Make: can ring crochet bracelets

So in January we finally made the commitment and went to Rainbow Serpent Festival. Many of our friends have been going for years (and have been telling us to come along for years!) so we thought it was about time to get ourselves organised and head down to this 5 day festival in country Victoria.

The festival was, needless to say, awesome. The music, culture and food was extremely impressive and 5 days of camping with 15,000 other people was definitely an experience! One thing that really impressed me about Rainbow Serpent was their commitment to sustainability. The have a zero waste policy and encourage all festival goers to find creative ways to reduce their environmental impact.

I’d seen some cool ideas for crochet jewellery made with ring pulls from aluminium cans, so I thought making some friendship bracelets for those at our camp would be a creative and nice way to do something with a sustainability theme (and kill the time while hiding from the sun!)

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Make: mason jar gifts

As mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to make some of my gifts this year (for sustainability and budgetary reasons) and I’d seen some cool ideas for mason jar gifts. After doing some internet searches, I decided do make a combination of cookies, body scrubs and happiness jars (as separate items, not all rolled into one crazy present!)

I bought all of the jars from Kmart or The Reject Shop ($2 each – win!). I got the fabric and the brown tags from Spotlight, but you could get something similar from any craft store. I made the crochet hearts – you can find more info here.

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Learn: Homemade beauty and cleaning

Over the last few days I’ve been off my feet recovering from surgery, so I thought I’d start doing some research on homemade cleaners and ┬ábeauty products. And boy, was there no shortage of materials! Simply Google ‘homemade toothpaste’ and it will lead you down a yellow brick road of homemade goodness.

Over the last few days I’ve written down recipes for:

  • dishwashing liquid
  • dishwashing tabs
  • washing powder
  • washing liquid
  • multipurpose cleaner
  • hand soap
  • body wash
  • body/face scrub
  • moisturiser
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • shaving cream
  • body spray
  • eye make up remover
  • skin toner
  • face masks
  • hand lotion
  • insect repellant
  • deoderant
  • toothpaste
  • mouth wash
  • sunscreen
  • foundation
  • bronzer
  • lip balm
  • busher/cheek tint
  • mascara.

Phew! That’s no small list! I’ve filled a notepad with all of them!Read More »

Make: crochet love hearts

For Christmas, I really wanted to make some of my gifts, mainly to:

  • save money
  • avoid the shopping centres
  • not contribute to a wasteful society by getting single use gifts with lots of packing
  • show my loved ones I care by making something for them from scratch.

I was keen to try some mason jar gifts (more on those in a few days) and wanted to do something handmade to decorate ithem. I learnt how to crochet a year ago and have been enjoying trying new pieces to expand my skills, so I thought a crochet decoration would would compliment the jars.

I searched the web and found a good heart pattern on Crochet Leaf. I modified it slightly to get the look I wanted and to make it three-dimensional. I have listed the modified instructions below. This is very forgiving pattern and it’s easy to fudge your way through a little bit if you lose count!

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