Hello Spring!

Easter ideas and Spring savings

We love Spring. Not only do we get to enjoy a long bank holiday weekend, but it’s usually the first chance of the year to get stuck into the garden after Winter.

We know Spring cleaning isn’t just happening in the garden, looking at our Facebook and Twitter feeds, we can see some of you taking advantage of the warmer weather and getting the house in shipshape too! Continue reading

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Show the big freeze the door

keep warm in winter
Temperatures are dropping in the UK with flurries of snow and icy winds forecast throughout January. With this in mind, we invite you to warm up with our super-hot prices on all things cosy for you and your family. Continue reading

Choosing the perfect garden planter

How to choose the right plant pot for your garden

The most effective way to spruce up your outdoor space is with the addition of interesting and vibrant plants. If your horticultural skills don’t quite stretch to creating grand herbaceous borders or your garden is on the small side, you can’t go wrong with packing a few quality plant pots with bright blossoms that can be dotted around the garden to add depth.

However, choosing a garden plant pot isn’t just about looks. With so many shapes, sizes, and colours available it’s easy to make an expensive mistake. Things to take into consideration when shopping for a new garden planter:

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The Grass Free Lawn

Avondale

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Recently something rather interesting has sprouted up in one of London’s parks. They have planted the very first lawn that is lacking in the usual plant that makes up a lawn which is grass. This lawn has all sorts of fragrant herbs and wild flowers in it to create a wonderful sensory interactive experience when walking on the lawn.

This lawn was created by researcher “Lionel Smith” from the University of Reading who is working on the subject of grass free lawns. Maybe he took a little inspiration from the well known novel “The Camomile Lawn”. The Camomile Lawn is a book written in 1984 and set during World War II. During the story the Characters go to stay at their aunts house where there is a long camomile lawn stretching from the house to the edge of the cornish cliffs.

If you want to pay a visit to this Grass Free Lawn then it is open to the public and can be found at “Avondale Park, Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London, W11 4PQ”.

This lawn got us thinking that these days more and more people are thinking about how they make an impact on the world, and products are flooding the market to satisfy peoples need to be ecological. We have found a great little product on the market which is perfect for weddings or parties. Its confetti goes the extra mile and gives the earth that extra little bit of love. Instead of simply naturally degrading, the confetti is actually loads of seeds for wild flowers so a few weeks after the event you will have beautiful wild flowers blooming on the lawn.

If you want to get hold of some of your own Throw & Grow Confetti, they are made by a company in the Netherlands and can be ordered here.

Fill Your Spare Time

All of us here at Mill Outlets love the website Instructables. Its a community driven website designed to focus on providing its readers with fantastic tutorials for almost anything. As the tutorials are written and submitted by people from all walks of life, this means there is a vast amount of content that varies a great deal. Not surprisingly most tutorials are actually written by professional bloggers and artists who naturally have a flare for arts and crafts.

We thought we would list for you a few of our favourite tutorials for filling your weekend with excitement. This week we are Listing a few ideas for Cakes, some fun knits, and some indoor gardening ideas. If you try out any of these tutorials then leave a comment below and let us know how it went. Enjoy!

Rainbow Swirl Cake

Rainbow Swirl Cake

This multi-coloured rainbow cake looks great and makes an amazing impression on friends when you present it at a party.

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Pastel Rainbow Ruffle Cake

Pastel Rainbow Ruffle Cake

This cake is a very fancy rainbow cake with a ruffled fondant design around the sides. This cake would be perfect to bake for a birthday or maybe even valentines day.

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Cut The Rope Cake

Cut The Rope Cake

For all those fans of iPhone Games, you may know the famous game ‘Cut The Rope’. This cake features the lovable character from the game ‘Om Nom’ and is perfect to bake for a childrens party.

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Knitted Tardis

Knitted Tardis

Everyone enjoys a good bit of Doctor Who, its one of the longest running TV shows on the BBC. So why not knit your very own Tardis? If you want to learn how to knit first visit this page.

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Knitted Portal Companion Cube

Knitted Portal Companion Cube

If your familiar with the well known series of puzzle games Portal, then this knit is for you. Its the Companion cube used in the game for solving puzzles knitted into a large cushion. If you want to learn how to knit first visit this page.

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Catnip Conversion Hearts

Catnip Conversion Hearts

Not strictly a Knit but they are so cute I couldn’t resist posting it. These are little homemade cushions for your cat filled with catnip so your cat will love you forever. Perfect to give your cat on Valentines day, if your that well inclined.

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Make robo-planters re-using home junk

Make robo-planters re-using home junk

These are great fun, easily re-purpose a load of old scraps lying around in your garage into funky looking house plant containers to impress vistors.

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Lightbulb greenhouse

Lightbulb greenhouse

These are great for getting little seedlings going. The tutorial is a bit tricky but once its done you have a handy mini greenhouse for starting plants like chilies.

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