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Day 6: Living without.
Another nice day, but the temperature is expected to drop. 
I spent the day working on some hand painted letter sets and making up junk journals. For the junk journals they are good to write in, paint in and such, when you don't want to buy a notebook. I’m trying to organise my paper stash and use some of it up.
I’ve also been cleaning out some of the garden pots as a few of the plants need pulling out and cutting back now that it is coming into winter.

This is a no spend day.

Home tip:
Dried bay leaves in kitchen drawers and pantry will discourage insects. Renew the leaves when they lose their aroma.
Frugal recipe:
Cream of soup mix:
2 cups powdered milk 2/3 cups corn starch 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons parsley 1/2 teaspoon thyme
To use- mix 1/2 cup mix with 1 1/2 cup water ( Or milk for creamier version)in small saucepan - bring to boil. Stir in choice of: Potato dried or cooked, celery, or mushroom cheddar cheese- 1 cup.

I hope everyone…

Ordinary beauty

Day 5 of living without
A nice day today, cool but not too cold for this time of year. Though the nights are coolish.
We had to do a grocery top up and I needed to buy some craft glue as I ran out. Usually I buy enough, I generally need around two or three glue sticks and one bottle of glue which I have. The sticks will last me for while. 
Craft supply: Spent $4.00

Natural beauty product:
A very light and gentle moisturiser suitable for all skin types
40 ml (1 1/2  fl oz) rosewater (from the chemist) 30 ml (1 fl oz) glycerine 10 ml (1/2 fl oz) apricot kernel oil
Combine the ingredients in an amber-coloured glass bottle and a very tight-fitting lid, and shake well. Use as you would with regular moisturiser.   As with all products always test a small patch of skin for reactions and keep away from eyes.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Little pleasures

Day 4 of living without
This is a no spend day
“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Avonlea

Sweet things

Day 3 of living without
It was a dreary day today, so a good day to be indoors.  There was some baking to be done, simple classic cupcakes. A recipe online supplied the ingredients list although this one seemed a little heavy and not very sweet. The icing made it sweet. 

The icing was made by sifting icing sugar and cocoa powder together into a medium bowl. Butter and milk was added. Then it was all mixed until the ingredients were combined. Then the icing was spread over the cupcakes.  For the topping we used crushed nuts on one batch of cupcakes and coconut on the other batch.
This is a no spend day.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Home Comforts

Day 2 of living without
The weather is starting to become more and more chilly. Which means it's that time of year for sniffles and snuffles. So we all turned up at our local medical centre for our flu shots, we received a free cap and water bottle. 
Meanwhile I've finally managed to sort out my bedroom, clear away the clutter and organise things I want to keep to see if I can find some way of making something useful out of them. There are some old clothes I'm going to cut up and make up into rag rugs for the ugly fabric.  I'll cut the nice fabric up into charm squares for other projects. 

Oregano: (Origanum vulgar)
A simple and frugal home remedy when you’re suffering from cold or flu is to steep oregano in a pot of water and inhale the vapours, which are antibacterial, antiviral and decongesting. This immunity-enchancing herb also settles digestion and prevents bloating. Of course always see your doctor first.

Dinner today was a cheap meal of pasta in a bowl using item…

all together


It is day one of the year without challenge and I had a no spend day. A family member on Facebook posted this photograph of my Mum's family - these are her father and her brothers and sisters. My mum is sitting in the front in the middle. Yes we are aboriginal descent in our family and it shows most in mum's mother, the eldest sister who is taking the photograph, my mum, and the boy in the middle at the back standing next to his father. His father, my grandfather, raised nine children. He worked all his life in a small town and was at one point the gent who collected rubbish and cleaned out the old thunder boxes. They weren't rich and lived with what they had, there was a lot of hand me downs. You can see in the back the old house they had and the verandahs covered with hessian bags. The boys used to sleep out there!
The Aunt who I am living with and helping out, is in the front on the right of my mum. And the Aunt who lives across the road wasn't born yet. They …

Living without - Year Challenge

A Year Without…
The main part of this year long challenge is all about going a year without the usual over spending and splurges on unnecessary items. It’s about feeding myself from the grocery shopping brought fortnightly and using up what is in the pantry and freezer. It is about using up and making do with the stockpile of crafting essentials I have instead of nipping down to the shops to buy something new. 

Part of this challenge to stop buying completely any books, little thrift store items, clothing (including shoes) and live from the items I do have. When it comes to shoes and clothes I have enough in my wardrobes and drawers to last at least one year and hopefully enough so nothing needs replacing.
I have enough books in my stash so there will be NO other books purchased for the year challenge.
The challenge will also encompass using up craft items. I plan to work towards a Hope Chest of sorts, a little old fashioned idea, but it will give me inspiration of making useful and p…

Autumn mix

We've had some nice weather of late, a little on the chilly side with breezy winds but it is nice weather to enjoy.  
I've been pulling apart dried flowers I've been drying to make potpourri mixes and these will be added to sachets eventually. The thing about drying flowers using the air dry method is that means your flowers won't rot if you place them fresh into a mixture - it's best to dry them and then make up the potpourri mix you want to try. Still, air drying flowers this way means they do fade in colour and look a  little dusty so you can add a handful of rosebuds, dried chamomile flowers, and Nasturtiums to improve the colour and text of the mixture. Pick the flowers in summer and dry them in the oven, dehydrator, or in sand mixed with laundry borax. This will mean the colours won't fade and the petals will appear fresher. 
For this potpourri I used a mix of zinnias, marigolds, nasturtiums, curry plant leaves, roses, geranumum flowers and leaves, dried or…

Chicky chics

It's no secret I like to do the crayon tinting technique. A couple of dollars will buy a small packet of Crayola crayons and before you know it there's hours of fun to be had. Usually with crayon tinting technique most people embroider the design once finished.  I'm trying a new idea where you don't have to embroider the design. The finished item still works out to look very pretty.

1: Transfer your design onto your chosen item. For this sample I used some plastic bag holders. To transfer the design I always trace the image onto tracing paper. Then turn the design over to the back and retrace with a hot iron embroidery transfer pencil. When you turn your design over this will mean the design transfers onto your item the right way. 
2: To do crayon tinting I gave a lesson: here. The technique is very simple, just colour in the design with the crayons. If you want a deep colour, colour in, then iron off the wax build up of crayon and colour in again. The design abo…

Plain and Fancy

After the heavy rains we had from Cyclone Debbie up North, the cooler weather came in and we've been having some blustery days. The change of season is definitely here now bringing in Autumn.  With the changes, I've dusted off my blog and added a simpler layout theme.
I've been puttering around the house using up my stash and trying not to buy anything new. I've also been going through a lot of my boxes which are packed up and seeing what I want to keep for when I move into my own place. I think the hardest things to decided if I want to keep them or not is books. I have a lot of craft books and other books I like to use. Although some I never actually make any of the items from or read much, they are just there for mostly inspiration. 

A long time ago my Aunt, who I live with, gave me a large tin full of old buttons. Some of the buttons are fancy and some of them are plain. Most don't like the plain buttons but I find uses for them.

I've been using the plain …

March days

The weather has changed here to bring in Autumn. There have been some storms about which will likely bring in the cooler weather, I don't know about anyone else but I'm looking forward to Winter. The rain has been good for the container pots.

While it has been raining I've been working on new items for an April market stall. Tea towels, of course, and some more other items to sell as well.

In February the Toowoomba Simple Living group held it's first work shop for the year. We were shown how to make pineapple jam, very sweet but yummy.

I came home with a few goodies from the swap table, including an Aloe Vera plant. The Aloe Vera came in handy as I got sunburnt at the Cabarlah Markets. I had an interesting day and will likely do another stall at the markets as well.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Market days

I've been playing with my scrap stash to prepare for the markets. Rag rugs and hand painted potholders with fabric appliqué getting ready to be made up for the stall - And a couple for a swap. My store Hilda and Lillian will be at the Cabarlah markets on the 26th February, 2017. Hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Home stay

With the Summer heat about I have been pottering around inside organizing things and clearing out stuff. It's a good time to be indoors clearing out things.
I've also been doing a lot of crafting, I've signed up for a local markets at the end of the month.
In the garden, I've been cleaning out the pots. A lot of the herbs are doing well in this heat which is good for them. And as always I've been painting too.  Have a good day or evening where ever you are.

Pom Pom crochet edge

Crochet pom pom edge
Row 1:
2 double, 3 chain, 2 double (Us terms: double = single)
Pom Pom :
Chain 3, Chain 3 again (Make first chain large), work cluster stitch = yo insert into 3rd chain from hook (The first chain that is large), yo pull through, yo pull through 2, yo insert into chain at bottom, yo pull through, yo pull through 2 ( 3 loops on hook) yo insert. yo pull through. yo pull through 2, yo pull through 4 chain 3
work into top of last puff stitch. yo inset hook into 1st puff stitch. yo pull  through. Yo pull through 2. Yo insert into chain at bottom. Yo pull through 2. Yo pull through 4.  (= two cluster stitches, one on top of each other). Fold over the top cluster stitch by inserting hook into first chain 3 stitch. yo pull through. yo pull through.
Work into next chain 3 sp. Yo pull through. Yo pull through ( will make a slip stitch). chain 3 work cluster stitch to form the next pom pom. Continue until edging is complete.

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Soapy tips

Tips for painting on soap.
Tip 1: Remove any of the soap labels by shaving them away with a box cutter. Shave slowly to remove thin layers. 
Tip 2: If there is any soap name left, use a dishwasher scourer to 'sand' it back or use a very fine sandpaper.
Tip 3: Tip 1 and tip 2 gets messy with the shaving so add paper down to capture the loose shavings and shave into a dish.
Tip 4: Keep the shavings to melt down into re-milled soap.
Tip 5: Use a coat of modge podge first.
Tip 6: After the modge podge has dried, coat the top of the soap with a layer of white Gesso (Or black if you want a dramatic looking soap).
Tip 7: Draw your design onto your soap with a soft pencil and light hand. If you can't draw use tracing paper and carbon paper.
Tip 8: Carbon paper gets messy. The best tip is to trace onto tracing paper and turn the design over on the back trace over the design with 4b lead pencil and then flip the design over then 'trace' the design onto the soap. The lead pencil on t…

Slow days

The weather has been hot, hot, hot. It's slow days here, pottering around in the cool of the house. I go out in the early morning in the cooler temps to see to my container plants. They need a good drink of water in this weather and I've been cutting back a lot of the plants. The heat loving plants are doing well: Basil is growing madly in the heat.

Some of the cuttings I've used for potpourri and I've dried a lot more of the kitchen herbs: Sage, Rosemary, and I have chamomile flowering now too. It took a long time to come into flower.
As usual I've also been stitching, painting and such. The tea towel in the first image was done using crayon tinting and I used a fine tip laundry marker for the out line instead of stitching. I have the finished tea towel up for sale in my easy shop:
For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere I hope you are staying cool.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Fried Golden Chicken

Fried Golden Chicken
Chicken pieces Salt Pepper Paprika Flour Oil
Mix salt, pepper, and paprika in flour (I used about 1 teaspoons of paprika). Roll the chicken pieces in the flour.
Add 1/2 to 3/4 inch oil to a large heavy fry pan. Heat oil and place chicken pieces in hot oil ( oil needs to be smoking/sizzling - around 185 degrees c). Cover, and fry until golden turning once, 15 to 20 minutes.  Drain on paper towels.
Serve hot with mash or cold with salad.

Have a good day or evening where ever you are.