The Art of Recycling in Visual Arts

It is always great to come across local talent who are also passionate about the environment, and how they not only use art to express their love of the natural world, but also take great consideration in causing no harm to the environment while making their creations. I recently discovered one of these talented people…

Top 5 Australian Potted Native Christmas Trees

Fake Christmas trees, while initially they sound like a good idea (recycled from year to year), eventually they end up in landfill and don’t biodegrade. As these trees are also usually make in factories that produce unhealthy bi-products and use unsustainable resources the method of their creation is also an assault on the planet. Time…

Alternatives to Plastic Bags

In an effort to help us all to ‘do the right thing’, I’ve decided to uncover some simple alternatives to using plastic bags. Two of which are home-grown! It’s plastic free July! Did you know that they are estimating that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than there are fish! To…

Book Review: Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland

Looking for some healthy fun in our beautiful outdoors? If you enjoy bushland walks with friends and family, exploring nature, birdwatching or just connecting with your inner self, then look no further than this wonderful new guide book of shorter, easier, more accessible family-friendly bushwalks in South East Queensland. This comprehensive little book, co-authored by Mark Roberts,…

Drying Laundry in Wet Weather

After a week or more of rain is the laundry piling up? Don’t have a dryer? Or want to save electricity? Perhaps you live in a small apartment? Let’s look at some options. Maybe you’re a rental tenant like me, and have limited options? I actually hate using dryers; I hate the way they put…

Suitcase Envy – Packing for Travel

Need to pack for a trip away and not sure where to start? Think you’ve got it worked out and then can’t close your suitcase? Packing a suitcase can be an art, but not complicated. Before you get started consider: duration away activities you will be doing while away climate at destination accommodation and whether you have…

Organising laundry on wet days

As a companion to my other article Drying Laundry In Wet Weather, this article is full of links to some great products and ideas for getting your laundry dry on continuous wet days. Most of which are available either from Australian retailers or online stores.  While I’ve only personally tried or viewed a couple of…

Pantry optimization

Why is it that the pantry often gets overwhelmed and out of control like the one in the picture? Let’s look at how best to regain control of your pantry for ultimate practicality and function. Basic Rules: The pantry is not a showpiece, don’t expect it to be. It’s meant to be functional. The pantry…

Young Picassos

“Dear Angela, My kids generate so much artwork? Can you help?” A common question. What you can count on as the years go by however, is less artwork being produced. Quality will eventually replace quantity. I find the best way to win cooperation is to make a game of the process while teaching life experiences…

C is for crafts

Depending on the type of craft you’re into, it can also be one of the most gloriously messy past-times or skill to keep organised – especially if elements are many. I know when I’m in the ‘process’ of creating, I can be messy – but savvy creatives also know that being organised, helps ‘process’ to…