Tuesday, 18 December 2012

How to Fix a Stripped Screw Hole

For a while now our bathroom door has not been latching closed properly, which is a pain when you need to lock the cats out while you pee!  Today my hubby decided to take the strike plate off to see what the problem was - turns out the wood it was screwed into was well and truly stripped, and from the looks of things we are not the first tenants to attempt to fix it.  Unfortunately a lot of things in our house are like this - which comes from living in government housing where none of the tenants (except us) seem to actually care about the place!
The top screw hole is totally stripped, and the
bottom one is headed that way

Monday, 10 December 2012

Cheesemaking for Beginners!

So I have been making cheese for a couple of months now, and am having quite a bit of success at it!  (I have also had to put up with many Monty Python's Life of Brian cheesemaker jokes by my wonderful husband!! *sigh*)  The best thing about cheesemaking is the satisfaction you get from creating and eating your very own handmade cheese, but another huge benefit is that it pretty much halves the cost of your cheese budget :)  I have found that the amount of cheese I get from a three litre bottle of milk ($3.50ish) I would pay approximately $7-$9 for in the shop.  All it requires is some time, effort and patience, and I can make my very own cheese :)

My first cheese!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Coffee Pod Christmas Ornaments

Recently I submitted a craft idea to one of my favourite Australian websites - the Stay At Home Mum (SAHM) website, and this morning they published it!!

It's about how to make Christmas ornaments for your tree from used Nespresso pods - which we have heaps of due to hubby's coffee addiction ;)  

Here are the the instructions I wrote up for them :)

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Jar Lid Christmas Ornaments

I've heard a few times now the tradition of buying or creating one special Christmas ornament to add to the tree each year representing an important moment that occurred that year.  This year we got married (this is our first Christmas as an insular family), so I decided to make an ornament out of a silly photo of our wedding ring fingers taken on our wedding day.  (Yes we are that kind of people!)  I have a rule that every ornament on our tree has to be handmade or otherwise special, so I thought this would be the perfect start to a new tradition of making one ornament every year to celebrate something that happened that year - this year, the wedding.

Jar Lid Ornament

Friday, 26 October 2012

How to fix a cracked wooden table

As the woman of the household, I find it mildly amusing (and slightly annoying) that I am the resident handyman of the house!  It's made even more amusing by the fact that last Christmas just before we moved up here, hubby got a tool box from his parents as a going away gift.... and guess who's the one that uses it?! :P  Mind you half the time I have to ring my Dad or do some extensive googling to work out what I'm doing, but the point is that I'm the one doing the fixing, not hubby.
The crack in our coffee table!  It went almost
two thirds of the length of the table.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Christmas Wreath from a Recycled Old Book

Previously the concept of cutting up a book would have had me crying blasphemy, but with the availability of digital media these days, an old book may not be worth all that much any more.  I had some old books that I was planning to clear out anyway, so I decided to turn one of them into a decoration for Christmas.  It cost me nothing at all (except my own time), because I used materials that I had lying around the house anyway.

Recycled Old Book Christmas Wreath

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Christmas Bauble Ornaments from Recycled Cards

Sometimes it is hard to know what to do with the cards people give you for Christmas, birthdays etc... do you keep them or put them away?  Just how many years do you keep them?

Here is a way to not only keep your cards, but turn them into something special that people will admire again and again.

Recycled Card Ornaments

Soap Bag

The idea for a soap bag first came to me when I got frustrated at my hubby's not-so-endearing perpetual habit of leaving bits of soap in the soap dish to get soggy, while just dumping a fresh bar of soap on top to use instead.  It's amazing the kinds of things that the man can just ignore instead of seeing!  Never mind just how horrible and soggy his soap always got, but guess who has to clean up the mess it leaves behind ;)

The soap bag

The Helen Hat

This hat was named after the person it was designed and made for, who is the beautiful and lovely art teacher at our local school.  She is a friendly bubbly person who is always happy, and who comes up with the most amazingly beautiful artworks as easily as she breathes.  She looked after our cat one holiday for us while we were off on our honeymoon (cruise around the pacific - amazing!!  But that's another story :P).  Since she had seen me out and about in my knitted hats before, as payment for looking after our cat she asked me to knit a hat for her, which I was more than happy to do!  

The Helen Hat

Monday, 17 September 2012

The Jamaica Hat

Nicknamed "The Jamaica Hat" by my hubby, this hat does remind me of the Caribbean both in shape and colour :)  I feel like I should have dreadlocks and be playing the steel drums when I wear it!  Shortly after I knitted it I shaved off all my hair, so I needed something to cover my head with and keep me warm.  Good timing, hey!  Since then I wear it around the house in winter all the time, and it's become my favourite hat to put over my hair when I'm doing a henna treatment (over the plastic wrap, that is ;)  The picture below is obviously before I shaved my hair off - after the shave it was about 1cm long.   It started out as an experimental hat, but I think it turned out pretty well, don't you? :)

The Jamaica Hat

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Knitted Lace Hat

Here's a pattern for a hat I made up - I'm starting to build up quite a collection of hats these days! Good for keeping your head warm in winter, or for hiding a bad hair day.  I'm not sure if you'd call this hat a slouch hat or a beret, so feel free to make up your own mind.

Side view of hat

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Simple Knitted Beanie

This knitted beanie is knitted in the round, and uses two different colours of wool to achieve the effect below.    I loosely adapted this pattern from others that I have found around the net, but special mention goes to the Happily Ever After Hat upon which I based the crown shaping for this hat.  I knitted it in acrylic wool, which for anyone who has seen any other of my knitting posts you will know I hate, but unfortunately our local store is pretty woeful in the wool department, so I have a very limited range to choose from.  

Here is a photo of the hat with matching gloves...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Simple Fingerless Gloves

Just finished my first attempt at fingerless gloves!  First time I have knitted in about 10 years, and they turned out awesome :D I've also knitted a set for a friend's birthday, and she loved them :) 

Fingerless gloves!!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Wedding Triple Choc Cookies!

Since we're not having a professional photographer for our wedding, I decided to give the guests a photo scavenger hunt to get them all taking heaps of photos, and most of all, having fun!  I just made the grand prize for it today, which is a jar of triple chocolate cookies baked in wedding theme colours, in a beautiful glass cookie jar from the two dollar shop, and decorated with ribbon and netting I had left over from making my garter and hairpiece.

Luckily for me we got married at exactly the right time for a limited edition set of M&Ms to be available in exactly the right colours to match our wedding theme!  The theme is black and emerald green, and I was so lucky to stumble across the coconut M&Ms currently available in shops.  I used the green and white ones on the cookies, and saved the brown ones for other things ;)  Those things are seriously yummy though!!  I reckon this recipe would be good with the rice crispy ones too.

Triple Chocolate Wedding Cookies

Friday, 3 August 2012

The Oil Cleansing Method

A couple of weeks ago, I was searching the net in desperation to try to find some kind of magic quick fix that would help me clear up my breakout-prone, reactive face skin by the time my wedding rolled around (next Saturday).  I stumbled across an article about the oil cleansing method, a radical (but logical) face cleaning method which many people seem to swear by, and despite my reservations, was just desperate enough to give it a go.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

DIY Wedding Crepe Paper Flowers

One way of saving money and stress on the day for my wedding was deciding to make my bouquet out of crepe paper flowers in the weeks leading up to the wedding.  It has proved to be a mammoth task, but I think the results turned out pretty well!  Here's how they looked on the day - the taller bouquet is mine, and the shorter one is my bridesmaid's.  This photo was taken during the signing of the register :)