Friday, 7 April 2017

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 buttons on vintage hanky sachets and storing them in amongst linens. The hankies were given to me, or I found them at the thrift store in packets which were about 50 cents! The ribbon also came from my stash. I used potpourri from flowers and herbs from the container pots, so these make really sweet, vintage and frugal items. They also would make a nice gift. 

To make:

1: I use the whole hanky as I can't bring my self to cut them up. 
2: Then I fold them so they look like an envelope. 
3: Then on the back where the flaps are folded I slip stitch along the flaps to sew them down. 
4: On the front I sew a couple of buttons and add a ribbon bow.

I'm sure there is an easy way to make these without sewing, but that is how I do them.

We made these cheesy crackers to see how they were, ours were a little soft after cooking but still tasted fine. The recipe didn't use many ingredients and yet they were still tasty.

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


  1. Shiralee, are you moving? I love running my fingers through my tin if buttons. It is very therapeutic. Your new template looks great. I should work on my blog of these days :-)

    1. Nanna Chel, I'm not moving yet, just going through boxes I have stored. Button tins are very relaxing to play with :) I hoped you managed to stay dry around the corner, and are enyoying the cooler weather.
      - Shiralee.