Inspirational Garden Projects

Inspirational Garden Projects

After a slow start to the spring, we here at The Professionals were all glad to feel a little sunshine on our skin last week!

Men and women of Yorkshire seriously considered the possibility of having a barbeque, whilst boys and girls clutched their change in the streets with wild anticipation, wondering if (and when) the ice-cream van would be making its first appearance of the season.

As we went to sit out in our gardens though… Many of us realised in startling synchronicity that we had some work to do!

A whirring chorus of lawnmowers rang out over every neighbourhood, punctuated by the occasional snip and trim of many a hastily pruned hedge, as the good folk of Yorkshire united in common cause – to reclaim our beautiful backyards from the winter wastelands they had become!

But with a job well done, an hour or two later we were all reclining on the patio, chilled glass of rose in hand, squeezing every last inch of enjoyment from the ever-evasive British Summer!

With the garden essentials out of the way… this got us thinking.

Wouldn’t it be nice to add a little splash of colour into that bland corner of the garden? With the Bank Holiday approaching, we smell a project ahead! Time for some springspiration!

Water Garden

Ever wanted a miniature pond in your garden? We didn’t realise we did either until we saw these!


What an elegant way to add colour and life to your garden! Find the tutorials here:


Fairy Houses

Or how about this? What a great idea from Lyn’s Family Daycare, creating a miniature fairy town from recycled wood. Great to play with! You might even let the kids have a go…

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No tutorial but only imagination is needed for this one. Plenty of inspiration here:


Upcycled Planters

If you by any chance happen to have a spare canoe kicking around, then you might consider doing this over the Bank Holiday Weekend:

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Or if, like me, you’ve recently given your spare one away (damn!) then you may be fortunate enough to have an old bike in the shed to do this with…

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Failing this however, you might just be beginning to realise you can upcycle almost anything you want into a planter!


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Whatever takes your fancy, upcycling is a unique way to add charm and character to your garden. And planters are just the beginning….


Upcycled Bird Feeders

Once you have decorated the lower levels of your garden, why stop there? For the bird lovers amongst us, there are hundreds of great ideas out there.

Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

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It always did feel like a shame to throw away some of the nicer bottles. But now, thanks to Anjanette from Momma Young At Home, we can all know how to upcycle them into gorgeous bird feeders!

Find the tutorial here:
Teacup Bird Feeders

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Got any old crockery hanging around? Well why not literally hang some around – in your trees of course! As well as adding a quirky vintage aesthetic to your garden, you’ll make a whole host of feathered friends too!

Find out how to do it here:

Hanging Lantern Bird Feeder:

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Such a clever way to elegantly re-purpose a garden ornament!

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Insect Hotel

Grown up’s love to watch birds, but for little ones its all about the creepy crawlies! Why not host an ugly bug ball in your habitat hotel…

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Instructions on how to create your own here:


With all these great ideas, we hope you’ve found something to inspire you into creating the perfect outdoor space in time for the summer!

Be sure to check out our Garden Projects board on Pinterest for more inspiration:




Sink Scrubbing With Lemons?!

Sink Scrubbing With Lemons?!

Along with Bicarbonate of Soda and White Vinegar, I’m also hearing a lot about the various applications of lemon juice as a household cleaner. Said to be particularly beneficial when cleaning metal appliances, I couldn’t help but notice the bottom of my sink could do with a little scrub…

Tip on Trial: Sink Scrubber

The wear and tear of washing up after several cups of tea has clearly taken its toll.


Step one:

I sprinkled the base liberally with Bicarbonate of Soda…


Step Two:

Using half a lemon, I scrubbed, and scrubbed! (Wearing gloves is highly recommended!)


After a rinse though, I wasn’t too sure about the result.


I mean, it is Cleaner… but, as a professional, I knew I could do better than that. Luckily, I had an idea.


Round Two

Using the same basic principle of lemon juice and Bicarbonate of Soda, I sprinkled it over the sink again. But this time I added lemon juice from a bottle instead, and scrubbed with a sponge scourer.



Just look at that shine!

The Verdict:

It seems the chemistry had been spot on here, but the lemons simply hadn’t been abrasive enough for the professional result.

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out, but please remember, I was only willing to try this because my sink was already scratched and worn.

I would always advise consulting the manufacturer before using any product on any delicate surface.

For the source of inspiration please visit the original tutorial:

Happy Cleaning!



Rainy Day Crafts

Rainy Day Crafts

On rainy days, it can be hard to entertain the little ones when you’re all cooped up at home. Here at The Professionals, we know all too well how long those dreary afternoons can become if you’re not careful…

Fortunately we live in the golden age of the Internet, where a little inspiration goes a long way!

With a dull weekend forecast ahead of us, we thought now would be a good time to share with you five of the most original ideas we have found for whiling away those grey days with the kiddies.

1) Toilet Roll Tube Crafts:

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The clever folks at 123homeschool4me have kindly archived 55 brilliant tutorials for inspiration upon how to turn this trash into treasure. With so many to choose from and all kinds of themes, you’ll never throw one of these away again!

Find the tutorials here –


2) DIY Candle Transfers:

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Wow! This one looks like so much fun for both adults and children, and the end results are simply amazing! Thank goodness for the never ending brilliance of frugal women.

Find the tutorial here –


3) Kitty Cat Planters:

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On the theme of turning trash into treasure, how adorable are these? Made from old plastic bottles it’s about the cutest way to brighten a rainy day imaginable.

Find the tutorial here –


4) Wind Chimes:


Can you believe these were made by children? What a beautiful way to upcycle all those shells you brought home from your last trip to the seaside. Or, indeed, your next one…

Find the tutorials for these along with many more here –


5) Egg Carton Crafts:


The good people at Hative have gathered up 20 of the most innovative ways to re use your old egg boxes. Great fun for the kids and looks amazing too!

Find the list of tutorials here –

Found anything you fancy?

Many thanks to the brilliant minds who created these tutorials.



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Just Throw It Down The Drain!

Just Throw It Down The Drain!

These days I’m hearing more and more about the various household miracles apparently performed by White Vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda.

Tip on Trial: Drain Unclogging!

Commonly you would have to call a plumber if your drains were misbehaving, but the good lady Laura over at ‘Post College Revelations’ suggests that there could be a much cheaper way to get things flowing freely again. I was intrigued…

My own kitchen sink has been draining rather sluggishly of late. It hasn’t been brilliant ever since I moved in, but despite my best efforts it has slowly become worse over time.

It happens to the best of us right? So, with nothing to lose (except maybe a large bill) I decided to give this one a try.

As per the instruction I poured a kettle of boiling hot water down the drain – Carefully of course!

I then heaped on the Bicarbonate of Soda (That’s the English name for Baking Soda..)


As I poured on the White Vinegar, I must admit there was a small feeling of giddy excitement as I witnessed the chemical reaction – science at home can be fun!


I covered it with a container, and had fifteen minutes to wait. I’d better put that kettle on again…

When the time was up I was pretty excited to see how well it had worked. I boiled the kettle for a third time and poured it slowly down the drain.


To my delight, the water did seem to be moving more smoothly, but I had to admit there was still scope for improvement.

I repeated the process a further two times until I was happy with the results.

The Verdict?

For light clogging or as a preventative measure I think this could be great. The method was quite time consuming, especially as I had to repeat the process, but I was pleased with the end result. And, no plumber involved!

Of course, all circumstances are different and if in any doubt you should always consult an expert before risking anything yourself. For the original tutorial please visit this link:

Happy Cleaning!

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Here at The Professionals we are not scared of a challenge! Every day we are faced with a wide variety of cleaning challenges, and it’s our job to make sure we find the best outcome every time.

Fortunately, we’re a highly resourceful bunch, and we know a thing or two about getting it right! Despite this however, we’re always on the lookout for new tips and tricks, because we work hard everyday to refine and improve our practice.

With over 12 years experience under our belt, we can safely say we know that the best tool at our disposal is our wide variety of knowledge. There aren’t many stains or surfaces we haven’t encountered before!

If you have a tricky cleaning problem that’s been bugging you, then why not check out our cleaning tips board on Pinterest, for inspiration on how to tackle it yourself.

Alternatively you could always give us a try! Visit our website to see if we cover your area: