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Extend Your Summer – Part 2

Today continues our series of ideas on how to extend your summer. You may be back from holiday or back at work but daylight savings means there’s still plenty of summer sun in the evening to enjoy.

Sleep Outside
When the weather’s warm sleeping under the stars can be a fun way to create summer memories. The tramp was always favourite place to do this as a kid, but you can even bring the bed out onto the deck for less ‘roll-together’. For the ultimate star-gazing experience download the Google Sky Map app here.

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Get-away Books & Movies
Watching a movie set in a gorgeous summer spot is a great way to take a get-away without leaving the house. Our favourites are Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 (set in Santorini), Mamma Mia! set on the Greek island of Skopelos, and The Disney classic The Moon-Spinners set on the fabulous island of Crete.

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Travel books like Gypset Travel by Julia Chaplin or My Amalfi Coast by Amanda Tabberer are the perfect way make you feel like you’re in an exotic location.

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We’re definitely going to make the most of our summer evenings and weekends, and extend that summer feeling. We’d love to know what you’re doing to prolong your summer, leave us a comment and let us know below.
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Extend Your Summer – Part 1

Your summer holiday may be over, but that doesn’t mean the summer feeling has to end.
This week we are sharing ways to extend your summer by bringing your summer holiday home with you.

Hammocks
Find a sunny spot to put up a hammock, we love the Mexican string hammocks in brilliant summer colours. Hammocks are perfect spot to relax and enjoy a good book and the balmy summer evenings.

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Make Iceblocks
There’s nothing like a delicious home-made iceblock on a summer day so why not make some iceblocks to stock up your freezer we love these fun ones below.

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Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for part two

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DIY Table Runner

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diy2Some of our favourite pieces are often those that we have made ourselves. This natural linen table runner is one such piece. After popular demand we have detailed the how we made this simple-but-effective-piece.

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What you’ll need:
Natural linen (130mm x 55mm)
Black fabric paint
Large potato
Paint brush or sponge brush

  1. Hem the fabric all the way round, then iron flat
  2. Cut potato in half then carefully cut a cross shape into one half of the potato (to leave a raised cross shape).
  3. Apply the paint to the cross, then test the print on a piece of paper before applying onto the fabric.
  4. Once you are happy with your stamping technique, start by stamping a row along the top of the runner then working your way downwards. Don’t worry if some of the crosses aren’t perfect, this just adds to the textured effect.
  5. Allow the runner to dry completely then iron on the wrong side (ensure to place baking paper on the ironing board to ensure no paint transfers)
  6. Your runner is now ready to use.

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