Puttery Treats For A Rainy Weekend!

Oooh yuck. It's raining. All plans for picnics and barbecues and long walks have flown out of the window and instead here I am, pottering about these four walls desperate for a scrumptious alternative to tying myself to the computer and eager to hug my little house for all it is worth... And so here, for my pleasure and yours, is a hefty dose of puttery weekend inspiration...

* Read Peeps, The Really Truly Sunshine Fairy.

* Re-create the scent of sweet peas in your burner by blender three drops each of orange blossom, tuberose and rose with one drop of vanilla.

* Put together a last day of school present for each of your little ones....

* Create a set of photo tiles with nail varnish remover. Use vintage images and create a set of pretty coasters. Or start putting them away for Christmas gifts...

* Frame a collection of vintage jewellery and brooches in a shadow box.

* Try these gorgeous French Breakfast Muffins for  an extra-sweet Brocante Breakfast...

* Clear a drawer in the freezer and reserve it especially for freezing Farmers Market fresh veg and berries, on the day you buy them.

* Help small children print out a set of "Thank-you for being my friend" cards to hand out on the last of school.

* Tip a tub of unperfumed talcum powder into the blender with 10 drops of your signature fragrance oil and blitz to blend, et voila! Cheap signature fragrance carpet freshener.

* Freeze sprigs of fresh mint in ice cubes: perfect for Pimm's, pink lemonade and ice-cold mint water.

* Download the app "Gifted" and get photographing all the gifts in your gift drawer...

* Make a houseplant fairy garden for the kitchen table...

* Paint your toe-nails with Brocante polka dots...

* Sew a tic-tac towel for afternoons in the garden, aka Martha.

* Add a drop of two of geranium oil to a bottle of witch hazel for a soothing, toning Summer morning facial treat. Keep in the fridge and shake before use.

* Go shopping for a small pretty, concertina file and keep all the documents and tear-sheets relating to your own health inside it.

* Give your tootsies a half hour apple cider vinegar bath and use the soaking time to read something inspirational.

* Create a set of short chore cards to keep the kids motivated to help around the house in the summer holidays.

* Print out this lovely abstract coloring page and remember how meditative coloring with felt-tips can be...

*  Make teeny vintage vignettes under over-sized red wine glass "cloches"...

* Pin a length of pretty lace around the top edge of your bedside table...

* Search the house for objects and vessels that could be relegated to the garden for a quirky, outdoor curiosity shop atmosphere...

* Scour the internet in search of a nightdress that thrills your vintage soul. These from Lily Rose and Wylde are classically beautiful.

* Go upstairs and banish twenty things from your bedroom right now...

* Print your favorite inspirational quotes on to brown paper luggage labels and tie them to door knobs and chest pulls with lengths of vintage ribbon...

* Make a batch of strawberry fudge...

* Make a set of tissue paper pom pom and hang them like bunting across your mantle piece.

* Drop five drops of your favorite essential oil on to a cotton puff and drop it into your bag for a whiff of gently fragrant bliss every time you open it.

* Mix up some aphid busting houseplant spray by adding four drops of basil oil to a bottle of distilled water and spritzing on affected plants.

* Choose a tiny, darling saucer to keep on your bedside for the jewelry you take off before your sleep.

* Make a jug of fragrant wine punch by adding a litre of orange to a bottle of white wine, and adding three drops of pure geranium oil and a handful of ice cubes. Perfect for a sunny treat on a cloudy afternoon....

Have a lovely weekend  Housekeepers!