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Flower power

Preserve your beautiful blooms with this flower pressing project

Flowers can evoke memories from precious moments in time – whether it’s a bouquet from a wedding, or a bunch thoughtfully chosen by a loved one to mark a special occasion – their beauty is both physical and symbolic. And by pressing them, you can reminisce about those events for years to come. Thrifty craft blogger Cassie is on hand to guide you through the process, with this traditional flower press project that combines pressing petals in the pages of a book with the classic wooden wing-nut press she used as a child. In fact, when she picked up a stack of old books at a car boot sale she knew they would be perfect for this project. She recommends using your pressed petals for making unique botanical artworks, or for decorating the pages of scrapbooks, photo albums and journals.

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About Be Kind

Hello, When I was little, my parents had a new fridge-freezer delivered. It was a very exciting time because, after a lot of begging, I was allowed to keep the box and I had big plans for it. I became all-consumed with my project – rushing home from school to colour in a panel, pin up a picture or paint numbers on the door. I transformed this brown cardboard cuboid into my own little office, complete with seat, desk and window, and I remember feeling totally satisfied with the finished article. I’d taken something drab and boring and, with a lot of imagination, turned it into something I deemed wonderful. What has my funny little box office got to do with saving the world? Well, this issue we are looking into how with a bit of creativity and ingenuity, we can change things for the better. There are brilliant companies who are taking plastic bottles and making them into swimwear, people that are using their crafty skills to make items for those that really need them, such as blankets for refugees, and a whole bunch of talented social media stars who can help you upcycle the items you no longer love into things you really do. We also look at the incredible benefits of indulging your creative side and how, just like when you were a kid, you should regularly set your imagination free. If you need me, I’ll be decorating my office. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor