In May we were invited along to check out Aberdeen’s Go Ape centre, which is based at Crathes Castle, just outside Banchory. Famed amongst the outdoor enthusiasts, Go Ape is set up high in the tree tops and is certainly something worth trying if you like adventure.Continue reading
We have been absolutely blessed with a hatrick of long weekends of late, thanks to the Easter bunny and the Scottish school holidays. What better way to spend our time than back out and about again. Enjoying 4 seasons in one day and having to prepare for the unpredictable Scottish weather.Continue reading
If you read my blog regularly, you will know we have been stuck in renovation Groundhog Day for over a year now. So when Gumtree challenged me to renovate my hallway and see how much I could save compared to the high street, I jumped at the chance.Continue reading
Who would have thought finding the right change bag could revolutionise your day out. You don’t just want a bag with enough space. The space needs to be easily accessible, multi-functional and pass the husband test (which in my case was finding something he would carry).
If you are anything like me, and strive for organisation (and rarely get there!), and have not yet heard of the PacaPod changing bag, then there is every possibility that you will be as ridiculously excited as I was when I first saw inside of it. It is quite frankly the changing bag that dreams are made of.Continue reading
I’m a big fan of alternative Christmas Trees and this year we decided to make one and I’m going to show you how easy it is to make your own stick Christmas tree.
This super stylish and and space saving Christmas tree alternative would look great in any home and we decorated ours to be in keeping with our industrial chic decor.
First of all you are going to need some decorations. We selected some silver and fur decorations from Laura Ashley, as I thought they’d work really well in our house. You can find out more about what we picked below.
You’ll need to go our foraging for some sticks. Thankfully we have an abundance of trees in our garden. If you already know where your stick Christmas tree is going, then measure the space and work out the length of the longest stick you’ll need. You can use lots of sticks, or just a few. The tree we made was only 8 sticks.
You’ll also need some hard wearing string. You can choose any colour you like, in keeping with your decoration theme.
Once you know where you are hanging your stick Christmas tree, work out the width you want your tree base to be and make this the length of your longest stick. Gradually trim the remaining sticks to size, to ensure you have a perfect tree shape.
Lay out your sticks in order of size.
Starting at the base of the tree, wrap the string around the stick and secure in place with a double knot. Continue this step as you work your way up one side of the tree, making sure you leave enough of a gap to suit the height of where you are going to hang your tree. Repeat the same on the other side and make sure your gaps are even on both sides.
Secure your tree to the wall and begin decorating with whatever you like!
It’s that simple and super easy to store again for the following year. It’s also a nice idea for a wall or fence in your garden.