Friday, May 25, 2018

Handknitted Baby Cardigans

An archived post from the Country Market stall blog...some of my knitted makes from a few years back...

Cute short bolero, will fit for a while :)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - jars

Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

The Country Markets are 'known' for their preserves, we make jam, pickles and marmalades.  Most of the jars that we use are re-used.  We soak the labels off, and put them in the dishwasher, and then ensure they are fully sterilised before we add our homemade produce.  We top off with brand new lids and they are sealed so they will last a long time until opened.

So you can always pop your jars back to the stall, unfortunately we can't take those jars that have brand names in the glass, any we can't use we drop off at the glass recycling.  And we love it if you have taken the time to remove the labels and given them a wash.

There are lots of ideas on the internet to re-purpose a jar, have you thought about giving it a go?

Here are a few of my favourites:

There are loads of ideas out there like this on the internet, and with the battery lights are much easier now:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Re-use & Re-purpose - kitchen pots

Have you got a tired old saucepan, that has a bit of character?  or a colander or something similar?

Well how about planting it up?  The colander is perfect as it already has draining holes, no worries about drilling.  You will need to line it with something, just some plastic from a compost sack, just make sure you can't see it through the holes, so black side out.  Or an old jumper could work sacking.

This is what I came up with last year - they soon filled up when the plants got established...

Friday, May 04, 2018

Re-use and Re-purpose - pots

Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

We have plants for sale throughout spring to autumn, the pots are sometimes purchased, but more often than not they are re-used.  All the pots are washed and then refilled with new compost and then cuttings, seeds and plug plants.

I will be honest and at the moment we don't need any, but will post on facebook when we have run out.

It got me thinking what else can you do with a plant pot, so here are a few of my favourite ideas from around the internet

and on the flip side you don't always need a plant pot to pot a plant!  Loads of ideas out there, I have used colanders, and love to see old boots and is a good link: