Sunday, May 30, 2010
First choose a piece of material and cut it to 30cm x 12.5cm (11.3/4" x 5") I have used a cotton linen mixture for this one, then over lock all sides to prevent fraying. If you don't have an overlocker pinking shears are just as good. Fold over 1.5cm (1/4") on both short ends and press. Add a piece of piping to one of the short edges on the wrong side of the material and stitch close to edge on the front side. Also looks good if you use a contrast piping.
Now stitch down each side approx 1cm (1/4") in from each side.
Turn the unpiped side right side out which will give you a pocket, gently push out the corners, then fill with filling of your choice (I used lavender for this one) pushing it down so you get as much as you can in there.
Good choices for sachets: lavender, lemon balm, lilac, mint, rosemary, roses, scented geraniums and thyme
Friday, May 28, 2010
A wonderful Victorian tradition that is full of the lore of herbs and the beautiful language of Flowers.
These were known as talking bouquets, or Tussie Mussie , and lovers exchanged these nosegays of herbs and flowers to express their feelings to each other.
Several dictionaries were published to help decipher the coded messages which were often very complex.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
She has very thick curly below shoulder length hair, and she wears her hair up a lot, and therefore always on the lookout for new things to do with her hair, so I decided to make her some hair sticks.
So using a 6mm piece of doweling I cut a 15cm length and then shaped the end using a pencil sharpener and then sanded it smooth. The other end sand until it takes on a roundish look! then use a 3mm drill bit and drill through the centre of the stick 5mm from the end .
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I love irises and have quite a few in my garden and at this time of year they add such a fabulous dash of colour. I remember the first year they flowered I immediately cut a dozen and proudly placed them into a large vase and although they looked great within 40 minutes my room smelt like it had been used as a toilet by every cat in the neighbourhood. I now admire them in the garden and that's where they will stay from now on!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
HOW SOON IS TOO SOON?
Not soon enough, laboratory tests over the last few years has proven that babies who start drinking soda during the early formative period have a much higher chance of gaining acceptance and "fitting in" during those awkward pre-teen years. So, do yourself a favour. Do your child a favour. Start them on a strict regimen of soda and other sugary carbonated beverages right now, for a lifetime of guaranteed happiness!
Posted by Chrissie Marshall at Sunday, May 16, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
After the pergola went up of course you then need to find something to cover it with. I was given a small cutting of a thornless rose called Rosa Banksia and 2 years down the line I think it did the job.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Posted by Chrissie Marshall at Saturday, May 08, 2010