Lavender for Stress

Beautiful French Lavender Ladies. I have harvested tonnes of my English lavender a month ago. It doesn’t have the big showy floral petals on the ends of the lavender spikes like the French lavender, but rather compact flowers on the end of long stalks. They are really fragrant and I love the meditative activity of…

DIY Coffee Sack Mat

At Christmas our family exchanged gifts and one of the gifts was wrapped up in a coffee sack. My daughter worked in a coffee roastery and these sacks are onsold for $2 or given to staff for free. As we sat there in the afterglow, I eyed up the coffee sack “wrapping” and thought, “Hmmm,…

DIY Dishwasher Powder Recipe

I’ve always been interested in making my own personal care and household products. This way, I know what goes into them.....no harsh chemicals to affect my health, that of my family, or the planet. So I was chuffed when I found a recipe in an old Organic NZ magazine from 2012, featuring a dishwashing powder…

Divine Enveloping Odour ( DIY Deo)

Let's talk deodorant. Back when my son was just 14yrs old, he spent nearly a year on the couch, cradling his head from crippling headaches and migraines. Endless trips to doctors, paediatricians and even a neuro specialist brought slim relief. He lived on pain killers and the last straw came when he was prescribed an…

Upcycled Christmas Tree

'Tis the Season. The Festive Season. Some people love it, while others dread it. I love what Christmas stands for....Family. Love. Celebration. Togetherness. Festive decorations. And letting the creative juices flow.... Gather your resources; offcut plywood and coffee pouches. So when our village announced an Upcycled Christmas Tree competition, I jumped in Boots and All!…

Coffee Cover Diary

If you've read my blog before, you'll know I looove coffee. So, to pay penance for my addiction which creates all these tough coffee pouches that are designated to end up in landfill, I try upcycling them into more useful items. So far, I've lined an entire fireplace wood basket with coffee sacks. It's in…

Lovely Lavender

Lavender. Colour. Scent. Spiritually uplifting. Emotional support. So many things come to mind when I think of lavender. Fresh. Refreshing. Heady. Yeah, I love lavender! I grow several different varieties in my garden and the bees just love it! My favourite is English Lavender, with long stems and granular type flowers. The scent is enough…