Dip-Dye Effect | Flowerpot


So I have this be-au-ti-ful fern (a blue star fern) and I felt that it needed a bit of showing off…

…its regular pot wasn’t doing it justice.

I have seen lots of incredible pictures of dip-dye pots on pinterest and thought that I could have a go to rustle one up for myself.

The whole project was pretty quick to do and the only boring bit was waiting for the paint to dry sufficiently.

Look at the fern now… doesn’t he look happy?!

two-tone 2

I started with a terracotta pot and painted it all over in one colour.  It then needed a second coat as terracotta-bits were still showing through. Once it had dried very well overnight, I masked off the bottom section of the pot with light-sticking masking tape. Using a contrasting colour, I painted the lower part of the pot (this needed two coats too).

Peeling off the masking tape was exceedingly exciting and I was so happy with the results!

The pot and fern are now sitting in the bathroom, looking very pleased with themselves!

Crochet Granny Garden Flower Cushion

crochet granny flower

I had my last crochet class yesterday… and now I feel a bit sad.

It was so lovely to indulge in a morning’s crochet with a fab group of ladies. We would chat, make mistakes, laugh at each other and talk about Dachshunds (of all things)!

Most of all, I am completely in love with crochet.

In. Love. With. It.

I love the bright colours, the endless things that you can make and the look of amazement on Mr DF’s face when I present him with another cushion (I obviously ignore the eye-rolls)!!

Currently, I’m working on a ‘granny garden flower cushion’ and have used this amazing pattern from Attic24. I wanted it to fit a 46cm x 46cm cushion pad so this meant completing 4 ’rounds’ of each the granny squares, joining as I went, until I had 9 squares in total. Although I am using Stylecraft Special Chunky yarn, I was still a bit far away from my 46cm target, so I finished the sides off with a border consisting of 2 rounds of half trebles and 1 round of double crochet.


crochet granny flower cushion

…a happy, cheerful, bouncy, robust cushion front!

All I now need to do is start on the other side!

Have a great day…

Chickens in Hot Weather

Steve's happy face

I posted this picture on Instagram last week, as I always find Steve’s *cheerful* expression quite funny!

Although the hens have space to roam, food to peck, a dusty dust bath, shady places and lots of cool water, they still dislike the hot weather and it leaves them irritable!

This post, on the Omlet forum, gives useful reminders of how to ensure that your chickens fair better in the warm weather.

I especially like the thought of putting cucumber and grape pieces into their water and letting them enjoy a poultry form of ‘apple bobbing’!

The Sweet Smell of Garden Roses


{a rosebud from the Finca garden…

…you can find more like this on the DF Instagram page, if you’re as obsessed with photographs as me!}

The roses are in full bloom and are seemingly doing very well this year.

I tried specifically to train them last summer to produce horizontal stems – as this method produces the most flowers the following year.  I have also been keeping the aphids at bay using the old favourite of:

1 x sprayer filled with water

2 drops of olive oil

2 drops of fairy liquid

…and so far so good.  Whether I can still have a flowering rose at Christmas time (yes, it is still my mission), remains to be seen.

Have a great week!

Add a Pop of Colour with Crochet

crochet mat collage

The Finca is decorated in a limited palette of greys and whites, and although this is the look that I love, I do find myself hankering after a pop of definite colour in every room.

I am also currently right in the middle of my obsession with crochet! Although a skill that I severely struggled with as a child and subsequently hated, I now find that with the right teacher and easy projects to start off with, it is a very addictive hobby!

So, as crochet is the perfect craft to bring colour into your home, I decided to use cup coaster patterns, make them up in a range of colours and use them as pot stands for the variety of plants and terrariums that have taken up residence.

If you fancy embellishing your cacti with bold stripes, I can highly recommend this lady, who not only taught me how to crochet in her fab crochet classroom, but also has online courses available.

Hope you have a fantastic rest of the week! I’m off to grab my hook!

Happy 3rd Birthday!

happy birthday air plant

The Dorset Finca blog is 3 years old!

I can’t believe how much has happened during this time, it seems like only the other week when I was writing my first post.  Recently, life at the Finca has been evolving and we are busily creating stylish houseplant arrangements and terrariums to go into homes, shops and offices, providing hassle-free plant joy!

There is also a new website being developed, to showcase some of the things on offer.  The blog is such an important part of The Dorset Finca and will continue to be an outlet for all the musings that usually materialise on here!

A massive thank you for all the support and blog-love over the last 3 years… it means a lot…

…but I’ll stop gushing now and will just mention that there will be a giveaway to celebrate the new website, within the next few weeks and of course, I’ll post the link on here, so you can drop by and share your thoughts!