September is a time for new beginnings and if you’re looking to start a new creative hobby we take a look at the simple yet effective craft of journaling.
Think September means it’s time to pack away your secateurs for the year? Think again! If you’re green in the garden and not green fingered, we have some tips for the garden this month. Finally, if you’re heading off to university, how can you create a student room with style? From bedding to decorations, we’ve put together a guide to decking those halls!
A student room with style!
Let’s face it. Student rooms and shared houses aren’t pretty. The walls are plain, the curtains are in weird patterns and let’s not talk about the state of the carpets! Whether you’re a fresher, or a returning student renting a house, decorating your own space and making it feel like home is easy. At St George’s there’s no shortage of shops to get reasonable and stylish homeware. Pop along to Savers to stock up on those essential cleaning products too!
So, to bed Stylish bedding is a great start to introduce colour to your new room! For a cosy vibe, dress your bed with a chunky throw.
Store while you snore Student rooms are small. You may find that you have space under your bed to store things and storage boxes that can fit under your bed are the perfect solutions. Look in Ryman. Your desk will also need some form of organisation. We recommend coming prepared with a magazine rack and a pen pot from WHSmith.
Let there be light A lamp is essential not only to show off your taste, but for that late night studying! Fairy lights are a wonderful way to liven up a bare-walled room. Plus, fairy light curtains look amazing over windows.
You don’t need to be green fingered to manage a houseplant. If you’re not too good at remembering to water plants, consider cacti, aloe vera and spider plants as they’re easy to look after. Fake plants from Poundland look vibrant all year round, require zero care and can look realistic.
Sweet smell of success
Candles and diffusers can make a room look and smell put together. We’d suggest having a look in Poundland for budget-friendly candles. Perfect for your relaxing haven.
Get organised, focused and creative with journaling
With those winter nights (sorry) looming, September is a great time to start a new hobby and this month we look at journaling. With mindfulness being a growing focus in the UK, the use of bullet journaling is growing in popularity, with searches for journals up 18% on craft websites.
You can splash out on a fancy WHSmith journal or opt for a simple notebook from Ryman. Just add highlighters, stickers and pens.
Bullet Journaling uses a bullet points to keep on top of all your tasks, Use bullet points for tasks, circles for events and an asterisk for important! Get creative with lists of recipes, books, shopping, vision boards and brainstorming. Add colour, stickers, washi tape or anything else you fancy! The creative personalisation is perfect for mindfulness.
What to sow and grow this September
Vegetables and herbs
Sow salad leaves now for quick crops and sow turnip seeds into well-prepared beds for small roots. Now is the time to pot up mint and parsley for the kitchen windowsill.
Continue to feed and deadhead hanging basket and containers. Sow geraniums outdoors and direct sow hardy annuals, such as cornflowers and poppies for next year. This time of year, you are planting for spring flowering bulb displays – Crocus, Iris and Alliums. Pop along to St George’s flowers, they stock a large selection of bedding plants, hanging baskets, annuals, alpines, shrubs and ornate trees. They can even source exotic plants and Bonsai trees within 48 hours! Now that’s what we call flower power!