How to make candles using recycled containers

I love lighting candles.  The twinkling light is perfect for a cozy touch to these winter evenings and with added fragrance make the rooms smell nice too. Friends and family know I like candles so over the years I have been given some in pretty containers.  I have kept them as it seemed a shame to throw the  glass jars away once the candles were used up.  Using soy wax, I have recycled the containers […]

How to make candles

Quick knit beany hat with a pom pom on top

The weather is getting colder and the weekend forecast is for snow.  We are travelling north for a weekend in Scotland so I am glad to have finished this quick knit beany hat. It was a perfect way to use up the chunky wool left over from my jumper project.  This couldn’t have been easier to knit.  I cast on 40 stitches and knitted in garter stitch until the work measured 30cm wide by 50cm […]


Gardening in November as the growing year ends

Although it has been very busy, I have managed some gardening in November.  Time outside makes me feel better.  I think it must be the mix of fresh air and time to think while getting some gentle exercise. I’ve been emptying out the sacks of leaf mould from previous years over the vegetable beds.  The chickens get free run of the garden at this time of year and help by scratching around, spreading the leaf […]

Gardening in November Gathering Tomatoes

Chunky knitted jumper

Chunky knit jumper project completed

. I finished my chunky knit jumper that I started at the end of October.  I’d read several blog stories from those in the slow fashion movement and wanted an easy knitting project that would ease me into tackling clothing. After learning more about slow fashion, this project is part of my move towards adding some home-made items to my wardrobe.  Last month I described how I have started to look at where my clothes […]