Category Archives: CBA DIY


I unearthed this lampshade from the back of the boiler cupboard during a mass-clearout and decided it was ripe for a little tropical update.

Here is what I used:

lamp pic 1(pretty basic ingredients – you may also want a plate for mixing paints)

I found inspiration for my design in a bird book I picked up from Deptford market a few months ago purely for the lovely illustrations:bird bookAnd then I was brave and put brush straight to shade.

You may want to sketch out your design first. That may be wise.

lamp 2

Then I found an un-used base (not the biggest fan of this one, but my skills do not quite extend to making my own… just yet) and popped it on.
lamp 3

I think it looks OK.


Pale Green Fingers

Avocados are my favourite. In hopes of saving money at the supermarket I thought I could grow my own tree and feast off of it’s fruits. Avocado trees take about 10 years to fruit. But they are still pretty cute.

Firstly eat an avocado! Then wash the seed with water and wipe all the yucky bits off with your fingers. Then you need to suspend it in a glass of water – we used toothpicks. I think it likes to be kept in the sun.


Then wait.

It should eventually (weeks later) crack and start to grow roots and sprout from the top (so cute).

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Once it has grown more considerably and starting to look too big for its glass, plant it in a jar or pot with some soil and water it regularly.

5 9

I have yet to pass this stage of avocado growth. 9 1/2 years to go until I get my free fruit.


Been getting my craft on to beat the January blues.

Recycling our christmas tree and christmas treats (gin) to make a rather precarious jewellery stand – not sure how long this will last.

Hendricks jewellery holder

Found some surprisingly fetching fabric in Ikea (BLÅVINGE, brilliant) and made a house worth of cushions for just over a fiver.

I’m way too lazy to write out a tutorial but you can check out this one here.


Plenty more where that came from (when we cba).