The Garden

Flower Crush: Grape Hyacinth

Aha – the grape hyacinths are here!

Sound the trumpets!

For me, grape hyacinths are one of the most joyous signs of Spring.

It must be their range of beautiful, clear, purple colours or that they have so many little flower heads on one stem, arranged into a tasteful cone.

I like to lie on the {wet} grass just to stare at them…

Luckily we seem to have them coming up in large swathes and clumps here at the Finca.  Although, they do look just as lovely {like jewels}, when dotted about amongst the grass.

I’m a little bit giddy about which plants and flowers might appear next!

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Flowers: The New Bathroom Air Freshener

{viburnum in the bathroom}

Are you tired of artificial, chemical smells in your home?

Do bathroom air fresheners make your eyes water?

Well, look no further because flowers will be your new best friend!

Recently, while I have been internet browsing… I have seen so many images of vases containing spring flowers and blossom, just perched attractively by bathroom sinks…

A thought suddenly sprang to mind!

I bet they smell fabulous as well as look beautiful.

The best thing is… whether you are into country chic , city minimalism or retro style, you can find the petals that suit you.  Plus they will have the added bonus of keeping your bathroom smelling incredible without the need for ewww yuk chemicals!

Bingo!

Projects

DIY Business Cards

{celebratory business cards}

Yippee that the blog is now thedorsetfinca.com!

To celebrate this I thought some business cards were needed, as I spend a lot of time writing down the web and email address for people.

This way I can give out handy little cards that look amazing.

For inspiration, I used a tutorial from the Oh Hello Friend blog, here… 

…(Danni uses a fab wrap-around text design).

As an extra bit of loveliness… I have designed a little image for a rubber stamp, which when it arrives, I can stamp onto the blank, back section of the card.

It will the the icing on the cake!

Projects

Chicken Doorstop Free Pattern

… meet Stanley the chicken doorstop …

If you have been with us for a while, you may remember Frank who is a winter chicken (or so he says)! He was getting a little bit lonely down on the Finca, so we decided to introduce him to his cousin Stanley.

Stanley is the epitome of chicken chic when it comes to doorstops. He makes people smile whenever they come through the door and has had lots of admiring glances. In fact, so much so, that we have had to make quite a few twin sisters and brothers for Stanley to give to our friends.

If you would like to make your own Stanley you can use this chicken doorstop free pattern:

I used some lovely tweed for his body and some furry felt for his comb and beak.

When he was all sewn up (except for a little hole on the bottom), I filled him with lentils and his head is filled with stuffing so that it will stand up straight.

One invisible seam later and voila! Stanley was born!

What colour will your chicken doorstop be?

Projects

Sew Yourself A Chicken Doorstop

{Meet Stanley}

If you have been with us for a while, you may remember Frank...

…{the Winter Chicken}.

He was getting a little bit lonely down on the Finca, so we decided to introduce him to his cousin Stanley.

Stanley is the epitome of chicken chic when it comes to doorstops.

If you would like to make your own Stanley you will need a similar pattern to this:

I used some lovely tweed for his body and some furry felt for his comb and beak.

When he was all sewn up (except for a little hole on the bottom), I filled him with lentils! Shh… I didn’t tell him this, but his head is stuffed with stuffing to make it stand up!

One invisible seam later and voila! Stanley was born!

Animals · The Garden

They Hatched Quickly!

{Mrs/Mr Frog standing guard – or hiding from the cat}

Just take a look at this… the cutest thing…

The frog spawn from this postgrew from tiny, black dots to wiggly, black lines to proper, fully functioning little tadpoles!

Can you see the little one in centre stage flapping his tiny gills?

Adorable!

So now we will leave them be, to eat up their nutritious jelly…

…{and each other, oddly}…

…and I will post with the next instalment of ‘froglet watch’ soon!

Animals

The Hens Get a Treat: Worming!

The grass is growing, the leaves are beginning to come out in the hedges {almost} and the chickens need their first worming treatment of the year.

We use Flubenvet at the Dorset Finca, which is not a one dose quick fix, but seems to be very effective against all of the different worm varieties that our hens are most likely to get.

After reading lots of different advice and viewpoints on the Omlet website, here, the trick seems to be to mix the layers pellets in a little olive oil first, to make them a bit sticky. Then mix in the required ratio of worming powder very thoroughly.

This delightful mix is then fed to the hens for seven days continuously. {I usually need to make two batches for Keith and Steve}.

Needless to say, they love it! You can almost hear them saying “this food has a zesty-ness that I can’t get enough of…” If only they knew!!