Trash 2 Treasure March 17

Posted on March 5th, 2017 -

Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure.  With Mother’s Day approaching we have been looking at a fun craft to try with children for keeping potted herbs looking tidy in the kitchen but could also be used for craft flowers. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas.


Trash 2 Treasure March 2017

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

  1. Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
  2. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
  3. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
  4. There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
  5. Old posts and new posts welcome.
  6. Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
  7. Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder to pop back and as a thank you for joining in.
  8. Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below). 

Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas. 

Congratulations to Lucy from Kids of the Wild who has won the Duck Tape Colours for February with her lovely welly herb planters. Lucy please email me your address to get these posted out to you.

Trash 2 Treasure February winner herb welly planters

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How to Make a Potted Herb Holder for your Window

Posted on March 5th, 2017 -

If you are a cook who likes to use fresh herbs, you may well be like me and have a window ledge full of little pots ready to take a cutting to add to recipes.  Mine were beginning to look rather messy scattered amongst a couple of neglected pot plants and during a kitchen clear up I suddenly had the urge to tidy this area. With some new glittery Duck Tape Colours that matched my kitchen perfectly and a pub drinks holder from a box of goodies kindly been given for our farm crafts a plan for a potted herb holder was formed. It would also make a great activity for kids to give on Mother’s Day. 

How to Make a Potted Herb Holder

What You’ll Need

Pub Drinks Holder

Duck Tape Colours


Supermarket growing herbs or herbs with a little root from the garden in good compost.

What You'll need Potted Plant Holder



Potted Herbs Collect 4 herbs in matching pots.
Cut strips of your chosen duck tape colours to cover the outside of the pub tray.. Wrap the pint holder in Duck Tape to make your potted herb holder
Cut into the edges of the circle to make a potted herb holder Take care to cut and tuck around the drink holder spaces to give a smooth finish on top.

Pop your growing herbs into the drink spaces and arrange on a light surface or window ledge

Fold over the tape making your potted herb holder
Finished Potted Plant holder made from a covered pub cup holder

After care

Snip leaves as needed

Water regularly according to instructions:  Basil I find needs a daily top up but coriander and Rosemary need very little.  

Replace as required.



A few alternatives you could try.

Instead of throwing the pots away when the herbs are used, try planting some spring seeds in them or succulents

Look for other containers that will fit the holes. I found Robinson’s squash bottles a perfect fit and cut these to size, added a little duck tape colours to the raw edge at the top and filled them with gravel before adding tin can flowers and tissue paper flowers. This makes a crafty alternative to the potted herb holder for spring that is great to do with children.

If you don’t have access to a pub drinks holder, you could cut holes in the top of a cereal box.

A Few alternative ideas to make from the potted herb holder


Vlog tutorial on making a potted herb holder


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Willow Holiday Cottage in Focus

Posted on March 4th, 2017 -

It is a while since I’ve written a post sharing a little about one of our holiday cottages, but as I walked round Willow holiday cottage yesterday, I decided to take a couple of pictures to update the photos on the website and share here today. Last year Farmer Nick spent weeks repointing outside before a new contemporary wood burner was installed and this year the master bedroom has been redecorated. I was reminded what a spacious and practical family cottage it is as I tended the fire and ensured everything was looking welcoming and spotless for our new new guests.  


Willow holiday cottage at dawn in early spring


Entering through the handy porch, there is plenty of space for wellies and coats. This leads into into a vast open plan living area. The downstairs is all on one level with no tricky steps to catch grandparents or toddlers out. This spacious room is L shaped to define the kitchen dining area yet cosy enough to make it the hub of the cottage.


Willow self catering holiday cottage open plan living room


willow family holiday cottage living room with woodburner


The highlight for little ones is the little play den under the eaves. This was the very first play room we created at Coombe Mill and its popularity was such that every new build and refit over the past 5 years has incorporated a play room.


Playroom in Willow family holiday cottage


There are two Twin rooms in Willow cottage, the one upstairs is ideal for children while the one downstairs better suited to grandparents with French doors out into the private garden.


Willow family holiday cottage twin bedroom


We know how important a good night’s sleep is for parents with young children. Like many of our properties, Willow master bedroom has a 6 foot super-king bed with a quality mattress. Even little ones that climb in with you in the night will find plenty of space to snuggle down leaving everyone fresh for the morning farm rides.


Superking bed in Willow Holiday Cottage master bedroom

Try Willow Holiday Cottage out for yourself.

We have good availability for this lovely self catering family cottage this spring including Easter week if you fancy a week on the farm with home from home comforts.

Country Kids 4th March

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 4th March 2017

Hello March! 

So March has arrived with howling winds in Cornwall but also a few bright sunny days, I’m hoping it will be a case of in like a lion and out like a lamb. Speaking of which we are now officially on lamb watch here on the farm eagerly awaiting our first of the season. Our holiday visitor numbers are up and someone is going to benefit from being here when the first are born. Getting outdoors is more appealing with the prospect of spring. I hope you’ll have some adventures to share on the link up below.  

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  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
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    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

My top commenters from 18th February:

  1. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 30 posts.
  2. Lauren from The Helpful Hiker who commented on 28 posts.
  3. Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 22 posts.

We have 4 guilty bloggers linking up again and not commenting on any posts (as of Thursday pm when counted). Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

My February Winner of the Rockfish Wellies:

Congratulations to Sonia from Mummy Constant who was one of Februaries top commenters, consistently comments on lots of  your posts and linked up a delightful day at BeWILDerwood that captured my heart. Sonia take a look at the amazing Rockfish designs and email me your choice.

Country Kids Rockfish winner February from beWILDerwood


Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the March Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Sonia from Mamma’s School.

The Helpful Hiker found a beautiful countryside walk with an old tower to explore

Tin box traveller discovered the joy of family cycling at Alice Holt Forest

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My weekly #countrykidsfun round up featuring @emmysmummy1 @franhigham @victoriajenkinsx @mumturnedmom thank you for all the amazing tags again this week. Have a lovely weekend with lots of outdoor adventures. #outdoors #countrylife #countryside #snow #poohsticks #landscape #leaves #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorlife #adventure #childhoodunplugged #kidsoutdoors #wildchild #wildandfree #outdoorplay

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 Springwatch on TV with Snowdrop and Daffodil Crafts

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 -

After a quiet January it was lovely to see the number of visitors back up at Coombe Mill for the half term school holiday. We had been away ourselves for a few days mid week, but were back in time for an afternoon of springwatch themed crafting fun. What a delight to discover a group of children who had become the best of friends during the week.


Springwatch on TV with snowdrop and daffodil crafts


Eager to begin with our spring crafts we started by painting pictures of the farm snowdrops. As always the little ones had to wait for the older ones who were creating some beautiful meadow scenes.


painting snowdrop pictures on the farm


When everyone was finished we searched around for some sticks that would be needed for the next two crafts.


Children stick hunting to make craft daffodils


Returning to the table our longer stick was used as the stem of a daffodil, the head being created out of a toilet roll.


making daffodils wit sticks and toilet rolls

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The children knew just the place for their daffodils. They had been working on a den together during the week and decided daffodils were just what were needed to finish it off. Carefully they carried them over to our den building area to show off their den and plant their daffodils around.


Decorating the childrens woodland den with their craft daffodils

I love this photo of them all crowded inside.

Friends hiding in their newly decorated woodland den


We hunted around from here for signs of spring to take back to the craft table. The Camellias were out, as well as the daffodils and snowdrops, so there were plenty of colours to find.


Hunting on the farm for spring blooms for crafts


The children arranged their spring treasures along a strip of paper which I helped them tape into place.


arranging spring flowers on paper


Next we curled and fixed the paper around two short sticks to make film and used some old chocolate egg boxes I’d been saving since last year to make a TV.


Making TV to show of springwatch


As if by magic their spring finds were now on a TV show!

My thanks to Cheryl from Time To Craft, who reminded me I was storing my egg boxes to make TVs with this post linked to my #Trash2Treasure Link up.  


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All the children embraced our springwatch crafts with such enthusiasm I shall be using elements from this session again over the coming weeks.  We have good availability throughout March if you fancy joining us.

Have you been on springwatch in your local area? 

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