DIY Necklace Stand Tutorial

handmade papier mache necklace stands

I made a couple more of these necklace stands today.  I need them for my market stall to display my handmade jewellery, but the idea struck me that they could look just as good on my dresser at home, as a way of storing and displaying my favourite necklaces. So I thought I would dig into the archives and pull out this DIY tutorial that I posted years ago, to show how I make them, in case anyone reading this … Continue reading →

Turkey-proofing the patch

When Dad and I first built the veggie patch fence years ago, we designed it so a roof could be put on down the track if it was needed.  We weren’t sure how far we’d have to go to keep out our resident scrub turkeys. The fence has been up for about 7 years and we never needed a roof in all that time, as it seemed the 2m high fence was enough to deter the turkeys and not once … Continue reading →

My Patch from Scratch

I thought I would share with you some pictures of how my veggie patch came to be – how we built the patch from scratch! My father and I built it 7 years ago.  We knew from the outset that it would have to be fenced to protect the garden from the local wildlife, particularly our resident scrub turkeys, and the fence would need to be high.  We also wanted something that was going to last and be an asset … Continue reading →

In the Kitchen – Sweet Potato Dhal

sweet potato dhal and naan bread

  This is what I cooked for dinner last night. It is a bit sweeter and less spicy than a lot of the dhal I’ve tried at Indian restaurants. This one is super-easy to make and tastes delicious!   Sweet Potato Dhal Ingredients: 2 cups red lentils (pre-soaked for a couple of hours) 1kg sweet potato, chopped into small cubes (this is an approximate measure – I generally just use 2 decent size tubers – you can use as much … Continue reading →