge.

 

You will need 

Cath Kidston fabric

Tape measure

Cath Kidston ribbon

Safety pin

Large coat button

Pinking shears

Dress makers scissors

Needle

Thread

Embroidery floss

Water erasable pen

Instructions

  1. Draw round the button on the back of your floral fabric, add an outer circle about 1cm wider than the inner circle.
  2. Turn the fabric over and in water erasable pen write the word mum and draw a heart. Using a back stitch, and blue thread embroider over the word mum.
  3. Embroider the heart in red.
  4. Sew a line of gathering stitches near the edge of the embroidered circle.
  5. Insert the button and gather up the stitches and finish with a knot.
  6. Turn the button over to admire your work.
  7. Cut a piece of floral fabric with 1 long straight edge and 1 pinked edge. 3.5cm wide x 33cm long. Sew a line of running stitches along the long straight edge
  8. Gather the stitches up to form a circle. Tie off the ends.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 but this time with a piece of plain blue fabric 2.5cm wide x 21cm long.
  10. Sew the blue rosette onto the floral one at their centers.
  11. Sew the covered button on top of the double rosette.
  12. Cut a piece of ribbon 19cm long. Fold it in half and then sew it onto the back of the rosette.
  13. Sew a safety pin onto the center of the back of the rosette.
  14. To neaten the back cut a small piece of ribbon, turn the ends under and cover all the bits of sewing on the back of the rosette.
  15. Give it to your mother for Mother’s day.

Applique Rug

A very reasonably priced rug from IKEA has been given a summer 2016 tropical makeover, using just felt, and embroidery floss. The result is vibrant and as it is quite light it can be used as a picnic rug.

You will need

Paper and pencil

Paper Scissors and dressmaker’s scissors

Hampen Rug in Green IKEA £11

Tapestry needle

3 of each colour Felt A4’s at 59p a square from Minerva Crafts

pink,purple,turquoise, apple green, olive green, meadow green =£10.62

1 meter bright green felt =£7.99

Embroidery floss in pink turquoise and purple from a pack of 20 colours £4.99 Korbond available in Tesco and Sainsburys

Instructions

  1. Draw very large leaves into the paper and cut out to use as a pattern.
  2. Draw smaller A4 size leaves onto paper and cut out.
  3. Draw large circles and smaller circles onto paper, these are for your flowers.
  4. Cut out V shapes round the edge to make the petal shapes.
  5. Pin the paper shapes onto the felt and cut out the flowers and leaves.
  6. Arrange the flowers and leaves on the rug.
  7. Sew the leaves and flowers down their centers for the leaves and round the edge of the inner circles for the flowers using large running stitches.