Grow: last of the summer crop

As we reached mid February, my first vegetable crop stared to come to an end. The snow peas were few and far between and the lettuce started to bolt, so it was time to harvest and start again.

I actually found it hard at first to just pull everything up and start again; I felt like I was murdering the plants. Ludicrious I know, and in the end it was actually quite cathartic to pull the roots from the soil, make food with the harvest and compost the rest. It closed the loop.

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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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Shop: local natural and wholefood suppliers

In the process of my Internet trawling of late, I’ve come across a couple if awesome stores that are right on my doorstep (I’m in Oakleigh).

While I have resigned myself to that fact that not everything I need can grow in my garden and I will have to still shop for goodies, I was surprised and excited to find a few suppliers just a quick drive away.

Here is two of these gems. Here’s to me finding many more. Please enlighten me if you know of any!

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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 »