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Rustic plant markers made from bamboo canape forks

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last New Wives Club post, mainly because as I’ve said before I’m really picky about the ideas I share on this feature, and consequently I find it a challenge to find something blogworthy each Sunday.

I came across this fab idea for using bamboo canapé forks/sticks as plant markers.  By coincidence, I have rather a lot of these exact bamboo canapé forks as I bought a bulk amount for a dinner party my mum had a couple of years ago.  They seem endless, and now I know what to use them for!

Plants labels from http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/woodandgrain

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Old magazines turned into a stool

Are you like me, and do you refused to throw away or recycle your old magazines?  I am an absolute hoarder, in my case it’s Country Living magazines – it’s like I want to hold onto these day dreams of how life might be one day, with this great stash of magazines that I can dip into and drift away to a peaceful country life.

I have used them to raise up my computer screen in the past, but this idea is much cooler and puts all those hoarded magazines to great use.  Unfortunately there isn’t a DIY tutorial on how to make the above stool, it is in fact a product you can buy.  But knowing what a crafty bunch you are, I thought there were some of you (or your Mr’s) who could easily knock up something similar.

Such a genius idea – a small wooden base, the magazines making up the bulk of the height, and topped with a cushion that is strapped in place with leather straps (perhaps old belts would work just as well?).  I hope it inspires you too, and if you like this idea do check out the rest of my New Wives Club posts.

Image: NJUStudio via Apartment Therapy

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DIY floral fabric hangers

Now with my New Wives Club posts I like to try and find craft projects that use up something you might have collected for your wedding, but I’m pretty picky when it comes to what ideas I think are worth sharing, which makes it more tricky.

Today’s DIY craft project is based on the idea that you might likely have some fabric scraps leftover from your wedding – perhaps you were busy sewing yards and yards of bunting – but I’m sure most of us who like to do a bit of crafting have a stash of fabric.

DIY floral fabric hangers

This idea is to transform those dull white plastic coat hangers into pretty floral ones, simply using a bit of tape and strips of fabric.  In the tutorial it mentions something call ‘floral jelly roll’, which I’ve not heard of, but I’m pretty sure that something like double-sided sticky tape would work just as well.

Don’t forget, there’s lots of lovely DIY ideas that have been features in the New Wives Club so do have a look and see if there’s any other you fancy having a go at.

Images: Mayholic in Crafts

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Apple pie with heart shaped pastry decoration

Now you might be expecting the next of my TNWC Real Brides this morning, but due to my sister’s Uni workload this week she hasn’t been able to finish the lovely illustration that accompanies each blog post.  Instead, I will feature my next TNWC Real Bride tomorrow morning, so do check back!

I have been admittedly quite quiet on the blog this past week with regards to Valentine’s Day. There is so much out there in the way of ideas and inspiration, and if I’m quite honest we don’t really celebrate it in our house.

Heart shaped apple pie

I have been bombarded for the past couple of weeks with everything Valentine’s related, and I find it can get quite overwhelming this pressure to buy your loved one a token of your affection.  Does anyone else feel like that?  With everything so freely shared online, I then end up feeling a bit guilty that I didn’t do something as you see everyone else sharing their gestures of love and affection.

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Vintage suitcase bedside table

I think there must be lots of couples who end up with old ‘vintage’ suitcases lying around following their wedding – they have become so popular in recent times whether simply used as props to decorate your venue, or to collect cards and gifts in.  But what do you do with them after ‘the big day’?

Well this is one fun and useful way of using them – pile a couple on top of each other (in ever receding size order if you are lucky enough to have them) and hey presto! you have a neat bedside table.

You don’t need to top it with a mirror, but it does look rather smart, plus you could always fill the suitcases up with all those other bits you have lying around after your wedding so they don’t clutter up some other part of your home.

Have a wonderful Sunday and if you’re looking for more ideas or inspiration like this for your home, do have a read of some of my other New Wives Club posts.

Image: Cupcakes and Cashmere

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Mosaic flowerpot

I’ve seen that with the new year has come a flood of new visitors, so if you’re one of those who’ve just found my blog and website welcome!  If you’ve stumbled across this post and are wondering what this has got to do with weddings, well every Sunday I try and share some craft inspiration for your home or garden.

This special Sunday feature is called the New Wives Club and was originally designed for my readers who’ve recently got married but still love creating a handmade home.  But you don’t have to be married to enjoy these posts – they are for anyone who likes crafting bits and bobs for their home and garden, so do check out my previous blog posts under this feature.

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Ice flower bowl

I don’t know about where you are, but it’s flipping freezing here!  With these frosty days in mind, I wanted to share with you these beautiful ice bowl creations made by Anne-Marie at Forage For (she also grows flowers in her Suffolk garden for weddings so do check her out if you’re getting hitched in that part of the country).

Anne-Marie has been making these wonderful frozen ice bowls using her seasonal British flowers to decorate them.  I love this idea and it’s so simple to create (just scroll down for the instructions) and could be made at any time through the year.  Whether you made them for your wedding or for a party, I’m sure they would cause a bit of a stir!

Bowls made from frozen flowers

Can’t you just imagine these as focal points on a dessert table filled with ice cream or a larger version could even keep your drinks cool.   Anne-Marie filled this yellow chrysanthemum ice bowl with lemon sorbet to show you how they can be used.

Ice cream bowl made from ice and flowers

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