To start off some random prettiness from the front porch of a lovely lady I know …
and I’m so far behind where I’d usually be at this time of year
are still in a box!
who has made his way out of a box.
To start with some ideas for gifts to make:
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate mix … I haven’t tried this myself because I’m trying to work out what to substitute for the milk powder. Its a mix that you would pour hot milk over to make the drink so I’m not sure why the recipe has milk powder in it. I suspect its to stop the mix clumping together but it just seems unnecessary …. so I’m working on what to put in instead or wondering if I could just leave it out.
You can find the recipe for Chewy Caramels here
To make your own little bags in lieu of gift wrapping try this pattern
If click and deliver is what you’re looking for this Christmas
Go here for seeds for gardeners – they have the prettiest packets ever!
For more gardening supplies including organic seeds try this company in Queensland
For clothing from a designer that still manufactures in Australia go here
Or here to buy the Ethical Shopping Guide so that your recipient can shop ‘ethically’ all year long in 2013
For lotions and potions go here for another local maker
Here for a beautiful website that looks like it sells lovely things for the sewing inclined
and this nifty site which compares the prices of books for you so that you find the best deal
For inspiration from the blogosphere
and from Martha Stewart – if you go here you’ll find one of her lists and from there can naviage to the others
Check this out if you’re looking for a yummy recipe for the post Christmas day breakfast
and here for biscuits if you’re Australian and cookies if you’re American
Some reading to kick off the new year
Try this on regifting
This to inspire some thinking
and Apartment Therapy because its always wonderful
To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World by Lucy Siegle – I haven’t read this yet but I’ve read a review and it sounded like it would be worth reading. I’m waiting for my turn on the reserves list at the library so hopefully I can give a personal review soon.
The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball – in a nutshell this is the story of girl meets boy and moves to country to embrace a farming life. It’s hands down a winner over Four Seasons with a Grumpy Goat which seriously did not engage me at all.
I’ve also read good reviews of Growing a Farmer by Kurt Timmermeister but I’m waiting for the library to buy it so I can’t give it a personal thumbs up yet.
I’ve also just started reading the Joe Sandilands mystery series by Barbara Cleverly
and now I’d better go and find some decorations to put up!