Sustainable Sunday Swap: Reusable Shopping Bags

Swap plastic shopping bags for reusable shopping bags. This is no shocker – plastic disposable shopping bags are not cool. They’re terrible for the environment, choking up waterways and destroying sea life (just google “plastic bags in the ocean” for some imagery) or simply going to landfill.  When the “green bags” became popular at Coles…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Handy door hook

This is so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it first. I don’t actually know who thought of it first, but in my world my Pop thought of it and installed one at my Gran’s and Mum’s house and I copied him! This is mainly for a flywire door that has the automatic…