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Mint Green

(Mentha) labiatae. Pernnial. Applemint: (M.rotundifolia). Catnip. (Nepeta cataria) Labiatae. Eau-de-Colonge mint: (M.piperita citrata). Pennyroyal: (M.pulegium). Peppermint: (M.piperita officinalis). Spearmint: (M.spicata, or M.crispa, or M.viridis). Propagation: cuttings, root division, seed. Season: spring. Position: semi-shade to shade. Soil: rich, moist. Height: 30-90 cm ( 1-3 feet) according to variety. Part used: leaves.
Description: The mints are a versatile family, there are a number with pronouncedly different flavours and scents, even though between them there is a strong outward resemblance, except for leave colour. The six listed are easily available varieties, although there are other more rare kinds. History and mythology: Mint’s history goes back to Greek mythology and to Biblical times. The Romans introduced it to Britain and it was familiar to Chaucer and Shakespeare. One Greek historian wrote that” “the smell of Mint does stir up the minde and taste to a greed desire o…

Mistress Mary...

These crochet bobby pins or hair slides are really sweet, very quick to make, and not at all exspensive with materials. I think I’ll have a whole garden of these blooming pretty soon.
Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
And so my garden grows. -Nursery rhyme
Crocheted Flower Hair Slides Materials: 1.5mm Crochet hook DMC Pearl cotton of colour choice Small buttons Bobby pins ( Hair slide) Glue Tapestry needle (British English crochet stitches given) Method: Step 1: 5 chain and slip stitch into first chain to form a ring. Step 2: work 7 double crochet into the ring, join with a slip stitch. Step 3: work 5 chain, slip stitch to join in next double crochet stitch to form first petal. Continue around until you have 8 petals, slip stitch to join and fasten off keeping a long end. Step 4: Thread the long left over yarn end and using a tapestry needle secure a small button to the flower centre. Sew the flower onto the end of the bobby pin. You c…

Waste Not

Thankfully the weather has been giving us some cooler days. We did have some rain but it was still muggy out side, the last couple of days we had very foggy, rainy, days that do seem a bit cooler. In fact it almost like late Autumn weather. Some time ago, you may remember I started a set of tea towels and while transferring the designs I had all kinds of trouble, including scorching them with the iron. I did think, oh well, these will have to be tossed in the bin. As you know I hate wasting.

A search online provide helpful and there were tips to use Hydrogen Peroxide to remove the scorch marks. I was rather dubious but gave it a go at any rate.
While not one hundred percent successful, the Hydrogen Peroxide did remove a majority of the scorching. Leaving a ghost of an image. My tea towels did say on the label not to bleach so I suppose this is why there was some left over scorch stain. I could live with the stain as they are tea towels I hope will be used and stained and loved over …

Simple happiness

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a happy Christmas. The new year will soon be arriving with another year. How did that happen so soon?!

Wrapped up

The weather of late has been stormy with some rain. It's still very muggy though, but today is a bit cooler with what looks like another storm on the way. Meanwhile I've been wrapping up my Christmas presents and have them all finished.  If, you are like me, and are rubbish at wrapping anything I find placing things in boxes the most easiest way to make nice looking presents. Buying boxes can be expensive a cheap alternative is to recycle food boxes. And if you are feeling humorous on the day you can leave the box undecorated and let folks think you've given them a box of ice cream cones.
A fast way to place items in a cheap box is to use cupcake boxes. Don't put the cupcake tray in them. You'll get three cupcake boxes per pack for about $3 which is pretty good value. Line the box with crumpled up tissue paper or cellophane and add your smallish presents. If you have scented items and food items together like chocky's, wrap the scented item so the smell doesn…

Her Room

The last couple of days we've had some rain and storms to help cool things down again. The seeds I thought would never grow are shooting up all over the area I planted them. The Lilliput Zinnia's now have some flowers on them. I've also been puttering around re organizing my room. Technically I'm really just moving things from one end and back again. But it does make me clean and sort things up a bit. This time I put all my material out so I can see it at hand. My craft space won't win awards for most beautiful but at least it is functional and much of the shelving/cupboards/tables were given to me. So frugal too. I even put up a tiny christmas tree given to me too.
Speaking of giving. My brother gave me a Nikon camera. It's a huge beast of a thing and I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with it. I've been using my phone. I've been playing with the nikon here to see what it can do and these images are taken from the camera. I've also been sen…

Jewelled gifts

The weather today is mostly cool with a lot of cloud cover. It looks like it will rain but doesnt' seem to be getting any where to do it. Meanwhile I'm working on Christmas presents. This is a scarf I picked up at the thrift store for 50 cents. It was still in the packet and the packet declared it was a free magazine gift. I intend to add a beaded fringe and some ribbon embroidered roses on either end. Making your own beaded fringe is easy and a lot cheaper (mostly) than buying store brought beaded fringe. Glass beads are always nice but expensive. The next best thing is the acrylic look glass beads which I used here. To make a simple beaded fringe: You will need enough packets of beads to finish the edging. I needed about four packets. Sewing thread or beading thread. Sewing thread works just fine. A beading needle or needle thin enough to go through the holes of your beads.
Start at the corner of your edging and bring the needle up through the fabric. String your beads onto …

Creamed Peaches

The weather has been a mixed bag, from some rain to mildly warm. Better than the heat wave we were having. I've been crocheting, I'm a beginner at this so I'm still learning. This edging I adpated from one I read in a book. The edging is pretty simple: Three double crochet in the same space. Three chain. Repeat until you are done. I used a blue fade away pen (slightly visble still) and measured the spaces to keep it even. Simple, no? The dishcloths were $2 from the cheap dollar stores and are very soft. The crochet hook went straight throught theses. The crochet thread is a vintage sort from mum's stash. The colour looks sort of brown here but in real life it's a rich peachy kind that suits the flowers. I'll be adding some cinnamon soap I recieved in the Simple Living secret santa swap to these and call them done for Christmas presents.

I've also been doing some junk journaling using up some of the paper stash. And there's scribblings for maybe future…

Herb Blessings

The weather of late has been so nice, just a little muggy but nothing like the heat wave we have been having. I took a wander around the backyard yesterday and was surprised to find blooming were some seeds I thought wasn't going to bloom at all. I have a sort of brown thumb but I try. I planted carnation, lilliput zinna's, chamomile and coneflower and they are all sprouting up. I thought they were other flowers already there but no! I'm really excited about that. Being that it is now December 1st I'm organizing my christmas gift stash. I want my gifts this year to be mostly homemade with a dash of new and thrift. So far I think I have a good stash. The first parcel to wrap up uses herbs as a theme. I am using one of the spoons we were stamping in the Toowoomba Simple Living Christmas DIY gifts workshop. Nanna Chel, over at going grey and slightly green was showing us how to metal stamp the spoons. The other plant poke is from the air dry clay flowers I was making. I…

Vintage mail

The weather is lovely today, and while it is cooler I've been putting together some mail to send off to strangers around the world to write to. I've used a large amount of items from my stash to pop into the mail with the letter. Some letters I made them with themes, like the rose one above and some have random themes. I keep everything flat (ish) and light so when I send them the postage won't cost me an arm and a leg.
This one is actually items wrapped to go into the envelope. You might notice the back ground paper is from the one's I created here. The image and the sentiment are from thrift store brought Christmas cards left over from the stack of cards I used for the December daily. The card has simple corner punches and lightly inked edges. It didn't need anything else done to it. I also added a hint of bling and to the background paper I added washi tape and some some crepe paper ruffles. If you are using scrapbooking bling that has flourishes and such, cut …

Silver roses

The weather today wasn't as hot as it has been and we're in for a bit of a storm to help cool things done even more. Here's hoping. It stayed fine enough for me to get the bus into town to attend the Christmas Mini-Market hosted by the QCWA Toowoomba branch. QCWA is Queensland Country Women's Association and they have a lot of branches all over the state of Queensland. They are like the Women's Institute in Britian. Where they teach skills of handicraft and hold morning teas and some social functions. The Christmas Mini-Market was held in a small hall of the QCWA rooms. There was plenty of tables with jams, cakes, & chutney, lavender, jewellery, wooden items, baby garments, cards and so on. I came home with Grandma's Date slice (Said so on the box), a small christmas present of a hanky and soap for some one in the family. And I also came home with a silver plated three piece vanity set consisting of a mirror, brush and comb all in it's original box. I…

Clear letters

With the weather being so hot of late the best thing is to stay some where cool and potter with simple things. I had this idea to make up some clear envelopes from cellophane and stamp them. Mind you I wouldn't send these off in the mail as is because they are fragile. I'd add them in a more sturdy envelope.
Items needed: You will need, cellophane or clear packaging from items you have brought. A paper envelope for template. Narrow double sided sticky tape. Washi tape. Stamps. Stazon ink. To Make: Step 1: Pull apart the paper envelope to use as a template. Using a dark marker like a sharpie draw around the template on your clear plastic. Cut out the template following the drawn line. Step 2: Using double sided sticky tape, create the envelope following the folds of the original paper envelope. Step 3: Then to hide the double sided sticky tape cover with washi tape. I used washi tape on one side then on the other and trimmed where necessary. Where the enevelope folds up at the ba…

Quiet Days

I've been pottering around decluttering things in my stash stuff. I re-arranged everything to give a better work station area so I can create without feeling cramped. Considering I'm creating in my bedroom this is no easy task, I can tell you. I managed though to get things organized enough to call it done. And with the heat that was around I picked a bad time to want to declutter. At least it is cooler today.
Over the weekend I attended the last of the Simple Living workshop for the year. We had a DIY frugal Christmas gifts workshop and ideas. There were some very good displays for frugal gifts. Nanna Chel over at Going Grey and Slightly Green has a good highlights of the displays and events.
The workshop we had was a lesson in making our own Soy Candles tea cup containers. Mandy from An Old Dairy was our teacher and she did a very good job of showing us how easy soy candle tea cups are to make. It was a good day out and I enjoyed meeting up with every one again after been …

Hello Yellow

These are sitting on my art desk drying and awaiting a brooch pin to be added. I'm getting ready for the Simple Living workshop and wanted something a little different to paper and sewing things. If you live in the Toowoomba area the workshop is open to all and is the last one of the year. The theme is a DIY frugal Christmas. EDIT:Oops, looks like I'm set for NEXT YEARS swap table. They are actually doing a secret santa. Pays to read emails sometimes.
Yellow roses in the garden with a heavely scent.
My kind of flower, the humble but useful Nasturium.  I hope everyone is having a good day or evening wherever they are.