In our wisdom back in January me, my sister and a friend offered to run an in house workshop to save on the pennies at out WI. The title of our workshop was 'Homemade Christmas'. We spent time decorating the souless grey room that we meet in and gathering together all of our resources. We broke down the workshop into 3 different sections, home decorations, gift wrapping & gift ideas. We tried to get it through to the ladies the idea of gathering things throughout the year, old wrapping paper, broken jewellery, sale items!
My section was gifts, ideas were given such as homemade fire lighters, teenage breakfast set, movie set, lavender sugar, sloe gin, baking jars and homemade body scrub. After a brief talk we then moved room into the kitchen area after a brief stop at the refreshment station of Mulled wine & mince pies. I then showed the ladies how to make a body scrub it went down very well.
Lavender & Rosemary Body Scrub
6 drops of lavender oil
4 drops of rosemary oil
tablespoon of lavender
Get a jam jar and fill with sugar until almost full. Tip into a bowl, add the olive oil until all the sugar becomes stuck together but not saturated. Add the essential oils and dried lavender, mix well. Put back into the jar decorate the jar and voila a perfect homemade gift.
Me & little dear at Hardwick hall in May (need to loose weight)
Well I have really missed you!
I don't know about you, but I use my blog as a diary of my world. It all started off to promote Just Original which is fine and there are still snippets of that going to go on, but I miss writing and taking pictures for my blog. I downloaded pictures going back to March of this year from my camera today which is really sad.
So here goes I am going to try and blog at least once a week, there will be some catching up first and then hopefully I will try and keep it up to date as much as possible. I am away in Keswick at the moment and we have just got WIFI finally into the apartment so this has inspired me to get my bum in gear.
Things to look forward to are a WI workshop that me, my sister and friend are running for our WI, called 'Homemade Christmas', were trying to get our local WI back to grass roots as such. I have organised a childrens Halloween disco as a fundraiser for our local village hall. We are in the middle of buying a new house, which is a wreck so we saving our pennies where we can, so there will be some money saving tips and also some great finds from the house as much of the contents are being left. It was the village Post Office/Shop and has not been touched since 1993 when it closed down.
Me & my sister were on a mission to collect some pieces of furniture that she had spotted. When we got to the shop typically is was closed, but the shop next door was open and lucky for us that its was. The 1st thing both of us spotted were these, one for me & one for little dear!
It had to be done, I needed some workable work tops. My mum get complaining about the clutter (I told her that's what you get for a small kitchen). I have had a right sort through, there was some herbs that expired in 2004, 5 lots of cereal that were out of date or gone soft.
It feels all inspiring to me now, I may bake tomorrow to celebrate!
Last June we became the proud owners of an allotment in our next town. The plot had not been in use properly for 3 years so you can imagine what state it was in. Knowing that me & hubbo would not be able to manage it ourself or have the know how, my Ma & Pa are pitching in.
We missed the main growing season last year but luckily we managed to turn over a small plot and get in some winter vegetables. Most were free from fellow plot holders who had some spare plug plants.
Me and my Ma paid a visit yesterday for a few hours to turn over a section. Whilst there we dug up some swede, kale, cabbages, celeriac and leeks. There was even enough to give out some freebies to friends and families. It felt good to be out in the fresh air it almost felt like Spring!