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…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

I’m seeing it everywhere, Christmas is on its way. The sad part though is that this ‘look’ of Christmas is not about decorations or food or spirit, it’s about consumerism and overconsumption and…. well, greed. This is Baby E’s first Christmas and I’m very conscious of the fact that it’s easy to go overboard as…

I heart Hulbert Street… even more!

We visited the annual Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta yesterday and it was just like I remember it: inspirational, educational but most of all fun! It was even bigger than last year (I blogged about it for the first time here) but I saw it with new eyes as a new Mum. I realised how it’s…

DIY Baby Sensory Fabric Book

Baby E is just starting to find his hands and become more aware of his surroundings. Suddenly I realised I don’t have many toys to entertain him during this new developmental phase. The books say to let him feel different materials with his hands as a somewhat sensory discovery. So I decided to make him…

A Keepsake Brooch

Yesterday I helped my grandparents celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married in 1942 where my Pop wore his airforce uniform and my Nanna wore a wedding dress made by her Aunt, using material purchased from saved up coupons that were issued at the time. My Nanna was saddened when her mother-in-law cut up…

My cloth nappy adventure

I’m back!! Happy to announce we survived the first month with a newborn. Even happier to announce I’ve stuck with the cloth nappy routine since we arrived home from hospital. Seeing people are only vaguely aware of the whole cloth nappy thing, I thought I’d share with you exactly what’s involved. The nappy station Here…

A thrifty little sleeper

Worrying about where my baby is going to sleep has been top of my mind lately. I thought buying the secondhand cot from a friend was the hard part done, but I was wrong. It started with the cot mattress – I wanted an organic mattress (free from toxic materials) but couldn’t justify the cost…