When you come inside out of the cold during these chilly winter days, it helps to have a cosy, inviting room to hibernate in. If you do not have a fireplace, light some candles. They instantly make the room feel warm and inviting. Have woolen blankets and throws draped over arm chairs and thick rugs on the floor to trap the warmth. A cup of hot chocolate and a good book, huddled up on the lounge in front of a fire is a great way to finish the day.
Not sure what hobby to try this winter? New on the market is “Air-drying Clay”, it’s very manageable and soft. Creating objects by hand is very satisfying. Turn to page 184 and follow instructions to make a Totem Hanging. Roll out and cut shapes, and form balls from different coloured clay to make a very charming hanging. Use colourful acrylic paint to finish your project. Don’t stop there, make a pendent light shade, bowls for tea lights, a caddie for your kitchen utensils or stamped tiles for kitchen bench. You are only limited by your imagination.
Roses, roses and more roses, don’t stop at one, create a dramatic red flower garden bed. There are so many varieties and colours of red roses to choose from. If red’s not your favorite color, choose pink, yellow, apricot , white or mauve. Page 49 has a column on how to prune your roses, and how to plant bare rooted roses.
It’s a proven fact that adding greenery to your workplace has positive effects. Pages 60-65 gives you ideas and tips on using plants to decorate your desk and home, introducing a variety of odd shaped containers in color and texture, and making use of the large windows in your home to make a garden window. Check to see if you already have some of these plants in your greenhouse, and propagate a few to bring inside before you hit the plant nursery.
Looking in your backyard and something is missing? Maybe you have room for a fire pit. Pages 72-75 covers everything you need to know about getting one in your backyard. Install one and you will have an outdoor entertaining area all year round. Speak to your local council to see if you need to meet any regulations.
Take the time to read this months edition, you will find a copy at your local Western Downs Libraries Branch, or get it online free with your library card.