concrete interiors (and a giveaway)

You know those things that have been on your “must try” list for a while, months maybe years even.

It could be going vegan, it could be getting into gardening but it just never seems to be the right time to try it. Learning something new can take a while, it seems harder to learn things quickly the older I get, that’s for sure. This can be frustrating because you know what you want to achieve, you know how your success will look, but your trials don’t seem to be getting you there, the journey isn’t quick enough.

hester van overbeek

image by Hester Van Overbeek

One of these things for me is having a play around with concrete casting. Basically making useful and pretty stuff with concrete. My reasons for not trying this yet are, not enough time (true with two small children), not enough space/or I need it to be good weather as there’s only enough space outside (so that rules out 8 months of the year…).

Basically I’m just being lazy about it. I want to make it as easy as possible for me to be successful as I don’t want to fail.

The thing is, the chances of me being alright at the concrete malarkey are quite high. I’ve a background in art and specifically sculpture, I used to do a lot of plaster casting and have worked with bronze too.

Writing this down has just made me realise this is exactly why I’ve put it off- because feel I should be good at it, because of my prior experience (I swear this blog is like therapy sometimes 😉 )

So I really must get over myself and just have a go right?

concrete planter diy craft

In order to help me I’ve been sent a book! (I’ve also one to giveaway too)

The book is by Hester Van Overbeek who I first met at Blogtacular in 2015, she’s a superstar crafter and DIY type, who just gets on with creative stuff. This is her third book and it has a total focus on concrete- Making Concrete Pots, Bowls & Platters. It has 35 step by step projects that are of different levels of difficulty.

making concrete pots and homewares

Each project is broken down into a step by step format, and is carefully explained and photographed.

Most of the materials (especially for the easier projects) are easily obtainable from your local DIY store too.

hanging planter concrete

I think we know which one I’ll be attempting first if smallest has any say in the matter…

animal planter

This book has given me the confidence to try working with concrete, but I will be doing it outside that’s for sure!

Do you fancy having a go creating concrete home and garden projects? I’ve a copy of the book to give away.

Please enter via the widget below, or you can buy a copy.

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  1. Tracy Nixon
    February 14, 2017 / 5:57 am

    To finish the cross stitched robin project I have on the go!

  2. February 14, 2017 / 10:16 am

    There is something nice about making something as opposed to purchasing it outright. I’m slowly completing small DIY projects in my house, but it is taking some time!

    • Susie
      February 14, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Tell me about it! thanks for stopping by

  3. February 14, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Oh I know exactly how you feel! It was easy when I was younger to find the time to paint or write or simply be creative – now, many times, it’s more out of necessity than simply pleasure and I simply don’t make the time to do it. Definitely think you need to give concrete projects a go because it really does sound as though you’d pick it up quickly! xx

    • Susie
      February 14, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Thats so true Kimberly! Carving out the time for pleasure is hard!

  4. February 14, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Wow, that sounds like a great project Sus! I’d really love to actually learn to knit – I’ve been talking about it for years but still not actually sat down to do the work in learning properly.. one day!

    • Susie
      February 14, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Ah knitting- I dont have the patience!

  5. Sarah Ann
    February 14, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Cleaning out my wardrobe! There’s the heaviest box at the top filled with goodness knows what and I just keep putting off going through it.

    • Susie
      February 14, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Ah yeah- I’ve been doing that job recently. Small steps!

  6. February 14, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to see how this unfolds. I love it when life throws these opportunities at you again. I bet you’ll have some real skill you haven’t lost!


    • Susie
      February 14, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Aw thanks for the vote of confidence Fifi!

  7. Kaelyn
    February 14, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I never tried to work on concrete! Not even in school!

  8. February 14, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Ahhh this is coming at just the right time! I’ve got a loads of concrete I’ve been meaning to use for ages. Found lots of projects online but I just can’t quite take the leap. Something about it makes me really nervous! I’ve read that you can use the rubber moulds for baking – but don’t quote me! x

    • Susie
      February 14, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      Yes I think you probably can! Maybe its because its a real builders material- I dunno! You’d love the book

  9. February 15, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I feel like we always have ‘something’ on our list but thankfully we just got a whole bunch ticked off lately! Xx

  10. February 15, 2017 / 9:32 am

    I have no furniture and no ornaments! I really want to give this a go now!!

    Looks like a brilliant book and so on trend

  11. Rachael Ashmore
    February 15, 2017 / 9:34 am

    To start knitting again. I used to love it and find it therapeutic but I stopped and would love to start again

  12. February 15, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Entered! What a lovely giveaway.

  13. Lorraine Stone
    February 15, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Clean the carpets throughout. Boring job, washing and drying. So tend to put it off!

  14. Andrea Upton
    February 15, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    To go outside and sweep up the leaves!

  15. Solange
    February 15, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Join the gym.

  16. Mary H
    February 16, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Since I bought my first house last year, I have abandoned all my crafts in place of DIY. I miss photography, knitting and embroidery so much. Can’t wait until we’ve finished decorating so I can go back to my crafts.

  17. jo liddement
    February 16, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    I have collected a whole bag of rags and intend to make my own rag rug.My grandmother used to make some beautiful ones and it is on my ‘to do list’

  18. February 17, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Im so obsessed with this post!!!!!!

  19. February 17, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Wonderful book. I adore those planters! x

  20. February 17, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I so need that book marc and I have been meaning to do some big ones for a long time now ! Superb post as usual ! Xxxx

    • Susie
      February 17, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks darling!! You would make some crackers

  21. Kim M
    February 17, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Have been wanting to knit blankets for the RSPCA – must get round to it x

  22. pete c
    February 17, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    putting some trellis against a garage wall for plants to grow against

  23. February 17, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I love the look and feel of concrete (that sounds bizarre) but it’s such a great texture! xx

  24. Sirley Young
    February 17, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    A Pom Pom rug

  25. Sarah Taylor-Fergusson
    February 17, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Put all the photos of the children in two photo albums – that’s the last six years’ worth as I ran out of steam when they were one and three. They are now seven and nine!

  26. Elizabeth Smith
    February 17, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Sort out my wardrobe (amongst other things)

  27. February 17, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I have loads on my to do list. One that has been in the works for over a year is a Christmas sweater. I bought the kit in November 2015 and still don’t even have the back panel done.

  28. Susan Smith
    February 18, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I keep meaning to pull my cooker and fridge freezer out to clean behind them, but I keep putting it off, every weekend I say I am going to do it, and every weekend I put it off

  29. Kim Styles
    February 18, 2017 / 10:02 am

    I need to be making some bunting decoration for my daughters 16 th birthday next month -I have been planning for ages but have got no further than that

  30. Ruth Harwood
    February 18, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    always wanted to sky dive lol!!

  31. sheri Darby
    February 18, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    To sort out all my paperwork

  32. Anthea Holloway
    February 20, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Sorting out the greenhouse into some sort of planned order – getting all the pots line up, the trays in size order and everything ready for the busy growing season ahead.

  33. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    February 20, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Clean the oven!

  34. Tasha
    February 21, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Paint my bedroom

  35. janine atkin
    February 22, 2017 / 8:47 am

    decorating the bedroom

  36. Katharine Phillips
    February 22, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Replacing my washing machine which has finally broken down and is not worth repairing. I just cannot make up my mind which one to buy.

  37. Heather Ellis
    February 22, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Sort out the loft. It even contains boxes that were on my ‘To Do’ list when we moved in 29 years ago!

  38. Kim M
    February 23, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Clearing out my wardrobe x

  39. Stephen Little
    February 24, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Find the time to read!

  40. Michelle Wild
    February 24, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Bulldoze my house and build something with lots of glass instead!

  41. Amy Jo McLellan
    February 25, 2017 / 9:38 am

    To relaunch my blog!

  42. February 25, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Doing some painting around the house

  43. aisha
    February 25, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    buy anew hallway and stair carpet has been on my to do list for about a year !

  44. Natalie Crossan
    February 25, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    My garden!!

  45. Jo McPherson
    February 25, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    To get some photobooks done, it’s been long overdue

    February 25, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    One thing that has been on my list for ages is to donate old clothes to the charity shop

  47. Fiona jk42
    February 25, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    I started a tapestry Christmas stocking when my son was a baby. It was my first & last tapestry project, I found it mind-numbingly boring. However, I found myself unable to throw away the partially completed stocking, just in case I ever get the urge to finish it, My son will be 30 this year and it’s still not finished!

  48. Rachel Craig
    February 25, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    Get Livingroom vertical blinds cleaned. Been unable to find a company who provides this service. Yet in the past there used to be such a service available locally.