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Wordless Wednesday on Friday... ANZAC Day

Lest We Forget... Share your ANZAC Day images with us via the Mr Linky Linkup below.

Picnic cutlery roll made from a tea towel...

When we go to the markets in the weekends or even to the local food court occasionally, we always end up with plastic cutlery. Awesome fresh roll with yummy salad, cheese and ham filling, that needs to be cut to eat it - the answer is always a plastic knife. For a while we were bringing it home so we didn't have to throw  it out as it seems like such a waste. I ended up with a whole drawer full of plastic takeaway knives, forks and spoons as we taught the kids and students not to throw it out, but to bring it home and reuse it.

Except no body (including me) does...

Eventually I gave up and took the whole lot to an afterschool care program to use in their craft or home corner and got back a bit of space in our drawers.

When I did the no plastic challenge last year, I was quite good at taking my own cutlery to the markets as for Christmas, I asked Santa for this little pocket knife type thing that has a knife, fork and spoon set inside. Then it finally broke and I'm back to try…

Making inner soles for your shoes from old meat trays!

I bought a pair of new (to me) sneakers at the markets last weekend for just 50c!

It was a bargain - it was too good to pass up. I tried them on and they fitted me, they were the right colour and really, I couldn't complain about the price!!

When I got home I decided to road test my new sneakers and off to the dam the dog and I went. She went to sniff and bound around like a rabbit and I went to look at the water and breathe!


On the way there, I noticed that my feet were feeling a bit "Princess and the pea-ish". I swore I could feel the plastic sole of the shoes through my sox. By the time I got back I wasn't so enamoured of my 50c sneakers as I was when I bought them.

Once I got home, I had a quick look inside and saw that the inner soles were really worn and that's what the problem was. Well, after paying a whole 50c for them I didn't want to have to go and buy new inner soles and so I had a look around to see what I could use...


Here's what I did!


I fo…

Wordless Wednesday...

Sitting, chatting by the fire on a early Autumn evening with new camera...

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Make your own reusable party penants!

I like to celebrate! I love hosting birthdays, gatherings and having people over for dinner. I also enjoy decorating the table to make it a little more special when we have a special gathering of some sort. I have collected from markets and op shops a variety of linen, serviettes and candle holders but I was buying paper things to hang from the ceiling each time and then, of course, throwing them in the bin after one (or maybe two uses) There had to be a cheaper, more sustainable way of decorating for special occasions. Then one day at the botanical gardens I saw these. Knitted, felted and sewen pennants!

And thought they were wonderful!   Totally out of my league to make, but gave me an idea for making my own, very basic, celebration pennants...

Here's what I did...

I gathered together old bits of material I had in my stash around the purple theme. I didn't have quite enough so I went to the local op shops and bought pillow cases in the right colours for a $1 each and bough…
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