Painted Rocks

At least a month ago I saw a headline suggesting that the fidget spinner craze was over, and kids all over the world were now painting rocks! It caught my eye, but not enough to go and read the article.

The fidget spinner craze is still in full swing here (a huge thank you to those who made sure our recent birthday boy has enough spinners and cubes to last a lifetime lol (actually, he does play with them all…really!)) and besides that, I’ve done ‘pet rocks’ before. You know, back in the old days when it was first a ‘craze’ – was it the 70s, or maybe early 80s? And I didn’t think it was really going to make a come-back, especially for kids these days…

But my attention was piqued again, when someone posted in a local facebook group asking if anyone had done any rock drops. And another member kindly directed them to our state’s special rock page. And then my whole world opened up! There were so many people posting about the rocks they had dropped, where and when, and sharing photos. The designs and ideas were amazing! Continue reading

DIY Rustic Planter Boxes

There’s a space down the bottom of our garden that I have earmarked for some garden beds. And since there is nothing planted there at the moment (apart from weeds), there is a chance that whatever does go there will have a small chance to grow before the wildlife discovers it!

We even started making some planters to go in the space.

But, I am still waiting for it to be cleared out and made ready…

So recently I pulled out 2 of the planters that have been made and decided to pot them up. What’s the point of them sitting around! And I thought I’d share how they were made 🙂

Who hasn’t got some old fence palings hanging around? And if not, you are sure to see some whenever there is a council clean-up, or a house being demolished… These are in the spot that I want to become a garden.

fence palings

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Chilli Jam

There is really only one chilli eater in our house, and it’s not me! But I always have dried chilli flakes in the cupboard, and when I get fresh chillies they go straight into the freezer whole. It’s easy to cut a bit off a frozen chilli when required.

Recently I got a bag of chillies. When I suggested to the chilli eater that I might try making them into some sort of jam or relish, he said just dry them because he wouldn’t eat it. Well, as if that’s going to stop me!! Continue reading