Felt Donuts

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Miss 9 and I got busy with some felt this weekend, making something she has wanted to make for a while, donuts! The weather was crummy, really bad timing for the Australia Day long weekend, but we had planned on spending the weekend at home anyway, so it was perfect crafting weather.

There are stacks of patterns and tutorials all over the web for these donuts, we just used an old coffee jar and a twenty cent coin (although next time I will use a 10 cent coin instead, I don't like the donuts with a big centre circle, but that's just me).

Then we cut out the felt and sewed the beads to the icing and the top layer. So many tutorials have you stitching the beads on after the whole thing is assembled and stuffed, but I didn't see much point in doing it that way.

Then we stitched the top to the bottom and stuffed!


Miss 9 stitched the coloured bead one, I did the white beaded one.

I am so proud of her, this was the first thing she has ever sewed and she was so patient and did a great job!

My thoughts go out to those affected by the bad weather up north.


For the love of...

Friday, 25 January 2013

Vintage Caravans!

I'm a little in love with vintage caravans after seeing this month's Country Style magazine. 

Country Style

Especially Frankie the caravan!  

So I am now daydreaming about finding an old van and doing it up. I'll paint the inside white, with cute curtains and cushions...

How great would it be to travel around to markets selling goodies in one of these! I imagine mine full of homemade, crafty goodies, whatever I felt like making at the time. 

Anyone want to join me?


Lavender Wreath

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Inspired by Centsational Girl's tutorial, this morning I made this!

It was super easy and it looks lovely. It will look even lovelier next year when the lavender plants are a little more established and there are more flowers to pick, but even as skimpy as it is, I love it!

The only down side to it, is it has made me realise how dirty the front screen door is!


In the garden - The chicken herb garden

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Along the chicken run I have planted a few herbs known to be beneficial to the health of chickens. It is still a work in progress, but here it is so far!

 Feverfew - related to pyrethrum so a good insect repellant

 Rue - a herb for general health

 Wormwood - good for preventing/treating worms and an insect repellant

Valerian - not for anything chicken related, just what Mr Homespun picked up at the nursery when he was on a chicken herb-hunting mission!

I have them planted along the fence line so they can't eat the entire plant, but instead can get to whatever they can reach and also brush alongside them as they wander around. I still want to get and plant some lavender, catnip, comfrey, rosemary and nasturtiums and whatever else I can find that will help keep the girls in tiptop condition!

We have spent this morning preparing the gardens and pots for another scorcher with temperatures expected to hit 43 degrees today. Tuesday was also a shocker and our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the bushfires around the country.


PS Did you see the new girls? I will post about them shortly. Did you also spot the charming dead capsicum in the photos? Perhaps I should check before I click...

Fruit Fly - from glut to heartbreak

Friday, 4 January 2013

We have had a bit of a fruit fly issue over the past few weeks on our tomatoes and put a trap out, and it was working nicely, lots of dead male fruit flies. But over the past few days, whilst we were busy with the New Year celebrations and recovery, not to mention getting Miss 9's stitches out (yuck!), and trying to get back to our 'normal' routine, the bushes were a little neglected.

So yesterday we decided to spend a few hours in the garden, picking the ripe and nearly ripe tomatoes and destroying those affected by fruit fly. But after a few minutes it became obvious that the few hours would be spent ripping the tomato bushes out because all the tomatoes had been stung.

Every single one.

Both red and green. Buckets of tomatoes, destroyed.

I am quite heartbroken.

I had recently purchased a preserver and was looking forward to make bottles and bottles of passata, to put away for cooler weather, but alas, it is not to be.

So the trap has been moved to the lemon tree in the hopes that the fruit flies won't move over there. And we will start from scratch with new plants and hope it is not too late in the season for them.

If anyone has any tips on preventing or destroying fruit fly, please leave a comment for us all.


Happy 2013

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Happy New Year!

The whole New Year's resolution thing is something I usually find a little exciting. Just like a Monday, it's a new slate only on a much bigger scale. But this time I'm finding I want something a little different since the usual resolutions only last a few weeks at best.

So I'm setting myself some little goals instead. And I won't beat myself up if I don't achieve them. But I really like these goals so I am hopeful that I will be able to achieve them, even if I slip up every now and then. Here are a few:

  • Eat something from our garden, every day.

  • Plant something every week.

  • Blog more!

And the one resolution I make every year, get bloody organised!! (I think I have Buckley's hope of achieving that one, going on past results, tee hee)

Anyhow, I hope you all had a lovely holiday season, and for now - onwards!

We are off to the doctor's today so Miss 9 can have her stitches out. Bit nervous too...