Thinking Outside the Gift Box

Let’s face it, gift giving is tricky. And while it may be ‘the thought that counts’ when it comes to the recipient (and our budgets), how often do we consider longevity or the environmental impact of the gift? While some gifts make our hearts sing, many don’t. Some end up in charity bins or ‘re-gifted,’ […]

Top 5 Australian Potted Native Christmas Trees

Time to ditch the fake plastic 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 […]

2016 International Year of Pulses: Good for You & Good for the Environment!

  2016 has officially been declared the International Year of Pulses (IYP). So what does that mean? I’m glad you asked. It has nothing to do with your blood pressure or your heart beat however, the benefits of pulses such as Chickpeas, Faba and Broad beans, Field peas, Lentils, Lupins and Mung beans have many […]

Put it away, Put it away NOW!

This is the song we sing after Deck The Halls! Today I’ve put together a quick run-down of great ideas on how to pack your Christmas ornaments, lights, trees and wrap ready for next year and a basic checklist to help prepare you for next Christmas. Step 1: Take down all the decorations from around […]

Local upcoming craft expos

Annual Sewing, Scrapbooking & Quilt Fairs For details on all up and coming craft fairs in your city check out all the Sweet Craft Treats at CraftAndSew.com.au which is a portal to the following: Australia’s No. 1 Craft & Quilt Fair Into Craft.com.au Notice Boards Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo & Convention Craft & Sewing Show Australian […]

Unwanted Christmas gift dilemmas

Yay! It’s Boxing Day and it’s pouring down rain outside, and as I survey the presents received yesterday and lovingly find new homes for some items. One is sticking out like a sore thumb. The unwanted gift. I’m not going to go into what it is as I’m a firm believer in ‘goodwill,’ however, I’m […]

Happy ‘Last Minute’ Christmas!

The stores would have you believe that Christmas started in October, however with less than a week left until Christmas, if you’re still behind the ‘bauble’ where your Christmas plans are concerned then this little article should help. Now, depending on how big your Christmas usually needs to be in terms of whether you have […]

Love you Dad

Yesterday I picked a flower and lit a candle, put on Dad’s favourite song “I Was Born Under a Wandrin’ Star”. Then made a special breakfast the way Dad used to do it. “Happy Father’s Day Dad, this is my tribute to you”. It’s the simple things that make Father’s Day, even for those of […]