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Hello again!

I know, I know, I’ve been really bad about posting in here again. It gets hard coming up with new things to post that aren’t only ‘Hey, I have a new item here, buy it!’ type posts.

I’m hoping to start posting more. Life hasn’t been fun the past year; I have struggled with old injuries – my back and right ankle keep acting up. If it’s not one, it’s the other so I haven’t been able to do much yoga, which helps with both – but I can’t do it if I can’t either bend or flex my ankle!

This has also affected my productivity – I can’t sew when my ankle is bothering me as that’s my pedal foot. I am very frustrated that I haven’t made the items I want to for my new Etsy shop, Green Living Co. I have piles of fabrics to recycle into wipes, bags and heat packs – and I need to add in a care/instruction card to those too.

And onto the “Hey, here’s a new product” part to this post… lol

Jute Scrubbies
Both shapes of scrubby

These jute scrubbies have sold fairly well (just not on Etsy!). I plan on a larger ‘mens’ size that hubby has asked for and coloured ones too. I’m hoping the other upcycled, recyclable items do as well!

Oval Jute Scrubber
Oval Jute Scrubber

Once these scrubbies have done their job – they make great alternatives to sponges – you just cut them up and recycle or compost them. Before that, you can pop them in the wash with your towels, or in the dishwasher too, when they get dirty. I’ve been using a pair of these scrubbies for months now.

They are made from Jute twine, which is compostable and recyclable (if you don’t compost) and the plants it’s made from take in more CO2 than trees do and is a quick-growing and sustainable crop.

Rectangular Jute Scrubber
Rectangular Jute Scrubber

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled waffle! I’m glad for all the readers of this blog, and hoped that you have enjoyed reading my posts and possibly have tried out a recipe or 2?

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Cute Little Notions Bags…

I have finally listed these cute notions bags on Etsy and Amazon… and Ebay. (Never have all your eggs in 1 basket!) I have a fair few more to get finished off and listed but they will get done eventually.

They make perfect notions bags for knitters or crocheters with the keyring on the side to clip to a clasp in a larger bag, but could also hold small projects too – like a dishcloth, maybe. I haven’t decided yet which is my favourite, which is yours?

Each one is fully lined too. Of course they would also make great make-up bags too, but that wasn’t the first use I thought of (I don’t wear makeup) – what else would you use them for? Comment below!

You can find this cute pug dog notions bag on Etsy, on Amazon as well as on Ebay.

Pug Bag

Then these blue anchor bags are here on Etsy and here and here on Amazon (they have their own listings) – plus Ebay.

Blue Anchors bag 1
Blue Anchors Bag 2

Do you prefer something brighter to catch your eye? This bright orange dotty notion bag is perfect!

Orange Dotty Bag

Check it out here on Etsy, and on Amazon as well as on Ebay (there are 3 bags available in this listing).

If pugs don’t take your fancy, do bull terriers?

Bull Terrier Bag

Here’s the Etsy link, on Amazon as well as on Ebay.

Lastly, check out this cute animal print bag!

Animal Print Bag

Find it on Etsy, and on Amazon as well as on Ebay.

While some of the bags I haven’t finished yet use the same fabric as these ones, I still have others to show you!

Teacher Gifts Tutorial – Decoupage Plant Pots

Is it time to think of teacher’s gifts?

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I’ve neglected you all lately…. I’m going to try to get a bit more active on here for you all.

We give son’s teachers gifts at Christmas and Year-end. This year we decided on decorating a plant pot and picking out a pretty plant for his teacher and the teacher’s assistant. I try to pick something that he can make or do most of and he likes making gifts and really tries to get them perfect.

It’s an easy and cheap craft that looks wonderful and you can put a lot of thought into the kind of plant and the style of decoupage you want to do when you choose the tissue paper.

The plant pots were 89P each, the saucers were 99p. The pack of tissue paper was £2.20 and a bottle of PVA glue was £1.50. I know we had some around here somewhere but I couldn’t find…

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New Winter Scarves

I managed to get 3 scarves made in January in between orders. 2 were made from yarn I’ve had for quite a while, the other one, from ‘newer’ yarn (is there such a thing?).

Technically 2 are cowls, I suppose, but the term ‘scarf’ is interchangeable to me for something you wear around your neck when it’s cold. These definitely fit that criteria!

The first one is a red/ombre grey/black combo in a slip stitch design that’s all in 1 piece – there is a seam simply because of the slip stitches. The grey/black ombre yarn gives it a shadowed effect that you can see in the photos. You can find it on Etsy and on Amazon.

Red/Ombre Cowl
Seam for Cowl

The next is definitely a scarf – long and doesn’t have a loop. It’s made from just the grey/black ombre yarn – and the tweedy effect of this yarn is more prominent as there isn’t the red to distract you from it. The teardrop shapes are made by looping the yarn over the needle then dropping the extra loops on the next row. Which is your favourite of these 2? You can get this one here on Etsy and on on Amazon.

Drop Stitch Scarf
Close up of scarf

The last one is made from a completely different yarn – Malabrigo Rios, a hand-dyed 100% wool yarn from Peru – I can’t remember what this colourway is called but I kept the sister cowl to this one as it’s so incredibly soft. The basketweave is perfect for this short-change colourway of pinks, purples, greys, browns and greens. It doesn’t sound like these colours should work together, but they do, gloriously. My photos don’t really do it justice. You can get this one on Etsy here and on Amazon here.

Basketweave Cowl
Close up of Basketweave Cowl

I hope you like these cowls and scarves as much as I do.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

An oldie but a goodie, I made these yesterday and ate far too many…

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

I know there are thousands of oatmeal raisin cookie recipes out there, but this is the one my son and I make – and he does most of the work! LOL

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (250g) butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins or sultanas

Preheat the oven to 160’C (350’F). Cream the butter and sugar together (we used an electric mixer). Then add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, mixing in between until the mix is fluffy. Add all the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon.

Using dessert spoons, scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet, they do spread out, so give them room. Bake for 8-12 minutes…

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A Knitting Bag! (Or Crochet Bag, I’m not picky…)

Here’s the review Gemma from Snug Creations wrote on my Knitting Bags! https://throughthelookingglass12.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/mustard-black-knitting-bag-review-gemma/

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I plan on making more fabric items this year and I started with this lovely knitting/crochet projectbag. It’s made from high quality quilting cotton and lined in cream cotton. There’s black grosgrain ribbon pulled through an abstract black & white quilting cotton to close it, and it will hold 3-4 skeins of fingering yarn + needles/hooks and notions. I have enough fabric to make 3 but after that, no more. So kind of “Limited Edition”…. 🙂

Mustard & Black Knitting Bag

Drawstring Bag

Bag with 3 skeins of yarn inside

Peeking into the top of the bag

Side of the Bag

Standing up and open
It’s listed in my Etsy shop here and I plan on having more join it soon. What do you look for in a knitting bag – pockets for notions? Do you prefer a zippered bag, or a drawstring with a toggle on it? How about…

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Roasted Curry Cauliflower & Chick Peas

I still love this dish!

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I don’t often manage to get savoury recipes blogged. I do them far more often than sweet ones but they don’t usually get photographed and written down.

Bowl of Curried Cauliflower

This one I made for lunch last week; I felt like something veggie and had a half a cauliflower to use up. This is definitely one I will make again!

Cauliflower & Chick Peas

Roasted Curry Cauliflower & Chick Peas

1/2 med. cauliflower
1 small onion
1 can of chick peas, drained & rinsed
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3 slices ginger, sliced into sticks
3 tbsp veg oil
1 tbsp mild curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp nigella seeds
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp water
small bunch of fresh coriander
plain yogurt

Take the cauliflower and slice into 1″ thick slices, then cut the core out to break…

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Easy S’mores Recipe

An oldie but a goodie – have you had your s’mores yet this summer?

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I know I’ve added some recipes recently, but as a former chef, I’m always making up new recipes, some work better than others. Some I share with you! This one is so easy that my son could make them, if I let him get near the BBQ, which I don’t.

This one was a big hit the other night. If you are from the US or Canada, then you’ll know what a S’more is – but Brits might not!

It’s usually a treat made in the summer when camping or when having a BBQ, perfect for a messy, yummy dessert that never fails to please.

I used a cheat here – chocolate covered digestive biscuits.

S’mores:

For each S’more you need 2 chocolate covered digestives, 1 (or 2 if you are greedy) large marshmallow and a fire or BBQ.

Ingredients Ingredients

Stick the marshmallow on a metal skewer or bend a…

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Craft Fairs – and why I don’t sell at them…

Still relevant even after a couple of years!

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I do get asked why I don’t do craft fairs right now. One reason is that my current best-sellers are mostly custom-made so can’t be made ahead of time. I also don’t have transportation right now either, which makes it difficult to get to craft fairs.

This blog post by Mahala at “The Barefoot Blog” is also why: The Curse of the Craft Fair”.

(Just a few of my camera scarf straps – all are available in my Etsy shop except for the butterfly strap which already sold out).

Leopard Print Scarf Strap

Blue Hearts Scarf Strap

Yellow Scarf Strap

Butterfly Scarf Strap

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Etsy Shop Review – Fairy Fountain Gifts

These are still talked about!

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I’ve seen Jennifer Dodd AKA “Fairy Fountain Gifts” posting on UK Etsy Facebook groups for a little while, but somehow we ended up getting to know each other a little better than others on FB Etsy pages. I can’t *quite* remember how…. Her shops are Fairy Fountain Gifts and Fairy Fountain Kids She makes cute and affordable costume jewellery for adults and children over 3.

She often helps out other etsy shop owners with advice and suggestions on how to improve their shops, and I have in the past as well…. (see my posts on Product Photography)

She ordered some camera buddies and scarf camera straps from me and left some lovely reviews on Etsy, and I finally got the chance to order from her recently.

My son is finishing up in Year 2 (Grade 2) and is leaving his school to go to a new school for Year…

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