A Royal Treat: Indoor and Outdoor Displays and Events Celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Across UK

Jubilee Window Display Barnardo's Chichester, West Sussex

Jubilee Window Display Barnardo's Chichester, West Sussex

Millions of people all around the world joined in to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. On June 2nd 1952 at just 25 years old, Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was seen globally. Our Queen holds the record for the longest serving monarch so the country has been determined to honour all her achievements in high style. Since 1953 Queen Elizabeth has been Head of the Commonwealth which covers 14 ‘realms’ and 54 countries.

Queen Stamp Collages, Jubilee Street Party, Camberwell Green, London

Queen Stamp Collages, Jubilee Street Party, Camberwell Green, London

During the long Bank Holiday weekend there were several official galas which commenced with the Trooping of the Colour which is a tradition on the Queen’s official birthday annually.

More details about the celebrations in London can be found in our article #Londoners Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Free Street Parties’

Although the major processions were initially formally organised back in the Autumn of 2021, public organisations and businesses everywhere in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland began to decorate and prepare for this memorable weekend before and during May 2022. By the time June began the Union Jack bunting was everywhere and there were reports that most jubilee trimmings have sold out.

Library Jubilee Display Camberwell Green, London

Library Jubilee Display Camberwell Green, London

Small independent retailers and big chain stores all took up the theme and used their window displays to thank the Queen for her service in hundreds of creative ways. There were mannequins dressed like the Queen and lots of vintage inspired collections with the revival of 1950’s style and music being enjoyed as particularly appropriate. Corgis were frequently featured as the Queen’s favoured breed which made for fun promotions. Red, white and blue presentations which included posters, cut-outs, books and images of the royals were everywhere from libraries and museums to bars and restaurants.

Queens Jubilee window display Vintage Rose, Chichester, West Sussex

Queens Jubilee window display Vintage Rose, Chichester, West Sussex

The combination of free outdoor market fairs with entertainments for all the family and commercial promotional displays created a vibrant visual feast, in most towns and cities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. More details about how counties outside the capitol like Sussex celebrated 70 years of her Majesty’s reign, can be found in our article #(2) ‘UK Towns and Cities Get the Flags Out for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee’
Jubilee 'yarn bombed' post box, Bosham, West Sussex

Jubilee 'yarn bombed' post box, Bosham, West Sussex

In many towns nationwide the campaign chairs, tablecloths and colourful flags were prepared ready for an afternoon on Sunday of toasting the Queen, in colourful Jubilee outfits and hats. A variety of ‘afternoon tea’ inspired foods and drinks and some favourite international cuisine dishes graced the decorated outdoor banquets.

Queen's Jubilee window display poster, West Sussex

Queen's Jubilee window display poster, West Sussex

In many towns nationwide the campaign chairs, tablecloths and colourful flags were prepared ready for an afternoon on Sunday of toasting the Queen, in colourful Jubilee outfits and hats. A variety of ‘afternoon tea’ inspired foods and drinks and some favourite international cuisine dishes graced the decorated outdoor banquets. ‘What a weekend’ was the verdict from most citizens. The four-day national holiday with hundreds of regional uplifting events to thank the Queen for her work, was declared a delightful and lavish success.

Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre Platinum Jubilee display

Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre Platinum Jubilee display

 

Spring well-being outdoors together again in England

Sussex Sunset Original Art by Amanda Howse

Sussex Sunset Original Art by Amanda Howse

Spring well-being outdoors together again

In England we have all been very happy to see the warmer weather and longer days to cheer us up. For creative folk Spring is a time to be inspired by nature and the blossoming and blooming of our gardens, countryside and coastlines. On the south coast our environment is a joy during the spring and summer months.

Just spending a little time outside looking at the bees, butterflies and other miniature insects, chicks and other new-born animals brings us comfort and pleasure. Smelling the grass and plants after the rain and listening to the birdsong and the sound of families enjoying a day at the beach is delightful.

It is possible to paint outside, or inside with all the doors and windows open, on most days. The extended hours of daylight make drawing, crafts, gardening and all sort of other creative pastimes possible. Sports and socialising can be enjoyed well into the evening and outside music and campfire songs become an option once more, during this special time of year.

Chichester Pride flag and red roses

Chichester Pride flag and red roses

We have been (as safely as possible) meeting up with family, friends and work colleagues once again. On the whole for most young people and adults returning to workplaces and attending events is really uplifting.

Millions of people completed their DIY to do list during the lockdowns last year and the year before. Moving into bigger homes in more rural ‘out of the city’ locations has also been a key trend in England. Market towns and coastal areas have received in many cases a much-needed tourism boost with increased year-round local custom and visitors from all over Britain and the rest of the UK.  

Online shopping is part of life for nearly everyone now and you can see our online store and many other unique makers at

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay

Adults and young people took up new creative hobbies and tried new skills during the unexpected ‘work from home if you can’ weeks. Guitars were played, hats were crocheted, vegetables were grown, online courses were achieved, languages were learnt and sewing stash projects were accomplished.

Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre Platinum Jubilee display

Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre Platinum Jubilee display

In London, Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey the tourism websites and social event listings are full with Pride carnivals, theatre performances, art exhibitions, musical performances, summer fetes, community and market shows. In addition, all manner of contests and street party related ‘knees ups’ are currently being promoted with red, white and blue bunting displays to advertise the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, this extended bank holiday weekend.

Going forward it will be interesting to see what creative work directions and new hobbies become a permanent part of daily living in the future, as most people find time to visit friends, take minibreaks, commute and go to meetings and conferences ‘in real life’ once again.

Original art collage in progress by Amanda Howse

Original art collage in progress by Amanda Howse

We have several massive challenges in our society, along with some excellent opportunities to improve the quality of life for our fellow citizens, which we will look at in more detail in future posts and you can read more of our articles at https://www.hotenough.com/.

As a country the people of the United Kingdom are known for innovation and creativity in solving problems and creating solutions. This is definitely a time to use our positive energy to help others in our community locally and globally, to be able to live a better life.

 

Interior Design Makeover Ideas for Homes with Lodgers

Galley kitchen interior park garden home Hampshire

Galley kitchen interior park garden home Hampshire

Recently we helped complete a home interior makeover in order to accommodate welcoming the lodgers moving into a delightful mid-century house in Hampshire in England, for the first time.

We kept the walls and furniture light and bright in order to give the cottage a feeling of freshness and space. The effect means touching up with white paint in the future is a breeze and the views over the park remain the star feature of this cool modern pad.

Kitchen interior ready for lodgers

The galley kitchen is clean and functional with units, furniture and furnishings from Ikea all expertly fitted and tiled by Mr Golding from Kent. All our projects together have worked out superbly due to Mr Golding's attention to detail and extensive experience. (Contact us for more details) Large tiles were sourced from online suppliers and used both on the worktops and the floor. The light white marble effect tiles are particularly stunning as a heatproof work surface and their large size makes keeping the kitchen spotless very easy. 

First floor double bedroom ready for lady lodger

First floor double bedroom ready for lady lodger

If you are considering letting your spare room in order to welcome a professional lodger, see our article on what to think about before you advertise your houseshare:

https://www.hotenough.com/2021/07/12/what-to-think-about-when-considering-letting-rooms-to-lodgers/

Bedroom interior ready for a lady lodger

This year we have also designed a 1960's home to appeal just to female lodgers in this townhouse which is also in Hampshire in England. This property has the benefit of an attic bedroom which has a wonderful cosy feel to it. In this scheme we paid particular attention to the details. This is because the new educated female in the household was arriving from overseas.

Attic bedroom interior with desk that doubles as dressing table

Attic bedroom interior with desk that doubles as dressing table

We wanted our lovely lady to feel instantly at home so we redecorated and added lots of textures. We have shopped locally for our second-hand items from local charities and upcycled pieces throughout the home. We have also chosen local retailers for all our furnishings pictured here.
The views over pretty gardens are highlighted by the durable and cosy CarpetRight silver carpet, ivory lace painted walls by Dulux at B&Q and coordinating accessories in a soft pink accent colour. The unusual bedside tables are reproduction cherry wood pieces from Europe, which add character to the inviting boudoir.

Attic bedroom interior with vintage chest of drawers and metal B&Q chair

Most of the bought accessories and 100% cotton bedding is from Asda. The jewellery hanger is handmade and the Irish linen tablecloth, curtains and the white chest of drawers are all vintage. The metal double bed and mattress are from Ikea and the chair and desk which doubles as a dressing table is from B&Q. The outdoor chair matches a set that is used in the garden for outdoor dining, so this chair can be easily used as extra seating for guests if needed.

We like to add a TV with a firestick in each bedroom to enable most channels and streaming services to be available. This system can be used with the fast broadband connection which is all included for our hard-working home sharers to relax with at the end of the day. We have also taken care to design the sitting rooms and gardens to make sure everyone can enjoy living in a smart contemporary home together.

For advice on designing bedroom specifically for female lodgers contact us at Create Display or more information see our article here: 
https://www.hotenough.com/2021/07/04/how-to-design-a-lodger-ladies-bedroom-for-an-ideal-house-sharing-experience
 
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https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ Ikea
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https://www.dulux.co.uk/en Dulux
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How To Make Raised Planters and Add Meditteranean Style

Garden planters with tulips

Garden planters with tulips

This spring we have been making the most of our outdoor spaces especially since the gradual lifting of the regulations has allowed for us to walk and meet outside together once again. Inspired by wonderful Mediterranean design we have created a new ceramic stone coloured patio where some old decking used to be.

We have chosen an area of the garden in a mid century terrace in Hampshire, England which faces west and enjoys lots of sunshine. This design could be scaled up by adding more panels and planters or scaled down by just building one planter with a single trellis panel. This method is suitable for a large property or a small balcony. Alternatively installing a trellis planter of this type at the side or front of a property might make a pretty focal point so a tiny outdoor space can still look special.

How to make the raised planters with trellis back panels

1. Firstly to create both impact and privacy in the garden we have built a high fence at least 2.3 metres high using thick wooden posts to make a large frame. The hardest part of this project was connecting the large OSB panels onto an existing rendered brick wall standing around 1.2 metres high.

2. Using timber posts and a masonry drill we screwed right angled brackets at regular intervals onto both the existing wall and the posts. Then once the structure was ready we screwed the vertical OSB panels closely butted together into place.

Detail of tulip planters

Detail of tulip planters

3. The outdoor treated timber lengths now support the orientated strand board (OSB) panels to form a large flat wall. We then painted the new textured wooden surface with dark green fence paint from B&Q’s own brand range. It is a good idea to save time by not cutting the OSB boards and securing them in a portrait orientation gives us the height we wanted.

4. The supports for the planters were constructed using thick finished spruce timber from B&Q left over from building our studio cabin. It is important to raise the planters up off the patio to help make the space feel as spacious as possible and allow for drainage when watering. Another benefit is being closer to the flowers to make the most of their beauty and plus it makes watering the plants easier. The durable black plastic containers are from B&Q and are a bargain at £6.30 each.

5. It was easy to fill the planters with fresh soil and pop in the tulip bulbs ready for the warmer weather. We have already grown some climbing clematis and there are more wallflowers planned to continue the vertical planting theme.

6. We attached eight vertical pieces of trellis from Covers to add interest and support climbing plants. We painted the trellis with Cuprinol from B&Q in the country cream colourway to match our new design studio.

Clematis and palms in raised bed

Clematis and palms in raised bed

Introducing Meditteranean elements throughout the garden

In another area of the garden a simple bamboo lattice is easy to create using twine and bamboo sticks. The bamboo arches from Hillier work really well for supporting growing plants like tomatoes.

When we laid the new patio we also added a curving raised bed to soften the edges of the space an provide an area for growing lots of different shrubs and flowers. So far the jasmine has done well and some small palms add texture and interest too. We are adding lots of circular shapes to this otherwise rectangular residential plot to give a much more attractive 'relaxing on holiday' terrace feel to what was previously a bland backyard.
Pink roses in terracotta pot

Pink roses in terracotta pot

No Mediterranean garden would be complete without terracotta pots of flowers. This outdoor haven features pink roses in a large glazed terracotta urn from our local Hillier garden center. The ceramic container sits on top of a circular brick raised bed with rounded grey stones that used to be an old water feature. Now the planted circle is a pretty botanical focal point that looks great all year round through the patio windows in the kitchen.

In the summer months get ready for guests by adding outdoor furniture and textiles in natural materials. Hang up colourful floral wreaths like these handmade pieces from Create Display to decorate the walls of your continental style entertaining area and compliment the colours of your foliage. Enjoy the delights of al fresco dining with friends in a fresh and neat open air oasis or just some well earned time relaxing outside on the patio.

More posts to follow about this project as the different sections of the space are completed. Check out our Etsy shop for lots of ideas for brightening up your home and garden. Enjoy the sunshine and the joy of working outdoors again this season. Keep well and keep creative!
Thanks to Tina C for her contribution to the construction of the planters for this project.
 
Create Display Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay
B&Q home improvement superstore https://www.diy.com
Hillier garden centers https://www.hillier.co.uk/
Covers building merchants https://www.coversmerchants.co.uk/

 

How to make a spring rainbow flower wreath

Large rainbow flower wreath by A Howse

Large rainbow flower wreath by A Howse

This spring rainbow flower wreath, wall hanging door decor, floral decoration is ideal for adding a vibrant touch to any home and would be a great gift for Valentines Day or Mothers day.

If you have some extra time because of lockdown you can try out a new craft. This is a fun project to try and recreate for yourself. You may like to entertain some young people and it is easy to have a go and fashion a special circular rainbow wreath out of old or extra materials you may already have in storage. If you only have plain wools you could easily use paints to achieve a selection of primary hues.

Large flower wreath by A Howse (detail)

Large flower wreath by A Howse (detail)

I used a standard plain twine wreath as a base. I constructed a extra layer of rolled up materials, by tacking them together, in the shape of a long sausage. Then I twisted the larger element around this central frame of woven twigs.

Using a large embroidery needle and a variety of threads I wrapped and sewed the rings in place, binding the decoration together. Then I added the tassels.

I made the flowers using a flower loom and vintage fabrics and wools and hand sewed pretty old buttons in the middle of the blooms. I sewed on the flowers and crafted a bow out of two layers of cotton and voile to go at the top of this unique wreath.

Lastly I attached a ribbon loop and some extra embellishments carefully sewing all the pieces together securely.

Back of large rainbow wreath

Back of large rainbow wreath

Here are some more details about this spring wreath

Handmade in Chichester harbour in West Sussex this original wall art piece is made using recycled and vintage wools, threads, curtain tassels and ribbons. A natural twine base was used to fashion the circular centre and multi coloured fabrics and threads have been layered to make a unique textile artwork.

Celebrating the hope that comes with spring this cheery hanging decoration will brighten up any porch, office space or room in the house. You will enjoy the uplifting vibes that come from this floral wreath that features hand sewn blooms in a variety of textured threads with vintage button centres. The style is modern pretty and 'cottage core'. This rainbow wreath will add a splash of colour and creativity to your space in an instant.

Large flower wreath side

Large flower wreath side

Easy to hang on any hook or with a simple nail attachment as the basket weave construction and upcycled fabric materials are not heavy. There is a wool and ribbon loop for simple display on your wall or door.

This multi hued textile artwork would be ideal for a birthday celebration or new home. The spring wreath will brighten up any room and is for stylish interior decoration and not a toy.

Large flower wreath with medium flower wreaths

Large flower wreath with medium flower wreaths

The floral hanging is designed to be used under cover or on sunny days in a sheltered area. This super circular piece can withstand a little moisture and can be kept dust free by wiping clean with a damp cloth when necessary .

To see the range or to purchase this piece or similar items in our etsy shop follow this link

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/942567174/spring-rainbow-flower-wreath-wall?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1

We hope you are enjoying a sunny Friday and that spring is now definitely on the way. Keep safe, keep calm and keep creative!

 

Making Simple Festive Door Wreaths in 6 Steps

Ivy festive door wreath by A Howse

Ivy festive door wreath by A Howse

In order to spread warm greetings of the season to anyone who passed by or visited over the holidays, no stylish front door could be seen without a festive door wreath this season.

Festive teal and gol bow wreath ready to deliver

Festive teal and gol bow wreath ready to deliver

I wanted to make my own Christmas wreaths by hand this winter and also incorporate foliage from the garden we have been very grateful for this year.

In the spirit of 'keep calm and carry on crafting' I wanted to make my own Christmas wreaths by hand this winter and also incorporate foliage from the garden I am very grateful for this year. In the end I made a few with different coloured embellishments so I had enough to share.

Wreath making step 1 garden base

Wreath making step 1 garden base

1. I started with a circular rattan grapevine wreath base from Hobbycraft to outline the basic size.

2. Then I twisted around the twiggy base some bunches of pretty dried sedum flowers that were dried out naturally in the garden. I chose them as they have delicate sprigs of flowers that hold a good shape.

Festive wreath making step 2

Festive wreath making step 2

3. Next I gave them a quick light spray with some old gold spray paint I already had in my supplies from another project. It is a good idea to use any spray paint in the garden.

Ivy and sedum wreath in garden

Ivy and sedum wreath in garden

4. After extensive foliage foraging I discovered that we did not have any holly anywhere on the property or fields nearby. However we did have several little ivy bushes that were doing very well in all the rain that we had in December. Therefore I made two wreaths topped with ivy wound around the sedum and rattan base and secured with cotton knitting wool ties in a few places around the circumference.

Festive wreath making step 3

Festive wreath making step 3

5. Using scraps of material I have saved from dressmaking I hand sewed some bows to add interest. These were simply constructed by hemming rectangles of silky cloth and adding a gathering stitch up the middle to form the bow shape.
Festive wreath with pink bows ready to deliver

Festive wreath with pink bows ready to deliver

6. A small gold leaf decorated 3D printed boat was added to each wreath as a nod to our nautical location but you could use any baubles or small toys and paint and add gold leaf easily with a little PVA glue. Gold leaf is available in Hobbycraft or any good art suppliers.

Orange stars festive wreath

Orange stars festive wreath

This orange stars wreath contains lots of texture from pine cones. This natural accessory is decorated with stars made out of an old printed canvas picture I have repurposed. Emerald green ribbon and white cotton knitting wool ties make it a cheerful festive treat that was quite happy to be hung outside.

For more hanging treats for your home see our Create Display online shop on Etsy

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Hobbycraft, Christmas Wreaths and Garlands, 8 January 2021

https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/christmas/christmas-decorations/christmas-wreaths-and-garlands

 

12th night update: making 3D star rainbow Christmas cards

It is 12th night today which is a day in the Christian Christmas calendar that traditionally we take down our holiday decorations. So I thought I would show you my handmade offerings as you may want to take all year to think about in advance what greetings to send to your friends, family, neighbours, suppliers and colleagues.

At the end of 2020 with everything that the virus and the lockdowns have brought into all of our lives we decided that gold stars all round was definitely in order. So I opened up my TinkerCAD software and designed a five pointed 3 dimensional star with heart shaped cut outs on each point and an extra hole for stringing up.

sheet of gold PLA filament 3D printed stars

sheet of gold PLA filament 3D printed stars

We started up our AnyCubic Predator 3D printer and printed several sheets of identical stars using the print driver program to load the TinkerCAD design. Each star has a surrounding border which is snapped off before attaching to the card. The gold coloured filament is made from PLA which is made from entirely natural substances such as maize and sugar cane and it is non-toxic.

I also wanted to share the amazing rainbow I photographed in Chichester harbour this winter. The rainbow has been a symbol of hope since the 1st lockdown and I have enjoyed sharing my rainbow images with people this year. My solution was to print a batch of small copies of the colourful harbour pictures with my HP colour printer. I then used crayons in a variety of bright hues to frame the uplifting picture with hand drawn clouds and landscape with lots of texture.

3D printed gold stars on multicoloured heart card

3D printed gold stars on multicoloured heart card

My X-acto craft knife allowed me to create some freestyle shapes and cut out a cloud section that I then pasted on the inside of the cards. For maximum impact when the cards were displayed on a flat surface I decorated the 'backside' of the card with my joyful rainbows and the design then flowed onto some tartan, bauble and dove prints on the 'front' page of the medium sized cards. The festive card stock I had in my supplies already and I wanted to use them even though they had a few different basic designs on them already. This was because we were in a lockdown and I am reusing everything I can when it come to my materials so nothing is wasted.

Handmade Xmas cards by A Howse ready to post

Handmade Xmas cards by A Howse ready to post

I used silky ribbon 'cut offs' to make hanging loops that attached to round holes I punched with my hole punch. The stars can be saved for next year and hung as a separate tree decoration in the future. Some tiny extra gold foil stars added a final shiny embellishment to these cheerful postal tokens.

Inside I stamped the white pages with snowflakes, more stars, a reindeer with a sleigh, an elaborate 'love from' emblem and a swirly merry Christmas and happy new year message. I used gold, red and blue inks from Hobbycraft.

We were pleased with our batch of handmade cards this year and they brightened up a few living rooms this season. They were handed out and sent in a fairly fast and hectic way as usual. The last international and national posting dates dictate the deadline for the project every December so thank you for your patience if I have forgotten any one in my rush to the post office. It is worth noting that I needed to purchase large stamps as the width of the cards with the attached stars was around 8 millimetres deep, once the pieces were popped in the envelopes.

Detail of rainbow Xmas card by A Howse

Detail of rainbow Xmas card by A Howse

It was fun to work together as a team and introduce the 3D printing element and I look forward to more 2D and 3D combined projects in 2021. I hope this post inspires you to make some cards in advance this year. I love receiving handmade cards and had several this year which were so gratefully received and they generated much needed jolly vibes and they were enjoyed by all. Card making is a great activity to do in lockdown and making your own cards can be very theraputic for all ages and also save some money in your household budget too.

 

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(1) Hobbycraft art and craft suppliers, 6 January 2021 https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

From Simple to Extraordinary: Create Display’s Favourite Christmas Trees of 2020

Xmas Tree in Sitting Room with Whitewashed Brick Feature

Xmas Tree in Sitting Room with Whitewashed Brick Feature

Putting up the Christmas tree has brought great joy to millions of people this winter. A symbol of the light shining through the darkness and a connection to childhood memories of Christmas with our families, turning on the lights gave us a special extra boost this year.

 

By the time we get to New Year most of us have seen our fair share of real and simulated fir trees in all their glittering varieties, both large and small. I would like to share with you some of my favourites from this year from my (not very far in lockdown) travels around the Solent coastline in the south of England.

This elegant sitting room tree is framed by a limewashed brick wall feature and has a traditional look with a twist. The Asda reusable simulated tree is a bargain at just £35. It has been decorated with gold feathers and golden lights and a glitter star which was just a few pounds from Wilkinsons. The crimson baubles are vintage glass.

'Hybrid' Yucca Xmas Tree in Musical Sitting Room

'Hybrid' Yucca Xmas Tree in Musical Sitting Room

We have named this tree a 'hybrid'. A 5 foot yucca tree sits in a wide grey ceramic pot from Ikea and provides the base for this fun interpretation of a festive topiary centrepiece. Two small artificial trees from originally from Waitrose are brought out and repurposed to join with the jolly giant shrub in becoming a glorious green display that celebrates the season. The trees are sat in a John Lewis pineapple basket and some green tinsel adds some twinkling interest. There are two gold stars on this tree and a selection of blue and white rechargeable battery lights from Robert Dyas. The teal baubles are vintage glass and the wool figures are gifts from Denmark.

Recycled Artist Tracey Graham Xmas tree

Recycled Artist Tracey Graham Xmas tree

We like this alternative seasonal installation by Tracey Graham which comprises of a tall green cone of 600 recycled bottles. They look great lit up by fairy lights too. This is the second year I have seen this display in Chichester so the recycled artwork has given joy to many people and is a reminder to conserve, reuse and rethink in order to help conserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.

Rotary Club Xmas tree Market Cross Chichester

Rotary Club Xmas tree Market Cross Chichester

One enormous decorated fir tree sponsored by the local Rotary Club is also a regular fixture at the medieval Market Cross in Chichester, West Sussex. It looks wonderful set against the stone architecture with the cathedral behind it.

Lobster pot Xmas tree, Emsworth Hampshire

Lobster pot Xmas tree, Emsworth Hampshire

In Emsworth in Hampshire a fabulous nautical feature sits at the edge of the harbour complete with gold tinsel and gold, red and green baubles. It is cleverly made out of old lobster pots and is a hit with the residents of this idyllic fishing village. Also lifting the spirits in this close knit community this year, is a small Christmas tree sitting in a dinghy in the middle of the Mill Pond.

AH at Langstone Farmhouse pub, Hampshire

AH at Langstone Farmhouse pub, Hampshire

Just a day before the last lockdown we were lucky enough to find an nearly empty pub at lunchtime further along the coast towards Portsmouth Harbour. The large carvery restaurant Langbrook Farm had pulled out all the stops to furnish the capacious dining rooms with an impressive array of Christmas embellishments. We found a room to ourselves to enjoy some refreshments that came complete with its own North Pole grotto.

Christmas tree in Arundel West Sussex

Christmas tree in Arundel West Sussex

We are fortunate in our area to have some stunning waterside walks and many historic streets. A massive Christmas tree in the centre of Arundel is just perfect simply adorned with white strings of lights and set against the Georgian and Tudor four storey buildings. Similarly the tree at Bosham Walk Arts and Crafts Centre looks splendid and welcoming with sparkly lights. This classic fir is located in front of the cafe's bunting that hangs from the beams of this 100 year old establishment, that used to be a boat building business that could be easily found right by the shore.

Bright baubels on commercial building in Westminster London

Bright baubels on commercial building in Westminster London

We are rooting for commercial life to get back to a new normal as soon as it is practical to do so safely. It will be super to marvel at the festive city decorations which we will hopefully be able to do again by the end of next year. It may all look a little different but we can all look forward to the special experience of 'seeing the lights' and enjoying the delightful windows in London and other major cities in the UK and beyond in December 2021.

Thank goodness its New Year! Best wishes for a healthy, prosperous and creative 2021 from Create Display.
 

Asda Xmas Trees

https://direct.asda.com/george/GLP-DEP-XMAS,default,pg.html

Wilkinson Xmas Decorations

https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/christmas/c/1301

Ikea Plant Pots

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/cat/indoor-plant-pots-10778/

John Lewis Basket Bags

https://www.johnlewis.com/browse/women/handbags-bags-purses/straw/_/N-fjgZ1z0prh5

Robert Dyas Christmas Lights

https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=lights+christmas

Rotary Club Chichester

https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1443

Langbrook Farm

https://www.farmhouseinns.co.uk/pubs/hampshire/langbrook-farm/

Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre

https://www.bosham-walk.co.uk/about-us/

 

Garden Studio Curtains Upcycling Project in 5 Steps

Garden Stdio Eyelet Curtain

Garden Stdio Eyelet Curtain

Create Display garden studio curtains
Garden Studio sample board by A Howse

Garden Studio sample board by A Howse

Step 1: Designing the scheme for the garden studio

For this garden studio project I wanted to visually bring the garden into the interior of the new textile and craft workroom.

The colours in this wallpaper which is Dahlia Parade in pink grapefruit by Laura Ashley perfectly capture the relaxed vibe and shades of the garden I wanted to introduce into my new space. I used the rolls of quality wall coverings I had already purchased as a starting point for my scheme. I will incorporate the floral print into the design through accessories in the creative outdoor office in the form of covering storage boxes and stationary files.

Garden Studio Elevation Drdawing by A Howse

Garden Studio Elevation Drawing by A Howse

Step 2: Locating the materials for the soft furnisihngs

In my stash of fabrics I already had a large pair of traditional style curtains with a ruffle top heading that featured a coordinating 'trailing flower' pattern in cool deep pinky reds, bold greens, icy pink, white and a cream background. I bought this pair second hand a few years ago but I think originally they were purchased from Blendworth fabrics in Denmead in Hampshire and there is a link to the Blendworth website below.

Step 3: Constructing the fabric panels

Dhalia Parade in Pink Grapefruit by Laura Ashley

Dhalia Parade in Pink Grapefruit by Laura Ashley

The only problem was that they were very wide and no where near long enough to fit the 2 meter by 2 meter patio doors in the freshly finished study. So I took a large pair of scissors and carefully cut off the gathered tops and set about creating big 'portrait' rectangles of fine thick cotton instead of 'landscape' shaped drapes. I ironed all the edges with small flat hems.

Using bed to layout fabric while painting Garden Studio

Using bed to layout fabric while painting Garden Studio

So that the unique curtains look attractive from the outside and the inside I added deep borders of unusual patterned fabric I had previously purchased from Hobbycraft to some plain Ikea panelled curtains I had saved from a previous project. This cute orchard of trees themed cotton is contemporary and definitely gives the 'home near the park' feel I am after.

Blendworth and Hobbycraft fabrics with Ikea Eyelet Curtains

Blendworth and Hobbycraft fabrics with Ikea Eyelet Curtains

Hobbycraft actually only stock a limited supply of mostly dressmaking fabric on the roll so when I saw this quirky design I knew I had got lucky. A much wider selection of unique contemporary soft furnishing fabrics is available at the independently owned store the Eternal Maker in Chichester, West Sussex and their details are also below.

In order to swiftly invent more a modern looking window treatment I then attached my pretty long floral pieces to a plain pair of Ikea eyelet curtains You can buy a similar Ikea pair for around £25 and I have attached a link below. I used my trusty vintage Husqvarna to sew neat pressed edges around all the sides of each curtain.

Studio Curtains on B and Q Chalki Poles

Studio Curtains hung on B and Q Chalki Poles

Step 4: First part installation of curtains

It is important to 'offer up' the panels onto the curtain pole to make sure the length is long enough to look generous but not too long so they don't get dirty and look untidy. Mark the ideal length with pins and finish by sewing a neat hem along the bottom of both pieces making sure the length match perfectly.

Using eyelet topped curtains makes hanging a breeze but I asked a helper to kindly assist me so the cream fabric stayed pristine by being held carefully, while I was feeding the large panels onto the pole from each side in sequence.

The poles are sourced from B&Q and they are pre-painted in a 'whitewashed' wood finish which blended perfectly with the interior. The range is called Chalki and there are some very reasonably priced pole brackets, rings and finials in the range too.

garden Studio Nearly Finished (detail)

garden Studio Nearly Finished (detail)

Step 5: Finishing and dressing the patio door and window treatment

After testing the new curtains by pulling and arranging them into pleasing pleats I used some curtain tie backs in a neutral ivory colour I already owned to help keep the drapes perfectly in place on windy days when stepping through the sliding doors. For this pair we made sure that each side's last eyelet sat between the pole brackets and the end finials to give a symmetrical finish.

Best wishes and Seasons Greetings from us all at Create Display. Our Etsy shop is open online so do visit us at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay

Keep calm and enjoy the opportunity to have some creative time over the holidays.

Garden Studio Curtains by A Howse with Tie Backs

Garden Studio Curtains by A Howse with Tie Backs

 
 

Blendworth Fabrics, Denmead, Hampshire

https://www.blendworthfurnishings.co.uk/

Ikea eyelet heading curtains

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/merete-room-darkening-curtains-1-pair-white-40111987/

Husqvarna sewing machines

https://www.husqvarnaviking.com/en-gb/

The Eternal Maker fabric and craft supplies

https://eternalmaker.com/

Chalki curtain poles by B&Q

https://www.diy.com/departments/home-furniture-storage/home-furnishings/curtains-blinds-shutters/curtain-poles-tracks/curtain-poles/DIY767052.cat?Length+%28cm%29=250&Range=Chalki

 

It’s All Go in the New Create Display Garden Studio

Garden studio with building finished by A Howse and friendsand Kevin the Handyman

Garden studio with building finished by A Howse and friends

We are excited to announce that the Create Display garden studio is open for business and all ready to go. We plan to further develop our online shop at Etsy.com throughout this season and Spring 2021 with more fresh handmade artwork and gifts for interiors.

We hope to be able to participate in live Create Display events again in 2021. All being well the usual fairs and exhibitions and everything commercial will get back to a new normal later next Summer, with any luck. It's great news about the new vaccines under development and we hope that will make a positive difference to everyone's lives next year.

Create Display garden studio interior

Create Display garden studio interior

As you may know we have been working on the design, build and fit out of this textile workshop for a few years now. Finally all the hard work has paid off and the project has come to fruition in the form of a beautiful and functional workspace.

We weren't quite ready to take advantage of more quiet time for getting creative during the first lockdown in March of this year which kind of took us all by surprise somewhat. However we have been able to plough on and with some persistence I have been able to finish all the decorating. The happy task of bringing all my sewing equipment into the freshly painted craft room has now been completed.

Garden studio by A Howse and friends with jasmin

Garden studio by A Howse and friends with jasmin

This fabric haven means that I can focus on making wall hangings and more, without any physical interruptions. I can lay out work in progress and leave it on the workbench ready for my next visit, without having to pack it away each session. All the materials and haberdashery that is needed are at my fingertips in an organised fashion where I can easily see them which will really simplify the creative process.

There is covered overhang area to the left of the entrance to the studio which is perfect for painting and printing pieces outside whatever the weather. It is also a perfect place to use my workbench for some simple woodworking tasks like cutting poles to size or upcycling furniture.

Create Display garden studio shelving

Create Display garden studio shelving

The long and high table with two adjustable chairs will give the studio the option of being a flexible use office which is also suitable for a variety of arts, writing, computing, music practice and other 'clean' hobbies and pastimes. A separate brick shed nearby can work for any messy painting and making that is needed for our DIY activities.

My friend Kevin who is an amazingly talented local handyman and builder has been absolutely fantastic and we could have achieved such a professional standard without his expertise and experience gained in the engineering industry. Kevin has been key to successfully interpreting my technical drawings and leading the build process with my assistance.

My partner Erik has enthusiastically provided a lot of helpful input and the additional muscles required at specific stages. My Mum is an experienced property developer and she has even lent a hand to help proceedings run smoothly, when all our schedules have not synchronised completely. I am very grateful for all the help and support my friends and loved ones have given us and I must say it has been a very enjoyable team effort along the way.

Uncle Rick braved icy temperatures to help me install a wonderful light oak effect wood strip floor from Wickes in the studio. As with all Rick's meticulous and carefully crafted work the stylish floor came out very well and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Create Display garden studio wall finish

Create Display garden studio wall finish

You can read more about my creative design process for both the exterior and the interior in my article https://www.hotenough.com/2020/11/20/how-to-design-a-garden-studio-during-lockdown/

This article also covers a few tips and some of the additional challenges you might run into currently. This is because of all the changes that have been happening in the construction industry, due to prevention of the spread of Covid-19.

I have moved into my new 'she-shed' and as you can see from the photographs I have made my first item which is a bag cover for a wool shopper that is listed on Etsy in the CreateDisplay shop.

Garden Stdio Eyelet Curtain

Garden Stdio Eyelet Curtain

Create Display garden studio curtains

The sturdy white painted metal rail will hold all my latest products in the range, so I am making sure everything can be hung neatly with dust covers.

The curtains were handmade using 2 vintage drapes and they soften the practical painted room which features surface mounted electrics and built in shelving. The shelves were adapted from a vintage Danish set of book cases and decorated to match the interior in Moonlight White by Wilko.

B&Q supplied most of the building materials and the splendid composite roof panels and accessories. We also used Wickes, Toolstation and our local wood merchants.The orientated strand board walls are painted in Zinsser BIN White primer which is available from Screwfix and B&Q.

Create Display garden studio lighting from Ikea

Create Display garden studio lighting from Ikea

I tested several brands and found the best to use for my wall finishes were Brilliant White and Pink Harmony by Wilko. I used a Laura Ashley coastal themed paint roller to add a unique texture paint effect complete with a star, shell and crab pattern which has given extra character and originality to the pretty work room.

The lighting is from Ikea and Window Warehouse manufactured the patio doors and side window which give super daylight that so important when working in detail with colour.

Create Display garden studio sewing

Create Display garden studio sewing

We will keep you posted with updates about our latest adventures in design in the new garden studio. In the meantime we send you best wishes; take care, keep well and keep creative.

 
 
Create Display Shop on Etsy.com https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay?ref=search_shop_redirect
Designing a Garden Studio on HotEnough.com https://www.hotenough.com/2020/11/20/how-to-design-a-garden-studio-during-lockdown/
Wickes website https://www.wickes.co.uk/
Wilco website https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/decorating-diy/paint-woodcare/c/465
Toolstation website https://www.toolstation.com/
Screwfix website https://www.screwfix.com/
Laura Ashley website https://www.lauraashley.com/
Window Warehouse website https://www.window-warehouse.co.uk