• Blog,  Go Grain Free,  Hearth & Health,  In the Kitchen

    Kitchen Creativity: Wins & Losses

    I’ve been enjoying a creative time in the kitchen recently, claiming quite a few wins along with a spectacular loss. Wins Kale Juice  I was rather dubious about the look of kale juice, it was so green! A friend reassured me it didn’t taste green and it didn’t. I love kale juice, it’s so refreshing. My usual ‘go to’ choice for breakfast and it always leaves me energised. My recipe: Squeeze 3 oranges, 2 kale leafs (strip off stalks) and a pear (optional) Blend and drink, that simple. Spinach Quiche Spinach quiche has long been a favourite here, PC in particular loves it, which I know makes me very fortunate…

  • Blog,  Hearth & Health,  In the Sewing Room

    Upcycling: Jumper to Little Girls Winter Dress

    Winter dresses have been impossible to find for my little one. As Bella is only in size 1, I wasn’t expecting any trouble in finding winter dresses, but alas I have.  Searching online for inspiration I discovered the idea of upcylcing a jumper into a little girl’s dress, and between both tutorials I was confident to ‘give it a go’, with the result of two lovely girl’s winter dresses. Off to the op-shop Saturday morning and by Saturday evening I’d whipped up a couple of dresses for Bella to wear to Mass Sunday morning. The cream dress is needing further embellishments but for now, with a bright sash of pink…

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    8 Tips When Op- Shopping For Clothes

    We purchased our first home via auction, a rather nerve wracking yet exhilarating experience. Flushed with success we began attending farm auctions and furnished our home with our finds, on a shoestring budget we were selective in our bidding. Eventually we were to also discover the world of garage sales, a story for another day. Months after purchasing our home we were expecting our first babe, this was when I discovered the attraction of the op-shop hunt.  It wasn’t long before I realised that one could dress yourself and your loved ones well by selectively searching for quality amongst the dross. Years on I’ve continued to maintain my passion for…

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    Upcycling: Excess Skirts Become Flattering

    I’ve long been a keen bargain hunter, haunting op-shops (thrift) well before it became trendy to do so. I began my passion because of: financial needs, the fact I rarely find anything I like in the ‘regular’ shops and shopping centres put me on sensorial overload.  Whilst I’ve long had a discerning eye for a bargain and am selective in what I bring home, it wasn’t until I discovered the world of ‘upcycling’ that I discovered ‘a whole new world’. No longer do I discard fabrics, prints or outfits I like with a sad sigh because they are: too big, shapeless, fussy, too whatever’s. Instead I now stop and assess;…

  • Blog,  Hearth & Health,  In the Home - Organisation,  In the Sewing Room

    Fabric Boxes: Our Storage Solution

    Successfully completing an organisation project always makes me happy. Last week I decided our dress up storage wasn’t working and I wanted a solution that involved minimising visual ‘clutter’. Therefore it was time to make more fabric boxes, purchasing a few doona cases at garage sales I was began cutting.  Dividing the task over several days, I cut out sufficient material for 16 boxes, yep 16!    This actually translates to 32 fabric ‘crosses’, as sewing includes a liner as well as the outer box.   Then there were also the 32 handles to cut and sew.  Handles are fiddly, always a relief to finish them.  Sewing madly on and off…

  • Blog,  Celebration,  Celebration - Birthday,  Hearth & Health

    “Come As Your Favourite Animated Character”

     Mega Birthday week this week.  Jack Jack and Jelly Bean turned 8 & 10 respectively and Michelangelo 15.  We celebrated the younger two’s birthday with a themed party, “Come as your favourite animated character”.  Jack Jack was Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon).  His whole outfit was courtesy of op-shop hunting one afternoon, we really hit the ‘motherlode’; green leggings, green velvet top, a brown woolen scarf and a dressing gown, with which a bit of judicious ripping and hemming became a vest.  Fortunately his sister had a pair of boots that fit too.   Jelly Bean of course was Princess Anna from Frozen, our girls’ favourite movie. Wearing an…

  • Blog,  Hearth & Health,  In the Home - Organisation

    Dress Up Storage Solution

    Often when one project is completed another is created, thus it was when PC and the girls built our incredible linen press.  Project created was, The Dress Ups, they now needed to be moved from the linen press alcove, and it was time to find a better storage solution.  For months they have been stored in one very long box, the length and depth of our new linen press, this however meant a messy search for most items.  Consequently the Dress Up storage wasn’t inviting to play.  As I now had empty shelving of two sections, I considered making some more boxes and storing like the toys, but would the dress…

  • Blog,  Extensions,  Extensions - Carpentry,  Hearth & Health,  In the Home - Organisation

    A Dream Of A Linen Press

    Twelve months is long enough for any girl to have her linen shelves highly visible in her dining hall don’t you think? Embarrassingly it’s not even as if I kept it neat all the time, the messy truth is, it often looked like this! Before visitors were due that is, the visitors at least got to look at tidy shelves. When I uttered the words on Saturday to my darling Prince Charming, “I’ve reached my limit, I want the linen cupboard out of the dining hall” He immediately responded with, “Let’s plan how to design the linen press and I’ll build it tomorrow.”  That’s all it took! He stopped tiling…