Potato Printing Tshirts

I try to get most of my toddler son’s clothes secondhand – though the older he gets the less secondhand clothes are available and I’m starting to realise why – toddlers get really dirty and active so the clothes don’t last. So I’ve started getting clever with his wardrobe. I’ve started buying affordable, well made,…

How to be an eco parent

I recently had a guest post over at Lulastic and the Hippyshake, a gorgeous blog I am a big fan of. Lucy decided to feature all sorts of different parents and their parenting philosophies and I was honoured to be considered the ‘eco Mum’! You can check it out here.

DIY Chalkboard Menu

This was one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve ever done that I feel ridiculous for not doing it sooner. I bought a small tin of chalkboard paint years ago with the intention of making myself a kitchen menu. I’ve always liked writing down a list of all the meals planned for the week (mainly…

Why every parent should join a toy library

Want to save hundreds if not thousands of dollars? Want to save space in your home? Want to save the environment? Want to have less stress and happy children? Want to teach your children awesome values? Joining a toy library will do all these things and more! Children get bored. It’s as simple as that….

Upcycled hallway organiser

As much as I hate to admit it I am a serial dumper – and before you conjure up your own definition of ‘dumper’ I’ll let you know right now I mean that bad habit of dumping odd bits and pieces around your house until the whole thing looks like a mess. It’s a hard…

Life Lately + Thrifty Valentines

I feel like I’m cheating putting up a bunch of instagram photos as a blog post, but I feel like it’s the only way to keep in touch right now as I am so busy trying to be a good Mum (it was my new years resolution!) AND cram a lot of study in on…

12 dates : the gift that lasts all year

With the success of my origami fortune teller gift to my partner, letting him ‘choose’ where and how a special birthday date would take place, I decided to give it another go, but in a way that would last all year round! This is the perfect gift for someone who doesn’t need anything. It is…

Origami Fortune Teller Gift Idea

I thought I’d share with you a gift I got my partner PJ for his birthday just prior to Christmas. It’s the perfect present for someone who doesn’t like gifts, as a last minute gift, or even just a nice surprise for someone! So you might remember making origami fortune tellers in school? You could…

DIY Paper Christmas Wreath (version two!)

I’m a bit late putting up this year’s wreath. I didn’t think I’d get the time, but I challenged myself to finish it in 20 minutes and achieved just that! I used the same design as last year’s wreath (which I had put in the recycling bin so I didn’t have to store it), but…

A scrap timber Christmas tree

This is the perfect kind of tree if you’re short of space, short on cash, hate fake or simply don’t like the generic Christmas tree. It’s extremely versatile and if you make recyclable decorations you could change the look each year! We used to have a ‘looks like a tree but it’s made of plastic’…

DIY handprint keepsake decoration

As this is Baby E’s first Christmas I decided this was an excellent excuse to start fresh with our Christmas traditions and decorations. It was only fitting that the first decoration I would make was a keepsake of Baby E’s little 6 month old handprint. Not only would it make a great addition to our…

Support your community this Christmas – buy local!

Craft markets are a great place to find unique, good quality, handmade gifts for Christmas and best of all you’re supporting local businesses and artisans. There’s nothing worse than walking around a shopping mall all day looking for “the perfect present” only to buy some generic meaningless gift that will likely end up in the…