Sunday, February 12, 2017


Hi everyone, I've been flat out since I was last here and loving every minute of it.   I have been sewing and crocheting with every spare minute as I have a couple of markets booked in over the next couple of months.



Made with 100% organic muslin, organic twine for the closure and sewn together with organic cotton.

More cute charms to come.


These bracelets are the perfect accessory, providing ongoing therapy when used with 100% pure essential oils.
Simply place 2 to 3 drops of essential oil of your choice onto the black lava beads and breathe in the heavenly scent.


My new style Unpaper Towel now come with KAM snaps and 100% coloured toweling as backing.

It's been a long photo heavy post, thanks for sticking with me.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I am very excited to begin a Mood Blanket this year.  It's something I have thought about for the last couple of years but for whatever reason, just didn't start.

For my Mood Blanket I will be crocheting 1 square a day and depending on how I am feeling that day, the colours will be quite random.  I'm pretty anal so this blanket will be a huge challenge for me especially when there a few days of the same mood therefore the same colour next to each other.

A lot of planning went into this project, firstly working out what moods I wanted to use, I decided on 10 moods, then what colours to associate with the moods.  The hardest part for me was to work out what yarn to use.  I really wanted to go with 100% organic cotton but the reality is I simply can not justify the cost however, if this years blanket is successful, I will save for the cotton to use for next year's Mood Blanket.  I decided in the end to go down a more cost effective route and use Scheepjes Colour Crafter yarns.  I already have 5 of the 10 colours and hopefully post from the UK won't take too long for my other yarns to arrive.

Day 1:  Centre is Sad - we had to put down our 19 year old cat on New Year's Eve.
            Outer is Stressed - just some family issues that need to be resolved.

Day 2:  Creative - Planning this project and getting all excited about possibilities.

Day 3:  Happy - I was smiling all day today (square yet to be done as I am waiting on yarn).

I look forward to documenting this project and seeing how it turns out.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Happy New Year everyone.  The last couple of years have been a struggle on my poor neglected blog and I know I've said it before, but I will try my best to make regular contributions right here!

With the New Year comes new ideas for Eco Aarde, in fact so many ideas that I really need to focus and not get carried away.  In September I started Bullet Journaling and it seriously changed me.  You see I keep it all in my head and ideas/thoughts swirls around in there usually at around 2am.  Now I write it all down and that allows me to rest, really rest and not be thinking constantly what I have to remember.  I've tried planners but with a Bullet Journal you set it out how you want it to work not pre-printed pages that dictate your way.  Over the last few months I have changed my layouts and really worked on getting my pages right for me and I'm really happy with what I've come up with.

So onwards and upwards for 2017.  I can't wait to see what it will bring.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Hello, I've been trialing beeswax wraps that I hope to have for sale in the New Year.

These beeswax wraps consist of organic cotton, local beeswax and 100% natural Australian jojoba oil, but the wraps I will have for sale next year will also have resin from an australian native, the black wattle.  The resin provides a little sticky feel to the wraps that makes them easier to mould to a shape.

I'm so excited where my little home business is going and I'll have another announcement soon for new products.

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.