Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I often find myself referring to Selena's blog for no-fail recipes and this coconut loaf is definitely a favourite. It also freezes well which is great in a household like mine where I am the only one who'll eat loaves. Find the recipe here
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
I think it's important this Boxing Day to think about how we will dispose of all our Christmas waste. I try to be fairly carefully when filling my council rubbish bag and I try to recycle or reuse wherever I can. Of course a lot of this effort goes out the window during Christmas time when you just want a quick tidy up. We are lucky that we have local ducks and birds all too willing to help with food scraps and what they don't eat goes into compost. All paper and card goes into the fortnightly paper collection and we have two huge recycle bins for plastics, tins and glass. sustainability.govt.nz has some great ideas for reusing what you otherwise may have thrown out - definitely worth a look even if you think you're on the right track (nothing like a bit of affirmation that you're doing the best you can)
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
You should allow 3-4 days to make these bath balls.
I'm not too sure about taking Martha's advice and adding peppermint oil although it would probably be quite refreshing.
I think they could possibly make great mini balls for use in foot baths? Find instructions here
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Image from here
Got time and patience? This could be the project for you. Time spent making one of these gorgeous blankets will be much appreciated in years to come - well worth the effort, don't you think? Find the tutorial here
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
So you can probably guess I was pleased when Renee posted this recipe for chai concentrate for home use - not only will it save you money but you can also adjust the amount of concentrate to suit your own taste.
Last minute Christmas gift perhaps?
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I just bought and received Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule aka SouleMama from The Book Depository. I was impressed - it arrived within 10 days of ordering carefully packaged so there was no damage and postage is free worldwide! Next on my list is the book above, Scandinavian Stitches, which has just come back into stock. The range of books on offer is wide from craft to children's books to travel guides to stationery.... I could go on and on. Definitely worth a look
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Editing your family snaps has never been so easy. If you're a wee bit technologically challenged (like me) then you'll love using picnik. There are so many options even if you opt to use the free version. Edit your snaps here
Original photo Edited using the Holga-ish option
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
A super simple afternoon project, these magnets and push pins would make great gifts for the person that has everything or for keeping the children's art work on the fridge. Find the guide here
Monday, December 13, 2010
one illustration a day, free for one day each day of the year! Check back daily for a new illustration because once the 24 hours is up you will be required to pay a small fee for the illustration. Gorgeous, aren't they? Find them here
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Making my own "green bags" has long been on my list of "things to do" but until now I've had trouble finding a tutorial that suited me. I think I've found it! Now I just need to find one with long handled bags and I'll be able to make a matching set.
This play tent has to be an essential item for any child's bedroom or playroom! And how gorgeous are the choice of colours in the tutorial example (for a little girl)?! I am dying to make this for my wee girl, but just need to find that perfect fabric combination...
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Have trouble keeping mittens/gloves on your little person? Here is a tutorial for the cutest mittens around for kids...I'm not entirely convinced by the functionality (what happens to the other hand??) but I think they are worth checking out for the cute factor alone!