Saturday, 17 December 2016

My Christmas Message

Just one week to Christmas followed by another new year. Where has this year gone? 

Did you get all your craft projects finished and new recipes perfected? No, I didn't either. That just gives me more to add to the new year resolutions. I believe we need challenges and goals in our life or we would not achieve anything.

It seems this time of year is one for reflecting on what has passed and what lies ahead. 

I think we should reflect on other aspects of our lives, not just the achievements, money, successes, career etc.

Were we better as humans - kinder, more generous, loving and forgiving? Did we support and help those in need - not just family but strangers? Did we do enough in our lives to stop animal cruelty and reduce the impact we as humans are having on our environment?

Let's all reflect on these questions over Christmas and make our new year resolutions based on making our world and others' lives better.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Present Solution

Here’s a fun Christmas present for the person that has everything or who enjoys (perhaps OVER enjoys) every aspect of Christmas and the holiday season – a Christmas Survival Kit.

To start you need something to put all your items in. A traditional Christmas stocking or gift bag of a suitable size is perfect.

Gather your items. Remember these are only suggestions and you may like to include some things that are particularly relevant to the receiver. Include a list of the items like the one below on our basics list.

Basic list

Bandaid to fix things that just will not work.
Bath salts to soothe your weary body
Battery so you can keep going and going and going
Bauble to make your Christmas sparkle!
Bell – Jingle bells swing, jingle bells rock
Button to replace the one you lose from overeating
Candle so all your Christmas’s are bright
Chamomile tea to calm and soothe away the tension.
Cloves for the scent of Christmas
Coin so Christmas doesn't leave you penniless.
Confetti to remind you to have fun.
Marble in case you lose all of yours!
Match to reignite you when you're burned out.
Paracetamol for the headache from overindulging
Paperclip to help you keep it all together.
Party popper to start the season with a bang
Peppermints to settle the tummy from overindulging
Piece of gum to help stick to Christmas shopping.
Pin to remind you to stay sharp.
Sticky Tape because it always runs out in the middle of wrapping.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Vintage Knitting Patterns on the Web for Free!

Do you ever wish you could find a favourite knitting pattern from years ago? I had that very situation recently.

Although I was sure it was a Patons pattern I had no idea what it was called. What I did recall was that my favourite design in the book was called Heather.

Vintage patterns never really go out of style and as I am expecting my first grandchild in January I desperately wanted this pattern to make as a gift.

I searched eBay hoping someone would have the book for sale but no luck. Then I discovered a vintage pattern on Ravelry that someone had knitted up and put the pattern online free of charge.

I figured if there was no copyright applicable for that design then possibly the pattern I was after would be available. I searched for ‘Heather baby knitting pattern’. I won’t into some of the weird and wonderful results search turned up but one site that did come up was the Internet Archive. Lo and behold there it was reading for downloading in my prefered format.

Now I was familiar with the Internet Archive for books that had expired copyright but I hadn’t really gone into it in detail. In addition to books, there are magazines, movies, early TV shows, software, images, patterns and much, much more. It is well worth a visit but allow plenty of time for your exploring.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Bees and Honey

Did you know that bees are the most important creatures because they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops.

If we lost bees, we would lose all the plants that they pollinate, then all of the animals that eat those plants and so on up the food chain.

This, in turn, means a world without bees could struggle to sustain the global human population of 7 billion. Our supermarkets would have half the amount of fruit and vegetables.

We are losing bees at an alarming rate. Possible reasons include the loss of flower meadows, the crab-like varroa mite that feasts on their blood, climate change, and use of pesticides.

In addition, to their work keeping us in food everyone knows they produce honey. But do you know how much honey is useful for your wellbeing. These are reproduced from DailyHealthGen Facebook page.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Little Teddies in Tins

I love creating unique and unusual gifts from preloved items. My favourites are little teddies in tins. 

Each teddy comes with its own little story and, unless handmade, the teddies are sanitized, redesigned, renamed and are now waiting to be adopted and loved once more..! Price is $AU15.00 each plus postage.

Sebastian Jellymore
Sabastian loves lollies. He’s made his home in a Jelly Bean tin where he has his own lollypop and pinwheel candy. He would love a boy or girl to play with.

Bernard Teddison
Bernie (as he prefers to be called) is a little bit lazy. He’s made his home in a Faber Castel money box where he can sleep but still see the world through the slot. If his adopted girl or boy wants to use his tin as a money box he would look after their savings.Hand made teddy and bedding in a repurposed tin.

Osborne Hamilton
Osborne loves bath time. His tin is like an old bath tub and he has his own towel and blanket. Please note: Osborne is not a bath toy.