New Christmas decorations have joined our tree this year. They're not brand new. Rather, they...
You won't have to hunt for very long, or very hard, to find gifts for every member of the family...
CLASSIC TITLESBook lovers will adore that you've picked out summer reading choices for them. Op shops are stashed to the rafters with great titles. Choose a handful with a theme, bundle them together with a ribbon and add a home made bookmark.
CARE FOR A CUPPAWhether it's a sturdy, pottery mug or a delicate cup and saucer, make a selection from the many on offer. As an added bonus fill it with home made rum balls, shortbread or fancy store-bought teabags.
VINTAGE PILLOW SLIPS
VINTAGE CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Cicadas, Christmas beetles and plum pudding orchids. My partner and I were pondering Christmas ...
Cicadas, Christmas beetles and plum pudding orchids.
My partner and I were pondering Christmas beetles a couple of weeks ago and suddenly I am seeing them everywhere.
Similarly, the cicadas have been noisy early and late into the evening on these hot pre-summer days.
And plum pudding orchids. They're November flowering and while walking in the Blue Mountains this month I spotted spent stems everywhere. Their showing must have been spectacular.
I WENT TO...Glenbrook, in the Blue Mountains, for a day of bushwalking. My partner captures the walks and adventures we do, and posts about them on Facebook, here.
I ATE... A serious amount of avocado. I love avocado and on the days I am at home, I've been eating this.
I OP SHOPPED... I've done a clear out of things that don't fit, or that I don't wear, and I've brought a few new items in for summer that I'll have fun playing with. That's the beauty of op shopping. You can play with colours, styles and fit without spending a fortune.
I MADE... Christmas gifts and decorations. The eldest grandkidlet and I made salt dough tree decorations for the family this year and I've been making what I call felt mandalas. Some people like to colour in. I like to stitch. I even carry a pouch of felt and cotton threads on the work commute.
I READ... I am reading a lot of legal documents. My partner and I bought a unit this month. We're officially landlords, and I'll be the first to admit we're on a steep learning curve.
Don't despair that Christmas is a month away and there's no money in the kitty to spread acr...
CROCHET-EDGED FACE WASHERS
MACRAME HANGING LANTERNS
HOME MADE FURNITURE POLISH
FABRIC HEAD SCARF
CHILD'S PAINTING PILLOW SLIPS
HAND CRAFTED TREE DECORATIONS
VINTAGE CHILDREN'S BOOK GIFT TAGSHunt down children's picture books that are well past their happy life on a child's bookshelf and turn them into gift tags for your Christmas gifts. I don't have any fancy cutting tool, I trace around a glass or similar and cut these out by hand. The cardboard is old cereal boxes I flatten out and cut into strips. Punch a hole through the two pieces and tie together, to swing freely, with a piece of jute string.
If you're considering travel in Sri Lanka, track down tour companies or locals who can introduce...