Puttery Treats For Spring Joy

Spring has almost passed in the sniffle of a runny nose, but I, Mistress of the Puttery Treat, will not be deterred. Oh no, not I. I will lift my sagging spirits and thrust myself head-first into this gorgeous season with a list of lovely treats I hope you will be equally as inspired by... * Wrap glass vases or mason jars in vintage silk-scarves and use them to display flowers on the kitchen table...

* Plant a set of wishes. Take yourself out on a creative excursion to a nursery and search for a packet of flowering seeds that speak to your heart. Take them home and make a wish on each seed as you plant it. Now commit to nurturing your wishes with your whole, bestest self...

* Start a promise quilt for a child. Embroider small promises on to an existing single bed quilt and wrap them up in your promises to them forever after.

* Create a cabinet full of Springtime curiousities...

* Stitch or buy a set of oilcloth cushions for durable comfort in the garden...

* Print out this lovely little quote and frame it by the kitchen sink...

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”  ― Rainer Maria Rilke

* Create an instant vintage family, by using pretty magnets to pin a selection of sepia vintage portraits to your fridge.

* Stitch a deep length of lace, petticoat style to the bottom of your apron.

* Start a "quiet hour" early evening ritual at home for frazzled Mums and revising teenagers.

* Take a long look at your diary and try to schedule in your very own two day at home retreat...

* Seek out a vintage baby quilt as a lining for your Granny-Cat's bed...

* Add a tiny brass bell to your meditation kit and use it to chime the beginning and end of each meditation session. Sound resonates in the heart and deepens our connection to ritual.

* Start a running away fund...

* Fit a selection of vintage tins into a drawer and use them to store love letters, wish-lists and secrets...

* Guarantee that there is always cake in the tin, by whipping up this deliciously, simple Condensed Milk Cake as often as possible. Heavenly served with early berries...

* Start the search for a little vintage suitcase and fill it with your favourite journals and journalling tools. Make it one of the things you would carry out of the house if it were on fire...

* Make lemon curd tarts to serve as elevenses on Easter mornings...

* Embroider a row of whimsical flowers along the hem of a pretty, Spring coloured skirt...

* Make super quick bunting in happy colours by tying scraps of frayed fabric on to a long length of ribbon...

* Clear out your make up bag and treat yourself to one that looks glorious on your dressing table...

* Use drawing pins to create a temporary gallery collection of botanical watercolours torn from old books. Remember that not everything has to be offered the permanence of a frame...

* Add happy  floral corsages to the necks of busts, lampshades and other ornaments...

* Make sun-dried tomato bread and serve it warm with basil and black pepper butter for breakfast...

* Start the search for a happy little set of vintage egg-coddlers...

* Keep a handful of exuberant jewels in a china cup on your dressing table...

* Download Plantifier and go on a nature trail around the neighbourhood with the kids.

On My Wishlist...