The Spring is slowly approaching in London so for me it is time to get to gardening after a along cold boring season...
Yes, despite the latest rainy, windy days which I did not predict when all of us felt the warm breeze only a week ago and when I bought few vegetable plants and some pot flowers... damn :/


I have been gardening for only two years and  I can say this is the place I can totally relax and forget about the whole world, when the sun shines :)
This season we are trying to make more space for planting some vegetables, more herbs and flowers which I so adore.
We would love to maintain the garden in sustainable way again, as much as we can.
The plan is to keep the cost low or without spending any money at all.
Of course 
we will have to buy the seeds, new plants and extra soil , the rest is in our hands ;)

Today I am passing a simple little idea for up cycling old plastic bottles and turn them into hanging plant pots.
I am having enough of our boring fence so I spontaneously thought about using bottles .
They're easy to cut and handle.
I have found only two bottles at home :)
We don't really buy much of a drinks in plastic so I decided to check our lovely neighbours rubbish :P
Yes,
three more bottles!
I hope they wouldn't mind :)

Lets have a look how I did it.



This are little flowers I use for my pots.


And this is how it was done by firstly cutting the bottle.
Then I use some cotton thread to make it prettier.
I make two holes, wrapped the bottle with a different thread again and use the holes to put the tread through and hang the bottle-pot.
This can be s
implified and done in many ways I guess.
It's all up to you :)    


For the drainage make some hole in a screw top using a large nail or something sharp!

                     





I use S-hooks to hang pots by pushing hooks in between the fence boards, screw hooks can be use too.






Here with the plants :)









Little mess on the right under the worktable is awaiting a next project.
Nothing is waisted here ;)

Within next few days I added few more bottle-pots and  I may keep adding, it's so addictive!



We now have to wait for better dry weather condition to keep up with our new ideas ;)

 

Today is Earth Day and we are celebrating!
Read some very interesting facts about it here to find out more ;).

We are trying to be good for our planet Earth through the whole year but today we are shouting loud "Love your Earth!", it's your home.
As a family we're trying not only recycle our rubbish but upcycle and reuse as much as we can, we also riding our bicycles every day with a big joy.
You can have a look again at some of our past projects/ideas, big and small :

Wind chime
- Play kitchen
- Branch chandelier
- Dolls house
Kids tent
- Worry dolls
- Reusing packaging
- Made up animals
- Paper scraps cards

And more to come, we have some new ideas for the garden upcycling ;)

Today I am sharing easy, fun and very pretty idea for kids to make with you.
You possibly have seen it or 
heard of  melting old crayons into shapes.
We are showing this to you today so you can pass the good message to you kids about reusing old instead of throwing it away ;)

Lets start!

Materials :

- old/unwanted wax crayons
- silicone baking mould 

Step 1.

Choose your crayons, we do Earth's colours but remember you can use this project for any other occasions so the colour palette can be different too ;)
Now the time consuming part - peel them :/
Yes. I know...
Have a cup of coffee and do it :)

I found not many broken crayons so I choose the ones which are not great to draw with or... had a lovely shade and I couldn't resist to sacrifice them for this project.
I know, its not the purpose :P
Just that ones.


Step 2.
Chop, cut and brake the crayons.

I did it with the small kitchen knife, save the tiny bits for later too ;)
Now get your silicon mould and fill it with the crayon pieces.I got my heart shape mould from here - cheap and cheerful.
The first heart was a trial for me while Ela was at school so I filled just one part of the mould to save some fun for my dear child :)


 I filled a half of the actual depth as I planned to make some brooches out of it so we need a light slim version.

Step 3.
Is now time to melt the crayons in the oven.For amount I had 10 minutes in 200 degrees was enough, but ovens might vary so have a look at your melting process.



Ok, so my first reaction to this wasn't happy :/
Where all the colours gone?
It seems to take ages for wax to set so I put the mould to the fridge for another 10 minutes...

I then took it out....


And turn it over...



Wow, how pretty is this!
It does look like a mini Earth, only in shape of the heart :)
I was happy like a child, it actually work out great!I could now wait for Ela to make some more together :)


So lets have a look how she did it!


We added some more shades of green, blue and yellow.


She was so into placing each piece of crayon in the right places, here and there...
Then I said they will all melt and mix anyway :)




Ela loved the moment when we were taking them out to reveal the result :)


I then smooth the edges at the back by cutting them off.


I made a few brooches by sticking the brooch pins with a hot glue.


Wax melted and get mixed with the glue so the pin seems to be now strongly attached to the heart.

Why not to hang them somewhere too?
Just remember to choose a shady spot ;)


Or just keep them as they are and let your child give it to a friend as a new heart shaped crayon.
Spread the love!



End that's us this morning, we are proudly going to wear our Earth brooches today.




Ela drew a picture too :)




  Make some changes,
love your Earth!




Today we will bring back to life an old classic science experiment, yes the one with the gummy bears
 :)
Ela suppose to bring to school any type of science project this week.
We had  few ideas...
At first we tried a crystal growth which sadly and surprisingly did not work out :/
I am not giving up on this one yet, will try one day again.One day ;)
Plan B was a colour changing flowers which I thought would be the easiest thing ever...
Some how the flowers stayed white and floppy after a week.
Failure ones again, will look for different type of flowers next time ;)
We then started on sprouting some seeds, this one luckily working and still continue but we decide to leave it at home and then let it grow in our garden :) 
It would be a shame to wasted what we started and it keeps growing.
I might publish that one day if the result will remain a success. 
In this case without anything to show I had to think of a last minute project.
Who doesn't know gummy bear growing experiment?
We all done it in the past right?
If not then here we go, lets do it again!
Its a effortless, mess free activity for all ages.

To make it more fun and pretty I made some free printable too, in case your printer is bored ;)
Just click  the links below the images.                     

before & after

label & colour it

 
The one on top is a "before & after" submission where you can placed your dried gummy bears after the experiment.
Add the note on each square what kind of water you used.
We did:
- plain water
- vinegar water
- salt water
- baking soda water

by obviously adding ingredients listed above.

The printable below is some labels you can add to the jars/glasses where your bears will bath and four large bears for the little ones to colour or decorate any way they want ;)



First of all, you need those gummy animals!
It doesn't need to be bears, I just wanted to keep classic ;)



Fill the glasses with water...

As I mentioned before we add:

- vinegar
- salt
- baking soda

to each glass and we keep one with just a plain water.
We add our labels too.






This is surprised Ela when found that baking soda never dissolved in water :)

She then dropped the bears into glasses...








What's left is waiting :)



We gave it 24 hours as the bear in bath of vinegar water had enough big time.
So we took out all of them carefully after that time.



It was fun to compare not only sizes but the textures too!



This is the vinegar one, without one ear and extremely soft.
Think like a child, this is actually very exciting experiment :)


Ela couldn't resist to eat one from the jar, again.


We also measured our bears.
We were amazed with the salt one, still the same size and very hard!

Vinegar bear clearly won the growing competition :)



The one soaking in plain water grown large too.



That's it!
This quick 24 hours experiment is easy and so much fun for kids.
We're hoping you will do it too, if you didn't yet ;)

Have fun!