Sunday, October 9, 2016


Unfortunately plastics take a really long time to break down and the high levels of plastics in landfills, oceans and even remote areas of the planet paint a rather bleak picture of the future for plastic pollution.
One big thing we can all do is to reduce the amount of plastic products we are buying and using. This will reduce our own exposure to plastic pollution, our planet’s plastic load, and will often save money as well. A great way to reduce plastics in the home is to make a one off purchase of reversible bowl covers. These covers are made from 100% cotton fabric coated in vinyl for easy wiping.
This set of 3 reversible bowl covers come in the following sizes:
1 x small covers a bowl up to 7"
1 x medium covers a bowl up to 8"
1 x large covers a bowl up to 10"
$27 for set of 3 - postage extra
Reversible bowl covers can be purchased seperately or custom ordered.
Feel free to leave a comment if interested or email @

the reverse side...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Menu Planning

After an extremely busy week of 'out of home work', tonight I'm working on my menu plan for the coming fortnight.  I'm changing it up a bit as I've pretty much used the same menu for the last 2 months and I'm looking for a change (and I know the rest of the family is too).  3 - 4 times a week we have my father in law up for dinner, an extra mouth to feed so I have to be mindful of price for those meals and make our money stretch even further yet still manage a healthy filling meal.

Another thing we have to take into consideration for quite a few meals is work, sports commitments etc.  On those nights I will usually make sure I have a slow cooker meal planned for dinner.

My biggest hurdle by far is filling the bellies of 3 teens, 2 of which are near to impossible to fill!  I have to make sure there are plenty of good quality carbs in most meals or they pretty much need another meal an hour after dinner.

This is how everyone knows what we will be eating for dinner. Menu is in no particular order and when we have eaten it gets crossed out.

Do you menu plan?  I would love to know how you do it.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Getting my frugal pants back on

Well I never really took them off but have been a little slack this year I must admit.

It's easy to let things slide when you are travelling and working quite a bit but I think I'm finding a routine in the chaos.

Sourdough Bread

Planning for me is key, anyone who knows me well knows I'm a list girl so planning out my week goes without saying.  I block off outside work, school and sport commitments, meditation class (anything that is a regular event) then I write down my home business working hours.  After all of that I block some time to make sourdough, bulk cook, make soap, gardening etc etc.  These things take time and I find that if I don't work them into my week then they don't get done.

I need to work more efficiently, get off the computer haha.  I get so much satisfaction in putting in a good day's work be it inside the home or at my workplace.

Organisation is key.

Some new products for Eco Aarde.

Tomorrow morning before I head out to work I want to go right through our kitchen cupboards and donate lots of items to charity, my main aim is to have another cupboard free to stockpile food.  There are so many items that we simply don't use or need, I mean who needs 16 coffee cups?  Such a waste of space.  I'm looking forward to a big clean out.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The course of this year.....

This year I cut down from 3 part-time jobs to 2,  I stopped teaching sewing and quilting as class numbers were unpredictable and I had so much going on in my personal life that it was all too hard.  I miss the girls but am happier not teaching.  Giving up teaching freed up some time to start making and selling my products again.  I only did 2 markets of the summer season and absolutely loved being back out talking to people about my products.  Hopefully I can fit in lots of markets after winter but that all depends on L's cricket schedule and all the travel that comes with it.

Over the past couple of years I have started so many new projects and sadly I don't see most though to the finish.  Lately I get bored easily and just want to move on to something new.  Eco Aarde is helping with this as I'm held accountable and need to have certain products finished especially when selling online and in a friend's shop locally.  This winter I had planned to really get a stockpile of product finished but of course I've been working non-stop at my main paid job and haven't really got a handle on that yet.  As of next week my hours will be less but S has Eisteddfod's in a couple of weeks and I still have a tutu to complete.  Haha, it's never ending.

Some things I have been working on are:

Lots of gorgeous cotton rope bowls

A couple of crochet and driftwood boho hangings.

I'm so in love with my natural stone/lava bead essential oil diffuser bracelets.

A crochet along, this is fun!

Trying out t-shirt yarn, not that easy to keep flat with some of the patterns out there.

Now after a lot of thought and you tube tutorials, I decided to make a rather large purchase and buy a 32" Ashford rigid heddle loom.  My loom came last week and I have been spending any spare time learning and playing.  

My first weave.

After being cut this lovely cloth became dish cloths.  My aim to to get good enough to make these to sell on my market stall, they are so much quicker to make than crocheting and as I don't earn any extra from my crochet cloths it would be nice to at least get a little bit for my time with these.

Yesterday I started on a lovely soft scarf, learning a couple of new techniques as I progress, hopefully I'll finish this tomorrow to show.

Well that's show and tell for tonight, I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I've been up to.

Namaste, Sue


This space, I have a strange relationship with it, I want to share my crafty adventures but after sharing on Facebook (like/hate relationship right here) and Instagram I seem to run out of puff when it comes to sharing in this space.  I have stopped numerous times only to be drawn back into it again.  I do like to share, I like to think someone somewhere can get something out of what I'm trying to do.  I honestly don't even know if anyone even visits anymore, I'm not into checking figures etc about my visitors because, lets be honest, if I really think about what I'm trying to achieve, it comes down to me posting here for me.

I love craft, it's as simple as that.  I love to see what others are making.  I also love simple living and strive every day to make changes to our lives in that area.  So there you have it, it's time I think to focus a little more on this space for craft, environment and simple living and a little less on particularly Facebook.

It really helps to write it all down.

If you are still with me, I'm excited to spend some well deserved down time in front of the fire tonight with a lovely long crafty post.

Namaste, Sue

Friday, March 11, 2016

Francis Market

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first market with my new product range.  It's been 3 summers since my last market as family had to take priority but I've come to realise that me doing what I love is also a pretty big priority.  As our market season draws to a close here, I am squeezing in one more market Easter Saturday just over the border in Portland Victoria.  I am going to be sharing a stall with my cousin Janelle from Warrnambool and am really looking forward to it.

The market I've just done was great, I went with a friend who also had a stall to a tiny community in the middle of nowhere that swells from a few hundred residents to a few thousand for the Francis Folk Festival held every year.

It was a very busy market and I realised how much I missed chatting to people in real life about my products, the weather, whatever.

So all in all, a lovely day out, I can't wait for the next one, I had better get busy.

Eco Bags

What are Eco Bags?  Well you know those nasty plastic bags that you get when you buy fruit, veg and nuts at the grocery store that can't even go in most recycling bins?  My Eco Bags are designed to eliminate the need for those bags.

Each set comes with a large, medium and small bag, they are made from netting with a drawstring and are super lightweight so as not to add to the weight of your produce.

Each set of Eco Bags are $7.50 and are machine washable.

Eco bags are available from my Etsy store (link top right corner) or if you are local from Soap by Sandy or I am happy to deliver.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dish Scrubbies

Lets talk dish scrubbies, crocheted from stiff nylon netting these scrubbies only get better with use. They are not designed to scrub off burnt offerings from an oven dish but work wonderfully well with non stick or stoneware pans. 

Dish scrubbies offer more scrubbing power than a cloth or sponge and make a great companion to my cotton blend dishcloths. Dish scrubbies can be tossed in the wash with other cloths and will last a long time with continual use.

Dish scrubbies are available for $4 plus post in a variety of colours and dishcloths for $9 from my Etsy store or simply contact me at

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Ekkkk!!!  I'm a little excited to say that I've been working day and night on products, photos and getting my Etsy store back up and running.

Eco Aarde (Dutch for Eco Earth) is certainly close to my heart, my aim is to make practical and re-usable items that replace the throw away equivalent.  There will be other small items that I love to make also but my main focus is for Earth friendly products.

Want to see some photos?  Here is a taste of what's in the shop.....

Baby/child washcloths:  
These crochet washcloths fit nicely in your hand to wash your little one.  They are made from 8 ply cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills and come in a variety of colours.

Baby Basket:
This gorgeous pack consists of 3 cotton burp cloths, 2 baby washcloths and 1 cotton rope basket all made by myself.  These packs make the perfect gift or a lovely little something for your little one.


Dishcloth Basket:
This pack will become a staple in your kitchen with 3 dishcloths, 1 dish scrubbie and 1 cotton rope basket.  I love using these items in my own kitchen and I know you will love them too.

I'll be back tomorrow with some more products, I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've been making.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Eco Aarde

After years of thinking about what direction I wanted my market and online products to look like, a few months ago I decided to make the change I've always wanted to make.  Eco Aarde (pronounced Arrduh) is Dutch for Eco Earth, the perfect name for me.

My products will mainly be made from natural sources and designed to be a re-useable replacement for throw away items.  That is my focus, to provide great quality products to help the environment and our Earth.

Over the next few days I will be re-activating my Etsy store and shamelessly plugging my Facebook page and of course sharing photos of my products for you all to see.

Time to get back to work, thanks so much for hanging around while I sort my work/life balance out.