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November 2011

Upcycling old woollen jumpers into felt stash boxes {crafternoon blog party}

Little Eco and I enjoy upcycling old materials into something new. I often struggle to come up with quick and easy projects that we can complete in an hour or two, so we've been enjoying the inspiring project ideas in Kathreen's two latest Kids Crafternoon books: Kids' Crafternoon Felting and Kids' Crafternoon beading. Like the previous two crafternoon books, each book is filled with practical and creative projects that can be easily completed by beginner crafters in an afternoon. Little Eco and I choose to start by making a couple of the Zakka Stash Boxes (contributed by Suzie Fry) to... Read more →

A simple quick and easy natural advent calendar

I'm aiming for a simple Christmas this year. I'm refusing to get caught up in all the business that usually comes with Christmas and instead am aiming to slow down. I'm doing this by being ruthless with the tasks I decide to take on. I'm starting with our advent calendar. Last years leaf advent calender was super quick and easy, so we'll make one the same this year. But last year, I complicated our life by making it an activity-orientated calendar, identifying a different nature play or eco craft activity for each day. It was fun, but really, I was... Read more →

Welcoming summer: Planet Boab ethical and eco t-shirt giveaway

I can smell Summer. Long days. Ocean swims. Sunshine. The sound of Cicadas. To welcome Summer i'm offering readers a chance to win a Planet Boab t-shirt. I shared my love for Planet Boab t-shirts earlier in the year. Planet Boab t-shirts are made here in Australia in a sweatshop free factory from 100% certified organic cotton and are hand printed using water based inks. Whats not to love! I treat myself to one new Planet Boab t-shirt each summer. I'm onto my third and my first is still going strong despite being worn literally over 100 times. It was... Read more →

Warrumbungles National Park and the Crooked Mountain Concert

Have you ever seen a more magical backdrop for a concert? The Crooked Mountain Concert in the Warrumbungles National Park was the initial motivation for our current travels. It well-and-truly didn’t disappoint. I’ve wanted to go to this annual concert ever since learning of its existence a few years ago. As soon as I heard that the Black Sorrows were the lead act, I decided this year had to be the year. Full moon. Camping. Roasting Marshmallows. Playing in a creek. Mud art. Down time. Bush walking. Purely magical! Want out find out about other National Park events? For NSW... Read more →

...I've started a new job. I'm now working for the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC). I finished my previous job last week, then the following day drove five hours to Guyra for a workshop on managing native vegetation in Travelling Stock Reserves. I'm a tad excited about the new job. The ANPC is my absolute favourite conservation organisation. I've been involved in the organisation for almost 15 years (and even met Daddy Eco at an ANPC Conference) so it feels a bit like working with an old friend. ...Little Eco and I popped into the Innerpickle Farm on our... Read more →